Stephen Blunck

Senior Consultant, Maven Associates

VP, Serent Capital

Associate, Advent International

Senior Associate Consultant, Bain & Company

MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business

BS, Brigham Young University

Representative Projects

  • Developed and implemented procurement and cost reduction initiatives for multi-billion-dollar public retailer
  • Designed organizational growth strategy and decision-making framework for charter school network expanding across regions
  • Led the merger of two human capital management enterprises to consolidate market share and drive growth synergies
  • Created strategy to accelerate company growth for data center company
  • Implemented value creation initiatives for at-risk healthcare entity, including leadership build-out, growth strategy, and new geography expansion
  • Supported ed-tech company with merger integration, financial operations, capital structure, and tracking against key performance indicators
  • Negotiated with lenders to obtain ~$600M in financing to facilitate company recapitalization
  • Led due diligence workstreams for multiple potential private equity transactions, with combined enterprise value of ~$6B

Expertise

Industries

  • Business Services
  • Healthcare
  • Financial Services
  • Retail
  • Education
  • Technology & Software
  • Human Capital Management
  • Pharmaceuticals

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Finance
  • Profit Improvement
  • Organizational Design
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • JCPenney
  • Uplift Education
  • TalentWave
  • Professional Health
  • Care Network
  • KEV School Solutions
  • Data Center Co.
  • ATI Physical Therapy
  • InVentiv

PE Firms

  • Serent Capital
  • Advent International

Head, BrokerTech Ventures LA

Managing Director, Rokk3r

Head of Sales & Strategy, RSA Insurance Group

Case Team Leader, Bain & Co.

Analyst, McKinsey & Co.

MBA (Distinction), Johnson School, Cornell University

MILR, Cornell University

BS, Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City

Representative Projects

  • Led the commercial due diligence for the bancassurance operations of a leading international bank by RSA Insurance Group valued at ~$500M.
  • Managed the overall IT transformation for the largest multinational bank in the Pacific during its merger with the fourth largest national incumbent.
  • Developed an operating model and implementation strategy for a massive bond issuance of a national oil company targeting over half a million investors.
  • Led the development of  the global five-year strategic plan for an international TPA in the healthcare space.
  • Supported the commercial due diligence for the acquisition of an international consumer goods company valued at more than $18B by a consortium of international private equity firms.
  • Led the commercial due diligence for the acquisition of the concession rights of a major seaport by a major international private equity firm.
  • Supported the organizational and process redesign of one of the largest global oil companies.
  • Advised a consumer goods company in the acquisition of a $4.2B medical devices company through extensive market research, portfolio strategy and estimation of potential synergies.

Expertise

Industries

  • Insurance
  • Financial Services
  • Technology
  • E-commerce
  • Oil and Gas
  • Consumer Goods
  • Chemicals
  • Venture Capital
  • Healthcare Services

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Due Diligence
  • Portfolio Strategy
  • Organizational Design
  • Operational Improvement

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Philips
  • Westpac
  • The Hartford
  • British Petroleum
  • PEMEX (NOC)
  • American Airlines
  • RSA Insurance Group
  • Global Excel Management
  • Vitro
  • Associated British Foods

PE Firms

  • Warburg Pincus
  • Blackstone Capital
  • KKR
  • Advent International
  • Clayton Dubilier & Rice
  • Goldman Sacks CP

Founder, Corbett Consulting

COO, Array Marketing

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Leader, Wiremold Company

Toyota Motor Company

Manager, CIBC

MSc, Chaminade University

BComm, Carleton University

Representative Projects

  • Integration of 3 “bolt on” acquisitions in electrical conduit manufacturing
  • Led development of Strategy to consolidate and relocate manufacturing in Mexico reducing labor costs by 80% for an Auto supplier
  • Developed and implemented post-acquisition consolidation plan generating over $2MM COGS reduction and multiple real estate opportunities
  • Improved product flow in Hydraulic Systems that reduced labor by 15%, inventory by 30% and Leadtime by 50%
  • Improved call center operations resulting in 20% reduction in required staff and an improvement in the Net Promotor Score (NPS)
  • Created evaluation/audit process to drive continuous improvement across range of businesses that delivered 2 points of EBITDA 3 years in a row
  • Optimized retail store operations that reduced store labor reduction of 20%
  • Redesigned order sequencing and processing to increase “On Time In Full” by 12 points

Expertise

Industries

  • Manufacturing
  • Machining
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Automotive
  • Call Centers
  • Hospital Operations
  • Retail Operations
  • Purchasing
  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Mortgage Processing
  • Insurance

Project Types

  • Operations Optimization
  • Due Diligence
  • M&A Strategy
  • Post Merger Integration
  • Organizational Design
  • Profit Improvement

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Caterpillar
  • IBM
  • Livingston
  • International
  • CHS
  • Intercos
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Cobham
  • Argyle Investments
  • Minute Maid
  • Textron

PE Firms

  • TorQuest
  • Carlyle
  • TPG
  • Birchill
  • Sun Capital
  • L Catterton

Advisor, Redstone Road LLC

Executive, Palantir Technologies

Founder, Pure Growth Partners

Principal, Bain & Company

MBA, Wharton School of Business

BA, Economics, Princeton University

Representative Projects

  • Transformed of one of America’s leading luxury brands, resulting in 25% profit uplift, 4x EBITDA increase, and 70% reduction in outstanding debt
  • Drove digital transformation of portfolio of media brands, driving >$20MM savings by integrating edit teams, developing new digital products, transforming customer acquisition, and eliminating under-performing publications
  • Conducted 30 diligences across multiple industries, ranging from 2 weeks <$100MM to multi-month, multi-billion dollar highly complex acquisitions
  • Led diligence process for the Singapore Ministry of Finance to select a best-qualified developer to build the world’s largest casino resort
  • Led successful bid for large regional payments processing system, including developing proprietary forecasts for evolution of credit and debit markets, and extensive diligence of legacy internal IT systems
  • Developed 100-day plan for successful post-merger integration of two, multi-site heavy industrial manufacturers
  • Created new opportunity screen for one of the nation’s leading CPG manufacturers
  • Created, launched, and marketed celebrity-backed beverage, from initial concept through formulation, testing, and successful distribution in 40k doors

Expertise

Industries

  • Media
  • Technology
  • Luxury
  • Consumer Products
  • Retail
  • Data & Analytics
  • Payments
  • Financial Services Technology (Fintech)

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Organizational Design
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Meredith Company
  • Mack Weldon
  • David Webb
  • Conde Nast
  • Anomaly Corporation
  • American Kennel Club
  • Dresser-Rand
  • Vocativ
  • MTV Viacom
  • NASDAQ
  • SourceMedia

Companies

  • Blackstone Group
  • Bain Capital
  • Advent International
  • Warburg Pincus
  • Silver Lake

Founder, Miami Strategica LLC

Partner, GoGlobal Advisors

Founder & President, The Engaged Minds Factory

SVP, Sales and Strategy, Jenzabar

Principal, Hamilton Boston LLP

Senior Manager, EY Corporate Finance

Manager, Bain & Company

Engineer, IBM

MBA, INSEAD

MS, Mechanical Engineering, Technical University Munich

Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Representative Projects

  • Led the post-merger integration of two information services companies with 300 FTEs
  • Developed a turn-around strategy for a big box retailer in Chapter 11
  • Led the org design and process design for a green field company launched to provide closed-loop payment solution to the U.S. government
  • Led the ramp-up of a near-shored Shared Services Center consolidating 20 payment processing operations around the globe for a global energy company
  • Led the Agile transformation of a global software company
  • Led the post merger integration of the dispersed IT groups of an acquisitive global company into a coherent organization, provided strategic talent management support to lay foundation for a cloud migration
  • Built the valuation model for the acquisition of a container manufacturer for a strategic buyer
  • Led the development of an operational strategy for an LTL road hauler
  • Developed a go-to-market strategy with individual sales goals for the tax division of a Big 4 company with >1000 partners and principals
  • Led the post merger integration of a PE sponsored roll-up of 5 ERP software companies

Expertise

Industries

  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Technology

Project Types

  • Strategy Development & Implementation
  • Performance Improvement
  • Sales and Sales Management
  • Organizational Design
  • Strategic Talent Management
  • Post-merger Integration

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Coca Cola
  • Ford
  • DHL
  • Compaq / HP
  • Sabre
  • World Fuel Services
  • Banco Santander
  • ThyssenKrupp
  • Caldor

PE Firms

  • TPG
  • Investcorp
  • Welsh Carson

Venture Partner, Praxis

CEO, Kammok

Lecturer, University of Texas

Consultant, IDEO

Consultant, Bain & Company

MBA, Stanford

MA Education, Stanford

BBA, Business Finance, University of Texas at Austin

WFR, National Outdoor Leadership School 

Representative Projects

  • Coached and advised executive team on organizational design and product development methodology
  • Led design for global network virtual convening; facilitated working sessions with stakeholders across several organizations and wrote proposal
  • Executed omni-channel retail strategy to grow revenues over 350%; grew direct-to-consumer sales while expanding retail footprint to several hundred doors across the U.S. and Canada
  • Designed and served as lead facilitator for a new career methodology and inaugural series of workshops delivered to over 400 participants 
  • Conducted six weeks of user research and workshops to inform service platform redesign for large US independent broker dealer
  • Led eight-person client team to design and launch change management plan for $12B aeronautics company transformation
  • Built strategic plan for youth services organization, enabling organization to increase placement capacity by over 40%

Expertise

Industries

  • Consumer Products
  • e-Commerce
  • Nonprofits
  • Retail

Project Types

  • Coaching and Facilitation
  • Design Thinking
  • Go-to-Market Strategy
  • Consumer Packaged Goods
  • e-Commerce
  • Organizational Design
  • Experience Design

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Ceresa
  • Capita 
  • Praxis
  • Kammok Gear
  • Stanford University
  • American Enterprise Institute
  • University of Texas
  • Openfields

Founder, Galileo Preschool

Co-Founder & Director of Strategy, EarlySpark

COO, Identified

PE Associate, H.I.G. Capital

Consultant, BCG

MBA, Stanford University

MA, Education, Stanford University

MS, Comp Sci / Electrical Engineering, M.I.T.

BS, Comp Sci / Electrical Engineering, M.I.T.

Representative Projects

  • Created a 5-year roadmap for a global non-profit to solidify their change model and scale their organization
  • Implemented a global restructuring of a Fortune 500 company through several worldwide workshops, redesigning the organization layer-by-layer starting with the CEO down to the front-line workers
  • Designed and executed a successful sales strategy workshop for Sales VPs and Executive Leadership to boost global revenue
  • Conducted multiple PE due diligence projects in the craft, healthcare, manufacturing and transportation spaces
  • Developed and implemented the user growth blueprint and analytics platform for a B2C Internet platform
  • Designed a large-scale research study (RTC) and secured Stanford faculty to oversee the study and publish the findings 
  • Developed a profit improvement plan for autobody chain
  • Built a growth strategy for a national home décor company
  • Designed educational assessments for preschool and elementary school students, following global assessment standards
  • Developed a data pricing model for a biotech company

Expertise

Industries

  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • FP&A
  • M&A
  • Profit Improvement
  • Organizational Design
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Global Fortune 100 Bank
  • Fortune 500 Biotech Company
  • Fortune 500 Materials Manufacturing Company
  • EarlySpark, a global non-profit focused on transforming education in India
  • Top Systems, the leading banking systems provider in Latin America
  • DCWV, leading paper craft company and numerous acquisition targets

Independent Consultant, Estee Lauder Companies and Macy’s

Director, What If Innovation

Principal, Bain & Company

Consultant, Bridgespan Group

MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business

BA, Public Policy, Brown University

Representative Projects

  • Led development of a full potential growth strategy for ~$700M PE owned consumer products company to drive increased profitability 
  • Created global supply chain strategy for multi-branded clothing retailer 
  • Developed growth and channel strategy for a growing media business
  • Generated consumer insights for consumer health business in the pain category
  • Developed an innovation roadmap for <$100M PE-owned consumer products company to drive category expansion
  • Designed new salesforce strategy for a major pharmaceuticals company 
  • Created full potential growth strategy for the US division of a global HR services business 
  • Led implementation of a digitally-oriented customer loyalty strategy for retailer
  • Drove transformation program focused on organization, process, and technology for multi-branded beauty company 
  • Built an omnichannel growth strategy for department store chain 
  • Managed a successful post-merger integration effort within the research and advisory industry

Expertise

Industries

  • Advertising & Media
  • Consumer Products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Technology

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Transformation
  • Process Improvement
  • Organizational Design
  • Customer Loyalty

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Yankee Candle
  • ThinkThin 
  • Estee Lauder
  • Sanofi
  • HP
  • Warner Music Group
  • Macy’s
  • Liz Claiborne
  • Pfizer
  • Sirius Radio (pre XM merger)
  • Manhattan Mini Storage
  • Adecco Group

PE Firms

  • TSG Consumer
  • Madison Dearborn Partners
  • Worked in Bain’s Private Equity Group early in career

  • Founder, Wander New Mexico
  • Case Team Leader, Bain & Company
  • Associate, Good Harbor Consulting
  • Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • BS, Economics, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Representative Projects

  • Developed a strategy to accelerate company growth and maximize exit valuation multiples for a ~$300M metal manufacturer
  • Developed a growth strategy for a ~$200M online consumer loan business
  • Created a roadmap for a ~$40M publisher to improve profitability and pursue new strategic growth opportunities
  • Developed a growth strategy for a hydraulic seal manufacturer
  • Developed a 5-year value creation plan for a ~$600M wine distributor in Canada post acquisition by a PE fund
  • Led team of big data analysts in customer churn root cause analysis for Fortune 500 SaaS business. Analyzed massive amounts of data from nine corporate databases to identify $30M in customer retention improvement opportunities.
  • Designed and implemented capital projects prioritization system for energy company, resulting in savings of $15 million
  • Re-engineered procurement processes for leading energy company, resulting in improved supplier relationship management and expenditure planning

Expertise

Industries

  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Consumer Products
  • Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Sector
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Tourism/Hospitality

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Profit Improvement
  • Marketing
  • Process Optimization
  • Organizational Design
  • NPS/Customer Insights

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Arterra Wines
  • PDC
  • Best Egg
  • Publishing Concepts
  • Fortune 50 IT hardware company
  • Fortune 100 software company
  • Gulf region National Oil Company

PE Firms

  • Ontario Teachers
  • Anchor Partners

  • CDO, LA Promise Fund
  • Manager, Mattel Corp. Strat.
  • Consultant, Bain & Company
  • Business Advisor, Peace Corps
  • Analyst, JP Morgan
  • MBA, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Business Economics, Brown University

Representative Projects

  • Developed a three-year strategic plan for a financial services client (1.5 years+) with ~$45B in managed assets. Worked on product development, strategic planning, advisor productivity, Salesforce effectiveness, and organizational design engagements
  • Completed five acquisitions for a PE-backed industrial goods company. Identified targets in adjacent markets, led prospecting, and prepared investment memorandums 
  • Identified additional revenue opportunities for a leading ridesharing platform by assessing the market size of the music and sporting event industries
  • Led strategy and implementation of key organizational turnaround initiatives at LA’s largest charter (~$200M) network of 25 schools 
  • Analyzed and prioritized 50+ R&D investments for a ~$64B beverage company 
  • Conducted due diligence for an automobile manufacturer acquiring a large RV competitor. Acquisition was the largest transaction in the company’s history
  • Analyzed competitors and industry trends to create a competitive intelligence report for a leading cruise company

Expertise

Industries

  • Automotive
  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • Industrials
  • Nonprofits
  • Private Equity
  • Retail
  • Tourism/Hospitality
  • Transportation Services

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Market Intelligence
  • GTM Strategy
  • Organizational Design
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

  • Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
  • AlphaSights
  • Aramsco
  • Ares
  • Authen Activewear
  • Avantax Wealth Management
  • ChromoLogic
  • Financial Recovery Technologies
  • Pepsi
  • Singer
  • Uber
  • Viking Cruises
  • Winnebago