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

VP Strategy, Blucora

AVP Corporate Strategy & Development, AT&T

Case Team Leader, Bain & Company

Ops Officer, U.S. Intel Community

MBA, Duke University

BS, Electrical Engineering, Missouri S&T University

Representative Projects

  • Planned and executed multiple domestic and international high-stakes telecommunications auctions with $18B+ acquisitions
  • Developed growth strategy for recently-acquired specialty insurance company resulting in customer acquisition of $30B anchor client
  • Led development of wealth management M&A growth strategy with $20B in asset growth potential
  • Established and led annual strategic planning process for Fortune 10 firm
  • Formed and led program management of new global joint venture for five major telecommunications firms achieving technical prototypes in 6 weeks
  • Established program management organization and governance committee for $81B in wireless radio spectrum assets
  • Conducted due diligence of $1.4B U.S. Government subsidy auction, identifying significant flaws in auction and program design, and advocating for change with FCC
  • Led due diligence team of new 5G technology and resulting deployment cost model
  • Managed creation of wealth management profit improvement plan with new pricing to realize $45M in incremental gross profit

Expertise

Industries

  • Financial Services
  • Military & Intelligence
  • Speciality Retail
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

Expertise

  • Growth Strategy
  • Auction Planning & Execution
  • Strategic Planning & Program Management
  • Due Diligence
  • Profit Improvement

Representative Clients

Companies

  • AT&T
  • Blucora, Inc.
  • $10B Speciality Insurer
  • Fortune 10 Financial Services Firm
  • $15B speciality retailer
  • Top 5 private equity firm
  • Top 20 private equity firm
  • U.S. Intelligence Community Agency

Founder, Viking Vision Consulting

Global Strategy Director, AB InBev

Strategy Director, Mattel

Strategy Senior Manager, Mars, Inc.

Consultant, Bain & Company

MBA, Columbia Business School

BS, Mathematics, The University of Texas at Austin

BA, Economics, The University of Texas at Austin

Representative Projects

  • Developed a multi-year regression-based forecast and conducted portfolio analysis to identify growth and margin improvement opportunities for a ~$350M consumer durables business
  • Defined and developed the data and analytics service portfolio and supported the Tableau implementation for the largest public healthcare system in the United States
  • Developed investor pitch deck for the cosmetics division carve-out of a $600M+ consumer products business
  • Led development of the 5-year strategic plan for the Asia Pacific unit of a $4B+ global consumer products company
  • At AB InBev, created 10-year total forecast and scenario development tool to support long-range strategic planning and CAPEX investment prioritization
  • At Mattel, led diligence and post-acquisition integration efforts of a children’s tablet and software manufacturer

Expertise

Industries

  • Consumer Products
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Packaged Food & Beverage
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Toys & Games

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Profit Improvement
  • Marketing
  • Analytics

Representative Clients

Companies

  • $350M+ privately held emergency vehicle lighting company
  • $600M+ consumer products company
  • $48M+ global consumer products company
  • NYC Health & Hospitals

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

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

  • COO, J&S Audio Visual
  • VP, Apple Leisure Group
  • Principal, Plutus Capital
  • Principal, SunTx Partners
  • Consultant, Bain & Company
  • J.D. University of Virginia Law School with emphasis on M&A
  • B.S., B.A. Southern Methodist University Dallas

Representative Projects

  • Developed cost reduction initiative for large public property management company based in Toronto/New York.  Led business process outsourcing plan for several back-office functions including HR, Payroll, F&A, Call Center.
  • Consolidated back-offices functions of three PE-backed travel companies and 10 different business departments including Operations, Call Center Customer Service, F&A, Rate Loading saving $6mm annually.  
  • Oversaw divestment of large $250M E-commerce business for a PE backed company which included winding down operations and data-centers.
  • COO of $100M+ PE-backed hotel services business encompassing 400+ employees.  Oversaw FP&A and all aspects of Operations. Created Key Performance Indicators, vision, and strategy for group.
  • Created continuous improvement office which identified bottlenecks in a $1B+ Canadian copper mining operation,  increasing production by 18%.
  • Developed outsourcing plan for large software application company identifying over $20M in annual savings.
  • Created Centralized Procurement office for major aero-space defense contractor which consolidated purchasing efforts with company’s largest suppliers saving 12%.

Expertise

Industries

  • Airline
  • Business Services
  • Defense
  • Mining
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Tourism/Hospitality
  • Transportation Services

Project Types

  • SG&A Reduction
  • BPO
  • Operations Optimization
  • KPI Dashboards
  • Business Process Transformation
  • M&A Assessment/PMI
  • PMO

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Brookfield Properties
  • Apple Leisure Group
  • Woolworths (Australia)
  • Ned Bank (South Africa)
  • Teck Industries (Canada)
  • Sabre Group
  • Rio-Tinto (Australia)
  • Expedia/Travelocity
  • Freeman Industries
  • United Airlines
  • Lockheed-Martin

PE Firms

  • Plutus Capital
  • SunTx Capital

  • FounFounder, Practiko, LLC
  • Managing Director, WM Partners 
  • Co-founder, PadInMotion
  • Principal, Bain & Company
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • MSc, Economics, LSE
  • BA, Economics, ITESM

Representative Projects

  • Co-led the creation of a ~$300M fund focused on nutritional supplements. Sold to Clorox for ~$700M. Rolled up five nutritional supplement players, doubling revenue and increasing EBITDA 10x within three years. 
  • Created a customer focused growth strategy for a major pharma company focused on customer driven growth doubling stock value within 12 months
  • Co-founder of PadInMotion, providing tablet technology for patients at hospitals, achieving exponential growth in first five years
  • Developed detailed growth strategy (brand-pack) to reactivate growth for a beverage company in a mature market to reach >8% CAG
  • Redesigned organization of major retailer in Mexico to double LATAM business in 5 years with lower costs
  • Redesigned new commercial model to boost efficient growth for a major pharma company
  • Developed multiple R&D and growth strategies for a variety of mid and large pharma customers across different therapeutic areas such as oral contraceptives, cardiovascular, and ophthalmology
  • Conducted due diligence and created an expansion strategy for a network of radiotherapy centers

Expertise

Industries

  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Products
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Health & Wellness
  • Healthcare Services
  • Industrials
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Post-merger Integration
  • Organizational Design
  • Marketing
  • Profit Improvement
  • Due Diligence
  • Strategy Implementation

Representative Clients

Companies

  • 3 of the top 5 pharma companies
  • National chain of pharmacies
  • Mid size pharma
  • Network of radiotherapy centers
  • Leading mass retailer
  • Global beverage company
  • Leading multinational food player
  • Global beer company
  • Leading international green house operator

PE Firms

  • Top tier PE firms
  • Mid size PE firm
  • Founding member of WM Partners focused on health and wellness
  • International producer of specialty chemicals

Mark Hess   

Founder

  • Founder, Maven Associates
  • Principal, Stagen
  • VP Strategy & BD, GES
  • Manager, Bain & Company
  • Engineer, Black & Veatch
  • MBA, Tuck-Dartmouth
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
  • BA, Economics, Claremont McKenna College

Representative Projects

  • Led development of 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
  • Conducted a 3-week due diligence of a PE acquisition target in the equipment moving space
  • Led the development of a profit improvement plan 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
  • Built a growth strategy for a ~$200M luxury recreational boat manufacturer
  • Conducted a 3-week due diligence of a PE acquisition target in the land management space
  • Developed detailed analysis of the Top 20 competitors of a national big box retailer
  • Created a growth strategy for a ~$100M SaaS business

Expertise

Industries

  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Transportation Services

Project Types

  • Due Diligence
  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A/PMI
  • Marketing/Branding
  • Organizational Design
  • Profit Improvement

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Cobalt Boats
  • At Home
  • Safariland
  • PointClickCare
  • WorldStrides
  • Alliance Equipment
  • Arterra Wines
  • Craftmark Bakery
  • Raybern’s
  • PDC
  • Best Egg

PE Firms

  • Carlyle Group
  • JMI Equity
  • Ontario Teachers
  • Anchor Partners
  • Satori Capital

  • Founding Partner, Novo Management Consultants
  • Senior Consultant, Delta Partners
  • Consultant, Bain & Company
  • Active Angel investor (>15 start-ups across US, Asia)
  • B.tech, Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Kharagpur
  • National Math Olympiad winner, India

Representative Projects

  • Led re-org for growth exercise for the 2nd largest Credit bureau in the world. Complete analysis and re-design of functions and roles & responsibilities
  • Commercial turnaround (pricing, products & services, campaigns, sales) across more than 15 countries for the largest Telco group in Middle east & Africa
  • Market entry strategy (India) for one of the largest Tire manufacturers in the world
  • Commercial Due Diligence for an India based BPO for the largest financial services player in US
  • Net Promoter score analysis for one of the largest retail chains in the US. Created a product matrix at an SKU level
  • Complete Analytics and Business Intelligence Unit set up the 2nd largest Telco group in Middle East & Africa. Involved liasoning with all CXOs and two external tech vendors

Expertise

Industries

  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Private Equity
  • Retail
  • Telecom

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • International Expansion
  • Commercial Strategy
  • Pricing
  • Consumer Behavior Analytics
  • Organizational Design
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Vodafone Group
  • TransUnion Canada
  • MTN Group
  • Walmart
  • Zain Group
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Bharti Airtel
  • Raymond Industries
  • Click.ai

PE Firms

  • Bain Capital
  • Delta Partners

  • Principal, Hanafi Strategy
  • Senior Director, IT Strategy & Innovation, DIRECTV/AT&T
  • COO, Folio3
  • Consultant, Bain & Company
  • Director/Strategy Lead, Viant
  • Financial Analyst, Citigroup Smith Barney
  • BA, Columbia University

Representative Projects

  • Providing Agile PMO and strategy planning support for a federal government agency
  • Planned and supported ~$225M multi-year digital transformation for a large consumer products company
  • Acted as Portfolio Lead for data management and governance initiative for a large consumer products company
  • Conducted IT cost benchmarking analysis for a large telecom provider, identifying ~$70-120M opportunity to right-size spend mix
  • Developed digital platform strategy for sports and news networks division of a Fortune 100 cable company
  • Led financial management and spend analysis for savings portion of $1B IT synergy savings program for M&E company post-merger integration
  • Developed strategies for new digital capabilities in areas such as cloud computing, Big Data, social business and API’s for a large M&E company
  • Led enterprise-wide information management strategy covering all major business units and entire information value chain for a large M&E company
  • Developed IT strategic plans and managed multi-year roadmaps for multiple, complex IT capabilities for a large M&E company

Expertise

Industries

  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Telecom

Project Types

  • IT/Digital Strategy
  • Digital Transformation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Corporate Development/M&A Strategy
  • Business Planning
  • Agile PMO
  • Product Management

Representative Clients

Companies

  • CenturyLink
  • Charter Communications
  • Federal Government Agency
  • Harman/Samsung
  • Mattel
  • PTC
  • Seagate
  • Sears
  • VNU/Nielsen

PE Firms

  • American Express
  • Charles Schwab
  • General Dynamics

  • Founder, TopFlight Ventures
  • SVP Strategy & Product, Oakley
  • Board Director, 2 public & 9 private
  • Director, Nike Subsidiaries
  • CEO, Jax Holdings
  • Manager, Bain & Company
  • MBA, Stanford
  • BS, Thermos Engineering, Harvey Mudd College

Representative Projects

  • Drove the innovation, R&D, supply chain, merchandising and consumer experience for $2.5B sports company
  • Led the omni-channel strategy and team for 450 retail door openings and $300M in digital sales transforming the consumer experience and segmentation
  • Built new customer segmentation for $1.1B marketplace focused on profitable growth: acquisition costs, lifetime value, referral economics
  • Built new brand positioning for a $300M on-line consumer goods brand.  Shifted to a premium, higher margin position with strong CLV and loyalty characteristics.
  • Rebuilt the strategy and shareholder economics for faltering $2.3B on-line retailer of household goods.  
  • Conducted due diligence, built shareholder value model, wrote IPO book for $100M Cannabis company
  • Built $20M real estate portfolio identifying properties, price, and operational priorities returning 22% annually.  
  • Complete overhaul of brand, consumer experience, and lifetime value for $200M cannabis portfolio.  Drove 30% CAGR over the next two years.
  • Due Diligence, negotiation, acquisition, and integration strategy for a $2.3B lifestyle footwear company and $250M Surf/lifestyle Brand

Expertise

Industries

  • Cannabis
  • Consumer Products
  • e-Commerce
  • Retail
  • Technology

Project Types

  • Consumer Experience
  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Product Innovation
  • Loyalty/Retention
  • Branding
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Nike
  • Oakley
  • Converse
  • Slang Worldwide
  • RedBubble
  • OverStock
  • Organa Brands
  • Skull Candy
  • Hurley
  • Bauer

PE Firms

  • Bain Capital
  • TPG Group
  • TopFlight Ventures

  • Owner, ORCA Consulting LLC
  • Case Team Leader, Bain & Company
  • Senior Associate, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC
  • Engineer, Northrop Grumman
  • MBA, Booth (U Chicago), concentration in entrepreneurship
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, UCLA
  • Minor, Accounting, UCLA

Representative Projects

  • Built recommendation for market entry of new product in innovation department of $26B consumer goods company
  • Led development of international portfolio strategy for $3.5B global manufacturing company prioritization of growth, sustain, divesture of multiple recent acquisitions
  • Created new US pricing strategy for newly created pricing team at $24B consumer goods company and integrated new pricing vendor into process
  • Built recommendation for market entry into new health care space for national retail company based on assessment of current landscape and future health care trends
  • Conducted a 1-week due diligence of a PE acquisition target in the conference management space
  • Conducted a 1-week due diligence of a PE acquisition target in the software registration space
  • Conducted a 1-week due diligence of a PE acquisition target in the health care services space

Expertise

Industries

  • Agriculture
  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Technology

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Due Diligence
  • M&A
  • Pricing Strategy

Representative Clients

Companies

  • McDonalds
  • Kraft Heinz
  • CVS
  • Walmart
  • Regal Beloit
  • Nutrien

PE Firms

  • Carlyle Group
  • Pamlico Capital
  • Gemspring Capital
  • GTCR
  • Sterling Partners

  • Founder, Radii Group
  • Head of Industry Expansion, Kinnek
  • Case Team Leader, Bain & Company
  • Senior Analyst, Analysis Group
  • MBA, MIT Sloan
  • MA, Economics, Boston University
  • BA, Economics, and BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan

Representative Projects

  • Built M&A function of new corporate venture arm, then co-led deals in FinTech and B2B platforms, including ~$20M in closed deals
  • For several venture funds, explored new investment categories and potential investment opportunities, standardized financial planning and owned portfolio tracking
  • Provided company diligence, and post-merger support for several investments by corporate fund
  • Created strategy and roadmap for Shared Services of top Corporate Incubator
  • Project-managed stand up and execution of Global and U.S. pricing strategy for CPG multinational
  • Supported three Media startups in fundraise, including cap tables, board materials and board presence
  • Built complex 1- and 5-year financial models for several CPG/retail clients (including 3-statement)
  • Worked with several clients to build business models and projections to commercialize disruptive tech

Expertise

Industries

  • B2B Platforms
  • Consumer Products
  • Defense
  • FinTech
  • Private Equity
  • Quick Service Retail
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Venture Capital

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Venture Capital
  • M&A
  • Financial Modeling
  • Due Diligence
  • Operating Model Design
  • Pricing Strategy

Representative Clients

Companies

  • McDonald’s
  • AB-InBev
  • IBM
  • Macy’s
  • SAIC
  • Farmer’s Fridge

PE Firms

  • AB-InBev Corporate Ventures (Z-Tech Ventures; ZX Ventures)
  • Store No 8 (Wal-Mart Corporate Venture)
  • Slow Ventures
  • Route 66 Ventures

  • Director, Mattel (Sales & marketing for Target account)
  • Case Team Leader / Consultant / Senior Associate Consultant / Associate Consultant, Bain & Company
  • MBA, Kellogg School of Management @ Northwestern University
  • BEng, Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University

Representative Projects

  • At Mattel, built a comprehensive view of Mattel’s retail performance annually at Target. Advised Sr Execs at Target on best promotional retail strategy in-store and online to promote products from ~15 Mattel brands.
  • For a Fortune 50 drugstore retailer, acted as Engagement Manager for a market landscape/competitive deep-dive project specifically focused on improving profitability overall through increased loyalty in pharmacy
  • For a US-based Fortune 100 retailer built a competitive landscape of the Beauty space and evaluated ~40 companies for inorganic acquisition.
  • For ~$10B Beauty company, developed a comprehensive view of the Luxury & Prestige cosmetics market landscape including consumer-driven market segmentation, and opportunity identification in 8 market segments based on primary and secondary research
  • Medical Devices: For a Fortune 500 leader in Medical Devices, created pricing strategy for Marketing department of $1B division through primary and secondary research
  • Arts & Crafts: Revised procurement strategy for SVP of Procurement overseeing $300M budget and 50+ vendors, resulting in $14M savings
  • Private equity: Performed diligence on 9 different acquisition targets (mostly consumer-facing organizations) through 1,000+ customer and expert cold-calls.

Expertise

Industries

  • Agriculture
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Beauty
  • Beverages
  • Fashion
  • Gardening
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Telecom
  • Toys
  • Vision Services

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Consumer Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Profit Improvement
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Target (customer)
  • Nestle
  • Mars
  • Kohl’s
  • Walgreens
  • Motorola
  • Medtronic
  • Express Scripts
  • Shiseido
  • Vera Bradley
  • Wilton
  • Burpee

PE Firms

  • Anchor Partners
  • Ares Management

  • Senior Principal, Founding Member, BCG Digital Ventures
  • Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
  • Americas Practice Manager, McKinsey Retail Practice
  • Founding Team, GlobalGiving.com
  • Advisor, Jaanuu.com
  • Engineer, Procter & Gamble
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering

Representative Projects

  • Developed a portfolio of investable new ventures for a major mattress company undergoing disruption. Newco outperformed top competitor by 80% in initial testing alone
  • For iconic denim brand, led team of 15 to re-engineer subscale e-commerce business. Drove 20% lift over plan within 5 months. Simultaneously re-imagined future state experience and defined new marketplace venture
  • For iconic retailer, designed personalized experiences in and around store to drive lifetime value. Solution leveraged new personalization platform.
  • Defined promotions strategy for $30 billion retailer, resulting in nearly $200 million in gross profit opportunity.
  • Redesigned and piloted new store format for a $30 billion multi-format retailer. Transformed layout, assortment and merchandising across key departments.
  • Developed $3 billion growth strategy for $4 billion multi-format specialty retailer. Analyzed customer segmentation, market trends and client capabilities to grow across existing formats and through new concepts
  • Led post-merger integration of sales and marketing functions following $1billion acquisition of CPG company

Expertise

Industries

  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare Services
  • Restaurants
  • Retail

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Digital Innovation
  • eCommerce
  • Transformation
  • Design Thinking

Representative Clients

  • Large Mattress Brand
  • Iconic Restaurant Retailer
  • Iconic Denim Brand
  • Luxury Fashion Brand
  • Major High Tech Player
  • Top Pet Retailer
  • Major Telecom Retailer
  • Major Canadian Big Box Retailer
  • Multi-Format Specialty Retailer
  • Major Life Insurance Company
  • Top Australian Bank
  • Newegg.com
  • Chromadex