Value Creation
Our Approach to Value Creation
The most successful and enduring companies have the ability to strike a balance between opportunity and risk.

Clear Thinking Group’s experience assisting troubled companies gives us a well-founded, unique perspective that’s of tangible benefit to healthy businesses as they pursue growth strategies.

We help clients identify, capture and manage opportunities to create value by balancing optimism and enthusiasm with a comprehensive understanding of hidden or long-term risks.
“I was skeptical about using consultants, but the Clear Thinking Group team won me over. Shortly after my company acquired our much larger customer and entered into the world of retail — and the challenges that come with it in 2016 — a colleague suggested that maybe Clear Thinking Group could help. They did. My team worked closely with the Clear Thinking Group team as we defined and developed a plan for our newly vertical business model. The plan took into account the realities we learned during the acquisition and many of the unknowns that surfaced post closing. Clear Thinking’s expertise saved me critical time, established important, quick wins, and — most importantly — helped to establish routines and tools for accountability that will serve us well into the future.”
— Patrick Cunnane, CEO - Advanced Sports Enterprises
“Clear Thinking Group provided the expertise and leadership needed in finance, operations, and IT to allow us to meet the many goals that we were hoping to achieve to improve our overall business.”
— Paul Gabriel - Gabriel Brothers
“Clear Thinking Group brings a high degree of operational and industry experience to the table. They were able to provide insight, and offer results-focused deliverables that added value and aligned with our strategic plan. I would highly recommend the CTG team.”
— Michael Blitzer, Operating Partner - Goode Partners
Services Offered
Business Enterprise Diagnostic
  • Detailed Review of Key Business Metrics
  • Review of Key Functional Areas
  • Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats Analysis
  • Benchmarking Key Metrics
  • Identification of “Quick Win” Initiatives
Strategic/Business Plan Development
  • Business Enterprise Diagnostic
  • High-level Enterprise Review
  • Development of Strategic and Business Plans
  • Benchmarking Key Metrics
  • Development of Detailed Time and Action Plans
  • Implementation of Key Initiatives
  • Change Management Support
Organizational Review
  • Organizational Structure
    • Review Current Organizational Structure
    • Recommend Changes
    • Development of Detailed Organizational Chart
  • Succession Planning
    • Identify Long Term Plans and Strategies
    • Assist Management In Screening Potential Candidates
    • Advise and Mentor Candidates
Merger & Acquisition Due Diligence & Integration Planning
  • Development of a 100-day Time and Action Plan
  • Pre-close Due Diligence
Project/Interim Management
  • Temporary Management of Company Personnel and Resources
  • Review of Pre-project Requirements
  • Creation of Detailed Time and Action Plans For Project Deliverables
Investment Banking/Advisory*
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Capital Raising
  • Public Markets Advisory
  • Strategic Advisory Related to Management Led Transactions

*Investment Banking/Advisory through third party broker-dealer

Strategic Communication*
  • Integrated Internal/External Communications Planning
  • Program Implementation: Traditional and Digital Tactics
  • Media Relations and Investor Communication

*Strategic Communication through Highlander Consulting

Clear Thinking Group's Advantage
Rigorous Diagnostic Process
Rigorous Diagnostic Process
All engagements begin with our data-driven business analysis.
Total Lifecycle Coverage
Total Lifecycle
 Coverage
We help clients capture new opportunities, and address challenges.
Cost-Effective Solutions
Tailored, Cost-Effective Solutions
Our size enables us to deliver tangible value to clients.
Partner and MD Involvement
Partner and MD Involvement
We provide hands-on involvement, from start to finish.
Industry-Focused Expertise
Industry-Focused Expertise
Our background in consumer products and retail is unmatched.
Representative Engagements
Value Creation
 
Provided merger and acquisition due diligence and integration planning.
Value Creation
Performed a business enterprise diagnostic, organizational review, and provided project/interim management.
Value Creation
Performed a business enterprise diagnostic including assisting with the 3 year business planning process.
Value Creation
Retained to perform a diagnostic related to management structure and reporting. Also assisted management in devising a plan to improve inventory productivity.
Value Creation
Retained to perform a business diagnostic with a focus on expense reductions, improving advertising and inventory productivity.
Value Creation
Retained to make recommendations for improving the processes and procedures related to quoting and estimating projects.
Value Creation
Retained to provide a strategy and operational business diagnostic in addition to assisting with supplier communications.
Value Creation
Retained to assist in developing new merchandising and planning/allocation processes to support accelerated store and sales growth.
Value Creation
 
Retained to assist with a review of the merchandising distribution and operations functions.
Value Creation
Provided a business diagnostic and strategic review. Additionally, assisted with the formation of a 3 year business plan.
Value Creation
Retained to perform a review of business plan key initiatives implementation. In addition, assisted management in selecting and implementing a new ERP system.
Value Creation
 
Provided merger and acquisition due diligence and integration planning.
Value Creation
Performed a business enterprise diagnostic, organizational review, and provided project/interim management.
Value Creation
Performed a business enterprise diagnostic including assisting with the 3 year business planning process.
Value Creation
Retained to perform a diagnostic related to management structure and reporting. Also assisted management in devising a plan to improve inventory productivity.
Value Creation
Retained to perform a business diagnostic with a focus on expense reductions, improving advertising and inventory productivity.
Value Creation
Retained to make recommendations for improving the processes and procedures related to quoting and estimating projects.
Value Creation
Retained to provide a strategy and operational business diagnostic in addition to assisting with supplier communications.
Value Creation
Retained to assist in developing new merchandising and planning/allocation processes to support accelerated store and sales growth.
Value Creation
 
Retained to assist with a review of the merchandising distribution and operations functions.
Value Creation
Provided a business diagnostic and strategic review. Additionally, assisted with the formation of a 3 year business plan.
Value Creation
Retained to perform a review of business plan key initiatives implementation. In addition, assisted management in selecting and implementing a new ERP system.
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