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February 3, 2016

How Beauty Brands Can Survive Walmart’s New Fees and Payment Terms

This article was written by Mike Musso and was originally posted on GCI Magazine For the first time in its history, Walmart is charging slotting fees. While this practice is common in mass retailing, Walmart has long stood apart by not participating in the pay-to-play game. Now, brands will have to pay to be on […]

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May 20, 2015

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast: How Building a Strong Culture Has Been Essential to Our Growth, and How it can Fuel Your Growth as Well

Having a strong company culture will not guarantee success, but it sure helps. Building, fostering and nurturing a great culture is one of the most important things a business can do to recruit, retain, and motivate a talented workforce – certainly one of, if not the, most important assets of a business. We speak from […]

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April 28, 2015

Growing Business, Shrinking Profits?

When times are good, businesses often invest – new hires, new equipment – to keep the good times rolling. When times are bad, businesses also invest – marketing, sales, new product or service offerings – to stem the tide. Investment is good when there is return on investment. But too much investment – in good […]

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December 1, 2014

Value Add: Research Indicates a Connection Between M&A Communications and Market Performance

A recent report finds a correlation between a company’s M&A announcement activity and its outperformance in the market. The research, conducted jointly by technology provider Intralinks and the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, focuses on the drivers of shareholder value creation. It is the first of a two-part report that more broadly examines […]

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November 5, 2014

Conway MacKenzie is the Premier Sponsor of TMA Chicago/Midwest Chapter Event

Conway MacKenzie is sponsoring the upcoming Turnaround Management Association Chicago/Midwest Chapter Annual Executive Speaker Forum as the Premier Event Table Purchaser. The event, which is being held on Monday, November 24, 2014 in Chicago, will feature 2012 Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as the keynote speaker. While the TMA has announced […]

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November 4, 2014

Van Conway to be Inducted into M&A Advisors Hall of Fame

Conway MacKenzie is proud to announce that its Chief Executive Officer and President, Van Conway, is being inducted into the M&A Advisors Hall of Fame on November 17, 2014. As part of his induction, he is also being honored with a 2014 Leadership Award. About the Award The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to […]

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October 28, 2014

Be Prepared for Black Swans

In his 2007 best-selling book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, author Nassim Nicholas Taleb argues that history has been shaped by unforeseen events – both positive and negative – whose probabilities are underestimated because they are difficult to comprehend. Taleb calls such events black swans, which he defines as “an event […]

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October 19, 2014

Colleges Either Change Course or Falter

There’s a sea change coming to the model of higher-education, and Greg Charleston knows how to build the raft. Our Senior Managing Director outlined three ways that college and university administrators can enable their institutions for survival in the coming decades, discussed here in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  

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October 15, 2014

The Importance of Valuation

“If business schools could offer just one course, it would not be on stock trading, the efficient market hypothesis or modern portfolio theory. Rather, B-schools should be encouraging students to learn the boring, but critically important, discipline of business valuation.” This quote from Warren Buffet underscores why valuation is such an important issue in business. Having […]

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October 10, 2014

Business Lessons and the Bacon Bowl

Although it’s usually best to be diversified in business, sometimes you have no choice but to have all your eggs in one basket. Or, in the case of one small Mississippi company, all your bacon in one bowl. According to The Wall Street Journal, a “down on its luck” small town of 1,500 got a […]

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October 7, 2014

How to Eat an Elephant

Sometimes we’re called in to help a company in distress overcome a set of challenges. Other times it’s to assist a company that’s hitting on all cylinders capitalize on an opportunity. Regardless of the situation, from strategy to execution there’s much to plan and do to ensure a successful outcome. So what’s the best way […]

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September 4, 2014

U.S. Auto Sales Surge in August 

The auto recalls over the past few months barely made a scratch in sales, it seems. Despite numerous recalls for car manufacturers, automakers sold 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. in August – up 3 percent from the same period last year. In fact, sales this past August surpassed sales from last year, even though […]

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July 3, 2014

U.S. Private Jobs Spike in June

A recent report from payrolls processor ADP reported that the U.S. private hiring sector hit a 1-1/2 year high in June. According to the report, private employers added 281,000 workers to payrolls last month, which is a 179,000 increase from May. Read this Reuters article for an overview of the findings and how some are comparing […]

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