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Dalton

Partner, Chicago

Bain provides an unparalleled opportunity to have an impact. In fact, I have found the firm really encourages entrepreneurial thinking and there are almost limitless ways to make a difference both internally and externally. double-quote-close

Why Bain?

I was initially drawn to Bain because it seemed like an incredible opportunity to gain exposure to a wide range of industries and business problems in a short period of time. Bain offered the most diverse portfolio of clients, consisting of large and small companies as well as private equity funds, which was especially appealing to me. Later, when I got to know the people at Bain, who I found incredibly talented but also down to earth, the decision to join became very easy.

My passion

Because of my sincere enthusiasm for Bain and my interest in getting to know our new people, I have gravitated toward recruiting leadership roles. After serving as our office's school team leader for University of Chicago MBA's, I have since taken over responsibility for Chicago undergraduate recruiting. A consulting firm is only as good as the people it attracts, and I really enjoy the opportunity to have such a lasting impact on the firm in this way.

Outside of work, I enjoy being the father of two small girls and I am an avid sports fan. Having grown up in Boston, I am enjoying the recent success of the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics and am an enthusiastic participant in our office's fantasy football and baseball leagues.

My favorite case

A recent packaging client of mine faced a severe threat to their core business from a superior substitute product made in Asia. We were able to help them devise a strategy to fend off this threat by a) developing a domestic manufacturing capability in the new product, b) focusing their sales/marketing efforts on customer segments less inclined to source from overseas, and c) optimizing their plant network to improve the competitiveness of their core business.

My personal results story

Bain provides an unparalleled opportunity to have an impact. In fact, I have found the firm really encourages entrepreneurial thinking and there are almost limitless ways to make a difference both internally and externally. In terms of client results, one of my proudest moments was when our client sold the business for a $500M premium over market value based largely on a full potential strategy we developed and shared with prospective buyers. Internally, I have found multiple opportunities to get involved and make a change. Examples include redesigning our office's mentoring program, upgrading our recruiting website, and enhancing our summer internship program. Our management is very supportive of those who are dissatisfied with the status quo, and who have a passion to roll up their sleeves and make a change to the firm for the better.

A final thought

If you really like to learn and you do your best work when you are truly challenged, Bain is an amazing place to be. I can't imagine a career that would have provided more opportunities for personal growth, deep relationships, and fun over the past eight years of my life. I truly enjoy going to work every day and realize how lucky I am to be able to say that.