2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Significant responsibility at any level, direct client interactions, and interesting work.”
“The diversity of work assignments and our commitment to excellence.”
“The people I work with and the problems I help clients solve.”
“As with many consulting firms, travel can get tiring.”
“Teams can be small, creating large workloads for everyone.”
“Lack of brand and name recognition.”
“Have heard some great things from multiple sources and clients.”
“Solid strategy shop.”
“Excellent. Nice people.”
About The Keystone Group
Founded in 1991, The Keystone Group is a management consulting firm that works with mid-market manufacturing and distribution clients. The firm is based in Chicago, with another office in Atlanta.
Keystone operates in four main areas: profit and cash flow improvement, mergers and acquisition integration, profitable growth strategy, and operations improvement. Most of Keystone’s clients are in the manufacturing and distribution sphere, in industries as varied as consumer products to automotive to printing to software, and everything in between. This tight focus allows Keystone to provide significant experience to their clients’ toughest business challenges.
Experience with Support
The Keystone group places a strong emphasis on implementing every solution and recommendation. The vast majority of the firm's engagements include add-on implementation work to ensure ongoing support for clients. Keystone knows the importance of client interaction for its associates, as well as the benefits of experience for its clients. Assignment teams, therefore, are generally on the smaller side. And every team is headed up by a director taking point. The small teams allow for a more personal feel for the client, as well as significant experience for associates in the earlier stages of their careers, while director involvement provides their wealth of knowledge to the project and a steady management hand for the team.
Volunteering is an important aspect of the Keystone Group’s firm culture. Every year, the firm hosts a charity softball tournament. The proceeds go to Camperships for Nebagamon, a nonprofit group that provides financial assistance for kids to attend camps in northern Wisconsin. Keystone founder Andy Rolfe and his father, former Keystone director Mike Rolfe were both campers and later counselors at Camp Nebagamon while growing up, and the softball tournament was started in memory of the late Mike Rolfe. Since the tournament’s inception in 2010, Keystone has raised over $400,000 for “camperships.” In addition to this venture, Keystone hosts a biennial house-building trip, where firm employees travel abroad to build homes for needy families—recent build sites include Panama, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
In the News
TMA 2020 Small Transaction of the Year
Keystone is the proud recipient of the Turnaround Management Association's 2020 Small Transaction of the Year Award for Confluence Outdoor! The Keystone project team successfully negotiated a forbearance agreement and an over-advance to secure runway to lead a successful sale process – all in a 2-month timeframe!
311 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 960-3630
Employer Type: Private
President & CEO: Amar Shah
2020 Employees (All Locations): 35
Chicago, IL (Headquarters)
Los Angeles, CA
Profit and Cash Flow Improvement
Merger and Acquisition Integration
Profitable Growth Strategy