2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Immediate and immense level of responsibility.”
“Exposure to C-suite-level decision making.”
“Flat structure. Family culture.”
“High-stress client situations.”
“Lack of brand recognition.”
“Small consulting firm but seems interesting.”
“Well-known, prestigious firm.”
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.
311 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 960-3630
Employer Type: Private
President & CEO: Amar Shah
2019 Employees (All Locations): 30
Chicago, IL (Headquarters)
Profit and Cash Flow Improvement
Merger and Acquisition Integration
Profitable Growth Strategy