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Downstream Energy Business Consulting Group

MATRIX CONSULTING SERVICES

Matrix Consulting Services (“MCS”) is a business consulting group that focuses on helping businesses perform better within the highly competitive Downstream Energy & Convenience Retail industry. In addition to individual consulting with business owners and industry executives, the MCS Group provides an opportunity to participate in an innovative and experiential program, The Principal Imperative (“PI”). This proprietary, comprehensive business management system teaches business owners how to create and implement a business strategy that ultimately generates company growth and drives financial returns. The system also helps guide closely‐held businesses with ownership and management succession challenges. The program consists of four meetings per year and participation is limited to ten companies or less.

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This unique program is outlined in more detail below:

DURATION:

Meetings take place at the beginning of each quarter that includes both the principal and one key executive. The executive may change depending on the content focus for each meeting. The total process takes 12 months. The principal and executive will work together with other company participants and the Matrix facilitators to learn the Principal Imperative system, identify “right” practices, and build action strategies for implementation within their own leadership team.

DISTINCT AND MEASURABLE SYSTEM:

The PI system guides principals and other company executives in the exploration of the company’s opportunities to build and expand their business, creating comprehensive plans to achieve long‐term success in a distinct and measurable manner. The learning and work expectations are rigorous. The PI system focuses on bottom‐line improvements that increase corporate value and long‐term company success. Participants who fully engage in the PI system, including completion of all on‐the‐job application activities, will be empowered with a new skill set that can immediately be put to use.

EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTORS & FACILITATORS:

The PI experience was developed by instructors with years of hands‐on expertise leading and working closely with executives in the Downstream Energy & Convenience Retail industry and beyond. The program experience will be led by top‐notch facilitators and instructors supported by the Matrix transaction team. Their broad knowledge and industry expertise will offer participants a unique perspective on business development, valuations and current trends in the marketplace.

PROGRAM DESIGN:

Participants will meet quarterly (2‐day sessions) working with executive facilitators that bring hands‐on expertise and leading‐edge thinking to help participants develop a customized “Company Success Plan”. Participants will be assigned homework after each session to apply what they have learned and prepare for the next session. This is not a peer‐networking group that meets with a focus on sharing best practices or exchanging corporate financial measurements, nor is it an educational seminar focused solely on one aspect of training and development.

VARIED LEARNING MODALITIES:

Program learning is based on the 70/20/10 rule of adult‐learning. Ten percent of learning comes from the leading‐edge curriculum and guidance by the program instructors. Twenty percent comes from cohort sharing with fellow (noncompeting) participants, and 70% of learning comes from application and implementation experiences with the leadership teams from each company.

A NEW PERSPECTIVE:

The PI system and quarterly experiences promise to invigorate executives who attend, providing fresh thinking and problem‐solving techniques to enhance company leadership capabilities and drive increased company performance.

BUSINESS AND TALENT INTEGRATION APPROACH:

Over the 12 months, development of the long‐term “Company Success Plan” will also include putting together a comprehensive talent development plan. This plan will drive company alignment, define and connect the company strategy to the human capital strategy and set priorities for operational and financial targets. These plans enhance the implementation process and create lasting change with strong culture and governance policies for each company.

What our Clients Are saying

  • “This was a complex assignment due to the number of entities involved, the decentralized nature of our operations and the diversity of goals for the shareholder base. The Matrix team overcame every obstacle and guided us to a successful transaction for all concerned. I would recommend Matrix to any ownership group considering a transition.”

    Bill Updike, President
    CMA Supply Co., Inc.
  • “I have been the ‘shepherd’ of the F.L. Roberts’ company assets for over forty years and have been fortunate to lead Roberts with the help of a talented executive and advisory team adding very successful ventures in other related business spaces.  Many of these ventures have become consumer favorites in our region.  Selling was the most difficult challenge I have ever had to face.  Matrix quickly grasped the meaningfulness of our asset mix and how to capitalize on the significant value our team had created.  This was a challenge they crafted into a successful sale strategy.  I am very indebted to their talented team.”

    Steven Roberts, CFO
    F.L. Roberts and Company, Inc.
  • “The professionals at Matrix guided us through an extensive process to identify, approach and negotiate the sale of our company. They were with us throughout the entire process, and in the final analysis, provided us with the confidence that we had achieved the best possible transaction from the marketplace.”

    Robert Betzig, Chairman and Founder
    Ann Arbor Machine Company
  • “Matrix’s advice, assistance and professionalism throughout this process has resulted in a positive outcome for all parties. As always, it was a pleasure working with the folks at Matrix.”

    David Hrinak, Executive Vice President and COO
    CrossAmerica Partners LP
  • “It was a bittersweet decision for us to sell the company.  But having met Tom, Spencer and Tod over the years and knowing that they knew David and were sensitive to our situation, Matrix felt like the right fit in guiding us through the complex process of finding the right buyer for our company.  Our employees are family and it was important for us to find the perfect fit to preserve our family culture.  Matrix’s professionalism and compassion exceeded our expectations.”

    Debi Erickson
    Erickson Oil Products, Inc.