We are a duo of career consultants who are passionate about the Chicago community and helping its small businesses reach their full potential. As strategy consultants, we have both solved complex and often ambiguous problems for Fortune 500 companies. We believe the expertise of high-level strategy consulting shouldn’t just be reserved for the big guys, but offered to the small businesses that form the backbone of our Chicago neighborhoods. Our big dream is to empower local entrepreneurs to do what they do best: put a smile on the face of all Chicagoans, ourselves included.
AJ Curotto, Co-Founder
Currently an associate with EY-Parthenon, AJ has a depth of experience focused on large-scale mergers and acquisitions. Clients specifically turn to him for due diligence and rapid assessments to identify key business drivers and identify value creation opportunities. He has advised in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, aviation, media and entertainment, and consumer goods industries. If he wasn’t consulting, AJ would most likely be opening a pizza shop. Thin crust – no deep dish here.
Victoria Ivanova, Co-Founder
Victoria is currently an associate with Slalom Consulting. She has led organizational transformations, program development, and strategic pandemic response in the M&A, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, and public sector spaces. She has a degree in Finance and Business Law from Penn State and is a first-generation Bulgarian immigrant. Passionate, curious, and people-oriented, Victoria’s favorite spot is in a Greek cafe, drinking a Frappé.