Danny J.

Danny J.


Former PE Senior Associate - Transitioned from Big 3 Consulting - Lower MM

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Studied at UCLA Anderson School of Management

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Works at McKinsey & Company

Available June 25 at 2:30 AM UTC

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Danny’s Private Equity Qualifications

Experience level: Senior Associate

10+ people coached for Private Equity

Danny has helped clients get into these companies:

My expertise here lies within the Consulting to Mid-Market PE transition. After starting a family while at McKinsey, I pivoted into Private Equity at Tower Arch Capital in Salt Lake City, Utah - the first and only firm I interviewed with. I then personally helped a dozen Consultants from the BYU network land offers at lower-upper middle market firms in the next ~24 months by sharing my "playbook" on building a top notch candidacy, strategizing timing, weighing opportunities, networking naturally & intentionally, and preparing tactically for home-run interviews.

Danny can help with:

Resume Review

Networking Strategy

LinkedIn Review

Technical Interview Prep

Promotion Strategy

Behavioral Interview Prep

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About Danny

Out of undergrad at BYU I landed an offer at McKinsey & Co., where I worked for 3 years in the Denver office across a variety of industries and functions. While there, I was McKinsey's recruiting lead for BYU's full-time applicant pipeline, and designed the coaching, mentoring, and interview prep programs for dozens of candidates each year. During that time, we elevated BYU from a regional school to a "Target School" for McKinsey nationally. My individual interview prep and case coaching mentorship has helped 20+ aspiring candidates land Big 3 consulting offers. I also was a lead interviewer for multiple recruiting cycles. After starting a family, I left McKinsey with an "offer to return" and pivoted into Private Equity at Tower Arch Capital in Salt Lake City, Utah - the first and only firm I interviewed with. After 2 years in PE, McKinsey sponsored my MBA at UCLA Anderson, and fulfilled a childhood dream interning for Nike in their Finance Leadership Development program before finishing Year 2 in LA. After graduating in the Spring of '23, I started back at McKinsey as a Sr. Associate where I continue to work across industries and functions.

Why do I coach?

Coaching and tutoring are a part of who I am - I tutored through HS and college, was an Athlete Tutor in the BYU Athletic Department, and have even built up my own ACT coaching business since high school. Helping dozens of others launch their careers by landing Big 3 consulting offers out of undergrad has been the most fulfilling aspect of my work experience to this point, and I'm excited to keep growing that number as a coach on Leland!

Work Experience

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Senior Associate

McKinsey & Company

August 2023 - Present

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Finance Leadership Development Intern


June 2022 - August 2022

Leading an end-to-end integration strategy to connect Nike memberships in third-party partner stores and websites, to enable a wider understanding of where Nike members show up in the marketplace and better serve and create unique experiences / benefits for those members.

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Senior Associate

Tower Arch Capital

May 2019 - July 2021

Private Equity Associate May 2019 – June 2020 • Executed highly active portfolio management (3 companies), deal diligence and investment analyses for $720M Fund I & II; analyzed 100+ investment opportunities across industries; built robust, dynamic valuation models and financial analyses Portfolio Investment – KIINDE – $15M Baby & Mother’s Care products portfolio company • Appointed interim CFO and Controller, leading all financial aspects of Company performance for 18 months including monthly financials, cash forecasts, budgets, and cost initiatives while navigating performance back into Covenant compliance • Led ERP systems implementation from QuickBooks to NetSuite; managed disparate stakeholders across 10+ third-party teams; executed all transition deliverables including data restructuring and migration, system configuration, and workflow customization • Developed robust budget and 13-week Cash Flow forecast models from scratch and drove quarterly analysis of cost reduction initiatives resulting in a $2M+ EBITDA improvement (increasing EBITDA by more than 80%) • Designed and deployed quarterly customer insight survey that produced insights such as a top decile customer satisfaction score, a customer Lifetime Value of $100+, a 40%+ sample kit conversion rate, and the highest demanded new products ideas New Deal – ONE STOP MAILING (OSM) – $300M+ Shipping consolidator / expeditor • Quarterbacked $33M investment of equity (~$100M total deal) in largest and most complex transaction in firm’s history on very lean deal team, requiring 2x the normal amount of due diligence, accounting, and legal work to finalize deal in the same 8 week timeframe • Created unanimously approved investment thesis highlighting value-add plan, primary company, industry, and competitor due diligence, e-commerce and D2C tailwinds, and in-depth customer growth and trends analysis • Built dynamic monthly returns model incorporating revenue by customer and by mail-class based on detailed business diligence, customer calls, and sales forecasts; new insight discovered (run-rate tracking above forecast) was key to closing deal

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Senior Analyst

McKinsey & Company

October 2017 - May 2019

• Received offer to return as a Senior Associate • Directed all full-time BYU recruiting pipeline efforts and invented candidate mentoring program; increased offers at BYU by 267% Business Transformation – $10B+ Steel producer • Implemented relentless Transformation Office culture and cadence to capture $100M EBITDA target at St. Louis plant by orchestrating bottoms-up-planning phase, coaching 20 plant ideation sessions, and identifying 900+ cost reduction initiatives • Drove initiative valuation process with Plant CFO; developed & administered 15 trainings to 150 initiative leaders on novel software In-store Operations Strategy & Turnaround – $50B+ Membership Big-box merchandiser • Established customized Turnaround Office to transform entire in-store layout and redesign store operations across 600 US locations • Spearheaded cross-functional project management system to drive on-track status across 15 workstreams and 30+ stakeholders

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Business Analyst

McKinsey & Company

October 2016 - September 2017

Customer Experience Rotation – McKinsey’s internal Customer Experience Practice • Constructed extensive Customer Journey industry benchmark studies for 100+ companies across 5 key industries Sales Acceleration SWAT Team – Leading Advanced Electronic components distributor • Engineered sales tools to focus reps on largest, ‘quick-win’ opportunities to close $100M+ in-Quarter target revenue gap • Achieved $40M+ in-Quarter impact in 4 weeks by leading solo training tour to 500+ sales reps in 10 cities in 10 days

Danny was also given offers to work at

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UCLA Anderson School of Management

Masters, MBA

2021 - 2023

• GMAT: 710

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Brigham Young University

Bachelor's, Business Strategy

2010 - 2016

• Honors: Cum Laude, GPA 3.93, ACT 34, BYU Heritage Scholar (4 years tuition, <2% qualify); Marriott School Dean’s List (Top 5%) • Leadership: Vice President – BYU Marriott School Student Body

Danny was also personally admitted to

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    Yale School of Management

  • USC Marshall School of Business Logo

    USC Marshall School of Business

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