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A Manager’s
Perspective

Peter Palys is a Manager with Alvarez & Marsal Consumer and Retail Group in Dallas. He joined A&M CRG team last August, after completing his Wharton MBA in May.

A Day in the Life

Here’s an account – in Peter’s words – of a typical day working as an A&M Manager.

6:15 am
I wake up a bit earlier than I was typically used to, since I live on the West Coast – and I always start with some much-needed coffee. While making an espresso-based drink - usually a latte, I check email and Teams messages from colleagues that work on the other Coast.
7:00 am
First client meetings begin, usually followed by my team’s 30 -minute daily check-in, or the weekly client’s broader A&M team update (since there are multiple workstreams going on at the same time, as part of the transformation). A plan for the day and week is established, priorities aligned, and potential roadblocks identified.
10:00 am
Time for a quick bite. Then it’s time to work on the analysis or presentation for a weekly steerco meeting.
3:00 pm

I personally really enjoy that aspect and an opportunity to meet many brilliant students and young professionals.

After wrapping up final meetings of the day, I might have a few calls scheduled with potential A&M applicants as I’m involved with the CRG recruiting team. I personally really enjoy that aspect and an opportunity to meet many brilliant students and young professionals.
5:00 pm
Depending on the day, I may have a virtual happy hour with my team or broader CRG team. If not, I will use this time to get a work-out session or go on a run outside, followed by cooking a dinner or a trip to pick up my favorite takeout.
9:00 pm
I will wrap-up and send out any outstanding work to a director or a partner for feedback as well as go through a list of to-dos and check calendar for the next day. To enjoy and celebrate the mini-wins of the day, I will grab a beverage and watch an episode of a show before heading to bed.

What Peter was Working on:

More about Retail

Peter’s client is (a founder-led, menswear-focused) lifestyle premium US apparel brand. As part of a multi-year transformation, the company brought on A&M to find efficiencies in the cost structure and opportunities for new growth through customer acquisition and product adjustments. Peter has worked to optimize marketing spend, develop channel strategies, and revitalize sports related apparel part of the business.

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