Undergraduate students launch business consulting group
By Whitney Critten | Student reporter
In fall 2015, undergraduate Sam Mulroe, BBA ’18, identified two complementary needs: businesses need new insights, and Loyola students were looking for additional hands-on experience.
Three months later, he and a team of fellow students launched Rambler Consulting Group to bring these two together.
The student-run group works with businesses and government agencies in the greater Chicago area on projects including supply chain management, information systems, marketing, finance and accounting, and business plan strategy and development. Student teams are drawn from within Quinlan and other schools at Loyola, and are coached by Loyola faculty and staff.
“The projects are true career experiences for our students,” says Quinlan’s John Caltagirone, who oversees the consulting group with colleague Harry Haney. “These are not academic cases or exercises, but practical work engagements that organizations are depending on the outcomes and deliverables from us.”
Laying the Groundwork
Rambler Consulting Group exists because of Mulroe’s unique perspective on student-led business. Previously, he served as director of operations for Loyola’s student-run guesthouse, The Flats at Loyola Station, and as a managing consultant for Quinlan’s Supply and Value Chain Center.
Once Mulroe identified the need for the consulting group, he developed a business plan with the help of Loyola Limited, which oversees the University’s student-run business enterprises, and gained approval and support from Quinlan administration.
Mulroe now serves as the managing director of Rambler Consulting Group and is helping recruit student consultants. Interested students should apply through Handshake.
“My experience with Rambler Consulting Group has been the most integral and transformative part of my college education,” says Mulroe.
“Each day my team and I face new challenges and learn new skills that transform us into well rounded and experienced business professionals."
Committing to Social Justice
Rambler Consulting Group is committed to even more than quality business solutions. The group has pledged to donate 25% of all revenues to provide pro bono consulting services to local nonprofits and social enterprises.
“We are growing rapidly and taking on more clients, but it’s very important to me that we stay grounded in Quinlan’s mission by donating a portion of our time and talent to organizations that support the community,” says Mulroe.
Serving Clients Throughout Chicago
To date, Rambler Consulting Group has completed projects for clients in cost analysis, logistics and product innovation, and business and financial planning.
One client is EATS, a supermarket concept that promotes healthy food choices in food deserts.
“Rambler Consulting Group has assisted my organization in preparing financial projections and summarizing that information into digestible presentations,” says EATS founder Thom Alcazar. "I consult RCG as the business climate changes and I need to adjust my financials.”