Education & Certifications
- Certified Turnaround Professional
- MBA, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management
- Bachelor of Science, St. Olaf College
Affiliations & Memberships
- YPO - Gold
- Turnaround Management Association
- The Economic Club of Chicago
Craig Dean Presents at the 2019 NASASPS Annual Conference04/22/2019
Craig Dean, AEG Managing Principal, led a joint presentation with Aaron Lacey, Partner at the Thompson Coburn law firm, at the 2019 NASASPS Conference held on April 15 and 16 in Jacksonville, Florida. The presentation explored restructuring options available to operators of higher education schools. The National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors focuses on effective state regulation of private postsecondary education.
AEG Speaks on AM&AA Panel07/27/2016
In late July, Craig Dean, Managing Principal of AEG Partners, participated in the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) summer conference panel entitled “How to Screw Up Your Future Deal”. As a member of this panel, Craig provided insight on strategic and tactical mistakes that business owners often make in preparing for an exit, and addressed how advisors can work with their clients to drive better outcomes. Craig’s participation came at the invitation of Michael Rosenbaum, President of Quadrant Five.
Craig Dean Addressed Value Creation in Distressed Situations at Recent Kellogg Panel02/29/2016
Craig Dean participated with other experts at a Northwestern Kellogg School of Management Insight Live event on the evening of February 25th. The panel was moderated by Professor Mitchell Petersen, the Glen Vasel Professor of Finance and Director of the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital at Kellogg. Craig addressed how value can be created through private equity investments for companies in distressed circumstances.
Consumer Package Goods Company Retains AEG Partners as Financial Advisor10/20/2015
A $200 million East Coast based consumer packaged goods company recently retained AEG Partners as advisor as it faced severe liquidity issues due to significant structural changes in its core markets. AEG’s role is to assist in managing the company’s trade position, implement expense reduction initiatives and identify strategic options. Craig Dean and Jon Morrison are leading the engagement on behalf of AEG.
AEG Advises Midwest-based Manufacturer06/02/2015
A Midwest-based manufacturer of gifts and novelty products recently retained AEG Partners to advise the company as it faces certain market volatility. AEG will be developing tools to assist the company in managing liquidity and establishing operational metrics, as well as assisting with lender negotiations. Craig Dean and Jon Morrison are leading the engagement on behalf of AEG.
AEG Hired to Revitalize Underperforming Retail Supplier02/02/2015
A West Coast-based home products company engaged AEG Partners as interim leadership to stabilize and strengthen performance. AEG will be addressing all aspects of the company's activities, including sourcing, logistics and financial management to resolve underperformance and reinvigorate the business model. Craig Dean is leading the engagement as Interim CEO.
AEG Partners Retained as Advisor to Consumer Products Company12/01/2014
AEG has been retained to advise a private equity owned manufacturer of consumer goods. AEG's role is to assist the company with performance challenges related to supply chain and inventory management issues. Craig Dean is leading the engagement on behalf of AEG.
AEG Partners Retained as Advisor to International Manufacturer07/30/2014
AEG has been retained to advise a manufacturer of safety products with operations in the U.S., Europe, and other offshore locations on restructuring options. AEG's role is to assist the company in identifying strategic options, manage lender negotiations, and assist with vendor management. Craig Dean is leading the engagement on behalf of AEG.
AEG Retained to Wind-down Financial Services Company03/01/2014
AEG Partners was recently retained to assist in the organized wind-down of a private-equity owned financial services business located in the eastern U.S. AEG is managing the process and closure of all operations on an out-of-court basis. Craig Dean is leading the engagement on behalf of AEG.
AEG Expands Restructuring Practice with the Addition of Phillip Van Winkle and Jonathan Morrison as Managing Directors07/31/2013
AEG Partners, a leading restructuring, advisory and turnaround management firm, announced the expansion of its restructuring practice with the recent additions of Phillip Van Winkle and Jonathan Morrison as Managing Directors. Both will be based in Chicago and will focus on leading client engagements as well as business development activities.
AEG Retained as Financial Advisor in Pennfield Corporation Chapter 1104/30/2013
AEG Partners was retained by Pennfield Corporation as finanacial advisor to assist in preparing for Chapter 11 as well as to manage liquidity and operations through the process. AEG also assisted in the Section 363 sale process to Cargill in conjunction with Lakeshore Food Advisors. Pennfield was a well-established, multi-plant animal feed producer based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Craig Dean and Vik Dua led the engagement on behalf of AEG.
AEG announces the addition of Barry Best to help lead the formation of AEG Capital04/20/2013
AEG announces the addition of Barry Best, Managing Director, who is leading the formation of AEG Capital LLC. Barry recently joined the firm from Sagent Advisors, a New York-based, boutique investment bank, where he founded and led the private capital markets group.