Story

Learn the story behind Jean Gauthier, Next Level Strategist. Jean has been involved in driving growth for nationwide companies for 20+ years. Read on to learn more!

Jean Gauthier

Operational Consultant

Jean spent the last 6 years as the operational consultant for Industrial Services Fund I with Newlook Capital a private equity group in Canada. Jean deployed 11 MM for 3 gas detection companies which after combining and operating successfully for 5 years under one platform were sold for a successful exit from the Fund and positive return to investors. He has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of operational management positions. Most recently, Jean was the president of Multigas Detection / Reltech Drives & Controls - Western Canada’s largest provider for fixed gas detection. Prior to joining the Newlook Capital team, Jean held various national operational roles with companies like The Brick and Grainger. Jean has benefitted from diverse corporate exposure from a young age and has managed operations and distribution for hundreds of locations and employees from his early 20s.

Learn the story behind Jean Gauthier, Next Level Strategist.
You can't take the elevator to the top... You have to take the stairs

Some highlights of Jean's career story include assuming the leadership for Multigas Detection / Reltech Drives & Controls during the height of the Alberta recession. Not only was he able to stabilize the business but he was successful in growing the EBITDA in tough economic conditions. From 2003 to 2010 Jean was the National Distribution Manager for XS Cargo, a national retail chain with over $100 million in sales. Jean was instrumental in taking the distribution channels national and supporting the business to go public. Jean started his own private consulting practice in 2009.  He earned his professional designation (P.Log.) in 2011 from The Logistics Institute in Toronto.

In 2014 Jean engaged his team of leaders and staff at Grainger to participate in the Tough Mudder. 5 leaders participated in the Tough Mudder challenge with Jean. The entire warehouse team got behind the leaders and supported them in this challenge. This removed silos and repaired relationships in the distribution centers.

Story - Tough Mudder

Timeline

23 Years Old

60 stores in Western Canada to 155, coast-to-coast in 2 years (100-150 employees)

San Francisco Stores

33 Years Old

20 stores to 45 stores. Private to public - $70 million (200-225 employees)

XS Cargo

43 Years Old

235 stores with 6 Distribution Centres (600+ employees)

The Brick

50 Years Old

8 Code regulated service-based companies, Ontario to BC (500+ employees)

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