Professional Spotlight: Alex Boerema

November 2018

Alex Boerema, a Director in Aurora Management Partners’ (“Aurora”) Chicago office, shares his insights into his experiences with Aurora and the industry and how it aids his own personal and professional development in this edition of employee spotlights.

What has your experience with Aurora been like since joining?

My experience with Aurora has been extremely positive from working with my fellow colleagues to helping our clients navigate through their business disruptions, while establishing and growing the firm’s Chicago office.

What do you like most about Aurora?

The Aurora team is led by senior management professionals that have the industry experience and knowledge base to solve the complex issues, but noticeably have the unique personable charisma needed to gain the trust of and collaboration from the client management teams.  My experience so far has shown that the focus from Aurora is address the client’s issue and provide a resolution to navigation the disruption back to normal business operations in the shortest path possible, which I think is an enormous value add to our clients.

How did you get involved within this Industry?

I joined a Chicago-based boutique consulting firm during the recent recession in late 2008.  The role was opportunist that allowed me to gain a wide array of experiences in various consulting roles and lead to me becoming immersed with the passion to help clients solve their problems, while simultaneously getting exposed to different industries and business management roles.

What have been some of your more important or gratifying engagements?

My most gratifying engagements have been interim management roles to companies going through disruptive situations.  These roles have provided me with exposure to a wide gambit of complex issues and industries, while developing new skills and relationships with various professionals involved in these cases.  These types of roles have provided the ability to see how an entire company is holistically operated from finance functions, operations, customer/vendor management, capital structures, and to marketplace strategies.  This has provided the necessary experiences to build a diverse toolbox that I can bring to my current and future clients.

You are actively involved with the Turnaround Management Association (“TMA”) at both the Global and Chicago chapter levels and were recently awarded with the 2018 TMA Global NextGen Emerging Leader award, what does the TMA and the award mean for you both personally and professionally?

Personally, I am very humbled by receiving the award and tremendously grateful to everyone who helped me grow within the TMA and who recognized my passion to continue the momentum that many before me started.  I have always been very appreciative of the people I have met along the way who have exposed me to these opportunities and supported the expansion of my involvement at both the local and Global levels.

Professionally, it has provided a great opportunity to meet and learn from many of the different TMA leaders from the Global and Chapter bases.  The TMA provides the platform to gain industry knowledge and build out professional networks.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

Growing up in the Chicagoland suburbs and playing baseball from childhood through college, I have a special affinity to the Chicago Cubs, but I most enjoy the weekends that allow me to golf with my wife and friends.

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