who we are

Allio Associates is a strategy consulting firm, with headquarters in Providence, RI, USA.

We offer a portfolio of practical strategy tools, processes, and perspectives to clients from a
broad array of sectors and industries

What distinguishes us from others?

- decades of both operational & consulting experience
- multi-industry, multi-sector perspective
- practical tools; straightforward language and deliverables
- hands-on experience practicing what we preach
- a collaborative engagement model that builds client capacity
- a proven, efficient methodology that clients often bring in-house after our assignments

Our team

Michael K. Allio

Michael is a strategy, measurement, and implementation specialist, offering clients 25 years of diverse operating and strategy consulting experience. He launched Allio Associates in 2001, and has designed and delivered consulting services to a wide range of clients and industries. His operating experience is also multifaceted. He has served as the pioneering Deputy Director of Strategy & Management at the Gates Foundation, Chairman and interim CEO of a development-stage biotech firm, Director and Principal of a manufacturing start-up, and as a marketing executive at a multinational consumer products firm.

Recent work

Michael’s current client work spans the private and philanthropic sectors. Recent projects include formulating and implementing innovation strategies for two leading universities, and designing a portfolio of strategic multimedia tools for the Smithsonian Institution.


Mr. Allio’s consulting portfolio includes directing more than 50 business and corporate strategy development and implementation programs for organizations that range from Fortune 100 firms to startups and government agencies. He has managed restructuring programs, spearheaded marketing strategies, and forged strategic alliances for clients in the US, Europe, the Caribbean, and India. Example projects:

- corporate strategy, business strategy, and organizational alignment programs
  for the integration of 5 industrial products firms
- business strategy development for the middle-market portfolio companies of a $400M
  private equity firm
- channel diversification and US launch plans for a $300M European pharmaceutical company

Michael's operating experience ranges from the Gates Foundation to Fortune 1000 firms to startups. His responsibilities at Gates included translating strategy into practical implementation programs, designing portfolio and performance management systems, and enhancing the alignment and impact of $1B in grants and contracts. His measurement work focused on creating implementation metrics, outcome evaluations, and data systems for a $400M annual investment portfolio.

He started his career in marketing at Revlon, and has led and grown startups in the biotech (HIV therapeutics) and manufacturing (automotive and hardware) sectors. With both startup firms his scope included strategy, operations' management, product development, marketing, fundraising, and strategic alliances. He is particularly proud of successful partnerships he structured with Black & Decker, Home Depot, and GM.

Additional background

Mr. Allio has published more than 20 articles on strategy, and one book: "Practical Strategy For Family Businesses", co-authored with Robert Allio, was released by McGraw Hill in 2005. His articles appear in the Journal of Business Strategy, Strategy & Leadership, and elsewhere. He is an honors graduate of Harvard, where he was a John Harvard Scholar, and speaks fluent French (when appropriate). He has served on a number of Boards, and has enjoyed providing pro-bono counsel to impactful non-profits.

Robert J. Allio

Dr. Allio is noted strategist, educator, and author. He offers a broad range of experience and insight: he has led top-level strategy consulting and management education projects for hundreds of firms in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and India.

Consulting experience

Dr. Allio founded his first management consulting firm, Robert J. Allio & Associates, Inc., in Boston, after leaving Arthur D. Little, in 1979. Over the past three decades, his clients have included 3M, New York Life, GTE, Digital Equipment, Allied-Signal, Dominion Textile, Dupont, USX, Weyerhaeuser, and the U.S., Canadian, and Puerto Rican governments.

Corporate & academic background

Dr. Allio’s corporate background includes senior operating experience with Babcock & Wilcox, General Electric, Noranda Mines, and Westinghouse Electric. His academic background includes positions as Dean of the School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was instrumental in launching one of the country’s earliest successful incubator programs. He has also held an appointment as Professor of Management at Babson College.

Dr. Allio’s publishing experience is also significant. He has authored more than 100 articles on strategic management, and a number of books. His latest, Seven Faces Of Leadership, presents his perspective on strategy and leadership.

Additional background

Dr. Allio has designed and led seminars on strategy and leadership for The Conference Board, Business Week, the YPO, and many other private and professional organizations. He is past-president of the North American Society for Corporate Planning. He has served on the Board of Directors of several private firms, and has been particularly active in the non-profit sector, focusing on strategy and leadership challenges.

David J. Allio

David Allio is a strategy specialist with over 30 years of practical experience in strategy development, implementation and merger/acquisition integration. He rejoined Allio & Associates in 2007, after fifteen years of applied senior management experience. His background includes strategy consulting for Fortune 1000 and middle-market firms, financial services, and marketing and corporate development.

Recent projects

- Strategy development and implementation planning for a $600M consumer
  products distributor.
- Master brand identity system development for a $25M, 60-sku line of dairy products.
- Brand assessments and launch planning for a major beer brand in the Caribbean.
- Corporate development and market roll-out for an organic food company.


As a marketing and corporate development executive, David has:

- built (beverage) brands from startup to revenue of hundreds of millions
- managed multiple new brand introductions and line extensions
- turned around businesses and brands, improving efficiency and effectiveness
- acquired and integrated businesses and brands; actively managed diverse
  product/market portfolios
- developed and managed high performance teams
- led strategy development and implementation at the business and corporate level.

His financial and corporate governance experience includes:

- service on the Boards of both private and public companies in a variety of industries
- managing the investment strategy and asset allocation for a $300M investment portfolio
  and a $250M private banking entity
- leading venture screening and the IPO process for clients
- serving as an early collaborator and investor in leading PE funded companies like
  Energy Brands/Glaceau Vitamin Water, Salary.com, TracRac, and Rhythm Superfoods.

Additional background

David was educated at Trent University and completed an MBA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He has authored several articles and case studies on strategy and success in the consumer products arena.

Our clients enjoy direct access to the principals. If appropriate, we also expand program teams by tapping a network of industry and functional experts.

Key partners

We've forged close working partnerships with additional technical experts. For marketing communications challenges, for example, we collaborate with Marc Molon.

We enjoy a long-term partnership with Marc, and often collaborate with them on marketing communications and strategy assignments. He is a seasoned designer and technologist with 15 years of multi-sector expertise. In dozens of projects for both private sector and non-profit organizations, we’ve created consistent strategic design, messaging and positioning guidelines for clients, then translated them across media platforms (logos, websites, packaging and collateral materials, ads, short films), for maximum impact.


Allio Associates has worked with hundreds of organizations in the US, Canada, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and India. Programs range from short-term assignments to multi-year retainers.

Here's a representative list of clients, spanning private and public sectors.

strategic partners