CKM Advisors - Culture



If there’s one thing we love more than data, it’s our people. We are a mix of data scientists and strategic thinkers interested in solving complex business problems with cutting edge data driven solutions.


CKM Advisors is an energetic group of photographers, bakers, footballers, itinerant travellers, chocoholics, and bikers brought together by a love of data. Big data and its possibilities are nothing without the pluck and passion of the diverse minds we have on our team.


We foster a collaborative environment where everyone’s contributions are weighted equally, regardless of title or experience. We encourage knowledge sharing within our firm as well as with our clients. We take our open collaborative culture up a notch with frequent team social events – puppies, mixology, trivia, valentines, and lots of chocolate.


Have we mentioned we love data? And we love what it makes possible. We take pride in developing innovative, analytical solutions that are grounded in data and driven by a deep understanding of our clients’ business challenges. We strive for complete transparency and openness with our clients, giving them the tools to make big data a little less big.


Although we are all now New Yorkers, our team and our work span the globe. Our home base is located in Midtown Manhattan but we have team members that hail from France, Ireland, India, California, Texas and more. As a global firm, our clients are based all over the world.


Our workspace is open and collaborative just like our team. CKM is a community of entrepreneurs who are invested in growing with our firm. If you’re passionate about technology then get involved with the IT committee, or if you fancy being on the other side of the case study then help out with recruitment. We seek individuals who are team players and are excited about what we do.


CKMers have diverse passions and that’s one of the factors that makes working here so intriguing. Lunchtime conversations range in topic: from the tastiest exotic meats to the best player.


By: CKM’s European Footballers

1. Arsenal F.C.

The only real team in London (according to one of our directors), Arsenal F.C. is one of the most successful clubs in English football, having won the League 13 times and the FA cup 11 times. Over the past 10 years, they have been playing vibrant, great-to-watch football, which unfortunately hasn’t always coincided with trophies…

2. Tottenham Hotspurs F.C.

The first club to achieve the League and FA Cup Double in the 20th century, winning both competitions in the 1960-61 season. This year they are struggling a bit, but "they plan to win the League next year,” or so one of our consultants says…

3. S.S.C. Napoli

SSC Napoli is experiencing the highest peaks in its history after the climax of the Maradona years (1984-1991). They are the “Arsenal” of Italy (without the trophies), as they play vibrant and beautiful football, but can’t manage to win the league again. However, "this year is the year,” a CKM Data Scientist says… If you want to watch Napoli games, Ribalta restaurant in Union Square is a great place for it.


By: Business Consultants with Wanderlust

1. Borgen

‘Behind every great woman there is a manservant. Or there should be.’ A political drama set in Denmark, Borgen is subtle, beguiling, intelligent and complex. Cabinet shuffles, social-security reform bills and the fragility of coalitions are imbued with suspense and fraught with psychological drama. The battle to stay in office is as conspiratorial and ruthless as any medieval power struggle.

2. Avenida Brasil

A telenovela hit in Brazil. The incredibly dramatic storyline follows the life of a young girl who’s seeking revenge on the woman who ruined her life as a child. Not only are the many twists and turns of the novella captivating, but it is also noteworthy that many of the main characters of the show represent Brazil’s emerging middle class. It has become one of the most exported telenovelas of Brazil, and has been spread to 124 countries and dubbed into 117 languages. Major cities in Brazil came to a halt for the final episode with 80 million people watching the finale the night it was aired…that’s how good it is!

3. Les Revenants

In a small French mountain community, people — a boy killed during a robbery, a teenager in a bus wreck, a bridegroom who committed suicide, a serial killer buried alive by his brother — start returning from the dead. Quiet, intense, atmospheric and understated, the series focuses on the psychological, emotional and moral implications of their return.


By: CKM Chocoholic

1. Maison Kayser

Luckily it’s a bit of a walk to get here because their chocolate almond croissants and double chocolate chip cookies are not forgiving on the waistline. Simply the best place to get French pastries.

2. Le Pain Quotidien

Their speculoos cookies won me over (I will be serving them at my wedding, hands down), but sadly they only make the cookies once a year. However, a place that can whip up such delicious cookies will definitely have other equally wonderful baked goods.

3. Wendy's

Chocolate Frosty in a waffle cone. There’s nothing else to be said.


By: The office food travel guide

1. Previti Pizza

Somewhat controversially, Previti Pizza has taken the top spot among pizzerias in Midtown Lunch's reader's poll for the past two years. While some reserve harsher criticism for this venerable Midtown East institution, none can deny the deliciousness of their artichoke slices.

2. Naples 45

Naples 45 is a hidden gem tucked away in a quiet corner of the Metlife Building at Grand Central Station. Those adventurous souls who succeed in finding this temple of artisanal pizza are rewarded with an exceptional $2 per slice after 2 PM takeout deal.

3. Jiannetto's Pizza Truck

To some, Jiannetto's authentic, cheese-less Sicilian pizza is blasphemous in NYC’s pizza culture. However, if you love crispy crusts, fresh tomato sauce and a touch of basil along with the convenience of food-truck dining, then Jiannetto's is the place for you!


By: CKM’s Resident Fashion Police

1. Fun Socks

Preferably matched to holidays or with entertaining animals. Polka dots or colorful stripes are also a good way to go.


For male and female colleagues alike this is a great staple for comfortable, work appropriate basics. The affordable cashmere sweater and slim-fit button down are office favorites.

3. Accessories

Whether it be leather-banded watches, hipster glasses, vintage ties, fancy shoes or tie clips, CKMers love to spice up their business casual.


By: After-hours Baker

1. Devil’s Chocolate Speculoos Cookies

One fateful spring day, a couple innocent, rosy-cheeked CKMers walked in to the Le Pain Quotidien with a hankering for a sweet snack. They both selected the same whoopee pie-like creation upon hearing the cashier’s enthusiastic endorsement, “I don’t know what’s in the middle of this but it’s like crack.” After they returned to their desks, their lives were never the same again. Though witnesses were in sugar-induced fog, it is rumored that one of the said CKMers muttered through her first mouthful, “This is going to be my wedding cake.” Le Pain has graciously shared the recipe so we can all experience this joy on a regular basis.

2. Chocolate Chip Scones

These scones are a great excuse to basically eat a massive chocolate chip cookie in one sitting. You don’t even feel that especially disgusting afterwards because the lemon zest cuts the sweetness and provides the illusion of healthiness because fruit. I have made these forever and no one has ever been disappointed.

3. Smitten Kitchen’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a newer recipe I have added to my repertoire. I used to make the Neiman Marcus cookie as well as the New York Times cookie but who has time to use two different types of flour and let the dough chill? These are great because there is just enough dough to hold the chocolate chips together—just how everyone likes them.


By: Newly minted New Yorker

1. Long Island Wine Country

For all you wine lovers out there, take a tour out to the North Fork and attend a tasting at one of the many wineries in the AVA. It might be quite a distance from the busy streets of Manhattan, but the country is a great place to unwind and relax. Be sure to get some pies on your way back!

2. Horseback Riding at Bethpage Stables

The horses here are nice and tame, and the guides take it slow through the trails (for the most part)- especially with beginners. Great views of the woods, and the Bethpage Black Course is right next door.

3. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

One of Long Island's best kept secrets. Over 400 acres of grounds and gardens, and home to a number of beautiful mansions, including Coe Hall. Be sure to bring extra batteries for your camera - you'll certainly need them!


By: Data Scientist daydreaming about his Titleist

1. Bethpage State Park Black Course

The Black Course is perhaps the best value in golf anywhere. For $75 (NY residents) you can tackle an AW Tillinghast design that's hosted 2 US Opens and a major PGA Tour event in the last decade. Be prepared to fight for a tee time. People sleep out in their cars overnight to get a precious slot. Seriously!

2. Bethpage State Park Red Course

Another Tillinghast design, the Red course is fantastic, but won't beat you up as much as the Black. The opening hole is a long par 4 with a difficult uphill approach--certainly one of the most difficult opening holes on any golf course.

3. Mohansic Golf Course

Westchester County runs 6 different courses and Mohansic is one of my favorites. Set in a mature wooded park with many drastic elevation changes, the course presents a picturesque challenge.