Tom Kerestes

Tom Kerestes


Tom Kerestes is a member of the Energy & Utilities practice of West Monroe Partners, heading the Advanced Technology Group. He has more than 40 years of experience, including 25 years in a variety of technical and managerial positions for Xcel Energy (formerly Northern States Power), executing and advancing strategies that drive advantage through technology.


Tom Kerestes has significant experience in IT strategy and planning, transmission and distribution best practices, NERC compliance, large-scale program management, business process optimization, and enterprise resource planning. He applies this unique blend of industry-related business and technology expertise to help West Monroe Partners’ Energy & Utilities clients address key operational goals—particularly in the area of smart grid consulting, design and planning.

Most recently, Tom has worked with a number of water and electric utilities to create their smart grid business cases and technology roadmaps. The smart grid elements contained within the business case were based upon our award winning Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) proposals, which attracted 50-percent matching grants for investments in smart grid two-way communication between utilities and their customers and automation of the electric distribution system.

Through the development of sound business cases and use of proven project management approaches, he led a variety of electric and gas utility projects that delivered significant cost reductions and returns on investment—many based on application of leading and emerging technologies. As utilities continue to seek ways of maximizing assets, Tom assists in: installation of enterprise asset management systems; balanced scorecards to track savings; business analytics to better understand trends and operational best practices; and, business process redesign to maximize use of resources and materials.

With Xcel Energy, Tom developed significant hands-on transmission and distribution experience by managing crews, directing systems operations/dispatch, and managing distribution engineering. He later served as chief information officer for the company’s Wisconsin/Michigan service territory. After leaving Xcel Energy, Tom became a principal consultant in a private consulting firm for seven years, eventually directing the Electric & Gas Energy Practice before joining West Monroe Partners as a senior consulting partner. In this area, Tom co-authored the AwwaRF “Best Practices in Energy Management” study, which is offered to water and wastewater utilities by the Research Foundation.

Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering power systems from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration Management degree from the University of Wisconsin. He received certification in risk assessment methodology for transmission and dams from Sandia National Laboratory. In addition, he is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a Registered Professional Engineer.