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Nate Ulery

Nathan Ulery

Chicago
Nathan Ulery is a managing director and leader of Performance Services at West Monroe Partners. For two decades, Nate has teamed with clients across a wide range of industries to integrate their business and information needs with technology solutions that focus on reliability, availability, security, performance, and cost effectiveness.

Highlights

Nate joined West Monroe Partners in its first six months of operations. As the first person in its Security & Infrastructure practice, he set the tone for the team's "get it done" approach to client engagements and for the firm’s focus on developing innovative technology-enabled business solutions for specific industries, including capital markets, private equity, utilities, manufacturing, professional services, ecommerce, and banking. After spending 15 years leading complex IT infrastructure projects, Nate transferred that experience to the firm’s IT managed services business – Performance Services. He helped craft West Monroe’s unique view of “managed services”—one grounded in the belief that strong, efficiently run, and well-maintained core systems are the foundation on which a business endures, grows, and innovates. Running them well positions companies to achieve and exceed business objectives . As Performance Services leader, Nate’s current areas of focus include centering the team on strong client services, expanding the team’s capabilities and services, and growing a team dedicated to running systems and operational processes with high quality and efficiency. 

An accomplished consultant with a distinctive blend of business and technology acumen, Nate is known for developing lasting relationships with his clients and investing the time to understand the issues critical to their organizations and industries, and he enjoys working with business leaders to develop IT strategies to fit business goals. He played the chief architect role for dozens of clients including building highly available systems for capital markets firms; designing secure networks to support smart grid initiatives; leading complex merger and acquisition carve-outs; and designing an IT organization that uses a mix of on-premises, managed services, outsourcing, and cloud components. With a focus on infrastructure architecture and a background in software development, Nate often plays a critical role in working with both application development and infrastructure teams to facilitate successful application implementations. 

Nate is a member of West Monroe’s board and chair of its Risk & Privacy Committee. He is a proponent of employee ownership and is active in the ESOP community as a member of the Leadership Development Council of the Employee-Owned S Corporations of America, which is the voice of employee ownership in Washington D.C. 

Prior to joining West Monroe Partners, Nate worked for two Big 5 professional services firms as well as for a regional network integrator as a network engineer, senior consultant, and infrastructure architect. Previously, he was the assistant network manager at a university, where he helped lead the deployment and adoption of the campus-wide network that provided a network port to every pillow, classroom, public area, and office on campus. Nate began his professional career as the assistant to the chief financial officer at a community foundation for which he implemented an integrated accounting system that included donor, fund, and grant management. 

Nate obtained his Bachelor of Arts diploma in Computer Science with a minor in Economics from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he graduated magna cum laude with distinction. As a Management Fellow, Nate developed skills in accounting, economics, and management. Nate has also earned multiple industry certifications from Microsoft, Citrix, Novell, and Cisco. Besides consulting, Nate enjoys writing and has been published in a range of publications from Microsoft's Executive Circle magazine and Wireless Week to NASCAR coverage for a local newspaper, and he is frequently asked to speak or comment on the intersection between technology and business. Nate also is active in the civic community and serves on the board at Chicago Scholars, an organization focused on helping first-generation college students from under-resourced communities.

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