A lifelong consultant, Nate has extensive experience as both a technology advisor, a practice leader, and an IT operations leader – in the latter capacity for both West Monroe, itself, and for the dozens of clients for which the firm provides IT managed services. This background has instilled strong, pragmatic views about how to effect change and sustain it.
Nate joined West Monroe Partners in its first six months of operations. As the first member of the Technology practice focused on core infrastructure and cybersecurity, he set the tone for the team's "get it done" approach and for the firm’s focus on developing innovative technology-enabled business solutions for specific industries.
After spending 15 years leading complex IT infrastructure projects, Nate transferred that experience to the firm’s IT managed services business, called 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. Under his leadership, the practice doubled in size over four years, expanded to add managed services in areas such as cybersecurity and the Amazon Web Services and Salesforce platforms, and earned multiple awards and recognition as a top 20 managed services business.
More recently, Nate has returned to the Technology consulting practice to focus on growing cybersecurity capabilities. Under his leadership, the firm’s growing team of specialists helps clients understand their risk profile and execute strategies focused on cyber resiliency, as well as working with boards and senior executives to navigate incidents and minimize adverse impact on operations.
An accomplished consultant with a distinctive blend of business and technology acumen, Nate is known for developing lasting client relationships and investing the time to understand critical issues. He enjoys working with business leaders to solve tough challenges and develop IT strategies to fit business goals.
As part of Nate’s Board responsibilities, he is a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk committee and chair of Risk & Privacy subcommittee. 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. West Monroe was named the Illinois ESOP of the Year in 2017 by the ESOP Association. Nate also is the executive sponsor of West Monroe’s Women’s Leadership Network.
Prior to joining West Monroe Partners, Nate worked for two Big 5 professional services firms as well as for a regional network integrator and was the assistant network manager at a university. He began his professional career as the assistant to the chief financial officer at a community foundation.
Nate earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science with a minor in Economics from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. As a Management Fellow, Nate had an opportunity to blend a traditional liberal arts curriculum with real-world experiences in business and entrepreneurship. Nate is frequently asked to speak or comment on the intersection between technology and business and has been quoted in publications such as CRN, CIO, Futures Magazine, Inc., Microsoft Executive Circle, and The Enterprises Project. 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. West Monroe received the Corporate Star of Transformation Award from Chicago Scholars in 2018, in recognition of its support.