Joel Graves

Joel Graves

Senior Manager Financial Services Chicago

Joel is recognized as a leader who works with clients to help them plan and manage complex projects to solve for some of their most pressing needs. He has partnered with clients to grow and increase their profitability through a range of projects, ranging from continuous improvement to technology implementations, to mergers and acquisitions.

Joel has worked with clients to identify up to 30% reductions in the lead time of critical value streams for banks’ clients such as loan originations – without implementing new technology. He also has worked with clients to implement new technology solutions to increase the throughput of some processes such as loan boarding/booking by up to 10x. Joel has helped managed clients’ acquisitions from due diligence through integration execution, leading to 15%-plus in annual synergies, both from a revenue and operating expense perspective.

Prior to West Monroe, Joel worked at JPMorgan Chase. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. Joel is a CFA® charterholder.

What makes Joel different

Joel balances business focus with creative expression. He enjoys making music and is an enthusiastic songwriter, pianist, guitarist, drummer, and singer.

Where Joel makes an impact

Joel spends most of his free time with his wife and two young children. He has been actively involved with organizations such as Playworks, The Posse Foundation, and Chicago Scholars.

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