The fact that transforming utility IT and network infrastructure presents some of the greatest complexity and longest time horizons of any industry is no obstacle for Mike. He has helped many utilities chart the course for change that will extend a decade or more into the future. He recently worked with a Northeast investor-owned utility develop a telecom strategy and 10-year road map for evaluating and replacing wireless connectivity for approximately 25,000 endpoints across its electric, gas, and water operations. For a large East Coast utility, he plotted the telecom roadmap for an optical fiber, microwave core, and field area network of more than 20,000 end points. And for a Southeastern municipal utility, he designed a 10-year road map for supporting smart grid deployment, including creating a new shared services organization to operate the new networks.
His background in both operational (OT) and information technology (IT), combined with his telecommunications experience, helps clients bridge divides between business and technology to accelerate value.
Before joining West Monroe, he was a senior project manager for Peters & Associates, where he led network and server infrastructure projects for Fortune 500 clients. He has a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
He is a certified running coach and has participated in the Chicago Marathon three times. In addition to running, he enjoys cooking, riding his bicycle, and visiting Marco Island, Florida – on occasion, all at the same time.
He values the opportunity to mentor, guide and help colleagues to be successful as consultants and to develop into leaders within the organization.
Outside the office, he has worked with the Audubon Society to restore the Indian Ridge Marsh, near the Illinois/Indiana border, by planting native species, building new paths, and making other improvements.