Each month we highlight a different Dare to be Great employee who embodies the Uncommon Blend or Challenge Accepted attitude that makes West Monroe Partners and everyone who works here so unique! This month, meet John Sprunger, a Senior Architect in our Technology practice, based in Chicago.
How did you get started at West Monroe?
As an undergrad, I was really intrigued by the prospect of working for a small, startup, employee-owned firm. I met Jim Marofske and Matt Rager at career fairs, and everyone I talked to at West Monroe was genuinely passionate about working at the firm. I joined West Monroe immediately after graduation – they needed a developer for a website project, and so I moved to Chicago and started right away. That was almost 11 years ago, back when the Chicago office only had about 50 employees!
What is your coolest/proudest accomplishment at West Monroe?
I’m proud of spearheading the creation of our Mobile capability at West Monroe. After we turned down a project to build an iPhone app for a client, I thought – this is something we need to be doing. Leadership encouraged me in driving this effort, and it’s now a core offering in our Technology practice. It’s been seven years since then, and we’ve had a lot of fun building innovative and challenging apps for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations.
How would you explain the Uncommon Blend at West Monroe?
As a software developer, I’ve enjoyed applying my technical skills to solve business problems as well as working with industry experts on cross-functional teams, blending our skills and knowledge to build value for our clients. This balance of technical expertise and business acumen is how I deliver the Uncommon Blend.
If you were trapped on a deserted island, who from West Monroe would you bring and why?
Laughter would lighten things up, so I’d probably bring Erik Brown. We’ve worked together from the start, and he has a great sense of humor. And he loves islands.
How would you describe West Monroe in two words?