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 that works here so unique! This month, meet Paul DeCotis, a Senior Director in our Energy & Utilities practice, based in New York City.
How did you get started at West Monroe?
I heard about West Monroe from a friend and colleague, David South, who called to inquire about potentially doing some work for the utility company that I was working for at the time. One thing led to another and after meeting some of the wonderful and very capable people at West Monroe, I was intrigued and inspired by the challenge to grow the Energy & Utilities (E&U) practice and firm presence on the east coast.
What is your proudest accomplishment at West Monroe?
Having set out to help grow our E&U practice and east coast presence, I am really pleased with our growth in the New York office and the practice to date. West Monroe’s culture and people make it possible to accomplish anything we collectively commit to. Working side-by-side in a cooperative and communicative culture with so many wonderfully creative and talented people dedicated to one another and our clients is truly rewarding. Really, we accomplish little alone. Together, we stand on the shoulders of giants.
How do you identify as part of the Uncommon Blend?
West Monroe’s uncommon blend manifests itself in so many ways – I see it as excellence through diversity, strength in numbers, bonding, teaming, socializing, and believing that together we can blend business acumen with technology to serve clients better and make the world a better place.
What is your Challenge Accepted moment?
My “Challenge Accepted” moment is what I joined West Monroe to do: Plant the flag on the east coast, create brand awareness in a new market, grow the East Coast E&U practice in the executive advisory services and regulatory space, and support the build-out of the New York office across all industry lines and service areas. This is a marathon not a sprint – although we have to run fast at times to beat the competition, we can never lose sight of the long game.
How would you describe West Monroe in two words?
If you were trapped on a deserted island, who from West Monroe would you bring and why?
I would feel comfortable bringing any single individual from West Monroe with me. No doubt that together, we would find a way off the deserted island and you can bet it would be a creative escape, and really quite uncommon.