MIC AM Champion
Meetup - AGENDA

At this FREE virtual event, you'll have an opportunity to reconnect with other AM Champions and learn about the latest practices from across the state. Plus, what's a conference without some networking opportunities? So come on out and join us for what is sure to be an enlightening event!

Introducing the MIC AM Champion Network

At the Meetup, we'll be launching the MIC AM Champion Network. See a geographical representation of all AM Champions across Michigan and easily connect with each other. 

CNAM Web Portal + Member Benefits

Hear from CNAM Board member, Leanne Brannigan, and check out all the great AM tools you have access to as an Asset Management Champion. 

Extended Learning Platform Access

You asked, we delivered. You can access all the online learning content until the end of 2022. Check out the Communities to continue your discussions from the Meetup.

March 22

Beginning at 11am ET with opening remarks.

Each session will have ~5mins for Q&A and a 5 minute break
before the start of the next presentation

11:05am - Richard Dietz
Project Manager, District of Columbia CARSS

Steps the District of Columbia's government took to get their start in Asst Management. Lessons learned, and the benefits they are seeing today.

Richard Dietz is the Project Manager of the District of Columbia’s Capital Asset Replacement Scheduling System (CARSS).  Mr. Dietz led the development efforts on building CARSS which is an information technology enterprise solution for assessing assets to appropriately plan and budget capital improvement replacement needs.  Mr. Dietz is involved in the prioritization and scoring of capital projects, calculating the financial impact of deferred capital maintenance, and calculating asset condition on Roads and Highways, Fleet, Facilities, Equipment and IT projects having a combined total of $12 Billion dollars.

11:35am - Carrie Cox
Graduated AM Champion, Oakland County

Successes that came from a Strategic Asset Management Plan

Carrie Cox is a registered professional engineer, specializing in environmental and water resources and she has a bachelor’s in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.  She has over twenty years of experience conducting study and design work associated with utility planning, hydraulic modeling and system control.  Ms. Cox is currently a chief engineer with the Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner’s Office over the Regional Systems Unit, which includes the Capital, Asset Management and Planning group.  She is the chair of the AWWA Engineering and Construction Division, on the asset management committee, and is vice-chair of the MI-AWWA membership council.  She is also a member of the Michigan Water Infrastructure Council (WAMC), whose role is to foster and support a statewide culture of asset management focused on the role of water infrastructure in providing public health and optimizing stakeholder value.

12:05pm - Robert Miller
Graduated AM Champion, City of Hudsonville

Beginning the AM Journey - from data to holistic ideals

Born and raised in southeast Michigan, Robert Miller's career started as an intern with the City of Monroe, eventually being hired on full-time and serving as the Operations Supervisor at the City’s Drinking Water Filtration Plant. Looking to get closer to Lake Michigan, Mr. Miller and his wife jumped across the state when he was presented with a Superintendent opportunity at the City of South Haven’s brand new Water Filtration Plant. A quick “call” to the private sector had Mr. Miller working for a few years as a Project Manager with Suez North America. Now, he happily serves as the Superintendent with the City of Hudsonville’s Department of Public Works.

Mr. Miller studied environmental science and geology, graduating with a B.S. from Western Michigan University. He holds F-1 and S-1 Water Operator licenses from the State of Michigan, and is a member of the American Waterworks Association serving as a past-Chair on the Education and Training Council.

12:30pm - BREAK + Networking

Take this opportunity to recharge and connect with your peers

1:00pm - Kathy Winczewski
Graduated AM Champion, City of Ludington

How a small town is implementing the take-aways from the AM Champion Program

Please meet, Kathy Winczewski.  Ms. Winczewski is the 2nd Ward City Councilor from Ludington, Michigan. Ludington is a small, rural town with a population of about 8,000 people and she has been on the council for the past 8 years.  Ms. Winczewski currently sits on the Finance and Personnel Committee and the Parks and Recreation Committee. She also sits on several other local community boards and organizations, including the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission.  In her previous careers, before serving the local community as a city councilor, Ms. Winczewski was a mom to three sons and a chemistry teacher at the local high school.

1:30pm - Marco Bruzzano
Vice President of Corporate Strategy, DTE Energy

Asset Management within the private sector, AM helps everyone

Marco Bruzzano is the senior vice president of Corporate Strategy & Regulatory Affairs for DTE Energy. In his role, Bruzzano is focused on working across DTE's executive team to shape company strategy and identifying and evaluating growth opportunities and for developing and managing DTE Gas and DTE Electric's regulatory initiatives before the Michigan Public Service.

Prior to his current role, Bruzzano was vice president of Distribution Engineering & Construction for DTE Energy, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s engineering, grid modernization and construction activities, and for driving improvements in asset management and work management practices.

Prior to joining DTE in 2008, Bruzzano worked broadly across the energy industry for nearly 20 years, including as a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton and as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Co. During this time, he advised global energy companies, electric utilities and power producers on strategy, operations and organizational effectiveness.

Bruzzano earned Bachelor of Science, with honors, and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Duke University, where he graduated with distinction as a Fuqua Scholar.

 In 2018 Bruzzano was nominated by Governor Snyder to serve on the Michigan Infrastructure Council and was reappointed in 2021 by Governor Whitmer. He is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Electric Power Research Institute and serves on the boards of the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor and NextEnergy in Detroit.

March 23

Beginning at 11am ET with opening remarks

Each session will have ~5mins for Q&A and a 5 minute break
before the start of the next presentation.

11:05am - Mildred Chua Ulger
Retired Head of Program Delivery, State of NY MTA

How the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in the State of New York has used their data in their Asset Management Journey

Mildred M. Chua is a retired executive from New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the largest transportation organization in North America — comprised of six operating agencies and supported by over 70,000 employees. She played a key role in the MTA as Head of Program Delivery for Transformation where she guided execution of a diverse portfolio of programs to transform the MTA, as mandated by the New York State Legislature. A key aspect of her transformation work was focused on fostering strategic alignment of the MTA’s Finance function with agency Operations through the ISO55000 standards for asset management, activity-based costing and results-based budgeting processes to achieve desired organizational outcomes.

In addition to her Transformation role, Mildred also served as MTA’s Program Executive for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), where she provided leadership and strategic direction for delivering asset management improvement initiatives across the MTA enterprise and ensured that life cycle asset management best practices are being integrated with core aspects of MTA Operations and Transformation.

Prior to her roles at MTA Headquarters, Mildred was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for MTA Bridges and Tunnels — one of the MTA operating agencies.  She was instrumental in implementing a vision that integrated asset management principles and innovative solutions as part of the agency’s historic transformation from Cash to Cashless Open Road Tolling (ORT) operations in 2017.

Mildred currently serves as Chair of the Institute of Asset Management’s (IAM) Global Knowledge and Leadership Committee where she oversees the IAM’s Knowledge Development program and coordinates across the IAM’s chapters world-wide. She is also a member of the Board of Directors and a Senior Fellow for the Asset Leadership Network (ALN).

A seasoned professional with a unique multi-disciplinary perspective, Mildred holds a Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

11:35am - Panel Discussion 

During this session you'll hear from:

Liesl Clark, Director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE)

Aaron Keatley, Chief Deputy Director, EGLE

Robert GreenTransportation AM Section Manager, MDOT

Charyl Kirkland, Senior Regulatory Analyst, MPSC

Moderated by Ryan Laruwe, Executive Director, MIC

12:30pm - BREAK + Networking

Take this opportunity to recharge and connect with your peers

1:00pm - Gareth McKay and John Weiss
Principal Consultant, WSP and Chairperson, MIC

The future of Asset Management in Michigan - the 30-year Strategy and how you can get involved

Gareth McKay is a Principal Consultant as part of the WSP Asset Management Advisory team, based in Michigan. After a background of delivering infrastructure outcomes in New Zealand, and the UK, he has spent the last 10 years leading asset management initiatives across the U.S. and Canada.

John Weiss of Byron Center is the Executive Director of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council. He has served as chairperson of the West Michigan Regional Prosperity Alliance and the 21st Century Infrastructure Pilot for west Michigan.  Prior to joining GVMC, John served as President/CEO of Design Plus Architects and Engineers. He has also been vice president of a large international architectural/engineering firm, Assistant to the City Manager of Wyoming, Michigan and City Manager of Coopersville, Michigan. John has also served the public as Township Supervisor of Cannon Township and for many years was chairperson of the Kent County Road Commission. He has been a board member of numerous public, private and philanthropic organizations.  John has a bachelor's degree from Hope College and a master's degree in public administration from Western Michigan University.

1:30pm - Samuel Krassenstein
Graduated AM Champion, City of Detroit

Formalizing Asset Management with the MIC's Asset Management Readiness Scale (AMRS)

Sam Krassenstein joins us from the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office where he currently serves as the Chief of Infrastructure Planning for the City. He received his MBA and Master of Urban Planning Degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and became an asset management champion representing Detroit as part of the first cohort in 2021. In his role, Sam is responsible for coordination and execution of major capital infrastructure projects across the City, working with private and public infrastructure owners in Detroit.

The next class of AM Champions Starts April 6, 2022

We’re looking for future Asset Management Leaders in Michigan