Maximo M. Fuentes has over 34 years in the Transmission and Distribution Power Industry. He has constructed, maintained, and led line crews as a foreman and line supervisor.
Mr. Fuentes' passion is identifying and developing leaders at the field level, his book Essential Leadership Skills for Line Foremen is a must read for the individual seeking to lead and direct line crews as a foreman. He has been a featured contributor to T&D World magazine and to the APPA.
Leadership Development- "The Professional Standard" - This 6-hour course is a Leadership development training module for personnel tasked with leading and directing line crews and their frontline supervisors. Key areas of training include leadership styles, tailboards, job planning, performance evaluations, etc.
Electronic Tailboards - Tailboard documentation to ensure a robust and scalable document. EVALS is a SaaS (Software as a Service) organization that can provide customized tailboard forms for any company
Training Development - Provide employees a safe and productive working environment by utilizing the web to provide workers, journey level and apprentices, the opportunity to train, track, and document learning at an optimum level
Train-the-Trainer: Enhance trainers' abilities to provide excellent training and communication skills to accelerate the learning curve of employees
Background - Experience - Mr. Fuentes has been at the forefront of delivering training to utilities from power to telecom. Leading a team for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, he developed and was in charge of creating the largest service provider for training in 2000 for SBC (Southwest Bell) for their field staff to install the largest rollout of DSL. An ability to move quickly and successfully enabled Mr. Fuentes to open a Northern and Southern California training facility along with a facility in Texas for SBC.
Mr. Fuentes also assisted in the training and development of the Distribution Outage Application rollout for the Transmission and Distribution department, worked on the early stages of the OMS (Outage Management System) implementation, and developed the business case for acquiring a Work Planning and Electronic Timekeeping solution. He led and directed workgroups installing and providing maintenance on the distribution automation equipment (Smart Grid).
LGI Forensic Engineering, P.C., has built a reputation for being a leader in forensic engineering services on the East Coast. LGI is equipped with structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, and architectural engineers, and investigators who are available to analyze failures, perform necessary tests, and conduct research. LGI is also equipped with state-of-the-art machines in their newly opened laboratory to assist with all investigative needs.
All Forensic Engineering Disciplines
Evidence Collection and Retention
Laboratory Equipment and Services
Personal Injury Investigation
President and CEO, Steven Pietropaolo, PE, CFEI, CFII, is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York, amongst others. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and a Certified Fire Investigator Instructor.
Mr. Pietropaolo has over 25 years of hands on engineering experience including electrical, mechanical, materials, safety, fire protection, and construction. He has knowledge of codes and standards used in construction and industry including building codes, safety codes, and industrial codes. He also has extensive experience in Utility Company procedures / equipment and investigating major incidents involving electrical, gas, steam system failures, and construction accidents.
Collaboration Unlimited (CU) Collaboration Unlimited (CU) is a management consulting firm specializing in services to the Public Sector Utility Industry. We help our clients prepare for continued success in an environment of increasing customer expectations, complexity, and rapid change. CU is committed to helping organizations work better by aligning practices and performance with industry standards, market conditions and strategic direction.
Founded by R. John Miner, CU builds on John’s record of 40+ years as a successful management consultant, executive manager, engineer, and educator in the utility industry. CU's approach emphasizes creative collaboration with clients to achieve sustainable solutions to their most challenging governance, management, and operational situations.
Collaborative Learning offers a range of services to support effective learning for people in Public Power and related utility organizations. CU does not apply a “one size fits all” approach to our services. Instead, we bring together and customize the application of information, processes, and tools to meet organizations and learners where they are, and help them take the next right step in their development.
Collaboration Unlimited Services Include:
Strategy Formulation & Business Planning
Education & Training
Collaborative Learning Services Include:
Knowledge and Skill Assessments
Knowledge and Skill Development Plans
Knowledge Retention and Transfer Programs
Skill Assessment and Development for Succession Planning
Education and Training Program Design, Delivery and Evaluation
Curt M. Freedman, PE, CEM, CEA, LEED AP, has over 30 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer. With a Masters in Engineering Management, he provides professional engineering consultation services for the residential, commercial, and industrial sector.
Mr. Freedman evaluates building mechanical and structural infrastructure. His experience includes the design, engineering, and construction of HVAC systems, boilers and chillers, plumbing systems, and utility conservation products for the residential, commercial, and industrial sector. He is registered to practice in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maryland.
Since 2006, Mr. Freedman has been an adjunct professor at Western New England College in Springfield, MA where he teaches materials science laboratory, energy management, and alternative energy sources. In 2010, he became the first professor to successfully include the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Exam as part of an engineering classroom as sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Mr. Freedman is an advocate for utility conservation and more equitable electric natural gas, water, and sewer tariffs.
Carl E. Peters, PE, PLS, PP, CO, has a broad range of expertise in the areas of Land Use, Municipal Engineering, and Code Enforcement in the State of New Jersey. He currently offers consulting advice to New Jersey Local Governments in the areas of:
Storm / Sanitary Sewer Operations
Public Works / Parking Operations
Mr. Peters is one of fewer than ten people in New Jersey who holds licenses as a Professional Engineer, Professional Land Surveyor, Professional Planner, Construction Official, Building Official, and Plumbing Official.
With this rare combination of professional credentials, Mr. Peters also offers Owner’s Representative Services which include managing projects from the earliest planning stages, through land use and construction code approvals to construction and occupancy of the buildings. He has a history of coordinating work among design professionals, attorneys, government officials, and contractors to bring projects to completion on time and within budget.
Mr. Peters has been honored with the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers Project of the Year Award for his Infrastructure Management Program, John Street Playground, Reconstruction of John Street, and Hodge Road.
Bonneau Dickson, PE, is a Sanitary Engineer with over 35 years of experience in all aspects of studying, designing, and constructing water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities, both in the United States and abroad.
Mr. Dickson provides consulting services in the following areas::
Wastewater Facilities Design
Wastewater Facilities Planning
Water Facilities Design
Water Facilities Planning
Standard of Care
Stormwater Facilities Design
Stormwater Facilities Planning
Design Experience - Mr. Dickson has participated in the design of approximately 300 water, wastewater and stormwater projects, ranging in size from a single septic tank or well to a 120 MGD pure oxygen wastewater treatment plant. He was the project manager on many of these projects.
Construction Management Experience - Mr. Dickson has been resident engineer or otherwise participated in the construction phase of approximately 20 water and wastewater projects.
Management Experience - Bonneau Dickson has both project management and general management experience. Has been project manager on approximately 175 projects. He was operations manager for a 150 person engineering firm, and has frequently managed design teams and design departments. He has served as staff to technical agencies assisting them select, hire, and manage other consultants.
Kenneth J. Shorter, MS, CSP, ARM, TCDS, is the President of Accident Prevention & Investigation, Inc., a professional corporation set up to provide Safety Consulting Services, management evaluations, accident investigation, training, and forensic services. Mr. Shorter has over 30 years of experience Managing Safety for local, regional, and national organizations in the fields of construction, general industry, fleet, government, and marine operations. Mr. Shorter has his Masters Degree in Safety and Professional Certifications in Safety, Risk Management, and Traffic Control Design.
An ANSI A10 Standards Committee Member for Construction and Demolition Operations, Mr. Shorter has extensive experience managing safety on large projects constructing buildings, roadways, rapid transit systems, tunnels, bridges, hospitals, etc.