2018 AME Advisory Council
Meet the Experts Behind AME
Chris Roberts, Vice President Asset Management, WSP
Dr. Christian Roberts has over 20 years’ experience managing assets and providing strategic and tactical asset management advice. Chris is the national director for asset management and business strategy for WSP a global engineering and management consulting organization. A career asset manager, Chris has worked across the globe in the rail and transit sector, including the likes of New York MTA, WMATA, London Underground, Swiss Federal Railways, Queensland Rail, Network Rail and Amtrak. He is the program manager for the California High Speed Rail Asset Management Office ensuring successful onboarding of the physical asset and leading the development of the digital asset. Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Asset Management and the Secretary of the USA Chapter of the IAM. He was also one of the principal experts nominated to represent the United Kingdom at the ISO project committee for ISO 55001:2014.
Stephen Bisch, Corporate Facilities and Engineering, Monsanto
Steve Bisch is developing a corporate asset management strategy for Monsanto’s Global Headquarters. He has spent over 30 years in the field of engineering and facilities management. During this time, he has supported all aspects of manufacturing, research, laboratory, and administrative facilities across numerous industries. He is presently Manager of Engineering and Facilities at Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Missouri where he oversees all aspects of engineering and facilities management for Monsanto’s Global Headquarters, which is comprised of 4 million square feet of administrative, research and laboratory space. Steve has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from Indiana University.
Craig Edlund, Director of Asset Management, Metro Council of the Twin Cities
Craig Edlund is the Director of Asset Management, responsible for asset management and asset business systems for the Environmental Services Division of the Metropolitan Council. MCES owns and operates roughly $6.8 billion in infrastructure assets that protect air and water quality in the Twin Cities region. Prior to this role Craig was responsible for all electrical systems in eight regional wastewater treatment plants and was the Master Electrician of Record. Previously he was the Integration Manager at DLT&V Systems Engineering and the electrician foreman at Hunt Electric Corporation. Craig is also a certified PMP (Project Management Professional) with the Project Management Institute and a Certified Reliability Leader from the Association of Asset Management Professionals. He graduated as an electrician from Dunwoody College of Technology.
Susan Lubell, President, PEMAC (Plant Engineering Maintenance Association of Canada)
Susan Lubell is the author of the recently published “Root Cause Analysis Made Simple – Driving Bottom Line Improvements by Preventing One Failure at a Time”, and National President for the Plant Engineering Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC). She specializes in operational excellence with a strong focus on asset management and reliability strategy, cost effective lean maintenance programs, and continuous improvement. She brings over 20 years of practical experience to drive asset management, operations and maintenance business decisions in producer companies.
Jim Dudley, Enterprise Architect, Duke Energy
Jim Dudley is a senior IT leader with over 20 years of experience across multiple industries. He currently serves as Enterprise Architect for Piedmont Natural Gas, which was recently acquired by Duke Energy. During his tenure at Piedmont, Jim has served in leadership roles in IT strategy and planning, business relationship management, application management, project management, and enterprise architecture. Prior to joining Piedmont, Jim was Principal Consultant at Keane (now NTT Data) where he worked with clients in telecommunications, banking, manufacturing, utilities, and retail. A member of PMI, he has served on the Leadership Council for PMI’s Utility Industry Community of Practice, advising small businesses and technology startups, and providing PM knowledge resources and services to thousands of industry practitioners worldwide.
Norm Poynter, Managing Director, AMA
Norm Poynter has been in management consulting with specialization in SAP plant maintenance and integration for the past 14 years. He has been involved in a variety of projects including system and continuous improvement implementations, best practices, plant turnarounds, re-engineering, process improvements, and process safety development and implementation.
Norm has held management, technical, and functional roles with companies including Agrium, NOVA Chemicals, DuPont, Canexus, Nexen Inc., Marathon Oil, and Suncor. Today, Norm focuses on integration of systems across landscapes to form knowledge execution management systems, asset information management systems, and sustainable groups of core corporate competencies and subject matter (communities of practice). This approach is used to enable standardization, consistency, and productivity through better use of grass roots technologies like SAP.
Don Barry, Global Center of Competency Lead – Asset Management, IBM Corporation
Donald Barry is the Global CoC Lead for Asset Management Solutions, including Risk and Reliability Strategies, ISO55000 and Strategy consulting, Maximo and Meridium solutions for IBM Corporation. Don was a prime contributor to the 2nd edition of “Asset Management Excellence – Optimizing Equipment Life-cycle Decisions” published in late 2010, CRC Press. Don is an instructor of the University of Toronto’s Physical Asset Management Certificate program and the Maintenance Parts Excellence Program as part of the Maintenance Masters Program at UofT.
Dan Roberts, VP – Global Supply Chain Transformation, Molson Coors
Sr. executive leader focused on maximizing operating performance, developing and managing a long range plan to deliver >$500M in last 3 years. Extensive experience building and inspiring teams to focus on transforming operations and delivering sustainable balanced key performance drivers and best in class cost, while driving revenue generating customer experience. Motivational leader of diverse teams, connecting personal goals with company needs to combine individual wellness and company performance. Extensive experience managing operational budgets, focusing on delivering performance improvement while driving cost objectives. Diverse industry experience such as basic materials (e.g., mining and steel), consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, transportation, travel, chemicals, oil and gas, and infrastructure. Strong rapport with all levels of the organization (executive suite through shop floor). Adept at developing vision and strategies for the future of the supply chain one day and translating to tactical shop floor performance dialogue the next.
Tedd Weitzman, Project Manager – Performance Improvement Team, Engineering & Construction Services, Southern Company
Tedd Weitzman has 15 years of experience in Southern Company’s Engineering and Construction Services organization supporting project work at fossil fuels power generating facilities. He is currently a project manager on the Performance Improvement team and is responsible for increasing organizational efficiencies by improving work processes and implementing enabling technologies. Tedd specializes in whole-life asset information management. His experiences are varied and include electrical circuit design, workforce planning, design deliverable creation and delivery, document and content management, start-up and commissioning, and plant hierarchy asset structures.