Meet the First Speakers Announced for AME 2019. 

Subjects include: ISO 55000, Strategic Asset Management, Culture, SAMP, Business Case, Risk, Integration of Digital,  and Physical, Change Management, Leadership and much more…


Distinguished Speakers


Dr Kofi Smith, President & CEO, Atlanta Airlines Terminal CompanyDr Kofi Smith, President & CEO, Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company

Dr. Kofi Smith serves as the President & CEO of the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company (AATC). Since Kofi’s arrival, AATC has grown its employee base by 109%, creating more positions and employment opportunities for Atlanta residents. Under Kofi’s leadership, AATC has been recognized as one of the Top 20 “Best Places to Work” for medium size companies in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.




Biju George, Executive VP, DC WaterBiju George, EVP Operations and Engineering, DC Water

Biju George is responsible for the performance management of operations & engineering. He participates in the implementation of the Authority’s strategic plan and works with the Chief Financial Officer in overseeing the development of operating budgets and operating policies. Additionally, Mr. George reviews divisions’ operational and financial performance and meets with department heads to discuss the feasibility of strategic initiatives.




Javier Fernandez, CFO, Oklahoma Public Power District (OPPD)Javier Fernandez, CFO, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)

Javier Fernandez joined OPPD in June 2017 as vice president and chief financial officer.Fernandez came to OPPD from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), U.S. Department of Energy, in Portland, Oregon. He had been with the federal power marketing organization since 2012, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer.He previously served as senior vice president of Fixed Income Capital Markets for D.A. Davidson & Company and vice president of Public Finance for Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation.



Paul Chinowsky, Professor of Sustainable Development, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado

Dr. Paul S. Chinowsky is the Mortenson Professor of Sustainable Development in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado and Co-Founder of Resilient Analytics. Professor Chinowsky is currently conducting research in the areas of infrastructure adaptation to climate change and high-performance organizations. In the area of climate change, Prof. Chinowsky and his team at Resilient Analytics has developed one of the first models that addresses an engineering perspective on infrastructure adaptation in direct response to climate change. He is currently working on research for groups including the Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations, and the World Bank to continue to refine these models and provide a global baseline for infrastructure adaptation costs. Prof. Chinowsky is actively collaborating on these topics with experts from economics, engineering, and climate in a global collaboration network. 

Sam Paske, Assistant GM, Metropolitan Council of Environmental ServicesSam Paske, Assistant GM, Metropolitan Council of Environmental Services

Sam Paske is Assistant General Manager for the Environmental Services Division of the Metropolitan Council, the regional planning and transit/wastewater services provider for the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.





Graham Macleod, Vice President Asset Integrity & QMS, Precision Drilling

Graham Macleod is a senior executive who has experienced a broad range of services, technical and financial responsibility in the offshore and land rigs drilling industry. A highly qualified professional with a wide range of project management experience, in both operator and contractor organizations which was developed in his earlier career. His management experience has placed significant emphasis on change management, innovation and business improvement.



Amy Lindblom, Program Manager, Asset Management, Sound TransitAmy Lindblom, Program Manager Asset Management, Sound Transit

Amy Lindblom is an asset management professional currently developing the Asset Management Program at Sound Transit, which serves the 3-county area around Seattle, Washington with light rail, commuter rail, and bus rapid transit.  She believes in supporting organizations on their asset management journey using change management principles and creating workplaces that value and take good care of their staff, their customers, and their assets.



Aaron Fapohunda, NLNGAaron Fapohunda, Head of Asset Management, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG)

Aaron is the head of asset management for Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG).  He oversees all asset related requirements including design, construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance and reliability. He has over 20 years of practical experience at Shell in various roles, and recently received a MSc in Subsea Engineering at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire UK.  



Seth McClureSeth McClure, Asset Manager, Madison Water Utility

Seth McClure is the Asset Manager for the Madison (Wisconsin) Water Utility. Prior to MWU Seth worked as a water resources engineer for various governmental agencies and private consultants in Wisconsin. Seth has a Master’s degree in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an undergraduate degree in the humanities from the University of Texas, Austin. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Seth had a previous career as a high school math and physics teacher. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two children.


Julie Korak, PhD., P.E. Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder

Julie Korak, Ph.D., P.E. is a water treatment engineer focusing on drinking water, industrial water, and water reuse for diverse applications. Her passion is developing holistic water treatment processes from the fundamental chemistry to long term infrastructure management. Drinking water treatment plants and the network of distribution systems supplying consumers collectively represent one of the US’s largest public infrastructure assets. Implementing resilient treatment operations and maintaining the integrity of aging infrastructure require both the proactive planning for deliberate or unplanned (e.g., natural disaster) system changes and effective system monitoring strategies for real-time decision making. Her research focuses on this theme through system level assessments for long term planning initiatives (e.g., diversifying water source portfolios) and developing technical solutions for water treatment challenges.


George SimonoffGeorge Simonoff, Sr. Director of Maintenance and Reliability, The Wonderful Company

George has 20 years of experience in the glass and food industries at the plant and corporate levels. In his current role, George contributes as the Director of Maintenance and Reliability at The Wonderful Company. He is an engineering graduate from Youngstown State University. George’s contributions have been implementing work processes, improved utilization of CMMS, development and mentorship of Maintenance Leaders, predictive inspections, material coordination processes, craft skills development, strategy, and leadership. Some of George’s proudest accomplishments are the partnerships developed within the plant teams on his recent assignment.



Rhys DaviesRhys Davies, Chair of TC251 (the ISO55000 committee)

Mr. Rhys Davies is the Chairman of ISO Committee (TC251) leading 30 countries in developing International Standards for Asset Management leading to the publication of the ISO55000 series in 2014. He continues to lead that group in its ongoing work now focusing on public policy and finance.

Rhys is also Global Consulting Leader Digital Asset Management for SNC Lavalin.Rhys has developed his career as an asset management specialist in a variety of industries including Aerospace, Defense, Rail, Telecoms, Utilities and the Oil industry. Rhys’ roles have included systems design, consultancy, operations management and audit.


John Woodhouse, TWPLJohn Woodhouse, CEO, The Woodhouse Partnership, Ltd

John is CEO of the consulting and training organization, TWPL. With a personal senior management background in the oil industry (esp. Shell O&G and refining) and major engineering (Kvaerner), he launched TWPL in 1995 as a consortium of former senior industrial managers to provide pragmatic advice, training and support in physical asset-dependent organizations. John is also Founder, Fellow and Chair of the Panel of Experts for the Institute of Asset Management. He chaired the BSI/IAM development of the PAS 55 standard for optimal management of physical assets, and was UK Expert Representative in the development of the first International Standard for Asset Management (ISO55000).



Michael Salvato, Mott MacDonaldMichael Salvato, Vice President, Infrastructure Advisory Services, Mott MacDonald

Michael Salvato is currently the Vice President, Infrastructure Advisory Services at Mott MacDonald. Previously, he was the Director and Program Executive for Enterprise Information and Asset Management at the NY State Metropolitan Transportation Authority.




Don BarryDon Barry, President, Principal Consultant, Asset Acumen Consulting & University of Toronto Instructor

Donald Barry is President and Principal Consultant at Asset Acumen Consulting. Don also created and teaches the “Physical Asset Management Certificate” program as well as the Maintenance Parts Masters Program at the University of Toronto. He is experienced in helping clients with Predictive Asset Analytics, supporting Asset Management strategy, Reliability, Maximo and APM solutions. He previously acted as the Global Center of Competency (CoC) Lead / Advisor Predictive Asset Analytics for IBM’s Global Asset Management Practice.



Norm PoynterNorm Poynter, Managing Director, NLAS Possibilities & Asset Management Advocates

Norm is a very skilled, senior management consultant with deep expertise in asset information management, master data governance, best practices and standards creation.  He has successfully led many projects within oil & gas, chemical, agriculture, utilities, public sector and others in the areas of turnaround management, re-engineering, process improvements, process safety, data and governance/management. He has successfully built a comprehensive, world-class EAM team. 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.


Joseph GroblerJoseph Grobler, Founder & Managing Director, Transform Value Consulting

Joseph Grobler, the leader of Transform Value Consulting is a leading global supply chain expert who focuses on creating value within the existing core functionality already owned by an organization.  The asset management supply chain holds a huge amount of value.  Joseph is the creator of world leading supply chain optimization methodologies that leverages integration to drive value.