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Expert in Design, Construction, Maintenance, Planning and Management of Electrical Distribution Systems

Expert ID: 725106 Alabama, USA

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Expert has 20 plus years experience in the utility electric distribution industry. He is a qualified journeyman lineman with 15 years field experience. Expert went back to college and holds three degrees (MBA). He has managed both Operations and Engineering Departments. Expert is currently the Assistant Director for an electric utility. He is a huge Safety proponent and leads Safety Initiatives and improvements. Expert is familiar with management, engineering, construction and maintenance procedures in overhead and underground distribution electricity. He has much experience troubleshooting outages, power quality, and reliability issues. Expert has been formally trained in OSHA safety regulations and MUTCD. Expert also is experienced with utility trucks and equipment.

Expert has designed, built and maintained all types of electric power distribution systems. Expert in every aspect of design, construction, and maintenance of both overhead and underground electric utility distribution power systems.

Expert is employed by an electric power utility. He has worked on systems in several states during power restorations after major storm events. He has managed power restoration for his home company following major weather events.

Expert has 25 plus years experience working on power distribution systems in management, engineering and operations. He understands the concepts and implementation of power distribution.

Expert has built and maintained all types of power lines.

Expert has over 300 hrs of documented SAFETY Training in the electric utilities industry.

Expert performed consulting services for Neil Chapman Attorney at Law in Evansville, Indiana. This was a personal injury case involving utility equipment with multiple utilities.
Expert reviewed depositions and prepared detailed summary reports and time lines based on review of work orders and photographs and presented possible scenarios.
By using Expert's report to argue and justify the suit, the case was successfully settled out of court in Expert's clients favor.

Expert performed consulting services for an Attny. in North Carolina. This was a personal injury case involving high voltage utility equipment. Expert reviewed depositions, accident reports, photographs, and prepared detailed summary reports based on review of information.

Expert performed consulting services for an Attny. in Chicago, IL. This case involved the death of a utility line worker. Expert reviewed depositions, accident reports, coroner's reports, and photographs to prepare detailed initial summary informational reports for the attorneys.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Auburn, Alabama - Atlanta, GA

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2013 Degree: MBA Subject: Masters of Business Administration Institution: Capella University
Year: 2011 Degree: BS Subject: Public Safety and Emergency Management Institution: Capella University
Year: 2009 Degree: AA Subject: Business Management Institution: Dalton State College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Assistant Director and Manager of Distribution Services Department: Staff Responsibilities: Managed business and day to day operations
• Made major improvements in company-wide team work, cooperation, and coordination through the creation and leadership of an inter-department company policy and standards committee. This committee initiated policy for engineering and design standards, purchasing, construction units, and construction materials.
• Managed New Program Development through hiring, supervising, and inspecting work of contractors for large project engineering and pole inspection programs.
Significantly decreased both outages and outage times through the design and implementation of major system improvements in our sectionalizing and fault current protection scheme.
• Led Team Building innovations through implementation of cross development inter-department training of inside and outside employees. This process led to increased unity, morale, and understanding between departments. This helped to unite the departments and improved overall customer service and performance.
• Worked with a team to develop and implement budgets and system planning for the annual and five year work plans.
• Improved Safety and Compliance through the design and implementation of a formal, in-house, company-wide Safety Program.
• Improved the cost effectiveness of financing and purchasing through implementing a cost benefit analysis style of management. This style requires all purchases to be analyzed and justified.
• Improved performance of field crews by constantly testing new processes, tools, technology, and equipment and evaluating purchases through a cost benefit analysis.
• Improved Disaster Response and Recovery through coordinated emergency work outages, disaster response/recovery operations during multiple district and system wide disaster events. Managed logistics for cooperative crews, engineers, outside contractors, and right of way contractors. Managed and operated Emergency Operations Center during emergency situations.
• Improved the overall Fleet Management by implementing the use of a technology based Fleet Management Program to accurately track costs and expenses of the entire fleet. This implementation improved data driven decision making, accounting, billing, compliance, and maintenance.
Years: 2013 to 2016 Employer: Infratech Corporation Title: Director of Overhead Operations/Regional manager Department: Management Team Responsibilities: • Served at Staff Level as Director of Overhead Operations for Infratech Corporation
• Lead initiatives with the Safety & Training Department to prepare and implement safety initiatives for the new and quickly expanding overhead department.
• Facilitated and managed the planning and start up implementation of Overhead (OH) Crews on multiple customer systems from South Florida to the Mid-Atlantic.
• Facilitated the recruiting, hiring, vetting, and installation of OH Lineman and OH Crews.
• Managed the budgeting and resources to support OH Crew Fleet Management Operations on multiple systems.
• Provided customer support, bidding and contract support, resolved local customer issues, lead safety initiatives, increased productivity, expanded additional diverse work opportunities with each customer.
• Managed up to fifty employees and office staff to include OH, UG, and URD crews.
• Improved safety through implementation of a formal safety program which included weekly meetings, daily safety briefs, and safety audits in the field.
• Improved productivity on Crews by changing the crew make up, daily working processes and procedures, and raising expectations and providing training.
Years: 2011 to 2013 Employer: Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc. Title: Director of Operations Department: Operations Responsibilities: • Served at the Executive Staff Level as Director of Operations for Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc.
• Entirely responsible for managing company-wide operations and maintenance of a high-voltage distribution/transmission power system with 26,000 customers, 34 substations, and 3500 miles of overhead and underground distribution/transmission lines.
• Primary Board of Directors contact for the Operations Department and the district.
• Duties include directly managing forty co-op managers, supervisors, and employees including line crews, engineering, customer service, garage/mechanics, warehousing, forestry crews, outside contractor management, and facilities management.
• Significantly decreased both outages and outage times through the design and implementation of major system improvements in our sectionalizing and fault current protection scheme.
• Made major improvements in company-wide team work, cooperation, and coordination through the creation and leadership of an inter-department company standards committee. This committee initiated policy for engineering and design standards, purchasing, construction units, and construction materials.
• Managed New Program Development through hiring, supervising, and inspecting work of contractors for large project engineering and pole inspection programs.
• Led Team Building innovations through implementation of cross development inter-department training of inside and outside employees. This process led to increased unity, morale, and understanding between departments. This helped to unite the departments and improved overall customer service and performance.
• Skilled Negotiator: Participated in union/company negotiations. Experienced from both sides of the table. Negotiated right-of-way and line relocation with customers.
• Worked with a team to develop and implement budgets and system planning for the annual and five year work plans.
• Improved Safety and Compliance through the design and implementation of a formal, in-house, company-wide Safety Program.
• Improved the cost effectiveness of financing and purchasing through implementing a cost benefit analysis style of management. This style requires all purchases to be analyzed and justified.
• Improved Processes through the design and implementation of a formal switching order process for major substation and transmission switching operations.
• Improved performance of field crews by constantly testing new processes, tools, technology, and equipment and evaluating purchases through a cost benefit analysis.
• Improved Disaster Response and Recovery through coordinated emergency work outages, disaster response/recovery operations during multiple district and system wide disaster events. Managed logistics for cooperative crews, engineers, outside contractors, and right of way contractors. Managed and operated Emergency Operations Center during emergency situations.
• Improved the overall Fleet Management by implementing the use of a technology based Fleet Management Program to accurately track costs and expenses of the entire fleet. This implementation improved data driven decision making, accounting, billing, compliance, and maintenance.
Years: 2009 to 2011 Employer: Georgia Department of Defense Title: Joint Operations Center - Manager Department: JFHQ - Operations Responsibilities: Supported and facilitated Command and Control by the Adjutant General and the Joint task Force Commander.
Received, analyzed, coordinated, directed and managed information and resources which are critical to successful mission accomplishment of current Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) / Homeland Defense operations (HLD).
Maintained situational awareness through maintenance and management of a comprehensive Common Operations Picture (COP).
Participated in planning, monitoring and guiding the execution of the commander’s decisions.
Supported and facilitated Command and Control by the Adjutant General and the Joint task Force Commander.
Mission Participation: Haiti Earthquake Medical Evacuations 2010, Winter Storm Support 2011, South GA Wildfires March 2011, Southeast US Tornado/Spring Storm April 2011.
Years: 2003 to 2008 Employer: NGEMC Title: District Operations Manager Department: Operations Responsibilities: Supervised all electrical/Journeyman Lineman work crews and contract crews during normal and emergency situations.
Managed a district office with 15,000 customers and 1500 miles of overhead and underground distribution power lines.
Scheduled all crews’ work load, hours, safety training, and improvement training.
Handled hiring jobs of all operations personnel and managed a remote district office.
Served as liaison between customers’ contractors and company headquarters.
Coordinated emergency work outages, disaster response operations, and new construction projects. Involving logistics for cooperative crews engineers outside contractors and right of way contractors.
Managed and operated JOC during emergency situations. Involving different regional districts and out of state crews and contractors. Also, had to coordinate often with Fire, Law Enforcement, State and Local DOT Offices, Emergency Medical, other Utilities, and other responders.
Managed logistical concerns during emergency and day to day operations, warehousing and equipment, meals and housing for crews, transportation, and medical care as needed.
Handled supervision of the day to day operations connected with running an office with 25 employees.
Developed company wide safety programs that are still in use.
Career Deployments: Hurricane Hugo, Hurricane Fran, Hurricane Bertha, Hurricane Katrina, multiple winter storms and weather events throughout twenty year career.
Years: 1998 to 2003 Employer: NGEMC Title: Crew Leader Department: Operations Responsibilities: Supervise train and direct line crews in the field.
Responsible for the construction maintenance and trouble shooting.
Supervised an electrical work crew that handled high voltage electric work projects.
Years: 1988 to 1998 Employer: NGEMC Title: Journeyman Lineman Department: Operations Responsibilities: Construction and maintenance of both overhead and underground distribution electrical systems.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1983 to 1986 Agency: US Army Role: Soldier Description: Expert served in the US ARMY - First Special Forces Group (Abn)
Years: 2009 to 2011 Agency: Georgia DoD Role: GA Joint Operations Center Manager Description: Expert Supported and facilitated Command and Control by the Adjutant General and the Joint task Force Commander Received, analyzed, coordinated, directed and managed information and resources which are critical to successful mission accomplishment of current Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) / Homeland Defense operations (HLD)Maintained situational awareness through maintenance and management of a comprehensive Common Operations Picture (COP).Participated in planning, monitoring and guiding the execution of the commander’s decisions.Supported and facilitated Command and Control by the Adjutant General and the Joint task Force Commander Mission Participation: Haiti Earthquake Medical Evacuations 2010, Winter Storm Support 2011, South GA Wildfires March 2011, Southeast US Tornado/Spring Storm April 2011

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Journeyman Lineman
MUTCD certification
Vital Learning Corporation/ Essential Leadership
Altec Sentry Program
NGEMC Safety First Certificate/ 2yrs
OSHA Management Systems Workshop
Georgia PSC GUFPA Act
Georgia Highway Watch
Georgia Certified Flagger
Georgia Commercial Drivers License
TVPPA Certified Supervisor
Electric Power Research Institute Underground Practices Workshop
GDOT Workshop Erosion Control

UTILITY CERTIFICATIONS
Tennessee Valley Public Power Association Certified Supervisor
Tennessee Valley Public Power Association Certified Manager
Essential Skills of Communicating Leadership Workshop
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Management System Workshop)
Georgia Utility Facilities Protection Act
Manual Uniform Traffic Control Devices (Certified Instructor)
Tennessee Valley Public Power Association Journeymen Lineman Course with a Certification
Georgia Commercial Driver Licensed Class A
Georgia Highway Watch Transportation Professional Certified Driver
Altec Aerial Device Certification
Altec Professional Operator Safety Training
Safety First Certificate
Flagging Procedures Certification
Professional Appointments
NGEMC Safety Committee
NGEMC Apprentice Lineman Committee
NGEMC Material Standards Committee
Appointed to the Gordon County GA Local Emergency Planning Committee
Opelika AL Chamber of Commerce
Alabama Municipal Electric Authority
Electric Cities of Alabama
American Public Power Association
Awards / Recognition
Summa Cum Laude (BS Degree)

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has consulted on several cases involving wrongful death, and wrongful injury cases in multiple states and with multiple utilities.
Training / Seminars
U.S. Government
Joint Operations Center JOC 101-201, 40 hrs.
Defense Support to Civilian Authorities (DSCA) Phase I
Joint Information Exchange Environment (JIEE) Department of Defense Requests and Information Sharing Network
ETeam – Georgia EMA Requests and Information Sharing Network
Joint Operations Center
FEMA
Incident Command System ICS300 and ICS 400. 40 hr State/Federal Certifications.
National Incident Management System – IS300 and IS 400.
FEMA Independent Study Certification Courses – 1, 3, 7, 10, 15b, 35.1, 100, 100FW, 100 LE, 100PW, 200, 200FW, 208, 230A, 271, 292, 301, 324, 331, 5420, 46, 547, 700, 701, 702, 703, 704, 800,
Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 for Federal Workers
IS-00230.a Fundamentals of Emergency Management

Vendor Selection
He has contacts and accounts with many vendors and suppliers of materials and safety items and equipment.

Fields of Expertise

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