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Once every project stakeholder fully understands and embraces the owner’s project objectives, the three keys to project success are communicate, collaborate, and cooperate. The real value that I bring to the owner is being his/her strongest advocate for project success, and then ensuring that the entire project team stays focused and aligned with the project goals and objectives.
Joe Graf
Senior Vice President, PE, CCM

Experience

In his role as senior vice president, Joe specializes in the management of large capital programs in the governmental, healthcare, and education markets. Joe is a seasoned leader of people, teams, and processes. His achievements demonstrate flexibility, a quick learning curve, and technical excellence. He has held senior management positions in several large, complex organizations, successfully carrying out challenging, highly visible assignments.

Currently, Joe leads the infrastructure services team within Plante Moran Cresa’s public sector group, which specializes in providing program and project management services to its clients. These services include capital program planning, program controls, risk assessments, organizational performance, development of key performance indicators (KPIs), and facilitation of project delivery improvements. The infrastructure team also provides expertise in project management information systems (PMIS) and assists in the selection and implementation of these systems.

Joe has worked with Hamilton County, Ohio, for the last decade as its owner’s representative, reviewing and assessing the operations and capital program of its Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD). He leads the multidisciplinary team (financial, program, and project management) that identifies potential risks for the county regarding its federal consent decree, fiscal management, and capital program effectiveness.

He is part of the program management team assisting the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) in Detroit, Mich., in preparing a PMIS needs assessment, procuring a PMIS, and then implementing and training for the new system, which will be used to manage capital project data and leverage that data to effectively manage the capital program.

In the past, Joe helped client Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) reach its goal of quadrupling its capital program output within five years, developing a capital planning process to produce a rolling five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that defined procedures for program reporting, controls, risk management, and project management best practices. Joe also provided consulting services to the Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) in Perris, Cali., which was seeking to streamline and automate its development services operations.

Joe received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology from Ohio University. He also received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a Master of Science degree in construction management from Ohio State University.

Joe is recognized by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) as a certified construction manager (CCM). He is also a licensed professional engineer in the states of Michigan and Ohio. Joe is affiliated with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Water Works Association (AWWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).