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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

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 (KPI), and facilitation of project delivery improvement. 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 helping to review and assess the operations and capital program of its Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD). He leads the multidiscipline 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 helped client Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) reach their goal of quadrupling its capital program output within five years. He developed a capital planning process to produce a rolling five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that defined procedures for program reporting, controls, risk management, and best practices. Joe also led the implementation of the chosen PMIS and conducted required staff and vendor training.

Joe worked with the fast-growing Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA) to assess its capital program management and project delivery processes to assure the organization and procedures would meet the challenges of a larger, more diverse workload.

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 a 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).