MUWG Management Committee
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR
Bobby ShewmakeSouthern Company
Bobby has worked in the Nuclear Industry for the last 32 years at 3 Locations: Farley Nuclear Plant (Southern Company), V.C. Summer (SCANA), and the Southern Company Corporate Offices in Birmingham, where he currently resides. His work history includes assignments in various roles in Health Physics, Chemistry/Radiochemistry, Design Engineering, and Enterprise Solutions Support (ESS) for Maximo/Primavera.
Currently, he works as the Enterprise Solutions Support Manager for Southern Company, with primary responsibility for Southern Nuclear (SNC) Work Management, which he has supported since the initial Project launch in 2006. Maximo is used in Nuclear and Fossil Generation, Engineering and Construction Services, and Transmission and Distribution; and, serves as one of 4 core applications in a mix of about 30 systems that are integrated across the Southern Company footprint and supported by ESS. He also represents SNC on the IBM Nuclear Partners group.
Bobby has a B.S. in Physical Sciences (Auburn University) and a B.S. Mechanical Engineering (South Carolina) and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama.
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE VICE-CHAIR
Mel BennettMount Pleasant Waterworks
Mel has worked for Mount Pleasant Waterworks (MPW), a water and wastewater utility near Charleston, S.C., for over 34 years. He helped to implement and then administered MPW’s first CMMS in 1990 while he was Supervisor of our Water Treatment Plants. He went on to manage our entire Water Department, which included the Water Treatment Plants and our Water Distribution System. Eventually Mel moved out of the Water Department and became Director of Safety and Environmental Compliance. Gradually that position also evolved into managing a very diverse department of multiple functions.
Currently Mel is our Productivity, Quality, and Safety Department Manager. Regarding Maximo, he and his staff are responsible for all user training and ongoing user support, all of the “front end” configurations and administration of the system, and Quality Assurance reviews of the data contained within Maximo. In addition to Maximo and Asset Management, other functional responsibilities within Mel’s department include Safety, Security, Emergency Management, Laboratory Services, Facility Services, and our Dispatch Center.
I have worked for Dynegy and various subsidiaries for 24 years in numerous positions from Operations, Maintenance and Corporate. I am currently the Director – Maintenance Planning Strategy.
With Dynegy, I have been involved in our Maximo implementation and support since 2006. I have been actively involved in conversion/integration to Maximo of over 30 acquired facilities over that same period of time and have been managing various Computerized Maintenance Management Systems since 1989.
Originally trained as a Nuclear Reactor Operator with the US Navy, most of my power experience is with combined cycle, natural gas facilities.
My MUWG participation began in 2006 and has been in the various roles of a presenter, attendee, and member of the management committee.
Wayde PrejeanKinder Morgan Inc.
I have worked for Kinder Morgan and predecessor companies for 36 years in various Accounting areas, on process / re-engineering projects and as the Maximo Coordinator / Administrator from the business side. I am currently Manager IC over Maximo Operations in the Engineering / Compliance department for Kinder Morgan’s Natural Gas segment.
I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and also hold the Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) designation.
I have been involved in numerous Maximo implementations and have supported Maximo since 1996. I have been a frequent attendee and presenter at PULSE/Maximo World/InterConnect and at MUWG and other conferences.
Cristy BennettOglethorpe Power Corporation
Cristy Bennett has been associated with the Electric Utility Industry for 32 years.
After graduating with an Electrical Engineering degree, she spent 10 years working in Georgia Power Company’s Substation Control Design group.
That was followed by 11 years in the Supply Chain organization of Georgia Power & Southern Company, working in all areas of Supply Chain (purchasing, volume procurement, contract management, asset disposition & warehousing). After leaving the Southern Company, she spent the next 10 years as an independent contractor and full-time employee with Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC) in their Procurement Services department. Within the past 12 months, she became Director of Supply Chain Services for Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC) and has begun forming a new department and assuming responsibilities for Supply Chain activities that were previously being done by plant personnel.
She participated in OPC’s implementation of Maximo’s Contracts Module from 2009-2010 and will be heavily involved with any future upgrades.
Ken GendreauScana /South Carolina Electric & Gas
I have worked at SCANA/South Carolina Electric & Gas for nearly 17 years, since 1995.
As the Fossil Hydro Maximo Administrator for the past 6 years, I am responsible for training, administration, end-user support,
upgrades/changes to Maximo, and Maximo Strategic direction.
Additionally, I am responsible for the Planning & Scheduling within Fossil Hydro Group.
Previously I was employed by Cybernetics & System (Division of CSX Transportation) as a Mainframe Programmer and Systems Owner.
I have a BA from The University of South Carolina.
I have been an active participant in MUWG for the past 6 years. Recently, I completed the Planning & Scheduling Asset Maintenance with Maximo – Level 3 Certification (Scheduling).
Rick UlrichLower Colorado River Authority
Rick is employed at LCRA as a Sr. Business Analyst, in the Transmission Services Asset Management and Reliability Group.
Currently, he is responsible for support of Maximo 7.1 for all aspects of Power and Gas Operations.
He has over 30 years experience in various areas of plant and reliability maintenance.
Rick was responsible for setting up and managing a Predicative Maintenance program at a 1700 MW coal fired power plant. He has 5 years experience in asset and inventory management. His group is involved in continuous process improvement and automation projects involving LCRA’s integrated supply chain, asset management, and financial services.
Rick holds an Associates Degree in Engineering and is a Level III Certified Vibration Analyst with the Vibration Institute and Level I Certified Infrared Thermographer with ITC. He is also Level III Planner Scheduler Certified with the MUWG.
Kris KumarasingheENMAX Corporation
Over 18 years of experience with in the Utility, Oil & Gas and Banking sectors. With over 10 years of experience in Work and Asset Management.
Leading the Work and Asset Management MAXIMO Practice for ENMAX. Providing leadership for highly complex technology program across all areas of ENMAX Corporation and for strategic initiatives crossing business areas and operations teams to manage and ensure timely completion of programs.
Leading the Program Delivery organization and empowering teams to implement change. Driving innovation and generation of new ideas with a passion for technology and business process improvements to gain efficiencies.
Steve is a Senior Program Manager in Power Operations with the Tennessee Valley Authority-TVA. Currently, manages TVA’s Enterprise Asset Management Governance program. He has a combined total of 33 years’ experience in numerous positions including Information Technology, Engineering, support roles in Operations, and Maintenance business units. Steve serves as TVA’s Asset Management product suite owner.
Steve began participating in the MUWG in 2011 and has been in various roles, including presenter, attendee, and member of the management committee.
Chet JohnsonDuke Energy
My career at Duke (33 years) has spanned from Distribution Engineering to Resource Management to Supply Chain Management and now as the Lead Technology Consultant for the Maximo product suite. My most recent project was as the Supply Chain lead for the mobile design team. Prior to that (2007-2011), I was as the lead for the Supply Chain implementation of Maximo for Generation, Transmission and Distribution business units, along with a mobile warehousing solution across a five state deployment. Prior to that, I managed 21 Field Operation warehouses and a Distribution Center warehouse in the Carolinas. My current consultant role provides guidance and direction to the Fleet, Finance and Supply Chain business units at Duke Energy to enhance the use of the EAM Maximo Product Suite.
I have worked for Arizona Public Service for the last 16 years in numerous positions from Engineering, Corporate Environmental & Health, Routine and Overhaul Planning and Scheduling. 15 years has been in Generation supporting Gas & Oil and Coal Power plants and the last year has been in the Transmission and Distribution. I have a B.S. in Civil Engineering and am currently working at attaining a PMP. I am currently a Corporate Functional Area Leader in Work Management for Transmission and Distribution. My role is to provide oversight and support in work management and to help implement and standardize work management processes and work management tools (Maximo) within the business. I work closely with leadership and conduct assessments identifying gaps and providing recommended solution. I have been involved in our Enterprise Work Management project upgrade taking 3 Maximo platforms used by each business within APS to one Enterprise Maximo. I was part of the implementation and support of Maximo for the past two years. I have participated in MUGW since 2010 as an attendee.
Annie WootenDam & Hydro
Annie has 13 years’ experience at the Lower Colorado River Authority in Dam & Hydroelectric Operations. This includes a background in writing procedures and asset maintenance plans for generation, flood operations, water and waste water utilities, and environmental, and safety. Her current role is to provide oversight and support in work and asset management, and to standardize work management processes across Water Services ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. In addition to departmental planning and scheduling, and Annie is the Cyber Security Coordinator for Dam & Hydro. She has been a member and active participant of MUWG since 2014, and is a graduate of Texas Tech University.
Over twenty-eight years experience with commercial and nuclear operating power plants. Nineteen years experience in all phases of management and program development for fossil and nuclear power plants, including areas of power plant administration, quality assurance, operations, maintenance, thermal performance, start-up and test, chemical, analytical, environmental, and security.
WORKSHOP & TRAINING MANAGER
Clay has over 30 years of experience with fossil power plants in the areas of program development, quality assurance, maintenance and inventory management. This includes over twenty years of experience with enterprise asset management applications and fourteen years of experience with Maximo upgrades, integrations, training, reporting, inventory and financial management.
IBM Maximo Representative
Ron WallaceIBM Software Group
Ron Wallace has been with Maximo for over 20 years and was the key to the foundation of the group. With over 30 years of professional experience working with utility companies, he has broad experience in working with electric, gas and water utilities. Ron has worked in fossil and nuclear generation in the areas of plant operations & maintenance, engineering and project management systems, and outage management.