Robert W. Monette, P.E.
As President and a founder of the OPTECH family of companies in 1994 and now President, Mr. Monette has worked with cities across the United States for over forty years. He is charged with overall corporate responsibility to assure clients are satisfied with the services of our company and to provide the support staff needed to supplement the on-site operating staff. Mr. Monette is a registered Professional Engineer, is a graduate of Mississippi State University and Harvard Business School. He will oversee all contractual issues and guarantee company performance.
Barry Walker, Senior Vice President, Operations
Mr. Walker oversees the field and maintenance operations team. He has been responsible for leading operations and maintenance activities throughout the organization for the past decade and has worked in the utility industry for over 30 years. Barry’s field experience includes a wide variety of construction and operation related projects in both water and wastewater plants, water distribution systems, elevated tanks, wastewater gravity and force mains as well as pumping stations. He is an invaluable resource to our project Managers as someone who can develop workable solutions for the field challenges they inevitably encounter. Through routine monthly visits to our Projects in the southeast U.S., Mr. Walker monitors the operational issues and maintenance activities for each project. He provides additional working support of the entire project team as needs arise. His hands-on experience managing public works departments is critical to our firm and its clients.
Will Monette, VP of Business Development
Mr. Monette currently serves as the Vice President of the company. He has served in this capacity for the company for more than thirteen years. Mr. Monette brings more than 17 years of human resource, marketing and finance experience to the company. His responsibilities include the overall financial management of the company, risk and insurance management, internal and external financial reporting, financial plans and policies, as well as relationships with financial institutions. His duties include maintaining positive relationships with current clients and local project staffs as well as managing strategic growth and opportunities for expansion into new markets and services.
Mr. Monette has held a various senior level finance and operational management positions. He currently serves as Vice President and he has held that position since 2002. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Monette was Vice President of Human Resources where he oversaw organizational planning and development, employee relations, training, litigation, compensation and benefits administration for the company.
Prior to working with Optech, Mr. Monette worked for Blockbuster Entertainment where he served as a store manager. His duties included managing a staff of fourteen people in the daily operation of the business. He was responsible for all human resource management, operational budgets, inventory ordering, training, payroll, income and sales tax date, and supervising all customer contact with the staff. He held this position while finishing his Graduate MBA program at Mercer University.
Randy Ekerberg, Operations Manager
Mr. Ekerberg currently serves as a project manager overseeing public works activities in Johns Creek, GA as well as assisting with the oversight of water, wastewater, and other public works projects in other locations. Randy has 20+ years of experience in the
water, wastewater, industrial waste, and public works field. He is dual certified in water / wastewater operations, collection & distribution maintenance, and laboratory analysis.
Besides his daily responsibilities, Randy also assists with new staffing plans, budget reviews, new project development and start-ups, and any other necessary tasks that arise. With his experience in the field he is able to help give our clients guidance with capital project planning and oversight, annual budget reviews and projected needs, staffing plans, and any other challenges they may be faced with.
Mr. Monette has worked in the utility industry for 15 years and has a thorough knowledge of all OSHA, State, and Federal safety regulations. Mr. Monette has developed and implemented safe operating rules for the use of electrical and mechanical equipment, consistent with manufacturers’ recommendations and specifications and instructs the staff on safety responsibilities and encourages employees to report unsafe conditions immediately. Mr. Monette conducts scheduled and unscheduled inspections to identify and correct unsafe working conditions. A critical component of his role is to conduct a thorough investigation of any accident, whether or not it results in an injury, to determine the cause of the accident and to prevent recurrence. He maintains records of safety training, periodic inspections, corrective actions and investigations as required by law. Under his guidance, we have not had a loss time accident in more than three (3) years. In addition, Ryan assists in coordination of managing the reporting for all Projects regarding environmental compliance, NPDES reports, lab testing, etc. In that role, he coordinates closely with both Mr. Walker and Mr. Douglass regarding the challenges faced by their individual projects.
Ryan Monette, Health & Safety Compliance Officer
2010 - present
2010 - present
Neil Monette, NCC, IT Director
Mr. Monette graduated from the University of Georgia and has been working as an IT director for over ten years. He has designed and published several company websites, manages the company servers, and he is also on call for any technical support that is needed from all employees and clients. He is experienced with all professional software platforms and operating systems. Neil also has a thorough knowledge of OSHA, state, and federal regulations, and he holds both a 10-hour and a 30-hour certification from OSHA. After completing a Master of Science degree, he also became a licensed professional therapist with a national certification. Neil recently graduated from Harvard Business School's Executive Management and Business Administration program. He is currently finishing the dissertation phase of a PhD program.