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Robert Monette P.E.
President

Robert Monette earned his bachelor’s degree in Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. He is licensed as a professional engineer in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Robert W. Monette P.E.Mr. Monette has 36 years of consulting engineering and operations experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry.

Prior to entering the contract operations field, Mr. Monette was regional engineer for the Mississippi Bureau of Pollution Control, overseeing the municipal and industrial wastewater operations in 22 counties. In that capacity, he directed all inspections of the region’s wastewater facilities, making recommendations on operation and maintenance activities. He also taught certificate-level mathematics and hydraulics at Mississippi State University.

In 1978, Mr. Monette became President and Chief Engineer with Gulf South Engineering, a Gulf Coast-based consulting engineering firm, where he was responsible for design of major wastewater improvement projects in Biloxi, Hattiesburg and Ocean Springs, MS as well as design work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the NASA facility in Hancock County. During this period Mr. Monette worked as Program Engineer in the creation of three wastewater management districts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the subsequent construction of new wastewater treatment facilities totaling $150 million.

He joined CH2M Hill in 1984, serving as Regional Manager for the Mississippi-Louisiana office. He served as Program Manager for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Wastewater Management District and managed 17 construction contracts totaling $ 65 million in Jackson County, MS. Subsequently, Mr. Monette became involved with the contract operations arm of CH2M Hill and served as Vice President, responsible for new project development as well as the growth of the company’s contract operations business (OMI) between 1988 and 1993.

In 1994, Mr. Monette formed Operations Technologies, Inc. (Optech), which operates, maintains and manages water supply and wastewater treatment facilities and provides public works services. The company grew to employ 400 people and generated $18M in revenue. In 2001, Mr. Monette and other shareholders sold Southwest Water Company (SWWC) a controlling interest in Optech, retaining Mr. Monette as President. Under a five-year employment agreement Mr. Monette retained an equity interest in the firm, as well as a substantial equity investment in SWWC.

In September 2006, Mr. Monette resigned from Southwest Water and became full time President of Optech Monette, L.L.C., a firm he has been operating since 1999. The firm manages wastewater utilities for the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, NJ (since 1999) as well as utilities for the U.S. Air Force at Mountain Home AFB in Mountain Home, Idaho (since 2000) and the Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota which began in September 2006. In addition, the company now operates public works departments for the City’s of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Milton, GA., newly formed cities of 90,000, 75,000 and 35,000 people in the Atlanta metro area.

Mr. Monette is active in several professional organizations including the National Society for Professional Engineers and the American Consulting Engineers Council. He has presented papers for several professional conferences including the U.S. Water Pollution Control Federation Annual Conference and the Mississippi/Alabama Governors’ Conference on Coastal Zone Management.

Mr. Monette has been an active racecar driver, racing in the Sportscar Club of America (SCCA), the NASCAR Late Model Series, International Motorsports Association (IMSA), and the American LeMans Series. He has raced at such venues as Atlanta Motor Speedway, Road Atlanta, Virginia International Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC. He was runner-up in the South Atlantic Road Racing Championship in 2004 and is ranked in the top 5 GT 1 road racers in the Eastern U.S. by the SCCA for 2008.

 

 

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