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ACEC of Michigan Elects New President and Board of Directors

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) has announced Sean J. Kelley, PE, of The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. as its 2018-2019 President.

Sean has been employed in the Michigan engineering consulting industry his entire 32-year career. He is a senior vice president and principal with the 300+ person firm The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. and leads their downtown Detroit office. He received his BSCE from Michigan Technological University and his MBA from Eastern Michigan University and is a registered professional engineer in Michigan and Ohio. Sean is the father of two children, a daughter Morgan and a son Aaron.

Sean has served on the ACEC/M Board of Directors for 8 years and has been actively involved in numerous initiatives – most notably ACEC/M’s partnering efforts with MDOT. In addition, Sean played a key role in developing ACEC/M’s Emerging Leaders Program and has instructed the Business Development Session. Sean resides in Detroit and rides his bike to and from work. He’s also an avid year-round runner on the streets of Detroit.

2018-2019 ACEC Michigan Officers:

President:                           Sean Kelley, PE, The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc., Detroit

President-Elect: Steve Gravlin, PE, PS, Michael Baker International, Detroit

Treasurer:                           Jack Wheatley, PE, ROWE PSC, Flint

National Director:           Robert Rayl, PE, RS Engineering, LLC, Lansing

Past-President: Steve Nichols, PE, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., Grand Rapids


2018-2019 ACEC Michigan Directors:

Rick Chelotti, PE, Bergmann Associates, Lansing

Chris Cook, PE, Abonmarche, Benton Harbor

Paul Galdes, PE, Fleis & VandenBrink, Grand Rapids

Cheryl Gregory, PE, Spalding DeDecker, Rochester Hills

Jon Kramer, PE, OHM Advisors, Livonia

Eric Morris, PE, HNTB, Okemos

Jayson Nault, PE, Tetra Tech, Brighton

  1. Ramanujam (Ram), PE, Somat Engineering, Detroit

Oge Udegbunam, Tyme Engineering, Inc., Livonia

Michael Weingartz, PE, SmithGroupJJR, Detroit

ACEC/M is the association representing the business interests of Michigan engineering, surveying, architectural and related scientific firms who provide professional knowledge to the built environment and strive to protect the health and safety of the public. ACEC/M is part of the American Council of Engineering Companies headquartered in Washington D.C and, comprised of more than 5,500 firms nationwide that employ more than 600,000 engineers, architects, land surveyors, scientists, and other specialists, responsible for more than $100 billion of private and public works annually. For more information, visit the ACEC/M website at or contact ACEC/M at 517.332.2066.