ACEC Michigan elects new president, board

LANSING—The American Council of Engineering Companies/Michigan (ACEC/M) has announced Christopher Cook, PE, president of Benton Harbor-based Abonmarche Consultants, as ACEC’s 2021-2022 President.

Cook has been the President of Abonmarche for the past 15 years and has been with the company for 28 years. Abonmarche is a civil engineering, architecture, surveying, planning, landscape architecture and coastal engineering firm with offices in Michigan and Indiana. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan and became a licensed engineer in 1991. He is currently licensed in both Michigan and Indiana.

In addition to being the current president of the ACEC/M, he has also served as president of Michigan Society of Professional Engineers and was named Young Engineer of the Year in 1995. He is a member of the Chi Epsilon civil engineering honor society. He is the current Treasurer of the St. Joseph Public Schools Board of Education and a member of the City of St. Joseph’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Cook has a long history of community service for numerous agencies, which led to him receiving the ACEC National Community Service Award.

Officers of ACEC/Michigan also elected include:
President-Elect: Jayson Nault, PE, Tetra Tech, Brighton
Treasurer: Jon Kramer, PE, OHM Advisors, Livonia
National Director: Amy Trahey, PE, Great Lakes Engineering Group, Lansing
Past President: Jack Wheatley, PE, Rowe Professional Services Co., Flint

2021-2022 ACEC/Michigan Directors:
Barbara Arens, PE, Cincar Consulting Group, Detroit
Richard Chelotti, PE, Bergmann Associates Inc., Lansing
Chuck Gemayel, PE, SME, Plymouth
Connie Houk, PE, Prein & Newhof, Cadillac
Eric Morris, PE, HNTB Michigan Inc., East Lansing
Ramanujam (Ram), PE, Somat Engineering Inc., Detroit
Jeffrey Schumaker, PE, Fishbeck, Grand Rapids
Matthew Stacey, PE, Wade Trim, Taylor
Oge Udegbunam, Tyme Consulting Engineers Inc., Livonia
Michael Weingartz, PE, SmithGroup, Detroit

ACEC Michigan represents 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 Michigan is part of a national organization, Washington, D.C.-based American Council of Engineering Companies.  With roots dating back more than 100 years, ACEC is a federation of 52 state and regional councils representing more than 600,000 engineers, architects, land surveyors, and other specialists. ACEC’s primary mission is to strengthen the business environment for member firms through government advocacy, political action and business education. More at www.acecmi.org.

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