Veterans in Water: Kenneth Monfore, Manager of Asset Management

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Name: Kenneth Monfore
Title: Manager of Asset Management
Certifications: Certified Reliability Leader (CRL), Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) – Expected completion 2021
Name of agency: Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA)
Branch and years of service: United States Navy – 24 years as a Nuclear Submarine Naval Officer

I am the Inland Empire Utilities Agency’s leader on our asset management journey. This is a highly collaborative, cross-agency effort as we seek to continually maximize our level of service while minimizing our capital, O&M, and risk costs.

What / who inspired you to work in water?

While serving our country, there was no question whether our actions had positive effect on our nation. I desired to continue to serve in another impactful field after my naval career. Working in water/wastewater provided me that opportunity as water is arguably our #1 resource in Southern California.

What fuels your passion for your work?

Doing something that makes a difference.

What is the biggest mis-perception about working in water?

This industry has been around for quite some time; however, there is plenty of room for growth and innovation.

Why should veterans join this field?

Water/wastewater has a vast array of opportunities (e.g. project management, engineering, operations, maintenance, IT, and many others). It is also a great fit for those looking to utilize the teamwork and leadership skills they developed in the military.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?

Working with quality, talented professionals.