ALN Newsletter 21 September 2021

2021 ALN reStructuring America – Building on Success Web Conference
October 11 – November 12, 2021

ALN members and supporters will enjoy hearing from Grant Thornton consultant Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Maryland and former Mayor of Baltimore, who is providing the opening keynote to “2021 ALN ReStructuring America – Building on Success” web conference on October 11, 2021. The opening program starts at 1:30 pm Eastern. At 2 pm, Gov. O’Malley provides his keynote web speech on “Building Equity with Infrastructure Asset Leadership.” The keynote will be followed at 2:30 pm with a panel on the same topic as the keynote.

Other key speakers include:

Russell Weniger, U.S. Air Force, Chief, Silver Branch, Installation Engineer Division, AFIMSC;
Keith Hanigan, Deputy Assistant Secretary at U.S. Department of State;
Lauren Frank, Interior Designer, U.S. Department of State, Overseas Buildings Operations;
Peter Kohler, Executive Liaison Officer, of the Australia-based Asset Management Council;
Keith Cunningham, Assistant Director, U.S. Government Accountability Office;
Cameron Oskvig, Director, National Academy of Sciences, Federal Facilities Council;
Roger Grant, National Institute of Building Sciences, Program Director;
Moshe Nelson, Principal, Grant Thornton;
Art Kurland, Director, Capital and Asset Management, University Health;
Kimon Onuma, President, ONUMA, Inc.;
Dominic Townsend, President, ABS Quality Evaluations;
David Totman, M.ASCE;

The multi-year work on the ALN National Asset Leadership Strategy and Sector Asset Leadership Structures will continue in industry sector keynotes, chats, panels and roundtables that address Law Enforcement; Water & Wastewater; Electric Utilities; Healthcare; Equity, and more. Look for 1-minute interviews with confirmed speakers on our website and LinkedIn page.

This week’s ALN Th@4 pm ET on September 23 will include a discussion between Jesse Rothkopf, Managing Director of ALN Member Organization, Life Cycle Engineering, and ALN Director, Communications, Mike Bordenaro. As always, see more in People and register at this link.

Data-Driven Solutions
for Risk and Reliability


Jesse Rothkopf, was with IBM for 10 years prior to his current position as Managing Director of LCE. At IBM, Mr. Rothkopf headed the North American Public Sector sales team and was heavily involved in a solutions-oriented approach to federal, state, and local governments. At LCE, Mr. Rothkopf leads transportation and non-manufacturing sectors with an asset-intensive approach that leverages advanced technology solutions and ISO 55000 to provide dramatic benefits to owner organizations. He has a background in logistics and supply chain management and likes to be a volunteer crew member on the tall ship Spirit of South Carolina when he has time. He will be talking about his White Paper on Resiliency co-published with the Asset Leadership Network.


A Graphic Understanding of Office Real Estate and the Pandemic

There has been an increase in clear, concise information in graphic story telling by major publications. Forbes had a great graphic story on Cyptocurrency. The Washington Post explained the lifecycle of cicadas this spring. Now, the New York Times has a beautiful graphic story on the impact of the pandemic on the Empire State Building and the businesses located there – or that are moving out. The idea of the graphic article is to understand the impact of the pandemic on urban commercial real estate by understanding impact on one, iconic building – the Empire State Building. It is an excellent example of using well-researched information as an asset that has more meaning through beautiful graphic representations so people can say, “I SEE what you are talking about.


GAO Report on Upfront Financing of Federal Buildings

The ALN always likes when the U.S. Government Accountability Office publishes a report because they almost always represent a structured approach to asset management as being a value to the nation. The recent U.S. GAO report titled is, “Capital Fund Proposal: Upfront Funding Could Benefit Some Projects, but Other Potential Effects Not Clearly Identified.” The report points to an OMB proposed Revolving Fund that would allow agencies to get buildings paid for upfront and allow payback over 15 years. This approach was presented an ALN annual conference in 2017. It is time to bring this winning facility asset management approach into reality.

ABS Group provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions and technical services that help our clients confirm the safety, integrity, quality and environmental efficiency of their critical assets and operations.

Upcoming Events


Thursdays at 4 pm EasternRegister Here

September 23

Jesse Rothkopf, LCE, Managing Principal

September 30

Kimon Onuma, President, ONUMA, Inc. – an ALN Patron Member

October 7

Jim Dieter, Jack Kelly, Mike Bordenaro – Preview 2021 ALN reStructuring America – Building on Success web conference

American Cyber League Innovation & Technology Cyber Labs
September 23, 1:30 – 6 pm EDT

The Grand Opening will take place in Stafford, VA, and features 13 technology environments, include an AR/VR Studio, 5G Lab, AI/ML Lab, and more.  Registration and more information can be found here.

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
and the Government Financial Officers Association
September 28, 2021 at 2 pm Eastern

The program will discuss how Urban Wealth Funds collect commercial assets under unified, professional management for the betterment of the local community. Better management of these assets reduces reliance on taxes for infrastructure investment while generating revenue to support other  requirements. Email for more information.

Adopting the ISO 55000 Asset Management Framework
Power Industry: Risk and Reliability
September 28, 2021 at 4 pm Eastern

ABS Group and ALN co-published a White Paper that provides an overview of ISO 55000, how it is useful to Power Industry executives, and real-world examples of how it is beneficial. Mark West, ABS Group, Senior Director, Reliability Services will facilitate a discussion on applications of ISO 55000 in the Power Industry. Panelists will be announced as they are confirmed. Register for the web-event here.

2021 ALN reStructuring America – Building on Success
October 11 – November 12

Stay tuned for the final schedule with registration links for more than 25 programs ranging from reports from federal executives to industry sector panels, to open panel discussions, to our highly popular ALN Th@4 pm ET web chat program. Registration and information at this link.

Institute for Asset Management North American Conference 2021
October 12 – 14

Value and Benefits from Asset Management
November 9 at 5pm Eastern

The ALN and Australia’s Asset Management Council continue our co-hosted web program series. Case studies will be used to give organizational executives confidence to start their asset management journey.

ALN Patron Member ONUMA, Inc. is involved in two upcoming events, some of which include its client, the U.S. Department of State:

September 27-29

National Institute of Building Sciences

November 3-5

Community College Facilities Association
ONUMA System, BIMgenie, FUSION, Dabblefox