Board Members

Robert J. Daddow
GLWA Board Chairman; Representative for Oakland County

Mr. Daddow has served as Deputy County Executive of Oakland County since October 2000. Mr. Daddow was the County’s Director of Management and Budget from January 1993 until his appointment as Deputy County Executive. In both roles, he helped further Oakland County’s multi-year budgeting, transform the County’s retiree benefits from defined benefit to defined contribution, finance the paying-off of the County’s retiree obligations, and maintain the County’s AAA bond rating since 1998.

Mr. Daddow served as Co-Chair of the Legislative Commission on Statutory Mandates concluding with a report issued in December 2009. He is Vice-Chairman of the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and Chairman of the SMART board. He also participated in the writing of the e-commerce legislation enabling local units of government to publish, for a fee, data on the web as well as Public Act 4 of 2011 (emergency manager act for fiscally-distressed governmental units).

Freman Hendrix
GLWA Vice Chair; Representative for the City of Detroit

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Mr. Hendrix has dedicated the past three decades to getting things done for the people and families of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. He is currently the president and principal owner of Advanced Security and Investigative Solutions, a uniformed guard services company. Mr. Hendrix is also a member of the Southeastern Michigan Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors, and a partner in Brush Park Development LLC (a joint venture with Rock Ventures), that is developing 8.5 acres in Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood. Mr. Hendrix, a former Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff for former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer,  is also a long-time community activist who co-founded the Rosedale-Grandmont Little League Baseball Program.

Brian Baker
GLWA Board Secretary; Representative for Macomb County

Mr. Baker is the Finance and Budget Director for the City of Sterling Heights. Since 1991, Mr. Baker has been overseeing the City’s budget process, and has directed the City’s financing and debt management initiatives since 2001.

As the City of Sterling Heights’ Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Baker has worked extensively on the water and sewer rate-setting process for the past 28 years. He also serves on the Project Oversight Committee reviewing Detroit Water and Sewerage Department efficiencies and recommended best practices.

In addition to serving as the Finance and Budget Director for Sterling Heights, Mr. Baker has worked regionally serving in numerous capacities, including on a municipal revenue task force established by the Governor’s Office to address ongoing problems. He also has worked closely with the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments in similar capacities.

Gary A. Brown
GLWA Board Representative for City of Detroit

Mr. Brown was appointed the Director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in October 2015. He is leading the department toward a customer-focused, fiscally responsible operation. Previously, Mr. Brown served as the City of Detroit’s Group Executive for Operations and Chief Operating Officer under Mayor Mike Duggan, charged with ensuring continued improvement of city services. He was initially hired to the City’s Executive Office as Chief Compliance Officer by former Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, after spending nearly four years as president Pro Tem of the Detroit City Council. Mr. Brown is also a former Deputy Chief of the Detroit Police Department, where he served for 26 years beginning as a patrol officer, rising through the ranks to become Commander of the 1st, 3rd, 9th and 11th Precincts, as well as the Gang Squad, Narcotics and Internal Affairs Divisions.

Craig Hupy
GLWA Board Representative for the State of Michigan

Mr. Hupy is the Public Services Area Administrator for the City of Ann Arbor. In this capacity, Mr. Hupy oversees several major city departments, including water and sewer operations, solid waste, project management and systems planning and coordinates long-term asset planning and construction across interdependent operations. He currently is administering the ongoing reconstruction of the Ann Arbor Wastewater Treatment Plant. Prior to being appointed to his position in 2011, Mr. Hupy held various leadership roles with the City, including Manager of both the Field Operations and Systems Planning Units. Through his work with the City, Mr. Hupy has also gained significant experience in utility rate design. Mr. Hupy is a registered professional engineer, and holds multiple certifications through the Department of Environmental Quality. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Abe Munfakh
GLWA Board Representative for Wayne County

Mr. Munfakh has more than 30 years of experience in civil engineering, with experience in water supply and distribution projects; wastewater system projects, including sewer construction, pumping and treatment; and road, street, and bridge design and reconstruction. He has also overseen implementation of multiple infrastructure projects across Southeast Michigan, including water treatment plant expansions, water and sewer system expansions, sewer replacement design, and more. Mr. Munfakh is a registered professional engineer in the states of Michigan, Louisiana, and Indiana, and currently serves as the Founder and CEO of Munfakh & Associates, LLC in Plymouth.

Mr. Munfakh is a member of the Plymouth Township Commission, the Michigan Board of Professional Engineers, and the Plymouth Township Board of Trustees. He also serves as Chairman for the Arab American and Chaldean Council, in addition to serving as a trustee of the foundation board of Henry Ford College. In addition, he formally served as President, Chairman of the Board and Principal-in-Charge at Ayers, Lewis Norris & May Inc., in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mr. Munfakh is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and has completed graduate work in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan.

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