Flint FAST Start Program Management Services

Project Overview

The mission of the Flint Action and Sustainability Team Program (FAST Start Program)was to restore public health and drinking water to the City of Flint. Most importantly, the program needed to restore trust between local government and the citizens by demonstrating that our team’s efforts best served them and provided a swift response to their issues and concerns. E. Holdings, Inc. developed and maintained the program budget and provided analysis of cost variances, contingency management, ongoing cash flow projections and financial planning support to provide Flint real-time understanding of the financing requirements and cash flow needs to aid in funding.

Core Services Performed:

  • Condition Assessment
  • Public Health Crisis Managements
  • Program Controls
  • Data Analysis
  • PMIS and Document Management System Development
  • Field Services

Client: City of Flint, Michigan


Timeline:  2018 – 2019

Program Controls and Measurement/ Payment

Starting at the Notice to proceed, our team was present mobilizing the startup of and implementation of the program with our partner, AECOM.  

Our project controls professional managed field crew staff, timesheets, and invoicing. We managed necessary information based on the contractors’ performance and the agreed method of payment. Our inspection systems will assure that the City never paid for nonconforming work. Our CM staff proactively managed changes during inspection and construction. E. Holdings, Inc. recognized the importance to the City of Flint to successfully deliver its capital improvement projects. With the end goal of addressing the several water quality related issues, the proper management of, budgets, costs and documentation will play a pivotal role accomplishing the City’s overall mission.

Cashflows & Budget Management Reports

E. Holdings, Inc. developed cost forecasting processes that were applied to project budgets each month to provide up-to-date variances to project budgets. By integrating budgets and cost forecasting with the master schedule, accurate cash flow projections were provided. E. Holdings, Inc. updated program cost status information constantly using project controls platforms to provide dashboard and executive reports for clear communication with the City’s management team and stakeholders.

Developing & Supporting Program Management Plan

E. Holdings, Inc. understands the importance of a Program Management Plan (PMP) as the foundation for project implementation. We supported and authored the business processes and procedures for all program requirements and project implementation, management and control. The PMP was supported by Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that will include step-by-step work flow requirements, specific roles and responsibilities, and standard forms and templates supporting successful project completion.

Dave Broniecki
Data Engineer, Associate Project Manager

Dave is a NASSCO certified Mechanical Engineer. Specializing in retrieving and analyzing data from various sources to support condition assessment and capital improvement planning activities. Utilizing data to coordinate and track progress on key organizational performance indicators, he assists stakeholders in making decisions related to strategic planning. He has been integral in establishing data management programs essential for planning the future repair and management of large-scale sewer networks.  David works with clients to develop training programs and SOPs that address current maintenance needs and future Capital Improvement Planning.

Contact: dave.broniecki@eholdingsinc.com

Christine Barton, PE, PLS
Project Engineer

Christine Barton is a registered civil engineer and land surveyor with expert experience in site design, land development, water resources design for civil/site projects including layouts, utility plans, and permitting, and coordination/management of field survey work.  She has successfully held positions as project manager, project designer, and office manager to serve the needs of the clients within the residential, commercial, military, industrial, and healthcare industries. Core proficiencies include coordination with local land development planning agencies, county conservation districts, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the  Pennsylvania Department of Environment.

Contact: christine.barton@eholdingsinc.com

Irvin Williams, President

As the President and founder of E. Holdings, Irvin is currently focused on the company’s succession, strategic growth, and development. He has both a professional and personal interest in Pittsburgh’s success.  A Pittsburgh native and founder of several development companies, he has an extensive understanding of finance and business, which are vital to the success of this company. He has served in numerous management positions including financial advisor, senior vice president, project manager, general contractor, developer, and construction manager. Active in the local community, he made the decision to dedicate his expertise to rebuilding economically sustainable communities with the approval of their existing residents. In 1996, he and his wife became the first African Americans in Western Pennsylvania to develop and own a commercial office building, Williams Square. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with an AAS in Mathematics.

Contact: irvin.williams@eholdingsinc.com | 412-434-6290

Amy Wiles, AICP
Manager of Planning & Design

Amy’s professional experience crosses a variety of disciplines, ranging from county and multi-municipal comprehensive plans and land use ordinances (zoning and subdivision and land development) to specialized planning studies, such as wayfinding master plans and parks, recreation, trails and greenways plans. She has been employed by E. Holdings for two years and has 20 years of professional experience.

Contact: amy.wiles@eholdingsinc.com | 724-448-0286

Alexis Meier, MPP
Director of Communications

Alexis is the Director of Communications at E. Holdings. There she has worked as the Municipal Coordinator for an in-depth municipal assessment project for the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). She oversees all of E. Holding’s public relations and public outreach efforts. She also brings experience as a Government Affairs Manager for Duane Morris Government Strategies. She worked on community development projects and developing and executing government relations strategies as well as fundraising efforts. She has also spent time navigating our political system in Washington D.C. as the Legislative Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. Her understanding of legislation and politics gives her a unique viewpoint when collaborating on civic projects. 

Contact: alexis.meier@eholdingsinc.com | 412-656-8850

Janai Williams Smith, MCP
Managing Director and EVP

Janai Smith is the Managing Director and Principal of E. Holdings, Inc. Janai is a versatile, goal-oriented Program Manager with 20+ years of experience supporting the strategic direction of large-scale programs, setting budgets and managing risks while achieving overall company goals and exceeding customer expectations. As a planner and economist, Janai has been involved in a diverse array of projects, among them master plans, urban revitalization plan, visioning studies, brownfield and infill redevelopment projects, strategic planning and infrastructure improvement programs.

Janai’s interest in urban planning, design and infrastructure programs is rooted in a passion for the creation of sustainable communities that deliver equity in planning and implementation by making connections with people and their built environment. Her affinity for complex problem-solving can be seen in the diverse array of projects in which she’s been engaged from revitalization plans for depressed urban neighborhoods to brand new communities and programs. Leading a process-oriented, multidisciplinary team, Janai’s dedication to achieving consensus in her client’s goals and stakeholders’ vision has made a significant contribution to the successful development of numerous projects. 

Contact: janai.smith@eholdingsinc.com | 412-728-5726