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Executive Biographies

Robert Strycharske, President

Robert Strycharske established Realtime Utility Engineers, Inc. in 1994, and has over 30 years experience within the electric utility and civil disciplines. Beginning his career as Substation Designer for a major Midwestern utility, Mr. Strycharske expanded his vision to becoming an entrepreneur, having a profound and successful understanding of the future trend for utilities to move towards expanding infrastructure. As President of Realtime, Mr. Strycharske manages all aspects of the day-to-day operations for the company, including: financing, accounting, budgets, project controls, strategic planning, business development, marketing, public relations, and contract administration. He oversees project and resource coordination of all electrical distribution and transmission substations, as well as generation projects of up to $100 million annually, contributing greatly to the long-term success of this leading electrical engineering consulting firm.

Jim Helvig, P.E., Vice President of Electrical Engineering

Jim Helvig, P.E. has 20 years of experience in the power delivery industry.  Mr. Helvig is responsible for the oversight of an experienced team of engineers, designers, and technicians, designing EHV, HV, and distribution voltage systems for our utility, industrial, and developer customers.  He is accountable for the implementation and adherence to all engineering processes, and engineering and management tools, that assure the quality and responsiveness required to meet the needs of our clients.  Mr. Helvig is a retired Battalion Operations Officer who has served three overseas tours, and has over 25 years of service with the United States Army.  He has served as a RMEL Foundation Board Member, held several leadership positions in the IEEE, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Travis Meyers, Vice President of Business Development & Operations

Travis Meyers has an extensive background servicing and providing solutions to the Electrical Power and Oil/Gas industries.  As Vice President of Business Development & Operations, Mr. Meyers is responsible for creating, managing, and executing Realtime’s business development strategic plan, which includes expanding new and existing business relationships.  Every client is unique, and Travis takes a consultative approach to understand the client’s needs and provide practical solutions.  Mr. Meyers is committed to ensuring the relationships which Realtime builds with its clients are lasting and mutually beneficial.

Jim Mahaffey, P.E., Director of Electrical Engineering

Jim Mahaffey, P.E. has more than 38 years experience in project management, engineering, construction, and operations for electric utilities, industrial, and commercial clients. As a Licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Master Electrician, Mr. Mahaffey has extensive knowledge in all aspects of project design and delivery. This includes contract administration, developing project scope, budget estimation, creating and maintaining project schedules, and the designing as well as quality control of electrical, civil, structural, and mechanical projects. Mr. Mahaffey is experienced in the design and construction of electrical systems for distribution and transmission substations, as well as commercial, industrial, institutional and health care facilities, including lighting and power utilization systems.  Mr. Mahaffey is a licensed Professional Engineer in 12 states.

Mitchell Bradt, P.E., Director of Electrical Engineering

Mitchell Bradt, P.E. has more than 20 years of experience in the electrical utility industry, serving in various roles such as Supervising Engineer, Project Engineer, P&C Engineer, and his most recent promotion, Director of Electrical Engineering for the Fitchburg, Wisconsin office. He has extensive knowledge of every aspect of substation design from site preparation to project closeout. He oversees electrical, civil, and structural associated engineering, and is responsible for the supervision of his engineering project teams. Mr. Bradt’s excellence in communication with clientele assures that Realtime is meeting the client’s quality standards and expectations.  Mr. Bradt is a founder of Realtime University, and is responsible for the development, coordination, and presentation of engineering curriculum, for all staff levels.  He is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training, and a licensed Professional Engineer in 10 states.

John Akim, P.E., Director of Electrical Engineering

John Akim, P.E. has over 10 years of experience in the electrical engineering industry, and serves as Director of Electrical Engineering at Realtime’s Fitchburg, WI location.  As a Director, Mr. Akim is responsible for the oversight and development of a respected group of team members, including supervising engineers, project engineers, designers, CAD technicians, and support staff who are involved in the engineering and design of high voltage substations, while also assuring excellent client satisfaction in delivering quality engineering services in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Mr. Akim is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in 5 states.

David Herbst, P.E., Director of Field Services

David Herbst, P.E., Director of Field Services, has over 35 years of experience in the utility industry.  Over the past thirteen years, Mr. Herbst has built and managed the Field Services Team at Realtime, while continuing to be hands on with substation and commissioning and testing work.  His management expertise extends to relay, SCADA, and maintenance technicians, while also servicing over 300 plus distribution and transmission substations and switchyards throughout his career. Mr. Herbst values continued education and training opportunities, and leads frequent internal training seminars at Realtime University.  Mr. Herbst is also a guest speaker at local universities for various topics relating to the power industry.  Mr. Herbst is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin.

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