New administrators to have big impact on city

Jeff Dobek and Jeff Kugelman

It’s a new year and we’re excited to have new passionate leadership in Jeff Dobek and Jeff Kugelman.

DAVE GORGON
– RIVERVIEW REGISTER

Two recent administrative appointees are having an immediate impact on City of Riverview operations.

New Assistant City Manager Jeff Dobek and Sales and Marketing Manager Jeff Kugelman were hired after an extensive recruitment process.

Dobek is responsible for the city’s business enterprise operations – including the Riverview Land Preserve and Riverview Highlands Golf Course, proposed real estate development for city-owned properties, investment appraisal and more.

Previously, Dobek served as Director of Golf, Parks and Recreation for the City of Taylor for nearly 10 years. He owned his own business for 17 years prior to going into government work, and is a Certified Public Accountant through the State of Michigan and a Chartered Global Management Accountant through the American Institute of Public Accountants.

In 1987, Dobek graduated from the United States International University in San Diego, California, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.

“With more than 25 years of financial and operations management experience, Jeff brings much expertise to his position,” said Riverview City Manager Douglas Drysdale. “We have specifically charged Jeff with directing all things that relate to the Land Preserve and that includes operations as well as community relations. Jeff will be interacting and communicating with our neighboring communities.”

Kugelman joined the city management team in mid-2019 as sales and marketing manager. In his new position, Kugelman will rely on two decades of industry experience working for some of the nation’s most recognized brands, such as Coca-Cola and the Wrigley Company.

In 1995, Kugelman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in marketing from Madonna University in Livonia.

“It’s a new year and we’re excited to have new passionate leadership in Jeff Dobek and Jeff Kugelman,” Drysdale said. “They each bring reputations of integrity, collaboration and community orientation to our city management. These two gentlemen will be very present in the Downriver communities.”

Dobek and Kugelman are already active in the region and are working on strengthening community partnerships and opening lines of communications.

“I’m excited about this new position,” Dobek said. “Working with local communities and helping them understand the operations and local infrastructure benefits of a modern-day landfill – such as the engineering marvels – is equally important to me as ensuring the environmental integrity of our natural resources. During my first few months in the new position, I concentrated on improving operations and now I’m eager to interact with our Downriver citizens and be a good neighbor.”

Since joining the city, Dobek updated the Riverview Land Preserve’s working business model while emphasizing strict operating procedures to meet, and exceed, Environmental Protection Agency regulations to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

He also has encouraged and facilitated all employees working together through scheduled communicated procedures resulting in measurable outcomes in productivity and compliance.

In addition, he has spearheaded key capital investments in equipment such as a BOMAG compactor, Liebherr Loader and Liebherr Bulldozer to support operations in 2020 and beyond.

“Downriver citizens can expect to see more communications about the Land Preserve in the coming months,” Dobek said. “They likely will see a newsletter, educational events in partnerships with schools hosted at the Land Preserve and even social media activity.”

Kugelman, who reports to Dobek, “is a great fit for the job,” according to the assistant city manager.

“Jeff is working really hard, is learning the customer base and is very attentive to all of our customers,” Dobek said. “He is charged with maintaining all of our customers and our contracts. He’s responsible for bringing all of our customers to the scale.”

To learn more about the City of Riverview, its leadership and current events, visit www.cityofriverview.com.

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