Russ Beliveau joined Maximus in early 1995 as president of the Government Operations Group. Last September, he was appointed as the president of the Business Development Unit, responsible for marketing operations, as well as government and investor relations. The Massachusetts native and current Sacramento, Calif., resident is a Vietnam Veteran who served four years in the U.S. Navy prior to a number of executive positions in the private sector.
As CIO of Missouri, Mike Benzen is responsible for statewide strategic planning, monitoring information technology procurement and directing the adoption of statewide IT policy and standards. Current initiatives include year-2000 compliance, electronic commerce, public data access and data-center consolidations. Benzen is president of the National Association of State Information Resource Executives (NASIRE) and participates on national committees regarding year-2000 initiatives and information technology workforce issues.
When John Engler was elected Michigan's 46th governor in 1990, taxes and unemployment were high and the state's deficit was $1.8 billion in a general fund of $8 billion. Today, taxes are down, employment is up and the state's budget is balanced. In education, he has fought for higher standards, interdistrict school choice and the nation's landmark charter-schools law. Michigan is the only state to increase education funding, balance its budget five consecutive years and cut taxes 24 times.
As executive director of the National Association of Counties (NACo) since 1991, Larry Naake has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the nation's premier organization representing county governments. With more than three decades of experience in Washington D.C., and Sacramento, Calif., as an executive director, lobbyist, and analyst for local government, Naake ensures counties' concerns are understood by the administration and Congress.
Mayor Beverly O'Neill is leading an unprecedented revitalization of Long Beach, Calif., the state's fifth largest city and 32nd largest in the nation. O'Neill is moving Long Beach confidently into the next century as a prospering and dynamic city focusing on international trade, tourism, emerging technologies, expanding retail and neighborhood development. She was initially elected to office in 1994, and reelected in April 1998 with nearly 80 percent of the popular vote.
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