2016 Agenda

07:30 AM - Networking Breakfast and Registration

08:45 AM - Opening Remarks

09:00 AM -  Higher Education P3s – Ready to Graduate? P3s are on the rise at universities and colleges. The University of California Merced Campus Expansion P3 is the high watermark to date, but educational institutions across the country are looking at innovative service and asset delivery models to help finance, construct and maintain new academic buildings, student housing and other key campus facilities.  This panel will discuss:

  • The state of the Higher Education P3s sector
  • Lesson learned from the Merced Campus Expansion
  • Projects coming to the market
  • The role of unsolicited proposals


  • Dale Bonner, Executive Chairman, Plenary Concessions, which holds Plenary Group’s North American portfolio of infrastructure project companies.
  • Daniel M. Feitelberg, Vice Chancellor, Planning and Budget, University of California, Merced
  • Jes Pedersen, President/CEO,  Webcor
  • Peter Morris, Director, AECOM
  • Robyn Helmlinger, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (moderator)

10:00 AM - Airports P3: Ready for Take-Off?  Starting with Luís Muñoz Marín International Airport P3 in 2013, there has been a slow but steady increase in airport P3 activity in the US, culminating in the recent LaGuardia Airport project, the largest P3 in the US to date. This panel will discuss the LaGuardia project, theLos Angeles International Airport APM project and Denver International Airport Great Hall Project, as well as the benefits and obstacles to using the P3 model for airport infrastructure. 


  • Thilo Tecklenburg, Chief Operating Officer North America, Meridiam
  • Steve Howard, Director and Head, Infrastructure Project Finance, Barclays Capital
  • Tuyen Mai, Senior Managing Director, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC
  • Roddy Devlin, Principal, Squire Patton Boggs (moderator)

11:00 AM - Intelligent Transportation Systems (local and regional transportation) -Forward-thinking agencies are looking at creating solutions integrating regional, local rail, and last-mile transportation systems and have partnered with private firms to demonstrate these solutions.  The ITS solutions being used today were not envisioned when many agencies gained voter approval of their expenditure plansThose funds are typically constrained due to regulations and its important to learn what opportunities are available to local agencies. New approaches are needed.

  • What is the secret sauce for creating integrated solutions?
  • How should agencies go about partnering with the private sector to build them?  
  •  Can we use P3s for these ITS solutions?
  •  How will autonomous vehicle affect transportation networks


  • Jeffrey Spencer, Executive Director at the Sacramento Transportation Authority
  • Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft
  • Bryant Jenkins, Principal, Sperry Capital (moderator)

12:00 noon - Lunch

1:00 PM - How to get P3 legislation Through the Political Process


  • State Representative Leslie Combs, Kentucky House of Representative

1:30 PM - Paying the Piper: P3 Financing.  2016 saw the largest bond funded US P3 to date, namely the LaGuardia Airport P3 that was funded in part by a $2.6 billion bond issuance. In contrast the University of California Merced Campus Expansion P3 is expected to be financed primarily by a significant private payment, becoming the first major US P3 to be initially financed by institutional investors. Public funding and equity also continue to be key components of the P3 financing palette.  This panel will discuss recent development in P3 financing, selecting the right financing mix and the role of federal financing. 


  • Andrew Prindle, Vice President, Goldman Sachs
  • Ben Djiounas, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Securities
  • Stuart Marks, Senior Vice President, Plenary Group
  • Bruce Gabriel, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (moderator)

2:30 PM - Water Infrastructure: How To Fix It?  There is an urgent need to reinvest in water infrastructure due to aging infrastructure coupled with climate effects. The AWWA estimates $1 trillion in pipe replacement needs and the EPA estimates over $600 billion is needed for water infrastructure capital improvements over the next 20 years.

  • What are the challenges facing the water sector in making the required capital investments, and what is does this mean for the role of P3 in the sector?
  • Which P3 structures are best for your community (Brownfield Asset Monetization/ Greenfield Concession)?
  • How can we help communities make better-informed decisions for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure that are consistent with local needs?
  • How do we forge partnerships among stakeholders to deliver state-of-the-art technological and funding solutions? 
  • What are the most recent innovative procurement and partnership strategies (“DBFOM/Performance Based Infrastructure”)?


  • Stephen J Auton-Smith, Managing Director, Ernst & Young-Infrastructure Advisors
  • Megan Matson, Partner, Table Rock Capital
  • Ian Parker, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs Co. (moderator)

3:30 PM - Networking & Coffee Reception

3:45 PM - High Speed Rail: Staying on Track For 2025- State-of-the-art high speed rail connecting major cities together in the US could transform access to housing, jobs, and improve the economy. It not only requires advanced control systems, elegant multi-modal train stations, and top-of-the-line 220 mph trains but also a support network of 110 mph trains connecting smaller cities and towns together with the high speed system. It also requires effective last-mile transportation systems. California’s High Speed Rail Authority’s proposed bullet-train system connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles by way of Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley could transform California. 

  • What lessons can we learn from other countries with high speed rail systems?
  • What impact will the construction of 52 miles of overhead power lines so that high-speed trains can run on the Caltrain Peninsula Corridor, a line spanning 17 US cities from San Francisco to San Jose, have on other transportation networks?
  • How to best address “right-of-way acquisition” challenges?


  • Ben Tripousis, Northern California Regional Director California High Speed Rail Authority
  • John Eddy, Principal, Arup
  • Anthony Phillips, Managing Director - Primary Investment North America, John Laing
  • Jeffrey Heller, FAIA is President of Heller Manus Architects
  • Andrew Herring, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (moderator)

4:45 PM - Closing Keynote

5 PM - Private Wine & Food Reception