Construction chose me. My dad hung drywall and I started going to his jobsites at an early age. At about 5 years old I was picking up loose nails with a magnet, and soon thereafter I was nailing off closets. In my teens, he taught me to install acoustical ceilings and eventually I got my welder’s license to install steel studs. From my hands on upbringing, I learned to take pride in my craft and was always looking for new and better ways to build. And that idea continues today. I want people to be bold enough to challenge the status quo. It’s a culture we are creating at Webcor because it leads to innovation. You have to be open to new ideas to be flexible enough to deal with today’s challenges. The demands of building today are eminently more complex, requiring our teams to continuously collaborate. And working together is paramount to finding the absolute best solutions. Learn more about Webcor
Dan Richard of Piedmont, has been a principal of Dan Richard Advisors since 2010. He was managing partner and co-founder of Heritage Oak Capital Partners, an infrastructure finance firm, from 2007 to 2009 and was senior vice president of public policy and governmental relations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company from 1997 to 2006. Richard was an elected member of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District from 1992 to 2004, where he served twice as president of the Board. At the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Richard led efforts to secure $4 billion in capital for system rehabilitation projects, the transit system’s expansion to the San Francisco Airport and seismic retrofit programs. Richard was a principal at Morse, Richard, Weisenmiller & Associates from 1986 to 1996, a firm serving the independent power industry and project finance lending community. He was vice president of Independent Power Corporation from 1983 to 1986. Richard served as Governor Brown’s deputy legal affairs secretary from 1982 to 1983 and deputy assistant for science and technology from 1978 to 1979. He was advisor to the chairman of the California Energy Commission from 1978 to 1982. Richard began his career at National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he was assistant to the deputy associate administrator from 1972 to 1978. Richard received his Juris Doctor degree from McGeorge School of Law. Appointed by the Governor.
Carolyn Walsh advises firm clients on a wide range of capital markets legislative and rulemaking developments. She is an expert on issues involving systemically significant financial institutions and financial market utilities as well as trends and issues in the regulation of the municipal securities markets. Carolyn’s practice focuses on all areas of capital markets regulation, including the regulation of derivatives market participants (Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants) and newly created and regulated registered entities (Swap Data Repositories and Swap Execution Facilities). In addition to expertise in the area of derivatives regulation and the overlapping jurisdiction of the US and foreign regulators, she is an expert on issues involving the designation of globally significant financial institutions and market utilities, the Volcker Rule, the Swap “Push-Out” Rule, credit rating agency reform, trends and issues in the fixed income markets as well as compliance and risk management issues facing banks and other major market participants. Carolyn has practiced actively before Congress, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US Treasury Department and other regulatory agencies that promulgate and implement financial reform regulation. Before joining Squire Patton Boggs, Carolyn served as deputy general counsel for the ABA Securities Association (ABASA) and as a vice president and senior counsel for the American Bankers Association (ABA). While there, Carolyn worked as an advocate for the banking industry before Congress and industry regulators, and led the Association’s lobbying efforts on several capital market provisions included in the Dodd-Frank Act. Prior to her work with the ABA, Carolyn served as the senior associate general counsel for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) where she effectively implemented regulatory policy and industry initiatives, including significant revisions to the MSRB’s signature regulation on pay-to play, through rule writing, advocacy and interpretation. Early in her career, Carolyn investigated financial fraud and insider trading for the SEC, and went on to defend clients in SEC investigations, including pay-to-play, municipal disclosure and market manipulation investigations at Crowell & Moring LLP and Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.
D.J. Gribbin is a Managing Director and Head, US Government Advisory and Relations for Macquarie Capital, having spent 15 years working on public policy and business development in the infrastructure sector. He has led advisory teams working on transactions in Texas, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and Colorado and has worked on numerous public private partnership deals in the US.
Mr. Gribbin most recently served as the General Counsel for the United States Department of Transportation. As the General Counsel, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the principal legal advisor to the Secretary and for the Department. His work in the infrastructure sector also includes serving as Chief Counsel to the Federal Highway Administration and Director of Business Development for Koch Industries, where he also served as Director of Government Affairs. His varied professional background began on Capitol Hill, where he worked for U.S. Representative Larry Combest. He also has served as a legislative representative for a trade association representing small business and as a grassroots organizer.
Mr. Gribbin has authored articles on payroll tax deposits and aviation policy. He is the only person to win ARTBA’s public-private venture award for service in both the public and private sector, and is a two-time winner of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s Gold Award, the Department’s highest award. He is a past president of ARTBA’s PPP division.
Mr. Gribbin received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Georgetown University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He has also attended the Mandarin Training Center in Taipei, Taiwan.
Mary Francoeur joined Assured Guaranty in February 2008. She is a Managing Director responsible for business origination for US Public Finance and Project Finance and Utilities in the Americas. Previously, Mary worked at FGIC and Moody’s Investors Service; she started her career in financial management roles with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the City of Jersey City.
Mary has a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University where she also earned her BA in newspaper journalism and political science. She is the Secretary of the board of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts (from which she received a Meritorious Service Award in 2014); past Chairman of the Municipal Analysts Group of New York; a founding member of the Board of the Northeast Women in Public Finance; and a trustee and treasurer of the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School.
Roddy Devlin is an experienced lawyer practicing in the areas of project finance and public private partnerships (P3s). His practice focuses on the structuring, financing, acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure assets, both domestically and overseas.
Roddy has represented project sponsors, lenders, institutional investors, construction companies, governmental municipalities and mono-line insurers in a wide range of sectors. He has published numerous articles on the P3 sector and is a regular speaker at industry events and is recognized by both Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading US P3 lawyer.
As a partner at Table Rock, Megan was instrumental in bringing the $172 MM water and wastewater public-private partnership in Rialto, California to financial close, including the capital raise, investor due diligence, PLA and employee transition, environmental and engineering reports facilitation, public partner and community relationships, and other conditions precedent. Megan is now a lead on both the ongoing asset management of the Rialto concession including development of the $25MM wastewater treatment plant overhaul, and for Table Rock’s 100-City tour to next screened cities positioned to benefit from the model. Previous to Table Rock, Megan founded the MMOB (Mainstreet Moms Organize or Bust), a 50,000 member 50-state political action committee. At the MMOB she led grassroots organizing and community outreach to eleven city councils and the Marin Board of Supervisors getting the votes necessary to launch California’s first independent green energy agency, the Marin Energy Authority CCA (Community Choice Aggregation). Megan was Field Director for the win against Prop 16, PG&E’s $55MM statewide ballot initiative aimed at defeating Marin’s CCA. She organized successfully against PG&E’s $5.5MM countywide campaign to stop CCA, and helped win victories for CCA at the CPUC. She then cofounded LEAN Energy, a national organization furthering the development of CCA around the country, before joining Table Rock. Previously at the MMOB, Megan led national, state and local grassroots organizing on a range of initiatives, including peer-to-peer voter registration innovations in 17 swing states proven in a Yale study to be 3.8x as effective as conventional; successful election integrity litigations in Florida and California through pollworker recruitment and training; and state-by-state legislation drafting and roll-out. Megan describes Table Rock as “private equity on a mission,” and sees private capital and expertise as critical to addressing the country’s severe infrastructure gap. She is committed to projects that are at once cost-effective, CO2 reducing, adaptive to changing water and energy conditions, and build jobs toward a restored middle class. She enjoys resolving some of the hardest issues faced by local government, through creative and transparent public-private infrastructure. Megan is on the Board of the Southwest Megaregion Alliance and received her B.A. from Yale University.
Greg Johnson specializes in creative approaches to financing and developing infrastructure domestically and internationally. Greg’s clients include developers, investment and commercial banks, public entities and others in project finance transactions across the country and overseas.
Greg also has worked extensively in newly developing areas of public/private partnerships for state and federal projects. He represents one of the leading real estate developers in the country in several privatized military family housing projects for the armed services. Greg has been the lead counsel on multiple project financings for various federal agencies.
Greg is active in representing clients seeking creative solutions for infrastructure financings. He has worked on taxable and tax-exempt project financings for infrastructure development, including transportation, health care, higher education, public schools and other infrastructure projects related to economic development.
Greg represents developers, investment banks and other funding sources in renewable energy projects throughout the country. These projects have included wind, solar, biomass and related energy projects, as well as electrical transmission and other energy related project financings.
Greg has assisted developers and funding sources in structuring creative approaches to accessing the capital markets in a difficult economy, including through the use of securitization approaches to project financing, federal grants and loan guarantees, as well as direct lending programs by the Department of Energy and other federal agencies.
He also serves as bond and under writers counsel on tax-exempt bond transactions for renewable energy, education, healthcare and housing projects.
Thilo is COO for Meridiam in North America, overseeing Meridiam’s activities in this market. Prior to joining Meridiam in October 2013, Thilo was the head of Bilfinger Project Investments’ Development Team in North America, where he was responsible for business development and pursuits of P3 projects within the North American marketplace. He has extensive experience with availability type P3 projects and has led consortia for projects in several Canadian provinces and U.S. states.
Prior to coming to North America in early 2007, Thilo worked on transportation and social building P3 projects in Continental Europe and Australia, where his role included project finance structuring, project management and coordination with all stakeholders for the successful tendering and closing of major infrastructure projects. He was involved in several successful projects, such as Royal Women’s Hospital in Australia, M6 Motorway in Hungary and E18 Motorway in Norway. Thilo holds an engineering degree and a Ph.D. from the Technical University in Brunswick, Germany.
Mr. Stricker provides executive level oversight for the planning and execution of a portfolio of infrastructure and real estate deals, including public-private partnerships and alternative delivery projects. Since joining Edgemoor in 2001, he has played an instrumental role in developing public-private opportunities for the company in the fields of transportation, higher education, and K-12 education, including the UCSF Sandler Neurosciences Building in San Francisco, Calif.; the Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building at George Mason University; and the Route 28 Corridor Improvements Project of Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, Va. Prior to joining Edgemoor, he was a Vice President at Lehman Brothers, where he was responsible for research and analysis for the telecommunications industry, and supported the investment banking division on multiple transactions, including initial public offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Stricker also spent three years at MCI Communications where he was involved in strategic planning and business analysis. Mr. Stricker holds a Masters of Business Administration from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts from Clark University.
Since founding Sperry Capital in 1994, Jim has advised numerous government and private clients across multiple sectors in California and national infrastructure projects. Jim has over 30 years of experience advising on infrastructure projects from conceptualization to financial closure. The specific skill set includes project finance, express lanes structures and credits, public-private partnerships (P3), feasibility studies/financial projections, financial modeling, bid process strategy and management, financial structuring, debt and equity raising, contract structuring and negotiation support through financial closure. Jim holds an A.B. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. and M.B.A., Graduate School of Business from Columbia University, New York.
Ian is a member of the Public Sector and Infrastructure Banking team, focusing on municipal clients located throughout the western region of the United States. In his current role, he works with clients in the transportation, water and general government space. Ian has led the execution of over $20 billion of long-term debt and $8 billion of short-term debt financings as a senior or joint lead underwriter since he joined Goldman Sachs in 2008 as a vice president. He was named managing director in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Ian worked at Merrill Lynch for nearly two decades in various roles, including municipal housing finance from 1989 to 1999 and municipal capital markets from 2004 to 2008. He also spent four years in London as a member of the structured finance group, where he specialized in providing capital market solutions for European public sector clients and financial institutions. Ian serves on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA), based in Burlingame, California. PHS/SPCA is a private nonprofit committed to humane ethics and building healthy relationships between people and animals, and is the provider of animal rescue and control services for all of San Mateo County. Ian earned a BA, with honors, from Harvard College in 1989.
Mr. Liam Kelly serves as Principal at KPMG Corporate Finance, LLC. He is a Principal in KPMG's Corporate Finance’s Global Infrastructure and Projects Group (GIPG) in the U.S. Liam focuses on public infrastructure projects and P3 deals. Liam has extensive knowledge of international infrastructure delivery models and considerable experience in advising numerous Government clients, private sector bidders and financial institutions on successful privately financed infrastructure procurement projects. Prior to joining KPMG Corporate Finance's GIPG, Liam was the lead adviser to the Australian federal government in PPP and infrastructure procurement and as such has been a central figure in formulating the Australian government’s PPP policy and contractual documentation. Prior to going to Australia, Liam had over five years experience in the UK and was involved in a number of the early pathfinder PFI projects. Over the last eight years he has specialized in PPP project finance (including capital market, equity and debt funded strategies), procurement option analysis, comparative risk assessment and contractual negotiations. Liam holds an L.L.B. and a diploma in legal practice and accounting from the University of Edinburgh.
As a bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer for almost 30 years, has extensive experience representing debtors, creditors, bondholders and other parties in a wide variety of litigated bankruptcy cases and out of court transactions. Karol has a strong interest in mediation and has been a mediator since 1992. She has deep experience working with all asset types: real estate, intellectual property, regulated industries including banks, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, gaming and nonprofits. As municipalities have become fiscally distressed, Karol’s practice has expanded to include working with clients to implement transactional solutions focusing on the use of economic development, private to public structures and other financing structures as part of strategies of municipal restructuring. In the municipal and high yield space Karol frequently represents municipalities, special districts, indenture trustees, bondholders, taxpayers and insurers. Familiar with all of the parties at the restructuring table and understanding the importance of negotiated resolutions. Karol is a frequent speaker on municipal distress and unfunded pensions. Karol authored and worked with the California legislature to adopt AB 506, which requires mediation before a municipal bankruptcy filing.
Joan Allman, a managing director at Ambac Assurance, manages the firm’s public finance credit oversight team, which monitors a large book of business covering most public finance sectors. The group develops review criteria and initiates remediation/work-outs for troubled municipal bond issuers such as Harrisburg, PA, and Jefferson County, AL. With Ambac since 2005, Joan also served on Ambac’s credit committee.
Previously, she managed a team of investment-grade and high-yield analysts at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. There, she made buy, hold, and sell recommendations across all public finance sectors. Before joining Morgan Stanley, she was a buy-side analyst for U.S. Trust’s mutual funds and private-client portfolios. Earlier, Joan was a municipal analyst at Moody’s Investors Service and a housing analyst with the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
Joan has B.A. and M.A. degrees from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an active member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and its local chapter, the Municipal Analysts of N.Y. She was on the board of a private elementary school in Hoboken, N.J., and now serves on its advisory committee.
Blake Anderson is a managing director for Mesirow Financial’s Institutional Sales and Trading group. Blake is based in the firm’s San Francisco office and focuses on high yield tax-exempt and taxable bond research. He has more than twenty years of investment experience. Prior to joining Mesirow Financial, Blake was a partner at Social Sphere Strategies, managing partner at Anderson Tuttle Properties and a managing director at Putnam Investments. At Putnam, Blake was director of the High Yield Team, senior portfolio manager and director of tax exempt research while serving on the Executive, Risk Management and New Product committees. Prior to Putnam, Blake was a consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, Actuarial & Benefits Consulting Group. Prior to Coopers, Blake was a senior underwriter at Cigna Corp. Blake earned his B.A. degree at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Adam T. Carpenter works in AWWA’s DC Government Affairs Office, and serves as an expert and advocate on a diverse set of drinking water issues including climate change, hydraulic fracturing, the energy-water nexus, carbon capture and storage, consumer confidence reports, and other environmental policy issues. Along with his colleagues, he works to further AWWA’s mission of supporting clean, affordable drinking water through sound application of science into policy, sensible regulation, public awareness, and building stakeholder consensus. He holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in biology, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins in environmental sciences and policy, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental policy from George Mason University. In his studies, he is researching the development of community based sea level rise policies for vital sectors, such as water supply.
Chris Voyce leads Macquarie’s public private partnership development business and advisory for North America and is based in New York. He has over 15 years of experience in develop - ing and closing complex infrastructure financings in Australia, Asia, Canada, the US and Mexico. He primarily focuses in transportation infrastructure but has experience in the utility sectors and across all aspects of the capital structures. Prior to relocating to New York, Voyce was a senior member of Macquarie Bank’s Australian infrastructure advisory business, participating as a lead advisor in broad range of advisory and investment transactions.
Robyn Helmlinger is a transactional lawyer who is nationally known for her representation of issuers, borrowers and underwriters involved in issuing municipal bonds. Robyn specializes in the healthcare sector and co-leads the firm’s healthcare finance initiative. She is the lawyer to whom chief financial officers and treasurers turn when they require expertise in implementing complex financings and debt programs and to whom investment bankers turn when they are developing new financial structures. Just as important as her expertise, people enjoy working with Robyn. Clients rely on her leadership abilities to achieve an issuer’s objectives, but laud her collaborative approach because it results in efficient and effective transactions.
Robyn developed her expertise in emerging financial structures during the late 1990s when she assisted a multistate healthcare system in restructuring bonds into a new variable rate product and, thereafter, was engaged by a national investment bank to develop model procedures for that product. Since that time, Robyn has been regularly called on by both established borrowers and first-time borrowers to assist with structuring and restructuring debt programs. Following the credit crisis that began in late 2007, Robyn represented one of the largest nonprofit healthcare systems in the country in a multiyear restructuring of its variable rate bonds and derivative products, as well as continued financing of its ongoing capital projects. In total, the financings aggregated more than $2 billion. Robyn also is continually recognized for her excellent and sound judgment with respect to disclosure issues, including the difficult disclosure decisions caused by pension liabilities, governmental inquiries and investigations, labor disputes and qualified audit opinions. Robyn is a member of the Squire Patton Boggs disclosure group, which establishes disclosure practices and procedures for public offerings of municipal securities in which Squire Patton Boggs is involved
Ryan’s experience includes serving as bond counsel, counsel to credit enhancers, underwriters, trustees and public issuers in a variety of conventional and capital market public debt financings. Ryan is experienced in general obligation debt, revenue bond debt, tax increment financing, special assessments and certificates of participation. He also has experience with a variety of industrial development revenue bonds, housing revenue bonds, water and sewer revenue bonds, conduit financings and 501(c)(3) bonds. One of Ryan’s primary areas of focus is in the structuring of water and sewer revenue debt financing. Ryan has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and disclosure counsel for a variety of water and/or sewer entities throughout the country. In addition, Ryan has experience serving as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel for various state revolving funds including serving as bond counsel to the Ohio Water Development Authority for more than US$1 billion of bond and commercial paper issues. Ryan is also an active member of and frequent speaker for the Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities (CIFA). Ryan is an active member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of Lakeland Community College.
Kelly Huffman is the General Counsel for Poseidon. Prior to joining Poseidon, Mr. Huffman was a partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, and before that, he was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. Mr. Huffman’s experience includes a broad variety of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and corporate governance and compliance work.
Mr. Huffman has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from the University of Kansas.
Edward Fanter is a Managing Director in BMO Capital Markets’ Infrastructure Capital Markets Group. Mr. Fanter has more than 20 years of infrastructure advisory and capital markets experience, with sector expertise in water/wastewater, transportation, social infrastructure, and power/energy. Six transactions being named Deal of the Year. Prior to his finance career, Edward worked for more than 10 years at multi-national consulting firm specializing in water and wastewater infrastructure projects.
Edward is currently serving as financial transaction advisor to the Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Transit Administration on the delivery of the Purple Line Light Rail P3 Project. Recent infrastructure advisory experience includes representing the winning consortium in the acquisition of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport passenger terminal, and assisting in the concession/divestiture of Lower Colorado River Authority's water assets. Edward has completed transactions for projects including Denver RTD FasTracks North Metro Rail Line, Presidio Parkway P3, Midtown Tunnel P3, and Goethals Bridge Replacement P3 while at BMO. Edward’s water-related finance experience includes transactions while working at a previous firm includes the Carlsbad Desalination Project, the Rialto Water/Wastewater P3, San Juan Capistrano Desalination Project, the New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority divestiture, and the Enertech Biosolids Facility.
Edward has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from The Cooper Union, a Master of Environmental Engineering Degree from Manhattan College, and a MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Edward is a CFA charter holder and a licensed professional engineer.
Tony Taddeo is Senior Vice President and General Manager for Northern California and North West Operations. He has been with Skanska for over 27 years and recently relocated from the East Coast to the Bay Area. He has been involved with several P3 pursuits, mainly transportation projects. His career has mainly concentrated on public infrastructure projects, specifically in transportation and water work.
Michael is the founder of the P3 Infrastructure Summit, a summit designed to bring together infrastructure leaders to address the nation’s pressing infrastructure needs. Michael's vision is to see the private sector and public sector join forces to launch the greatest era of infrastructure development in the US that not only rebuilds infrastructure but also builds the smart infrastructure required to unleash the potential of the industrial internet. He is the founder of Summit Pioneer, an organization with the mission to connect the most promising decision makers to dynamic ideas, deep networks, and capital to help them positively shape their industries. He earned a BSE from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MPA from Harvard University.
Sean Randolph is Senior Director of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private partnership of business, labor, government and higher education that works to foster a competitive economy in California and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley. The Economic Institute produces authoritative analyses on economic policy issues affecting the region and the state, including infrastructure, globalization, energy, science, and governance, and mobilizes California and Bay Area leaders around targeted policy initiatives. Dr. Randolph previously served as President & CEO of the Bay Area Economic Forum, which merged with the Bay Area Council in January 2008, and as director of international trade for the State of California, where he developed trade strategy and directed international business programs to stimulate exports and introduce California companies to overseas markets. Before service with the state, he was Managing Director of the RSR Pacific Group, an international business consulting firm specializing in Asia and Latin America, and before that served as International Director General of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, a 15-nation international organization of leading U.S., Asian and Latin American corporations. His professional career includes extensive experience in the U.S. Government, including the U.S. Congress staff, and the White House staff. From 1981–85 he served in the U.S. StateDepartment, as officer for Asia on the Policy Planning Staff, as Special Adviser for Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and as Deputy/Ambassador-at Large for Pacific Basin affairs. From 1985–88 he served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs, managing nuclear non-proliferation, energy research, and global oil and gas issues. Dr. Randolph holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts and Harvard Universities), a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and studied at the London School of Economics. He currently serves on the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission(BCDC), which he chaired from 2005–2012, and on the State of California’s Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission (PIAC). He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy, and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim, and the President’s Advisory Council of Excelsior College (New York). Dr. Randolph speaks frequently before business, government and university audiences, and writes for U.S. and international media on global, national, state and regional economic and policy issues.
Jonathan Spalter has a long track record building innovative technology, mobile, Internet, and research companies in the U.S, Asia/Pacific, and Europe. He founded the independent investment research company, Public Insight, and was CEO of Snocap, the digital music technology company founded by the creators of Napster. He has held senior management roles at the Paris headquarters of Vivendi Universal, the global media and telecommunications group, where he was group senior vice president in charge of the company’s public policy and external affairs teams, served as executive vice president of business development and strategy for Vivendi Universal Net, and CEO of company affiliate Atmedica Worldwide.
During the Clinton Administration, Spalter was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the position of associate director at the US Information Agency, where he was also appointed chief information officer. He also served in the White House as director of public affairs for the National Security Council, and chief international affairs spokesperson and speech writer for Vice President Al Gore. He also co-founded and chaired the non-profit animation studio Climate Cartoons, which produced media content about global warming. One of its productions recently won the Emmy Award for National Public Service Announcements/Broadband. Early in his career, Spalter held various productions and editorial roles in broadcast and cable – among them, foreign affairs reporter for PBS’ MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. He graduated from Harvard College and Cambridge University.
As Co-Leader of CannonDesign’s Science and Technology Practice, Mark Whiteley has spent the last 25 years working world-wide with the foremost leaders in government, business, education and healthcare to develop transformational strategies for innovation and discovery. An award winning design thinker, Mark partners closely with his clients to deliver carefully crafted, value-driven solutions that integrate socio-economic and market drivers with increased business productivity, organizational optimization, enhanced technology, and ultimately produce experiential environments of the highest quality. - See more at: Mark Whiteley
Ignacio Barandiarán, PE, MBA, is a consulting engineer and transaction advisor with over twenty years of experience. He leads a team of technical and financial transaction specialists delivering deal advice, due diligence, and project structuring/feasibility assessments. Ignacio has extensive knowledge of the PPP/DBFO project finance market, working with public sponsors, equity providers, concession companies, contractors, rating agencies, and lenders. The transactions he has worked in the last eight years have an aggregate investment value of over $60B. Notable among these are pathfinder Public-Private Partnership projects such as the Presidio Parkway and Long Beach Civic Center projects in California, the Costanera Norte Toll Road in Santiago, Chile, and the Port of Miami Tunnel. Ignacio has been project director and lead design engineer for high profile commissions such as the Sony Center in Berlin, Germany, the Menil Foundation Byzantine Fresco Chapel in Houston, Texas, the redevelopment plans for Penn Station in New York City, the Utah Olympic Ice Skating Oval, and several signature bridges. Of Argentinean parents, Ignacio was born in the United States, raised in Chile, and attended college in England (B.A., Oxford University) and graduate school in the United States (M.Sc., M.Arch. and M.B.A., UC Berkeley). He has traveled extensively and has taught at the California College for the Arts in San Francisco, Parsons School of Design and the Salvadori Center in New York, and has been invited to lecture at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Universidad Andres Bello in Chile, and the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterey in Mexico. He has presented at international conferences in subjects as diverse as infrastructure financing, management of procurement and risk in major projects, and on architectural and engineering design.
Michael Jung serves as Policy Director at Silver Spring Networks, a leading provider of networking equipment and services for utility smart grids.
Prior to joining Silver Spring Networks, Michael served as an energy policy advisor to the campaign and administration of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He previously managed climate change and sustainable development policy initiatives at American Electric Power. Michael has served as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow, holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is an Eagle Scout. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale College, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Goldsmith is a Managing Member of the firm of G&M Realty Ventures, LLC. The firm draws on his forty-plus years of active experience in all aspects of commercial real estate. Mr Goldsmith entered the field in 1967 as a Business Development Representative with Dillingham Corporation of California where he worked on the large North Waterfront Development in San Francisco, currently Levi Plaza. He was hired in 1969 by The Ron Kaufman Companies to work in development and property management. The company specialized in the rehabilitation and conversion of San Francisco historical properties, typically from warehouses to office/computer facilities. In 1971 F.P. Lathrop, founder of F.P. Lathrop Construction Company, hired Mr. Goldsmith to create a real estate entity to acquire and develop a portfolio of properties. Over the ensuing years, the portfolio grew from 180,000 square feet to over 1,250,000 square feet with a value of approximately $130,000,000. In 1976 the partnership of Goldsmith and Lathrop was formed not only to manage the portfolio of Lathrop Properties, but also to acquire and develop other properties, and to provide real estate services to the general market. The overall portfolio grew to approximately 2,000,000 square feet. In 1997 the portfolio was acquired by Speiker Properties and became part of their REIT. At the time, the purchase was the largest single acquisition for Speiker Properties and the largest UPREIT on the West Coast. Since 1997 Mr. Goldsmith has been involved in providing consulting services to both public and private clients, as well as, acquiring and developing additional properties. Recent projects include industrial projects in Hayward and Sacramento and, a 98 unit apartment complex in Richland, Washington. In total, Mr Goldsmith has been involved in the acquisition, development, marketing and management of over 2,000,000 square feet of space. He has negotiated over 2,000 transactions and has been intimately involved in virtually all aspects of commercial real estate. Mr Goldsmith is a graduate of the School of Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of California.
Prior to founding G&M Realty Ventures, LLC Mr. Mancini held senior positions with large real estate development companies including Campeau Corporation California, Perini Land and Development Company, and Bramalea Pacific. The scope of his assignments with these companies included the development of two successful mixed-use projects: Rincon Center, San Francisco; and City Center, Oakland; and Executive Park, San Francisco, an office development. Mr. Mancini formed his own firm in 1990, and created a multi-disciplinary advisory services practice, which leveraged his development expertise in managing virtually every real estate consulting discipline that could be employed to solve complicated real estate issues. Mr. Mancini was one of the three major authors of the Presidio of San Francisco Implementation Strategy. He and a team of professionals were then hired to implement the Plan by the National Park Service. Mr. Mancini has also been an Advisor to the San Francisco Giants, BART, SAMTRANS, Golden Gate University and numerous other clients. During this period of providing Advisory Services, Mr. Mancini was also active in the acquisition and development of commercial property, which he has continued doing with Mr. Goldsmith. Mr. Mancini is a Wharton School MBA graduate with an undergraduate BA from Lawrence University. He also served as a Marine Corps infantry officer in both infantry and long range patrol units during the Vietnam conflict.
Terezia Clara Nemeth joined UC Berkeley in Fall 2013 to be the real estate director for BGC. In that role, she leads the effort to create a 5.4 million square feet new campus hosting international academic and business partners focused on academic and research endeavors.
Prior to joining, Terezia was Vice President of Development at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. and at Catellus Development Corporation where she spent 15 years on design, entitlement, construction and operation of commercial development at Mission Bay in San Francisco. She participated in design and implementation of key infrastructure including roads, utility systems and open space.
Previously, Ms. Nemeth was Special Assistant on development to SF Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. and Long Range Planning Director for the City of Oakland.
Ms. Nemeth holds a B.A. in Architecture (’83), M.Arch (’87) from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Real Estate Development (’92) from MIT.
Eric Soladay is an innovative, collaborative and goal-oriented mechanical engineer responsible for the procurement, management, and design of building engineering system projects. With a focus on architectural and social significance, sustainable and efficient systems, and cost- and maintenance-conscious designs, Eric brings a calm and reliable creativity to the art of engineering the built environment.
Eric has led several significant projects, including the first LEED Platinum certified retrofit of a historical laboratory building for the Linde+Robinson Lab at Caltech, the most energy efficient data center in North America with a PUE of 1.05 for the Energy Systems Integration Facility at the National Renewable Energy Lab, and the net zero energy headquarters building for the Packard Foundation. Eric has managed projects for such clients as: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, National Renewable Energy Lab, National Institute of Standards and Technology and various University of California campuses as well as numerous high tech companies around the Bay Area.
John Leys serves as Partner at Sherwood Design Engineers where he directly oversees and manages a number of Sherwood’s high profile local, national and international projects. This breadth of experience has honed Mr. Leys’ skills in collaborative design, agency negotiation, and cost-effective approaches to the implementation of sustainable infrastructure systems.
Mr. Leys has over a decade of experience working in the Bay Area, interfacing with the many city and county agencies including the City of San Francisco. He is currently the Project Manager on many of Sherwood’s local projects including stormwater master planning for Lennar Urban at Hunters Point / Candlestick Point and multiple projects within Mission Bay. Mr. Leys led the infrastructure planning and Major Phase approvals for the Salesforce.com Global Headquarters Campus in Mission Bay and has worked on over 20 Infrastructure Master Plans nationally and internationally. Internationally, his projects include Punta Cacique, a 600 acre ecologically integrated community in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, and Tianjin Eco-City in China. At these sites he spearheaded ecological planning and the implementation of sustainable infrastructure design related to water and energy conservation and environmental restoration of the project sites.
Mr. Leys is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. He received degrees in Environmental Studies and Civil Engineering from the University of California and has worked in the offices of planners, architects, and landscape architects as a civil engineer. Mr. Leys’ experience includes project work in green building design, parks and public spaces, roadway and trail design, water feature design, commercial and residential planned developments, utility infrastructure design, streetscape design, earthwork design and calculations, fine grading and drainage design, cost estimation, development of proprietary green design tools, integrated stormwater management, and feasibility analysis.