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 part of the original Lyft team, Emily has been on the front lines of ridesharing policy since the birth of the industry. She led Lyft's work with transportation agencies to integrate shared mobility and measure its impacts. She believes Lyft is a critical tool to expand transportation access, reduce car ownership, and cut carbon emissions.
Dale Bonner is Executive Chairman of Plenary Concessions, which holds Plenary Group’s North American portfolio of infrastructure project companies. From 2007 to 2011, he served as California's Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing. As secretary, he oversaw California’s Department of Transportation and represented the State in domestic and international affairs involving infrastructure, business regulation, trade and foreign investment. He also chaired the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank and the Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission, and served on numerous other infrastructure boards and commissions. He is credited with championing California’s design-build and public-private partnership programs -- advancing the Presidio Parkway public-private partnership, the Gerald Desmond Bridge design-build replacement project, and the Colton Crossing rail-to-rail grade separation, among other major projects. Bonner is a 1990 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a 1987 graduate of the University of Southern California, where he majored in political science.
In 2006, state Representative Leslie Combs was first elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives, and she now chairs that chamber’s Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation, which oversees the state’s multi-billion dollar highway plan. Prior to that, the Pikeville Democrat was chair of the House Tourism Development and Energy Committee, which covers two industries critical to her home region of Eastern Kentucky.
In addition to serving on these two legislative committees, Representative Combs also is a member of several others: Appropriations and Revenue, which writes the state’s two-year budget; Education; State Government; Transportation; and Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety. In addition, she is a member of the General Assembly’s Program Review and Investigations Committee, which takes an in-depth look at various issues each year affecting state government.
In other legislative duties, Representative Combs serves on two of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ committees: Budgets & Revenue and Natural Resources & Infrastructure. She also has championed greater use of Kentucky’s coal while sponsoring a constitutional amendment strengthening hunting and fishing rights.
For several years she has been the state’s leading advocate for public-private partnerships, an economic-development and tax-saving tool that makes it easier for governments to partner with the private sector to carry out projects and services benefiting the public. Her dedication paid off during the 2016 Regular Session, when the General Assembly passed her legislation and put Kentucky in line with more than 30 other states. The new law, which has the backing of such groups as the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, is designed to make the P3 process both transparent and accountable at the state and local level.
Closer to home, Representative Combs spent much of her career serving as Treasurer and Vice President for Administrative Operations at what is now the University of Pikeville, and before then she was chief accountant at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
In her civic duties, she spent six years as a director on the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and she twice served as president of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce while also being a long-time member. The other organizations on which she has served include the Appalachian Regional Hospital Board; Kentucky State Lawyers Auxiliary; two site-based decision-making councils within the Pikeville Independent School System; the Rotary Club of Pike County; the Pike County Industrial Development Economic Authority Board; the Pike County Fair Board; the Kentucky Council on Agriculture; and the Pike County Democratic Woman’s Club.
Rep. Combs graduated with a degree in accounting from Transylvania University, one of the oldest universities in the United States, and she and her husband Donald Combs have two children: Elizabeth and Don III.
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
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.
Based in Los Angeles, Stuart leads Plenary Group's Los Angeles Office and takes a leadership role in U.S. origination and business development activities.
Stuart has significant project finance and public-private partnership (P3) experience in the U.S., Canada and Australia. He has successfully led bidding consortia under a variety of risk allocation approaches including toll concession and availability payment models in both the social infrastructure and transportation sectors. Stuart’s resume of successful P3 pursuits in the U.S. includes the Long Beach Court House (California), Presidio Parkway (California), Port of Miami Tunnel (Florida) and SH183 (Texas) projects. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law from University of Queensland (Australia), Grad Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, and Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD (France).
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.
Stephen is a Managing Director in Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors LLC, based in New York. Stephen is responsible for the team’s environmental infrastructure business, which includes advising the public and private sectors on infrastructure projects and programs in the water, sanitation and renewable energy sectors.
Stephen brings a rich international perspective in the water sector, having advised utility bidders and government entities for water concession and DBFO projects in a range of jurisdictions. In the US, this experience includes working with bidders on water concession projects in Pennsylvania and with the sponsors of a watershed management project in California. More widely, Stephen acted as lead and financial adviser to the Egyptian Ministry of Finance on its wastewater PPP program, and advised the City of St Petersburg in Russia on its first water PPP project.
Stephen holds a degree in Economics from Cambridge University and qualifications in accountancy and treasury management.
Mr. Spencer is the Executive Director at the Sacramento Transportation Authority and a seasoned professional in the transportation sector. Most recently, he served as the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Manager for the Federal Transit Administration in Washington DC. In this capacity, he was the Team Leader of a highly skilled staff of transportation engineers and program specialists. Previously, Mr. Spencer worked as the Trucking/Maritime Specialist and a Research Project Manager at Caltrans, and has also served as Adjunct Faculty at San Jose State University.