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.
Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft
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.
Leslie Combs, State Representative, House District 94
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.
Jes Pedersen, President/CEO, Webcor
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 Tecklenburg, Chief Operating Officer North America, Meridiam
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.
Stuart Marks, Senior Vice President, Plenary Group
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 Parker, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs Co.
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 J. Auton-Smith, Managing Director, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC.
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.
Daniel M. Feitelberg, Vice Chancellor, Planning and Budget University of California, Merced
Daniel Feitelberg joined the Merced campus of the University of California in December 2012 to establish a new Division of Planning and Budget.
The University of California, Merced, the newest campus in University of California system. Opened in 2005, UC Merced is the first U.S. research university to be built in the 21st century, and the first new UC campus in 40 years. Reporting to the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the Vice Chancellor, Planning and Budget serves as the campus' chief financial officer.
With thirteen years of investment banking experience, Mr. Feitelberg brings UC Merced significant experience raising debt capital for government clients in the high-grade taxable and tax-exempt markets. In the banking industry, Mr. Feitelberg brought a holistic approach to his clients, focusing on enterprise business development issues, as well as financial issues. His approach to investment banking and project finance centered on the principle that good investments must reflect an underlying enterprise that is well designed and developed, efficiently operated and maintained, with an appropriate financial plan and controls.
During his tenure, Mr. Feitelberg served as the head of J.P. Morgan's surface transportation business in the Western United States. He also worked with public sector clients to finance more than $100 billion of projects for transportation, energy, water, education and healthcare enterprises, as well as capital projects and operational funding for state and local governments.
Prior to his investment banking experience, Mr. Feitelberg worked briefly in public service for state and local elected officials, including positions for a supervisor in San Mateo County, a member of the state Assembly, and a former state Treasurer.
Ben Tripousis, Northern California Regional Director, California High Speed Rail
Ben Tripousis, as the Northern California Regional Director, is responsible for the development of the California High Speed Rail project from the Bay Area to the Central Valley. This includes the electrification of the Caltrain Peninsula Corridor project, the Gilroy to Merced project segment, and the future High Speed Rail connection to Sacramento. In addition, Ben oversees the development of Regional Rail Improvements to the Capitol Corridor, Altamont Corridor Express and the San Joaquin Regional Rail systems. In addition, Ben is an Adjunct Professor at San Jose State University, teaching High Speed Rail Management and Operations, and is the Director of the High Speed Rail Connectivity Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute.
Previously Ben served as Transportation Policy Manager for the City of San José; Serving as the City’s liaison to all local and regional transportation agencies where he helped craft regional planning and funding policies for the 100 cities and nine counties in the Bay Area, and helped lead the development of long range transportation policy for Santa Clara County. Ben is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University.
D. Bruce Gabriel, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Bruce Gabriel has worked for more than 35 years in various counsel roles with respect to the development and financing of public and private infrastructure. He has served as bond, borrower and underwriter counsel in connection with the development and financing by governmental bodies of many different types of public infrastructure and the development and financing of private infrastructure, with public involvement and support, for the benefit of private entities operating in various industries.
Bruce is experienced in counseling public and private sector clients in matters involving project development; taxable and tax-exempt finance; secondary market and derivative transactions; public offerings and private placements of securities for commercial, distribution, industrial, healthcare and public infrastructure projects; direct loan transactions; and multi-tranche, on-and off-balance sheet, governmental project lease financing of facilities operated by private entities.
Bruce also provides counsel regarding general public sector law issues related to the development, financing and monetization of public infrastructure, including such matters as contracting, debt limitations, subject to appropriation concepts, and constitutional and statutory authority.
Bruce served as the leader of the firm’s Public & Infrastructure Finance Practice Group over the period 2007 through 2015.
Andrew Herring, Partner London, UK, Squire Patton Boggs
Andrew Herring advises clients in the PPP/P3, transportation and energy industries. His practice has a particular focus on the rail and metro sector, and Andrew has nearly 20 years’ experience of advising public and private sector clients on some of the most high profile and innovative transactions in this key global industry.
Andrew has been rated for a number of years in the leading guides to the UK legal profession.
Bryant Jenkins, Principal, Sperry Capital
Bryant has over 15 years of experience in providing infrastructure advisory services to a host of public and private sector clients. Bryant has advised Caltrans, BART, Transbay Joint Powers Authority, CHSRA, LACMTA, Orange County Transportation Authority and other California mobility projects. Prior to joining Sperry, Bryant worked as a Director in New York for KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory practice focusing on P3 projects and as a public finance banker for UBS Securities and Stone & Youngberg having assisted clients with over $25 billion in senior managed issues.
Anthony Phillips, Managing Director, Primary Investment North America
Anthony joined John Laing in 2005 and leads the North American team from Los Angeles. Building upon John Laing’s successful long term involvement in the North American P3 market, Anthony has responsibility for all development and transaction execution activities in the region.
Anthony has over 15 years’ experience in Infrastructure Investment in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific in many instances taking leading roles in consortiums during the tendering and financial close process. During this time, Anthony has been based in London and Sydney before relocating to the USA in 2014.
Anthony leads a large team of Infrastructure investment specialists based across North America focused upon delivering major Transportation, Environmental, Social and Communications Infrastructure.
Prior to establishing John Laing’s USA offices in New York and Los Angeles, Anthony successfully led John Laing’s entry into the Australia and New Zealand P3 markets securing multiple projects.
Anthony has in-depth experience of the following sectors: Roads (Revenue and Availability) Rail (Rollingstock, Heavy and Light Rail) Social (Education, Health, Prisons, Stadiums) Broadband Water and Waste Management Renewable Energy (On-shore Wind and Solar)
Tuyen Mai, Senior Managing Director, EY Infrastructure Advisors, LLC
Tuyen Mai is a Senior Managing Director with Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors with 14 years of experience in the development and financing of large-scale infrastructure projects in Europe and North America. He has advised major state and local governments across the U.S. on strategic planning and delivery of transportation and public infrastructure programs, and currently serves as a lead advisor for government agencies in the West and Southwest on innovative financing and delivery methods including design-build (DB) and public-private partnerships (P3). Tuyen’s public sector consulting experience began in 2007 with Florida’s groundbreaking Port of Miami Tunnel and I-595 Express Lanes projects, and most recently features University of California’s Merced 2020 Project. He previously served as a project manager on international toll road and airport private developments for Egis, a major European infrastructure engineering and operations group.
Tuyen is a graduate civil engineer from the French Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, and holds a Master in Project and Structured Finance from Paris X University.
Ben Djiounas, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Ben Djiounas is an Executive Director and Head of P3 and Project Finance in the Public Finance Group at J.P. Morgan. Mr. Djiounas joined J.P. Morgan in 2004 and has worked with transportation and infrastructure clients on innovative financing and advisory assignments across infrastructure asset classes, including social infrastructure, parking, water, aviation and toll road projects. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Djiounas was an M&A specialist in the transportation sector. Mr. Djiounas graduated from Babson College with honors and is a CFA charter holder.
Michael Fernandez, Founder, P3 Summit
I founded the annual P3 Summit to bring together leaders to drive thought leadership to solve our nation's infrastructure problems. I'm also the founder of Summit Pioneer. We help companies increase engagement with their highest-value prospects through video. We are a digital media and Software as a Service (SaaS) company. Digital Media: We produce video content serving the following communities: Software, Venture Capital, Public Private Partnerships, Infrastructure, Private Equity, Cyber Security, and more. Software as a Service (SaaS): We help marketing and sales teams curate long videos filmed at conferences or internal meetings into highly engaging short videos of 1-2 minutes, without having to edit or cut videos, to drive engagement with their most valued prospects or partners. We help these teams match this video content to prospects based on stage in the marketing and sales funnel to increase the percentage of prospects that convert into customers. We do this through our SaaS platform and managed services. Our clients include Fortune 500, leading law firms, investment banks, and software companies. Find me on LinkedIn