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"The conference was impressive both from the breadth of the experience present as well as the overall organization of it. The critical elements of P3's were present in strength; it provided useful insights to the P3 industry."
Jennifer Aument joined Transurban in 2006 and now leads the Group’s North American business. Aument led the use of public-private partnerships for infrastructure funding in the United States, pioneering a number of innovative financing and technology strategies in the development of major transportation projects, including the USD 3bn 495 and 95 Express Lanes in Virginia.
Prior to joining Transurban, Aument worked for Bechtel Infrastructure to develop the Washington Metrorail Silver Line. Aument is also a commissioner for the Virginia Port Authority, which oversees one of the largest shipping enterprises in the US.
Mark Bradshaw is the Head of Infrastructure Projects across Europe and Americas at Macquarie Capital, leading a team of over 50 professionals across; London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Madrid, Frankfurt and New York offices and has been with Macquarie since 2005. Bradshaw has over 18 years of experience in infrastructure, and has a background in construction,engineering and the legal profession having previously also worked at global construction firm and Allen & Overy.
Bradshaw’s background is both bespoke financial advisory solutions for clients and as lead sponsor for Macquarie as principal investor in project finance infrastructure concessions in the accommodation, transport and communication infrastructure sectors on over USD 12bn of transactions.
Anthony Buckley is the Director of Innovative Partnerships for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). During Buckley's tenure as a public servant he has managed a host of State financing and funding programs. For the State of Oregon, Buckley played a leading role in managing financial components of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects for both the transportation and energy sectors. As the Chief Financial Officer for the Oregon Department of Energy he was responsible for one of the Nation's largest energy tax credit programs (USD 2bn) as well as the nation's oldest energy lending programs (35-years). Prior to his assignment with the Department of Energy Buckley served as the debt and investment manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation where he oversaw a USD 3.5bn transportation finance portfolio. Prior to his career as a public servant, Buckley gained 20 years of private sector experience having worked for various corporations in both finance and marketing roles.
Sam Chai has over 13 years’ experience developing and financing large P3 projects across Canada, U.S., and Australia. Chai is responsible for managing the equity investment business for Kiewit, and oversees a team involved in the development, financing and asset management aspects of P3s in the infrastructure sector.
Since joining Kiewit Development Company in 2013, Chai has served as head of the asset development team and Chief Operating Officer, and was instrumental in Kiewit’s success including, most recently, the Tłı̨chǫ All-season Road, Central 70 project, Southwest Calgary Ring Road project, SH-183 project and the Waterloo Light Rail Transit project.
Prior to joining Kiewit, Chai was Vice President in the infrastructure advisory and development group at Macquarie Capital, where he led numerous financial advisory engagements, advising both public and private clients.
Nuria Haltiwanger is the CEO for ACS Infrastructure Development and ACS Infrastructure Canada, the North American equity investment, financing and operations and maintenance subsidiaries of the ACS Group, focused on developing and operating infrastructure projects in North America via alternative procurement methods, such as public-private partnership (PPP) and design-build-finance (DBF).
Under her leadership, ACS Infrastructure has solidified its position as a market leader in PPP/DBF projects in North America, with a current portfolio of 14 projects totaling approximately USD 20bn, including Angels Flight in California, the SH 288 Toll Lanes Project in Texas, the Portsmouth Bypass Project in Ohio, and Florida's I-595 Project, which was the first availability payment-based PPP project in the U.S. and which has been successfully operating for three years.
Aaron Snyder is the lead of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Infrastructure funding and financing team and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and Public Private Partnership (P3) Program Development team. These teams oversee all aspects of the WIFIA and P3 program for USACE and are currently focused on program development and implementation. Snyder led the P3 team for implementation of the Fargo-Moorhead project, worked to develop an implementation strategy within existing authorities, and led coordination and P3 development with local sponsors. Snyder has been actively working on P3 and related items since 2014.
Snyder has served as the Chief of Regional Planning & Environment Division North (PREDN) at the St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The RPEDN provides planning and environmental services to the St. Paul, Rock Island, and St. Louis Districts. Projects and studies include flood risk management, navigation, watershed planning, ecosystem restoration, and recreation. Snyder also served as a member of the USACE planning modernization team.
Snyder’s planning and management experience includes over 15 years as a program manager, project manager, project planner, and regional technical specialist in the Corps civil works program. Snyder has worked on regional water resource planning and implementation for flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, inland navigation, and recreation in the St. Paul District. Snyder also supported emergency operations as a representative of public affairs and management for emergencies, recovery efforts, and disaster planning. Emergency response support includes duty in Puerto Rico, New Orleans, and for the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Snyder has provided Integrated Watershed Resource Management and watershed planning support to the Governments of Korea and Vietnam.
Snyder led the development of the Red River of the North Basin Wide Feasibility Study, which included international coordination. This study included basin wide modeling, data collection, and development of tools and information for local use. Snyder also led the Fargo-Moorhead Metro Feasibility Study to completion. This USD 22.5m study was completed in 36 months and resulted in a USD 1.8bn diversion channel for the communities of Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota. The feasibility study is recognized within the Corps as a model study and the team received the USACE Planning Team of the Year Award for 2011. Snyder supported the Corps national team on implementation of alternative financing and worked as an advisor to other districts interested in implementation of alternative financing.
Anthony Phillips is responsible for the Group’s activities in North America. Phillips has over 15 years’ experience in Infrastructure Investment in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Phillips joined John Laing in 2005 and during this time has been based in London and Sydney where he successfully led John Laing’s entry into the Australia and New Zealand PPP markets prior to relocating to the USA in 2014. Prior to joining John Laing, Phillips qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant and gained 8 years’ experience with KPMG and Grant Thornton. Anthony is on the board of The Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure.
Pete Rahn was appointed Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) by Governor Larry Hogan on January 21, 2015. Rahn is the first person to have led transportation departments in three states. As Transportation Secretary, Rahn oversees a USD 5.1bn annual budget (FY 2018) and leads more than 10,000 employees. MDOT has direct supervision of all aspects of transportation, including the state’s highway, transit and rail networks; toll facilities; motor vehicles; Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.
Prior to his appointment, Rahn was chairman of the New Mexico State Transportation Commission from 2011 to 2015. Rahn served as Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation from 2004 to 2010, when he joined the Kansas City, Mo.-based HNTB construction engineering firm. Rahn was Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department from 1995 to 2002. As a transportation leader in New Mexico and Missouri, Rahn managed billions of dollars in multi-modal transportation investments -- from highways and transit to airports and freight rail -- to create jobs and expand economic development, while focusing on innovation, teamwork, accountability and enhanced communication.
At the national level, Rahn was President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) from 2007 to 2008. In 2017, Rahn was appointed to a two-year term as Chair of AASHTO’s Committee on Funding and Finance. He also has served as a member of AASHTO’s Board of Directors, Chairman of its Standing Committee on Performance Management and Chairman of its Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety. From 2006 to 2010, Rahn served on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board. Since 2015, Rahn has been vice president of the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials (NASTO).
Victoria Taylor has over 14 years of experience in infrastructure finance and environmental engineering related to construction, utilities, and real estate property development. Taylor has extensive experience in infrastructure advisory and implementation of innovative financing solutions, having worked on some of North America and Europe’s leading PPP projects.
In her capacity as a financial advisor and lender with both DEPFA Bank and WestLB, Taylor has been responsible for developing plans of finance, performing credit analysis, negotiating credit agreements, monitoring a portfolio of loans, performing risk assessments, and restructuring troubled loans. Her experience includes delivering financing solutions for complex transactions drawing on diverse funding sources, including bank debt, private activity bonds, TIFIA loans, export credit agency financial products, and complementary derivative products. Victoria’s experience also includes coordinating efforts across multiple disciplines (e.g. legal, technical, engineering, economic, environmental).