2019 Keynote Speakers
2019 Panel Speakers
Dan DeBono is the Chief Infrastructure Funding Officer at the United States Department of Transportation, responsible for oversight of lending and grant programs.
Previously, Dan spent 20 years in private sector finance and investing, first as an investment banker advising some of the world’s largest media and telecommunications companies, and then as an institutional investor where he invested capital on behalf of public pension funds, university endowments, and other institutions. Dan specialized in multi-strategy credit, and invested across industry, including media, telecommunications, energy, materials, and infrastructure. Most recently, he ran a small investment and advisory business in New York.
Dan is a 1990 graduate of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He majored in mathematics. A personal connection to the military events in Panama in December 1989 inspired Dan to volunteer for the US Navy SEALs. Dan completed one overseas tour during the Bosnian War, where he conducted joint training operations with NATO allies, among other things. He also specialized in special warfare submarine operations.
Upon his return to civilian life, and inspired by its great free market and philosophical thinkers, Dan attended the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with High Honors, concentration in finance.
Dan is a native New Yorker.
My professional career has been deeply involved in the financial services industry with such corporations as TIAA-CREF, Met Life, and The Bank of New York. I have held various positions in the financial services field including sales, training and development, administration, product development, customer service and relationship, and management.
My teaching experience as a full-time instructor has been primarily at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey and Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.
My teaching background includes graduate and undergraduate courses in macroeconomics and microeconomics, as well as managerial accounting, financial management, corporate finance, financial institutions and markets, financial statement analysis, portfolio theory, and investment analysis. I received my B.A. in Political Science from Seton Hall University. I also received my M.B.A. in Finance and a graduate certificate in International Business from Seton Hall University. I have a Master’s degree in International Relations from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University. I received my J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark.
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.
Nicholas Hann leads the investment team and is responsible for implementing Canada Infrastructure Bank’s investment strategy and advising on capital deployment and asset management.
Hann has more than 25 years of experience in structuring and financing major infrastructure projects in various countries.
Most recently, as Senior Managing Director of Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., and a member of the senior leadership team, he was involved in all aspects of Macquarie’s North American infrastructure business.
Before joining Macquarie Group in Sydney in 1998, Hann was Project Finance Director for HSBC Investment Bank Asia Limited, based in Hong Kong.
Hann has acted as principal investor, asset manager, consortium bid director, financial advisor, debt arranger and government business advisor on projects in a wide range of infrastructure and industry sectors.
Clive Lipshitz is Managing Partner of Tradewind Interstate Advisors, an advisor to asset owners and asset managers. Lipshitz is also a Guest Scholar in the Infrastructure Finance Initiative at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Lipshitz’s 20+ years of experience in investment management includes nine years at Credit Suisse where he was head of alternative investment strategy and product development. Lipshitz has also held leadership roles at Brookfield and iCapital. Earlier in his career, Lipshitz was a growth capital investor at TDA Capital Partners and in the Office of the Chairman at PaineWebber. He began his career as a CPA at Price Waterhouse. Lipshitz has authored research on the U.S. public pension system and on infrastructure finance and policy at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and at NYU Stern.
Jennifer Aument is President for North America of the international infrastructure developer Transurban and a member of the company’s executive committee. Aument has led the use of public-private partnerships for infrastructure funding in North America, pioneering a number of innovative financing and technology strategies in the development of major transportation projects, including the advancement of more than $4 billion in transportation improvements in Virginia on the 495, 95 and 395 Express Lanes. Prior to joining Transurban, she worked for Bechtel Infrastructure to develop the Washington Metrorail Silver Line. She has also served as a commissioner under three governors for the Virginia Port Authority, which oversees one of the largest shipping enterprises in the United States.
Michael Baird is a Managing Director and the Co-Head of the Higher Education Finance Group in the Municipal Markets Division of RBC Capital Markets. Baird joined the firm in 2003, when he opened their Baltimore investment banking office and started our P3 Higher Education practice. Baird specializes in structuring innovative solutions to meet the specific needs of our higher education clients. Baird has extensive experience financing and refinancing various project-based funding programs, including all types of taxable and tax-exempt, fixed and variable rate structures. Baird has also developed an expertise in structuring project specific programs utilizing such techniques as net lease financing and various privatization models. Some of his clients have included the Texas A&M University System, the University of North Carolina System, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the University System of Maryland, Louisiana State University, the University of Oklahoma, Texas Woman’s University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Colorado, Southern Oregon University, Portland State University, Arizona State University, Eastern New Mexico University, Howard University, University of Akron, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Montclair State University, Rowan University, College of Staten Island, Florida Atlantic University, University of Louisville, Virginia State University, Maryland Economic Development Corporation, Collegiate Housing Foundation, National Campus and Community Development Corporation and Provident Resources Group.
Baird has over 30 years of investment banking experience, including 26 years as a Public Finance Banker. Baird has participated in hundreds of taxable and tax-exempt financings, totaling over $15 billion in aggregate principal amount. Prior to joining RBC Capital Markets, Baird was a member of the Public Finance Groups of Legg Mason Wood Walker, William R. Hough & Co. and Alex. Brown & Sons.
Mac Bell joined Fengate in 2013 and works exclusively on originating and executing infrastructure investments on behalf of our infrastructure funds. He is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities, due diligence, and transaction execution where he leads multi-partner teams through the development and financing of major infrastructure projects. Bell leverages his experience in each of the P3 and power sectors to pursue opportunities in both areas.
Prior to joining Fengate, Bell worked with in the power sector with Vancouver-based developer Plutonic Power (now Alterra Power) and in the mining sector. In these roles he focused on originating, evaluating, structuring and closing power and mining investments, and also oversaw development and construction of a 235 MW run-of-river power project in BC.
Sam Beydoun serves as the Bureau Chief for Innovative Project Delivery at the Illinois Department of Transportation. Beydoun is responsible for establishing and leading the alternative delivery program that includes public-private partnership and design-build delivery methods for delivering transportation infrastructure projects including highway, airports and waterways.
Prior to Joining the Illinois Department of Transportation Beydoun served as the Acting Deputy Director in the Virginia’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships (VAP3) where he had oversight responsibility for multibillion-dollar program in development including design-build and P3 managed lanes projects.
In addition to transportation, Beydoun’s professional experience includes business development and management in financial, information technology and telecommunication sectors.
Michelle Boehm has 25 years of experience in infrastructure and transportation planning and program delivery in both the public and private sectors. An executive with a strong background in policy, strategic planning, innovation, and funding, her expertise in developing regional partnerships and collaborative approaches across both public and private sectors has contributed to the advancement of some of the nations largest infrastructure programs. She has worked frequently and successfully with transportation agencies, cities, counties, and other municipalities, and private businesses to develop and advance regional goals and objectives that contribute to the adaption and/or adoption of land use, transportation and passenger and freight rail policies, goals, and objectives. As the Director of Transportation for the Office of Mayor Garcetti she is focused on transforming regional transportation ahead of the 2028 Olympics and on achieving critical access, equity, safety, and emissions reductions goals. She previously served under two administrations as an executive with the California High Speed Rail Authority where for over six years she directed strategy and project development for 300+ miles of the all electric railroad from Bakersfield to San Diego. Her prior work in transportation and infrastructure in the private sector culminated in her role as Vice President for the Southern California Transportation Practice of an internationally recognized A/E/C firm, where her responsibilities included regional management, strategic planning and executive oversight of client services and project delivery. Boehm was part of the coalition that founded Mobility 21 to pursue solutions to transportation issues in Southern California, and is a former advisory board member, as well as a former Ex-Officio member of the LOSSAN Board of Directors. She currently serves as a Director-at-Large for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar.
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.
Scott Brinkman serves as the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet in Governor Bevin’s administration. In this capacity, he oversees the various Cabinets and is responsible for implementing the Governor’s policies and programs. In his capacity as the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet, Secretary Brinkman also serves as the Chairman of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority, which is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of KentuckyWired, the statewide middle-mile broadband project currently being constructed throughout the Commonwealth.
Secretary Brinkman represented the 32nd legislative district in eastern Jefferson County in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 2001 to 2010, where he served on the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, the Health and Welfare and the Local Government Committees.
Before his appointment as the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet, Secretary Brinkman practiced law in Louisville for 35 years, most recently with the law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden. He specialized in corporate, real estate and public finance law during his legal career.
Scott Brinkman has also been involved in a number of civic and charitable activities including having served as the Chair of the Kentucky Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders. He currently serves on the Applied Behavior Analyst Licensure Board as well as on the Board of the Waterfront Development Corporation.
Secretary Brinkman is a 1977 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1980 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He and his wife Donna reside in Louisville. They have three children.
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.
Duane Callender manages the Credit Programs Office within the Build America Bureau which houses the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) credit program and the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) credit program. Callender directs a staff responsible for all aspects of underwriting, portfolio monitoring and risk management. Callender oversees a portfolio that encompasses over USD 28bn in Federal credit assistance to intermodal, highway, transit and rail projects totaling more than USD 92bn of infrastructure investment in the U.S. Prior to his current position he held positions in DOT’s Office of Budget and Programs; where he was responsible for oversight of the Maritime Administration budget; in DOT’s Inspector General’s Office and the Budget Office of the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department.
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.
Rick Cosgrove is a partner in Chapman's Banking and FinancialServices Department and a member of the Public and Institutional Banking &Finance Group. Cosgrove also served as the firm’s Chief Executive Partner from2002 until 2010. Cosgrove’s practice is focused in the areas of commerciallending, credit enhancement, public finance, project finance, structuredfinance, leasing, derivative products and capital markets activities of bankinginstitutions. Cosgrove has been practicing law since 1977 when he joined Chapman.
Cosgrove has extensive experience in the representation ofdomestic and foreign banking institutions and leasing companies in a widevariety of financial transactions, including commercial lending, creditenhancement, project finance, public-private partnership finance, derivativeproducts, leasing, tax-exempt asset securitization and other structured debtfinancings.
Francisco Del Pozo joined Macquarie Capital’s Infrastructure team as a Senior Vice President in 2011. Del Pozo has experience in the development, design, construction, operation and financing of infrastructures, both in the Greenfield and Brownfield with a focus on the Transportation sector.
During the last 5 years, Del Pozo has worked on a wide variety of high-profile infrastructure PPPs and M&A transactions in the US and Canada and he has been involved in marquee transactions as the Goethals Bridge Replacement project.
Prior to joining Macquarie, Del Pozo worked for over ten years in the construction industry for Acciona and Dragados in four different countries. In his immediate prior role with Dragados Del Pozo was a project manager in the East Side Access Project, one of largest mass transit ventures in the US.
Trevor D’Olier-Lees is a Senior Director at S&P Global Infrastructure Ratings. Areas of analytical leadership include; new analytical developments such as project finance, securitization, rooftop solar securitization, emerging markets, infrastructure as an asset class, bundling structures, credit enhancements and public private partnerships & renewables.
Jake Falk represents clientsin the development and financing of infrastructure projects in the UnitedStates and abroad. Falk practice focuses on structuring and negotiatingconcession, development and financing arrangements for new projects andthe refinancing or acquisition of existing facilities.
Falk served in the Office ofthe US Secretary of Transportation as the Director of the Office ofInfrastructure Finance & Innovation where he advised on matters related totransportation financing, including public-private partnerships. At the USDepartment of Transportation (USDOT) Falk was involved in the development andadministration of innovative credit assistance and grant programs, such as theTIFIA, PABs, and TIGER programs.
Dr. Morteza Farajian was recently appointed as executive director of the Build America Bureau at USDOT (the Bureau). He is responsible for credit programs and loan guarantees to support development of large-scale and multimodal transportation infrastructure. The Bureau also promotes innovative project financing solutions and helps state and local governments develop and finance P3 transactions for transportation facilities.
Prior to this position, Dr. Farajian was serving as acting Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Director of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Office in Virginia. Over a period of 7 years, he led procurement, financing and contract negotiation of multiple multi-modal transportation projects totaling $10 billion in value. Under his leadership, the P3 program in Virginia was reformed to promote competition, engage stakeholders and increases accountability. He established the first strategic program to manage a portfolio of P3 contracts post-procurement totaling $14 billion in project value.
Dr. Farajian is also an entrepreneur who has co-founded a crowd-financing platform that provides local and small investors the opportunity to invest in infrastructure projects as equity or subordinate debt.
Dr. Farajian has received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Project Management from University of Maryland. He also has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He currently serves as a board member on ARTBA’s P3 Division and TRB’s Revenue and Finance committee.
Evan Feinman is the Executive Director of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and Governor Northam’s Chief Broadband Advisor. Feinman previously served as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, and as the Policy Director for the McAuliffe campaign. Feinman has worked on multiple transition teams and campaigns at the state and federal level, and at the Commonwealth Institute, a budget and fiscal policy think tank in Richmond.
Douglas Fried is Norton Rose Fulbright's US Head of Infrastructure, Mining and Commodities. Fried’s practice focuses on the representation of sponsors, equity investors and lenders in connection with transportation, infrastructure and energy projects.
Fried has been involved in projects in the United States, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Fried’s practice includes the representation of such entities in connection with the development and financing of new projects, public-private partnerships, the privatization of existing assets, the workout and restructuring of troubled projects, companies and transactions, and sales and acquisitions.
Justin Ginsburgh is Director of JFK Infrastructure Strategy and Development at JetBlue, where he is leading the airline's effort to develop a USD 3bn new world-class terminal at JFK airport.
Prior to JetBlue, Ginsburgh was also a co-founder of Citi Bike and an associate at Goldman Sachs, Urban Investment Group, where he worked on economic development and real estate projects across the United States. Ginsburgh also previously served as Chief of Staff at Empire State Development, New York State’s economic development agency.
Sandeep Gopalan joined Macquarie in 2007 and has worked in PPP andtransportation infrastructure financing for over eleven years. During thistime, Gopalan has developed, advised and closed on a number of largeinfrastructure P3 projects including I-595 and Port of Miami Tunnel in Florida,the Midtown Tunnel in Virginia, the Goethals Bridge in NY / NJ and the Central70 in Colorado. Prior to Macquarie, Gopalan was a financial analyst at Dresdner KleinwortWasserstein in their industrials M&A group providing financial andstrategic advice to private sector clients.
Quynh Tran is Executive Director and Co-Head of North American Infrastructure Finance at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (“SMBC”), with over 16 years of project finance experience in the infrastructure sector. SMBC’s North American infrastructure platform serves the debt financing needs of sponsors with investments in the transport, telecommunications, water/wastewater, social infrastructure and core-plus sectors. With increasing activity in the digital infrastructure space, Quynh has been very active in building out SMBC’s coverage of that sub-sector. In addition to traditional bank lending in project finance/acquisition finance/holdcos, SMBC, through its SMBC Nikko affiliate, also provides investment banking services, financial advisory, project bond underwriting, municipal bond underwriting and private placements to sponsors.
Prior to SMBC, Quynh was an investment banking associate at Robertson Stephens where she specialized in M&A and corporate finance in the retail and “e-tail” sectors.
Quynh earned a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Quynh holds Series 79 (Investment Banking Representative), Series 63 (State Securities) and Series 52 (Municipal Securities Representative) licenses.
City of Chula Vista City Manager, Gary Halbert, is a certified planner and licensed engineer. He has over 35 years of experience in local government and has held management positions in city planning, transportation engineering and development services.
Halbert holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Science from the University of California at San Diego and a Masters in Public Administration from San Diego State University. At SDSU, he was a recipient of the John Fowler Scholarship and Graduate Student of the Year. Gary is the Past Director of the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s University Development and Innovation Council.
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.
Steve Hamilton is a Senior Manager at Deloitte Advisory in the Infrastructure & Capital Projects (I&CP) Practice. He has more than 15 years of experience providing market assessment, strategic planning, and economic/financial feasibility assessments for large-scale economic development and infrastructure projects worldwide.
He is an experienced project manager,market assessment, and transactions specialist (PPPs) on projects for U.S.public sector agencies (Federal, state, local), private real estate developers/operators, and foreign governments. He has worked in 17 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, as well as the United States and Mexico.
Steve is focused on urban development and Smart Cities at Deloitte, including new funding/financing approaches and value capture strategies that enable public-private collaboration in project development. Steve recently helped lead Deloitte’s work with the World Bank Group’s Cities Resilience Program (CRP) in global cities, which focuses on developing a pipeline of “bankable” resilient infrastructure projects and catalyzing private sector investment.
His writing on funding/financing in cities has been featured in the Journal of Government Financial Management, Devex, and other venues. He frequently appears as a speaker and panellist.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Steve worked for AECOM, a fortune 500 professional services company. Steve received his Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
John Hibbard is the Operations Division Director for Georgia DOT. Hibbard’s responsibilities include the oversight and direction of the State Maintenance Office, the State Utilities Office, the Office of Traffic Operations, and the Office of Transportation Data. Hibbard’s 30-year career includes stops at PBS&J/Atkins, TransCore, Cobb DOT, and started with Kimley-Horn in Dallas in the mid-1980’s.
Bryan Kendro joined Star America Infrastructure Partners in January 2016 and is responsible for project development efforts, identifying investment opportunities and establishing strategic relationships with public sector clients and potential bid partners. Kendro’s public sector experience and relationships help position Star America for success on many of its project pursuits and manage client relationships after project award.
Prior to Star America, Kendro was the Director of P3 and Policy at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation where he successfully developed and reached close on the Commonwealth’s early P3 projects, including the USD 1bn Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Kendro is a P3 Division Board Member for The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and an active member of The Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI), where he volunteers his time to educate public officials, contractors and engineers on the benefits of the P3 delivery model.
Mr. Kusha is Plenary Group’s Group Head for Project Development and Partnering in North America. In this role, he has authority for project development across Civil and Social sectors. He is responsible for identification and assessment of new opportunities, as well as interaction with owner authorities. He positions Plenary with appropriate project sponsors and selects partners through leveraging industry relationships.
Prior to joining Plenary, Sia served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of AECOM’s Design and Consulting Services Integrated Delivery group in the Americas. In his role, he was the firm’s Chief Strategy and Development officer for P3 and DB projects in the continent.
A thirty seven-year veteran of the industry, Sia is a highly experienced program and project executive who has delivered a variety of infrastructure programs for a diverse range of public and private clients. He has been instrumental in Integrated Delivery policy development in United States and has helped public owners develop design-build and P3 legislation, programs, project pipelines and procurement processes in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia.
Mr. Kusha is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Madison, with degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in FL, GA, NC, WI, MN, and AZ.
Tara Mackay’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular emphasis on major capital projects, including public-private partnerships (PPP) and alternative financing and procurement (AFP) projects. Mackay represents private developers, public authorities, lenders, construction contractors and service providers in all aspects of the implementation of large-scale infrastructure and similar projects.
Allan Marks represents developers, investors and lenders in the development, acquisition and financing of complex infrastructure projects, with special expertise in the energy, transportation and water sectors. Marks structures innovative commercial transactions and leads project financings, acquisitions, restructurings, securities offerings and private placements for a variety of sophisticated institutional clients throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Jeffrey Mathews is a Director within Barclays’ Investment Banking group focusing on energy, power and infrastructure asset transactions across multiple sub-sectors
13 years of banking experience in M&A, project advisory, leveraged finance and project finance for sponsor, corporate and government clients.
Expertise across multiple infrastructure sectors, including power, renewables, transportation, natural resources, telecom, water, and PPP/concession-structured assets (core, core-plus and value-add transaction types).
Recent successful deal experience includes advising on Ravenhall Mental Health Facility, Anemoi Wind Portfolio, Brooklyn Navy Yards Cogeneration, OSU Energy, Northwest Parkway, Central 70, Paine Field Airport and the LGA CTB Project.
Mr. Mathews is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and holds FINRA 79, 63 and 52 licenses
John Medina is a Vice President in Moody’s Global Project and Infrastructure Finance Team covering a diverse portfolio of municipal infrastructure issuers in the public power, toll road and port sectors, as well as project financings for stadiums and toll roads. He also actively leads new project rating assignments on bids in the growing US public-private partnership market. Before joining the Infrastructure and Project Finance Team, Medina spent two and a half years as a lead analyst for municipal issuers in the Eastern Regional Ratings Team where he was the lead for municipal credits in Pennsylvania and New York and also covered credits in New Jersey, Virginia, and Florida. Prior to joining Moody’s, John worked as a risk management analyst, a property and casualty insurance account manager, and a health care claims auditor. Medina is engaged in Moody’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts as a founding member of Moody’s Multicultural and LGBTA Employee Resource Groups and remains on the steering committee member of Moody’s LGBTA Employee Resource Group. Medina also represents Moody’s on OPEN Finance, a forum of over 30 financial institution’s LGBT employee resource groups.
Andrej Micovic brings a disciplined approach to project development and finance based on his extensive experience working on complex P3 and privately-owned projects in the U.S., across Latin America and elsewhere. With a strong background in project finance, he routinely represents financial sponsors and developers in projects that rely on both public and private funding sources and across a variety of sectors—from transportation to renewable energy to social infrastructure. Andrej has represented financial sponsors on significant P3 projects in the U.S., including the I-4 managed lanes project in Florida, the Goethals Bridge replacement project in New York/New Jersey, and the Pennsylvania rapid bridge replacement project. His experience outside of the U.S. includes the representation of a Mexican toll road concessionaire on the restructuring of their initial project financing and subsequent capital works facilities, the representation of the lenders on a 4G road project in Colombia and the representation of the financial sponsors in the project financing of phased solar parks in El Salvador. He is an active speaker and author in the P3arena, and recently held a training workshop on international best practices inP3 procurement for Guatemala’s P3 agency. Andrej has a bachelor's in business administration, economics and legal studies from the University of Miami. Heobtained his J.D. from Cornell University
Erin Milligan has a diverse leadership and business background which includes top operational and Board level roles in start-ups, growth stage companies, not-for-profit organizations, and large for-profit enterprises. For the last 15 years, Milligan has worked to invest in and build companies with disruptive technologies and business models. Several of these companies have been in the automotive industry and Milligan has served as interim CEO,consultant to the office of CEO, investor, and Board member.
Milligan has significant C-level management consulting expertise with Fortune 1000 companies and was a Worldwide Partner and Executive Compensation and Human Capital Practice Leader at Mercer, one of the world’s largest global consulting firms. Milligan is a firm believer in innovation and loves to build organizations based on the talents of its team members. Milligan has formed P3 Mobility with that objective in mind.
Dolly Mirchandani’s practice focuses on infrastructure(including public private partnerships and energy) projects, reflecting 20years of experience working on some of the most significant deals in thesector. Mirchandani represents sponsors, infrastructure funds, commercialbanks, institutional lenders, contractors, secondary market investors andgovernments in the tender and acquisition of greenfield and brownfieldinfrastructure projects. Mirchandani’s breadth of practice allows her toanticipate concerns, propose solutions and promote agreement. Mirchandani hasplayed a leading role in the introduction of private investment and finance inthe infrastructure sector in North America, having advised on multiple,award-winning transactions, including ones that were first-of-their-kind.
Industrypress consistently recognizes Mirchandani as a leading lawyer for PPPs andother infrastructure projects. Mirchandani is highly ranked in Chambers USA andLegal 500 and was recognized in 2013 as one of Law360's "RisingStars" list of top project finance partners under 40.
Bryan Nicol serves as Managing Director with Deloitte’s Infrastructure & Capital Projects team. For more than 30 years, Bryan has served as a thought leader in public and private sector transportation.
Bryan has spent his career creating and leading innovative transportation projects and programs. A strategic adviser and trusted advocate, Bryan’s imagination and vision have helped win and deliver more than $25 Billion in transportation programs and projects.
Bryan’s expertise includes public and private business operations, consulting services, program management,advisory services, financial, technology and strategy leadership.
Bryan’s experience spans a broad range of senior management and client service roles including business operator, industry adviser, client account lead, business development leader,strategic management consultant, sales, marketing and delivery executive roles.
A former Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Bryan led INDOT and the Indiana Toll Road during his 18 years of public service for the state of Indiana. Additionally, Bryan served as a Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor.
Bryan was elected by his state DOT peers as Vice-President and President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials(AASHTO).
As INDOT Commissioner, Bryan led the nationally acclaimed Hyper fix 65/70 project - closing two interstates in downtown Indianapolis. The award winning Hyper fix project rehabilitated 33 bridges and 35 lanes miles of pavement in a record 55 days.
Bryan currently serves as planning and design division board member to American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and is a former Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) advisory board member.
Liliana Ortega is a Vice President at Parsons Corporation, a digitally enabled solutions provider in the defense, security, and infrastructure markets with annual revenues exceeding $3 billion.
In her role as Project Development and Equity Bid Director for Parsons Enterprises, the corporation’s entity focused on the development, delivery, financing, and management of essential public infrastructure assets under long-term public-private partnerships (P3s), Ortega is responsible for identifying investment opportunities, formulating strategy for each pursuit, team building, and managing procurement and bids.
Ortega has more than 12 years of experience in infrastructure project development, delivery, construction and management, with a focus on P3s.
In her previous role, Ortega oversaw Balfour Beatty’s P3 pursuits in the U.S. social infrastructure and transportation sectors. She previously served as a quality assurance officer for both the Skyway Concession Company and the and Indiana Toll Road Concession Company, and as project manager at ACS- Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras for the European and Canadian P3 markets.
Colin Peppard is Manager for Outreach and Strategic Relationships with the Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI) at LA Metro. Peppard manages the agency’s Unsolicited Proposal Process, a tool used to develop public-private partnerships around Metro’s individual project plans, and explores how emerging technologies could improve and expand Metro’s service.
Previously, Peppard served as a policy advisor and senior legislative aide for U.S. Senator Thomas R.Carper, of Delaware, where he oversaw policy development and legislative strategy. Peppard helped to negotiate two federal transportation bills, and took a lead role in drafting several provisions to facilitate capital financing of public infrastructure. Before he began with Senator Carper, Peppard was the Deputy Director of Federal Transportation Policy with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where he focused on advancing policies and projects with mutual mobility and environmental benefits.
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.
Michael Pikiel represents sponsors, developers, investors,lenders, and underwriters in a wide range of projects and complex finance transactions, including project financings and acquisition financings. He also has significant experience with public-private partnerships (PPP).
Pikiel was selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow for the Class of 2015-2016 by the Partnership for New York City, an organization comprised of New York City’s chief executives from the city’s largest private sector employers that is focused on business and corporate civic engagement and leadership.
Pikiel is a member of the US Branch Council of the International Project Finance Association (IPFA).
Lorne Potash is a Managing Director at Assured Guaranty based in New York where he is responsible for its Project Finance/Infrastructure business across the Americas. With wide ranging experience, his transactions involve U.S. transportation and social infrastructure projects including insuring USD 412m of bonds for the LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment Project in 2016. Potash joined Assured Guaranty in 2006. Prior to joining Assured Guaranty Potash was with Ambac, Andersen Corporate Finance and Arthur Andersen in various capacities.
Potash has been involved in the financial markets for over 25 years. Potash is a CFA charter holder, Certified Public Accountant and member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and Municipal Analysts Group of New York.
Anne Rabin leads HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions development activities in the US. Rabin brings over 35 years of experience in executing infrastructure transactions in North and South America. Rabin has participated in a wide range of notable financings in a variety of capacities over her career, including as an investor, lender and advisor. Rabin was the equity lead for HOCHTIEF for the LAWA’s APM pursuit and now sits on the Project’s Board of Directors. Rabin is also a board member for the past seven years for the Presidio Parkway Project Company.
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).
As ‘Vice Chancellor – Business Affairs’, Phillip is responsible for real estate development, Facilities Planning & Construction, fiscal affairs, ‘Public-Private Partnerships’ (P3), as well as airport operations for The Texas A&M University System. During his time as Vice Chancellor, Phillip has overseen approx. $4B+ in construction (to include the $485M renovation of Kyle Field), negotiated in excess of twenty P3 projects, and generated in excess of $1.5B via new revenue streams, operational efficiencies, and cost avoidance initiatives to date on behalf of The Texas A&M System.
Phillip earned a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1987 and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in 1991. He went on to study at the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University in 2004, the Executive Leadership and Management Institute at Stanford University in 2006, and the Governor’s Executive Development Program through the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in 2008.
Phillip was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2017.
Kent Rowey is a partner in the Projects, Energy & Infrastructure practice and is based in New York. Rowey represents investors, credit providers, contractors, public sector entities and other participants in infrastructure transactions across all asset classes. His global experience is unique among infrastructure lawyers. Rowey has been involved in major infrastructure financings in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including many first-of-their-kind transactions. He has played a leading role in the development of private finance in the transportation infrastructure sector in North America, having successfully closed many transactions now considered templates for infrastructure finance. He has been involved in the financial closing of more than 100 infrastructure and natural resources transactions worldwide.
Frank joined GDC in August 2017 as Interim Finance Director and became Interim Executive Director in February 2019. GDC was established in 2016 to oversee and deliver the Gateway Program, with support from its partners, Amtrak, NJ Transit,the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the states of New Jersey and New York.
Prior to GDC, Frank was with Société Générale for 23 years, and for the last several years was the head of Société Générale’s infrastructure financing team for the Americas.
Frank has been at the forefront of the development of the public private partnership(PPP) market in North America, having structured financing on several landmark infrastructure projects including airports, water, roads, and transit. In the New York area, Frank worked on the P3 structure for La Guardia Airport Termina lB.
He has been involved in numerous PPP transactions in the US market, either as an advisor to bidders or as a lender, and has advised on financing involving banks, private activity bonds, and taxable bonds. Frank’s formal qualifications include both commerce and law degrees from the University of Melbourne.
Avi Schwartz is a Principal in Deloitte Advisory and leads Transportation & Infrastructure for Government. Avi has over 20 years of experience working in the construction industry helping organizations gain confidence in project selection, finance and execution. Avi maintains a special focus on large-scale public-sector construction and infrastructure projects, integrating best practices from public, private and global entities so that government projects can be built better.
Alex Sherling serves as the Managing Director of Treasury at CoreCivic where he is responsible for valuing transactions and raising capital. Prior to joining CoreCivic, Mr. Sherling served as a Finance Director at AutoZone where he oversaw the international strategic and financial planning team. He began his career with the advisory practice at Ernst & Young. Mr. Sherling earned his International MBA from the Moore School of Business, including Masters Studies at ESCP Europe in Paris France and Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.
With over 18 years in the real estate industry, including more than 12 years in student housing, Josh Smith has been instrumental in the development, financing, and asset management of privatized student housing projects across the country. As Senior Vice President, he has overall responsibility for negotiating, financing, and closing all public-private partnership projects for the company. With his proven track record in numerous types of partnership structures, Josh customizes financing solutions to each client to execute building and renovation plans for administrative space, academic buildings, laboratories,athletic facilities, wellness centers, and student housing, leading the process from project inception to financial close. Prior to joining the Company, Josh served as Vice President of Development for Collegiate Companies, a turnkey real estate services company specializing in student housing, where he was responsible for business development, real estate development, and project management. He also worked as Director of Development and Leasing for Jackson Development, where he oversaw the development, leasing, and asset management of shopping centers, offices, and mixed-use developments. Josh is actively involved in NACUBO and serves on the Apartments Committee and Program Planning Committee for ACUHO-I. Josh holds a BS in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and MS in Real Estate from UT Arlington.
Carlos Ugarte Cruz-Coke joined Cintra as CFO of Chile in 1998. In this role, he successfully implemented the Holding Company that developed, operated, maintained and financed Cintra’s recently awarded Chilean concessions (four toll roads with more than 600 miles, and one airport).
Ugarte Cruz-Coke was appointed Head of Corporate and Business Development North America in 2006, in this position, he was instrumental with Cintra’s successful entrance into the US Manage Lanes business, with the successful award and later implementation of NTE Express Lanes, NTE West, and LBJ Express Lanes.
In 2010 Ugarte Cruz-Coke was appointed Global Head of Corporate and Business Development. In this position, he has focused on expanding Cintra’ leadership position in the US Managed Lanes Business, with the effective award of I-77 Express Lanes and I-66 Express Lanes, and in the successful entrance of new markets for Cintra like Australia.
Ugarte Cruz-Coke began his PPP career at the Treasury Ministry of Chile in 1986. In this role, he helped structure and pass Chile’s first PPP law, and then led the implementation of the first international procurement for a PPP in Chile (Santiago International Airport PPP). Today, Chile’s PPP business account to more than 12 billion of infrastructure investment, and there are more than 70 outstanding and successful PPP in Toll Roads, Airports, Ports, etc.
Darcy Wilson currently serves as a Senior Vice President in Oaktree’s Infrastructure Investing Strategy, having joined Oaktree from Highstar Capital in 2014. Wilson is responsible for identifying and evaluating investments for Oaktree’s dedicated US Transportation Infrastructure Fund. Wilson currently serves as the sector head of the fund’s Land sector and is responsible for leading a number of the fund’s aviation investment pursuits. Wilson currently serves on the Board of American Corporate Airport Partners and Crowd Vision Ltd. Prior to joining Highstar, Wilson was an investment banking analyst in J.P. Morgan’s Energy Group based in New York City.
Shawn Wilson was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) by Governor John Bel Edwards on January 11, 2016 after more than 10 years of executive service at DOTD.
Since his appointment, Wilson has been a tireless advocate for new revenue, maximizing Federal dollars available to Louisiana, advancing a balanced and comprehensive transportation policy for Louisiana, and ensuring the Department is more collaborative in its work at every level.
Under his leadership, DOTD was successful at securing and obligating nearly USD 150m additional Federal dollars for I-10 widening from I-49 to New Orleans, for the Baton Rouge I-10 bottleneck, and for the shortest Design Build procurement in the state’s history is underway to widen I-10 from Highland Road to LA 73. In addition, under his leadership, DOTD has been able to assist communities with alternative fueled transit assets, focus efforts on advancing passenger rail, and helping launch bike share in Baton Rouge, LA.
The DOTD has turned its focus to procuring USD 650m in GARVEE Bonds for two Design Build Projects, a major Urban Interstate Reconstruction and the state’s first Public Private Partnership.