A leading advisor to clients across the European and North American infrastructure markets, Mr. Bath has more than 15 years of experience in providing strategic and financial advisory services on some of the sector’s most high-profile and historic projects. With a specialization in transportation infrastructure, his combined transaction value of roughly $30 billion includes advising on buy and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, project and leveraged financings, private placements and restructurings for private equity, infrastructure funds, corporate and municipal clients.
Before joining PJ SOLOMON, Mr. Bath served as a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Infrastructure Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets, which he joined in 2005. While at RBC, he assisted in establishing the firm’s U.S. Infrastructure Group and was appointed Group Head in 2011.
Mr. Bath received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Nottingham Trent, England.
Tom Cain founded SP in 2014. Due to initial successes, BlackRock(NYSE:BLK) purchased majority interests in 2016. SP completed their first major government contracts in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California by 2018 and private contracts in Colorado, Wisconsin, California and Arizona by 2016.
From 2002 to 2014, Tom Cain was Founder and Managing Partner of two CleanTech venture capital firms (SAIL Ventures and EFW Partners) with over $200M in discretionary funds. Cain was the primary partner to source and govern the energy storage, renewable energy, motor, media, transportation and energy efficiency investments.
Prior to his venture capital period, Cain did a successful acquisition & turnaround of failing Evans Systems (NASDAQ: EVSI), a Texas based distressed oil and gas business. A spin-off of this was restoring mothballed fuel terminals on the gulf intracoastal, from which he founded Starco Energy. Quintana Corp purchased Starco in 2006.
Cain started his career as a technologist and at 22, he founded Distribution Architects International, a supply chain and enterprise resources planning (ERP) software firm. The firm was acquired by Frontstep Corp (NASDAQ:FSTP) in 1999, with Cain becoming Executive Chairman of the acquisition corp. Frontstep was then acquired by Mapics (NASDAQ:MAPX) in 2003, then Infor acquired Mapics in 2005 at which time Cain retired from his chairman role. During Cain’s tenure, the firm he stewarded had grown to 4,500 customers in 70 countries with a staff of 1,200 and $172M in revenues. Over the years Cain received many awards for innovative software breakthroughs and spoke globally as notable entrepreneur.
Cain holds patents in advanced ECM motor design and music tablature in commercial use today. As a young mathematician, Cain worked on the mathematics behind the theta-pinch toroidal plasma stabilization effort to control thermonuclear fusion for direct generation of electricity under the polymath, James Tuck, at Los Alamos Labs. While no solution was found, nor has been, the experience did seed Cain’s lifetime passion for energy, water and the global ecosystem.
Cain, a member of WPO/YPO, founded the YPO Global Supply Chain Conference, was chairman of the MIT Presidents Education, and group led the HBS Presidents Education. He has served as a board of director on over 30 public and private businesses. In 2008, Cain authored Best Practices for Energy Venture Capital with Innovation: Finding New Frontiers in Energy Investing. Cain is an alumnus of ASU with undergraduate and graduate studies in mathematics.
Steven R. Chanen
President & CEO, Chanen Construction Company, Inc.
Mr. Chanen is the president and Chief Executive Officer of Chanen Construction Company, Inc., a 64-year old leader in the construction industry. The company is ranked one of the largest five builders in the Southwest US and one of the 400 largest builders in the nation according to Engineering News Record. For more than a half century Chanen has built projects that serve the lives of people and shape the look of cities; true landmarks of construction excellence. Significant projects include: Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (Terminals 2 and 4, Runway 3 and Arizona Air National Guard), $4.2 Billion University of North Carolina Program of Bond and Non-bond Projects (16 campuses statewide); $450M Talking Stick Resort (Scottsdale, AZ); Univision Channel 33 Television Study; $94M Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse (Las Vegas, NV) and the Midwestern University campuses in Downers Grove, IL and Glendale, AZ.
Francis T. Corcoran most recently was the President and Chief Administrative Officer the National Stock Exchange, Inc. (NSX), joining after consulting to the CBOE Stock Exchange on its acquisition of the NSX, until its sale in February 2015. Mr. Corcoran has been working in the financial/capital markets arena for more than 30 years. He has been active on the forefront of businesses that have significantly impacted the capital markets.
Mr. Corcoran was an Owner, Officer and Board Director of Institutional Shareholders Services – the largest Corporate Governance Advisory firm in the world. He is a former Member of the Board of Directors for the Securities Industry Association (SIA) New York Chapter and was a Member of the Congressional Financial Services Advisory for the Chairman of the Financial Services Oversight Committee. He is a Member of the Securities Trader Association and The National Corporate Directors Association.
The Honorable Francis T. Corcoran was a Westchester County Legislator from 2015 to 2018 and served as Chairman for the Committee on Environment & Health and was Vice-Chairman for Infrastructure and a Member of the Budget & Appropriations, Public Safety and Social Services and Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing and Energy & Regional Efficiencies Committees. He was one of three Legislators making-up the Westchester County Airport Task Force, charged with overseeing the public/private partnership process. Prior to the County, he was a Town Councilman for The Town of Bedford for 13 years.
As active participant in both local and state government, he is one of the three outside Directors on the Board for the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC). The EFC is one of the largest issuers of public debt ($20+ billion) in the Country and provides low-cost financing for local wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. EFC invests more than $1 billion each year in water-quality improvements through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund – the largest and most-active revolving loans funds in the nation – along with its award-winning Green Innovation Grant Program. At the EFC he is Chairman of the Finance Committee and a Member of the Audit and the Corporate Governance Committees. He has served four Governors in this role.
As a Member of the Management Advisory Board to the Inspector General of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, he has served as the Acting Board Chairman since 2003 and has also served four Governors in this role. The Office of the Inspector General is an independent oversight agency, which reviews the operations of the MTA, and its constituent agencies, comprising of 650,000 employees and operating in three states. He is a Board Member of the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council and the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA.
Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board of Insight Enterprises
Tim Crown is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Insight Enterprises. The company, whose investments included engineering mobile technology, has affiliations with 22 countries with more than 5000 employees and $5 billion in annual revenue. Among his many accomplishments, he is also Partner of AZ Crown Investments. As the son of a military officer, Crown efficiently oversees a wide range of investments with a keen eye towards limited risks, high returns and strategic planning.
Crown was also the Chairman and Founder of Direct Alliance Corporation which is one of the largest onshore sales outsourcing companies in the technology industry. Insight sold Direct Alliance in 2006.
Demetrios Diakolios is a member of the Advisory Board of Sciens Capital, a multi-billion USD asset management firm. He works in the Real Asset investing platform with a concentration on energy related businesses focusing on midstream, processing and storage assets. Mr. Diakolios is the founding member of Monolith Energy Management, which through its portfolio company Aduro Resources produces oil and gas out of the Montney Formation in British Columbia. Prior to this he was a Portfolio Manager for Energy with Caxton Associates where he managed a $200 million USD book in liquid investments. In addition, he worked for 12 years with the Louis Dreyfus Group of companies where he helped build the energy trading and infrastructure businesses including running the hedging program for the Wilhelmshaven Refinery for both crude and products. He began his career at Credit Suisse First Boston where he traded foreign currencies and precious metals and their associated derivatives.
Tom Florence is CEO of 361 Capital, approximately a $2 billion asset manager focused on alternative investing. He has over 33 years of experience in the financial services industry and 15 years dedicated to alternative investing. Over his career, he has been directly or indirectly responsible for raising over $30 billion in investor capital. 361 is partnering with SP to launch an infrastructure and impact investing fund to be launched in March.
Jim has 31 years of Investment Banking experience, most recently as Chairman Capital Markets for Barclays. Prior to that role Jim ran the Global Debt Capital Markets business for Barclays from 2008 to 2016 and was a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee. Jim also served as head of US Investment Banking for Barclays prior to the integration of Lehman. Prior to joining Barclays in 2001 Jim spent 14 years at Morgan Stanley in Capital Markets and fixed income sales.
Jim has an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Lafayette College.
Gary Goldstein is a founder and Group CEO of Whitney Partners, one of the most respected global executive research firms specializing in the financial services industry. He has extensive experience in human resources recruitment within all areas of the financial services industry ranging from experts in equity markets to infrastructure banking specialists. His advice has been sought by leading news organizations including CNN’s “Moneyline,” CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, USA Today, the New York Times as well as national magazines. He has also served as an expert witness in a number of arbitrations related to compensation and other matters of employment in the securities business.
He has also been the architect of mergers between mid-market banks and clients seeking partnerships. Prior to Whitney Partners, he was also a founder, chairman and CEO of a public human resource staffing and consulting company as well as on the audit and consulting staffs of Arthur Andersen & Co. in New York.
Pete Higgins is a founding partner of Second Avenue Partners, one of Seattle’s most experienced teams providing management, strategy and capital to early-stage companies.
Prior to founding Second Avenue Partners, Mr. Higgins spent 16 years at Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Higgins was a member of the Office of the President, reporting to CEO Bill Gates. He was group vice president of the Interactive Media Group at Microsoft from 1996 to 1998. As head of the Interactive Media Group, he was responsible for Microsoft’s online, consumer software, and hardware businesses.
Mr. Higgins joined Microsoft in 1983. From 1995 to 1996, he was group vice president of Applications and Content, responsible for Microsoft Office consumer and online applications. From 1992 to 1995, he was senior vice president of the Desktop Applications division, where he was responsible for developing, marketing and localizing Microsoft Office. From 1988 to 1992, he was general manager and then vice president of the Analysis Business Unit, leading the rise of Microsoft Excel to the leadership position in the personal computer spreadsheet market.
Mr. Higgins is the chairman of SEEQ Corporation and a director of WISErg Corp. He is the former chairman of Market Leader (OTC: LEDR), Insitu Corporation, Modumetal, and director of ADIC Corp.
Mr. Higgins serves on the board of trustees for The Brookings Institution and the advisory boards for the Woods Institute for the Environment, and Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, and the Stanford Athletics Board.
Christopher Johnson is the Managing Member of Johnson Advisors LLC, a financial consulting firm. Mr. Johnson was the Founder and Managing Partner of Finitive LLC, a financial technology platform which enables institutional investors to access a multi-trillion-dollar market that encompasses a broad spectrum of non-bank lending sectors, including specialty finance, online lending, marketplace lending, and private credit funds. Mr. Johnson served as a Managing Director of Prospect Capital Management L.P., where he led the online lending investment initiatives of the firm. Prior to Prospect, Mr. Johnson was Vice Chairman and Head of Capital Markets Practice at Berenson and Company, Inc. He spent nine years at Deutsche Bank Securities in various roles, including Head of the Restructuring Advisory Group, Co-head of Global Media Investment Banking, and Co-head of Telecom Americas Coverage. Mr. Johnson worked at Merrill Lynch for fifteen years, including positions as Co-head and Chairman of the Global Leveraged Finance Group.
He has an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, and a B.S. (cum laude) from Washington and Lee University; at the Darden School, he received the William Michael Shermet award for academic excellence. Prior to receiving his MBA, Mr. Johnson served as a Lieutenant (USN) in the United States Navy.
Senior Managing Director at Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)
Chief Operating Officer of Venerable Holdings, Inc.
Cynthia Meyn is the Chief Operating Officer of Venerable Holdings, Inc., a newly formed private company that acquires and scales variable annuity blocks of business. Cynthia has been in this role since January of 2018. From 2008- December 2017, Cynthia served as Executive Vice President and head of Investment Operations at PIMCO. From 2006 – 2008, Cynthia served as Managing Director of North American Operations for Morgan Stanley Investment Management. From 2000 – 2006, Cynthia served as global co-director of Fixed Income and Derivatives Technology at AllianceBernstein. Before this, Cynthia held leadership roles as Managing Director of Global Fixed Income Technology at Cantor Fitzgerald; Chief Technology Officer and Chief Risk Officer at Mizuho Capital Markets; and Vice President of Derivatives Technology at Lehman Brothers. Cynthia started her career at Morgan Stanley in 1985 within both the Technology and Controllers & Accounting departments supporting the derivatives product business. Cynthia has 33 years of investment operations, technology and risk management leadership experience within financial services firms.
Currently, Cynthia serves as a member of the Board of Directors of DUMAC, Inc., the Board of Visitors of Duke University Fuqua School of Business, the CUSIP Board of Trustees, and the Steering Committee of the Smith College Women’s Business Network. In early 2017, she completed a five-year term serving on the Board of Directors of the DTCC, and a six-year term serving on the Board of Managers of Omgeo. She also serves as Chairperson of the Backgammon Committee and on the Members Nominating Committee of the University Club of New York City.
Cynthia earned her B.A. from Smith College and her MBA from Fuqua Duke University School of Business.
Carol Rattray is a private investor and co-founder of Zoomdojo LLC, a social enterprise and career success initiative for college students and recent graduates and the Rattray Kimura Foundation, a private foundation focused on education and conservation.
Carol began her career at Bankers Trust Company’s Capital Markets Group specializing in private placement origination from straight debt to complex structured financings for corporate clients in healthcare, media, transportation, utilities and other sectors. For more than 25 years, Carol has been investing and advising startups in technology, media, sustainability and other fields. More recently, Carol and her Zoomdojo co-founder developed a proprietary online jobs search database and offline have been providing programs and advisory services for students and educational institutions.
Carol is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Asian Cultural Council and the Re Foundation, and a Trustee Emerita of Bates College. She sits on the Advisory Boards of the Columbia Graduate School of Business Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council and the Cornell University Council. She was previously a Member of the Board of The Nature Conservancy New York State Chapter, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Friends of the Chinese University Museum in Hong Kong and the College Women’s Association of Japan.
Carol received an MBA and an MIA from Columbia University and a BA from Cornell University.
William Stewart is a General Partner at Rogers Venture Partners. The company targets early stage companies that tap into Information Technology with an emphasis on infrastructure, enterprise, Internet and digital media.
Prior to joining Rogers Venture Partners, Stewart was the Co-Founder and CEO of Mezzanine Capital Partners. MCP specializes in providing debt and equity financing to venture backed IT companies.
Stewart’s expertise is not only national but international. He also was the Founder and Chairman of Asia Pacific Ventures working directly with over 200 U.S. and Asia-based high technology companies acting as a strategic business development advisor, raising more than $3 billion in equity, licensing and joint venture financing.
Larry Wieseneck is Managing Director and Co-President of Cowen and Company. Previously he was COO and Head of Merchant Banking at Roundtable Investment Partners. For almost 20 years, he was with Barclays and its predecessor, Lehman Brothers. During his tenure, he served in a variety of senior roles including Co-Head of Securities where he was responsible for global sales, structuring and senior relationship management businesses across all asset classes as well as Chief Strategy Officer where he was responsible for oversight and execution of the division’s strategy.
He also served as Head of Global Finance and Risk Solutions where he was responsible globally for the debt capital markets, equity capital markets and corporate risk management groups.