Stakeholders are beneficiaries of a systematic and disciplined approach to identifying high impact sustainability products that draw on deep relationships with some of the world’s leading venture capitalists. SP’s accomplished management and advisory teams offer longstanding experience in capital appreciation and sustainability.

Thomas Cain
Thomas CainFounder and CEO

Mr. Thomas Cain is CEO of Sustainability Partners LLC, a sustainable products finance company and Managing Partner of EFW Partners, a multi-strategy investment firm focused on energy, food and water.

Cain has directly invested hundreds of millions in a diverse array of young technology companies focused on sustainability including Kokam Ltd., Dow/Kokam, Townsend Advanced Energy, Sungevity, Quantum, Lime, Enerpulse, Flex Energy, Water Health International, Stem, Electratherm, Codexis, Solezyme, and Project Frog and has been a director in over 30 public and private companies. He is a frequent keynote speaker and co-authored Energy Venture Capital Best Practices.

Cain started his business career by founding Distribution Architects Int’l. (“DAI”) in 1977, which grew into one of the world’s largest supply chain and ERP software companies with offices around the world. Through both organic growth and accretive M&A, he retired as chairman of the acquisition corporation in 2001, with 2,500 employees and annual revenues of $120M. He next founded Starco Energy, an owner/operator of restored petrochemical fuel terminals, which he sold to Quintana Energy in 2006. He also founded Focus Capital Group of America, an extension of Focus Capital Group -Israel, through which 20 distressed turnarounds were accomplished and exited. One such turnaround was Evans Systems, Inc., a Texas-based public petrochemical company.

Cain is a member of WPO, founded the YPO Global Supply Chain Conference, served as chairman of their MIT Presidents Education, and group-led the Harvard Business School Presidents Education for a combined 10+ years.

Cain holds multiple patents for advanced ECM electric motors for networking and AI that are in commercial use today. As a software developer, Cain’s software has won prestigious national competitions as the Internet Computer Expo’s “Best Business Product” and the Retail Information Systems Conference’s “Best Innovation in Logistics.” He is considered the father of the modern day “DLL” architecture. DAI was DEC’s largest commercial OEM and Cain was a senior advisor for the design of DEC’s 64-bit alpha chip.

Cain’s interest in energy began in his collegiate days while serving as a consulting mathematician for Los Alamos Labs working on the analysis of magnetic flux fields in controlled fusion plasmas in an effort to directly produce electricity through neutron capture by lithium blankets. He is an alumnus of ASU with undergraduate and graduate studies in mathematics.

Jay Jacobs
Jay JacobsManaging Director

Jay joined SP to attract and serve MUSH clients focused on meeting sustainability goals while also reducing operating costs, capital investment, deferred maintenance and risk.

This unique win/win objective is the foundation of every SP/customer agreement. Jay’s responsibility is to leverage his sales, relationship management and team skills to build durable and perpetual customer relationships.

Prior to joining SP Jay spent 17 years on Wall Street launching and growing three premier boutique investment banks as a Founding Partner, Head of Sales and Capital Markets for Wessels, Arnold and Henderson, DRW (now Royal Bank of Canada) and Thomas Weisel Partners (now Stifel Financial). He then spent the next 15 years launching and building alternative investment platforms such as Thomas Weisel Partners Asset Management and Crossover Venture Partners in various leadership positions including CEO and Senior Portfolio Manager. Throughout his Wall Street career Jay worked with many of the world’s most important investment managers, investors and growth companies.

Jay attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Business. He also served as a Board Member for UW’s Graduate School of Business and is a member of UW’s Beacon Hill Society. Jay is also an alumnus of the Applied Security Analysis Program.

Jay spent much of his childhood fishing, sport diving and surfing. Today, his passion for sustainability and conservation is driven by his love of the ocean and nature. Jay is also drawn to SP’s business model which helps employers, employees and communities succeed. This convergence of sustainability, plus a uniquely inclusive business model, drives Jay to build important long-term customer relationships.[/expand]

Robin Shaffer
Robin ShafferDirector

Translating SP’s vision into practice, Robin supports prospects, customers, and business partners with sales and marketing assistance from opportunity origination through customer acquisition and ongoing support.

His deep background in the energy space and familiarity with championing new technologies and business models into new markets lends valuable perspective to SP’s efforts.

Robin has held executive-level sales and marketing management positions over a 25+ year career spanning the HVAC, building automation, wireless, power monitoring, distributed generation, energy storage and renewables industries with notable companies such as Trane, Johnson Controls, NK Technologies, SunLink and Clearedge Power.

Robin holds a degree in Environmental Engineering with concentration in Solar/HVAC system design from California Polytechnic State University and has an MBA from Marquette University.

Daniel Bolden
Daniel BoldenDirector

Daniel leads SP’s global installation operations. His current focus is on the development of installation partnerships and delivering on the SP’s strategy to revolutionize sustainable infrastructure.

Daniel’s experience with installations in the energy industry is a key component in the success of SP’s mission.

After serving in the United States Marine Corps infantry, Daniel worked in the construction industry as a journeyman electrician. His career in sustainability began with PowerLight Corporation, where he led solar installations throughout California. After SunPower’s acquisition of Powerlight, Daniel became a Project Manager, where he managed projects throughout the U.S.

Daniel holds a B.S. in Management from Arizona State University and is credentialed as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute.

Rick Gibson
Rick GibsonDirector

Rick joined SP as a Venture Partner and one of its original Business Partners. His focus is to find, qualify and close new business. Currently Rick manages the sales team, nurtures key customers and creates marketing multipliers to grow the business.

Rick Gibson’s had 40-year career building businesses, founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and advised over (75) others. Since 1999, as Managing Director of HOTventures, a “mentor capital fund” investing and advising in fast-growth companies and involved with several companies that’ve had liquidity events.

Rick’s been a key player in several “mentor-driven accelerators” including Idealab, world’s leading tech incubator in the 1990’s. Rick was an early shareholder in Bill Gross’ Idealab, founded one of its first companies and participated in strategic planning with its ten original CEOs. For UA, Rick was Mentor-Emeritus for UA’s AZCI incubator, Adjunct Instructor for Eller School Entrepreneurship Program, on MBA Advisory Council, Director Emeritus for NACET incubator since 2008. For ASU, was Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Instructor for LaunchPad/LaunchPrep entrepreneurship programs.

Since 2000, he’s been on Selection Panel for Invest Southwest Capital Conference’s Venture Madness. Rick is a judge for AZ Commerce Authority’s ‘Innovation Challenge’. Rick is a judge for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and is often a Mentor and Panelist for FundingPost.

Rick started GNP Development Corp with Bill Gross which they sold to Lotus Development Corp. They co-founded Knowledge Adventure Inc which became the world’s largest children’s CD-ROM edutainment software company as part of Universal Studios.