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SP’s accomplished management and advisory teams offer longstanding experience in capital appreciation and sustainability

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Adam T. Cain
Adam T. Cain

Adam T. Cain joins the SP team as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel bringing his experience and network as a partner at one of Los Angeles’s premiere law firms, Liner LLP, and as a partner at one of the largest global law firms in the world with over $2 Billion in revenue, DLA Piper, LLP.

Adam has represented clients in complex litigation and negotiated multi-million dollar issues on behalf of a wide variety of clients, among them CEOs, celebrities, business owners and other high-profile and high-net-worth individuals. His experience in the courtroom and outside the box strategies helped resolve many difficult issues for his clients. Adam has spearheaded technological innovations and implementations for his practice group, which effectively improved data processing, workflow, client communications, and overall efficiency.   

Adam earned a J.D. from Pepperdine Law School where he was EditorinChief of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges Journal and was published for his article “Satellite Radio: An Innovative Technology’s Path through the FCC and into the Future.  Adam externed with the United States District Court of Arizona.  Adam also holds a B.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University where he graduated Cum Laude

Thomas Cain
Thomas CainFounder and CEO

Tom is Founder and 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.

Tom Cain founded SP in 2014 with John Denniston and GSV Capital (Nasdaq:GSVC). Due to initial successes, BlackRock(NYSE:BLK) purchased GSV’s and Denniston’s 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.  Besides acting as Managing Partner, Cain sourced and was the board member for most of 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.  This uncovered mothballed fuel terminals on the gulf intracoastal, from which he founded Starco Energy to restore them. Upon completing the first major terminal, 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 acquired by Mapics (NASDAQ:MAPX) in 2003 with Infor acquiring 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.

Michael De Felice
Michael De Felice

Michael DeFelice is SP’s Senior Investment Development Officer responsible for developing new investment opportunities in the Northeastern US.  Tapping into his decades long experience working in the municipal, utility, school and hospital sectors, he will provide invaluable perspective and experience to help SP execute transactions while providing essential core competency.

Prior to joining SP, Michael spent 10 years as the founder and CEO of Stonegate Energy, a renewable and thermal power generation project developer, including the recent 564MW Middlesex Energy Center project in Sayreville, NJ.  Prior to Stonegate, Michael spent 17 years on Wall Street as an M&A investment banker and a securities attorney, first with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, followed by Merrill Lynch & Co., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.  During his Wall Street career, Michael advised on over 100 M&A transactions and strategic capital raises with an aggregate transaction value in excess of $100 billion.  His clients included a wide array of publicly-traded and privately-owned corporations, private equity firms and institutional investors.  His primary industries of focus included real estate, hospitality, transportation, information technology and telecommunications.  Before Wall Street, Michael was a Subcontracts Manager for Westinghouse Electric Corporation on numerous U.S. Navy Propulsion and Weapons Systems programs.

Michael earned his degree in Engineering Sciences from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College where he later served for more than a decade as an Overseer advising the Dean on strategic initiatives.  Michael received his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School where he served on the student council and later served on the Alumni Visiting Committee, advising the Dean on a broad array of strategic matters impacting the school.  Michael has served on numerous corporate charitable boards and continues his commitment to community service through his involvement in numerous community organizations.

Rick Gibson
Rick Gibson

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.

Jay Jacobs
Jay Jacobs

Jay, Chief Investment Officer of SP, joined the company 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]

Pat Landers
Pat Landers

Pat, joined Sustainability Partners with an established background in government and public finance serving states, state-level authorities, public utilities, not-for-profit hospitals, higher education, and K-12 school systems. Pat works on a variety of tailored infrastructure projects and special purpose vehicles for clients in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, as well as, across the country.

Prior to becoming an Investment Development Officer at Sustainability Partners, Pat was a Managing Director for Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and led its New England public finance practice.  His public finance investment banking experience also includes being a Director for Barclays Capital and a Senior Vice President for Lehman Brothers. Pat covered issuers of state general obligation and tax supported debt including state-level authorities issuing revenue bonds for higher education, hospitals, public transportation, toll roads, airports, convention centers, seaports, as well as, water and wastewater projects. He also led multiple project finance initiatives for renewable energy, public power, energy saving devises, smart cities technologies and P3 projects.  He was responsible for securing investment banking assignments in over $30 billion of new issuance in the New England region.

Pat has significant governmental experience having previously served as Massachusetts’ Assistant Treasurer for Debt Management, where he issued over $34 billion of municipal bonds, most notably for the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel project, the Boston Exhibition & Convention Center and to establish the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Pat served on Massachusetts’s Financial Advisory Board and was the Treasurer’s designee as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust.

Pat was also an elected Massachusetts State Representative, serving 7 terms from the 1St Hampden District.

Robert Nemeth
Robert Nemeth

Bob has recently joined SP as Director of Investments.  He is in charge of leading the expansion into the Northeast. His focus is to find, qualify and close new business primarily focused on the municipal, utility, school and hospital markets.

Robert Nemeth served as the Managing Director/Director of Research at the Perkins Fund Marketing from 2013-2017. He was responsible for marketing and sales of alternative investments in the New England, the Mid-West and for specific New York, Florida and California clients . From 2005-2012, he was Partner and Head Trader at Elm Ridge Capital Management.  Prior to Elm Ridge, he was Head Trader at John A. Levin & Co., a 14B multi-strategy firm. Bob started his career at J.P. Morgan Investment Management where he remained for 11 years and was Vice President, Senior Equity and Convertible Trader.
James R. Parker
James R. Parker

Jim is acting Chief Financial Officer with extensive consultancy expertise in financial and accounting services including: business due diligence data analytics, process engineering, accounting, and financial and operational internal audits.

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Cary Potter
Cary Potter

Cary joins SP as an investment developer currently focusing on expansion in Connecticut, Ohio and Alabama.

Cary Potter has over 30 years of experience in Financial markets most recently serving as Managing Director of Equity Capital Markets for Key Bank, where he spent 12 years providing execution services and research sales to institutional clients. Prior to joining Key Bank Mr. Potter was Director of Saletrading for 12 years at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette where he was responsible for execution and research coverage for the firms largest clients.

Mr. Potter serves on the Board of Governors for the Horizon’s Student Enrichment  program in CT and is an ambassador for Americares Disaster Relief program in Stamford CT.
Joe Riley
Joe Riley

Joe is an investment developer with concentration of projects in the Southeast.

Joe is co founder and partner in Jasmine consulting , a privacy management firm in Charleston, SC. Joe currently serves as past President of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors( Naifa) for the state of South Carolina. Joe presided as president over a membership of roughly 500 over the entire state of SC. He also coordinates meetings with elected officials in SC and Washington DC and Joe’s scope of reach is from coast to coast.

Prior to working with Jasmine, Joe was the brokerage director for Lincoln FinancialGroup for SC from 2013-2017 and was the brokerage director for Mass Mutual financial group in SC and Georgia. Over a 20 year career, Joe was instrumental in educating and mentoring hundreds of financial advisors in the financial planning field. His specialty was Long Term care planning and became Certified in Long Term Care in 2002. In 2004 , Joe was awarded Long Term Care Specialist of the year for Mass Mutual financial group. This is one of Joe’s highest honors to date as there were 5000 agents within the Mass Mutual system at that time.

Prior to his work in the financial industry, Joe worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic games from 1995-1996 where he worked in transportation management  .From 1992-1995 Joe worked for the US Senate Committee onCommerce, Science and Transportation. He was responsible for the  coordination of hearings for the commerce committee and was appointed by the chairman of the Commerce Committee, Sen Ernest F. Hollings.

Joe is a 1991 graduate from the University Of South Carolina with a degree in Government and International studies and minor in economics. Joe served on the University of South Carolina board of governors from 1998-2001. Joe has also served on many boards in his native hometown of Charleston SC where he currently resides with his daughter.

Gary Romanik
Gary Romanik

Gary joins Sustainability Partners with over 25 years of operational and organizational experience. He brings wide-ranging background and focus on maximizing corporate investment through efficiencies and execution.

Gary is a dynamic, creative and entrepreneurial leader with extensive experience identifying new opportunities, enhancing existing models, building and leading sales and operational teams across a number of industries.  As a partner in a boutique private equity firm he focused on the development of niche national consolidations strategies and post-acquisition execution.

Prior, Gary led an impressive career as a self-starter and succeeded in a number of verticals.  Including the acquisition of a Los Angeles based contact manufacturing business and the ground up construction of 180,000 sq.’ expansion South Carolina which led to a profitable exit.

Today, he continues to develop and lead strategic initiatives focused on sales enhancement operational and sustainability best practices for his Sustainability Partner clients.

Robin Shaffer
Robin Shaffer

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.

Michael J. Tari
Michael J. Tari

Dr. Michael J. Tari joined Sustainability Partners in 2019 with over 25 years of financial-industry and engineering experience.

Prior to joining Sustainability Partners, Michael was with Deutsche Bank (DB) where he led front-office teams that developed and managed rules-based investment strategies, conducted complex product sales, traded derivatives and structured financial products.  Previously, Michael served as Director of Strategy at VFT Capital and was the lead Risk Manager on the equity trading floor of Nomura Securities International.  Michael began his financial career as a Risk Manager on the OTC derivatives desk at Bank of America.

Michael holds both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and, upon his graduation, was the recipient of the UCLA Mechanical Engineering Department’s Outstanding Ph.D. Award.  While at UCLA, Michael conducted cutting-edge research on composite material manufacturing, developing and modeling techniques that materially improved process efficiencies.  His UCLA research also focused on transport phenomenon within, and the design of, nuclear power plants.  Michael also holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Gregory C. Voetsch
Gregory C. Voetsch

Greg joins Sustainability Partners as Senior Investment Development Officer, responsible for new investment opportunities.  He is an accomplished leader and well-respected senior executive who has held notable high-profile positions with many of the financial industry’s most prominent global organizations.

Mr. Voetsch has over 34 years of professional industry and leadership experience, most recently serving as Head of Brokerage Services and Chief Executive Officer of Convergex Execution Solutions. In this position, he managed all Convergex’s equity execution businesses, including high-touch, U.S. electronic execution, ADR, international execution, sell-side SOR, recapture services and ATSs.  In addition, he was an active member of Convergex’s Executive Leadership team contributing to the firm’s overall business strategy.

Prior to Convergex, Mr. Voetsch was Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets at Janney Montgomery Scott where he launched and directed Janney’s research and equity trading platforms.

Before his tenure at Janney, Mr. Voetsch spent a decade at Knight Capital Group as Executive Vice President & Head of Global Equities.  In this senior role, Mr. Voetsch was responsible for building and driving the firm’s major business units, including: ETFs, global equities, electronic trading, algorithmic and FX trading platforms. In addition, Mr. Voetsch was a member of Knight’s Executive and Senior Operating Committees.

Mr. Voetsch also held executive positions at Citi and was a sales trader at Jefferies for nearly 10 years.

Mr. Voetsch holds his Series 7, 24, 55 and 63 registrations.

Kelly Wilkie
Kelly Wilkie

Kelly joins Sustainability Partners as Senior Estimator supporting the team with his extensive knowledge in the building and construction Industry. With over 30 years of experience in construction and data analysis, Kelly is a welcome addition to SP’s team.

Kelly has broad knowledge of mine maintenance, mechanical and civil works for both surface and underground operations.  In addition, he has held several Senior Project Management-level positions, responsible for high-revenue projects ranging from $100k to $5M.

Prior to joining SP, Kelly was the co-founder and operator of a translation, graphic design and web development company, specializing in print and news media. After spending nearly a decade growing the California-based venture, he relocated to Australia and opened an International branch.  Kelly also co-founded a successful construction and production company in the land Down Under where he lead teams in building government housing ventures valued in excess of $10M.

Kelly studied as a Carpenter Apprentice and graduated to a Journeyman Carpenter at an early age.  He acquired his General Builders License soon thereafter, concentrating primarily on building and remodeling residential housing.

In early 2018, after 18 years in the Outback, Kelly and his wife returned to the states and now reside in the Phoenix area.

Todd Wood
Todd Wood

Todd Wood is SP’s Investment Development Officer concentrating on East Coast investment opportunities.  

Todd Wood led solutions strategy at Fintrust Advisors. His primary responsibility was sourcing, evaluating the merits of alternative investments for the firm. Prior to Fintrust, Todd spent 20 years on Wall Street as a buyside trader, research salesperson and a sales trader first with Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn, followed by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Tudor Pickering & Holt. During his Wall Street career, Todd has helped institutional fixed income and equity portfolio managers running $100 million to $100 billion manage their exposure. His industry experience and athletic background guided him as he developed his disciplined process.
Todd earned a B.S. from Boston College where he played football

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