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.
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
Warren Carsey is SP’s Senior Investor in the Hawaiian Islands. He manages energy and infrastructure investment projects throughout Asia-Pacific and North America. Mr. Carsey has been a Managing Partner of the Veritas Holdings investment and advisory group since 1999, after having worked in the structured and corporate finance teams at CIBC World Markets and JPMorgan Chase in New York.
Warren earned a BS from Northern Arizona University and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Bert is a native of Louisiana growing up in Baker, LA. Bert received a BS in Finance with insurance specialization, from LA Tech and spent 30 years after graduation as a freelance videographer working with Federal, State and local governments and police departments. Bert was very active with Chamber of Commerces, Rotary Club and Louisiana Municipal Association. Bert was an integral contributor to sending LA products with federally funded aid to Senegal, West Africa. Today Bert travels with his daughter Alyssa, the youngest astronaut in training at 19 years old, who is being trained to go to Mars.
Christopher is President and Founder of Ferrari Development in Baton Rouge, LA. He combines comprehensive real estate development expertise with proven, scalable project management capabilities to provide end-to-end consulting, representation, and delivery of commercial, retail, residential, and municipal projects of any size. Mr. Ferrari’s multi-disciplined expertise enables him to provide true start-to-finish oversight for projects of all sizes, from pre-development and site acquisition through completion and occupancy. He has significant experience in prototype development, project feasibility and viability assessment, architectural design, budgeting and financial coordination, and development of all necessary documentation for bidding, permitting, and construction.
Christopher received a BA from LSU for Architecture.
Moises has held management roles in a variety of industries as both an Executive and an Entrepreneur in several fields that include Transportation, Land Development, Health and Fitness, Media and Technology.
Having worked with and being mentored by some of the best minds in several fields. His “burn no bridges” philosophy has helped him maintain important relationships and open doors wherever he goes.
Moises excels at finding the right fit and mix of companies and people to work together, considered an expert project and team builder who has been involved in projects in 4 out of 5 continents.
Benson Medina is a Hawaiian executive and community leader. He currently serves as SP’s local investment partner in the state of Hawaii. He previously served as the Director of North American Sales for Hawaiian Airlines and President of Island Vacations. Mr. Medina’s experience includes senior roles with geothermal power developer Innovations Development Group of Honolulu and Hawaii-based American Electric. Born and raised in Hawaii, Mr. Medina is an alumnus of the prestigious Kamehameha Schools and is a prominent leader in his home community of Hilo.
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.
Benjamin joins SP with 22 years experience in the film industry in production. Working as a production manager, producer, and executive Benjamin was responsible for all aspects of development and finance for over 60 film projects. Mr. Sacks also served in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1998. He earned his degree in Political Science from Pepperdine University.
Erik Steavens is twenty-five-year infrastructure professional with a diverse background in multimodal transportation. Mr. Steavens currently is the Executive Vice President for tow companies – S.L. King and Associates and S.L. King Technologies. In this capacity, Mr. Steavens works to advise clients advise on solutions for infrastructure improvements from planning to finance to construction and maintenance.
Previously, Mr. Steavens was the Division Director of Rail Programs for the Texas Department of Transportation and Intermodal Director of the Georgia Department of Transportation. Mr. Steavens career spans all levels of government (federal, state, and local) and the private sector where he established himself as a recognized leader in transportation policy and finance.
He holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Steavens began his career at the Planning Commission in Albany, Georgia and was responsible for multi-modal planning of the road, bridges, bicycle, pedestrian, aviation, and transit systems in Dougherty and Lee Counties. Mr. Steavens worked for the Federal Highway Administration for eight years and developed several non-traditional projects, including transit service at Yosemite National Park, financing plans for the Alameda rail project and the Miami Intermodal Center.
He followed up this federal service with work on the previous transportation authorization bill – SAFETEA-LU. In this capacity Mr. Steavens advised senior leadership of the United States House and Senate on policy and financial provisions that were ultimately adopted in the bill. He currently works to advise several staff members in their current efforts to reauthorize the transportation program. Furthermore, Mr. Steavens works with clients to find grant funding and innovative approaches to finance transportation infrastructure.
He is married to Tina Steavens and they have a young daughter, Lena, who attends St. Francis Day School. The Steavens live in the Martins Landing neighborhood in Roswell. Erik has been a member of the community as a leader of his neighborhood association.
Eric joined SP as a sales consultant in 2018. He is dedicated to providing customers with the most efficient and sustainable energy solutions possible. Eric is a client-focused sales representative who prides himself in maintaining good working relationships with clients.
Eric Street is a long-time resident of Louisiana and has had a 26-year career in business. His work at the largest subprime lender in the nation provided Eric with a client-focused work ethic and a solid understanding of sales, management, and client solutions. Eric was an outstanding recruiter, trainer, and team builder in the world of lending. Eric’s career spans across a wide variety of businesses with diverse experiences in financing, restaurants, entertainment, and energy solutions. Eric was the Regional Vice President for Sales with Brilliant Efficiencies (BE), a local sales and energy sustainability firm. Eric was a key player in the energy and sustainability industry in the State of Louisiana for over five years. Eric was instrumental in assisting public entities like the City of Eunice, Southern University and A&M College, the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, and others in securing millions of dollars in funding for lighting upgrades. Eric’s tremendous success in building and maintaining relationships with partners in mortgages, lending, and other key industries no doubt added to his success in sales management with Brilliant Efficiencies. Eric brings his proven record in client recruitment and retention to SP and intends on implementing a goal of client satisfaction through energy efficiency plans, products, and service systems.
Jill Brooke is a media professional who has worked in print, TV, books, radio and also run websites. The former CNN correspondent has been editor in chief of Avenue, Travel Savvy and Show Circuit Magazine. She has written for the New York Times, Metropolitan Home, Chicago Tribune, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine and is also the author of several books, including “Don’t Let Death Ruin Your Life” and “The Need to Say No.” She started her career at ABC News’ “Nightline” and wrote columns both for the New York Post and New York Daily News. She also has been chief content officer for several websites and is a former speechwriter for Mayor Ed Koch. Most recently she developed the website, FlowerPowerDaily. com, which is the first daily floral news site and is the playwright of “What’s Eating You?”
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