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

so you can maximize savings, product reliability, and overall satisfaction.

Thomas Cain
Thomas CainFounder and CEO

Tom 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.

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.

Jay Jacobs
Jay JacobsChief Investment Officer

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.

Robert Nemeth
Robert NemethDirector

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.
Chad Greenberg
Chad GreenbergDirector

As one of SP’s Directors and its Financial Architect, Chad is responsible for the overall capital raising strategy and management of the firm’s investment portfolios while simultaneously coordinating the needs of our investment partners and our customers.  This coordination will help to ensure a successful outcome for all of the parties we serve.

Chad brings more than 20 years of experience in accounting, investments and financial services. He is a former CPA, investment advisor, as well as a Personal Financial Specialist. Prior to joining SP, Chad was a Regional Director for 361 Capital, a boutique investment management firm specializing in alternative and hedge equity strategies for clients of financial intermediaries.

His primary responsibilities included product design and strategy expertise, knowledge of the alternative investment landscape, and investment product sales and distribution.  During his tenure, the firm went from startup to more than $1.5 billion in assets. Prior to 361 Capital, Chad was a co-founder and Vice President of one of the nation’s largest qualified intermediaries for real estate 1031 exchanges.  There, he became nationally recognized for his expertise in structuring highly complex transactions for some of the country’s largest real estate firms and institutions.

Chad began his career as a CPA and investment advisor where he ran a successful investment advisory practice serving his CPA clientele.

Chad graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Accounting and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Outside of the office, Chad is an avid cyclist and enjoys spending time fly fishing the streams at his family’s mountain cabin with his wife and 3 kids.