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P3Connect has quickly become the premier event for public-sector officials and private-sector innovators who focus on advancing public-private partnerships (P3) nationwide.  P3Connect 2019 continues the National Council for Public-Private Partnership’s (NCPPP) 33-year tradition of serving as the foremost educational organization on P3s and NCPPP’s premier event for important, high-level discussions on how to advance P3 projects.

P3Connect is an unmatched networking opportunity for public-sector officials, private-sector innovators and P3 professionals. Lay the groundwork for potential partnerships, hear from P3 thought-leaders and experience P3Connect’s unique, engagement-focused setting.

Two days of conference sessions will address the latest developments in state and federal P3 policies and dig deep into innovative procurement approaches being conducted by practitioners throughout the country and internationally.

Join the conversation on the future of P3s. The P3Connect audience mirrors the diversity of industries involved in public-private partnerships. From developers and investors, to public officials at the municipal, state, and federal levels, our attendees and speakers are the driving forces behind many of the world’s most innovative P3 partnerships.

Representatives from the following industries should plan to attend the conference:

  • Construction Firms
  • Consultants
  • Operators
  • Developers
  • Concessionaires
  • Architecture and Engineering Firms
  • Investors
  • Legal Experts
  • Financial Advisors
  • Subcontractors and Suppliers
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Complementing the array of private-sector executives, an impressive range of nearly three dozen public-sector organizations, from large federal agencies and state universities to cities and regional commissions, participated in previous P3Connects. Past participants included:

  • Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Arizona Department of Transportation
  • City of Arvada, CO
  • City of Bismarck, ND
  • Broward County Transportation
  • City of Centennial, CO
  • City of Belvedere, IL
  • City of Miami Beach, FL
  • City of Regina, CA
  • City of West Palm Beach, FL
  • Colorado Department of Law
  • Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Colorado House of Representatives
  • Colorado Office of the Governor
  • City of Denver, CO
  • Denver International Airport
  • Enterprise Florida
  • Fairfax County Redevelopment & Housing Authority
  • Fairfax County, VA
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Fort Bend County, TX
  • City of Gary, IN
  • George Mason University, VA
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • Kansas City Aviation Department
  • Kentucky House of Representatives
  • King County, WA
  • Lehigh County Authority, PA
  • Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Miami-Dade County, FL
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Multnomah County, OR
  • Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, PA
  • Port Kansas City
  • Regional Transportation District, CO
  • Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County, MI
  • City of Rialto, CA
  • Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Tampa Bay Water
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • S. Department of Transportation
  • S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • S. General Services Administration
  • S. Northern Command/NORAD
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Denver, CO
  • University of Kansas
  • Virginia Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships
  • City of Washington, DC
  • West Coast Infrastructure Exchange
  • City of Westfield, IN


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1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Regional P3 Projects Tour (Advanced Registration Required)

(Led by Denver Office of Performance Based Infrastructure and Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise)

  • Denver Union Station/Eagle Line P3
  • Central 70
  • National Western Center Triangle P3
  • US-36

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Registration Open

6:00 AM

Hotel Breakfast Opens

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM


8:20 AM – 10:15 AM

Welcome and Keynote Presentation

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Networking Break

Sponsored by AECOM

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Opening Plenary: Resiliency, Hazard Mitigation and P3s

Presented by NCPPP Water Institute

This session will explore what we mean by resiliency in the context of climate change and its implications for sustainable development.  We will explore the primary tools and drivers for hazard mitigation planning, funding and implementation by state and local governments in cooperation with other stakeholders. We will showcase transformative projects in green and grey infrastructure using alternative delivery models to both reduce a community’s vulnerability to hazards as well as achieve lasting environmental improvements. Lastly , we will explore systemic issues that need to be addressed to enable greater success in achieving hazard mitigation at an affordable cost.

  • Dominique Lueckenhoff, Senior Vice President & Corporate Sustainability Officer, Hugo Neu Americas
  • Tom Rousakis, Senior Managing Director & Practice Leader, EY Infrastructure Advisors, LLC
  • Martin Nicholson, Jacobs
  • Jamila C. Johnson, P.E., C.F.M., Infrastructure Policy Manager, Houston Public Works

Moderator:  Thomas Dooney, Managing Director, Bostonia Partners LLC

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

National P3 Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by AECOM

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

P3 Awards Presentations

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Awards Networking Break

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

P3 Matchmaking Workshop


  • Greg Cannito, Corvias

Participating Agencies:

  • Illinois DOT
  • Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise (CO HPTE)
  • City of Denver Office of Performance Based Infrastructure
  • USDOT Build America Bureau

2:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Session B: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

How P3s Can Address the Local Challenge of Energy Resilience


  • Chris Watroba, Booz Allen Hamilton


  • Steve Carr, Military Account Manager, Colorado Springs Utilities
  • William Gregory, Business Operations Director, Air Force Office of Energy Assurance
  • Brian O’Leary, Energy Program Manager, Peterson Air Force Base
  • Vince Guthrie, Utility Program Manager, Fort Carson
  • Col.  Shawn Gaffney, Vice Commander, 128th Air Refueling Wing

Session B: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

A Few Denver P3s Walk Up to the Bar


  • Adam Giuliano: Kaplan, Kirsch & Rockwell LLP


  • Don Hunt, Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Keith Stefanik, Central 70 Project
  • Nicole Doheny, EY Infrastructure Advisors LLC

Session B: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Public-Private Partnerships and Housing


  • Jamie Fox, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • John Benton, The Concourse Group
  • Ari Beliak, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Networking Reception

Sponsored by Nossaman LLP

6:00 AM

Hotel Breakfast Opens

7:45 AM – 2:30 PM


8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

Plenary: Building For Communities: Capitalizing for Colorado

Public-Private Partnerships are a useful tool to connect communities, extend the economic development reach and capitalize on the needs of communities which can fulfill the vision of local elected officials and civic leaders. This panel will examine recent Colorado P3s to determine whether they have helped accomplish those objectives and what can be learned from those projects.


  • Moderator: Marilee Utter, Citiventure Associates LLC


  • Matt Girard, Group Head, Civil Division, Plenary
  • Joe Wingerter, Vice President Project Development, Kiewit
  • Pauletta Tonilas, Communications

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Networking Break

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Session A: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

What Does the “Show Me State” Need to Know to Advance P3s?


  • Ken Butler, Professor, Truman School of Public Affairs


  • Joe Kneib, Consultant, Herzog Corporation
  • Ananth Prasad, Fmr. Secretary of Florida Department of Transportation
  • Kevin Corlew, MO State Representative, Chairman, 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force

Session B: 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Developing and Facilitating a P3 Program Office


  • Orion Fulton, ARUP


  • Emily Hauber, Denver Office of Performance-Based Infrastructure
  • Iain Tester, KPMG Corporate Office

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Networking Lunch

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Session A: 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Making Surety Work for P3s – Exploring Key Issues


  • Adrian Pellen, Senior Vice President, Marsh


  • Grace Hartman, Senior Underwriter, Surety, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
  • John Smolen, Partner, Nossaman LLP
  • Scott Zuchorski, Senior Director, Fitch’s Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group

Moderator: Nicholas Farber, Acting Director, Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise

Session B: 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Latest Developments in Project Finance

  • Andrew Mendelson, Director, Co-Head of Municipal Transportation Finance, RBC Capital Markets
  • Dina Shaher, Senior Financial Policy Advisor, Credit Office, U.S. Department of Transportation Build America Bureau
  • Jenny Barket, Principal Consultant, WSP
  • Thomas Mulvihill, Managing Director, Group Head Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships, KeyBanc Capital Markets

Moderator:  Barney Allison, Partner, Nossaman LLP

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch (Sponsored by Kaplan, Kirsch & Rockwell LLP)

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Plenary Session: Innovative Project Delivery in the Heartland: A Spotlight on Kansas City


  • John Smolen, Nossaman LLP


  • Michael Collins, JE Dunn Construction
  • Wes Minder, City of Kansas City
  • Mark Coulter, Port KC

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Networking Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Plenary Session: P3s and the Future of Urban Mobility


  • Nicholas Farber, CO HPTE


  • Anthony DeVito, AECOM
  • Michael Thomas, Kutak Rock
  • Elois Cleckley, City of Denver Department of Public Works

3:45 PM

End of Conference


Jenny Barket
Principal, WSP


Jenny provides strategic advisory services to WSP’s public and private clients in the delivery of transit, transit-oriented development, highway, railway, tolling, and ports projects. Jenny focuses on screening, feasibility, value-for-money, and business case analyses of public-private partnerships for such projects and takes an active role in overseeing their procurement and delivery. Before joining WSP, Jenny served as legal counsel to the USDOT’s Build America Bureau and as Regional Counsel for the USDOT’s FTA Region VIII in Denver. Before joining USDOT, Jenny was a critical team member in the procurement, financing and implementation of RTD-Denver’s Eagle Project, a $2.2 billion rail transit public-private partnership funded with a $1.03 billion FTA full funding grant agreement, private investment of $450 million dollars, and a $280 million TIFIA loan.

Ari Beliak
Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Ari Beliak is a Senior Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s in Community Development Banking.  He leads a team of experts who provide debt and equity solutions to affordable housing developers based in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Northern California, and Utah.  In addition, Mr. Beliak was the key driver in the Bank’s $2.2B financing of the nation’s largest affordable housing project, the San Francisco Rental Assistance Demonstration.

Ari has an extensive background in affordable housing, real estate finance, and law. Prior to joining the Bank, he practiced law for Sidley Austin LLP, served in various real estate finance capacities for Wells Fargo Bank, including their affordable housing group, and was a management consultant for A.T. Kearney. Ari earned his undergraduate degree at University of California, Berkeley. He continued his education earning an MBA/JD from UC Berkeley’s Hass School of Business and UC Hastings College of Law.

Roger Bohnert
Director of Outreach and Project Development – Build America Bureau, United States Department of Transportation


Roger is the Director of Outreach and Project Development in the new Build America Bureau in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.  The Bureau’s mission is to improve transportation infrastructure investment through increased assistance to project sponsors, expanded access to DOT credit programs and enhanced utilization of private capital in public-private partnerships.

Roger’s team serves as the single point of contact for states, municipalities and project sponsors seeking to modernize or build transportation infrastructure.  The Bureau helps sponsors utilize federal transportation expertise, provides long-term, low interest and flexible loans and helps sponsors explore ways to secure private capital in public private partnerships.

Prior to his appointment to the Bureau, Roger served as the Deputy Associate Administrator of the Maritime Administration’s Office of Intermodal System Development.  A former career U. S. Coast Guard officer, Roger spent over thirteen years aboard Cutters, including serving as Commanding Officer of two ships.

Alexis Bradshaw
PPP & Alternative Delivery Manager, Construction Risk Partners


Alexis joined Construction Risk Partners (CRP) in June of 2016 with a focus on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and alternative delivery projects. Prior to Construction Risk Partners, Alexis spent six years as the PPP Coordinator for North American business lines at AECOM. There she worked on numerous PPP bids with the firm’s investment, design, construction, and advisory practices. At AECOM, Alexis engaged with both private and public sector clients, focusing on the transportation, water, and buildings sectors.  Since joining Construction Risk Partners, Alexis has become a licensed P&C broker and works for contractors and developers to market and place insurance on large wrap-up construction projects and operational PPP assets. Additionally, Alexis assists with proposal writing and other business development and communications efforts.

Alexis began her career as a campaign finance consultant and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from New York University.

John Buttarazzi
Principal, p3 Results LLC


John Buttarazzi is a public-private partnership professional with more than 25 years of experience. John has managed more than $3 billion in P3 projects, including the first commercial airport public-private partnership in the United States (Stewart International Airport). He recently worked on P3 pre-feasibility studies for a new marine fuel terminal in Zanzibar and airport terminal operations for the Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

John served as Senior Vice President of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), New York State’s economic development arm. There he simultaneously managed the Public-Private Partnership Group (which he launched), International, and Business Development divisions.  In that capacity he oversaw the operations of more than 20 foreign and domestic offices as well as the ESDC economic development financing section.

John has advised hundreds of U.S. and foreign government officials on various public-private partnership matters, including the establishment of guidelines and procedures and building capacity for P3 transactions. In addition to the United States, John has worked in Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Ghana, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Mr. Buttarazzi received his Master of Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, with a concentration in Development and his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Washington & Lee University where he majored in Mathematics with significant course work in Economics and History.  He is an adjunct professor with the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs and the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy where he teaches graduate-level courses on public-private partnerships.

John is a former David Rockefeller Fellow. He is a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships and is on the Board of Advisors for Mobilized Construction, which is developing community-based road maintenance programs in Africa.

Eulois Cleckley
Executive Director of Public Works, City of Denver


Eulois Cleckley was appointed by Mayor Hancock in December 2017 to serve as the Executive Director of Public Works for the City and County of Denver. As Executive Director, Cleckley runs one of the city’s largest and most dynamic departments, managing the majority of services involving public infrastructure and facilities for residents and businesses.

As Executive Director, Cleckley oversees 1,300 Public Works employees and is responsible for the department’s $340 million annual budget.

Cleckley previously worked for the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC), where he served as the Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization which covers the eight-county Houston-Galveston region and provided overall strategic direction related to city and regional transportation planning, project development and implementation.

Prior to his work with the HGAC, Cleckley served as Chief of Statewide and Regional Planning, and later acting Chief of the Field Operations Division, for Washington, D.C.’s District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

Mr. Cleckley has a Transportation and Economics degree from North Carolina State University and a Global Logistics Specialist Professional Designation from California State University.

Kevin Corlew
Of Counsel, Evans and Dixon


Kevin Corlew is an attorney in Kansas City, Missouri, whose practice concentrates on transportation law and policy, business, and election law.

Kevin grew up in the Midwest and graduated from high school in Nebraska. He attended college at Wheaton College in Illinois and graduated with a B.A. from Columbia College-Chicago in 1995. He worked as a church youth and music director in the Chicago area for 7 years. In 2002, Kevin returned to Nebraska for law school.  He graduated with high distinction in 2005 from the Nebraska College of Law. Kevin then clerked for a judge on the Nebraska Supreme Court for two years. Since 2007, he has engaged in private law practice in Kansas City at the law firms of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, and now at Evans & Dixon. He had advised and represented businesses and organizations in business and policy matters and in litigation spanning from commercial disputes to consumer-protection actions to environmental cases.

Kevin served as a legislator in the Missouri General Assembly for four years, from 2015 to 2018. In 2017, the Missouri Speaker of the House appointed Kevin to chair the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force. The task force held hearings throughout the state to hear from stakeholders, businesses, and residents about the challenges facing Missouri’s transportation system and the need for greater state investment in transportation infrastructure. With Kevin as the principal author, the task force produced a report on January 1, 2018, which provides recommendations for developing a topnotch transportation system to meet the needs of Missouri residents and business and to enhance the economy. Among other items, the report recommended that the state make a greater investment in transportation across the various modes of transportation and utilize more efficient and innovative means of financing and project delivery, such as through public-private partnerships.

Kevin’s legislative experience helped him gain a deeper understanding of relevant transportation-related matters through serving on committees such as Ports Development, Economic Development, Energy and Environment, and Transportation. He introduced legislation to utilize a public-private partnership to rebuild and expand I-70.  He also chaired the House Judiciary Committee, where he successfully oversaw reforms to the civil and criminal justice systems.

Kevin lives in Kansas City with his wife, Amy, and three children, ages 9, 12, and 14 years old. He is a sports fan and enjoys a variety of music.

Kevin has addressed transportation issues in front of many groups, including chambers of commerce, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, and the National Conference on State Legislatures. Given Kevin’s substantial experience as an attorney and a policymaker, he is well-suited to provide excellent counsel to businesses, officials, community leaders, and industry groups regarding strategic partnerships, forward-thinking policies, and proper investments to ensure a world-class, multimodal transportation system in the Midwest.

Elizabeth Cousins
Partner, Nossaman LLP


For more than a decade, Elizabeth Cousins has served as a key advisor on an array of important infrastructure projects delivered through public-private partnerships (P3s) and other alternative delivery methods.

Public and private entities have benefited from her strategic and commercial advice in procuring complex and cutting-edge projects in the transportation, social and water infrastructure sectors. As a former attorney at one of Australia’s leading law firms, she advised on some of that country’s highest profile P3 deals. She now uses her skills to advance large U.S. projects – from business case and development to implementation and contract administration.

As a result of her deep international and U.S. expertise in P3s and other non-traditional tools, Ms. Cousins is often called upon to help public agency clients launch their own P3 programs to produce high-impact, one-of-a-kind projects. She handles a full range of issues in transactions including participating in industry engagement, developing and finalizing Requests for Qualifications and Requests for Proposals, carrying out contract negotiations and achieving commercial and financial close.

Nicholas Farber
Acting Director – High Performance Transportation Enterprise, Colorado Department of Transportation


Nicholas Farber (Nick) is the Acting Director for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s High Performance Transportation Enterprise or HPTE. The HPTE was created as a government-owned business in 2009 and, while technically a division of CDOT, is governed by its own Board.  It is charged with the responsibility to aggressively pursue innovative ways at financing important transportation infrastructure projects that will improve the safety, capacity, and accessibility of the surface transportation system and will accelerate the economic recovery of the state.  He has been with the HPTE since 2011 and has been involved with all of the HPTE’s major initiatives since then.

Jamie Fox
Commercial Real Estate Banking Southwest Market Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Jamie Fox is the Commercial Real Estate Banking Southwest Market Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He leads a team of real estate professionals, who provide comprehensive financial solutions, including project and corporate finance structures, for commercial real estate development companies, private Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and funds.

Based in Dallas, Fox joined Bank of America in 2003 as a Credit Products Officer in Global Corporate Banking focused on the insurance industry sector. In this role, Jamie was responsible for structured finance solutions such as term loans, revolvers, treasury management lines, derivative limits, equity derivatives and collateralized debt obligations, which helped insurance companies improve working capital and meet their business objectives. Fox further developed his banking career in 2006, when he joined the Commercial Real Estate Banking team as a Senior Client Manager. In that role, he was responsible for advising real estate merchant builders, REITs, military housing developers and other clients on capital needs and delivered such products as senior and mezzanine debt, treasury, derivatives, FX, public finance and investment banking.

Before joining Bank of America, Fox served in the U.S. Army for eight years as an engineer officer serving in several leadership roles to include Company Commander, Platoon Leader, and Battalion Civil Engineer, achieving the rank of Captain. While in the Army, Jamie planned and managed military construction projects throughout Asia and the Pacific. He also served as a combat engineer with the First Cavalry Division.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master of Science in engineering management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. He holds the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Series 7, 63, 24 and 79 licenses, and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

Matt Girard
Group Head – Civil Division, Plenary Group


Mr. Girard is Group Head for Plenary’s Civil Division.  In this capacity, Matt is responsible for project development, delivery, and asset management, teaming and business development for all Plenary Group Civil projects in North America. Plenary Group is a market leader in the North American PPP market, having closed more than $16 billion worth of assets on 32 projects since 2005.  This also includes being the Project Executive for the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Project – which includes replacing 558 bridges in 4 years and maintaining each for an additional 25 years, as well as the State Street P3 project at Purdue University that reached Substantial Completion in late 2018.

Matt has almost 30 years of hands-on experience in the heavy-civil construction industry and has been involved with the successful pursuit and delivery of public-private partnership (P3) projects in both the U.S. and Canada over the last 15 years.  This includes leading development efforts for over $6 billion worth of successful P3 pursuits, including projects individually valued at greater than $1 billion. Matt also has been involved with design-build projects for over 25 years, including pursuit and on-site management of DB projects as a contractor on over $2 billion worth of design-build projects.  Prior to joining Plenary, Matt was a senior executive leading all business development efforts for one of North America’s largest heavy-civil contractors (Flatiron Constructors).

Matt is also a past President of the P3 Division of ARTBA (American Road and Transportation Builders of America), supporting ARTBA’s overall efforts to increase the efficiency of the transportation systems in the U.S.  He also sits on the Advisory Committee to the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder assisting them with curriculum changes as well as their construction engineering and management (CEM) focused program.

Matt has a Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a registered Design-Build professional with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

Marcel Ham
Co-Founder/ Co-Owner, RebelGroup


Marcel Ham is co-founder and co-owner of RebelGroup and president of IMG Rebel, the U.S. arm of RebelGroup. He has 20 years of experience in preparing, structuring and implementing innovative funding, financing and project delivery solutions for infrastructure projects. Marcel has been the lead financial and transaction advisor on many P3 projects in Europe and the U.S., including several technology projects, for example San Francisco Broadband P3 and Oakland County Connected Vehicles P3. He also has significant experience in climate resiliency and water infrastructure, for example as a successful transaction advisor and equity investor in three large locks and dams P3s in the Netherlands and in the Rebuild by Design competition that was launched after superstorm Sandy, where he was the team lead for the development of a winning climate resiliency proposal for southern Nassau County.

Grace Hartman
Senior Underwriter, Surety – Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance


Grace Hartman is a senior underwriter for Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance’s (BHSI) surety group.  Based in Chicago and focusing on the central region on the United States, Grace is responsible for underwriting a portfolio of contractors, ranging from middle market to global construction companies.  For 13 years, she has been dedicated to infrastructure and construction, serving first as a primary ratings analyst for project finance transactions at Standard & Poor’s, and then as a lead risk advisor on complex public-private partnership projects at Aon before joining the BHSI team in April 2018.  Given her background, Grace brings a strong understanding of qualitative and quantitative risk to her contractors to ensure an effective and sustainable surety partnership.  Grace holds a B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University.

Dominique Lueckenhoff
Senior Vice-President for Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Hugo Neu Corporation


Senior Vice-President for Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Hugo Neu Corporation (“HNC”)- Reports to the Chair and CEO, with leadership and oversight responsibilities for corporate sustainability, climate adaptation & resiliency environmental policy, public/community affairs, green business growth and investment opportunities, and overall social, environmental and economic well-being activities on a global basis, with an immediate focus on Kearny Point, the company’s $1 billion adaptive reuse of the four-million-square-foot former WWI and WWII ship-making facility, which is being transformed into a modern, resilient community-minded green workplace. The Project represents one of the nation’s most ambitious and environmentally-driven redevelopment projects and has already attracted over 200 businesses.

[Founded in 1947, HNC is a private independent company and recognized global leader in recycling, using its unique capital strength to advance its mission by investing in environmental, real estate, and non-profit enterprises that support economic, social, and environmental justice and sustainability.

HNC is the owner and redeveloper of award-winning Kearny Point, the innovative three-million-square-foot, ecologically-sensitive, sustainable redevelopment of the historic Kearny shipyard, now reborn as a planned billion-dollar modern, resilient workplace home to a diverse community of pioneering businesses, featuring state- of-the-art advanced manufacturing, light manufacturing and creative office facilities, accommodating up to 10,000 new employees.]

Ms. Lueckenhoff also serves as Chair of the National Council for Public Private Partnerships’ (NCPPP) Water Institute, a forum exploring and supporting high performance, community-based public-private partnerships and cost-effective alternative financing, delivery and operation and maintenance options across the water sectors, drinking/source water, wastewater, stormwater, green infrastructure and related disciplines for improved public health, environmental protection, and increased local resiliency and economic viability.

Prior to holding these positions, Ms. Lueckenhoff served as Senior Advisor to the USEPA Region 3 Administrator – on Public-Private Partnerships, Technologies and Market-Based Solutions, developing, leading, and coordinating strategies and initiatives related to innovative Public Private Partnerships (P3s), next generation technologies and alternative market-based approaches to achieving “faster, cheaper, greener” environmental improvements, holistic watershed protection and community resiliency. She developed and led the nationally-recognized Mid-Atlantic community-based P3 model and applications, delivering large-scale integrated water infrastructure solutions.

Dominique has over 25 years of multi-programmatic (air, water, land) environmental experience and award-winning program development/management with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) across multiple geographic regions and Headquarters. She recently served as Acting Director of the EPA Region 3 Water Protection Division, directing administration and management of all division activities, including funding and oversight, water and wastewater infrastructure funding and sustainability, and innovative public-private partnerships for improved watershed protection and water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure to protect public health and the environment, while strengthening local economies. She is recognized as a national leader and expert in green infrastructure (GI) and green, sustainable communities. She received EPA’s James W. Craig Pollution Prevention Leadership Award for efforts related to alternative financing and innovative P3s for large-scale integrated green infrastructure. She created the first guide of its type (“Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3s) and Alternative Market- Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure”) to support communities with more cost-effective delivery and management of sustainable stormwater infrastructure. Her leadership in advancing innovative, collaborative approaches and technologies is highlighted by her vision and creation of the Gold-Medal Green Highways Partnership (GHP) 10 years ago and development and implementation of the nationally recognized Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Initiative and Partnership and the Geographic Information System-driven online Watershed Resources Registry tool to enable regulatory streamlining through improved community development and “Faster, Cheaper, Greener” watershed resources management. Her success with the G3 partnership, earned her the EPA National Honor Award for Outstanding Leadership in Collaborative Problem-Solving. As a champion of alternative partnership approaches achieving long-term significant cost savings and improved performance for communities, she received the 2017 National Council for Public Private Partnerships (NCPPP) Innovative Public Leadership Award. Dominique also serves on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability.

Andrew Mendelson
Director and Co-Head of Municipal Transportation Finance, RBC Capital Markets


Andrew Mendelson specializes in municipal transportation, project, and stadium finance.  His expertise and experience includes P3 transportation financings for both greenfield and brownfield projects as well as traditional tax-exempt and taxable financings for municipal transportation, toll, transit, airport and port issuers.  Andrew focuses on complex debt strategies and financial structuring / engineering for transportation infrastructure projects nationwide.  He has led the development and structuring of multiple new credits for large bonding programs and projects, including the rating agency and investor education processes.

Andrew’s recent greenfield P3 project experience includes the LAX Consolidated Rental Car Facility, Colorado Central 70, and Maryland Purple Line projects.  His recent senior managed municipal transportation mandates include issuances for Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, State of Ohio GARVEEs, and St. Louis Metro (Bi-State Development).  Andrew also recently senior managed Clark County, Nevada’s bond issuance for the financing of the new NFL stadium for the Raiders in Las Vegas.

Andrew holds an A.B. in Economics (Suma Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa) and a B.S. in Systems Science and Engineering (Magna Cum Laude/Tau Beta Pi), both from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a MBA with specializations in Finance and Management (Stern Scholar/Beta Gamma Sigma) from New York University Stern School of Business.

Martin Nicholson
Senior Vice President, Jacobs


Martin provides leadership and guidance to Jacobs project, program, and business group leaders in developing and delivering projects and programs in the Western United States. A 38-year major program veteran, Martin has served in a variety of project, business development, operations, and management positions with the firm. He has assisted clients with the planning, design and construction of infrastructure rehabilitation and replacement, resource management, and ecosystem restoration projects totaling more than $10 billion in the U.S. and internationally.

Martin is currently serving as Principal-in-Charge and Senior Advisor on the $2.75 billion Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project.  This Federally-authorized Project is being implemented through a split-delivery model both conventionally and as a Public Private Partnership (P3) in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as its first P3 demonstration project.

He received his master’s and bachelor’s engineering degrees from Oregon State University and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Terry Ostrom
Senior Vice President, Project Delivery, Plenary Group


Terry has 32 years of experience in the construction industry most of which have been in the heavy civil sector: roads and bridges, treatment plants and structural concrete. His leadership and expertise have been directly responsible for the success of the projects, divisions and companies that he has managed.

Terry began his career at Flatiron, while attending Colorado State University, working during summer breaks as labor on bridge projects. Upon his graduation from CSU, Terry became a field engineer on Flatirons Glenwood Canyon Project. Over the next 10 years Terry held progressive positions from field engineer to operations manager. In 1997 Terry and a Flatiron colleague
started their own construction company, BTE Concrete, based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Terry served as operations manager until 2002 then general manager until 2009. In 2007 Terry acquired 100% ownership from his partner and eventually sold BTE to Flatiron in 2009.

In his second term at Flatiron Terry managed the Intermountain District, was Director of the Middle East Region and finally Director of P3 delivery. In 2013 Terry left Flatiron to join the Plenary Group where he remains employed today.

With Plenary, Terry had day-to-day operational control of Plenary’s first US P3 project, US36 from Denver to Boulder. Terry led the technical group through financial close, design, tolling ramp-up and the first year of construction. As Plenary’s civil business grew in North America, Terry assumed an executive role overseeing the entire civil delivery team. Terry serves on the Executive Board of three delivered civil projects, Project Executive on civil projects being delivered and Principal in Charge on active civil pursuits.

Ananth Prasad
President, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association


Ananth Prasad currently serves as the President for Florida Transportation Builders’ Association (FTBA). FTBA is a trade association comprising of individuals and business firms actively engaged in the construction of transportation systems or in the furnishing materials, equipment or services for such construction.

With more than 28 years of public and private-sector experience in the transportation industry, including 5 years with HNTB, a national infrastructure solution firm where he recently held the position of National Transportation Practice Leader and 22 years with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) where he held the governor-appointed position of Secretary of FDOT from 2011-2015.

Prasad was named to the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships Inaugural Top 10 P3 Transportation Infrastructure Pioneers in 2017. Prasad also received the ARTBA’s P3 Entrepreneurs of the Year award and Florida Chamber Foundation’s Champion for Florida’s Future award in 2015 and was recognized by Engineering News Record Top 25 Newsmaker of the Year in 2013.

Tom Rousakis
Senior Managing Director and US Infrastructure Leader with EY Infrastructure Advisors, LLC (EYIA)


Tom Rousakis is a Senior Managing Director and US Infrastructure Leader with EY Infrastructure Advisors, LLC (EYIA), an affiliate of Ernst & Young LLP.

Tom has 21 years of experience in US infrastructure finance and is a recognized authority on the growing US public-private partnership market. Tom joined EYIA in the fall of 2013 after 16 years in infrastructure investment banking for Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Tom led transaction teams from inception through execution of debt and advisory assignments, developing rating agency, deal structure and investor marketing strategies for over $20 billion in infrastructure projects for highway and transit agencies, as well as universities and state and local governments generally.  Tom currently leads project teams for a variety of highway, transit, multi-modal, flood control and social infrastructure projects.

Tom Rousakis received his AB from Harvard College and his MPP from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Ernst & Young (EY) is one of the world’s oldest, largest and fastest-growing integrated professional services organizations and a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors LLC (EYIA), EY’s US infrastructure advisory practice, is a specialized US infrastructure advisory firm affiliated with Ernst & Young LLP (EY LLP) and a member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited. EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms united by a single operating structure and a common culture of innovation and knowledge sharing. EY has advised on more than 700 infrastructure projects worldwide since 1996, as well as many more projects that involve public or complex financing structures and various forms of traditional and public-private partnership (P3) delivery.

EYIA provides public and private sector clients with financial, commercial, and transaction advisory support for large-scale and complex infrastructure projects and programs, from the earliest stages of feasibility analysis through procurement, financial close, construction and operations. EYIA maintains infrastructure professionals across the country who specialize in the development strategies to deliver pathfinder projects in the transportation, social/governmental facilities, water/wastewater, environmental/resiliency and renewable energy infrastructure sectors. We assist our clients in devising and evaluating financial plans, delivery approaches and P3 opportunities for projects and programs that involve complex funding and financing considerations.

Dina Shaher
Senior Financial Policy Advisor – Build America Bureau, United States Department of Transportation


Dina Shaher is a Senior Financial Policy Advisor (transaction lead) in the Credit Office of the US Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau.  Her primary responsibilities entail managing the credit evaluation, negotiation, and closing of TIFIA loans in support of large transportation projects.  Among her recent projects are Moynihan Station in New York and Central 70 in Denver.  Prior to coming to US DOT, Dina spent two years at the Bank of Ireland’s North American Project Finance Group where she focused on Public Private Partnerships in the US and Canada and thirteen years at Financial Security Assurance (FSA – now Assured Guaranty), the latter nine of which were in FSA’s International Infrastructure Group in London focusing on social and transportation infrastructure financings under the UK Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and other similar limited- and non-recourse lending models.  Dina holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Ken Smith
Program Management Director, HDR


Equipped with over 35 years’ experience, Ken knows first-hand that innovative thinking and approaches can generate significant life-cycle savings across all types of transportation infrastructure. It drives his keen ability to enhance our service capabilities and program delivery as he strategically coordinates staffing and provides oversight on large programs. Ken supports reliable and cost-effective infrastructure improvements by leveraging alternative delivery methods and maximizing public-private partnership (P3) opportunities. Focusing on efficient project delivery and value for public money, his work provides public transportation agencies the opportunity to take their programs further than traditional delivery can provide.

Ken has held leadership roles for more than 12 projects, each valued greater than $1 billion. He is a board member of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s P3 Division.

John Smolen
Partner, Nossaman LLP


John P. Smolen is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of the law firm Nossaman LLP.  Nossaman is among the nation’s leading law firms in the public-private partnership (P3) and civil infrastructure spaces.  Mr. Smolen is an experienced attorney, representing the public sector in transit and transportation infrastructure, having advised on P3 and design-build projects in Missouri, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, California, Virginia and Texas.  Mr. Smolen is also an experienced project finance lawyer, advising project sponsors in the renewable energy project development.  Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Smolen spent more than a decade as a U.S. Navy officer, serving as an aviator, flight instructor and Naval ROTC instructor.

George Spakouris
Managing Director, KPMG LLP


George has more than 18 years of experience advising on corporate finance transactions, privatizations, and infrastructure financings in Europe and the US. George joined KPMG in Athens, Greece, in 2001 where he focused on transactions in South East Europe across a wide range of sectors. In 2005 he moved to KPMG in the US where he was mainly engaged in assisting clients develop large capital programs and procure and finance projects in the transportation and utilities infrastructure space. Amongst other, he has advised DOTs in Virginia, Texas, Michigan, Massachusetts, Indiana and Pennsylvania on their P3 programs, as well as cities and universities on the East Coast on water and CHP projects. During the last 10 years he has helped public sector clients close P3 deals with a value in excess of $10 billon.

Keith Stefanik
Project Director – Central 70, Colorado Department of Transportation


Keith Stefanik brings more than 18 years of public and private sector experience in the transportation engineering and construction industries. Currently the Project Director for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Central 70 Project – the state’s largest transportation project – Stefanik began his career as a Transportation Engineer for PBS&J before serving as a Capital Projects Manager in Douglas County, Colorado and Project Manager with Atkins North America. He joined CDOT in 2013 as a Resident Engineer before becoming the Central 70 Deputy Director of Project Delivery in 2017. Stefanik has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

Ian Tester
Managing Director, KPMG


Iain is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory practice that advises clients on all facets of the infrastructure lifecycle, including strategy; development; procurement; financing; operations and investments.

Iain has twenty years of advisory experience on infrastructure projects. He has a background in civil engineering and specializes in PPP and project finance, procurement option analysis, comparative risk assessment, proposal evaluation and contractual negotiations.  Iain has advised public and private sector clients on innovative finance transactions and program development including Arizona Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Treasury, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Facilities Commission and Texas State University System. Before moving to the US, Iain was a member of BayernLB’s project finance desk, specializing in structuring transportation, energy and water treatment finance facilities.

Iain graduated from the University of Southampton in the UK and is a member of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers.  Iain is a FINRA registered representative and holds series 7, 24 and 63 securities licences.

Christopher Watroba
Lead Associate – Booz Allen Hamilton


Mr. Watroba is a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton responsible for managing the contract team in support of the Air Force’s Office of Energy Assurance.  He and his team provide multi-disciplinary support with a mix of expertise in energy policy and strategy, project management, energy resilience, engineering, finance, acquisition, and strategic communication.  Previously, he managed the team that supported the Department of the Navy’s Renewable Energy Program Office’s achievement of the Secretary of the Navy’s “One Gigawatt” renewable generation goal.     Mr. Watroba is a former Army officer whose experience includes command of a Chinook Helicopter Company during combat operations in Iraq.  Mr. Watroba graduated from West Point where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management.  He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Webster University and a Master of Science from The George Washington University.

Scott Zuchorski
Senior Director, Fitch’s Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group


Scott Zuchorski is a Senior Director in Fitch’s Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group where he serves as a co-lead of the North American Transportation & P3 Group. Scott covers a variety of transportation and infrastructure transactions including airports, seaports, toll roads, privately financed sports stadiums, and public-private partnerships (P3s). Prior to joining Fitch, Scott was a First Vice President at Ambac Assurance Corporation where he was responsible for the credit oversight and remediation of a $250 billion municipal bond portfolio. He began his career as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen LLP’s Government Services Practice in Washington DC.

Scott received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and his Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. In addition, he is a member of the Municipal Analysts Group of New York (MAGNY) and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Cornell University’s Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP). Scott is also a member of the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Revenue and Finance Committee.


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