Carlos Rubinstein served as a commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) from 2009 - 2013. He is the Texas representative to the Western States Water Council; the Border Governors' Conference Sustainable Development worktable; the Governmental Advisory Committee, which advises the EPA Administrator on environmental concerns regarding NAFTA, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation; and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
Rubinstein is a former member of the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group and of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board, an independent federal advisory committee that assists the president and Congress on environmental infrastructure needs along the U.S. border with Mexico. He has also served as deputy executive director of TCEQ and as Rio Grande Watermaster. He is the past Texas representative to the Border Governors' Conference Water worktable and a former city manager for the City of Brownsville. Rubinstein received a bachelor's degree in biology from Pan American University.
As an attorney specializing in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation and environmental policy, Christi has fought for policies that provide for a healthy oil and gas industry while protecting the Texas environment and water resources. Christi served as the chief political and legal advisor to her father, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Tom Craddick from 2002-2011, the first Republican Speaker in over 100 years. A dynamic conservative leader, Christi was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission in 2012 with the support of over 4.3 million Texas voters. At the Commission, which regulates the Texas' oil and gas industry, she has fought to keep Texas job creators from being burdened with costly regulations. Christi earned her bachelors degree from the Plan II program at the University of Texas and her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
Parris N. Glendening is President of Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute. In this role, he travels across the country and around the world advising state and local governments on smart growth, transit, and sustainability policies and practices. In recent months, he has been a keynote speaker at international conferences in Turkey, China, and Australia. He also serves as President of the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative, administered in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Smart Growth America. Parris Glendening served as Governor of the State of Maryland from 1995 to 2003. While in office, he created the nation's first state-level smart growth policy package. Prior to being elected Governor, he served three terms as elected county executive of Prince George's County, Maryland; a county of 850,000 residents adjacent to Washington D.C. He was elected by his peers to serve as the President of the Maryland Association of Counties (twice), the Chair of the National Association of County Executives (twice), the President of the Council of State Governments, and the Chairman of the National Governors' Association.
Amanda Martin-Brock has spent her career focused in the global oil and gas, power and water sectors. She was named one of the top 10 women in energy by the Houston Chronicle and she was named the under 40 Alumni of the Year in 2001 for Louisiana State University. In March 2008, Ms. Brock raised one of the largest equity commitments for a start up in the water industry to globalize its business. Water Standard is now recognized as a leader and pioneer in water treatment for water-based EOR, and produced water treatment/reuse. She serves on the Board of the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the Texas Water Commission, and the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf Of Mexico Studies. She is regularly asked to speak and participate at global events including the Water Forum at the Aspen Institute, the Goldman Sachs Global Industrial Conference, the Water 2.0 Conference by the Water Innovations Alliance in New York, the Business and Professional Women's Leadership Summit sponsored by the US Senate, and as Innovation Speaker at the 2009 GASTECH Conference in Abu Dhabi. She was also invited by Bloomberg to attend the 50 Thought Leaders in Water global conference held 2012 and spoke at the 2013 first annual Bloomberg Oil and Gas Conference. She co-chaired the 2012 Water & Energy: Upstream Supply & Demand Management Strategies Conference in Houston and chaired the 2014 Future of Water panel in Paris. She is a regular columnist writing on the Water Energy Nexus for American Water Intelligence.
Mr. Seidel has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Underground Solutions since December 2005. Prior to that, he was employed as the President and CEO of USFilter Corporation, from 2000 to 2005. Mr. Seidel was employed by USFilter from its inception in 1991 until its acquisition by Siemens A.G. in 2004. Mr. Seidel previously served on the Board of Directors of USFilter, Aqua America, Inc. (formerly, Philadelphia Suburban Water), National Waterworks, Inc. (prior to its acquisition by Home Depot in 2005, now Home Depot Supply), and as a Director on the Management Board of French-based Veolia Environment. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of O'Brien & Gere, an employee-owned engineering and project delivery company, and Nuverra Environmental Solutions (NYSE: NES), an environmental services company. Mr. Seidel holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Becky joined CH2M Hill in December 2013 and has spent the past six years of her career focused on chemical and water use in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CH2M HILL Tomasek served as the Vice President of Strategy, R&D, Marketing and Business Development for Swire Oilfield Services where she identified and analyzed produced water treatment technologies and led water reclamation field trials utilizing those technologies. From 2008 to 2013 Tomasek was a founding leadership team member of the Oil & Gas business group of The Dow Chemical Company, serving first as the Finance Leader and then as the Global Strategic Marketing Director. In these roles she led the development of innovative chemicals to increase production, reduce costs, and minimize emissions for the oil and gas industry. Prior to these roles, Tomasek served in a variety of production engineering, business finance, corporate auditing, and strategy roles within The Dow Chemical Company. Tomasek has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston.
Bertrand Camus serves as CEO of United Water's nationwide water and wastewater operations, encompassing both regulated and non-regulated businesses. In addition, he is CEO of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT North America. Prior to joining United Water, Camus served as Director of Internal Audit for SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, United Water's parent company. In addition to expertise in finance, long-term investment and sustainable development, Camus has a wealth of experience in international water operations. He served as Chief Operating Officer of Aguas Argentinas, an affiliate of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT. In that capacity he was responsible for overseeing water and wastewater operations which served eight million people living in Greater Buenos Aires.
Bruce Howard is president of MWH Government and Infrastructure, providing strategic direction of MWH water and energy services in the Americas.
Howard has more than 40 years of international engineering, program and construction management experience. He joined MWH in 2002 as director of global program management services. Prior to MWH, he was a vice president at IT Group, Inc. Howard is a retired colonel with the United States Army and spent 26 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Through extensive international engineering experience, Howard holds a passion for learning about communities across the globe. He is committed to ensure the organization, as responsible stewards of the earth's natural resources, provides top quality services to both clients and communities. As managing director for the AMP3 program in the U.K., a multi-billion dollar wet infrastructure program with more than 1,100 individual projects, he has been instrumental in developing tools and processes benefiting all MWH clients.
Notable programs/projects led by Howard include: the AMP3 Program for United Utilities, Hurricane Katrina Emergency Response, Christ Church Earthquake Rebuild Program and Nuclear Decommissioning for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a Fellow with the Institution of Civil Engineers, the highest membership conferred upon engineers of proven ability who have been engaged in a position of responsibility in the promotion, planning, design, construction, maintenance or management of important engineering work. He is also a board member of MWH Global.
Howard holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a master's in environmental engineering from the University of Florida. He lives in Arvada, CO. with his wife. He has two grown children and two grandchildren.
Dan provides consulting services through Dan McCarthy Consulting LLC which he started after a 36 year career with Black & Veatch Corporation, the last ten years of which he initially led their North American water business, and eventually their global water business as president and CEO. During the last seven years of his tenure, he also served as an executive director on the board of Black & Veatch Holding Company, which focuses also on the Energy, Telecommunications, and Federal markets. In his current business, he provides advisory services to water utilities and businesses serving the global water industry, such as engineering, construction, technology and operations services companies. The services consist of strategic planning and strategic execution planning, market positioning and analysis, specific project development, marketing and pursuit strategy and execution, brand management, effective messaging, and thought leadership.
Debra Coy provides strategic advisory services for companies and investors in the water sector. She launched her independent consulting business in 2010 after 20 years as a leading equities research analyst covering the water and environmental industries for Wall Street firms. She is also an advisor to XPV Capital, the largest water-only venture capital fund in North America, and serves on the Board of Directors for Headworks International.
Ms. Coy received several "Best Brokerage Analyst" awards for her water utilities coverage and was responsible for running the most prominent water conference on Wall Street for more than a decade. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, has appeared on CNBC and other investment broadcasts, and is a regular columnist for water industry publications.
She was previously Managing Director leading coverage of the water sector for Janney Montgomery Scott and also worked as an investment research analyst covering Washington policy and the water industry for Schwab Capital Markets, HSBC Securities, and NatWest Securities.
Francesca McCann is Abengoa Water USA's CEO. Abengoa Water is a recognized innovator in private development of water-related infrastructure projects and alternative delivery models: public-private partnership and turnkey design-finance-build-operate (DBFO) and build-operate-transfer (BOT) contracts. In 2012 Abengoa was awarded Desalination Company of the year by Global Water Intelligence.
Prior to Abengoa Water, Ms. McCann founded Global Water Strategies, an advisory firm providing financial and strategic expertise in corporate water strategy and investments. Ms. McCann also covered the water sector for Wall Street for seven years, where she built a niche water research product for institutional investors.
She has been a leader in the sector for over a decade and has been featured in print and on television and radio, including the New York Times, Business Week, Barron's, Bloomberg, MSNBC and NPR to discuss industry trends. Ms. McCann is frequently invited to speak at influential water conferences in the U.S. and abroad. She has also been published in numerous industry journals and is regularly cited in trade publications for her analysis of the environmental and water industries.
The City of Fort Worth Water Department, provides water and wastewater service to over 1,000,000 people in Fort Worth and surrounding communities in Tarrant County and three surrounding counties. During his tenure, Frank has been responsible for overseeing capital projects planning for various water and wastewater expansions and the expansion of the distribution and collection systems from approximately 2000 miles of pipe in 1983 to over 3500 miles of pipe each in 2012. Frank's involvement led to the development and implementation of Water and Wastewater Impact Fees in the City of Fort Worth in 1989 and he was also instrumental in implementing cost of service based retail rates in the early 90s, and establishing a Citizens Advisory Committee for annual updates. Recently he has established the eastern reclaimed water system and acquired a site for a future water reclamation facility in West Fort Worth. He led the effort to evaluate Public Private Partnerships for the utility in 2013 and was instrumental in the adoption of more stringent water conservation measures in 2014.
He is past president of the Texas Section WateReuse Association and currently president of the North Texas Chapter of the Underground Construction Technology Association. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University and a Masters of Engineering from Texas A&M University.
George Hawkins was named to the post in a unanimous vote on September 3, 2009 by the board of directors. With an operating and capital budget of nearly $1 billion, DC Water provides drinking water delivery and wastewater collection and treatment for a population of more than 600,000 in the District of Columbia, as well as the millions of people who work in or visit the District. DC Water also treats wastewater for a population of 1.6 million in Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. The Authority operates the world's largest advanced wastewater treatment plant at Blue Plains, with a capacity of 370 million gallons per day and a peak daily capacity of more than a billion gallons. DC Water's service area covers 725 square miles.
Mr. Hawkins began his career practicing law for the Boston firm Ropes & Gray, and is a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University in 1983 and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1987. Since 1999, Mr. Hawkins has taught Environmental Law and Policy for the Princeton Environment Institute at Princeton University. He lives in the District of Columbia.
James Welch has 26 years of industrial water management experience including chemical and mechanical treatment, with seven years focused on produced water management involving commercial and business development, technology evaluations, regulatory compliance, water logistics strategies. He has held commercial leadership and new business development positions with Siemens, Baker Hughes and Halliburton. In his current role, James focuses on integrated water management strategies to cost effectively minimize waste and fresh water requirements in fluid system applications. The Halliburton process leverages mechanical and chemical water conditioning while considering chemical compatibilities, water logistics with advanced fluid system design to maximize the use of impaired water sources.
Jeff Hughes is the Director of the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina. The EFC provides applied research, educational programs and advising services to local governments, utilities, non-profit organizations, consulting firms and state and federal agencies. Jeff has twenty-five years of environmental finance and governance experience as an educator, researcher, policy analyst, consultant, and utility practitioner. Jeff is also a faculty member with the School of Government where he teaches courses on utility finance and policy for university students and practitioners. Jeff's research and teaching interests include environmental informatics, utility benchmarking, customer usage analysis, service pricing, economic regulation, and public finance. Prior to joining the university, Jeff worked for RTI International where he managed utility finance and governance projects throughout Central Europe and Africa including a yearlong position as an infrastructure finance advisor to the Polish government. Jeff also worked briefly as a utility director for a small rural community in North Carolina. He received a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree in engineering from Duke University.
John James Tintera is a regulatory expert in virtually all facets of upstream oil and gas exploration, production, and transportation, including conventional and unconventional reservoirs. As the retired Executive Director and 22 year veteran of the premier oilfield regulator in the nation, if not the world (the Railroad Commission of Texas) he has overseen the entire regulatory process, from drilling permits to compliance inspections, oil spill response, pollution remediation, and pipeline transportation.
Mr. Tintera has both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology with almost 30 years of combined technical and managerial experience, 11 years as an industry petroleum geologist and 18 years with the state regulator. He has an in- depth hands-on knowledge of the E&P industry and the state and federal regulatory framework that oversees it, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) , the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDW), and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). In addition, he has a thorough knowledge of environmental assessment, remediation and emergency response.
Mr. Hill recently reestablished his management advisory firm Blue Star Capital with sector verticals to include energy, water environmental services, general industrial and life sciences .Particular expertise in the nexus between energy, water and agriculture. Advisory services range from M&A, capital structures (equity/mezz. and senior debt), and operations advisory including business strategies, markets and personnel optimization.
Has over 30 years of experience in both water and environmental service company operations as well as over a decade of private equity experience in the water industry. .
Prior experience includes serving as a Managing Director of NGP Energy Capital Management where he led the firm's efforts in sourcing, execution and monitoring of opportunities in the water and oil field services sectors, Prior to NGP, Mr.Hill was a Managing Partner with Summit Global Management, Inc. where he was responsible for all private equity investments in the water sector. From 1999 to 2008, he served as a Managing Director of Aqua International Partners and then The Halifax Group, both affiliates of the Texas Pacific Group. Mr. Hill's early career was with Atlantic Richfield and Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he held operating and executive roles in the environmental and water sectors.
Kent Rowey is a partner in Allen & Overy LLP's Projects, Energy and Infrastructure group based in New York. Kent represents investors, credit providers, public sector entities, contractors and other participants in infrastructure and natural resources transactions. His global experience is unique among natural resource and infrastructure lawyers. He's been involved in major infrastructure financings in Asia, the Middle East, North America and the UK, including many first-of-their-kind transactions. He has played a leading role in the development of private finance in the infrastructure sector in North America, having successfully closed many transactions now considered templates for infrastructure finance. He has been involved in the financial closing of more than 80 infrastructure and natural resources transaction worldwide. Chambers USA 2014 describes Kent as "very good negotiator and wickedly smart," while in the 2011 edition Kent is described as "globally renowned for his expertise in the P3 industry" and "one of the truly great project finance deal attorneys: he has great knowledge and always achieves his goal."
Mr. Chertoff, President of Environmental Market Analysis (EMA Services) is former director at Alinda Capital Partners, the largest independent infrastructure private equity fund where he participated in financial analysis of dozens of water and wastewater projects, many as concession-based public-private cooperative ventures. He has had more than 35 years experience in fostering constructive cooperation between the private sector and municipal services. As chief economist for New York City's Environmental Protection Administration (Sanitation, Water Resources, Air Resources and Noise Abatement) he founded and directed the NYC Recycling Office, initiated the world's largest public-private newspaper recycling program, established guidelines for purchase of recycled products, negotiated the City's first royalty payment for recovery and use of landfill gas and managed its first Energy Office and participated in planning NYC's 340 MGD North River Wastewater Treatment Facility.
As Operations Manager, Linda Hanifin Bonner brings nearly 30 years of organization, governance and association financial management experience to the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC). In this capacity, she is responsible for the overall for the management and administration of WDBC Board approved projects and programs, including education and outreach materials; and supporting the Board in fulfilling its mission. Her professional career activities have been dedicated to work within the water/wastewater industry.
Dr. Hanifin-Bonner has a B.S, in Environmental Science from The Johns Hopkins University; an M.S. in Public Policy and Ph.D, in Organizational Systems from The Fielding Graduate University. She has served on the Maryland State Water Quality Advisory Committee, is a former director for the Water Environment Federation, where she also chaired the Public Education Committee for six years. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, AWWA and WEF; and serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland/DC Oncology Foundation.
As an elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, she currently leads their Environmental Stewardship Program, chairs the Congregation Life Committee and is a member of the Justice and Peace Committee. She also serves on the Chesapeake Interfaith Environmental Group and is a member of the Baltimore Presbytery Creation Care Committee.
Lisa has served as CTO of WATER STANDARD since 2009 and served as President of the International Desalination Association (IDA) from 2007-2009, where she has been a member of the Board of Directors for the past sixteen years. She has recently been elected to the board of the Produced Water Society and is recognized as a leading expert in water treatment worldwide. She formerly headed the desalination business for CH2M Hill, acting as technical advisor on many of the most challenging desalination projects in the Middle East, Australia, North America, and Asia. Ms. Henthorne also holds three U.S. patents in water treatment, with multiple US and international patents pending. Ms. Henthorne graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Master's of Science in Chemical Engineering and Missouri State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry. She has more than 25 years of experience in the desalination and water treatment industry.
Mr. Diserio has spent over three decades years in long/short fund management, securities analysis, and sales. Prior to co-founding Water Asset Management LLC, he was portfolio manager of Schafer Cullen Small Cap LP and of Diserio Partners LP. Prior to that, he was a general partner and portfolio manager at Water Street Capital. Mr. Diserio spent the previous 12 years as a senior equity analyst covering Special Situations at PaineWebber and in institutional equities sales at Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette.
Maximilien Pellegrini is the CEO of Infilco Degremont, the North American water and wastewater treatment equipment affiliate of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT. Pellegrini joined the Paris-based Degremont Group in 2001 where he served in various roles. He became CFO for Degremont's Iberia - Africa - Latin America Business Unit, and later served as CEO of Degremont Spain, where he managed the company's design-build operations. Pellegrini has a strong financial background and extensive expertise in business development and strategic planning of large water treatment projects both in North America and abroad. Today, he is responsible for overseeing the engineering and supply of sustainable cutting-edge technologies aimed at solving the water treatment challenges faced by municipalities and industrialists.
Norm has more than 30 years of executive, client service management, project management, business development, and business operations experience in the environmental, water, and wastewater industry. With proven experience in bid-build construction, construction management, and integrated project delivery (design-build and construction management-at-risk [CMAR]), he currently leads the Parsons collaborative project delivery business development initiatives. Specializing in design-build and CMAR procurement, Norm has served the industry as a practitioner, consultant, and owner's advisor. He has been involved in launching design-build projects for large international firms as well as integrating lessons learned into both practitioners and owner's project delivery operations. Norm recently served as the pre construction phase project manager for the San Antonio Water System Brackish Groundwater Desalination Program CMAR project in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Libman is the Director of Advanced Water Analysis at Air Liquide - Balazs NanoAnalysis (Fremont, California), focusing on problem solving and process optimization for the AL clients. He has over 20 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment, desalination, and water reuse in municipal and industrial applications. His experience includes design, operation, and technology development with the advanced water and wastewater
systems. Dr. Libman earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel) and holds Professional Engineering license in Environmental Engineering.
Dr. Libman's contributions include more than 40 publications and Conference presentations in the area of water technology. He holds a co-chair position of UPW ITRS (International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductor) and chairing task forces with SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International) for UPW related standards development. He moderated sessions at WEFTECH, UPW, and other Conferences.
Tom Pankratz is the editor of GWI's weekly Water Desalination Report and an independent desalination consultant. He has served as an expert advisor on some of the world's largest and most technically complex desal projects and has been appointed to serve on committees by the National Academy of Sciences, World Health Organization, Middle East Desal Research Center and Australia's Nation Center of Desal Excellence.
Walter Lynch is president and chief operating officer of regulated operations for American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. He previously served as the president of regulated operations, and assumed this new, expanded role in March 2010. In his current role, Mr. Lynch is responsible for the successful performance of American Water's 16 regulated states, serving approximately 1,100 communities, and for leading other areas including the company's two national customer call centers, as well as labor relations and regulatory policy. In addition, Mr. Lynch leads the company's business transformation effort, which ensures that the company employs the proper technology and processes to execute its key strategies.