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Eric Alini

Focusing on Sustainability Using PACE
Tuesday July 14 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Managing Partner
Counterpointe Real Estate Solutions

Eric Alini is the Managing Partner of Counterpointe Energy Partners and its various subsidiaries including Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate. Prior to founding the Counterpointe, Mr. Alini was responsible for the Merrill Lynch Global Principal Finance Group investing and risk management of over $21 Billion of alternative assets for Merrill Lynch's capital. Mr. Alini was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch for 13 years and held a number of other senior positions in his career with Merrill Lynch including Head of CMBS trading, Head of International CMBS, and Head of Global Corporate Loan Portfolio Management. He also managed the Merrill Lynch Bank USA's portfolio of asset-backed securities. Mr. Alini is also a member of the board of PACE Nation and Urban Green, the USGBC chapter in New York City.


Caleb Bell

PACE 101 - The Basics of PACE Financing
Tuesday May 12 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Partner
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Caleb Bell is chair of Bricker & Eckler’s Public Finance practice group with a regional practice that emphasizes public finance and economic development matters. He has served as bond counsel in a wide variety of transactions. His clients include Ohio governments, private developers, and property owners.  Caleb has broad experience in infrastructure finance, development finance, project finance, and energy finance, and is well known for his representation of special purpose financing entities.  Caleb is a graduate of Otterbein University and Georgetown Law.


Josh Campbell

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Executive Director
Missouri Energy Initiative

Josh Campbell has more than twenty years’ experience building and managing grassroots campaigns, non-profit organizations and diverse statewide coalitions. Josh has worked with all levels of state & local government on a variety of legislative and regulatory issues. He has been executive director of the Missouri Energy Initiative since 2011 (Mission: Work collaboratively to identify opportunities and solutions to meet Missouri’s energy needs through support and facilitation of energy economic development, education, research and pragmatic policies.) Josh also co-founded the Show Me PACE Clean Energy district, Missouri's open market statewide CEDB, in 2015 and has helped facilitate the closing of more than $49 Million in commercial PACE.


John Costlow

PACE 101 - The Basics of PACE Financing
Tuesday May 12 11:00 - 1:00 PM

President
Sustainable Energy Fund


John Costlow, CRM, CSDP, REP, PCF, CPHC is President & CEO of Sustainable Energy Fund. As President Mr. Costlow provides vision, leadership and overall management of the Sustainable Energy Fund. Sustainable Energy Fund is a nonprofit organization that assists energy users in overcoming educational, financial and regulatory barriers to a sustainable energy future. SEF finances a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through commercial loans, energy savings agreements and power purchase agreement. Prior to joining SEF, Mr. Costlow served in management capacities throughout the energy industry including Manager of Marketing and Energy Conservation for Florida Public Utilities and Vice President of Energy Control Companies. Mr. Costlow is a veteran of the US Navy where he served as a submarine nuclear reactor operator. Mr. Costlow has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a graduate of Naval Nuclear Power School. He is a certified Performance Contracting and Funding Professional, Certified Sustainable Development Professional, Certified Carbon Reduction Manager, Certified Renewable Energy Professional and Certified Passive House Consultant. Mr. Costlow has served as President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers and as Chair for Mid Atlantic Bio Energy Council.


Jeremy Druhot

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Manager of Programming and Projects
Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority

Jeremy Druhot is the Manager of Programming and Projects at the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority, a public agency in Central Ohio that facilitates the financing of economic development projects. Among the many programs the Finance Authority offers – TIF, capital leases, bond finance and more – Jeremy manages the Finance Authority’s energy efficiency and PACE financing program, as well as staffs the operations of the Columbus Regional Energy Special Improvement District. To date, the Finance Authority has financed 20 energy efficiency projects at over $22 million in total investment, saving property owners an average 32% of their utility costs.

Prior to joining the Finance Authority, Jeremy worked as a Graduate Assistant at AEP Economic Development. He holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from The Ohio State Universi


Norma Fox Horwitz

PACE 101 - The Basics of PACE Financing
Tuesday May 12 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Special Projects Manager
Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council

Norma Fox Horwitz
Economic Development Director
NOPEC
nfhorwitz@nopec.org
440-249-7829

Norma joined the NOPEC staff in January 2015 with over 20 years of economic development experience. As Economic Development Director, she’s managing NOPEC’s two energy efficiency financing programs for commercial property owners and its member-community energy efficiency grant program. PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) launched in 2016 and the STEP (Savings Through Efficiency Program) launched in 2018, with financing available from $5,000-$500,000. The NOPEC Energized Community (NEC) grant launched in 2018 as well.

Prior economic development positions include Deputy Director at the Summit County Department of Development, Assistant Director of Development for the City of Cuyahoga Falls and Development Manager at the Development Finance Authority of Summit County.

Her work with the business community during her career includes projects in multiple counties throughout northeast Ohio. Oftentimes, as part of those projects, she worked with officials at the community, county and state levels. In addition to NOPEC’s financing programs, the scope of her experience includes structured bond financing, brownfield grant funding, enterprise zone and community reinvestment area incentives, New Markets Tax Credits, and other programs utilized to assist business growth.

Norma holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Akron and an MBA from Kent State University. She is also certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional and serves on the University of Akron’s Department of Economics Academic Advisory Board in the College of Business Administration.


Lain Gutierrez

PACE Program Capitalization
Tuesday September 22 11:00 - 1:00 PM

CEO
CleanFund

Lain Gutierrez is a banking and structured finance veteran with over 29 years of experience in originating, analyzing, structuring and rating asset-backed financings.

Lain is the CEO of CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc. CleanFund is the leading provider of long-term financing for energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy and seismic improvements for commercial, multifamily and other nonresidential properties in the U.S.

Prior to CleanFund, Lain founded SolFin Capital, LLC, a specialty finance company with institutional backing from a credit-focused asset manager with over $12 billion under management. SolFin’s mission is to provide creative and competitive debt solutions for clean energy installations with a focus on community solar arrays in new residential developments.

Prior to SolFin Lain was a senior rating analyst at DBRS, Inc. where he was responsible for clean energy/energy efficiency financing, including Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) and Residential Solar. At DBRS, Lain led efforts to publish a new methodology for rating PACE in July 2015 and ESPC in December 2016.

Lain speaks regularly at industry conferences and has published various research articles including a commentary titled “Residential PACE Delinquency Trends” which studied delinquency trends for PACE obligations in California.

Prior to DBRS, Lain was a senior banker with Citigroup’s asset-backed securities business. Over the course of his 11 year tenure at Citi, he originated and structured a wide variety of transactions including: film/media, aircraft, trade receivables, retail auto, retail credit cards and timeshare.

Lain received his bachelor’s degree and MBA with a concentration in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business. 


Chris Jones

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

PACE Financing Consultant
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Chris Jones has more than 20 years of experience in the residential and commercial real estate
sector. His focus has been primarily on the energy efficiency aspects of buildings, including
financing options.
Having worked in various management roles, Chris blends his significant technical building
knowledge with the oversight of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs funded with a
combination of federal, state and local grant dollars. He has had direct oversight and
management of PACE program administration and the coordination of PACE stakeholders,
including lenders, legal counsel, local governments, contractors, property managers and mortgage
lenders.
Chris is the former director of PACE with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, where he, among
other tasks, oversaw the creation and implementation of two successful PACE “brands,” which
combined over $30 million in PACE loan closings. He also has on-the-ground experience in
residential and commercial construction and maintenance, including heating and cooling,
insulation and environmental inspection.


Colin Kalvas

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

PACE Program Capitalization
Tuesday September 22 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Associate Attorney
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Colin Kalvas is a public finance and economic development attorney. Colin serves political subdivisions, financial institutions, developers and special purpose districts such as special improvement districts and new community authorities in many different capacities related to the issuance of bonds, securities law, federal income tax law, contracts, real property acquisition, development, leasing and governmental revenues.
 
Colin has been at the forefront of developing property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing in Ohio. His PACE efforts include serving as counsel to PACE administrators and energy special improvement districts throughout Ohio, as well as serving as bond counsel and lender’s counsel to Ohio port authorities and other financial institutions that finance energy efficiency and clean energy projects through PACE. He is well known within the PACE community. He has extensive experience negotiating, documenting and closing PACE transactions, including as part of complex capital stacks.


Clifton Kellogg

Policy and the Future of PACE
Tuesday August 25 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Executive Director
C-PACE Alliance

Cliff Kellogg is Executive Director of the C-PACE Alliance, a coalition of the major C-PACE capital providers, law firms and service providers. He co-authored C-PACE Alliance’s white paper, The Elements of a Well-Designed C-PACE Statute and Program to Attract Private Investment and Foster Transaction Volumes. C-PACE Alliance offers technical assistance to emerging C-PACE programs, publishes best practice papers, and seeks to strengthen C-PACE Program Administrators. From 2015 to 2017, Cliff was the White House liaison to the City of Detroit, coordinating the federal government’s response to the City crisis. He organized and led a collaboration of banks and nonprofit housing counseling organizations that offered a new home loan -- the Detroit Home Mortgage -- to cover the cost of renovations above artificially low appraised values. Cliff worked at the US Department of the Treasury, helping to develop the New Markets Tax Credit and as Director of the State Small Business Credit Initiative. Previously, he served as President & CEO of City First Bank of DC, the first CDFI bank in the region. Cliff graduated from Yale Law School and from Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Ben Kessler

Focusing on Sustainability Using PACE
Tuesday July 14 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Mayor
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission




Bali Kumar

PACE 101 - The Basics of PACE Financing
Tuesday May 12 11:00 - 1:00 PM

CEO
Lean & Green Michigan

Bali Kumar is Chief Executive Officer of Lean & Green Michigan, where he helps develop and deploy the PACE marketplace across Michigan. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PACENation, the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (MIEIBC), the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MLCV), the Utility Consumer Participation Board (UCPB), and Brilliant Detroit. He was recently named one of Midwest Energy News' 40 under 40 honorees.
Previously, Bali served as the Executive Director of the Wayne County Land Bank, a public body specializing in restoring blighted properties and returning these properties to productive use. At the Wayne County Land Bank, he worked on a wide-range of programming, including partnering with state and local entities to enact commercial and industrial redevelopment.
Bali holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.


Jennifer Kuzma

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Executive Director
Northeast Ohio Advanced Energy District


Since 2001 Jennifer Kuzma has been guiding the efforts of the Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium.  Founded as the first organization of its kind in 1996, this council of governments focuses on redevelopment of the first ring communities surrounding Cleveland through program development, advocacy and best practices sharing.  Under Jennifer’s leadership, the member communities have worked together to rebound from one of the hardest hit foreclosure crisis in the country; developed the first multi-jurisdictional energy efficiency and alternative energy special improvement district in Ohio - the Northeast Ohio Advanced Energy District, and created an atmosphere where communities come together to problem solve and share resources that revitalize not only their communities but the entire region of Northeast Ohio.  
 
As Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Advanced Energy District, Jennifer has successfully closed over $5M in C-PACE projects in Cuyahoga County.  These projects include building envelope enhancements to roofing, skin and windows; new lighting systems; elevator systems and skylights for both rehab and new construction projects in Brooklyn Heights, Cleveland, East Cleveland, Maple Heights and Solon.  In 2020, two more communities will join the District taking its total municipal membership count to 23 communities. 
 


Michael Linder

PACE Program Capitalization
Tuesday September 22 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Loan Officer
Saint Paul Port Authority

Michael joined the Saint Paul Port Authority in 2017 as a loan officer supporting energy finance programs. Michael brings to his role eight years of experience in the banking industry. Michael earned his B.S. in business administration from Michigan Technological University and MBA in finance from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.


Brooke A. Mangiarelli

Focusing on Sustainability Using PACE
Tuesday July 14 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Associate
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Brooke Mangiarelli is a public finance and economic development attorney with Bricker & Eckler LLP. Brooke has experience assisting clients with economic development projects, including tax increment financing (TIF) programs, community reinvestment area (CRA) abatements, and special assessment financing. Brooke’s practice also focuses on property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, which allows property owners to access innovative financing for clean energy and energy efficiency improvements. She serves a wide range of clients, including political subdivisions, financial institutions, private developers, and energy special improvement districts.



Steve Melink

Focusing on Sustainability Using PACE
Tuesday July 14 11:00 - 1:00 PM

CEO
Melink Corporation

Steve Melink is founder and CEO of Melink Corporation, a provider of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for the commercial building industry since 1987. His headquarters in Cincinnati is LEED-Platinum certified and Net Zero Energy, and over 50% of his employees drive hybrids or electric vehicles. In 2018 Steve sold his company to his employees through an employee stock ownership plan, called an ESOP. And this year Steve is constructing a second headquarters to not only accommodate the company’s continued growth but also model how to design affordable Zero Energy buildings for architects and engineers across the U.S. and world. Steve is the author of ‘CEO Power & Light – Transcendent Leadership for a Sustainable World’, and in his book he advocates for a clean energy revolution to improve our global economy, security, and environment.


Andrew Meyer

PACE Program Capitalization
Tuesday September 22 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Senior Vice President
Petros PACE Finance

Andy Meyer is a Senior Vice President at Petros PACE Finance. He is based in St. Louis and is responsible for the origination, structuring and closing of PACE and tax credit transactions throughout the country.
Andy has significant experience in the PACE industry, joining Petros from Twain Financial Partners, where he served as Director of PACE Financing and Associate General Counsel. While at Twain, he started and oversaw the company’s PACE financing platform nationwide. He also structured and closed some of the first rated securitizations of PACE assets in the industry. In addition to PACE, Andy assisted with the origination and closing of Twain’s tax credit, debt and equity investments throughout the country. Prior to Twain, Andy was a real estate and structured finance attorney at Husch Blackwell LLP.
Andy holds a B.S.B.A. from the University of Dayton, an MBA from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and a J.D. from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.


Maryrose Myrtetus

Focusing on Sustainability Using PACE
Tuesday July 14 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Program Manager
Philadelphia Energy Authority

Maryrose Myrtetus is a Program Manager at the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA), where she is currently overseeing the implementation of the Philadelphia C-PACE program. She is also working on PEA’s 10-year Energy Campaign which will leverage $1BN to advance energy efficiency and clean energy across Philadelphia and create over 10,000 jobs by 2026. Maryrose has a background in renewable energy finance, corporate strategy, government and public policy. Maryrose holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Vassar College.


Elyssa Rothe

Policy and the Future of PACE
Tuesday August 25 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Director of Policy and Program Development
Greenworks Lending

Elyssa is a dedicated advocate for sustainable investment, community-based economic development and equitable clean energy choices. As the Director of Policy and Program Development at Greenworks Lending, she works to lay the groundwork for PACE programs that save energy and money for property owners, while achieving public policy goals for local governments.

Elyssa has spent her career in the clean energy finance and incentive space. Before joining Greenworks Lending, Elyssa was the Director of Policy and Market Development at PACENation, the national advocacy nonprofit for PACE Financing from 2015 – 2018. She also worked as the Director of C-PACE and Government Engagement at Energize NY, NY State’s PACE Program from 2012 – 2015.

Before PACE came to the east coast, Elyssa worked as a contractor for NYSERDA’s (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) energy efficiency programs, where she engaged with community stakeholders and property owners to undertake meaningful clean energy projects. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Social Entrepreneurship, and holds a Certificate in Fundraising from NYU’s  School of Professional Studies.


Paul Scharfenberger

PACE Program Capitalization
Tuesday September 22 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Executive Director
Colorado Clean Energy Fund

Paul Scharfenberger is the Executive Director of the Colorado Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) - CO's recently incorporated nonprofit "Green Bank". Paul is responsible for identifying unserved and underserved clean energy opportunities in Colorado and working with a variety of stakeholders to structure creative and attractive finance solutions to bring those opportunities to fruition.

Prior to joining CCEF, Paul was the Chief Operating Officer of the Colorado Energy Office where he developed various public private partnerships that deployed >$100M towards clean energy projects. Most notably, Paul was the lead author on multiple pieces of legislation that enabled Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) in Colorado and he Chaired the Board of Directors that created and launched the successful Colorado C-PACE program.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance from Fairfield University in Connecticut, Paul holds a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Finance and a Master’s of Science (MS) with a focus in energy policy, markets and technologies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Teresa Snyder PhD

Policy and the Future of PACE
Tuesday August 25 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Vice President Strategic Growth & Development
Ebee Management Group

Exceptional Business Development Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the financial and energy sectors. Experienced in Nonprofit Organizations, Government Relations, Management and Leadership. Proven strong business leader with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Management with Specialty in Leadership from Capella University.


Jason Stringer

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Business Development Director
Slipstream / PACE Wisconsin

Jason is a clean energy finance professional with nearly 20 years of experience spanning project financing, program development, municipal relations, sustainability, and PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) administration. With a deeply rooted background in finance program development and management, loan origination, and project development, Jason is also well-versed in sustainable building practices as a LEED Green Associate. He is passionate about improving access to financing that stimulates adoption of clean energy.


Jason Tiemeier

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Policy and the Future of PACE
Tuesday August 25 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Associate
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Jason Tiemeier is a member of the Bricker & Eckler Public Finance practice group. He works with local governments, special purpose districts, developers, and financial institutions on a variety of public finance and local government matters. His practice includes the structuring and documentation of economic development projects and general obligation and revenue bond transactions. Jason has experience with a variety of economic development tools such as tax increment financing (TIF), community reinvestment areas (CRA), new community authorities (NCA), and joint economic development districts (JEDD). Jason has also been involved with the rapid development of property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing in Ohio. He provides general counsel services to energy special improvement districts and bond and lender’s counsel services to the organizations that finance energy efficiency and clean energy projects through PACE.



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