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Caleb Bell

Green Financing 101
Tuesday February 1 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Attorney
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.


Colin Bishopp

PACE and Traditional Lending Institutions
Tuesday November 22 2:00 - 4:00 PM

CEO
Allectrify

Colin Bishopp is the CEO of Allectrify and FASTPACE. FASTPACE enables banks, credit unions and CDFIs to offer Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing to their corporate customers, quickly and easily. Prior to founding Allectrify, Colin served as the Executive Director of PACENation, the national trade association that works alongside lenders, policymakers, community organizations and business leaders to expand access to PACE financing. Colin previously served in senior leadership roles at Renew Financial and the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2016, Colin received a Fulbright to lead a seminar on clean energy finance at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. Colin earned his master’s degree at the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley.


Dylan F. Borchers

Solar Projects
Thursday August 11 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Associate
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Dylan Borchers has a practice that focuses on energy infrastructure development, regulatory proceedings, and energy policy.

Dylan has represented developers of new generation facilities totaling more than 7,000 MW of new electricity capacity in Ohio before the Ohio Power Siting Board. These projects include six new natural gas combined cycle power plants, four utility scale wind farms, and over one dozen utility scale solar facilities. He is also heavily engaged in Ohio's growing solar sector, representing multiple developers of utility scale solar projects, as well as multiple behind the meter projects. He represents a variety of clients, including trade associations, municipal aggregators, electric vehicle charging companies and suppliers in adjudicatory hearings, rulemakings and other proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Dylan has also represented a number of energy storage projects, including the developer of the country's largest municipal combined solar and battery project.


Abigail Johnson

Organizing PACE Programs
Tuesday May 3 2:00 - 4:00 PM

President
Abacus Property Solutions

Abby Johnson is Executive Director and founder of the Virginia PACE Authority (VPA) and President of Abacus Property Solutions (Abacus).  Since 2012, Abby has specialized in PACE financing, advising commercial building owners, lenders and public sector clients in PACE project and program development. She has been instrumental in developing PACE programs around the country through crafting of PACE legislation, creating program guidelines, and launching and administering PACE programs. In her capacity as an advisor, Abby works with building owners to develop “PACE-able” projects, structure PACE within the capital stack, and source senior debt as needed. Currently, Abby and her team are the state PACE program administrators for both Virginia and Maryland.
 
Prior to specializing in PACE, Abby worked for over 15 years in commercial real estate in the US and Europe as an architect, management consultant, and commercial mortgage banker. She is the recipient of numerous awards at both the state and national level and has been successful in garnering numerous grants around energy efficiency and resiliency. Abby is active in supporting affordable housing, sustainability, and economic development, evidenced by her service as a Board member of Virginia Housing, PACE Nation, the MidAtlantic PACE Alliance, and Wahoos for Sustainability.  She has a Bachelor of Architectural History from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Business from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.


Christopher Jones

Organizing PACE Programs
Tuesday May 3 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act on Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Projects
Wednesday December 7 2:00 - 4:00 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.


Justin Kale

Impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act on Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Projects
Wednesday December 7 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Director of Opportunity Development
Energility, LLC

Justin Kale co-founded Energility in 2015 providing energy management services to non-profits, small businesses, and commercial enterprises. They have conducted over 200 energy audits and supported over 150 projects ($12+M) for their clients reducing over 8,000 metric tons of CO2 and savings over $1.8M annually. He is partner in Metropolitan Building Solutions since 2019 focusing on real estate owners maximize the energy, environmental, and financial benefits. He has a background in commercial real estate spending 15 years with Hines in a 1.4M SF Class-A high-rise office tower and parking structure where he worked with the facility engineering team. For 4+years, he consulted on energy efficiency projects for commercial and industrial clients for AMP-Ohio’s Efficiency Smart program. Justin holds the Counselor of Real Estate (CRE), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and Systems Maintenance Technician (SMT) designations.


Colin Kalvas

PACE and Traditional Lending Institutions
Tuesday November 22 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Partner
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.


Mike Lemyre

PACE and Traditional Lending Institutions
Tuesday November 22 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Director, CPACE Lending
Forbright Bank

As a Director on Forbright’s Commercial PACE team, Mike Lemyre is responsible for government relations at federal, state and local levels, territory and market development, and representing the organization in the Commercial PACE industry. Prior to joining Forbright, he was a founding executive at Ygrene Energy Fund where he built and lead the national market development, government relations, policy and regulary functions. Lemyre also led Ygrene’s Commercial PACE business as its Senior Vice President and Executive Team member. Lemyre has more than 25 years of corporate development, government relations and regulatory experience, including numerous leadership positions at Chartis (formerly AIG), Arch Insurance Group, and McKinsey & Company.


Robert McCarthy

Solar Projects
Thursday August 11 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Partner
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Rob McCarthy is a public finance attorney. He serves as bond counsel, issuer's counsel and underwriter's counsel on general obligation and structured revenue financings. Rob also works with public and private clients to establish and manage economic development incentives and special purpose districts, including joint economic development districts and new community authorities. In addition, Rob provides general counsel representation on public law matters, drawing upon his prior experience as a law clerk to Justice Yvette McGee Brown on the Supreme Court of Ohio and as an assistant attorney general and legal advisor to Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.

Rob is a member of Bricker & Eckler’s Recruiting Committee and is a recent graduate of the firm’s leadership development program.


Monica Niehaus

Impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act on Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Projects
Wednesday December 7 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Solar Consultant
Melink Solar

Monica Niehaus joined Melink Solar in 2020 to help organizations transition to clean energy with onsite solar for their commercial buildings. Monica’s primary responsibilitiesat Melink involve helping customers implement Solar PV systems to help them achieve lower long-term energy costs and reduce their carbon footprints. Before joining Melink Solar, Monica spent 5 years working in sales at Kraft Heinz in Chicago.

Monica holds a B.A. in Marketing from Indiana University. Melink Solar & Geo is a national design/build Solar PV provider. Melink strives to help clients reduce theirenergy consumption and produce renewable energy, in order to lower operating costs, and discover the HR/PR benefits of going green.


Kerry O'Neill

Green Financing 101
Tuesday February 1 2:00 - 4:00 PM

CEO
Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Inc.

Kerry E. O’Neill is the Chief Executive Officer of Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Inc., a not-for-profit investment fund that was spun out of the Connecticut Green Bank in 2018 to scale up impact for underserved communities and underinvested markets across the country. Inclusive Prosperity Capital operates at the intersection of community development, clean energy finance, and climate impact using a collection of products and strategies that use an ecosystem approach to matching capital supply with project demand through mission-aligned partners on the ground. Prior to joining IPC, Ms. O’Neill led the residential energy financing programs and low-income initiatives at the Connecticut Green Bank, a state entity that works with private-sector investors to create low-cost, long-term sustainable financing for clean energy to maximize the use of public funds. Her work at IPC and the Connecticut Green Bank has given her keen insight into the institutional challenges – and opportunities – associated with clean energy investing for underserved communities. Prior to joining the Green Bank, Ms. O’Neill held executive management roles in strategy, operations, and marketing in diverse sectors including financial services, energy efficiency, e-commerce, and direct marketing. She earned a B.S. in computer science and engineering from MIT and an M.S. from NYU Tisch School of the Art’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


Jeff Reinkemeyer

Solar Projects
Thursday August 11 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Director, Eastern Renewables Development
Avangrid Renewables

Jeff Reinkemeyer is Director of Mid Continent Renewables Development with Avangrid Renewables, LLC. He graduated from University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, earned his MBA from Marylhurst University in December 2013, has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1994, and a Certified Energy Manager since 2012. Prior to Avangrid Renewables, Jeff worked in the petrochemical and rubber industries in production, maintenance, and project engineering roles, worked as a consulting design engineer/construction manager, and later worked as a program manager for a company performing at risk design build construction in a variety of different industries including the energy industry. At Avangrid Renewables, Jeff has led development and completion of over 600 MW of renewable energy projects in the Midwest, with another planned 600 MW of renewable energy projects (~450 MW in Ohio) in the coming 2-3 years. In addition to overseeing development activities on approximately 2,000 MW of wind, solar, and storage projects in the Midwest, Jeff has been involved in development and resolution of various state and federal energy policy initiatives and issues since 2010.


Jason Tiemeier

Organizing PACE Programs
Tuesday May 3 2:00 - 4:00 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.


Abe Wapner

Green Financing 101
Tuesday February 1 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Program Director
Coalition for Green Capital

Abe is a Program Director at CGC where he works to support state and local Green Bank development in the United States. Since joining CGC in 2018, Abe has supported a number of Green Bank opportunity assessment and development projects in states including Colorado, North Carolina, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. Abe currently leads CGC’s work to incubate a county-scale Green Bank in Cuyahoga County, Ohio in partnership with the George Gund Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, and the Cuyahoga County Government. This work has included leading a market gap analysis and Green Bank feasibility study, designing the Green Bank’s first financial products, developing a structure for the institution, and securing capital for operations and investment. Abe holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MPA from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.


Gwen Yamamoto Lau

Green Financing 101
Tuesday February 1 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Executive Director
Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority

Gwen Yamamoto Lau is the Executive Director of the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority (“Authority”), an agency attached to the State’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The Authority was constituted in November 2014 to administer a green infrastructure loan program to make clean energy investments accessible and affordable to Hawaii’s underserved ratepayers, stimulate private investments, and leverage innovative tools to mitigate risks and reach new markets.

Drawing from over twenty-five years of experience in conventional commercial financing, Gwen continues to find new ways to facilitate non-traditional financing tools to fill market gaps and promote economic development for the State of Hawaii. Seeing the positive impact is what she finds the most rewarding.

Active in her community, Gwen is currently President of the Rotary Club of Honolulu and Director and Executive Committee member for Goodwill Industries of Hawaii. She has also served in a variety of leadership roles for a number of other nonprofit organizations, including former Board Chair for Sacred Hearts Academy, former Treasurer and Executive Committee member for the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organization, and former Director and Finance Committee member for the YWCA of Oahu, to name a few.



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