Technical Assistance


Dennis Enright

Understanding Public-Private Partnerships
Wednesday June 19 12:30 - 1:15 PM

The P3 Capital Stack: Balancing Debt & Equity
Wednesday June 19 3:30 - 5:00 PM

NW Financial Group

Dennis J. Enright is a founding member and Principal of NW Capital specializing in complex infrastructure, governmental and real estate transactions, including public private partnerships. Mr. Enright is a nationally recognized expert in toll road asset monetization and has appeared before the US Congress to deliver expert testimony on public private partnerships. Mr. Enright has undertaken assignments in transportation, solid waste, water, wastewater, healthcare, housing, and real estate. His leadership in the innovative restructuring of a public facility to a public private partnership led to a “Deal of the Year “Award for the $360 million Union County Utility Authority bond financing in 1998. His transportation expertise resulted in a “Deal of the Year” award for the $2.4 Billion New Jersey Turnpike Authority transaction merging the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. Mr. Enright has authored detailed analyses of both the Chicago Skyway and Indiana Toll Road P3 transactions that have provide transparency to the underlying economics of the deals.

Prior to forming NW Capital, Mr. Enright served as Senior Managing Director of NatWest Bank and was responsible for governmental advisory services and underwritings. During his tenure at NatWest, he was responsible for providing services in: municipal finance; institutional advisory products; private placements; bond underwritings; tax credit investments; letters of credit; and bridge loans. Prior to joining NatWest Bank, Mr. Enright operated Enright & Company, a private investment banking firm, which handled over $5 billion of financing assignments in its 9 years of operations. Enright & Company was awarded an Institutional Investor “Deal of the Year” for its work at the New Jersey Highway Authority.

Mr. Enright has over 35 years of experience in all aspects of financial advisory and investment banking, Mr. Enright started his career in the public sector for eight years and held the position of Jersey City’s Director of Planning and Development, where he was responsible for the master planning of the Hudson River waterfront revitalization.

John Finke

P3 Case Studies
Thursday June 20 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Public Facilities Group

John Finke is President of Public Facilities Group. He has more than 35 years’ experience in local government, nonprofit management, private sector development, and financing public private partnerships. John pioneered the American Model Approach and has used that model to finance and develop more than 1,600,000 square feet of government and university offices, 750,000 square feet of medical offices, 400,000 square feet of research laboratories, 2,500 spaces of structured parking facilities for public institutions and 1,100 units of student housing. These award-winning projects total more than $2 Billion in direct development costs.

Jill Jamieson

Understanding Public-Private Partnerships
Wednesday June 19 12:30 - 1:15 PM

Managing Director
Jones Lang LaSalle

Jill Jamieson runs Jones Lang LaSalle’s infrastructure advisory practice. She is a globally recognized leader in infrastructure finance and public-private-partnerships (P3), having worked extensively in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia for a wide variety of public and private sector clients. With nearly 30 years of experience managing transactions and advising public sector clients in all activities relating to innovative finance and delivery, specific areas of expertise include innovative finance and delivery and P3 program development, creation of P3 enabling frameworks; structuring and implementing asset optimization and monetization / value-capture strategies; government transformation; and transaction advisory assistance. Successful transaction experience encompasses work across multiple infrastructure sectors, with a total capital investment portfolio in excess of US$25 billion. Ms. Jamieson currently advises a wide range of federal, state, and local public authorities across the U.S. and the globe on innovative finance and delivery. In 2018, she was asked by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to provide expert testimony on P3 and other forms of alternative finance and delivery for public works. Ms. Jamieson’s professional background includes investment banking, law, and management.

Seth Kirshenberg

Welcome & Overview
Wednesday June 19 12:00 - 12:30 PM

Revisiting Day 1
Thursday June 20 12:00 - 12:15 PM

Negotiating the Terms
Thursday June 20 12:15 - 1:15 PM

Kutak Rock LLP

Mr. Kirshenberg is a Partner in the Washington, DC office and is the firm’s co-chair of the national energy group and P3 infrastructure groups.  He advises clients in the acquisition, selling, leasing and development of domestic and international energy projects.  He has worked on the financing and structuring of over $15 billion in government privatized transactions. He regularly structures, negotiates, documents and closes large, complex transactions for lenders, developers, contractors, utilities, federal agencies, state entities, municipalities and reviews such transactions for rating agencies. Mr. Kirshenberg’s unique practice requires him to work on all phases of projects including design and construction, financing, operation, work-outs, legislative authority development, federal agency policy, procurement and budgetary scoring, and everything in between.
In the energy arena, Mr. Kirshenberg has closed transactions involving energy efficiency, smart-grid, battery storage, smart-house demonstration, photo-voltaic (PV), low-flow turbine generation, wind, co-generation facilities, bio-fuel facilities, energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs), utility energy savings contracts (UESCs), PACE, and other energy projects. He is working on small modular reactor projects, tri-generation projects and first of a kind energy production and storage projects. 

Jesse Kula

P3 in the United States: Key Characteristics and Drivers
Wednesday June 19 1:15 - 1:45 PM

Bostonia Partners LLC

Jesse G. Kula has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry with a focus on advising, evaluating, and structuring public and private energy efficiency, renewable and alternative energy, and distributed generation projects for execution in the capital markets. As part of Bostonia Partner’s Sustainable Infrastructure Group, Mr. Kula has worked on over $3 billion of energy projects within the federal, commercial, municipal, university, and healthcare market sectors, including a number of public/private partnerships (“3P”) that were structured utilizing government lease authority, energy performance services contracts, and energy services agreements.  Mr. Kula is a graduate of Northeastern University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in English, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University.
Bostonia has received several awards for its work on 3P transactions from a number of prestigious and nationally recognized organizations. In 2011, the Virgin Islands Energy Alliance program, an energy conservation and renewable energy program developed by Bostonia to serve all rate classes of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA),  received an award for innovation by the National Council of Public-Private Partnerships.  In July 2013, the Council of Development Finance Agencies named Bostonia Partners as the winner of the CDFA Excellence in Energy Finance Award for their work in structuring and executing on a secondary market sale of the Keystone HELP portfolio for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Rowan Mills

Unique Models and Other Ways to Think About P3
Thursday June 20 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Transaction Advisory Practice Leader – Canada

Rowan Mills leads the Transaction Advisory practice for Arup across Canada. Rowan brings a wealth of experience from working in both the private and public sectors and provides expert advice on transaction design and execution in the real estate and transport infrastructure markets. He leads business case development, creative partnering, market soundings, financial analysis, transaction development and execution, due diligence, and post-closing advice for our clients — ultimately developing innovative solutions to complex transactions. Prior to Arup, Rowan was a senior manager at Infrastructure Ontario leading several unique transactions on behalf of the government including delivery in the areas of affordable housing, resource development, tolling operations and waste water.

Mark Morehouse

Identifying P3 Projects and Knowing the Atmosphere
Wednesday June 19 2:00 - 3:15 PM

Managing Director
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Mark Morehouse is a Managing Director at Oppenheimer, focused on P3 Investment Banking and based in Chicago. He joined the firm in August 2017 and has over 16 years industry experience, with a focus on transportation infrastructure.

Mr. Morehouse is responsible for originating and executing P3 advisory and capital raising engagements in the transportation, social infrastructure and water sub-sectors in the US and globally. His most recent activity includes leading the execution teams on airport, parking, bridge, social infrastructure and transit P3 assignments for both public- and private-sector clients.

Mr. Morehouse previously worked as Managing Director and head of P3 Investment Banking at William Blair and Director at Credit Suisse, where he was head of coverage for airlines and airports throughout the Americas.

He led the P3 financial advisory efforts on two groundbreaking airport transactions under the FAA Pilot Program: the long-term concessions of Chicago Midway International Airport and San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. His airport transaction experience also includes engagements throughout Latin America, most notably Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.

Mr. Morehouse’s global airlines expertise includes sell-side and buy-side M&A advisory, debt and equity financings for major carriers, start-ups and aircraft lessors.

He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and his M.B.A. from Rice University.

Charles Renner

The P3 Capital Stack: Balancing Debt & Equity
Wednesday June 19 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Husch Blackwell LLP

As a member of Husch Blackwell’s Real Estate, Development & Construction team, Charles represents developers, business executives, and numerous clients involved in publicprivate partnerships and in the use of public financing tools, such as community improvement districts, tax increment financing, transportation development districts and tax abatement programs. He also assists clients with general land use and zoning matters.

Charles works with clients in the acquisition of all interests in real property. This work involves general real estate transactions, traditional financing and other concerns related to such transactions. Charles is also versed in obtaining necessary local governmental approvals, which take place as part of property acquisitions involving real estate development projects.

His work on behalf of industry clients has included: Crafting the public-private partnership structure on behalf of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for the multiuse parking facility between Kansas City, Mo., and the center, which allowed for the development of the $400 million nationally recognized project.

Serving as lead attorney in a more than $65 million redevelopment project that converted several historic structures within Kansas City’s urban core into 600 market-rate multifamily units.

Leading the formation of a public-private partnership focused on redeveloping more than 25 acres of a dilapidated medical campus in the heart of southern Kansas City’s residential community.

Representing clients in the formation of numerous special taxing districts, including the first sales tax community improvement district in the state of Missouri and one of the first such districts in the state of Kansas.

In addition, Charles works with a large number of clients providing advice and consultation related to various issues on a value-added basis. He approaches providing legal services in a results-oriented manner and assists clients in evaluating the impact of any decision on their balance sheet. Charles provides a tailored economic analysis for his clients, which assists in the evaluation of asset growth and protection, along with economic development risk allocation.

Jason Washington

Managing Risk
Thursday June 20 1:15 - 2:15 PM

Executive Director
National Council for Public-Private Partnerships

John Wendling

P3 Case Studies
Thursday June 20 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Senior Vice President
UMB Bank N.A.

John Wendling, Senior Vice President, joined Blue Rose in December 2015 and now has over 12 years of experience in public finance, having completed in excess of $3.5 billion in financings since 2006.  John is proud to provide judicious, astute advisory services to the firm’s higher education, non-profit, municipal, healthcare and corporate borrowers on the planning for and execution of all types of tax-exempt and taxable debt, debt-related derivatives, and equity transactions.  Mr. Wendling leads the firm’s P3 Advisory Practice.  John maintains a specialty in the P3 sector having completed numerous complex transactions under various financing structures.  John stays current in the P3 space through his efforts on numerous active engagements and constant communication with market participants, i.e. developers, investment bankers, feasibility consultants, architects, rating agencies, auditors, etc.  Mr. Wendling prides himself on in-depth pre-procurement project evaluation, seamless procurement processes, strategic negotiations, and steady, thoughtful transaction team management and execution. 
John’s unique financing and P3 experience includes Wayne State University, Southern Illinois University, University Student Housing at West Chester University, G.R.C.C. Student Village, L.L.C., College Housing Northwest, Walla Walla Community College Foundation, Double Bowler Properties Corp., Saginaw Valley State University, Miami University, Ohio University, Hawaii Pacific University, Wesley Homes, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City (KS), Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, Ohio Treasurer of State, Ohio Building Authority, City of Royal Oak (MI), American Foundation for Public Facilities, Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange County, as well as many others.
Prior to joining Blue Rose, John was a Vice President in George K. Baum & Company's Higher Education & Nonprofit Finance Group for almost five years covering higher education and nonprofits, P3 projects, as well as, the City and County of Denver including its Department of Aviation (Denver International Airport).  Previously, he also served as a banker at PNC Capital Markets for four years and as an analyst at RBC Capital Markets. 
Mr. Wendling has presented at numerous conferences with regard to PPP structures and student housing including OACUBO, CACUBO, Interface On-Campus Student Housing, and CCBO.  Recently, at the CACUBO annual meeting in October, Mr. Wendling moderated a panel entitled “P3 Perspectives: Three Universities…Three Different P3 Models.”  Mr. Wendling is also set to speak at NACUBO’s 2018 Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA regarding P3.
Mr. Wendling holds a BA in Economics from Duke University.  He has passed the MSRB Series 50 Examination to become a qualified municipal advisor representative.

CDFA National Sponsors

  • Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Business Oregon
  • CohnReznick
  • FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • McGuireWoods
  • MuniCap, Inc.
  • NW Financial Group, LLC
  • SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • Stern Brothers
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Wilmington Trust
  • Z. The Bond Buyer
Become a Sponsor