Team & Strategic Partners
Founder, Managing Partner
25 years experience as senior level executive. Former CEO of IDE Americas Inc., where he oversaw all aspects of IDE’s development and construction of the Carlsbad desalination facility, currently the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Previously, CEO of Test America and senior positions at American Water, U.S. Filter (Siemens) Corporation, Culligan and Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI).
MBA, Finance – Golden Gate University
BS, Chemical Engineering – University of California, Berkeley
Co-founder of CCI Partners, LLC a project development, finance and advisory company focused on infrastructure, real estate and energy projects. Previously, Managing Director of $170 million telecom/media private equity fund, VP in G.E. Capital’s Structured Finance Group, Senior Associate in JP Morgan Chase Global Structured Finance and U.S. Multinational Advisory Group.
MBA, Finance & Accounting – J.L. Kellogg GSM at Northwestern University
BA – University of California, Berkeley
Akira is a Calgary-based essential assets investment firm that sources, invests, and manages investments in energy & sustainable infrastructure assets. Akira’s principals have raised and deployed over $3 billion of capital across North American energy and infrastructure. In deploying capital, Akira leverages relationships to provide access, transactional knowledge and proprietary intelligence to clients. Akira’s team includes dedicated and specialized investment and operational professionals with a broad range of skillsets, education and backgrounds.
Keith Solar (Parks & Solar LLP)
Keith represents clients in water rights and water-related issues, and has significant experience with groundwater rights, privately owned water systems, public/private partnerships, and agreements regarding desalination facilities, including water purchase and transfer agreements. Keith has served as special counsel to the City of Carlsbad since 2002 to assist the city and the Carlsbad Municipal Water District in negotiating land use and water purchase agreements, respectively, for the Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Project.
Makai Water Services, LLC
Makai Water Services, LLC is a Hawaii-based company providing operations, maintenance and testing services to water and wastewater asset owners across the Hawaiian islands. Makai has over 100-years of collective experience serving water and wastewater customers in Hawaii. Makai is a subsidiary of WaterMark Resource Development.
TSG Water Resources
TSG Water Resources designs, builds and operates desalination and wastewater treatment systems. TSG can supply treatment systems it has designed and built, but it can also provide the same level of service, including repairs, upgrades and expansions, for systems of any manufacturer. TSG has been providing resorts and developments in the Caribbean and Latin America with high quality, reliable desalination and wastewater treatment equipment and services for more than 20 years.
Butier Engineering, Inc.
Construction management firm servicing public agencies, special districts, and the private sector in the delivery of heavy civil infrastructure since 1976, with expertise in water and wastewater treatment, pipelines, and facility construction.