The Future of P3s in Georgia: Speaker Bios
Mayor Mike Bodker, City of Johns Creek, Georgia
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker was born in Suffern, New York. He moved to the metro Atlanta area when he was five and went on to graduate from Lakeside High School. He earned a BBA in Accounting from the University of Georgia. He was elected the first Mayor of Johns Creek, Georgia, on November 7, 2006; his term began on December 1 of that year. In January 2014, he was sworn in to his third term in office.
He is currently a partner in Johns Creek-based nexDimension Technology Solutions. Shortly after moving to the North Fulton area in 1998, he became involved in community affairs, first as president of his homeowners association, The Communities of Wellington, and later as a board member of the Johns Creek Community Association (JCCA).
Through his work with the JCCA, he was appointed chair of the Northeast Fulton Study Committee (NEFSCO) and, subsequently, also served as chairman of the Committee for Johns Creek. Those organizations helped study and eventually promote the referendum vote for cityhood. On July 18, 2006, the citizens of Johns Creek voted to create the city, and Bodker was elected its first Mayor.
Since his election, Mayor Bodker has spearheaded the formation of the North Fulton Municipal Association and served as its inaugural chairman. He also served as the chairman of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association, as well as on the board of directors and treasurer of the Atlanta Regional Commission.
He was inaugurated as the Georgia Municipal Association's 83rd president in June 2015. Prior to his ascension as president, he previously served as the organization's First Vice President and past chair of the Revenue and Finance Committee, Federal Policy Council, and Legislative Policy Council.
Mayor Bodker also serves in leadership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors as Vice Chair of the Tourism, Arts, Parks, and Entertainment & Sports Standing Committee, and on the boards of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce and the North Fulton Municipal Association.
R. Stuart Broom, Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Broom is Chair of the firm’s Energy/Environmental Infrastructure Practice which includes Public/Private Partnerships (“P3s”). He has represented public and private entities procuring, negotiating, contract drafting, permitting and financing over 100 P3 or private/private partnerships projects. He holds a Master of Laws from George Washington University in the energy and environmental program and the taxation program.
Josh R. Evans, Senior Director, Bostonia Partners
Josh R. Evans is a Senior Director with Bostonia Partners and has over 13 years of professional experience. He acted as the transaction banker on more than $1 billion of federal build-to-suit and lease renewal financings, most recently for the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and United States Coast Guard. In addition, Mr. Evans acted as senior analyst on over $1 billion in Energy Savings Performance Contracts including the $213 million cogeneration / microgrid project for the Food and Drug Administration’s White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Maryland. The National Federal Developers Association (NFDA) recently appointed Mr. Evans as Regional Director of the New England chapter of the NFDA. He is a licensed Investment Banking Representative and General Securities Representative by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Mr. Evans holds a MBA from Georgetown University and a BS from James Madison University.
Jeff Parker, Vice President, HNTB Corporation
As HNTB Corporation’s Atlanta office leader, Jeff Parker brings more than 20 years of transit and rail experience. He has served in a variety of leadership roles at multimodal transportation agencies, including commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, where he oversaw the state's public transportation, highway, bridge, aviation and port operations. In addition to running the HNTB Atlanta Office, he also serves as Program Manager for Georgia Commute Options, a program that aims to raise awareness of new commuter transportation options, including teleworking, vanpooling and carpooling.
Antony L. Sanacory, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Antony L. Sanacory is a partner in Duane Morris LLP’s construction and trial groups. Sanacory has significant experience representing parties at all tiers of construction and public works projects on project planning, risk strategies, bidding, award and negotiation of construction contracts, as well as resolving claims arising from large, complex projects. Sanacory has represented clients and is familiar with strategies and procedures in federal court, state court, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes.
Sanacory also regularly advises clients on areas of commercial law, including warranty issues, creditor issues and collections on amounts owed.
Sanacory has been named a Rising Star in the field of construction litigation by Atlanta Magazine and Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine. He serves on the board of directors for the Construction Financial Management Association of Georgia, organizes an annual conference for Georgia construction industry executives and regularly publishes and speaks on issues of interest to the construction industry. He is a 2001 graduate of Duke University School of Law and a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University (B.A., political science, with distinction).
Joseph Seliga, Partner, Mayer Brown
Joe Seliga is a partner in the Chicago office of the international law firm Mayer Brown and is a member of Mayer Brown’s Global Infrastructure and Government & Global Trade practices. Seliga has extensive experience in complex government transactions, particularly in the infrastructure sector. He advises on path-breaking road, bridge, airport, port, public parking, mass transit, convention center and lottery public-private partnership transactions, serving in different transactions as either government entity counsel, sponsor’s counsel or lenders’ counsel.
Seliga has advised on many “Deal of the Year” award-winning transactions, including the East End Crossing, San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, Northwest Parkway, Indiana Toll Road and Chicago Skyway transactions. He currently is advising the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority on the public-private partnership development of the Southport Marine Terminal Complex and the Texas Department of Transportation on various projects, including the State Highway 288 toll lane concession and the State Highway 183 transaction, which combines design-build-finance and long-term operation and maintenance elements.
In addition to his transactional work, Seliga has experience representing clients in various ethics, public records disclosure, procurement, economic development incentive, corporate governance, statutory interpretation, permit and licensing, state and local tax and election and campaign finance law matters.
Seliga received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University, an M.A. with Distinction from the University of Leicester, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Danny J. Boggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Vanessa Vergara, and their daughter, Evelyn Maria, “Emmy”.
John P. Smolen, Esq., Attorney at Law, NOSSAMAN LLP
John Smolen focuses his practice on project development, procurement, administration and finance of design-build and public-private partnership (P3) projects. He also contributes his experience as project administration counsel to projects under development and to resolution of client issues involving construction technology and finance.
He has played a significant role in advising the firm's 'coal synergy' projects in Virginia, where heavy industry and mining companies use their equipment and skills to build roads as part of their mining operations (and to offset construction costs by sharing in mineral sale proceeds and avoided excavation costs).
Smolen also offers experience with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project delivery strategies within the energy and emerging technology industries, having led (at another firm) project developments and served as project counsel for wind, solar, geothermal and waste-to-energy energy projects. He has helped private clients commercialize energy-related technology.
He speaks to industry organizations and law schools on the use of P3 projects to finance and deliver high-priority, complex transportation infrastructure projects. He contributes his insights on emerging P3 developments to the firm's Infra Insight blog.
In law school, Smolen was Editor-in-Chief of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy. Before law school, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy as an aviator, flight instructor and a Naval ROTC instructor.
Bruce H. Tobey, Partner, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC
Bruce H. Tobey is a Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC and a member of the firm's Municipal Infrastructure Team. His practice focuses primarily on representing local and regional governments in the areas of public contracts, water law and governance.
Tobey was elected Mayor of Gloucester, MA in 1993 and held that position until 2002, when he joined Aquarion Company as Director of Business Development. Prior to joining PLDW, Tobey was Vice President Business Development for HomeServe USA, leading the company's national campaign to develop public-private partnerships with water and wastewater utilities.
Tobey remains active in local government, serving as a City Councilor for the City of Gloucester, an elected position he has held since 2006. Mr. Tobey has served on numerous Federal Advisory Committees of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as President of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and as Chair of the Advisory Council of the National League of Cities.
A 1975 graduate of Wesleyan University, majoring in Russian, Tobey earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1978, where he was a member of Law Review, and his MBA from Suffolk University in 2005. He also served as Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard Judge Advocate General Corps from 1978 to 1982. Tobey is a past member and chair of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Local Government Advisory Committee, served on the Commonwealth's Federal Stimulus Task Force, and is currently a member of its Water Infrastructure Finance Commission. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts.
Thilo Tecklenburg, Chief Operating Officer, Meridiam
Thilo Tecklenburg is COO for Meridiam in North America, overseeing Meridiam’s activities in this market. He is responsible for leading and developing Meridiam's North American Team and playing an active role in the risk management of the firm’s investments. Prior to joining Meridiam in October 2013, Tecklenburg was the head of Bilfinger Project Investments’ Development Team in North America, where he was responsible for business development and pursuits of P3 projects within the North American marketplace. He has extensive experience with availability type P3 projects and has led consortia for projects in several Canadian provinces and U.S. states.
Prior to coming to North America in early 2007, Tecklenburg worked on transportation and social building P3 projects in Continental Europe and Australia, where his role included project finance structuring, project management and coordination with all stakeholders for the successful tendering and closing of major infrastructure projects. He was involved in several successful projects, such as Royal Women’s Hospital in Australia, M6 Motorway in Hungary and E18 Motorway in Norway.
Tecklenburg holds an engineering degree and a Ph.D. from the Technical University in Brunswick, Germany.
Raul A. Torres, P.E., Director of Planning and Business Advisory Services, ARCADIS, U.S., Inc.
Torres is an Executive Vice President and Director of Planning & Business Advisory Services for ARCADIS U.S., Inc. He is a specialist in utility management consulting, including asset management, transaction consulting, program management, project financing, and public-private partnerships (P3) primarily in the water and solid waste industries.
Torres, as a technical and business advisor, has lead P3 and alternative project delivery assignments for over $6 Billion in transactions across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia, and the Middle East. Noteworthy P3 projects include water treatment facilities and systems in Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix, New Haven, Milwaukee, Sohar (Oman), and Waterloo (Canada). He has also directed P3 business case analysis for projects in accordance with P3 Canada requirements. He has also led due diligence services on behalf of financial institutions looking to invest in over $1 Billion of P3 projects. Torres has been with ARCADIS for over 32 years and has a degree in Mechanical Engineers from Syracuse University.