The Future of P3s in Georgia: Speaker Bios
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.
Joseph Seliga, Partner, Mayer Brown
Joe Seliga is a partner in the Chicago office of 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 concession and public-private partnership transactions, including many “Deal of the Year” award-winning transactions, serving in different transactions as either government entity counsel, sponsor’s counsel or lenders’ counsel.
In addition to his transactional work, Seliga represents clients in various state and local governments’ matters including in the areas of ethics, election and campaign finance law, economic development incentives, public utility franchise and tax issues and legislative drafting and statutory interpretation. Seliga acted as counsel to the Chicago 2011 Transition Committee, the Chicago 2011 Inaugural Committee and the Illinois Inaugural Committee 2011 and is currently serving on the Illinois Campaign Finance Reform Task Force as an appointee of Governor Pat Quinn.
Before joining Mayer Brown’s Chicago office in 2001, Seliga served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Danny J. Boggs, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he worked as Resource Development Director of the Southwest Youth Collaborative in Chicago.
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.
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.
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.