Ira S. Rubenstein, Partner, Traficon s.r.o. and Senior Advisor - Investment Banking, Avalon Group, Ltd.
Ira S. Rubenstein is Partner at Traficon s.r.o. in Praha, and Senior Advisor - Investment Banking at Avalon Group, Ltd. in New York; at both firms he specializes in Alternative Energy & Clean Technology matters and transactions. Mr. Rubenstein has advised, consulted to, participating in helping to finance, and served as investment banker for Alternative Energy & Clean Technology companies and projects for the past 20 years. His business travels have taken him to Austria, Belarus, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
He has also been an entrepreneur in the industry, helping found and grow three private firms:
- Global Clean Technologies, Inc., which provides clean technology companies with effective and cost efficient ways in which to cross borders to enter new markets.
- Homeland Energy Resources Development, Inc., which he conceived of with two co-founders. HERD has partnered to develop biodiesel production facilities in the Northeast and Midwest US.
- HRST Inc., which consults to energy and environmental companies at early stages of growth.
In addition to his role as a founder and Chairman of the Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership, Inc., he has also helped found and direct several business-related NGOs in the Czech Republic and in the United States:
- Czech Green Building Council, which coordinates promotion of sustainable building activities across the Czech Republic.
- Business Incubator Association of New York State, Inc., the association of New York State academic, independent, not-for-profit and private business incubation facilities.
- Emerging Industries Alliance of New York State, Inc., a coalition of aerospace, biotechnology, environmental, nanotechnology, software/information and photonics industries trade groups.
- Environmental Business Association of New York State, Inc., which represented energy and environmental companies in New York State.
- Environmental Industry Coalition of the United States, which helped create and pursue White House-related opportunities that supported economic development and environmental quality.
Mr. Rubenstein holds a Series 7 securities license in the United States. He lives with his wife Lenka in Praha, the Czech Republic and is also a United States citizen and resident.
Thomas Apperson, Managing Director, Avalon Group, Ltd.
- Co-head of the Alternative Energy and Clean Technology investment banking practice. The sectors covered include liquid fuels (biomass to ethanol), solar, wind, water, energy efficiency technologies, batteries, and other related technologies.
- Over 38 years’ of corporate and investment banking experience, working with companies and management from advisory to M & A transactions, working capital facilities, to sourcing equity for the enterprise or in complex project financings.
- Experience includes intense restructuring of companies that were in bankruptcy or restructured outside the courts.
- Financed conventional oil and gas transactions, as well as major project financings. A $75 million project financing for a 40 million gallon merchant ethanol facility was successfully completed, with a combination of equity, mezzanine, and debt.
- Advisor for clients in enhanced oil recovery, combined heat and power sectors, solar, waste water treatment, and other companies in Clean Technology.
- Graduated from North Carolina State University, B. S. - Applied Math
- MBA from Fordham University.
- Sits on two not-for-profit boards, with oversight responsibility for Audit and Investment committees.
David R. Berg, President, Berg & Associates LLC
- President of Berg & Associates LLC, which provides strategic and financial consulting services to businesses and governments on energy, environment, and technology, in part to help companies apply for government loans, loan guarantees, and grants.
- 37-year career with the Federal government in which he served primarily in senior advisory roles for the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Commerce (DOC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Assisted in designing the now-$50 billion loan guarantee program for DOE; this program is the model for other similar programs that total more than another $75 billion.
- Served as the environmental policy advisor to the Under Secretary for Technology at DOC.
- Founding Director (1988) of the Technology Innovation and Economics (TIE) Committee of the Administrator’s external policy advisory committee for technology and the environment, NACEPT, in which senior executives from a cross-section of EPA stakeholder communities deliberate under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The TIE Committee proposed changes to the environmental management system—including to rules, permit and compliance procedures, and technology R&D and transfer programs—to create positive incentives for more effective and efficient environmental protection.
- Authored the defining works outlining the barriers and risks to environmentally relevant technology innovation.
- BS Government, Beloit College
- American Management Association’s non-degree graduate program in 1970.
William Seevers, Principal and Co-founder, Environmental Technology Group, Inc.
- Environmental hydrologist with 40 years of consulting experience.
- A founding member of the environmental services firm Geraghty & Miller
- Principal in charge of the Ottati & Goss superfund litigation
- Headed a team of geochemists, groundwater modelers and remediation specialists on the first trial of a Federal Superfund case in the nation.
- Co-editor of the McGraw Hill Handbook of Complex Environmental Remediation Problems.
- Currently involved with boat yard sites in the New York metropolitan area where surface soils have been contaminated by antifouling paints.
- Mr. Seevers recently completed an assessment of the flood damage to laboratory and manufacturing equipment at the Lederle Laboratory in Bound Brook, New Jersey following Hurricane Floyd.
- Currently serving as a project officer on a floodplain management study for the Incorporated Village of Bayville, New York. This work will lead to measures to reduce the impacts and costs of flooding caused by major storms and hurricanes.
- Hydrological consultant to the US Bureau of Reclamation on a case concerning the ownership of irrigation return flows from the irrigated land back to surface water bodies.
- Principal and Co-founder of the Environmental Technology Group,Inc.
- Chief Operating officer, Eder Associates, Locust Valley, NY.
- Principal, Blasland & Bouck, PC
- Vice President, Geraghty & Miller Inc.
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- Clean Energy Pipeline publishes its league tables of leading investors, banks ... - InvestorIdeas.com (press release)
- Trash Burning, With a Clean-Energy Twist - New York Times
- New grants for national park 'good ideas' - Whitby Today
- ReneSola and Positive Energy Solar Announce Solar Grants - Environmental Expert (press release)
- Wireless Maintenance Robots Ascend Wind Turbines (EcoGeek)
- California American Water Announces 2013 Environmental Grant Program ... - MarketWatch (press release)
- Day care centers can get state grants to improve environmental health standards - PennLive.com
- 55 “clean energy” projects get $82 million in federal funding… Great news, despite the calculated timing (Clean Break)