Donald Jessome, P. Eng., MBA, B. Eng (Electrical)
Mr. Jessome is CEO of Transmission Developers Inc. and, along with John Douglas, is a co-founder. He earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (currently referred to as Dalhousie University) in 1987 and his Masters of Business Administration, with Distinction, from Saint Mary's University in 1999.
Mr. Jessome has spent his entire career in the energy field, starting with 22 years at Emera Inc., a publicly traded company in Canada with $5.3 billion in energy infrastructure assets centered on power and natural gas. Mr. Jessome worked in a broad range of areas while at Emera, including transmission & distribution operations and construction, integrated system planning, system operations, generation operations and fuel procurement, marketing and sales, and most recently Director of Asset Optimization and Power Trading for Emera Energy Inc. a wholly owned nonregulated trading and asset optimization company of Emera Inc. During this tenure Mr. Jessome has sat on numerous advisory boards, including his membership as one of the inaugural members of the NBSO Market Advisory Committee and a founding member of the CEA Power Marketing Committee. Mr. Jessome has extensive knowledge of the power markets in the Northeast including ISO-NE, NYISO, IESO, TransEnergie, NBSO, and PJM through his extensive marketing and trading experience with both the regulated and nonregulated business at Emera.
Prior to co-founding Transmission Developers Inc., Mr. Jessome joined Riverbank Power in 2008 as Vice President of Marketing and Trading to help the company develop its commercialization strategy for its 1,000 MW underground pump-storage technology, referred to as Aquabank™. This strategy included the development of economic models and programs for the sale of energy, capacity and renewable attributes for both the regulated and market-based energy markets. In addition, Mr. Jessome was responsible, along with the CEO, for raising equity financing for Riverbank's development plans. Mr. Jessome is a board member of Riverbank Power.
Gene Martin, MBA, B.S.
President and COO
Mr. Martin is president and COO of Transmission Developers Inc. Mr. Martin's career spans 30 years of experience in general and executive management for five of the top NYSE-listed companies in the energy, engineering and construction sectors. His professional background includes divisional CEO roles with EMCOR Group (NYSE:EME), KeySpan Energy (NYSE:KSE), and UtiliCorp United (NYSE:ILA), as well as various management roles for SCANA Corp. (NYSE:SCG) and AECOM (NYSE:ACM), where he built several life cycle service companies to over $5 billion, capitalizing on new markets and service opportunities and serving some of the world's largest commercial, industrial and institutional companies across their global operations.
Over the past 30 years he led operations which developed successful power and thermal projects, with energy T&D and commodity sales in both domestic and international markets. His experience includes multibillion-dollar acquisitions and leading-edge efforts in the DBOM and EPC of key energy infrastructure. He was the leader and management spokesperson for utility, contracting and engineering investments in excess of $3 billion, including the $1.15 billion acquisition of United Energy in Melbourne, Australia. He has acted as an expert witness on integrated resource planning and on the successful siting of several new generation facilities throughout North America and has lectured globally on energy management, operations, marketing, deregulation and competition, including a keynote address to the Australian Parliament on "Building Retail Competitive Choice in National Utilities Industries."
In his most recent role as senior vice president for AECOM (NYSE:ACM), he led U.S. Central, U.S. Northeast and U.S. Southeast Energy Operations. In less than three years, he turned around a losing division, growing net revenues by 89% to $36 MM and establishing the fastest-growing unit at AECOM.
He has been recognized by Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association with national awards for business vision, revenue enhancement, operational excellence and marketing achievement, and was named to World Generation magazine's Class of 2002. Gene also sits on the State University of New York's Advanced Energy and Research Technology Center and Heath Consultant's Board and is active with many charities and civic organizations at the executive level.
Gene Martin was awarded a full scholarship, receiving a Master's in Business Administration and BSME from the University of South Carolina.
Bill Helmer, JD, MA, BA
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
Bill Helmer has practiced energy, environmental, contract, and real estate law during a career spanning over three decades. He has occupied senior positions in New York State government, litigated groundbreaking cases before federal courts and the Court of Appeals, the highest court in New York State, and handled the legal issues associated with the development and financing of many large and complicated power projects. He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Helmer is a graduate of Hamilton College and he earned a Master of Arts degree at Columbia University in New York City. He graduated with honors from the Law School of the State University of New York University at Buffalo in 1982. After a judicial clerkship, Bill practiced law privately in Albany, New York, for a dozen years until he was placed in charge of the Environmental Protection Bureau in the State Attorney General's office.
The Bureau serves as the litigation counsel for all environmental cases involving state bodies, such as the Departments of Environmental Conservation and State, the Adirondack Park Agency, and many others. During his tenure as Bureau Chief, Mr. Helmer managed a staff that included over 30 attorneys, six scientists, and dozens of other employees in offices located in Buffalo, Albany, and New York City.
From 1999 until 2007, Bill served as special counsel in the New York Power Authority's law department. At the Authority, Bill oversaw all legal matters associated with the Authority's nuclear fleet until the plants were sold to Entergy Corporation late in 2000. Shortly before the sale, Bill also assumed responsibility for the Authority's hydroelectric relicensing portfolio. By early 2007, new 50-year federal licenses had been issued for the Authority's projects on the St. Lawrence and Niagara Rivers.
Bill is a sought-after writer and lecturer. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Union College, where he designed and taught "The Land and the Law" environmental studies course. At the New York Bar Association, Bill is a member of the Environmental and General Practice Sections. He is also a past Chairman of the latter section and a past member of the Public Utility Law Committee.
Bill's published works include scores of articles and 16 entries in the official Encyclopedia of New York State. He has served as a quarterfinals judge for the National Environmental Law Moot Court competition held annually at Pace Law School. He is also the co-host of the award-winning "Capital Green Scene" weekly radio program on WVCR-FM 88.3, which made its debut on Earth Day, 2008.
Todd Singer, MBA, B. Sc.
Executive Vice President — Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Singer is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Transmission Developers. He is a senior operating and finance executive with over 20 years of diverse corporate and investment banking experience. He has significant expertise in the alternative energy and power/utility industries. During his investment banking career, Todd was responsible for originating and executing over $97 billion in capital markets transactions and $3.6 billion in M&A transactions. Todd was formerly the founding principal of Brookdale Energy Advisors, a strategic and financial consulting business focused on alternative energy. In that role, he served as a consultant and head of strategy and corporate development for Energy Storage and Power LLC, a wind energy storage company, and as a consultant with the Natural Resources Defense Council in its Center for Market Innovation, where he was focused on energy efficiency finance.
Mr. Singer worked for over eight years as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, where he was an Executive Director in Global Capital Markets. Following business school, Todd was also a consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers and an investment banker at Bank of America. He also worked in advertising finance at Time Warner's Time Inc. subsidiary.
As a result of this diverse range of experience, Todd has a broad skill set, including developing and implementing corporate strategy, leading complex projects, winning new business, working with regulators, and analyzing and projecting financial statements. He is particularly adept at evaluating needs and driving results.
Todd received his MBA from Columbia Business School and his BS in Management with a minor in Art History from Bucknell University. Todd is on the Board of Directors of the Bucknell Alumni Association and was formerly the Co-Chair of the Bucknell Professional Networks, a 3,500-member network of alumni covering a broad range of industries and disciplines. He was also the founding Co-Chairman of the Bucknell Finance Network, a worldwide network of all Bucknell alumni working in finance. He is also a former Chairman of the Reunion Gift Committee and has been a guest lecturer at Bucknell.
Robert G. Harrison, P.E., M.Sc., B.Sc.
Vice President of Engineering and Construction
Mr. Harrison is Vice President of Engineering and Construction at Transmission Developers, Inc. He is a senior engineering/construction executive with over 30 years of operating experience in diverse markets including power (generation and transmission), industrial gases and petrochemicals.
Bob started his career in the natural gas industry, working as plant supervisor/field engineer in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant for a predecessor company to National Grid (NYSE: NGG).
From there he moved to Linde AG (XETRA: LIN) where he progressed into a senior project management role executing design/build projects worldwide. His time at Linde included a 3 year assignment at the parent company office in Munich, Germany where he led the development and commercial introduction of standard sized air separation plants.
During his time with EMCOR Group (NYSE: EME), Bob's initial role was as Vice President, Operations overseeing a portfolio of mechanical and electrical contractors in the US and Canada with combined revenue of $500 million. Upon seeing the opportunities presented by changing energy markets, Bob accepted the role as Vice President, Construction Services in EMCOR's energy subsidiary. There he led the largest business unit in the subsidiary in pursuit of design/build opportunities in the power generation markets.
In his most recent role as Vice President, Energy Infrastructure for AECOM (NYSE: ACM), he was recruited to AECOM to assume the operations lead in turning around their unprofitable energy division. In less than three years, it became the fastest growing unit at AECOM.
This diverse experience working for both engineering firms and construction contractors gives him a broad understanding of the industry and makes him particularly adept at optimizing resources, generating significant cost savings and promoting innovative solutions in complex environments.
Mr. Harrison has served as Chairman and Executive Board member of the Long Island, NY section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He currently serves on the Department Advisory Board for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University at Buffalo.
He is a registered Professional Engineer licensed in New York State and holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the NYU- Polytechnic School of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo.
Josh U. Bagnato, MBA, B.A.
Vice President - Project Development
Josh Bagnato is Vice President, Project Development for Transmission Developers Inc. ("TDI”). Josh manages development activities for TDI with a specific focus on the New England Clean Power Link a 1,000 MW HVdc buried transmission project proposed in Vermont. Since December, 2013, Josh has overseen all aspects of the development of this project. Prior to joining TDI, Josh worked for First Wind managing a wide array of tasks during the development, construction and operational phases of utility-scale wind and solar projects throughout the United States with a focus in New England. Josh also held several positions within Massachusetts Government, including serving as the Director of Renewable Energy Policy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University.
Suresh Dave, P. Eng., M.C.E.
Vice President - Technical Services
Mr. Dave is Vice President of Technical Services for Transmission Developers. With over 40 years of experience related to the engineering and construction of the major transmission lines, substations, FACTS and HVDC projects he also brings a deep experience with hydro, fossil, fuel cell, nuclear, wind and solar power projects to the company.
Mr. Dave received Master of Science - Civil/Structural Engineering from Purdue University in 1966 and Bachelor of Technology - Civil Engineering - Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1965. He is a registered professional engineer in New York State since 1989, in Colorado since 1970 and is a member of IEEE, ASCE, NYISO, ISO-NE and NEPOOL transmission and reliability advisory committees.
Between 1977 and 2002, Mr. Dave worked at the New York Power Authority as Project Manager of planning, engineering, construction, interconnection, start-up testing and turnover of Authority's major power and transmission projects. Projects he worked on included: the Marcy Convertible Static Compensator HVDC VSC FACTS inverters; Marcy South 345kv Transmission Line Project, Hudson River 345kV Submarine Cable Crossing; Overhead transmission 345kV lines; Ontario-Niagara 345kv Transmission Tie Project; Inter Phase Converter installation for PV-20 line, Plattsburgh substation modifications; Long Island Sound 345kv submarine cable cathodic protection; Niagara hydro power project fire protection systems, dam face and superstructure rehabilitation; and Astoria Poletti 825MW oil fired project major modifications.
Mr. Dave's background also includes direct experience planning, engineering and constructing wind and nuclear projects.