Ralph Earle III
Clean Energy Venture Group
Mr. Earle is a founding Managing Director of the Clean Energy Venture Group, an investment organization with activity in the areas of fuel cells, wind power, and energy conservation. Mr. Earle is also the founder of the Assabet Group, a consulting firm working with market leading companies and financial organizations to catalyze superior financial performance through investments and action on energy efficiency, clean technology, and pollution reduction. He is the author of numerous papers and speeches on the link between environmental performance and shareholder value, environmental strategy, environmental management, recycling, life cycle analysis, and solid waste management. Previously, Mr. Earle was the founding Director of the Alliance for Environmental Innovation, a project of the Environmental Defense Fund and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Alliance's projects with SC Johnson, Starbucks and United Parcel Service are widely hailed as examples of positive environmental change. Before the Alliance, Mr. Earle spearheaded Arthur D. Little's Competitive Environmental Strategy practice, where he helped corporations integrate environmental considerations into long-term decision making. Prior to Arthur D. Little, Mr. Earle served as Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There he set and managed state policy in the areas of solid waste disposal and recycling. Mr. Earle is a Board Observer at Purpose Energy and previously served on the board of eQuilibrium Solutions (acquired by EnerNOC). He also serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sustainable Product Design, on the Advisory Board of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, is a Governor of the Concord Museum and co-chairs the "Pay-If" Committee of the American Cancer Society.
He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA, cum laude, from Harvard College.
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Co-Founder, Skystream Markets
Naeem has 18 years of experience in the financial markets, of which eight years were spent in corporate development for institutional brokerage firms; Creditex and Fimat USA (now known as Newedge USA). For both these firms, Naeem built and managed new lines of business, conducted corporate M&A, and was responsible for corporate strategy and finance. During this time, Naeem launched a number of electronic trading platforms in the fixed-income, derivatives and equity markets. In addition Naeem has equity sales and trading experience from Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch.
Naeem holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University; and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
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Alex Levental is a Director at Ironwood Capital. With over $400 million under management across three funds, Ironwood serves as a value-added partner for middle market transactions. Ironwood is positioned to provide $5 million to $20 million of subordinated debt and equity to support management and both funded and fundless financial sponsors in leveraged buyouts, growth financings and recapitalizations. Prior to joining Ironwood Capital, Mr. Levental was a Vice President of Market Development and Strategic Planning for CCA Global Partners - one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with 14 distinct businesses, more than 2,700 locations producing aggregated annual sales in the billions of dollars. Mr. Levental led business development efforts at existing and new business units by both leveraging existing resources and developing new growth channels. Mr. Levental started his career with Morgan Stanley & Co. as a Financial Analyst in the Fixed Income Group and later joined Advent International, a leading Boston-based private equity investment firm with $4.0 billion under management and 16 offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. As an Associate at Advent, he focused on buyouts and later-stage growth investments in the business service, consumer, and manufacturing sectors. Mr. Levental then went on to be the Co-Founder of Anything for Home - a proprietary marketing consortium that uses detailed consumer data and multi-vendor transactional data to increase sales and profits of its partners in the home improvement and move industries. Mr. Levental is a Board Director at Epoch Homes, and a Board Observer at Katahdin Industries, LiquidHub, and TAS Messaging.
He holds a BA from Colby College and a GC from the London School of Economics.
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Co-Founder, Skystream Markets
Kapil has spent 16 years working in various facets of the financial markets. For the past seven years Kapil helped grow and exit two successful financial technology companies, Creditex (now a subsidiary of the Intercontinental Exchange) and Tradescape (now a subsidiary of E*Trade). These firms' products spanned fixed income, equities, and derivatives. Kapil's responsibilities included leading strategic transactions, financial structuring/analysis, and launching new technology focused business lines on a global basis. Prior to his operational involvement in entrepreneurial technology companies, Kapil worked as a private equity investor at Advent International and as an investment banker in the New York and London offices of Salomon Brothers.
Kapil holds a dual BS/BA in Economics and Finance from Boston University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a Brookline Scholar.
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Connecticut Innovations, Inc.
Patrick joined Connecticut Innovations in 2006 as part of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and in 2009 he joined the CI investment team. While his focus is in the area of clean technology and industrial/energy technologies, Patrick has worked on investments in the life sciences, software and digital media sectors. Patrick serves on the board of Skystream Markets. Additionally, Patrick is a board observer for Innovatient Solutions, Novatract Surgical, Intelligent Clearing Network, Zadspace, SmartEquip, Acumentrics, RemoteReality Corp. and Optiwind, one of the first companies to receive an investment through the Connecticut Clean Tech Fund. Patrick also serves on the board of directors of the CT Power and Energy Society as treasurer. Prior to joining CI's investment team, Patrick was a project manager for the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund's On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation Program and Project 100. In this role, Patrick performed financial analysis on numerous renewable energy projects that utilized diverse technologies including fuel cell, solar photovoltaic, hydro and sustainable biomass. Previously, Patrick worked for UTC Power, Duke Engineering and Services (now Areva NP Inc.) and Yankee Atomic Electric Corporation.
Patrick holds a master's degree in business administration from New York University's Stern School of Business, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Additionally, Patrick is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Connecticut.
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