SEIF I Investment, Located in Ridgefield, New Jersey
Barry Sternlicht is Chairman of Starwood Energy Group, which he founded in 2005. Mr. Sternlicht is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Capital Group, the private investment firm he formed in 1991 that is focused on global real estate, hotel management, oil and gas, energy infrastructure and securities trading. He also serves as Chairman of Starwood Property Trust, the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S. (NYSE: STWD); Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (NYSE: SWAY), one of the largest publicly traded investors, owners and operators of single-family homes in the U.S.; TRI Pointe Homes (NYSE: TPH), one of the U.S.’s largest homebuilders; hotel operator Société du Louvre; and crystal maker Baccarat S.A.
For the past 23 years, Mr. Sternlicht has structured investments with an asset value of approximately $55 billion.
From 1995 through early 2005, Mr. Sternlicht was Chairman and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (NYSE: HOT), a company he founded in 1995. During his tenure, he built Starwood Hotels into one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world, employing more than 120,000 people with 895 properties in 100 countries. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchiser of hotels. Mr. Sternlicht created W Hotels, perhaps the world’s most successful “boutique” brand, and built the St. Regis Hotels brand from a single hotel to a global brand.
In 2013, Mr. Sternlicht was named the Most Important Person in Commercial Real Estate Finance by The Mortgage Observer. In 2010, Mr. Sternlicht was named Executive of the Year and Investor of the Year by Commercial Property Executive. Mr. Sternlicht was also named America’s Best Lodging CEO by Institutional Investor magazine. He is a member of the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame. He has received the Preston Robert Tisch Distinguished Industry Leadership Award from New York University, the CEO Diversity Award from Diversity Best Practices/Business Women’s Network, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Travel Marketing Executives, the Hospitality Heritage Award from the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and the Marketer of the Year Award from Brandweek. Mr. Sternlicht’s humanitarian efforts have garnered prestigious national honors such as JDRF’s Man of the Year, JDRF’s Living and Giving Award and JDRF’s Chairman’s Award.
Mr. Sternlicht is a trustee of his alma mater, Brown University. He is also on the Board of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies, the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and the Real Estate Roundtable. Additionally, he serves as Chairman of the Board of The Robin Hood Foundation, and is on the board of the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center and the Executive Advisory Board of Americans for the Arts. He is a member of the World Presidents Organization and the Urban Land Institute.
Barry Sternlicht received his BA, magna cum laude, with honors from Brown University. He later earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Nordholm is a Senior Managing Director & Co-Head of Starwood Energy and is responsible for leadership of the Firm including strategic direction, tactical execution, organizational development and investor relations. Mr. Nordholm also serves as a director of Starwood Energy’s portfolio companies and as a member of its Investment Committee. Since joining Starwood Energy as its first CEO in 2006, Mr. Nordholm has overseen the completion of approximately two-dozen highly structured investments in power generation and transmission projects in North America, with aggregate enterprise value of approximately $4 billion.
Mr. Nordholm received a B.A. degree in economics from Carleton College, where he currently serves as a Trustee, and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.
Himanshu Saxena is a Senior Managing Director & Co-Head of Starwood Energy and is responsible for supervision of the Firm’s investment program and strategy, as well as overall management of the Firm. Mr. Saxena sits on both the Investment Committee and the boards of portfolio companies. Mr. Saxena is also responsible for the development and management of the investment team. In addition, he maintains responsibilities for origination, structuring, execution, monitoring and exiting investments across the energy industry. Mr. Saxena has led the acquisition and development of approximately 4,500 MW of power generation and transmission projects in North America, with aggregate enterprise value of approximately $5 billion.
Mr. Saxena currently serves on the Advisory Board at Cornell University’s Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP).
Mr. Saxena earned an MBA from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, an M.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University, and a Bachelor’s of Technology in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (“IIT”) in Bombay, India.
Mr. Grose is Co-General Counsel and a Senior Managing Director of Starwood Capital, and is also the Vice Chairman, General Counsel and a Senior Managing Director of Starwood Energy, where he currently focuses most of his time. Mr. Grose previously served as a Trustee or Director of Starwood Hotels from 1994 until 2001, and as a Director of iStar Financial, Inc., from 1999 until 2003.
Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 1992, Mr. Grose was a Senior and Founding Partner with Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, a law firm specializing in complex real estate-related transactions.
Mr. Grose holds a B.A with distinction and highest departmental honors from Stanford University and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he served as the Chief Comment Editor of the UCLA Law Review.
Jeffrey Delgado is a Senior Vice President of Starwood Energy Group. In this role, Mr. Delgado is responsible for the asset management of Starwood’s operating assets. In addition, Mr. Delgado supports acquisition, development and construction activities. Mr. Delgado has over 23 years of experience in operations and management of power and transmission projects.
Mr. Delgado holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Investments from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.
Ali Amirali is a Senior Vice President of Starwood Energy Group. In this role, Mr. Amirali is responsible for the expansion of Starwood Energy Group’s StarTrans high-voltage transmission assets, as well as for new business/project opportunities in the transmission and distribution arena in North America. He also supports the origination, development and acquisition activities associated with utility-scale power generation and storage projects.
Patrick Verdonck is a Principal of Starwood Energy Group. In this role, Mr. Verdonck is responsible for making principal investments in the power sector. He was actively involved in the acquisition of Quail Run and Berlin Station. He has an observer role on the board of Nautilus Solar Energy and has worked on several transmission development projects. Prior to joining Starwood, Mr. Verdonck was an investment banker in Citigroup’s London-based Energy Power and Chemicals team where he worked on M&A and financing transactions throughout Europe as well as the Middle-East and South Asia. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Verdonck was a corporate strategy analyst in the Bangkok office of Tractebel EGI (now GDF Suez), one of the largest utilities in the world.
Alex Daberko is a Principal of Starwood Energy Group. In this role, Mr. Daberko has played an active role in many of the firm’s M&A and development transactions Including Thermo Ft. Lupton, Starwood Power-Midway, the Starwood SSM projects, Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, Richland-Stryker, and the Hudson Transmission Project. Mr. Daberko has acted as asset manager for Starwood’s gas-fired generation fleet, leading the sales of Starwood Power-Midway to Carlyle and Thermo Ft. Lupton to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.
David Arbia is the CFO of Starwood Energy Group. In this role, he is responsible for financial reporting, tax compliance, cash management and financial diligence on prospective investments.
Prior to joining Starwood Energy in 2013, Mr. Arbia served as the Controller of Credit Suisse USA subsidiary Asset Management Finance LLC, where he oversaw an investment portfolio consisting of $700 million in assets. Before that, Mr. Arbia was an Audit Manager in the financial services division at Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Mr. Arbia received a B.S. degree with honors in accounting and finance from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Martha Kammoun is the Deputy General Counsel of Starwood Energy Group. In this role, Ms. Kammoun advises on the firm’s legal matters and works alongside the executive team to structure, negotiate, execute and manage investments in the power sector.
Prior to joining Starwood Energy Group in 2015, Ms. Kammoun was a member of both the project development and real estate and mergers and acquisitions groups at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in New York, where her practice focused on financing transactions and private M&A deals primarily in the energy and infrastructure sectors. She was previously an associate with Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in New York and Abousleiman & Partners in Beirut.
Ms. Kammoun holds an LL.M from Harvard Law School and an LL.B. from Saint-Joseph University. She is a member of the New York Bar, and a fluent French and Arabic speaker.
Anik Gandhi is a Vice President for Starwood Energy Group. In this role, he is responsible for principal investing and asset management within the power sector.
Prior to joining Starwood Energy in 2014, Mr. Gandhi was an Associate in Goldman Sach’s Global Natural Resources Investment Banking group. At Goldman Mr. Gandhi focused on transactions involving regulated utilities, merchant generators, and conventional generation assets.
Mr. Gandhi holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
Prior to joining Starwood in 2016, Mr. Raksin was an Associate Director at Borealis Infrastructure, where he focused on transactions involving gas-fired and renewable generation, regulated utilities and transportation. Prior to Borealis, Mr. Raksin was part of the infrastructure group at UBS Investment Bank, specializing in transportation and energy.
William Ouyang is an Associate of Starwood Energy Group. In this role, he is responsible for principal investing and asset management in the power sector. He was actively involved in the acquisition and development of the Stephens Ranch I and II projects.
Prior to joining Starwood Energy in 2013, Mr. Ouyang was an Analyst in Citigroup’s Alternative Energy Finance group where he worked primarily on renewable energy transactions involving wind, solar PV, and solar CSP facilities.
Mr. Ouyang holds a B.S. in Economics, Statistics, and Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Anna Mayr is an Associate of Starwood Energy Group. In this role, she is responsible for principal investing and asset management within the power sector. She was actively involved in the acquisition of Lakeside Generation.
Prior to joining Starwood Energy Group in 2014, Ms. Mayr was an Investment Banking Analyst in Citigroup’s Global Power & Utilities group where she worked on renewable energy and merchant generation transactions.
Ms. Mayr holds a B.S in Finance from University of Maryland.
Prior to joining Starwood Energy Group in 2016, Ms. Webb was an Analyst in JP Morgan Asset Management’s Global Real Assets group where she worked primarily on power and utility investing and asset management. Her responsibilities included creating and assessing valuation models, transaction due diligence, and actively managing existing assets.
Mr. Weiss heads Starwood Energy’s development ventures. His experience has included executive roles with power and energy companies with responsibility for building and managing organizations engaged in O&M, engineering and construction, and asset management. He is currently a Partner of Optimal Results, L.L.C., which is a Houston based consulting firm of experienced industry professionals who support the fossil and renewable power industry. Optimal Results advises Starwood Energy with respect to project management, project development, asset valuation, contractual arrangements, operating costs, management expertise, and bidding into RFO’s.
Mr. Weiss holds a B.E. from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Drexel university.
Prior to joining Starwood Energy in 2015, Mr. Sack worked in the private equity fund accounting group at First Reserve Corp., where he was responsible for financial and tax reporting for several alternative investment vehicles. Before that, he served on the private equity partnership tax team at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Sack began his career in the portfolio management group at Alliance Bernstein L.P.
Mr. Sack, a Certified Public Accountant, holds a B.S. degree in finance from Sacred Heart University and an MBA in accounting from Fordham University.