Gianpiero “JP” Balestrieri serves as the Managing Partner of Corporate Finance Associates in Washington DC. He brings over 20 years of executive management, corporate strategy and investment banking experience leading and advising domestic and international clients in connection with all phases of investment and exit strategy, business development, origination, valuation, structuring, and closing for M&A; divestitures; turnarounds; joint ventures; corporate, project and structured finance transactions. Previously, Mr. Balestrieri was a founding member and owner of Optiglobe Communications Inc. and, before that, a corporate director/executive at General Electric/GEPS (GE Excellence Award), an M&A and project finance attorney at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and an investment officer at the IFC of the World Bank Group. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and holds a Honors B.A. in finance/economics from the York University/London School of Economics (summa cum laude) and a J.D. from the American University/WCL (Dean’s Fellow).
Bob Caruso is the founder of several companies that focus on consolidating basic energy assets and developing new clean energy alternatives. Additionally, Mr. has Caruso served as Chief Executive Officer of a privately held, satellite-based telecommunications company, and before that, spent the majority of his career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, CBS Broadcasting, and Viacom, where he served in a number of top-level executive positions before retiring in January of 2000. During his career Mr. Caruso helped create Westinghouse Satellite Communications Company and also acted as a finance team lead on a number of major acquisitions including Teleprompter (Group W Cable), Unimation Robotics, and the CBS purchase of Infinity Broadcasting. At the close of his career, Mr. Caruso played a key role in positioning Westinghouse Communications, Westinghouse Nuclear Energy Systems, and Westinghouse Government Operations for divestiture. Mr. Caruso holds a B.A. in Economics from Bethany College and an MBA in finance from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business.
Admiral Tom Collins retired from his post as Commandant of the United States Coast Guard in 2006. He has served the American public and the maritime industry in a variety of safety, environmental, law enforcement and national security missions including leadership of the nation’s maritime component of homeland security. Prior to his post as Commandant, Admiral Collins served as Vice Commandant from 2000-2002, and has 38 years of experience and accomplishments as a commissioned officer, leader and manager with the United States Coast Guard.
General John A. Gordon, a retired four-star general from the United States Air Force, was Assistant to the President and Homeland Security Advisor from 2003-2004 as well as Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism. Prior to his time at the White House, General Gordon served as the first Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Under Secretary of Energy, Deputy Director of Central Intelligence and Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support at the Central Intelligence Agency.
Lisa Gordon Haggerty, founder, president and CEO of LEG Inc., was named to Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in 2004, 2005 and 2006. She is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of USEC Inc. She has served as a counter-terrorism and security expert to the White House National Security Council, U.S. Department of Energy and the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives.
General Barry McCaffrey has 32 years of distinguished service in the United States Army. Upon his retirement as a four-star general, he was the most highly decorated serving general with three Purple Heart medals for wounds sustained in combat, two Distinguished Service Cross awards and two Silver Stars for valor. Currently President of BR McCaffrey Associates LLC, the General previously served as Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and as a member of the President’s Cabinet and the National Security Council for drug-related issues.
Herman Pirchner Jr. founded and has served as president of the American Foreign Policy Council since 1982. He is an internationally recognized security and policy expert on Russian, Indian and Sino-Russian relations, and author of Reviving Greater Russia: The Future of Russia's Borders with Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Ukraine and the 2002 AFPC Monograph, “The Russian-Chinese Border: Today's Reality.”
Tim Sutherland founded Pace Global 35 years ago and has guided its development into an internationally recognized consulting and asset management firm with extensive client relationships throughout the energy, transportation, and financial communities and in over 60 countries. Mr. Sutherland has led the firm’s development in the areas of strategic planning & strategy implementation, counterparty negotiations, comprehensive fuel supply planning & acquisition, financial structuring evaluation, and private placements within the energy and transportation industries. He is an active participant on energy industry and industrial panels dealing with the market impacts of competitive restructuring. Mr. Sutherland holds an M.B.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Knox College.