Mr. Wood is a successful entrepreneur and investor who has been a founder of multiple industry-leading companies, including the largest renewable energy development company in the Caribbean (in terms of bankable power purchase agreements executed), and the largest union commercial and industrial electrical contracting firm in the US. Mr. Wood has served as lead banker or financial advisor on over $11 billion USD of public and public-private partnership project financings. Over his 40-year career, Mr. Wood has become a recognized leader in energy, waste, hospitality, gaming, real-estate and public-private partnership project financing. He has developed a global network of government and industry leaders and has been involved in business transactions in North America, South America, Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean and Europe.
Mr. Wood was also a founder one of the largest real estate syndication and development companies in the US, a leading government call center company, and a company which aggregated capital equipment purchases for state and local government entities over the internet. In addition, Mr. Wood was a principal and founder of a company which partnered US companies with Chinese companies in order to expand into China.
Mr. Wood began his career as an investment banker at Smith Barney and Kidder Peabody & Co., becoming the youngest Vice President of both. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in Economics, Finance and Investments, and has been actively involved in charitable endeavors involving children.
Mr. Erb has over 30 years of experience working at major Wall Street investment banks in an analytical capacity. Previously, he has worked for Dinkelspiel Belmont & Co, Orion Energy Partners, Blaylock & Partners, Chevron Energy Solutions, and Spark Analytics. Energy sector clients have included Sempra Energy, PG&E, and various smaller specialized Energy Service Companies. In addition, Mr. Erb has provided structuring and pricing services to the leasing division of a money center bank and a national equipment leasing company.
The types of transactions he has been involved in include infrastructure financings using tax-exempt and taxable bond issues, debt restructurings, leveraged leases, pooled and vendor financing programs, and the acquisition of equipment lease portfolios and their securitization.
Mr. Erb is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Wood’s engineering design experience spans over 40 years. During this timeframe he was head of power engineering at Chevron Energy Solutions, engineering manager of one of the largest electric utilities in the US (Southern California Edison) and has won many industry awards including EPA project of the year and the Honeywell Engineering Excellence Award.
Mr. Wood’s career also includes engineering leadership roles at such prominent US companies as Honeywell, Xerox, Arco, Hughes Oil and Tools and NASA. Mr. Wood has led the engineering and design of hundreds of energy projects including 3.7 GW of solar, geothermal, waste to energy, biomass and natural gas power plants. Mr. Wood has advised some of the world’s largest company’s in regards to renewable energy projects including GE, Goldman Sachs and most of the world’s largest solar companies.
Mr. Wood holds PhDs in electrical and aerospace engineering from CalTech and Stanford Universities.
On April 2, 1998, President Clinton announced his intent to nominate Edward L. Romero to be U.S. Ambassador to Spain. On June 1, the President named him to serve concurrently as Ambassador to Andorra. The Senate confirmed the nomination on June 23. Ambassador Romero arrived in Madrid on June 28 and presented his credentials to King Juan Carlos on June 30, 1998.
Edward L. Romero, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a Korean War veteran and the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Advanced Sciences, Inc., an international environmental engineering and waste management corporation that merged with Commodore Applied Technologies, Inc.. Fluent in Spanish, Former Ambassador Romero has been a board member of Bank of America Corporation, a member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Services Policy Advisory Committee and has led a number of U.S. delegations to Mexico. During the Carter administration he served on the federal advisory committee for trade negotiations and he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Helsinki Accords. In addition to his business success, Ambassador Romero is a well-known leader in the Hispanic community. He is a founder of the Hispanic Culture Foundation and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in New Mexico. He has served on the President’s Hispanic Advisory Committee, was a founding member of the Albuquerque Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the board of directors of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In 1989, former Ambassador Romero was named National Hispanic Businessman of the Year by the Hispanic Chamber of the Commerce. He is a founder of Valor Telecommunications Southwest, LLC.
Former Ambassador Romero is actively engaged in a variety of civic and charitable activities. He has received numerous awards and acknowledgments from various U.S. and Spanish organizations.
Mr. Langley was President, CEO and Chairman of E3, LLC. He developed, financed and owned over $2 billion of energy projects including the largest and first de-regulated gas pipeline system in the US. Mr. Langley was active in politics professionally and voluntarily. In 1977 and 1978 he was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Sub-Committee. He was in charge of committee hearings, witness examination, legislative drafting and the briefing and preparation of the Committee Chairman, U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden (D-Delaware). Mr. Langley was also the political speechwriter for Sen. Joseph Biden; writing more than 50 speeches that were delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate, at commencement addresses, political conventions and rallies, foreign audiences, press conferences and for expert testimony.
Mr. Langley was the U.S. Vice Chairman of the Association of Democrat State Chairs (ASDC) and a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) since 1988 where he also served as the 14-state, Midwest Region’s Representative to the DNC Executive Committee. Dennis was the State Democratic Chair of Kansas (1993-1999) and the South Dakota National Democratic Vice-Chair. He actively worked in the U.S. presidential campaigns of Presidents Obama, Clinton, Carter and Vice-President Gore as well as in numerous successful congressional, senate and gubernatorial races, and served/serves in an advisory capacity to many elected officials, governmental panels and policy groups. Mr. Langley’ counsel and expertise is sought regarding energy policy, environmental preservation, Native American rights and sovereignty issues, grassroots campaigns, voter registration programs and economic development.
Mr. Langley attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. on full academic scholarship, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree while majoring in philosophy and general semantics, a Master of Arts degree in communication theory and psycho-linguistics and a Juris Doctorate. He received both his BA and MA degrees within 4 years via admission to and completion of an accelerated degree program. Mr. Langley graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and received the 1973 President’s Award as the University’s Outstanding Male Graduate. As an intercollegiate debater Mr. Langley won numerous prestigious debate tournaments and forensic events including the 1970 National Extemporaneous Speaking Championship and the 1971 International Debate Tournament of Champions. Mr. Langley graduated from Haven High School in Haven, Kansas where he was Student Body President, Kansas State Debate Champion, an honor student, active in sports, Class President and a member of the National Honor Society