John Wood, Chief Executive Officer
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), as well as the largest union 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 34-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 founded the largest industrial electrical contracting company in the US, 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 Investment, and has been actively involved in charitable endeavors involving children. Mr. Wood holds degrees in Finance and Accounting from Missouri State University.
Gautam Bahri, President
Mr. Bahri joined One Planet Infrastructure after serving as Chief Engineer of EPC projects for Boeing, Inc. He led the engineering and design for utility-scale solar projects in the US and abroad. Prior to Boeing, Mr. Bahri was a consulting engineer to P2S Engineering where he helped design and implement over 20 power generation projects. Mr. Bahri came to the US from India where he was Founder/CEO of PSC and Vector Engineers which had responsibility for designing and building HV grid infrastructure, gas turbine, hydro and coal power plants and associated infrastructure, head water pump systems, and distributed energy systems. Mr. Bahri began his career at Compton Greaves Ltd (India) where he designed electrical and water infrastructure projects as well as oil pipeline projects. Mr Bahri has a B.S. in Engineering from Jadavpur University in India.
Raoul Wood, Chief Technology Officer
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 (PV and concentrated), geothermal (both binary and flash plants in US and Africa), 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 Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from CalTech and Stanford Universities.
Marty Olson, Managing Director, Project Management
Mr. Olson has a thirty year career marked by increasing responsibilities and contributions at every level in engineering, engineering management and project management, on over 8 GW of power projects.
Through a background that has included design engineering, field engineering, engineering management and project management, Marty brings to project management an understanding of the details of all phases of projects from development through engineering, construction, start-up and operations and maintenance. Successful project management includes an understanding of critical path items, recognizing the potential pitfalls and surmounting the challenges that occur along the way.
Endorsed at every station in diverse career, which has included these key roles:
- Director, Business Development, Power Generation Engineering and Construction Company.
- Responsible for the development of completed projects with CapEx over $300 million US.
- General Manager, Engineering Services Branch Office, Responsible for Engineering and Primary Client Liaison for Project Services for over 30 clients
- Chief and Responsible Electrical Engineer, projects with total CapEx over $1 billion, US
- Principal Electrical Engineer, projects with total CapEx over $500 million US
Project roles of Lead Engineer, Chief Engineer, Project Engineer, Consulting Engineer, Owner’s Engineer, Project Engineering Manager and Project Manager
Project engineering and construction experience in over 100 projects, over 50 projects in the power generation sector.
Doug Erb, Vice President of Finance
Mr. Erb’s primary responsibility is the financial modeling and financial structuring of OPI’s renewable energy and infrastructure projects. 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 the University of California at Berkeley.
Dena Elbayoumy, Esquire, Senior Development Counsel
Ms. Elbayoumy has acted as Lead Counsel in connection with the acquisition of requisite renewable energy project entitlements, US Export Import Bank financing, and strategic project structuring. In 2013, she was selected by the Department of Commerce to participate in the US led trade delegation to Egypt on Energy and Security. Ms. Elbayoumy has regional experience in North and South America, West and North Africa and the Middle East. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA, with a major in International Economic Development and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Brandon Wood, Vice President
Mr. Wood has extensive experience in renewable energy and international development. Prior to joining One Planet Infrastructure, Mr. Wood worked at DuSable Capital where he assisted with developing utility-scale solar projects in Malaysia. Before DuSable, Mr. Wood received his BA with honors from Boston University. While there, he interned at the African Presidential Center, where he teamed with staff to edit and produce the Center’s publications, and assisted with research for the Center’s Director and visiting heads of state and government. Mr. Wood also assisted One Planet Caribbean with developing some of the Caribbean’s largest renewable energy projects.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ambassador Edward L. Romero
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 recently merged with Commodore Applied Technologies, Inc.. Fluent in Spanish, Former Ambassador Romero has been 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, former 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:
- National Kidney Foundation
- New Mexico Anti-Defamation League
- National Hispanic Scholarship Foundation
- Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Madrid, Spain
- Honorary Brother of the International Brotherhood of Researchers, Toledo, Spain
- Noble Honorary Brother of the Illustrious and Most Ancient Brotherhood of Mozarabic Knights, Toledo, Spain
- Honorary Academic of World Academy of Science and Tecnnology, Valencia, Spain
Former Ambassador Romero was born on January 2, 1934, to a family whose ancestors arrived in North America from Spain in 1598. He studied at Los Angeles State College and Citrus College.
Dennis M. Langley, Esquire
Mr. Langley is President, CEO and Chairman of E3, LLC. He has 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 has been 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 has been the State Democratic Chair of Kansas (1993-1999) and the South Dakota National Democratic Vice-Chair. He has 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.
Mr. Langley was the Director of Debate and head debate coach at the Catholic University of America over a five-year period, during which his teams qualified for the National Debate Tournament four times and finished among the top ten teams in the nation three times. From 1975 to 1977 his teams attended 43 tournaments, placing among the finalists at all 43 tournaments, winning such prestigious tournaments as Harvard National Invitational Debate Tournament, the Georgetown National Invitational Debate Tournament, and the Mid-Atlantic States Championships. In 1971-1972 as the Director of Debate at Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Maryland, his teams won the Maryland State Championship, the Tri-State Debate & Speech Championships (Maryland, Virginia and D.C.) and qualified more students for Catholic Nationals than any school in the history of the event.
Mr. Langley has been active in Native American issues in four areas: 1) the preservation of Native American cultural heritage, 2) economic development on reservations, 3) civil and treaty rights of Native Americans, and 4) Native American political inclusion. He has been invited to address numerous Native American organizations, Tribes and Bands including the Indian Resource Council (IRC), the Council of Energy Resources Tribes (CERT), the All Indian Pueblo Council (AIPC), the Union of New Brunswick Indians (UNBI), the Blood Tribal Council, the Jemez Pueblo Tribal Council, the Isleta Tribal Council, the Canadian Department of Indian Affairs national symposium on economic development, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council and the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council, and numerous other Native American forums.
Mr. Langley was the founder of NATURE (Native American Teachings of Resources and Energy, Inc.) a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization which has been instrumental in the preservation of Native American culture and legal rights as well as the environmentally sound development of Tribal natural resources. Since 1999 Mr. Langley has been a trustee of Wisdom Keepers, an international gathering of Native American Shaman, Medicine Men and spiritual leaders. Wisdom Keepers have met continuously on an annual basis for more than 30 years, and have been the subject of several books, articles and documentaries. Mr. Langley was also the organizer and trustee for The Eagle and the Condor, an inter-American meeting of Shaman from North, South and Central America. Mr. Langley has been honored by several Tribes and Indian organizations. He has been presented with Eagle, Hawk and Condor feathers, honored by being given an Indian name, and been the recipient of traditional honoring ceremonies and Native American awards.
Mr. Langley is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Kansas and American Bar Associations. Mr. Langley has two children and has residences in the Black Hills of South Dakota and in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.