TEAM

Who We Are

JEFFERY M. HUDSON, JR.

Managing Director

Mr. Hudson has over 25 years of experience both as an advisor and operator in the capital markets, energy and fin-tech industries. His primary focus has been business development, asset allocation and investment banking focusing on small businesses, startups and new ventures. Mr. Hudson had a 13-year career as a Partner in a $900 million long/short distressed and special situations hedge fund before founding FinTech and Biopharmaceutical companies.

Today Mr. Hudson is focused on advising early stage investment platforms to take advantage of emerging opportunities in energy, technology and agriculture. He is a graduate of Syracuse University; with and MBA from the University of CT. Mr. Hudson currently holds the Series 7 and 66 FINRA Licenses and lives in Darien, Connecticut.

J. NELSON HAPPY, ESQ.

CHAIRMAN & GENERAL COUNSEL

Chairman & General Counsel

Mr. Happy is a New York lawyer who acts as the Chairman of IEC and its management company, IEC Management LLC. In the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Happy owned and operated a petroleum E&P company based in Chanute, Kansas. Mr. Happy acquired vast regional oil and gas leases and drilled shallow oil wells.

Mr. Happy  became familiar with secondary recovery systems and sold his position after oil prices tripled from the time of the company’s origination. In the 1980s, he assisted New York City investor and philanthropist John Catsimatidis in acquiring URC. 


In the 1990s, Mr. Happy assumed control of Flight International on the eve of the airplane manufacturing company’s bankruptcy. He reorganized the firm and sold the entity to ESystems, later merged into L2.

In the 2000s, Mr. Happy assumed the role of CEO for Cenco Refining Co. which restarted the Powerine Refinery in Southern California. Beginning in 2007 he became responsible for over $8 billion in high value M & A energy transactions for Mr. Catsimatidis.

FRANK PANZER​

Director of Research

Mr. Panzer is an accomplished and seasoned senior executive with a track record of value enhancement and revenue growth. After 40 years in a various leadership positions within the construction and energy industries, including start-ups, Mr. Panzer understands how to drive growth through acquisitions, innovation and technology while “connecting” to employees and customers. With experience in both the construction and energy industries, Mr. Panzer has worked with Cities Service Company, The Permian Corporation, National Cooperative Refinery Association, Coronado Engineering, SemMaterials, Road Science and Deeprock Energy. Mr. Penzer has also served as a board member on various industry associations. Mr. Penzer holds a BS in accounting and business administration from KU and lives in Tulsa.

JENNIFER J. FEARON​

Investor Relations Director

A New York native, Ms. Fearon graduated from the Mary Wheeler School in Providence, RI and received an Honors Degree in Semiotics from Brown. She co-founded and served as the EVP in charge of business development of Drury Design Dynamics, a management consulting firm specializing in business communications. Ms. Fearon was instrumental in building Drury into an internationally recognized consulting practice.
Ms. Fearon is the Managing Partner of VentureLink Advisers, a Manhattan-based corporate finance, business and financial consulting firm with offices in Palm Beach and London. She is also the Managing Partner of Chobe Advisers, a physical commodities company. Chobe’s New York-based business capitalizes on the growth in global demand for commodities by leveraging financial, multinational and governmental relationships to advise on and execute physical commodities opportunities.

TIMOTHY M. RUTTEN​

Gov. Affairs & General Counsel

Mr. Rutten has for 30 years been at the nexus of energy and infrastructure industries and U.S. politics, having worked in the US Senate for 10 years and been in the private sector for 20, most recently with Fluor Enterprises. As a lobbyist, Mr. Rutten has secured over $4 billion in federal appropriations for clients. Tim holds a B.A. in Political Science from Oregon State University and a J.D. from Oregon’s Willamette University. 

CRISTIAN D. TURC

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Turc is the COO of VentureLink Advisers, a corporate finance, business development and financial consulting firm with branches in New York, Palm Beach and London. He has more than fifteen years’ experience in the financial sector and spent over ten years managing the operations of a family business. Mr. Turc is a Partner at Lynx Capital Partners, a firm focused on "bidirectional" projects between South Korea and the United States. Additionally, he is the Director of Marketing for Empire State Greenhouses (ESG). ESG is a renewable energy-powered New York State grown and certified crop factory in Cobleskill, New York.  He was also a member of the private equities division at Maxim Group, raising capital for both public & privately held companies.

JAMES C. ROW, CFA​

Advisor

Mr. Row has over 25 years of experience in various areas of deal structuring and energy finance, including: producer finance, project finance, drilling programs, A&D, securities and risk management. He has originated and arranged funding, debt (senior and mezzanine) and equity, on over $10 billion of energy projects. While at Enron, Mr. Row specialized in structuring bids for power, E&P, energy services and water privatization projects worldwide. Mr. Row  is a Chartered Financial Analyst and maintains Series 7, 24, 28, 63, 79 and 99 FINRA securities licenses. Mr. Row serves as a member of the Houston Society of Financial Analysts, Houston World Affairs Council, Houston Producers Forum, TMA, IPAA and AIPN and is an author on a number of oil and gas issues and a regular speaker at energy conferences world-wide.

MICHAEL L. SANDER

Senior Advisor

Mr. Sander drives strategy and investment for Sortis Holdings (SOHI), steering the firm’s strategic investment divisions & management of investor relations. He sources compelling opportunities and directs potential moves through a unique lens formed by more than 30 years of technology, finance and real estate experience with over 170 transactions to his credit. His ability to identify, deconstruct and reconstruct situations into viable concerns has resulted in added value for innovative financial & business operational routines.


Mr. Sander has worked in the Sortis Holdings, Portland, OR headquarters for the past 10 years, managing operations across the United States as the firm expands abroad.  He contributes to Sortis' deep experience and tireless work ethic, helping the firm close transactions that total over $10B and spearheaded the restructuring and subsequent 2013 recapitalization of Oregon-based MBank, delivering a national turnaround success story at the height of the financial crisis.  Sortis manages debt and opportunity zone funds and secures financing, dispositions, and manages asset portfolios ranging from $10MM to $1B.

JOHN B. KERN​

Advisor

Mr. Kern has 25 years of experience as a developer of renewable and clean energy assets, international business lawyer and federal & state lobbyist. He developed two of the first biomass fuel exporters in the Eastern United States in coordination with vertical integration strategies of major European power generators (UK, Sweden, Denmark, Germany), and has structured dozens of start-ups and restructured several more mezzanine level enterprises. Mr. Kern holds a JD and an MBA from Oregon’s Willamette University. 

JASON MARTIN

Advisor

Jason has 25 years of strategic planning, industrial design, branding and manufacturing experience. His work has appeared in leading design publications and received numerous international design awards. He has established a large portfolio of design and utility patents in consumer electronics, software, packaging and medical devices. Jason was instrumental in the design, development and manufacturing of multi-sensor products including the foundation of the Nike+ and Apple product line. Speed to market with a critical eye for detail and simplicity is the driving force behind his multidisciplinary process. His work has been on display in the Cooper- Hewitt National Design Museum, New York City as well as The Chicago Design Athenaeum. Clients include Nike, Intel, Dell, Microsoft, Logitech, Wacom, Unilever, and T-Mobile.

 

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