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Co-Founder & Managing Director
John is responsible for Aether’s financial strategies, including the structuring and execution of all major transactions. He brings over 25 years of investment banking, structured finance, and strategic consulting experience gained at major financial institutions and innovative specialty finance companies. While affiliated with Lance Capital, John developed an innovative model to fund tenant improvements for commercial real estate projects that informs our energy efficiency financing strategy. As Managing Director and Partner at DTZ Rockwood, John established the Financial Services Group and executed more than $5.2 billion of senior/mezzanine debt, preferred equity, programmatic joint venture equity, and recapitalization transactions on behalf of developers/owners, investment managers and financial institutions. He also provided capital markets coverage on over $3.7 billion of investment sales transactions. Earlier in his career, as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs and then Managing Director at UBS Securities, John executed over $7.5 billion of public, private placement, and securitization transactions in the US, Canada and Europe for major clients and the firms’ own accounts. John began his career at Strategic Planning Associates (now a part of Mercer Consulting) where he provided systems consulting solutions for Fortune 500 companies. John holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Princeton University.
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Adam develops and maintains Aether’s strategic relationships with potential clients, service providers, and product partners. Prior to joining Aether, Adam helped execute over $150 million in real estate transactions including credit tenant lease finance, tenant improvement funding, structuring, and advisory as an affiliate of Lance Capital. Adam began his career by managing the turnaround of specialty multi-family properties spanning ten US states for the National Housing Corporation of Sigma Phi Epsilon. By increasing top-line revenues over 200% in fewer than two years, Adam successfully stabilized the finances and operations of the distressed portfolio. Following his tenure with the National Housing Corporation, he worked in the organization and change practice at Deloitte Consulting, focusing on workplace transformation projects at several global financial services firms in New York City. Adam has a BS in Finance from Murray State University.
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Ryan manages Aether's marketing and business development strategy initiatives. He brings a diverse skillset to Aether following a career that has spanned large scale sustainable development and investment finance. As an architect for Kohn Pedersen Fox in New York and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in Chicago, Ryan worked on multi-billion dollar projects across the US, Asia, and Europe - engaging stakeholders through contract negotiation, project finance management, and sophisticated problem solving. After earning his MBA degree from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Ryan joined Credit Suisse Securities, where he devised business development strategies, analyzed investment portfolios, and managed relationships with high net worth families as a part of their Private Banking USA group. Most recently, Ryan was affiliated with Lance Capital, where he provided independent consulting on their energy efficiency marketing initiatives. In addition to his MBA, Ryan holds a BS and Masters in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.
Michael has 40 years of experience in the Commercial Real Estate Industry worldwide. Prior to advising Aether, Michael spent 10 years as President of Cresa Partners, an international tenant representation firm. During his tenure, the firm’s revenues grew from $33 million to $165 million. He was responsible for setting up the firm’s international relationship with what is now BNP Paribas Real Estate and for starting and growing their New York office. From 1994 to 1999, Michael was Chairman of Jones Lang Wootton North America, where revenues tripled during his tenure prior to the merger with LaSalle Partners. From 1971 to 1994, Michael worked for JLW in London, culminating in setting up the European Corporate Real Estate Group in 1990. As part of that responsibility, he became Consultant Head of Group Property at British Telecom from 1991 to 1993. During his tenure at JLW, Michael spent six years on the UK Managing Committee and five years on the International Board. Michael is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Anglo-American Real Property Institute, the Urban Land Institute, and CoreNet Global.
Hussain is a commercial real estate executive with over 30 years of leadership experience. While head of real estate for the New York Times, he led the team that developed the award winning New York Times Building which includes many green technologies and systems that not only saved money but also improved workplace effectiveness. Over the past 13 years Hussain has directed or worked on over $1 billion in real estate development projects and transactions and has garnered several awards for creating innovative projects with world class teams. Hussain brings a wide array of skills and experience to Aether with his strong background in consulting for project management, facility operations, and energy efficiency. Hussain has a BA from the Royal Military College of Canada and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at UWO Western University. He is active in CoreNet Global and co-chairs the Sustainability Community of the New York Chapter.
Steve brings extensive project development and management experience to Aether, where he advises on project processes from initial concept to execution. After service as a Navy pilot, Steve joined Bechtel to create CPM management standards for nuclear power plant design. Subsequently, he gained field experience as coordinator between engineering and construction for completion of the three unit 1500 MW coal fired Jim Bridger power plant. He went on to develop a construction and logistics plan to build a small city on a remote coast of Borneo in support of a LNG plant as a Senior Project Manager. Steve later led the design development and construction of 500,000 square foot campus headquarters for a finance company in New Jersey that included capacity for self-power generation. In 1981, he executed the successful workout of the largest surety default at that time of 22 projects including the Advanced Waste Water Plant in Las Vegas, the launch pad 39B renovation at Cape Kennedy, and numerous other government projects in the Eastern U.S. – today valued at over $1 trillion in bonded exposure. Turning his focus to energy conservation, Steve led a major renovation of the Princeton Club of New York that included a cogeneration plant saving 50% of energy consumption. He has published a number of articles ranging from bonding to environment and energy conservation in building. Steve holds a BA in Architecture from Princeton University.
Aether's multi-disciplinary team of consists of professionals with extensive experience in energy efficient and sustainable development, real estate, credit-based financing, and technology.
Aether was founded to revolutionize how large institutions approach energy efficient and sustainable infrastructure development. Partnering with leading manufacturers, integrators, contractors, and funding sources, Aether develops, acquires, and operates a portfolio of large scale infrastructure assets. Its public and private clients around the globe benefit from a turnkey solution to immediately achieve their economic, environmental, and social objectives. Aether also finances select commercial real estate opportunities, as our strategies build on over $16B in executed transactions in the sector. Aether removes capital constraints for decision makers so we can achieve our shared vision for a more efficient, technologically-advanced future.
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Aether believes that a world of energy efficiency is within reach, and we aim to be the catalyst. We mobilize a multi-disciplinary ecosystem of manufacturers, integrators, contractors, and funding sources to generate immediate economic value and positive environmental impact for large public and private customers. Our integrated approach unlocks energy efficiency measures on an unprecedented scale.
Aether removes complexity and enables action for entities seeking portfolio-wide reductions in energy consumption. Disruptive innovations in lighting, controls, power generation, and energy storage can deliver significant savings while enhancing the quality of buildings and public spaces. Unfortunately, large energy consumers face resource constraints, high upfront costs, and other limitations that challenge their ability to seize this opportunity. Aether's outsourced service model empowers our customers to overcome this once daunting task - benefiting their bottom line and the environment.
Although Aether was established to revolutionize how large institutions approach energy efficient and sustainable infrastructure development, the foundation of our strategy originates from real estate financing solutions. Credit-backed real estate funding is a significant part of Aether’s DNA, and its team remains committed to leveraging their collective experience for the benefit of potential real estate clients. Aether’s professionals have executed over $16 billion in commercial real estate transactions - including an award-winning credit-backed tenant improvement financing solution.
Aether looks forward to deploying capital for the following real estate opportunities:
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Aether's revolutionary approach to energy efficiency appeals to municipalities, corporations, education and health care systems, and other entities that want to liberate themselves from excessive energy costs and channel those funds to ensure their place in the better future we create together.
We develop ambitious energy efficiency opportunities utilizing a flexible, long-term service contract that is the key to successful project implementation. Aether aims to be a valued partner to its customers and potential project stakeholders as they consider their own opportunities.
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Aether's program allows manufacturers and resellers to scale product installations to unprecedented institutional levels. Aether is engaged with a growing number of companies in the following areas:
Aether can help the following O&M providers upgrade their clients' infrastructure to energy and operationally efficient technologies:
Aether also looks forward to developing relationships with O&M providers to help execute its ongoing project opportunities.
Aether possesses relationships with investor groups eager to deploy capital in the energy efficiency space. Our team is open to engaging other capital partners who can enhance our integrated offering through flexibility around the following criteria:
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Aether acts as project developer and program manager to ensure the delivery of an integrated solution to our clients. We are eager to partner with other project developers and originators for select opportunities where our capital and unique model will enable successful initiatives for the following client types:
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Aether's energy efficiency program is designed for organizations who want to capture the opportunity cost of inaction with a solution that features:
Our clients enjoy an efficient infrastructure wrapped into a simple, long-term service contract.
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