Barry F. SullivanBio
Barry F. Sullivan
Barry F. Sullivan has focused exclusively on his private investment portfolio since 2009. He also serves as Chairman of LIATI Group, LLC, a boutique investment banking firm located in New York City, where he is also an investor in the firm. Previously, he had been Vice Chairman and COO of KRoad Power and investor in and operator of electric power generation facilities. In 1995 after highly successful careers in the fields of commercial banking, economic development and public service, he joined Sithe Energies as Vice Chairman. Sithe Energies, was leading international independent power producer and developer, and prior to its sale was the sixth largest unregulated generation company in the world, with over 28,000 gross MW in operation, under construction or in advanced development.
After serving with the U.S. Army in Korea, Mr. Sullivan completed his Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago two years later.
Joining Chase Manhattan Bank he rose to become Executive Vice President and member of the Management Committee during the course of his 23 years with the bank. From 1980 to 1991, he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of First Chicago Corporation, the holding company for several banking firms including The First National Bank of Chicago, American National Corporation and FCC Bank.
Mr. Sullivan returned to his native New York in 1992 to join the public sector as Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economic Development. In this capacity, he was responsible for formulating and implementing the City’s strategies for business, industrial and commercial development, and was instrumental in arranging mayoral foreign trade missions to Europe and Japan.
From City Hall, in 1994, Mr. Sullivan moved on to become President and CEO of the New York City Partnership and the New York Chamber of Commerce, serving as chief spokesman for that influential group of business, academic, cultural and civic leaders. Then he joined the City’s Board of Education as Chief Operating Officer for the nation’s largest public school system.
Mr. Sullivan was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, serving as Chairman of its Human Resources Committee. He was also formerly on the Board of Directors of the Merrill Lynch International Bank and served as Chairman of its Audit Committee. He was also a Director of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, the Association for a Better New York, and is a life trustee of the University of Chicago, where he had been Chairman of the Board for four years.
In addition, Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of New York, and served on the boards of St. Joseph’s Seminary and St. Agnes Hospital.
Michael W. Geffrard is the President and Chief Executive Officer of LIATI Group, LLC, a successful boutique investment banking firm headquartered in New York City. The firm’s core business involves raising capital for select corporate and municipal clients, and assisting in the restructuring of existing private equity partnerships nearing the end of their investment cycle. The firm formerly was very active in representing high quality general partner groups seeking to raise capital from major institutional investors such as public pension funds and fund of funds that receive significant capital from public pension funds and continues to advise select General Partner groups on strategic matters relating to fundraising. The firm is recognized for its experience and expertise in infrastructure financing, particularly with power generation and transmission, water and wastewater. It has pioneered innovative financing techniques to assist municipalities and public authorities in the US to raise capital for needed infrastructure improvements as well as pioneering workable public private joint ventures between public sector entities and private corporations. In addition, the firm also advises on and oversees private equity investments in companies focused primarily in industrial process improvement made by its Chairman, a highly successful private investor.
The firm was founded in 1997 and was the outgrowth of a consulting practice that Mr. Geffrard began with a single client.
Prior to forming LIATI, Mr. Geffrard was First Deputy Comptroller for the City of New York. In this capacity, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York and had direct oversight responsibility for its $70 Billion pension system and the City’s ten year $45 Billion capital investment program.
He began his career in New York City government in 1990 as the Director of Public Finance for Mayor David N. Dinkins. Mr. Geffrard had oversight responsibility for the issuance of debt by the City of New York, as well as its relationship with the credit rating agencies, major institutional investors, and the selection of its investment bankers. He traveled to South Africa with Mayor David Dinkins in 1991 when the Mayor led a delegation from New York to South Africa at the invitation of Nelson Mandela. He assisted in the development of the highly regarded Professional Development Program which provided high level exposure in the US to selected black South African business leaders. He also traveled with Mayor Dinkins on trade missions on behalf of the City of New York to Great Britain, France and Germany in 1992.
Mr. Geffrard began his professional career at Chemical Bank, where he worked in the International Project Finance and Syndications Department. He subsequently worked in the Merchant Banking Group, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private placements and project financings. He also worked as a lending officer for the Bank’s Middle East/Africa Territory, where he was responsible for managing a trade finance and project finance portfolio for French speaking West Africa. After a stint in Commodities Finance at Marine Midland Bank, he began a career in municipal finance at James J. Lowrey and Co., a successful investment banking boutique firm that engaged in public finance advisory work, specialty corporate finance services, and project finance. The firm became a publicly traded company in 1986 and Mr. Geffrard was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the company at that time. He left the firm in 1988 to co-found a municipal finance brokerage firm known as MR Beal and Co. He joined the administration of Mayor David N. Dinkins in early 1990 as New York City’s Director of Public Finance.
Mr. Geffrard received his BA in History at Yale University, a JD from Columbia University Law School, and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Geffrard is married and is the father of two grown sons.
Thomas Kokoska, Esq.Bio
Thomas Kokoska, Esq.
Thomas A. Kokoska for two decades has assisted in establishment and operation of various DeMatteo Industries entities, providing important direction to the Boards of Directors while successfully administering $100+ million and high profile ventures as Director of Project Development and Legal Affairs, and then as Secretary and General Counsel.. Mr. Kokoska previously handled complex commercial litigation many years, including state, federal and multi-district class actions. His clients included the Dallas Cowboys and Texas magnate Bum Bright’s various entities, as well as transferee financial institutions, bridge banks, and the FDIC and RTC during the savings and loan crisis. Multiple Fortune 100 companies have engaged Mr. Kokoska to manage national portfolios of problem litigation. Mr. Kokoska’s business and business law experience includes, among other things, starting and operating the in-house law department for an Indian Tribal Nation operating one of the largest tribally-held hotel and casinos, and acting as general counsel for a professional baseball team.
Mr. Kokoska enjoyed a successful academic and athletic career attending Yale University as a State of Connecticut Scholar, earning 7 varsity letters playing on 5 championship football and baseball teams, including Yale’s last two nationally-ranked Division 1 football teams. He attended SMU School of Law in Dallas as a Hatton W. Sumners Scholar and was selected to The Barristers.
Mr. Kokoska maintains strong ties to academia as a long-time Fellow of Timothy Dwight College at Yale. Mr. Kokoska is a Director for both the Yale Football Association and Yale Baseball Association, and engages in various cancer-awareness and fund-raising activities. Mr. Kokoska is recipient of the prestigious Nathan Hale Award for exemplary leadership, character and service and extraordinary dedication to community, church and Yale. He resides in Connecticut and has two daughters.
Mr. W. Gary Fleming, has been a member of the Board of Directors since the firms inception. Since 2002, in addition to his board responsibilities, Mr. Fleming has been actively engaged in the firms’ financial advisory and placement business.
Mr. Fleming is a retired Senior Executive at Bank of America and Bank of America Securities, Inc., and in his last position at the bank was responsible for developing and implementing a customer centric growth initiative for all Consumer and Commercial products in the 306 Community Markets in which the bank operates across its franchise. Prior to that assignment, he was responsible for planning the development of the Bank’s 5,000 banking centers and 14,000 ATM’s nationwide. Immediately prior to that assignment, he implemented the bank’s Money Manager Account and Series 6 Program nationwide.
As the Marketing Executive for the Mid-Atlantic Banking Group he was responsible for the sales and marketing activities for all consumer and commercial products and services in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. His major responsibilities included the pricing of loans and deposits for a $24 billion balance sheet, developing and implementing customer access strategies, management of major sports and event marketing sponsorships and creation and production of marketing and advertising programs for eight (8) distinct lines of business.
From 1970 to 1992, Mr. Fleming held various management positions at companies focused on financial services, real estate development and systems integration. He was principal and owner of Our Co, Inc., a management consulting firm that provided professional services to the legal and medical communities; President and COO of Maxima Corporation, a systems integration company focused on providing computer technology services and solutions to businesses and to federal, state and local governments; Chief Operating Officer of Cathedral Corporation, a vertically integrated real estate company that redeveloped and syndicated multi-family and hotel properties to investors; Retail Banking Executive managing both branch and lending (direct and indirect) operations for American Security Bank, NA; Channel Manager for Citibank for a $1 billion residential and C&I real estate portfolio and a $450 million student loan portfolio; and, Manager of Planning and Development for the Government Services Division of RCA Services Company.
Mr. Fleming sits on the boards of New York city-based investment firms LIATI Group, LLC and LIATI Capital, LLC. Following his retirement from the bank he has continued to be active in community and civic affairs. A former combat aviator, Mr. Fleming is also the recipient of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his Army service in Vietnam.
A native of Jamaica, New York, Mr. Fleming holds a B.S. Degree from Ohio State University and M.B.A. and D.P.S. Degrees from Pace University. Additionally he holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 and FAA Commercial Fixed and Rotary Wing Licenses.
Steve Robling has been Managing Director at LIATI Capital, LLC, since 2002. He joined LIATI after serving as a representative at Hunt Financial Ventures (“HFV”), a firm that designed and marketed investment programs suitable for pensions and endowments.
Form 1998 to 2000, Mr. Robling held positions of increasing responsibility at Novo Networks and its predecessors, ultimately serving as its chief financial officer. Novo Networks offered telecommunications services.
Prior to joining Novo Networks, Mr. Robling was a Senior Managing Director at Hamilton Lane Advisors. Hamilton Lane is a leading private equity investment firm. During his tenure, the firm served institutional clients, such as CalPERS, Unisys, United Technologies, Textron and the New York State Common Retirement Fund. Mr. Robling was a member of the firm’s investment committee, and was one of its four senior executives.
In other venues, Mr. Robling had positions leading to vice president at Lazard Freres & Co. in its merger and acquisition and international departments. Mr. Robling began his career at Chemical Bank, (now J P Morgan) where he held positions of increasing responsibility in merchant banking, project finance, and credit research in Chemical’s International banking department, leading to the position, of vice president.
Mr. Robling has served on the boards of Berliner Communications, Inc. Novo Networks, eVentures Latin America, Inc., and Hamilton Lane Advisors. He has served in advisory capacities to William Blair Mezzanine Fund, Carlyle Partners, Kinetic Ventures, and Graham Partners. Mr. Robling received an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of business and a BA from Georgetown University, where he graduated with distinction in economics.
Charlie Weatherspoon is the president and founder of The Corporate CFO, established in 1999 to provide resource networking, business consulting and various management related services in finance and marketing. As primary areas of focus, The Corporate CFO specializes in strategic planning for small and medium size businesses in assisting them in obtaining and maintaining resources as well as assisting with their working capital needs. In addition to providing these services, Mr. Weatherspoon has served as Strategic Account Manager for McKesson, interim manager for Tech Services International’s Credit Department and as a credit specialist for FCI and Medrad.
In 1989, Mr. Weatherspoon was the area credit manager for E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company’s Asia Pacific and domestic exports. Before leaving DuPont in 1992, he was a credit account manager in the Automotive Products Department. From 1978 to 1989, Charlie held various financial positions at Mellon Bank N.A. including Corporate Financial Planning and Control, Credit Review and Recovery Department (workouts) and assistant section manager of the Energy and Utilities Section with a $2 billion exposure. Prior to leaving Mellon, he was a relationship manager in the Corporate Banking Department’s western division with responsibility for a $175+ million portfolio as well as being assigned the relationship manager for the major companies in the steel industry. As relationship manager, Mr. Weatherspoon was directly responsible for working with the executives of these companies to ensure that all their finance concerns were being appropriately addressed. This included but was not limited to traditional loan products, cash management, project finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Weatherspoon is active in non-profit organizations in his home state of Ohio and in Delaware. He is currently the vice president of the board of directors and a board member of the West Center City Early Learning Center (Delaware), which provides education for inter-city children from low-income families and a board member and a member of the executive committee of Stark County Out Of Poverty (Ohio). He is also active in efforts in the fight against colon cancer through the Eric Davis Foundation’s involvement with the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table.
Charlie received a B.S. in Administrative Sciences from Yale University, New Haven, CT.