Out of a crisis comes innovation. In the wake of the stimulus package, water utilities are looking for inventive new ways to finance their infrastructure. Laurent Auguste, CEO of Veolia Water America, Greg Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis, David Trimble Director of Natural Resources and Environment at the Government Accountability Office, David Stanton, President and CEO of APTwater, Richard Splete, Senior Consultant from MWH Global, and Bob Gonzales, Ex-Mayor of Santa Paula, explain how they see the solution coming together. Chaired by Kathy Shandling, Executive Director of the International Private Water Association (IPWA)
Born in 1967, a graduate from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon (1991 class), Laurent Auguste started his career in 1991 as consultant at Japan in Time Experts at Tokyo. He joined the Generale des Eaux in 1995 at the agency of Bethune as assistant manager and then from 1997 as manager. In 1999 he became business development manager for Southern China, Korea and Japan. In 1999 he took over the management of the Korea subsidiary and the management of the Japan subsidiary in 2002. In 2008, he is appointed manager of the American continent and member of the Executive Committee of Veolia Water.
Gregory A. Ballard was elected as the 48th Mayor of Indianapolis on November 6, 2007. Since his election, Mayor Greg Ballard has kept his promises to make public safety job one and be a faithful steward of the taxpayers' money. The Ballard Administration has produced an overall drop in the crime rate and honestly balanced the city's budget two years in a row. Mayor Ballard also reduced the local option income tax and assembled the team who won the right for Indianapolis to host Super Bowl 46 in 2012
Councilmember Robert S. Gonzales was elected in 2006 and is serving his first term on the City Council. Gonzales served as Mayor in 2008.
Gonzales is a lifelong resident of Santa Paula and served for 30 years as a member of the Santa Paula Police Department. Gonzales represents Santa Paula on the Ventura Regional Sanitation District Board of Directors. He retired as Chief of Police in 2005.
Kathy Shandling is the Executive Director of the International Private Water Association (IPWA), a global advocacy/non-profit organization that serves as a conduit between the public and private sector players involved in the water/wastewater infrastructure project and service arena. IPWA specifically promotes the implementation of public-private partnerships and the development/use of long-term sustainable financing tools. Ms. Shandling was instrumental in launching the IPWA Financial Tools Taskforce that has been steadfast in its support of evolving local currency financing initiatives for the funding of water/wastewater infrastructure projects in developing countries.
Prior to joining IPWA in CY2000, Ms. Shandling had been involved in the international project finance/infrastructure finance arena through positions held at Infrastructure Finance Magazine, the World Council for Infrastructure Development, and Global Finance Media. She has authored several articles for leading water infrastructure publications including a recent cover story focused on the growth of global private equity funds in the water sector.
Kathy Shandling holds an MSc Economics (political economics) from The London School of Economics and a BA from Wellesley College.
Richard Splete is a Senior Consultant with MWH Global.
Mr. Stanton joined APTwater as President & Chief Executive Officer in 2010 to accelerate the company's growth initiatives and expand APTwater service offerings. Before joining APTwater, Mr. Stanton was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Southwest Water Company. Previously, Mr. Stanton served as an Executive Vice President of EarthTech, Inc., a division of Tyco International. At EarthTech, Mr. Stanton led the International Asset Management Division focused on design, build, operation and finance of water and wastewater projects worldwide. He also served as EarthTech's interim Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development where he was responsible for all financial functions and acquisition growth strategies focused on water technology and service companies. Mr. Stanton has also held senior management positions with a number of water and wastewater technology companies, such as Waterlink, Inc. and Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, New York.
David Trimble is the Director of Natural Resources and Environment at the Government Accountability Office.
Richard Splete applies a special purpose corporation model to a hypothetical infrastructure project in Omaha and shows how it would cost the city much less than standard financing schemes. Unfortunately, he says, there are legal obstacles to this type of approach.