On Friday, November 7, over 50 industry participants joined AIAI for a special web-based conversation on the 2014 Election Results’ impact on Public Private Partnerships (P3s). AIAI members and industry stakeholders discussed a broad range of topics that covered the many challenges and opportunities based on the Election Results. AIAI is committed to Advocating, Educating and Engaging the industry through innovative forums such as its web-based conversations, and we invite you to stay informed and join us for future events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 516-277-2950.
Frank M. Rapoport, Esq.
Chief Stategy Advisor, AIAI;
Peckar & Abramson
Frank M. Rapoport is a senior partner and a leader in Peckar & Abramson’s Public-Private Partnerships practice group. He works in the firm’s New York and Washington D.C. offices, as well as the newly established firm location in the Philadelphia area.
Mr. Rapoport concentrates his practice on construction, government contracts, infrastructure development and public-private partnerships (P3s). He represents project sponsors, equity investors, lenders and contractors in connection with transportation, social infrastructure, energy, water and parking projects in the United States.
Mr. Rapoport is highly regarded for strategizing and implementing successful business-capture plans for clients pursuing P3, design-build and complex infrastructure projects. He combines a deep understanding of the legal and political framework for P3s with the experience of having handled big-ticket government contracts and construction litigation. His knowledge and respect for the political issues in P3 deals have led to many successful collaborations with key government officials.
Maria Garcia Berry
Chief Executive Officer
CRL Associates, Inc
Maria Garcia Berry is the guiding force behind what is today one of the most influential public affairs firms in Colorado. Serving a broad spectrum of clients from transportation to professional sports teams to real estate developers, the services of Ms. Garcia Berry and her associates are sought by clients across the United States.
As chief executive officer of CRL Associates, Inc., she successfully manages CRL's broad client base that includes a variety of high-profile projects such as the Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Denver's Union Station; the transformation of the former Villa Italia mall site into Belmar; and Forest City's redevelopment of Stapleton. In 2004, Ms. Garcia Berry was the campaign chair for the nation's largest proposed mass transit expansion effort, the successful FasTracks Yes campaign. She is a much sought-after consultant for other locales striving to bring an integrated and comprehensive transportation program to their area. In addition to FasTracks, she has been a strategic consultant to a number of transportation-related initiatives around the country, including a transportation master plan for the seven-county Tampa Bay region adopted in 2009 by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) and a 2012 regional transportation referendum in the 10-county Atlanta region that would fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements.
Highly respected for her skills in negotiation, mediation and advocacy, Ms Garcia Berry is experienced at forging links between diverse interests and groups. She is widely recognized in her field for her expertise in government and public decision making, strategic planning, coalition building, crisis communications, community outreach, public positioning and legislative advocacy.
Maria Garcia Berry is a member of the Board of Directors of TBD Colorado, a nonpartisan, collaborative effort designed to create informed and constructive conversations among Coloradans about some of the biggest issues facing the state
She is a member of the Auraria Higher Education Center Board of Directors; serves on the Citywide Banks Board; and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. Ms. Garcia Berry is also an alumnus of Leadership Denver. She is married to Chuck Berry, currently the CEO and president of Colorado's Association of Commerce and Industry and formerly Colorado's Speaker of the House. They have three children.
Founder and President
Gordon Law Firm,
Richard Gordon is the founder and president of the Gordon Law Firm, a results-oriented public policy and government affairs firm located in New York City with a national and international reach and scope. Throughout his career, Richard has been heavily involved in public policy and strategic planning in both the public and private sectors. He is a key national government and business affairs strategist, directing and managing complex strategic and policy related issues that have multi-state and multi-jurisdictional implications. His practice focuses on state and local government procurement, business development, and corporate and not-for-profit strategic planning. He works closely with clients to advantageously position them on business, political and other policy-related matters..
Richard specializes in developing or expanding markets for clients and creating strategic implementation plans to increase their market share. He also specializes in creating and implementing strategic marketing and outreach programs that enable clients to develop a market niche and wider audience for their products or policies. He focuses on business to government applications and public/private partnerships.
Prior to establishing the Gordon Law Firm, Richard was a partner at the New York office of McKenna Long & Aldridge, an international law firm with 475 attorneys and public policy advisors with offices across the United States. He was part of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice.
In addition to his business activities, Richard has spent a large portion of his career in community and public service. Elected in 2007, Richard is the president of the American Jewish Congress, an internationally renown 90 year old not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and defending the constitutional rights of all Americans, especially those involving the First Amendment. In May 2008, President George W. Bush appointed Richard to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany the President to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel. He is also on the board of Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that provides food to children for the weekend.
Richard has been involved in government and politics on the national, state and local levels for many years, and has served numerous administrations and campaigns in policy and organizational capacities. He has advised governors, Senators, Congressmen, mayors, and candidates for office from president to city council on a myriad of policy and political matters in his more than 25 year career. For five years, he served as Director of Policy and Planning for Governor Evan Bayh of Indiana, developing the Governor’s major policy initiatives in education, remedial assistance and retraining, health care, welfare reform and the environment, and in development and delivery of the Governor’s thematic message. He served Governor Bayh as Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Richard also directed the Governor’s efforts during his chairmanship of the Democratic Governors Association. He was the National Finance Director for the Evan Bayh for Senate campaign and the Washington Transition Director for Senator-Elect Bayh. He served Senator Bayh as a senior advisor, helping to direct his political committees and activities. He was also the senior advisor to Senator Bayh’s presidential exploratory efforts.
Richard was the Executive Director of the Friends of Mario M. Cuomo, served on Vice President Mondale’s presidential campaign staff where he focused on issues of concern to senior citizens and was an aide to Senator Claude Pepper, and worked on a number of Congressional campaigns. He also served on the staff of Congressmen from New Jersey and Michigan, again focusing on senior, social security and energy and environmental issues. In 1992, Richard was appointed a Clinton/Gore member of the Democratic Platform Committee. He is a member of the chairman’s board of the Democratic Governors Association, a position he has held since the board’s inception, and its Finance Council, which is its highest operating body. He also is a member of the Republican Governors Association’s National Finance Committee.
An environmental lawyer by training, Richard is the author of “Hazardous Waste Management Requirements in Indiana,” which appeared in the book, Hazardous Waste in Indiana.
Mr. Gordon received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Sr. Vice President and
Regional Managing Director
Aon Risk Solutions
Construction Services Group;
Chair of AIAI’s
Law and Legislative
Rodney is Sr. Vice President and Regional Managing Director of the Construction Services Group for Aon Risk Solutions, Southwest Region. He is also a member of Aon’s Infrastructure Services Team, providing risk consultaiton to owners and contractors on debt and performance security solutions for P3 transactions.
Rodney has 25 years experience in construction risk management and construction-related claims. Prior to joining Aon in April 2013, Rodney was Balfour Beatty Construction's national Sr. VP for Public Private Partnerships and was instrumental in passing Texas' P3 statute in 2011 and Florida's similar P3 statute in 2013. Prior to his national P3 role, Rodney was Regional Sr. VP and Chief Legal Officer of a $1 billion region for 10 years responsible for all contract and risk management matters as well as quality control and scheduling.
Rodney was a partner in the Procurement and Construction Practice Group of the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings in Birmingham, Alabama before joining Balfour Beatty. His experience included complex transactions and claims, including coverage disputes, on behalf of large general contractors.
Prior to and during law school, he was a mechanical design and field engineer in the design/build power plant sector between for 8 years..
Rodney has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford
President and CEO
Justin Sayfie is an attorney and government relations consultant at Sayfie Law Firm. From 1999 to 2001, Justin served as a top advisor to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
Since 2002, Justin has published SayfieReview.com, an award-winning online publication focused on Florida politics that has been described by the Tampa Bay Times as the "online Bible for Florida political junkies." According to a 2013 survey, 78.1% of Florida Legislators get their news from Sayfie Review, making it the top news source for Florida’s lawmakers.
In September 2013, Justin launched the Sayfie Review Florida Leaders Summit. The Summit is an invitation-only event for Florida's top leaders, modeled after the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Summit discussion topics included “Disrupt Florida” and “Big Hairy Audacious Florida.” Speakers at the inaugural summit included Arianna Huffington, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Governor Rick Scott.
In June 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Justin to the President’s Commission on White House Fellows, where he served until 2009. In 2007, Justin served as a delegate for the American Council on Germany’s Young Leader Conference in Berlin and Munich, and in 2008 he served as a delegate in the American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leader’s Conference in Geneva.
Justin is an avid Miami Heat fan. He enjoys reading, traveling and going to the beach with his three kids.
Smith, Watts & Martinez, LLC
Mark Watts joined Smith, Watts & Martinez, LLC as Partner in 1999, an advocacy and consulting firm that specializes in transportation project funding and implementation. Mr. Watts has served in a variety of capacities in state government and the private sector as lobbyist as well.
In 1996, Mr. Watts was selected to spearhead the management of the California State Assembly as the Chief of Staff for Assembly Speaker curt Pringle. Previously, Mr. Watts was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to serve as Undersecretary for Transportation for BT & H in May 1994 with oversight responsibility for Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Transportation Commission (CTC).
From 1988 to 1990 he served as staff director for the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and as lead staff for the budget Subcommittee on Transportation.
Other experience includes: Various staff positions at Caltrans from 1975 through 1985; Principal Consultant for the Assembly Ways and Means Committee; an associate at a leading legislative advocacy firm from 1990 through 1994; and for a brief six-month period in 1995, Mr. Watts was recruited to serve as Co-Chief Administrative Officer of the Assembly Rules Committee during the historic power-sharing arrangement between Republican Leader Jim Brulte and Speaker Willie Brown.