Team

TGC is managed and advised by a team of highly specialized investment professionals and senior operating executives with strong
global special situations investing experience in renewable energy

Team

Panos Ninios, Managing Partner

Bruce Wiegand, Partner

Dan Porcello, Partner and CFO

Thomas Byrne, Partner and Counsel

Chris Kirkman, Director of Project Finance

Nicholas Minekime, Director of Deal Development & Execution

Rami Naber, Controller

Adam Rasken, Director of Origination

Senior Advisors

John Bertuzzi, Investment Committee Member

Henri Talerman, Investment Committee Member

Frank E. “Ted” Walsh III, Investment Committee Member


Panos Ninios is the Managing Partner of True Green Capital Management LLC. He is primarily responsible for portfolio and risk management. Dr. Ninios is a member of the Investment Committee and contributes significant global renewable energy investment, regulatory and operational expertise to the True Green Capital team.

Panos was a Managing Director for four years at Plainfield Asset Management, a special situations hedge fund based in Greenwich, CT with over $5 billion in peak assets under management. He was the analyst responsible for a global $1.5 billion energy portfolio consisting of private equity, high yield and bank debt. While at Plainfield, Panos built and managed an approximately $250 million renewable energy private equity portfolio and played a lead role in a number of US, European and Latin American control and minority investments in renewable energy sectors. In that context Panos raised over $500 million of bank debt for Plainfield portfolio companies. Finally, as part of his role on Plainfield Panos was interim CEO and President of HelioSphera SA, a European 60MW p.a. thin film PV solar module manufacturer during a 15 month period.

Prior to joining Plainfield, Panos was for four years an Executive Director with the Goldman Sachs commodity business (JAron) in London focused on European Power and Gas markets as well as distressed debt power markets.

Panos earlier spent eight years with McKinsey & Co, most recently as an Associate Partner, serving major US and European energy companies on M&A and commodity risk management.

From 1994 to 1995, Panos was a derivatives analyst at Intercapital Brokers in London. From 1991 to 1994, while working on his doctoral thesis, Panos consulted to the UK power sector, principally with Southern Electric PLC.

Panos holds a Ph.D. in Electric Power Industry Deregulation Economics from the London Business School, a MSc in operations research from the London School of Economics, a MSc in computer science from the University of Dundee, UK and a B.S. in pure mathematics from the University of Patras, Greece.

Bruce "Bo" Wiegand is a Founder and Partner of True Green Capital Management LLC and is primarily responsible for investment sourcing, evaluation, due diligence and project development. Bruce is a member of the Investment Committee and is responsible for developing the firm’s strong relationships with advisers, EPC contractors and asset owners.

Prior to True Green Capital, Bruce was a principal at Voyage Investment Management, an alternative investment firm and family office that managed over US$200 million in assets. While at Voyage, Bruce was responsible for investment evaluation, trading and ongoing portfolio management, with a focus on energy.

Prior to Voyage, Bruce was an analyst in BlackRock’s Proprietary Alpha Group, which managed over US$5 billion in energy-focused alternative investments. Bruce was a top 50 nationally ranked US junior tennis player and was a member of Harvard’s Varsity Tennis Team. Bruce received a B.A. from Harvard University.

Daniel Porcello is CFO of True Green Capital Management LLC and is responsible for accounting, tax and operational support.

Dan previously served as Controller of ESL Investments Inc. from 2004 through 2013, where he was responsible for operations, accounting and tax for a multi-billion dollar group of hedge funds.

Dan earlier served at Globeop Financial Services, as Head of Operations; Deephaven Capital Management as Controller; and with The State Investment Council, Bank of Bermuda, as Portfolio Accountant. Dan began his career as an Associate with Arthur Andersen.

Dan received his Master of Professional Accounting degree from University of Texas at Austin, and his BS/BA in Accounting from Western New England College.

Thomas Byrne is a Partner and Counsel of True Green Capital Management LLC and is responsible for providing legal counsel and support at all stages of project development and financing.

Thomas previously practiced law in the project finance groups of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP and Chadbourne & Parke, LLP, where his practice focused primarily on the development and financing of renewable energy generation assets.

Thomas has represented renewable energy developers and financiers on a number of groundbreaking projects in the U.S. industry. Most recently, he represented NRG Energy on the purchase of a portfolio of distributed solar assets from Solar Power Partners, and SunPower on development, financing and sale of its 25 MW Solar Star project. Thomas also represented SunPower and NRG Energy on the financing of the 250 MW California Valley Solar Ranch project, Terra-Gen Power on the development and financing of its 1.3 GW Alta Wind Energy Center in California and Caithness Energy on the development and financing of its 990 MW Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon.

Prior to law school, Thomas worked for Waterkeeper Alliance where he helped create more than fifty environmental organizations worldwide. Thomas received his JD from UCLA School of Law, and his BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Chris Kirkman is Director of Project Finance for True Green Capital Management LLC and is responsible for TGC’s project financing and M&A efforts, along with credit analysis and monitoring of TGC’s counterparties.

Chris was previously a Director for four years with WestLB Securities and its successor in New York, responsible for originating and executing project & acquisition finance transactions, as well as managing a global portfolio of debt facilities in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Between 2006 and 2010 Chris was an Associate and Vice-President with Deutsche Bank Securities' Natural Resources group in New York, where he originated and executed M&A and capital markets transactions primarily in the power & utilities sector. Prior to Deutsche Bank Chris held positions with the Vanguard Group, McKinsey & Company, and Citigroup.

Chris holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Kenyon College.

Nicholas Minekime leads new business development and deal execution at True Green Capital. He is responsible for sourcing and executing on new investments, and on developing long-term partnerships with customers, developers, EPCs, lenders, and tax equity partners.

Before joining True Green Capital, Nicholas led solar investments at Capricorn Investment Group, where he worked from 2007 - 2015. At Capricorn, he helped close investments into over 60MW of solar assets globally, from India to Massachusetts. He also closed investments into TerraForm Power, the world’s first solar PV YieldCo, DEPCOM Power, a pure-play solar EPC business, and Sunpreme, a world-class module manufacturer. Mr. Minekime began his career at Morgan Stanley, where he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group, based in Hong Kong for a period of 2 years.

Nicholas also serves a Senior Advisor to DEPCOM Power, a business he invested in and worked closely with while at Capricorn.

Nicholas is a graduate of Williams College and holds a master’s in politics from National Chengchi University in Taipei, where he was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. He is fluent in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese.

Rami Naber is Controller of True Green Capital Management LLC and is responsible for accounting, tax and for providing operations support across entities at the firm and portfolio levels.

Rami previously served in roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 2010 to 2014, as an Assurance Experienced Associate auditing Fortune 500 companies as well as private corporations and a Tax Experienced Associate performing tax services to private corporations including Private Equity Firms. Prior to PwC, he served as a Staff Accountant at Maier, Markey & Justic, assisting smaller companies with back office reporting and auditing larger companies.

Rami received his Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees with a concentration in Accounting from Pace University. He’s been an active Certified Public Accountant since 2012.

Adam Rasken is Director of Origination for True Green Capital Management LLC and is responsible for TGC’s business development and origination efforts.

Adam was earlier Founder and Director of Origination for BAM Solar LLC.

Adam was previously Acquisitions Director within a $300 million real estate group at Adler Group Inc after his earlier role as financial analyst with AIG.

Adam received a M.Sc. in Real Estate from the Chapman Graduate School of Business, Miami, FL and his B.Sc. in Finance from Indiana University.

Prior to retiring in 2010, John served as a Managing Director in the Commodities division at Goldman Sachs Co (J Aron) for 13 years. At Goldman, John managed a global derivatives trading team focused on serving clients in crude oil and petroleum products worldwide.

Before Goldman, John was a Senior Vice President in the commodity trading group at Lehman Brothers for seven years.

John has also worked in commodities trading for Mitsui & Co., Metallgesellschaft Corp., and also in auditing for Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst&Young).

Henri Talerman is co-founder of WR Capital Partners LLC, an investment partnership and a successor to Wesray Capital, a pioneer in the buyout industry.  WR is a seeder to TGC, and owns equity in the General Partner.

Prior to forming WR , Henri was Partner of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partners and Managing Director of Lehman Brothers Inc.  Henri was a member of Lehman’s Investment Committee and IB Operating Committee.

Henri has invested across a wide range of industries.  He sits on boards of portfolio companies and plays an active role in capital allocation and strategy decisions.

Frank Walsh is a founding partner of WR Capital Partners, LLC (WR), a private equity investment partnership and a successor to Wesray Capital, which Frank joined in 1990. WR is a seeder to TGC, and owns equity in the General Partner.

Prior to forming WR, Frank worked at Kidder, Peabody, Inc., in New York City in the equity syndicate department.

Frank has extensive private equity and capital markets experience across a wide range of industries. In addition to sitting on the board of TGC and other portfolio companies, he currently serves as a director to several corporations including First Constitution Bancorp (NASDAQ: FCCY)