Company - Team


  • Norman Villarina

    Managing Partner

    • Co-Founder, Industry Ventures, LLC
    • Portfolio Manager, Eos Partners, L.P.
    • VP, Wells Fargo Bank
    • Associate, Lehman Brothers
    • Education: BA, University of California, Berkeley
      MBA, Columbia University
  • Doug Wertheimer


    • Co-Founder, Size Technologies, acquired by First Data Corporation in 2006
    • Partner, Mark Burnett Productions, creators and producers of the original reality TV franchises "Survivor" and "Eco-Challenge"
    • Education: AB, Princeton University JD, UCLA School of Law
  • Souheil Abboud

    Principal - V-Fuels

    • Managing Director, VFuels, LLC
    • Middle East Regional Director, EcoSecurities plc
    • Managing Director, Thai Biogas Energy Company Limited
    • Business Development Manager, Al Tayyar Energy
    • Education: BS Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University
      MBA, Athabasca University
  • Alfredo Cahuas

    Principal - Energy Infrastructure

    • Founder, Green Peak Capital, boutique principal investment and advisory firm
    • CFO, Renewable energy developer, owner and operator
    • VP, Corporate Finance & M&A, J.P. Morgan & Co. & Citigroup
    • Associate, Global Project Finance, UBS
    • Education: BS Electrical Engineering, Lafayette College
      MBA, New York University Stern School of Business
  • Tom Guidish

    Operating Partner - Energy International

    • Strong operations background
    • Former COO at Wild Hog Exploration, VP of Operations at Rift Energy and President of Global Oil and Gas Resources, Inc.
    • Former CMO of Ingrain, Inc., and COO of Geodata Consulting from 2002-2007
    • Published over 30 technical papers on seismic and reservoir description and have a US Patent on estimating porosity from seismic.
    • Education: BS West Virginia University and University of Pittsburgh; MBA from University of St. Thomas
  • Tim Holmes

    Principal - Maritime

    • MD, Coast Asset Management, a multi-billion dollar fund
    • Client Portfolio Manager, Nuveen Asset Management
    • Officer, United States Navy
    • Education: BS, University of California Davis
  • John Nghiem

    Principal - Energy

    • Founder/Managing Director, Meridian Circle Advisors
    • Chair of Mayor’s International Trade & Development Council | Asia, Australia, City of Houston<
    • Senior energy investment banker, WestLB, and Sanders Morris Harris, Inc.
    • Education: BA, Political Science, The University of Chicago
  • Chase Robertson

    Principal - Energy

    • Senior Managing Director, Robertson Global Credit
    • Senior Commercial Banking Officer, Iberia Bank
    • Trading and portfolio management positions Next Financial and Robertson Wealth Management
    • Education: BBA, Texas Tech University
  • Mark Tippett

    Principal - Northstar

    • Founder/President, North Star Development
    • Director of Sales: Verizon, Sprint, Hughes Network Systems, Telia International
    • Commissioned Officer, USAF
    • Education: BS, George Mason University
      MS Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Kingston Wu

    Principal - Maritime

    • Manager, The Siegfried Group
    • Principal Consultant, Oracle
    • Manager, KPMG
    • Education: BA & MBA, University of California, Berkeley
      Certified Public Accountant
  • Fred Zaziski

    Operating Partner - Energy International

    • Managing Director/President/CEO of several energy focused companies since 2000, including Wild Hog Exploration, Rift Energy Corp and Epsilon Energy.
    • Senior positions in Saudi-based Nimir Petroleum and Bahrain-based Halliburton Energy Services Co.
    • Education: BS, Pennsylvania State University; MBA from Cairo University