13th Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-Wall Street
June 21-22, 2016  |  Grand Hyatt  |  New York City, NY

Governor Sam Brownback

Governor, Kansas

Sam Brownback


Sam Brownback was sworn in as governor of Kansas on January 9, 2011, and was sworn in for his second term on January 12, 2015.

Brownback was born in Garnett, Kansas in 1956. He quickly learned the value of hard work, responsibility and family at a young age while working with his sister and brothers on their family farm near Parker, Kansas. He began his career in leadership when he was elected state president of the Future Farmers of America, and then the national vice-president of the FFA.

Brownback attended Kansas State University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science in agricultural economics. He then attended the University of Kansas Law School where he obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1982.

Four years later, Brownback became the youngest secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture in state history. He strove to protect the interest of farmers, promote market expansion and foster new technological farming improvements. Brownback also served as a White House Fellow in the George H. W. Bush Administration. In 1994, Brownback was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Two years later, he won a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Brownback returned to Kansas in 2010 when he was elected governor. In his second term, Brownback is committed to growing the Kansas economy by alleviating the income tax burden on all Kansans, continuing investments in K-12 education and equipping struggling Kansans with the work training needed to break the cycle of generational poverty.

Brownback and his wife, Mary, have five children.

Marshal Salant

Managing Director, Head of Alternative Energy Finance, Citigroup

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Marshal Salant is the Head of Citi’s Alternative Energy Finance (AEF) Group in the Capital Markets Origination Division. AEF focuses on providing full service financing solutions to Citi’s Alternative Energy clients, including Construction Financing, Project Debt Financing in the Bank and Bond Markets (144A and 4(2) Private Placements), Tax Equity, Leasing, and Project Equity, as well as commodities, interest rate, and FX hedging. AEF is active in Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Power projects, as well as Fuel Cells, Biomass, Synfuels, and other new renewable energy technologies, and Energy Efficiency financings.

Marshal joined Citi from Morgan Stanley, where he was a member of the Capital Markets Management Committee and Head of the Global Structured Products Group. Mr. Salant has broad experience as a financial engineer in Structured Finance and New Product Development of new and complex financial instruments. During his years at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Salant led the development of the Structured Notes business, the Collateralized Bond Obligations business, the Structured Credit business, the Structured Tax business, the Structured Insurance Products business and the FIG Client Solutions business. While at Morgan Stanley, Marshal had significant experience in Synfuel and Alternative Energy Tax Credit/Tax Equity financings in the Wind, Solar, and Geothermal sectors. Mr. Salant oversaw the investment of more than $2 billion in Tax Equity and developed new financing structures, as agent and as principal, for numerous clients in the Alternative Energy business.


Salant is a Trustee of The Johns Hopkins University. He received his MBA, with Distinction, from The Harvard Business School and holds BA and BES Degrees, with Honors, in Mathematical Sciences, from The Johns Hopkins University.

Bradford T. Nordholm

CEO & Managing Director, Starwood Energy Global Group

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Mr. Nordholm is Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Starwood Energy Group, with responsibility for overall leadership of the business, including strategic direction, execution, organizational development and investor relations. He also serves as a Director of Starwood Energy Group’s portfolio companies and on its Investment Committee

Since joining Starwood Energy Group as its first CEO in 2006, Mr. Nordholm has overseen the completion of approximately two dozen highly-structured, value-add investments in power generation and transmission projects in North America, with aggregate enterprise value of approximately $4 billion. This investment activity has been supported by Starwood Energy Group’s blind-pool investment vehicles with total capital commitments from leading institutional investors of approximately $2 billion.

During his career, Mr. Nordholm has developed, acquired and managed investments in power generation, transmission, gas transportation and storage valued in excess of $10 billion. Previously, Mr. Nordholm was Co-Founder and CEO of Tyr Energy, Inc., an award-winning asset management firm with approximately 5 GW of power generation assets, and, concurrently, was Co-Founder and Chairman of Tyr Capital, LLC, a private equity investment fund focused on power generation investment opportunities in the U.S.   Before that, Mr. Nordholm served as General Manager of Aquila, Inc., where he was responsible for the development, acquisition, management and daily optimization of 3.8 GW of power generation, 18 Bcf of gas storage and 12 Bcf/day of gas transportation assets in North America and Europe, and as CEO of U.S. Central, a $36 billion AAA-rated wholesale financial services company.   

Mr. Nordholm received his BA in Economics from Carleton College, where he currently serves as a Trustee, and completed the PMD Program at Harvard Business School.

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