John Hopper, Tim Sullivan and Ashok Gupta Bring Wealth of Industry Experience
(Houston, TX) – February 3, 2016—Stone Bridge Energy Partners (Stone Bridge) today announced that three energy industry veterans, John Hopper, Tim Sullivan and Ashok Gupta, have joined Stone Bridge to help support the company’s development of its rapidly expanding portfolio of downstream and non-traditional midstream energy infrastructure projects.
“Stone Bridge has attracted a world-class team with extensive industry experience in site selection, commodity risk management, commercial contracting, project finance, economic analysis, EPC, chemicals and midstream,”said Stone Bridge Chairman and CEO, Bruce Bernard. “John, Tim and Ashok supplement our efforts with their deepunderstandingofglobalenergy and financialmarkets.”
John M. Hopper, Stone BridgePartner and Executive Vice President, Commercial Structuring, has 39 years experience in the midstream and upstream energy industries as a company founder and entrepreneur, CEO, senior executive, general counsel and private practice attorney.
Hopper’s most recent business ventures include founder and Managing Director of EnerGnostics, LLC and Phoenix Energy International LLC. EnerGnostics is a global energy consultancy that provides critical insight across the value chain to the energy industry. Phoenix Energy is an underground natural gas storage and associated midstream and EOR project development company.
Additionally, Hopper was co-founder and Managing Director of Nexus Energy Logistics, LLC, a rail terminal project development company focused on the development of a multi-use railroad terminal to serve the crude oil and mined ore extraction industries.
Prior to that, Hopper was co-founder, President & CEO of Falcon Gas Storage Company, Inc., which he grew into the second largest natural gas storage company in the north Texas market area; and co-founder and Managing Director, Inventory Management & Distribution Company Inc. Earlier in his career, he was General Counsel; vice-president, business development; and vice-president, marketing & trading at TPC Corp. and Senior Associate atHouston-based law firm Butler & Binion.
Hopper holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctordegree with honors from South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas.
Tim Sullivan, Stone Bridge Partner and Executive Vice President, Projects & Business Development, is an energy professional with 30 years’ experience in commodities, marketing, trading, hedging, project finance, fixed income, power generation, renewable energy, natural gas production, natural gas pipelines, derivatives, financial modeling, structured finance, asset management, contract negotiation and acquisitions. Over the course his career, Sullivan has completed over $5 billion in project financings and natural gas monetizations, including two financings for which he earned recognition for “Deal of the Year.”
Previously, Sullivan was a co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer for Quantum Utility Generation LLC, where he led the commercial aspects of both conventional and renewable power generation assets in North America. Prior to that, Sullivan was a Managing Director with Deutsche Bank and co-led its North American Commodity Business.Sullivan also served as Managing Director at AIG-Financial Products. As Senior Vice President of El Paso Merchant Energy, Sullivan led power contract restructurings and earned his first Deal of the Year from Project Finance Magazine in 2001 for a Power Contract Restructuring valued at $320 million. Previously, Sullivan worked for Citizens Power, Enron and Niagara Mohawk.
Sullivan earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.
Ashok Gupta, Stone Bridge Partner & Executive Vice President, Finance, brings broad-based experience in development and acquisition/divestiture of energy infrastructure projects worldwide. His experience includes commercial banking, corporate finance, management consultancy and project management.
Gupta has extensive experience in structuring and arranging non-recourse project financing, and has raised funds for different levels including senior loans, subordinated loans and equity. He has successfully closed dozens of complex transactions, several with multi-sourced financing, for an aggregate amount of over $50 billion.
Prior to joining Stone Bridge, Gupta was Senior Vice President of Project & International Finance at Mizuho Corporate Bank. Earlier, Gupta co-founded a project finance group for Fuji Bank in Houston. Gupta also held roles as Vice President of International Finance at El Paso Corporation and as Vice President of Finance at Enron International.
Gupta holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India, an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Science in Accounting from Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
About Stone Bridge Energy Partners
Stone Bridge Energy Partnersis a Houston-headquartered developer of diversified energy and chemicals projects.Stone Bridge is the lead developer of the Hazelwood Energy Hub project under development in Opelousas, Louisiana. Stone Bridge, in partnership with leading strategic and financial investors, is pursuing fundamental opportunities in the North American energy complex. Stone Bridge identifies market imperfections, including structural arbitrage, delivering fast track projects that capitalize on these opportunities at lowest cost and lowest risk. Stone Bridge is attracted to high growth markets, with compelling margin opportunities, quality partners and defensible competitive barriers.