Hunt Companies Acquisition Corp. I (NYSE: HTAQ.U) is a special purpose acquisition company focused on renewable energy, infrastructure or real asset services and technology industries, although we may pursue an acquisition opportunity in any business industry or sector.
Examples of verticals that we intend to focus on include:
Renewable Energy — Companies that deliver climate solutions and/or operate at the forefront of the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Infrastructure — Companies that are leveraged to increased public and private sector spending on infrastructure assets (including public infrastructure, private infrastructure and affordable housing).
Real Asset Services and Technology — Companies that utilize differentiated services or technology to innovate and enhance the profitability or performance of real assets.
Chris Hunt has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hunt Companies, Inc. since 2015. Chris is a Director on Hunt Companies’ Board of Directors and also serves on Hunt Companies’ Executive Committee and Investment Committee. Chris is on the Board of Directors of numerous Hunt affiliates. Chris began his career at Hunt Companies in 1993 and has served in numerous capacities over his more than 25 year tenure at Hunt Companies. Immediately prior to becoming CEO, Chris served as President, COO and then CEO of Hunt Development Group. Chris is currently a director of Lument Finance Trust (LFT). Chris graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. degree in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance.
Mr. Woody L. Hunt is Senior Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hunt Companies. and its affiliated companies. Woody served as CEO of Hunt Companies from 1977 until 2015. Woody was a member of the Board of Directors for El Paso Electric (Nasdaq: EE), PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM), and WestStar Bank. In addition to his duties with Hunt and as a corporate director, Woody is a member of the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors; foundation trustee of the Texas Higher Education Foundation; member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center-Houston; Founding Chairman of the Borderplex Alliance in El Paso, where he now serves on the Board of Directors; member and former Chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council; Vice-Chair for the Council for Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development; an Advisory Director for WestStar Bank; member of the Executive Council of No Labels; and Co-Chair of American Business Immigration Coalition. Woody was Vice-Chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents; served seven years, three as Chairman, on the Board of Directors of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO). Woody has received the Mirabeau B. Lamar medal which is awarded to individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to higher education in the State of Texas. Woody received the Dick Weekley Public Policy Leadership Award from the Texas Business Leadership Council, which recognizes a business leader who has exemplified the positive outcomes that are derived at the intersection of volunteerism and public policy. Woody has also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas at Austin, been inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, and the El Paso Business Hall of Fame. Woody also serves as Chairman of the Hunt Family Foundation, a private family foundation he and his wife Gayle, established in 1987. Woody graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. degree in Finance, and he subsequently received his M.B.A. degree in Finance from UT. Woody also earned an M.A. degree in Management from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.
Ryan McCrory serves as Executive Vice President for Hunt Companies. Ryan is responsible for executing M&A transactions, capital markets transactions and other strategic initiatives for Hunt Companies. Ryan serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee. Prior to joining Hunt Companies in 2017, Ryan was an investment professional at CenterOak Partners, a private equity firm focused on control-oriented leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations. Prior to joining CenterOak Partners, he worked as an investment professional at Brazos Private Equity Partners, CenterOak Partners’ predecessor firm. Prior to entering the private equity industry, Ryan worked as an investment banker at Lazard Frères, where he advised on M&A and restructuring transactions across numerous sectors. Ryan received a B.B.A. in finance and accounting from Texas Christian University.
Clay Parker serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hunt Companies and is responsible for the its accounting, tax, finance, risk management, treasury and information services teams. Clay was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Prometheus Real Estate Group, located in California. Prometheus Real Estate Group is a real estate company specializing in the development, acquisition, management and ownership of luxury multifamily and office properties located in California, Washington and Oregon. Prior to joining Prometheus, Clay worked at JPI for over ten years in various executive leadership positions including four years as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the eastern division in McLean, Virginia and three years as Executive Vice President of Financial Services at the home office of JPI in Irving, Texas, overseeing the accounting, tax, treasury, risk management and financial planning teams. JPI was a national residential real estate company that specialized in the development, acquisition, construction and management of luxury multifamily, student housing and mixed-use properties. Clay received his B.B.A. degree from University of Texas, Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
From November 2015 until August 2016, Jim served as the managing partner and CEO, middle market credit at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, LLC, an alternative investment firm with $32.0 billion of Assets Under Management (“AUM”) that invests in the areas of energy, real estate, credit, and specialty growth capital. From August 2014 to November 2015, Jim served as non-executive chairman of the board of THL Credit, Inc. (formerly known as Nasdaq: TCRD, now First Eagle Alternative Credit Nasdaq: FCRD), an externally-managed, non-diversified, closed-end management investment company with $6.0 billion of AUM. Jim was a Founder and served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of THL Credit, Inc. (formerly known as Nasdaq: TCRD, now First Eagle Alternative Credit Nasdaq: FCRD), and of THL Credit Advisors, a registered investment advisor that provides administrative services to THL Credit, Inc. (formerly known as Nasdaq: TCRD, now First Eagle Alternative Credit Nasdaq: FCRD). Previously, Jim was chief executive officer and managing partner of Bison Capital Asset Management, LLC, a multi-fund private equity firm. Prior to co-founding Bison Capital, Jim was the SunAmerica (formerly known as NYSE: SAI) Corporate Finance president and executive vice president of SunAmerica Investments (subsequently, AIG SunAmerica). Jim was with Citibank/Citicorp (NYSE: C) from 1975 through 1989, with his last responsibilities serving as Far West Area Head of Leveraged Capital and with Senior Credit Officer’s designation. Jim serves on the board of PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: PFSI), where he also served as Lead Director from IPO until February 2021. Additionally, he serves on the boards of Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund Inc (NYSE: ARDC), which is a closed-end management investment company. Jim formerly served on the boards of Primus Guaranty, Ltd. (NYSE: PRS), Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS) (renamed Black Knight in 2014), Falcon Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FLCN) (over $200 million AUM) and CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. Jim received a B.B.A. degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
John Carey, Senior Managing Director with Treliant LLC (“Treliant”), is an accomplished banking executive and attorney with a broad mix of business, regulatory, legal, corporate governance, compliance, and management experience in major consumer financial services companies, at a national law firm, and in government service. He has extensive experience in board governance, having served on numerous bank, community, and non-profit boards. At Treliant, John is currently serving as an independent compliance auditor for a self-regulatory organization that is under a Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘SEC”) enforcement agreement for securities regulations violations. Recently, John completed a successful compliance monitorship for a financial institution that was under a deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice for aiding and abetting wire fraud and for willfully failing to implement an effective anti-money laundering program. Prior to joining Treliant in late 2016, John had a 10-year career at Citigroup (NYSE: C), where he was Head of Governance, Regulatory and External Affairs for Citi’s (NYSE: C) global consumer bank and led the development of effective controls and the oversight of external, regulatory, and operational risks affecting the business. While in that role, he had direct oversight of numerous regulatory remediation projects relating to Citi’s global consumer businesses. In other roles at Citi (NYSE: C), he served as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Citi North America Consumer Banking and as CAO of Citi Cards. John also served as Chairman of the Board of Banamex USA, a state-chartered institution located in Los Angeles, CA. John took on the role to resolve the bank’s consent orders relating to its failure to meet its BSA/AML obligations. As Chairman, he led the corrective actions required by the bank’s regulators. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of Banamex USA, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Citibank (South Dakota), N.A., Citi’s credit card bank, and as a Member of the Board of Directors of Department Stores National Bank. Until recently, John served as Chair of the Board of South Kent School and he continues to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees. In 2009, the Federal Reserve Board appointed John to its Consumer Advisory Council, advising the Board on the exercise of its responsibilities under the Consumer Credit Protection Act and on other consumer financial services matters. Prior to joining Citi (NYSE: C) in 2006, John worked at MBNA Corporation and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), where he managed segments of the credit card business and covered legal and regulatory matters. Before joining MBNA, John served as the General Counsel to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He also served in the Clinton White House as Chief Counsel to the Office of Presidential Personnel, managing the legal team that vetted candidates for presidential nominations to the U.S. Senate. Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, John practiced law at Paul Hastings in Washington, DC. He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable June L. Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. John is a graduate of Georgetown College and Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the State of New York. He is a member of the International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors.
Susan has broad legal and corporate governance expertise as she has held roles as Director and General Counsel at multiple publicly listed companies. Susan currently serves on the Board of Directors and Balance Sheet Committee of Pacific Oak SOR BVI, a subsidiary of Pacific Oak Strategic REIT (formerly known as OTC: PCOK) since 2016. In October 2020, Pacific Oak Strategic REIT announced the completion of its stock-for-stock merger with Pacific Oak Strategic Opportunity REIT II to form a $2.0 billion company. From 2008 until it was sold in May 2021, Ms. Harris served as a Director at General Finance Corporation (Nasdaq: GFN), which is a specialty rental services company offering portable storage, modular space and liquild containment solutions. Previously, Susan served as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee for Mobile Services Group, Inc. and Mobile Storage Group, Inc. from 2002 to 2006. Mobile Services Group, Inc. and Mobile Storage Group, Inc. provided a portable storage solution and specialty containment solutions to valued customers in the U.S. In 2000, Susan retired from SunAmerica Inc. (formerly known as NYSE: SAI), where she served in a variety of positions between 1985 and 2000, including her most recent position as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In 1998, AIG (NYSE: AIG) announced its acquisition SunAmerica in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at $18.0 billion. During her tenure at SunAmerica, Susan's responsibilities included the preparation and review of public disclosure for the Company. Susan began her legal career as an Associate Attorney at Lillick, McHose & Charles in 1981. Susan earned a J.D. degree from the University of Southern California and B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
David is actively involved as a principal in a wide range of project development and financing matters. He is working a number of low-carbon projects including, with partners and backed by institutional funding, the world’s first carbon capture retrofit project of a combined cycle natural gas power plant. Previously, David practiced law for 30 years with Latham & Watkins LLP where he was one of the firm’s leading partners. For many years, David served as global chair of the firm’s top-ranked project finance practice. He also served as global chair of its finance practice (project finance, leveraged finance, banking, real estate, municipal finance and structured finance). He served on the firm’s five-person executive committee which has full authority to manage the firm, having been elected by the firm’s partners for the maximum terms allowed. David advised lenders, private equity firms, developers, utilities and others in financings, acquisitions and project development matters. He had lead roles in early renewables projects including developing the first large utility-owned wind energy project in the U.S. He is also expert in risk management. David is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford and taught a full term Winter 2021 graduate course at Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environment, titled ‘‘Environment and Resources 260: Implementing a Decarbonized Economy.” In five prior years, he has taught a full-term course on “Clean Energy Project Development and Finance” at Stanford Graduate School of Business and/or Stanford Law School. He has also taught an annual compressed course at Oxford’s Saïd Business School on International Infrastructure Development and Finance. David earned a B.A. degree in Economics with honors and distinction from Stanford in 1980 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1983.
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