Management Team

Gary LambertGary is the President and CEO of Competitive Power Ventures ("CPV"), North America's leading independent power development and asset management company.

Gary co-founded CPV with Doug Egan in 1999 as a thermal project development company, expanding into renewable energy/wind power development and asset management in 2003. He is responsible for the overall management of the company and is a member of the Board of Managers.

Gary has overseen the successful development of numerous major thermal and renewable energy infrastructure projects as well as the management of thousands of megawatts of electric generation assets. In 2015, Gary led the successful effort to identify and forge an agreement with new equity partner Global Infrastructure Partners ("GIP") to help fund CPV's plans for significant growth and geographic expansion.

Prior to forming CPV, Gary was a Vice President in the project development group of PG&E Generating Company. His responsibilities included the oversight of electric development and acquisition efforts throughout the United States. Prior to PG&E, Gary was a manager of development at J.
Makowski Associates. He's also worked for both Catalyst Energy Construction, Inc. and its spin-off Hydro Power Corporation developing and overseeing construction of 1-to-5 MW hydroelectric projects. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Doug EganDoug co-founded CPV with Gary Lambert in 1999 and together they raised venture capital funding for the company in a series of separate financings, exceeding $300 million in total. Under his leadership, CPV has focused on traditional and renewable power generation project development and asset management services for major energy and finance industry clients and investors. Doug provides the strategic direction for the company as it responds to the evolution of a highly dynamic North American market. With more than 30 years in the independent power industry, he is well known to the power, natural gas and financial communities.

Prior to forming CPV, Doug was Senior Vice President for Development at PG&E Generating Company, formerly US Generating Company. At PG&E, he was responsible for non-regulated power project development. He was responsible for the initiation of seven natural gas fired power generation projects and a wind project representing more than 5,000 MW of capacity currently in operation across the United States. Prior to assuming control of PG&E's development program, Doug was Vice President and Regional Executive for their Northeast Region where he supervised six operating IPP projects, including fuel supply and transportation and power sale agreements

Prior to PG&E, Doug was Vice President of Development at J. Makowski Company of Boston where he was responsible for the acquisition and financial restructuring of Altresco Financial, Inc. Additionally, he held the position of General Counsel for Intercontinental Energy Corporation of Hingham, Massachusetts through the development and construction of two cogeneration projects representing more than 600 MWs. In the early 1980's, Doug worked at the law firm of Murtha Cullina Richter & Pinney in Hartford, Connecticut, representing the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority developing and financing several waste-to-energy facilities.

Doug is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell Law School.

Paul BuckovichPaul joined CPV in 2001 as the Senior Vice President for Finance and was promoted in 2014 to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is responsible for the financial structuring of new development projects, management of existing project capitalization efforts, and any debt financing associated with the company’s acquisition-related endeavors. Paul also oversees the financial management of the assets managed by CPV’s Asset Management group. Most recently in March 2016, Paul led the financing of the ~$1 billion 785 MW CPV Towantic Energy Center.  Prior to CPV Towantic, Paul led the financing for $4.2 billion of new projects: the ~$1 billion 720 MW CPV Valley Energy Center, the $840 million 725 MW CPV Woodbridge Energy Center, the $775 million 725 MW CPV St. Charles Energy Center, the $900 million 800 MW CPV Sentinel Project, the $320 million 152 MW CPV Keenan II wind farm, and the $350 million 166 MW CPV Cimarron wind farm.

Paul has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector starting with the J. Makowski Company, and just prior to joining CPV as Director of Finance for InterGen where he managed the debt financing of the 1,200 MW Cottonwood Power Project and co-managed the debt financing of the 600 MW Bajio Power Project in Mexico. Paul gained his finance training with Bank of Boston.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University.

Dave MagillDave has led CPV's asset management group (CPV AMG) since 2003. Currently CPV AMG manages over 6,700 MW of installed capacity across seven power markets. These facilities include the CPV Sentinel, Woodbridge and Keenan II energy projects as well as ten 3rd party-owned power projects. Working closely with CPV's energy management team, CPV AMG functions as the "owner for hire"; responsible for strategic direction and execution, buying and selling power and fuel, negotiating and managing project contracts, implementing improvement initiatives, managing financing and M&A transactions and maintaining books, records and compliance.

Immediately prior to joining CPV, Dave was Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at AES Corporation, and led transactions that made AES one of the five largest operators of wind power projects in the US. From 1993 to 2003, Dave worked at PG&E National Energy Group (NEG) where he led NEG's mergers and acquisitions group. In this position Dave was instrumental in 15 transactions totaling over $4 billion, including the $1.6 billion electric generating business acquisition of New England Electric Systems, Inc., the $1 billion inaugural bond offer by NEG, and the $275 million purchase of J. Makowski Company.

Dave held various positions, including VP Corporate Development, at Ultramar plc, a medium sized oil company from 1980 through 1992.

Dave is a graduate of Middlebury College (BA Economics) and New York University (MS Accounting), and obtained a CPA license in New York State.

Daniel NugentDan leads the power project planning and implementation for Competitive Power Ventures. He oversees project contracting, project budget and scheduled for the multiple combined cycle and wind assets in construction and provides new project planning support.

Dan has more than 30 years experience in engineering, operations, general management and development of energy projects.

Prior to joining CPV he worked for utility subsidiaries and IPPs including CEA, PSEG Power, PSEG Global, Noble Environmental Power and John Brown Ltd. Dan has held assignments at multiple facilities throughout the continental U.S. and Hawaii.

He holds an engineering bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MBA from Chaminade University, Honolulu.

Peter PodurgielPeter Podurgiel is CPV’s Senior Vice President and head of Project Development where he leads the company's thermal and renewable development efforts throughout North America. During the past five years, CPV’s development program has enjoyed unprecedented success with five major thermal projects financed at a value of more than $4.3 billion, with another two in mature stages of development and more on the drawing board.

In addition to his role with the executive team in transitioning CPV’s sponsorship funding to Global Infrastructure Partners (“GIP”) in 2015, Peter has also played a number of key leadership roles for CPV throughout the years and has been instrumental in the growth and evolution of the company into a leading North American IPP.

Prior to heading up CPV's development program, Peter was one of the primary architects of CPV's Asset Management business launched in 2003. As a team leader, Peter created significant value for CPV clients during a period industry challenges.  Peter also closed CPV’s first project in 2001, a 250 MW combined cycle natural gas electric generating facility in Florida.

Prior to joining CPV at its inception in 2000, Peter's early career was in commercial and retail real estate development where he helped to develop more than 8 million square feet of successful projects.  In the late 1990s, he transitioned into the power industry where he served in critical project development roles for U.S. Generating Company.

Peter earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Fairfield University.  

Sean Finnerty

Sean serves as Senior Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions, leading a team that uncovers and evaluates new opportunities for growth and strategic acquisitions.

Over the past 16 years Sean has held various leadership roles for CPV and has been a key member of senior management. He most recently led a broad-based program focused on the development of new natural gas-fired development projects across North America.  Previously, Sean headed up CPV Renewable Energy Company and oversaw the successful development of over 1,000 MWs of wind generation in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Prior to joining CPV at its inception, Sean worked at PG&E Generating Company where he was involved in project development, asset acquisitions and regulatory policy.  Sean also worked at the Massachusetts State Senate Post Audit and Oversight Bureau where he was involved in the formation of policies resulting in the deregulation of the electric power industry.

Sean holds an MBA from Suffolk University and a BS in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Sherman Knight

Sherman is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for CPV. He is responsible for commercial strategy, the origination of off-take agreements and hedges for development projects, and overseeing the commodity marketing and trading activities for CPV’s managed portfolio. He joined the company in 2006 and has been instrumental in securing over 2 GWs of medium to long-term off-take agreements to support over $2.5 billion of new construction financing for renewable and natural gas-fired power plants. In addition, his team works closely with CPV’s asset management group to manage the daily, short and medium-term trading for CPV’s 8+ GW asset management portfolio.

Sherman has over 15 years of experience in the energy sector. Prior to CPV, Sherman was Director, Portfolio Management at PG&E National Energy Group where he was responsible for the daily commercial optimization and fuel supply contracting of over 7,000 MW of gas, oil, coal, and hydro capacity.

Sherman holds an MBA from Columbia Business School at Columbia University, a MS in Environmental Engineering from Columbia University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Jon O'Dell

Mr. Odell is responsible for CPV's legal, compliance and corporate governance matters.   He has extensive experience in electric power and other major infrastructure project development, joint ventures, equity investments, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Mr. Odell served as CPV's outside counsel since its inception, and has more than 20 years of private practice experience.
Mr. Odell was a partner at Crowell & Moring, LLP and prior to that a partner at Dickstein Shapiro LLP. Mr. Odell received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1994 and his undergraduate degree from Cornell College in 1986.

Thomas Rumsey

Tom Rumsey is Vice President of External & Regulatory Affairs for Competitive Power Ventures.  He is responsible for all corporate communications, regulatory affairs, government relations and crisis communications.

Tom’s previous role was as the SVP of External Affairs at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).  He led their government relations, regulatory affairs, media and corporate communications as well as their customer services and support.

Prior to joining the NYISO, Tom was an executive with General Electric beginning in 2001. He joined GE as part of their Junior Officer Leadership Program leading their acquisition and corporate communications.  He held positions of increasing responsibility including communications leader for GE’s Nuclear Power business and was the Communications and Marketing leader for the newly formed Power and Water business. 

Tom retired as a LT. Colonel from the U.S. Army with over two decades of leadership experience.  His career began as an Air Cavalry Officer and culminated in a final deployment attached to 3rd Special Forced Group as part of a Combined Special Operations Task Force in Bagram, Afghanistan.

He is an alumni of Harvard Business School having completed the General Management Program and has earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Studies from the University of North Dakota.

Morris MeltzerMorris joined CPV in 2010 and oversees the financial reporting, budget, audit function, treasury management and tax matters for both CPV’s project portfolio and its asset management business. Morris has a background managing and overseeing various types of accounting and tax matters, including policies, procedures, controls and systems. Morris has worked in the energy field for over 20 years. His experience includes accounting and tax compliance, reporting, planning, audits, and controversy matters.

Immediately prior to joining CPV, Morris was Vice President and CFO at White Energy Coal North America, Inc., where he was responsible for financial, legal, accounting, human resources, and other matters at the U.S. subsidiary of an Australian publicly traded (ASX-200) clean coal technology company.

žFrom 1993 to 2008 Morris worked as Managing Director, Tax at PG&E NEG where he led NEG’s tax department, providing support to NEG’s mergers and acquisitions group, where he worked on numerous acquisition, restructuring, and disposition projects. Morris remained at NEG through its bankruptcy and liquidation of all its power projects.

žMorris is a graduate of the University of Maryland (BS Accounting, Summa Cum Laude) and The National Law Center, George Washington University (Juris Doctor). Morris is a licensed CPA (currently in-active) and attorney in the State of Maryland.