Section 1 : Keynote Panel: Project Finance & Transaction Alternative Funding

Harvey Hildebran

Texas Facilities Commission (TFC)

Harvey Hilderbran is executive director of the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC), a post he assumed in January 2015.  Mr. Hilderbran manages the daily activities of TFC, working with the appointed commissioners to effectively administer the agency’s statutory functions.  TFC supports state government through strategic planning; the design, construction, maintenance, and leasing of state facilities; and the reallocation and/or disposal of state and federal surplus property.  TFC’s real property portfolio encompasses nearly 18 million square feet of state-owned office, warehouse, and parking facilities plus approximately 10 million square feet of leased facilities.  The agency is also charged with establishing the Center for Alternative Finance and Procurement which provides an array of services to assist local and state governmental entities in Texas with public private facilities and infrastructure partnerships. 


Mr. Hilderbran is a real estate broker and former lawmaker who served in the Texas House of Representatives for District 53 (Kerrville) from 1988 to January 2015.  During his thirteen terms in state office, Mr. Hilderbran served as Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means; the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism; and the House Committee on Human Services. Mr. Hilderbran also served on the Legislative Audit Committee and the Legislative Budget Board and was co-chair of the legislative oversight committee for the Edwards Aquifer Underground Conservation Authority.

Jeff Hughes

Environmental Finance Center

Jeff Hughes is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School Of Government and the Director of the UNC’s Environmental Finance Center (EFC). The UNC EFC provides applied research, educational programs, and advising services to local governments, private companies, utilities, and state and federal agencies. Jeff has twenty-five years of environmental finance experience as a researcher, policy analyst, consultant, and practitioner. His current research focus areas include alternative service/project delivery models; capital finance; and rate setting. Prior to joining UNC, Jeff worked as a utility director and an international finance advisor. Jeff is an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Council of Infrastructure Authorities (CIFA). Jeff serves on the Finance Advisory Committee for the Water Research Foundation and the EPA Environmental Financial Advisory Board. He received a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Duke University.  

Mary Scott Nabers

Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Mary Scott Nabers is President/CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc (SPI), a full-service business development firm specializing in procurement consulting, government affairs, research and public-private partnerships (P3s). A former statewide Texas office holder, Mary founded the company in 1995 and she is the co-founder of the Gemini Global Group.

Mary is also the author of Collaboration Nation - How Public-Private Ventures Are Revolutionizing the Business of Government.   She is active with the Association for Improvement of the American Infrastructure, the National Council on Public Private Partnerships and CG/LA Infrastructure.  For the past four years, Mary has participated in a national task force to help cities and states find alternative sources of funding for large projects. Mary speaks regularly at business conferences and has been published by Forbes,, CEO-Read, Change This and other media outlets.

Paul Choules

Texas Desalination Association & Caribbean Desalination Association

Paul Choules career started in 1980 when he joined a Texas based water treatment company. From then he has lived and worked all over the world and now resides back in Texas. Even though much of his career Paul has been focused on desalination, he has touched almost every aspect of the water industry in the industrial, military, oil and gas and municipal sectors. His capabilities in thermal and membrane treatment solutions range from startup and commissioning to developing projects.


Paul formed Water Cycle, combining all of his years of experience with his extensive contacts to provide the best technical and commercial solutions to the market.


In 2011 Paul was honored to be selected by Global Water Intelligence as one of the top global desalination experts (“Desalter”) in the history of the industry. He is currently serving as the President of the Texas Desalination Association and as Treasurer of the Caribbean Desalination Association.

Rodney Moss

Longbow Partners


Rodney is Sr. Vice Presdient and the Regional Managing Director of the Construction Services Group for Aon Risk Services, Southwest Region.  He also is a member of Aon’s National Infrasctructure Services Team, providing risk consultaiton to owners and contractors on debt and performance security solutions for P3 transactions.


Experience: Rodney has 25 years experience in construction risk management and industry- leading expertise for P3 transactions.  Prior to joining Aon in April 2013, Rodney was Balfour Beatty Construction's national Sr. VP for Public Private Partnerships.  Prior to his national P3 role at Balfour Beatty Construction, Rodney was Regional Sr. VP and Chief Legal Officer for Balfour Beatty's Central Region for 10 years responsible for all contract and risk management matters.

Rodney was instrumental in passing Texas' P3 law in 2011 and the amendment to the statute in 2015 that established the Center for Alternative Procurement and Finance. He is active in the AIAI Law & Legislative Committee and the Texas Infrastructure Council and has been involved in the evolution of P3 statutes and P3 policy in Florida, Georgia, California, and Colorado and is currently working on behalf of the AIAI in several other states.  His current focus is establishing a repeatable model for P3 centers of excellence as the next phase of P3 in the US.  

Rodney was a partner with the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings before joining Balfour Beatty and was a mechanical design and field engineer in the design/build power plant sector before going to law school.

Education: Rodney earned an B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M, and his law degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

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