Scott S. Slater is the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, appointed to the role of President in April 2011 and CEO in February 2013. In addition, Mr. Slater has been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since Febraury 2012. Mr. Slater is an accomplished negotiator and litigator and, in addition to his role at the Company, is a partner in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the nation’s leading water practice firm. For 27 years, Mr. Slater’s practice has been limited to litigation and the negotiation of agreements related to the acquisition, distribution, and treatment of water. He has served as lead negotiator on a number of important water transactions, including the negotiation of the largest conservation-based water transfer in U.S. history on behalf of the San Diego County Water Authority. Mr. Slater is also the author of California Water Law and Policy, the state’s leading treatise on the subject, and has taught water law and policy courses at University of California, Santa Barbara, Pepperdine University, and the University of Western Australia, among others.
Timothy J. Shaheen is the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), a position he has held since November 2008, and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Shaheen has served on the Board since March 1999. Mr. Shaheen is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Managers of Cadiz Real Estate LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. In addition, Mr. Shaheen is a principal of Difinity Capital Partners LLP, a private investment partnership. From September 1996 to April 2005, Mr. Shaheen served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Sun World International, a major agricultural company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Shaheen worked with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP for seven years; he is a certified public accountant. In addition to these positions, Mr. Shaheen has also served as a Governor appointee to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board from 1999 through 2005 and as Chairman of the Food Security Task Force for the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association from 2001 through 2003.
Keith Brackpool is a co-founder of the Company and Chairman of our Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2001. Mr. Brackpool served as CEO from December 1991 – January 2013. In addition to his role with the Company, Mr. Brackpool is a member of the Board of Directors of the Stronach Group, North America’s leading thoroughbred racing and gaming company, and Chairman of its West Coast operations. Mr. Brackpool is also currently a principal of 1334 Partners L.P., a partnership that owns commercial real estate in California. Mr. Brackpool has extensive experience in California public policy and, most recently, served on the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) from September 2009 – January 2013, including a term as Chairman from 2010 – 2013. Previously, Mr. Brackpool was co-chair of California Governor Gray Davis’ Agriculture and Water Transition Task Force and the Commission on Building for the 21st Century, a diverse panel that developed long-term policy proposals to meet the state’s future water, housing, technology and transportation needs. Earlier in his career, Mr. Brackpool served as director and chief executive officer of North American Operations for Albert Fisher Group, a multi-billion dollar food company.
Scott S. Slater
Timothy J. Shaheen
John A. Bohn
John A. Bohn was appointed a director of the Company in May 2018. Mr. Bohn is presently a Partner and Chief Strategist at Deepwater Desal, LLC, a California company developing a desalination facility in Monterey, a Partner at Water Property Investors, LLC, an advisory board member for Water Asset Management, LLC and a Director of the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, a division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, chartered to advise on the reform of the capital markets for the 21st century. Bohn most recently completed a three-year term as Chairman and CEO of Renewable Energy Trust Capital, a renewables investment company which he co-founded in 2013. In 2010, he completed a six-year term as Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission, where he was the lead Commissioner over investor-owned water utility regulation and was also instrumental in crafting incentive programs for renewable energy initiatives. Mr. Bohn also previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Moody’s Investors Service. Earlier in his career, Bohn joined the President Reagan Administration in 1981 and served in a variety of capacities including as U.S. Ambassador and Executive Director of the Asian Development Bank and later as Chairman and CEO of the Export Import Bank of the United States. Bohn began his career practicing law in California. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University, attended the London School of Economics as a Fulbright scholar, and received his JD from Harvard Law School.
Jeffrey J. Brown
Jeffrey J. Brown was appointed a director of the Company in May 2018. Mr. Brown is the Chief Executive Officer and founding member of Brown Equity Partners, LLC, a California company that provides equity and debt capital to a variety of business endeavors. Prior to founding Brown Equity Partners in January 2007, Mr. Brown served as a founding partner and primary deal originator for the venture capital and private equity firm Forrest Binkley & Brown from 1993 to 2007. In addition to his board service at Cadiz Inc., Mr. Brown also currently serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee, Compensation Committee and as Audit Committee Chair of Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII) and also on the board of directors and as chair of the audit committee of Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), where he also serves as Lead Director. In his over 30 years in the investment business, Mr. Brown has served on over 40 corporate boards of directors, including nine public company boards. Earlier in his career, Brown held positions at Hughes Aircraft Company, Morgan Stanley & Company, Security Pacific Capital Corporation and Bank of America Corporation. Mr. Brown received his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Mathematics Major from Willamette University.
Stephen E. Courter
Stephen E. Courter was appointed a director of the Company in October 2008. Mr. Courter is currently on the faculty of the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin and also serves as a director of Pointserve, an information technology firm. Mr. Courter has over 20 years of experience in management positions in the technology/telecommunications industry, serving most recently as CEO of Broadwing Communications from 2006 to 2007 and CEO of NEON Communications from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Courter began his career as a captain in the U.S. Army and has also held various executive positions, both in the U.S. and Europe, at several major corporations including KPMG, IBM and Sprint.
Geoffrey Grant was appointed a director of the Company in January 2007. Mr. Grant is presently a Managing Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Grant Capital Partner, a global macro hedge fund management firm founded in 2008. Previously, Mr. Grant was with Peloton Partners LLP, a global asset management firm he co-founded in 2005. Mr. Grant’s career in financial markets spans 27 years beginning at Morgan Stanley in 1982 in foreign exchange options and currency derivatives, then with Goldman Sachs for 15 years from 1989 to 2004 where he ultimately served as Head of Global Foreign Exchange and Co-head of the Proprietary Trading Group in London.
Winston Hickox was appointed a director of the Company in October 2006. Mr. Hickox is currently a partner at public policy consulting firm California Strategies, a position he has held since 2006. Mr. Hickox also currently serves on the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange Advisory Council and is a Member of the Strategic Advisory Group of Paladin Capital Group. Previously, from 2004 – 2006, Mr. Hickox served as Senior Portfolio Manager with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), designing a series of environmentally- oriented investment initiatives for the fund’s now $277 billion investment portfolio. Prior to CalPers, from 1999 – 2003, Mr. Hickox served as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and a member of the Governor’s cabinet. Mr. Hickox also has extensive public and private sector experience earlier in his career. His prior private sector experience includes management of a nearly $2 billion real estate portfolio for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), from 1987 to 1996, and service on numerous corporate boards, including Thomas Properties Group, a publicly traded full service real estate investment firm, and GRIDiant Corporation, a privately held corporation in the energy technology sector. Mr. Hickox also operated his own firm, the Hickox Financial Corporation, and was a partner and Managing Director with LaSalle Advisors, Ltd. and a Managing Director with Alex Brown Kleinwort Benson Realty Advisors Corp., where he served as head of the firm’s Portfolio Management Group. Mr. Hickox’s prior government service includes the Board of the $5 billion Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) from 1998 – 2012, Chair of the Market Advisory Committee, which helped prepare for implementation of AB 32 California’s sweeping effort to address Climate Change, and seven years as a Special Assistant to the Governor for Environmental Affairs as well as a Deputy Secretary for Environmental Affairs. From April of 1997 to January of 1999, HIckox also served as one of the California Assembly Speaker’s Appointees to the California Coastal Commission. Mr. Hickox holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BS from California State University.
Murray H. Hutchison
Murray H. Hutchison was appointed a director of the Company in June 1997. Mr. Hutchison is currently a lead director on the board of Jack in the Box, Inc., a publicly traded fast food restaurant chain; and a director on the board of Cardium Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded medical technology company. Additionally, Mr. Hutchison serves as Chairman of the Huntington Hotel Corporation, which owns office buildings and a hotel property, and also as a director on the boards of several other non-publicly traded U.S. companies. Previously, Mr. Hutchison also served as Chairman of the Board of Texas Eastern Product Pipelines Company (TEPPCO), a publicly traded company operating in refined petroleum products, liquefied petroleum gases and petrochemical transportation and storage, prior to its acquisition by Enterprise Products Partners L.P. in October 2009. From 1976 until he retired in 1996, Mr. Hutchison served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of International Technology Corporation (ITC), a publicly traded diversified environmental management company.
Mr. Richard Nevins was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors effective July 1, 2016. Mr. Nevins is an independent financial advisor and serves as a Director of Saratoga Resources, Inc. and Foodservicewarehouse.com LLC. Mr. Nevins has over 30 years of financial experience as a senior investment banker and corporate financial officer. Mr. Nevins holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Riverside.
Raymond J. Pacini
Raymond J. Pacini was appointed a director of Cadiz in June 2005. From 1998 to March 2011, Mr. Pacini served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of California Coastal Communities, Inc. , a residential land development and homebuilding company operating in Southern California that was formerly publicly traded publicly traded. From June 1990 until May 1998, Mr. Pacini was the Chief Financial Officer California Coastal Communities. Mr. Pacini began his career as a certified public accountant with the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP).