To my network:
This 2016 year is a pivotal one for me. I am pretty much divorced and moving on with my life. I am also in my 60th year so I would like to slow down, take care of my mother and concentrate more on my music and meditation in a much warmer climate than New York. It seems like my skin gets thinner not thicker as I age so bone chilling cold is far from enticing.
The work I began in April 2013 with The Natural Resilience Fund and subsequently Built Environment needs talented young people to embrace the concepts Joaquin, James and I have developed, along with the help of innumerable advisers, consultants and colleagues.
So, I am looking for people that have an interest in building these areas of the NRF/BE business model:
1) a consultancy for large scale buildings and municipalities to become more sustainable and resilient and to help finance those improvements. Personnel that are needed include an entrepreneur with access to capital and the creativity/drive to structure the business (I will assist, of course, for a minority carried interest in the venture), a Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineer (MEP), a business development professional and an analyst/administrator to help manage and grow the business. A large proportion of this business will be devoted to promoting renewable energy technologies to large scale buildings and municipalities. This is the most profitable portion of the business model.
To really leverage the concept will require setting up satellite offices in major cities around the world. Cities that come to mind are: New York, Washington DC, Boston, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, OR, Las Vegas, NV, Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, London, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, etc. The personnel noted above can begin the satellite offices by hiring their counterparts to do the same work they will do in the New York area.
2) a corporate resilience department (CRD) consultancy consisting of SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) at the corporate level and creating advisory services around implementing Sustainable Accounting Standards Board procedures for small, medium and large companies. The initial personnel needed will include a CPA, a management consultant, a lawyer, a research team and once again, an entrepreneur with the capital, creativity and drive necessary to start up such an organization (I will assist, of course, for a minority carried interest in the venture).
3) Not-for-profit specialists in the fields of climate resilience, sustainability and environmental finance to help jump start and continue such initiatives as The NRF and The Friends of the Dryline. An impact entrepreneur with the ability to raise +/-$1 million to fund the NRF’s advocacy activities by paying not-for-profit executives and staff to continue the work begun by Joaquin, James and I. I will maintain a non-executive advisory board member position at The NRF. The NRF needs to set up a world class advisory board of experts and professionals, including people in the public sector.
This is a start and I will try to post Linkedin job descriptions in the coming weeks. The three most important positions are the entrepreneurs that decide to become involved with #’s 1-3.
I would like to give talks about what we are trying to accomplish. My fee schedule is outlined in this link: http://bit.ly/1Z3TGTU. I am most interested in colleges and universities but any large speaking venue is welcomed around the world (as long as I get paid). I appreciate any suggestions and referrals you may have.
You have to love the tropics.