Team

About The Earth Partners

The Earth Partners LP originally grew out of a partnership with Brinkman & Associates Reforestation, a leading Canadian silviculture and forest management company, and Applied Ecological Services, a leading US-based ecological restoration company. Over the years, the company has built a team with unique expertise and experience across the development cycle in order to execute large-scale land restoration and bioenergy projects. We also leverage this experience to provide advisory and consulting services to clients.

Meet the Board

Meet The Team


David Tepper

CEO

David previously served as Head of Markets for Climate Change Capital in London from 2005-2007, where he built a team of thirty five investment professionals. During this time he invested over €500 million and managed over €800 million in investments across a number of renewable energy projects such as waste-to-energy and methane gas capture. David is a senior executive at Forest Trends, which is a Washington, DC-based NGO specializing in project-based activities that inform policy and build capacity in emerging markets for payment for ecosystem services. David also advises several large family offices on their sustainable land investments and philanthropic initiatives. David also served as Executive Chairman of the Consodata Group, a 600 person Paris Stock Exchange listed company where he successfully restructured the company and sold the business in 2004. Previously, David worked on over €20 billion of financing transactions as a Director of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch (London, New York) from 1987-1999.

Brendan McCarthy

Investment Manager

Brendan serves as Investment Manager for TEP in Washington, DC. Before TEP, he worked for The Gladstone Companies, where he served as an Acquisitions Associate in the real estate investment group. Prior to Gladstone, Brendan worked for Wells Fargo Bank’s Real Estate Group, making commercial real estate loans and monitoring the loan portfolio, and then in the Special Situations Group in Charlotte, NC, restructuring distressed debt. At TEP, Brendan’s activities include analyzing and structuring new investments and assisting with the operations of the existing portfolio. Brendan holds a B.A. in Economics from Kenyon College and an M.B.A. from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Emily McGlynn

Director for Strategy and Policy

Emily leads on advisory services, policy analysis, sustainability, and supporting entry into new markets and project development. A leading expert on climate, energy, and environmental policy, Emily previously served as Senior Adviser to the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, leading on high priority international initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including bilateral cooperation with China. She also served as a Translatlantic Fellow at Ecologic Institute and the Technische Universitaet Berlin in Germany, developing policy recommendations for the European Commission and other public and private sector stakeholders. She has a background in biology and economics from Bryn Mawr College and Johns Hopkins University.

Stacey Roberts

Manager of Project Development

Stacey manages the company’s construction projects and ensures that design and construction activities are to schedule and to budget. He focuses on EPC contractor assessment, field management of contractors, identification of operational bottlenecks and maintenance opportunities, and risk assessment, quantification, and mitigation. Stacey is an engineer with broad experience across pulp and paper, power generation, building products, heavy construction, wood yards, wood grinding, and wood pellets. Previously, Stacey worked for Enviva Biomass as project manager for the port of Chesapeake and port of Wilmington dome projects, where he oversaw on-site installation, erection, fabrication inspection, commissioning, testing, and troubleshooting of 45,000 metric ton storage dome and ancillary systems, . Previously, Stacey worked in senior production, maintenance, and project roles at International Paper Co, James Hardie Building Products, and PacTool.

Woody Woodside

Controller

Woody oversees the accounting, reporting, and compliance functions of the The Earth Partners and its portfolio companies. He has demonstrated expertise in startup and high-growth environments with special emphasis on control processes that improve cash position and financial reporting. Woody has an MBA from Loyola University Maryland and a BS from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Chris Norman

Biomass Supply Manager

His expertise includes harvesting techniques and the management of large-scale biomass removals in complex environments. Chris is experienced in the Canadian forest waste wood biomass sector and manages Brinkman’s biomass program on the 2 million acre Lax Kw’alaams First Nation-owned forest estate in BC. Prior to his role at The Earth Partners, Chris was the new business development manager at Brinkman since 2005. From 1995 to 2005, he managed silvicultural forestry operations in Western Canada.

Stan Meador

Ranchland Business Development Manager

With experience negotiating land use contracts such as O&G, recreation & grazing leases, Stan has been instrumental in building TEP’s landowner engagement and enrollment process for TEP’s rangeland conservation biomass supply. Additionally, he manages and supports stakeholder engagements including government entities, NGOs, trade groups, communities, local business partners and others. Stan is actively involved in the management of his fifth-generation family ranch near Eldorado, TX, and is the founder and owner of X Bar Ranch Nature Retreat, a nature/eco-tourism business. A conservation leader in Texas, Stan is actively involved in public policy work and a frequent public speaker at conferences.

Mike Petter

Conservation Biomass Harvest Manager

Mike holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University in Forest Management (1978), and his early career included procurement and harvesting management of the Hercules PINEX program, using whole tree harvesting technologies. Mike also has over thirty years experience managing and consulting to landowners in the Gulf region of the US in ecological, environmental, silvicultural and agricultural operations through his company, Resource and Land Management, Inc. Mike previously served as Land Transactions Director for the Texas Agricultural Land Trust. Through his work, Mike has been awarded the Presidential Field Forester of the Year (2010) by the Society of American Foresters, the Golden Quail Award by Quail Unlimited (2009), and Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture (2010) by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association. Mike is a Certified Forester, as well as a Texas licensed Real Estate Broker focusing on ranch brokerage.