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HUGH (Skip) MCGEE III
Leading energy sector investment banker Hugh “Skip” McGee III announced in May of 2015 the establishment of Intrepid Financial Partners, a specialist merchant bank that will work with companies and investors in the Energy sector to provide merger & acquisition and restructuring advice and make equity and debt investments. The firm will leverage the deep industry knowledge, relationships and capital-raising expertise of its principals on behalf of its clients and investors. Intrepid plans to invest its own capital alongside its clients.

During its infancy as a company, Intrepid was recently hired (late Summer 2015) as the lead Banker by Energy Transfer in its $38 Billion acquisition of Williams Co.

Hugh (Skip) McGee III most recently served as Chief Executive of Barclays for the Americas, a position he held through June 2014. He was also a member of Barclays’ Executive Committee, and both the Executive Committee and Operating Committees of Corporate and Investment Banking.

Skip joined Barclays in September 2008 as Head of the Global Investment Banking Division (IBD) when he negotiated the move of 10,000 former Lehman employees over to Barclays after the bankruptcy of Lehman. He assumed additional responsibility as Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking, Americas in October 2012, and became Chairman of Global IBD in March 2013. He became Chief Executive of the Americas for Barclays in May 2013.

Prior to Barclays, Skip served as Head of Global IBD at Lehman Brothers, a position he held since 2002.   He served as a member of Lehman Brothers’ Executive Committee and Chairman of the IBD Executive Committee. Previously, he was Head of Lehman Brothers’ Global Natural Resources and Power Investment Banking groups, and a member of the Operating Committee of Investment Banking.

Skip joined Lehman Brothers in 1993 after six years at First Boston and Wasserstein Perella, and has spent most of his 30 year career advising energy investment banking clients.  His clients represent all sectors of the energy business in both a strategic advisory and financing capacity. He has been involved in some of the industry's most prominent transactions including Kinder Morgan's US$38bn acquisition of El Paso Energy, BHP Billiton's US$15bn acquisition of Petrohawk, Exxon Mobil's US$41bn acquisition of XTO Energy, Kerr-McGee's US$18bn sale to Anadarko, and the Williams Companies’ US $3bn financial restructuring. In his role as the senior client executive at Barclays, Skip was a key player in major transactions such as the $135 billion acquisition and financing by Verizon of the US wireless business from Vodafone and the $68 billion acquisition of Wyeth by Pfizer.

He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a BS in Systems engineering and received a JD (Honors) from the University of Texas School of Law. He sits on the Advisory Council for the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University and the Advisory Council for the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

JAY ANDERSON
Jay Anderson is the Chief Operating Officer of The Feil Organization, an established multi-generational real estate firm based in New York City. He is responsible for the company’s acquisition and financing functions as well as managing the lending and investment process for the organization’s entire investment portfolio. The Feil Organization has been a powerful force in real estate for more than 40 years. The organization developed and manages: more than 15 million square feet of retail, commercial and industrial properties; more than 5,000 residential rental units; hundreds of net-leased properties; and thousands of acres of undeveloped land across the country.

Mr. Anderson is also a founding partner of RCG Longview, an organization founded in 1999 by a group of real estate owners and investors. The group identified the need for unconventional financing in the real estate market, and seized the opportunity to fill this gap by forming the RCG Longview lending platform. RCG Longview successfully adapts to fluctuations in the real estate market. To date, the firm has placed more than $2.0 billion in smart money to work in the form of mezzanine, acquisition, construction, bridge and preferred-equity investments. This translates to well in excess of $15 billion in total capitalization of real estate.

Mr. Anderson's prior work experience includes positions with Deloitte Haskins & Sells as well as W.R. Grace & Company's Consumer Services Group.

He earned a B.S. in Accounting from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY, and his MBA in Finance and Taxation from New York University.

Mr. Anderson is a member of the M&T Bank Real Estate Advisory Board; is a Trustee of Kean University, Union, NJ; and is a Trustee of the Starlight Children's Foundation.

GEORGE W. STRAKE, JR.

George W. Strake, Jr., a third-generation Texan, was born in Houston on June 10, 1935. He attended St. Thomas High School in Houston, and the University of Notre Dame where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1957.

Commissioned a United States Naval officer at graduation, he served two years with the Pacific Fleet aboard the USS RICE COUNTY, resigning from active duty in July 1959. He entered Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business and received a Masters degree in Business Administration in 1961. Returning to his native Texas in 1961, he joined his father in the independent oil operating business, managing the G.W. Strake Company’s oil operations. Since his father’s death in 1969, he has carried on the business as an independent oil and gas operator. He is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Strake Energy, Inc.

He was appointed Secretary of State by Governor William Clements on January 22, 1979, and served until his resignation on October 5, 1981, prior to running for the office of Lieutenant Governor for the State of Texas. He was named Co-Chairman of the Houston Economic Summit Host Committee for the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations, an event held in the United States once every seven years. The Summit was held in Houston on July 9-11, 1990. In December 1990, he was awarded the Mayor’s Proud Partners Award by Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire, recognizing the effort made by Mr. Strake in the Great Summit Clean-up, to prepare the city for hosting the world leaders.

He has served as a member of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission, Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Board, the IPAA Regional Board, and has been on the Boards of four Texas banks.

Mr. Strake has served as a member of the Boards of Directors of numerous civic and charitable organizations, among them: the Boy Scouts of America; Freedom’s Foundation, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; MacArthur Memorial Foundation, Norfolk, Virginia; Navy League of the United States; Rotary Club of Houston; Asia Society/Houston; Mexican Cultural Institute of Houston; Institute of International Education; Diocese of Galveston-Houston Development Board; Executive Board of the Greater Houston Partnership; Chairman of the World Trade Division of the Greater Houston Partnership; Keep Houston Beautiful; the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo; Board of Trustees of San Jacinto Museum of History Association; and the University of St. Thomas.

Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of the Free Enterprise Institute; board member of the Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council; the University of Notre Dame Arts & Letters Advisory Council; the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum; and the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He is a board member of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Foundation, a board member of the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation; and he is President of the Strake Foundation.
He is married to Annette DeWalch Strake. Mr. and Mrs. Strake have six children and 17 grandchildren.

HOWARD L. WEINSTEIN

Mr. Weinstein has served as President, CEO and co-owner of Rubloff, Inc. Under his leadership the eighty-two year old company earned a reputation for unparalleled quality, outstanding management, and excellent client service. He has been credited for creating a brand that is recognized worldwide.

Mr. Weinstein became President and C.E.O of Rubloff in 1991, after serving as President of the company’s Asset Management Division. In this role he repositioned the company, establishing and overseeing the implementation a strategic plan that catapulted the company to become the sixth largest Real Estate Service firm and third largest fee manager in the U.S.

He established institutional and corporate relationships in the U.S. and Asia, developing a portfolio that included such high profile properties such as Prudential Plaza in Chicago, First Interstate Plaza in Houston, and the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

Mr. Weinstein was instrumental in the sale of the Rubloff Commercial Division to Koll, which was acquired by C.B. Richard Ellis in 1997. As President of the Property Division, Mr. Weinstein was responsible for overseeing a portfolio of over 130 million feet of commercial space and a staff of 1,000 people in 70 cities. Mr. Weinstein also spearheaded the acquisition of regional real estate firms for The Koll Company. He served as consultant to Samsung International and was involved in other real estate activities in Asia.

In 1996, Mr. Weinstein directed the growth of Rubloff Residential Properties, adding 7 new offices with more than 250 new agents, producing in excess of $1.2 billion in sales. This entity was merged with Prudential in 2009.

Mr. Weinstein has been published in National Real Estate Investor, Real Estate Forum and Journal of Property Management. In addition, he has been a speaker for the University of Chicago, Institute of Real Estate Management, Building Owners & Managers Association International, Urban Land Institute, and has been recognized by the University of Illinois Business School as Executive-in-Residence.

Mr. Weinstein is a member of the National Board of Realtors, the Chicago Board of Realtors, the Building Owners & Managers Association International, American Society of Real Estate Counselors, and Lambda Alpha Real Estate Society. He has served as a council member of the Urban Land Institute, and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of Illinois School of Business.

Mr. Weinstein has a B.S. in Urban Land Economics from the University of Illinois. He holds a CRE designation and a RPA designation. He is an active Real Estate Advisor, and serves as a Consultant to Prudential Rubloff.

JIM LEMMING

Mr. Lemming is the CEO and majority owner of Partners in Building, a Houston, Texas based custom home builder. The company builds over 250 homes per year in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Nashville, TN with an average sales price of $850,000.

He began his homebuilding career immediately after graduating in 1981 from the University of North Texas, with a Bachelor of Business Degree in Administrative Management. His extensive background in the homebuilding business began with a job as a construction superintendent for a production homebuilder in Plano, Texas.

Jim, his wife, and three sons are active in the community through involvement with their church, community activities, school athletics and the musical arts. Jim has served as a member of the Strake Jesuit College Prep Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Board. He and his wife are also past presidents of the West Point Parent’s Club of Greater Houston.

Jim is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Greater Houston Housing Corporation, a non profit which develops, builds, and manages housing for the homeless.