Intelligent Generation is proud to acknowledge the members of its Advisory Board, formed early 2016 and chaired by John A. Andersen, Jr. John is Executive Manager at IG and also President of Greenleaf Advisors where he advises businesses, institutions, and communities on strategies that advance their sustainable development.
Together or individually, IG meets with its Advisors on regular basis in order to seek non-binding, informed guidance in the quest to build a leading operating system for the future networked, clean energy grid. IG advisors are all distinguished leaders in their field and cover a broad spectrum of successful corporate leadership.
John H. Mueller is currently Chairman and Owner of G&W Electric Company, Bolingbrook, IL.
G&W Electric is a global leader in providing innovative solutions to the electric power industry. John joined the company in 1987 as a regional sales manager and held numerous other sales positions before starting his tenure as President.
John successfully created a world‐class sales and marketing organization which broadened distribution of G&W products to more than 120 countries. His visionary investment in research, development and manufacturing has led to many new product innovations and expansion of its global manufacturing capabilities to include China, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. John’s unwavering commitment to quality and his concern for the environment resulted in G&W becoming one of the first in the industry to be awarded ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications. According to John, “We hope our ISO certification helps reinforce our commitment to quality to our customers. By integrating quality, safety, and the environment, we hope to improve process efficiencies, realize performance improvements, improve safety of personnel, build public confidence, and continually improve our customer satisfaction through clearly defined processes, objectives and goals”.
In addition to his position at G&W, John is also a community leader and lends his business acumen to a variety of both charitable and business Board of Directors. John, his wife, Anne, and their three children, Steve, Jennifer and Chris, reside in Wheaton, IL.
Stephen Markscheid is a partner at Wilton Partners, a Shanghai based boutique investment bank.
He serves as independent non-executive director of CNinsure, Inc., Jinko Solar Inc., Ener-Core Inc., Asian Capital Holdings Ltd., and ChinaCast Education Corporation. Steve is also a trustee of Princeton-in-Asia.
From 1998-2006, Steve worked for GE Capital. During his time with GE, Steve led GE Capital’s business development activities in China and Asia Pacific, primarily acquisitions and direct investments. Prior to GE, Steve worked with the Boston Consulting Group throughout Asia. Steve was a commercial banker for ten years in London, Chicago, New York, Hong Kong and Beijing with Chase Manhattan Bank and First National Bank of Chicago. Steve began his career with the US-China Business Council, in Washington D.C. and Beijing.
Steve earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 1976, an MA in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University in 1980, and an MBA from Columbia University in 1991, where he was class valedictorian. He lives in suburban Chicago with his wife and three children.
Hugh Reams is a Senior Advisor at Shannon Advisors, which raises institutional capital from pension funds, endowments, foundations and high net worth family offices for buyout and venture capital funds.
Prior to Shannon, Hugh was a Managing director at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ), Credit Suisse, and LaSalle Investment Management. Raising more than $12 billion from institutional investors for buyout and venture capital clients including cleantech funds.
Hugh graduated with an economics degree from Denison University and an MBA from Indiana University.
Herman E. Bulls Bulls is Vice Chairman, Americas, at JLL, an international financial and professional services firm. He founded and led the firm’s public institutions specialty as chairman and chief executive officer and currently serves as international director of JLL global markets.
He also cofounded and served as president and CEO of Bulls Capital Partners, a commercial mortgage banking firm. Before joining JLL, Mr. Bulls completed nearly 12 years of active duty service with the U.S. Army and retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. Mr. Bulls is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, an organization of senior African-American business executives from Fortune 500 companies, and former chairman of the Executive Leadership Foundation. He is former vice chairman of the board of directors for the West Point Association of Graduates.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School. Mr. Bulls also serves on the boards of Tyco International and Comfort Systems USA.
Stephen A. Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of GlenArbor Partners Incorporated, a real estate and private equity investment and advisory firm. Stephen also currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Reclamation Technology Systems LLC, a company which integrates waste sorting and sanitation of food contaminated paper and plastic to produce pulp, tissue parent rolls and various consumer tissue products.
Previously Steve co-founded Bryanston Realty Partners LLC in 2004 with two other partners and served as its Chief Operating Officer until 2011. The firm invested institutional funds in restructuring opportunities in retail, acquiring operating companies, portfolios and single assets with its venture partners that included Lubert-Adler, Cerberus, Acadia Realty Trust and several private equity firms.
Prior to co-forming Bryanston, Mr. Smith was Managing Director of LaSalle Investment Management, an International Director of JLL, and a member of LaSalle’s Global Management and Investment Strategy Committees. From 1996-2004 he was responsible for the firm’s domestic and international investment clients through offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, London, and Munich.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago, Prescient LLC and Reclamation Technology Systems LLC and was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of Albertson’s LLC and Mervyn’s LLC. He is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago.
Mr. Smith received an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, Illinois and an A.B. in Economics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Private Investor, Real Estate
Retired North America CEO,
LaSalle Investment Management, Americas, JLL
Mr. Schaff retired in 2013 as North America Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle Investment Management, a global real estate investment manager. In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing LaSalle’s real estate private equity business in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Mr. Schaff also served on LaSalle’s Global Management Committee and LaSalle’s North American Private Equity Investment Committee. Mr. Schaff joined LaSalle in 1984 and has had extensive experience in all aspects of institutional real estate investment management including acquisitions, portfolio management and client relationship management.
Currently, Mr. Schaff is pursuing real estate investments as a private investor and also serves as a non-executive board advisor for UK & European Investments, a family-held real estate investment firm based in London.
Mr. Schaff earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and undergraduate degrees from Stanford University in Economics and Political Science.