Business Briefs

By Staff | March 21, 2011

Energy and infrastructure attorney joins Ballard Spahr
Roger D. Stark, a lawyer known for his work in U.S. and cross-border energy sector project development and finance, has joined Ballard Spahr as a partner. As a member of Ballard Spahr’s Energy and Project Finance Group, he will handle energy-related project development and financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, public-private partnerships, and infrastructure development matters. Stark has advised on the structuring and financing of traditional, renewable and clean technology energy projects, including lease-purchase financings and structured energy receivables financings, several of which were firsts in the industry. He has advised numerous investors and sponsors in the renewable energy industry, including acting as program counsel to the U.S. DOE loan guarantee program. He also advises on cross-border matters, particularly in Latin America, and has energy regulatory and litigation experience, including representing clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state utility commissions. Stark was previously a partner with Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP in Washington, D.C.

Patton Boggs boosts energy group with new hires
Patton Boggs LLP has expanded its energy regulatory and enforcement practice with the addition of Cynthia A. Marlette, former general counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and G. Scott Binnings, formerly a member of the energy group at Latham & Watkins. Marlette will focus on electricity and gas matters. Her 30 years of experience in regulatory and policy issues will greatly benefit her clients. Marlette served six years as FERC’s general counsel, including service under three different chairmen—Pat Wood, Joseph Kelliher and Jon Wellinghoff. As general counsel, she was responsible for providing legal and policy advice in all areas under the agency’s jurisdiction. Binnings focuses his practice on energy regulatory and commercial matters, with a concentration on the production and delivery of electric energy and related products from renewable energy resources. He has been involved in representations before FERC, the U.S. DOE and state public utility commissions on behalf of electric utilities, independent power producers, project developers, energy traders, financial institutions and manufacturers of renewable, energy efficiency and smart grid technologies.

CPM Roskamp Champion names industrial sales manager
Scott Switzer has been named industrial sales manager for CPM Roskamp Champion. His responsibilities include sales and marketing of Roskamp Champion products and services to industrial markets. Switzer has more than 20 years of experience in the process equipment and size reduction industries. For many of those years, he was with Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems, Summit, N.J., where he worked in engineering, applications, sales, and sales and marketing management. He also worked in business development for Fluid Energy Process Equipment, Telford, Pa. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Rutgers University and an MBA in technical management from Fairleigh Dickenson University.

Fecon introduces the FTX600
Fecon Inc. has introduced the FTX600 tractor, which brings a combination of cutting performance, track power, ground pressure and serviceability in the 600 horsepower class of mulching machines. Equipped with a 600 horsepower Cummins QSX15 engine, the FTX600 delivers 210 gallons of hydraulic flow to the variable-speed mulching head and solid power to the hydrostatic all-steel oscillating undercarriage. Fitted with either the Fecon BH300 or BH350 Bull Hog, the FTX600 can achieve 98-inch cutting height and 32-inch below grade, giving the operator unparalleled range of motion. Fecon’s Power Management system optimizes torque and rotor speed, allowing the FTX600 to tackle tough material, rough terrain and demanding schedules. With 5.9 pounds per square inch ground pressure, this tractor offers less ground disturbance and a lighter footprint than most in the 600 horsepower class. The FTX600 is ideal for a wide range of applications including pipeline and power line right-of-way clearing, large-scale vegetation management and site preparation.

Baisch Engineering hires business development, marketing manager
Baisch Engineering has hired Christina FitzGerald as business development and marketing manager. She has 13 years of marketing experience in the architectural, engineering and construction industry. Prior to joining Baisch Engineering, FitzGerald was the marketing manager at an engineering firm in Boston. FitzGerald is a certified professional services marketer with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Northeastern University. A member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, an organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the architectural, engineering and construction industry, FitzGerald served on SMPS Boston’s board of directors for five years.

Bandit Industries adds Flagler to its dealer network
Bandit Industries welcomes Florida-based Flagler Construction Equipment as the company’s newest authorized dealer in the Southeast. Serving the Florida market since 1987, Flagler Construction Equipment will offer Bandit equipment, parts and service through five main branches covering the entire state, including Jacksonville in the northeast, Orlando in central Florida, Tampa in west central Florida, Ft. Myers in the southwest, and Davie on the southeast coast. In addition to these branches, Flagler also maintains an export parts facility in Miami. Flagler will feature a full line of Bandit equipment for sale through its dealer network. Information for their branches as well as other information on Flagler can be found at, or through the dealer link at

ACORE’s Eckhart steps down
The American Council On Renewable Energy’s founding President Michael Eckhart retired Feb. 28 and joined Citigroup in New York as managing director and head of environmental markets and sustainability. Eckhart co-founded ACORE in 2001 with a commitment of an hour a day of his time, but quickly forged the Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with collaborators who pledged to create a group that is “for renewable energy and against nothing,” dedicated to “bringing renewable energy into the mainstream” and willing to “assume lead responsibility for the success of renewable energy in America.” ACORE has grown in less than 10 years from an idea to a $4 million a year operation with 650 organizational members, 42 members of the board of directors and advisory board, and 25 staff and interns.

Parker Fluid Control introduces new flow meter line
Parker Fluid Control Division, manufacturers of the Skinner and Gold Ring lines of solenoid valves and the Sinclair Collins line of process control valves, introduces a new line of Vortex Shedding Flow Meters as part of its expanding product portfolio. These inline flow meters are ideal solutions for applications utilizing water, water/glycol coolant and other low-viscosity fluids. They monitor the flow of cooling fluid for resistance welders, slurry pump seal water, machine coolant and steam boiler feed water. Additionally, Parker Flow Meters can be used for cooling water to furnace walls and inductors in steel mills; cooling boiler feed pumps and turbine bearing cooling in power generation plants; as well as for rubber, mining, municipal wastewater treatment, and water addition in chemical and process applications.

Asahi/America expands regulating products offerings
Asahi/America is now stocking PolyPure natural polypropylene Frank Series pressure regulators and back pressure regulators in sizes ranging from one-half to 2 inches for its PolyPure piping system. Frank Series regulating products are engineered to meet tough demands. Mechanical parts are isolated from the system media by a diaphragm. Regulators are adjustable under working conditions and provide accurate and stable control over pressure, regardless of fluctuations or change in system demand. Pressure control is achieved throughout the world using Frank Series regulators. Installed in municipal, wastewater and processing facilities, Frank Series regulating products include pressure regulators, back pressure regulators, pressure relief valves and manual flow meters.

Hancock joins Ascendant Partners
Ascendant Partners Inc. has announced Jake Hancock has joined the Ascendant team as a junior business analyst in its Denver office. Hancock will play a key role in supporting Ascendant’s growing consulting and investment banking practice.
Hancock comes to Ascendant after working for Berkshire Advisor Resource in Denver and passing the three exams in the chartered financial analyst program. In addition to his financial background, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas.