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Glenn Reitman (’97)

Dallas — May 2, 2024 — Faegre Drinker announced today that Glenn Reitman has joined the firm as a partner in the finance & restructuring practice in Dallas. Reitman joins from an international law firm where he was the Head of Finance for Texas.
For more than 20 years, Reitman has been representing U.S. and international lenders and borrowers in structuring, negotiating and documenting finance transactions, with a focus on commercial, real estate, and energy projects and structured financing, including investments and M&A in the commodities, health care, insurance and energy sectors.
“Glenn brings a high-level of experience in a wide array of industries to our finance practice – particularly in the energy and real estate space – that will really enhance our practice and benefit our clients,” said partner and finance & restructuring practice group leader Mike Pompeo. “We are looking forward to working with Glenn in building out a multi-disciplinary and multi-industry commodities team as well.”
Reitman has a diverse finance practice that encompasses maritime, private equity, venture capital, real estate project and stadium, and Export-Import Bank of the United States finance, as well as leveraged buyouts, structured products, loan workouts, restructurings, recapitalizations and reorganizations.
“We are thrilled to have Glenn joining the firm and enhance our Dallas office offerings,” said partner and Dallas office leader Dawn McCord. “It’s been an exciting season of growth for our office and Glenn’s arrival to the firm is a testament to the strength of our client services.”
Reitman’s move to Faegre Drinker also coincides with the firm’s recent real estate activity in Texas. In April, the firm relocated its Dallas office to a new space in the city’s contemporary Arts District. The move allows Faegre Drinker to continue the path of upward growth and innovation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, home to nearly 50 talented colleagues representing many of the firm’s practice groups.
Reitman earned his B.A. from University of Houston and J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.
Faegre Drinker’s finance and restructuring practice advises clients across diverse industries on matters from financial transactions to corporate debt restructurings, as well as bankruptcy and litigation matters.
About Faegre Drinker
Faegre Drinker is a firm designed for clients. With 1,200 experienced attorneys and consulting professionals licensed in nearly every state in the U.S., and with strategic offices in London and Shanghai, we have the strength and reach to solve our clients’ most complex transactional, litigation and regulatory challenges, wherever they may arise. Faegre Drinker Consulting, the firm’s advisory and advocacy division based in Washington, D.C., provides public policy, regulatory and technical services to key sectors of the economy. Additional services include Tritura Information Governance, the firm’s data science subsidiary, and Innovative Health Strategies, a health care consultancy that helps hospitals operate efficiently and improve quality of service. Learn more at FaegreDrinker.com.
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John Simons (’89)

John Simons (’89) is a novelist and publisher, as well as the founder of Comicpalooza. Currently he is CEO of Startling Events LLC. John’s latest novel, “The Saga of Bjorn Unfrid” is a paranormal fantasy set on the UH campus in the1980s.

Mejdi Kammoun (Ph.D. ’16)

The Offshore Technology Conference is honoring University of Houston alumnus Mejdi Kammoun (PhD ’16) among the conference’s 2024 Emerging Leaders. He is among an esteemed group of 11 individuals earning a spot on the 2024 list.

Mejdi Kammoun is principal engineer at the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UH in 2016. At ABS, his primary responsibility involves developing regulations and requirements to ensure the safe implementation of energy storage and generation systems for marine and offshore shipping contexts.

The OTC’s Emerging Leaders program selects young professionals with fewer than 10 years of experience in the offshore energy sector who demonstrate exceptional talents, commitment and promise as future leaders.

Safety and sustainability are important issues. The drive to decarbonize the U.S. energy sector is bringing transformative changes to the offshore and marine sector. These changes can introduce new safety and health risks that need to be identified and addressed to protect workers in the industry.

“My aspirations have always centered around contributing to a safer, greener world. Whether through innovative technologies, sustainable practices or policy advocacy, my dream remains unwavering: to leave a lasting positive impact on our planet,” Kammoun said.

Kammoun has made significant contributions to the comprehensive update of the “ABS Requirements for Fuel Cell Power Systems for Marine and Offshore Applications” and “ABS Requirements for Use of Lithium-ion Batteries in the Marine and Offshore Industries.”

Kammoun gives credit to UH and Haleh Ardebili, the Kamel Salama Endowed Professor of Mechanical Engineering and assistant vice president of Entrepreneurship and Startup Ecosystem at UH, for supporting his growth and offered some advice to students:

“Establishing a robust foundation through a deep grasp of fundamental subjects like electrical theory, electromagnetics and solid-state electronics is critical for success in your electrical engineering studies,” he said.

Shi also shared some advice: “Learn, experience, connect and innovate!”

This year’s Emerging Leaders cohort will be recognized during a special ceremony during the conference on Tuesday, May 7.

Jerry Robert Adair, Jr. (’55)

Jerry Robert Adair Jr.
06/09/1931 – 05/05/2024
Jerry Robert Adair Jr., native Houstonian passed away on Sunday, the 5th of May, 2024 at the age of 92. He was born on the 9th of June, 1931 to Jerry Robert Adair, Sr. and Jett Leggett Adair.
Jerry was raised in the Houston Heights neighborhood and attended Reagan High School, and upon graduation enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. After serving his country, he used his G.I. Bill to purchase a home in Spring Branch, Texas and Married June Hadlock.
He attended the University of Houston, majoring in Radio and TV. Mr. Adair was the radio and television broadcaster for the University of Houston basketball team during the Guy Louis and Elvin Hayes era and traveled across the country with the team doing live broadcast.
Mr. Adair started a full service advertising agency, as well as investing in real estate in the Heights area, establishing quite the impressive portfolio of “Trophy Properties”. Mr. Adair was a sports enthusiast, coaching his sons youth teams.
He has survived by his sons, James Robert Adair and Jerry Robert Adair, III; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A funeral service is to be conducted at half-past ten o’clock in the morning on Monday, the 13th of May 2024, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer.
The family will gather for a private interment at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston.
Please visit Mr. Adair’s online memorial tribute at GeoHLewis.com where memories and words of comfort and condolence may be shared electronically with his family.

Published by Houston Chronicle on May 8, 2024.

Lloyd Bennack (J.D. ’87)

Veteran Energy Attorney Lloyd Bennack Joins Nexus PMG as General Counsel to Support Company’s North American Expansion
Nexus PMG logo (PRNewsfoto/Nexus PMG)
NEWS PROVIDED BY Nexus PMG
10 Apr, 2024, 07:00 ET

Hailing from Quanta Services, Goldman Sachs’ Horizon Wind Energy and Baker Botts, Bennack brings over three decades of legal expertise to Nexus’ growing energy transition portfolio

HOUSTON, April 10, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Nexus PMG, the leading global low-carbon infrastructure, advisory, development and investment firm, announced that industry veteran Lloyd Bennack has joined the company as its new General Counsel. As the new chief of legal operations, Lloyd will oversee legal matters in operations, corporate finance, employment and other areas for Nexus PMG as the company expands its operations throughout North America.

Bennack brings over three decades of experience as a legal officer to Nexus PMG to support the company’s continued expansion in North American markets. Before joining the team, Lloyd served as the Deputy General Counsel for Orbital Infrastructure Group, Inc., where he supported the company’s construction and EPC work across solar and power distribution. Previously, Lloyd served as General Counsel for EPC and construction firms, including Houston-based construction contractor Quanta Telecommunication Solutions, and Meteor Entertainment, Inc.

Bennack’s legal career began in the International Practice Group of Houston-based Baker Botts, following two years as a Judicial Clerk for U.S. District Judge John V. Singleton, Jr. at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In 2006, Bennack began his work in energy transition at Goldman Sachs’ renewable company, Horizon Wind Energy. Serving as the Senior Project Counsel, Lloyd spent five years supporting the company’s development and environmental teams. While at Horizon, Bennack was the primary project counsel to teams developing over 60 renewable energy projects, providing legal counsel in risk analysis and management, vendor qualification, drafting and negotiation of contracts, and supporting compliance with contractual, financial, environmental and other regulatory requirements.

“Lloyd’s robust legal experience will be integral in ensuring that Nexus’ legal, operational and financial matters are as effective as our role in advancing the energy transition,” said Nexus PMG Holdings CEO Ben Hubbard. “We’re so fortunate to add Lloyd to our executive team, and we’re excited to have another team member join our rapidly growing Houston base.”

As the new General Counsel, Bennack will work closely with Nexus PMG’s executive leadership to continue the company’s expansion into key low-carbon markets, including waste-to-value, sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), green hydrogen, and more, in keeping with Nexus’ growing enthusiasm for sustainable solutions across the leadership team.

A long-term Houstonian, Lloyd is looking forward to assisting the growing renewable energy sector across the state. Beyond his professional work in renewables, Lloyd is a member of Renewable Energy Alliance Houston and gives back to the city he calls home through various Houston volunteer organizations. As Houston’s leadership as the energy capital of the world shifts toward net-zero energy solutions, Nexus PMG is helping traditional energy leaders across the state and nation navigate a new energy era.

“Houston has a lot of talent in the energy and technology sectors, and its entrepreneurial spirit is something that Nexus embodies entirely,” said Lloyd Bennack, General Counsel at Nexus PMG. “I’m excited to join the team as Nexus PMG and Texas are perfectly placed to succeed in the energy transition, and I hope to help and participate in it.”

About Nexus PMG
Nexus PMG is the point where project finance, development and operations connect. The industry-leading firm focuses on providing world-class advisory services to infrastructure investors by delivering technical, operational and financial diligence on projects that reduce carbon intensity and enhance resource efficiency. Nexus PMG’s integrated business lines provide end-to-end services within each targeted sector including development; preliminary engineering; contract structuring; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC); commissioning and startup; operational readiness and process improvement. Nexus PMG is a portfolio company of Greenbacker Development Opportunities Fund and is funded by an investment vehicle managed by Greenbacker Capital Management LLC. To learn more, visit http://nexuspmg.com.

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Craig Stocker (J.D.’12)

Craig Stocker, partner at SBSB Eastham, has been named a 2024 Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers. The award honors the top 2.5 percent of the state’s young attorneys.

Ignatius O. Okeze (’79)

Over the years I have written two books. In addition, I wrote an article, “Aim High and Soar like an Eagle” published by Toastmaster, January 2015, the magazine of Toastmasters International with a worldwide readership of over 370,000 International audience. I received great feedback from readers who were enthusiastic about it and applauded it. Last year I was invited by the president and CEO of Westchase District to speak to her Rotary Club members. I’ve been invited by the President/CEO of Harris County Houston Sports Authority (HCHSA) a number of times to give the invocation before the Board of Directors meeting.

Currently my hope is to connect with University of Houston Alumni Eagles (top successful UH alumni) who have acquired wisdom, expansive knowledge and experience. I welcome Eagles to play the roles of advocates, mentors/coaches, to direct and guide me to notice possibilities and encourage and help me understand and develop alternatives in solving problems inherent in my project – City of Hope City of God (CHCG). This is a state of the art infrastructure complex, comprising Light of Life Leadership University, Medical Center, Libraries, Ministries and a philanthropic foundation to God’s glory and for World Class education of the young and future generations of leaders. CHCG is located in Imo State, Nigeria on 11k – 16k acres of land, the size of the land area of George Bush Airport, Houston. I strongly believe (based on human history and success stories), there are many UH alumni Eagles, retired or still working in their careers, who will be excited about this project. My challenge is finding and connecting with them.

Here is a compelling message pastor Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston sent to me: “Dr Ignatius, you were called for a cause. You are anointed for a cause.
When we have a cause, we’ll believe for the impossible. So, let’s not just build our kingdom; let’s build God’s kingdom.”

The pastor’s message revitalized my vision for the project. I have always believed that the impossible is what God does.

Please feel free to contact me anytime at: Dr Ignatius Okeze, Ed.D, MBA / passionate7b@gmail.com / P.O.BOX 720582, Houston, TX 77272

Nancy Vazquez (’20)

I am a Proud First Generation Coog, graduated in Spring 2020 with big dreams to work in journalism. In 2021 through the Disney Professional Internship program, I was able to land a job for Houston’s number one news station, ABC13.

Johnney Isaac Prestwood (’67)

Johnney Prestwood Obituary
Published by Legacy Remembers on Mar. 11, 2024.
Proudest alum and supporter of the University of Houston Cougars, Mr. Johnney Isaac Prestwood, or “BooBoo” as his grandchildren called him, passed away peacefully with his family after a year of health issues on February 26, 2024.

Johnney was born on April 4, 1941, to Wilma Lee Beard Prestwood and Horace Lee Prestwood in Splendora, Texas. As a child, he loved helping around the house, tending to the animals (especially his cow named Shasta), making railroad ties with his father, and cooking hot water cornbread with his mother. His favorite toy was an old tire that he would roll around pretending It was his very own Ford car. He completed his high school career at Splendora High School as Valedictorian of his class and FFA President.

The importance of education was instilled in him by his mother at a very young age. After high school, he moved to Houston to pursue his college education. While in Houston, he developed a love for the oil business while working in the oil fields. While working during the day, he eventually was able to attend the University of Houston, his beloved alma mater, at night. He taught Calculus there while getting his degree and working-graduating in 1967 with a Bachelors in Mathematics.

Johnney never forgot where he came from and always supported his Splendora educational roots. In 1962 he travelled to Brenham to watch his old high school basketball team play in a tournament. It was there where a beautiful women told him hello and he noticed her kindness as he was a very very shy young man. Later that evening he ventured over to the concession stand where that same woman was working. He tried to order a hot dog but she would not sell it to him because the chili was not ready. He tried to persuade her to sell him the hot dog but she would not budge because she was only to sell the hot dog with the chili. He was instantly drawn to her work ethic, her smile, and her friendly disposition. That woman, Mary Ann Arndt, would later become his wife of just shy of 60 years. Johnney and Mary Ann started their family in 1976 with the birth of their daughter Leah and completed their family with the addition of their son, Kane in 1978.

During his early years in Houston, his fond love of the oil business led him over to Standard Oil Company of California (it was later named Chevron) where he landed a job in the mailroom. It was here that he impressed people with his intellect and knowledge of mathematics and geophysics. While at Chevron he, with his family alongside him, was given the opportunity to work an assignment in Saudi Arabia and did so for 8 years. While there they were able to travel the world, something that he dreamt of as a boy. After his stint in Saudi, his next career stop with Chevron was in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for 4 years. He ended his career back in Houston with Chevron where he retired in 2000.

Johnney’s three main passions in life were family, the University of Houston, and classic cars. The time he spent with his family was very important to him. He spent countless holidays and time with his immediate family and many sisters and brothers-in-law. His favorite holidays were Thanksgiving and 4th of July. Thanksgiving was full of family and close friends, laughing over great food and even better company-he was an extremely grateful man and cherished the time. 4th of July took him and his closest family to Round Top for their annual parade. When his three granddaughters were born he found so much joy in sharing that experience with them. His retired years were spent spending time with them. He loved taking them to UH sporting events, being a fan at their sporting events/lessons, driving them in his classic cars, and working around the house showing them how to write checks and take care of finances! “No” wasn’t in his vocabulary with them and he loved them with every ounce of himself.

Johnney’s second major passion was the University of Houston. The ability to go to school in the evening gave him many opportunities and he felt indebted to the university. His love for his alma mater was evident in his support of UH athletes and athletics. He had basketball and football season tickets continuously beginning in 1964 and watched the teams with passion and an immense amount of pride. He didn’t miss UH events. He also was the cofounder of All-In-One Little Coogs-an organization that has brought over 200,000 at-risk youth to the games to experience “college life”. The day he left this earth, UH men’s basketball was ranked #1 in the country-he was thrilled he got to see that happen!

Classic cars were always something that Johnney loved. He had a small collection of his favorite cars, jukeboxes and neon signs. He loved the “good ole days”! He made numerous friends in all facets of the car business and enjoyed sharing his passion with others.

If you knew Johnney, you knew he was a giver and a fixer. He had a heart of gold and would go out of his way to lend someone a hand. Always being open to solve problems with logic and discernment, but full of love and care, brought many people to him for advice. His mother and father taught him the importance of caring for people and he did so until his last day.

Johnney is survived by his wife Mary Ann Edith Arndt Prestwood of Sugar Land; daughter Leah Stevens (Andrew), son Kane Prestwood (Irina Slitsan); granddaughters Lauren and Emily Stevens and Katie Prestwood; Sisters in law Maxine Arndt and Jeanne Prestwood; Over 40 nieces and nephews from both sides; over 35 great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, 7 brothers in law,7 sisters in law, 1 niece, his best childhood friend Corn Cob and numerous friends from across the globe.

A memorial to celebrate Johnney will take place at Morton Cemetery on March 23rd at 10am. He requested that everyone wear red and white or a Cougar shirt for his service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Cougar athletics by emailing jnoud@uh.edu or to All-in-One: Little Coogs (https://bachamp.org/donate/).

Johnney wanted everyone to remember: “Organization is the key”; “Always stick to the task at hand”; “Life is short. Live it the right way; “Don’t take any wooden nickels” and of course, “GO COOGS”!

Parveen Kumar (’83)

Mr. Parveen Kumar is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of PKMK Investments, LLC with $5 million of capital investment and $12 million under management.

Mr. Kumar graduated from University of Houston in 1983 with a degree in Management Information Systems and Executive Masters in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in 2009.

After his MIS degree in 1983, he had a very successful corporate career at Infor, Deloitte, Accenture and KPMG, then retired to start Wealth Management Company.

After retirement, he founded PKMK Investments in 2022 and grew it exponentially due to his business and entrepreneurial skills. Concurrently, since the early 2022, he has been managing portfolio’s for corporate and individuals client.

In addition, he provides leadership in organizing Community Events and is a member of Alumni with University of Houston and Southern Methodist University. Furthermore, he has published several books including, “The Greatest Economic Expansion: How Wealth was created”. He is a faculty member at Collin College.