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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.

Ashley N. Cloud (’09)

I am a native of Katy, Texas, a 2005 graduate of Katy High School and a 2009 Graduate of the University of Houston School of Liberal Arts. I am also the Founder and CEO of The Cloud Law Firm.

I was chosen as a Top 10 Finalist out of 4,500 applicants for the Barclay’s Small Business Big Wins Contest with a grand prize of $60,000.

Below is the press release about this award:

Howard Graduate and Houston Native Named Finalist in Barclays’ ‘Small Business Big Wins’ Promotion to Support Small Business Owners

The Cloud Law Firm is one of 10 finalists vying for the $60,000 grand prize, encouraging public to vote for their business beginning April 8

New York, New York (April 8, 2024) – The Cloud Law Firm, a virtual law firm founded by Ashley Cloud, Houston, Texas native and graduate of Howard University, has been named a finalist in Barclays US Consumer Bank’s “Small Business Big Wins” promotion with $255,000 in prize money to be distributed among small business owners who submitted a brief essay describing how their business is adjusting to the current economy. Members of the public are encouraged to vote for The Cloud Law Firm to help them win the $60,000 grand prize.

The Cloud Law Firm edged out more than 4,500 entrants to make it to the final 10!
Ashley founded The Cloud Law Firm to empower disruptors and visionaries who build generational wealth through innovation and creativity. We protect and leverage our clients’ empires by providing quality and accessible legal counsel in startup strategy, brand and content protection, contracts, and general counsel. You can follow Ashley on Instagram and TikTok @yourfashionattorney and check out her website at www.thecloudlawfirm.com.

Quote from Ashley Cloud:
“I’ve known since I was a teenager that I wanted to have my own law firm. The journey to get here has been full of twists and turns and ups and downs. I’ve wanted to give up more times than I care to admit. Growing up in a family with entrepreneurs, I knew what I was signing up for, and I understand how important it is to lean on your community for support. After all, it takes a village. It would mean the world to me if you’d support me as I work to keep my business afloat and hopefully take it to the next level. Please vote for me every day during the Small Business, Big Wins contest!! THANK YOU!!”

From April 8 through April 19, the public will have a chance to review the stories of the top-10 finalists and vote for their favorite small business at BarclaysSmallBizBigWins.com.
The total prize breakdown for the top 10 includes:
• One Grand Prize of $60,000
• One 2nd Place Prize of $40,000
• One 3rd Place Prize of $20,000
• Seven Runner-Up Prizes of $5,000 each

The announcement of contest winners for the top 10 will take place during the week of May 1 to coincide with National Small Business Week. In addition to the top-10 prize fund, all businesses outside of the top 10 that submitted qualifying entries were entered in a random drawing to win one of 50 $2,000 sweepstakes prizes.

“Over the past four years we have heard countless inspiring stories of resilience and perseverance from small businesses across the country,” said Angelo Disperati, Director of US Branded and Business Cards, Barclays US Consumer Bank. “As we’ve seen from previous winners, the most impressive stories are from businesses that have made good corporate citizenship a key element of their business model. Winning businesses view giving back to the community as the right thing to do and one of the most important ingredients to success. We encourage people to vote for their favorite entry today!”

For more information and to vote for the finalists, visit BarclaysSmallBizBigWins.com. For more information on Barclays’ business card offerings, visit BarclaysUS.com/Business.

About Barclays US Consumer Bank
Barclays US Consumer Bank is a leading co-branded credit card issuer and financial services partner in the United States that creates highly customized programs to drive customer loyalty and engagement for some of the country’s most successful travel, entertainment, retail, and affinity institutions. The bank offers co-branded, small business, and private label credit cards, installment loans, online savings accounts, and CDs. For more information, please visit www.BarclaysUS.com.
Today, many businesses utilize Barclays business credit cards and benefit from the reward dollars spent on business needs. For more information on Barclays’ business card offerings, visit Barclays.com/Business

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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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.

Nancy (’20) and Angel (’21) Muniz

Angel and Nancy Muniz met each other while attending school at the University of Houston. Angel pursing a dual degree in MIS and Marketing, crossed paths with Nancy studying a degree in Human Resource Development, through an on-campus student organization called HBSA in 2018 (The Hispanic Business Student Association).

The two started off as friends, but quickly became inseparable and began dating soon after. From study dates in the M.D. Anderson Library, to lunch dates at the old cafe 101, many of their love stories and memories are connected with the university. As you can imagine the love between the two continued to grow and in October 2023 the two officially tied the knot! The Munizes are now living happy in Cypress, TX and are looking forward to starting a family soon of future Coogs!

Angel and Nancy love their Alma Mater and continue to show their support by becoming Life Members last December. Additionally, the two love cheering on the cougars at athletic events and have season tickets for both Basketball and Football games. Go Coogs!

Angel Muniz – BBA in MIS & Marketing 2021
Nancy Muniz – BS in Human Resource Development 2020

Annemarie Vicere (J.D. ’11)

Lathrop GPM LLP is proud to announce the addition of Annemarie Vicere (J.D. ’11) to its Intellectual Property practice group in Dallas. The expansion of the IP team in Dallas came just a week following growth in the Denver and Kansas City offices.
Lathrop GPM Managing Partner Cameron Garrison said, “This team of exceptional patent attorneys are well-known in the high tech and engineering industry and have strong ties to both Texas and California markets. This strategic move aligns with the firm’s national growth objectives and bolsters our substantial influence in the intellectual property sector.” Garrison continued, “As the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex continues to expand, the IP and transactions work will also grow, and Lathrop GPM will be there to help companies compete in business and protect their interests.”
Annemarie Vicere
With a wealth of experience in intellectual property counseling, Annemarie Vicere has developed worldwide patent prosecution strategies, drafted license agreements, counseled clients on software copyright registration, and conducted infringement and invalidity analyses. Vicere has successfully obtained both utility and design patents for clients in a wide range of technologies. Concerning domestic trademark prosecution, Vicere has experience selecting appropriate classes and descriptions for clients’ goods and services, filing and prosecuting trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Vicere earned a J.D. from the University of Houston, her master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, San Diego, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana.

About Lathrop GPM LLP
Lathrop GPM is a full-service, Am Law 200 law firm with more than 325 attorneys in 11 offices. The attorneys provide a full spectrum of corporate legal services: business transactions, litigation, intellectual property and trusts & estates. We help businesses, organizations, and individuals grow and succeed, anticipate trends, plan for challenges, and bring their visions to life. Clients recognize Lathrop GPM for our commitment to client service, legal project management and innovative pricing capabilities. The firm is nationally recognized for our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, with a Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification Plus status and Top Performer and Compass Award Winner recognitions by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. A Multilaw and Employment Law Alliance affiliate, we have the resources of more than 90 independent law firms in 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.lathropgpm.com.

Jacquie Baly (’90)

Jacquie Baly (’90) is a Co-Chair for The American Cancer Society’s 2024 Tickled Pink Luncheon. She is a past recipient of this honor. The Tickled Pink award is given to exceptional Houstonians who have made significant contributions to our community. The luncheon is scheduled for April 5, 2024. All funds raised through this event will help fund the over $26 million that American Cancer Society invests in Houston each year through Houston-based cancer research, patient services, lodging and transportation, and local prevention and early detection grants to help address health disparities with cancer screenings, HPV vaccinations, and access to quality care.

Lindsey Murff (’02)

As a toddler, I was always on campus to attend UofH basketball games with my family. I grew up and became a Coog! I graduated in 2002 Magna Cum Laude from University Of Houston with a interdisciplinary degree, all while being a single mom. I became an elementary school teacher, which opened the door to teaching internationally. After teaching here in Houston for a few years, marrying, and completing our family, We began our adventure of teaching over seas in 2012. I taught in China, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, and Ukraine. We evacuated Ukraine 3 weeks before the war began 2 years ago this February and returned to Houston where I now teach in Klein ISD! Go Coogs GO!