Jeff graduated from The University of Virginia in 1978 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, subsequently served four years in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, reaching the rank of Captain, and then graduated from The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, with an M.S. in Industrial Management in 1983. From 1983 until 1997, Jeff held various executive, management, and trading positions while employed by two large energy companies, the latter a subsidiary of Wall Street investment bank Salomon Brothers. Jeff was instrumental in building and managing one of the Nations largest and most profitable independent petroleum refining and marketing companies while at Phibro Energy USA, Inc.(serving as Chairman, President and CEO from 1992 to 1997). Upon the sale of the company to Valero Energy Corp. in 1997, Jeff started Re-NEW Energy LLC to develop waste-to-energy projects primarily in West Virginia and Kentucky. The company was sold to Sempra Energy and Progress Energy in a $100 million plus multi-year agreement tied to fuel output at the facilities. In 2001, Jeff founded Eyes of Texas Partners, a private investment company with a primary focus on technology.
Recently, Jeff co-founded Vida Capital Inc., which is engaged as a Provider, Servicer, Funder and Asset Manager in the life settlement industry. In 2011, Jeff was named the RISE Austin Serial Entrepreneur of the Year. In addition, he is a Master Teacher at the Acton Graduate School of Business in Austin.
Jeff has served on the Purdue University Krannert School Alumni Board, was a member of the Houston Chapter of Young Presidents Organization, Chairman and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of St. Gabriel’s Catholic School and a volunteer for The University of Virginia NCOUR committee for central Texas. Jeff is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Austin Habitat for Humanity and co-chair of Community First, focused on breaking the cycle of chronic homelessness. Jeff and his wife Deanna are Directors of The ABE Charitable Foundation, Inc., are active philanthropists in the Austin community, and together were recently named the 2012 Austin AFP Chapter's Philanthropists of the Year.
Vida Capital ("Vida") is a vertically integrated asset management company providing longevity contingent investment solutions to investors. Vida specializes in the structuring, servicing, financing and management of life settlement funds, asset-backed securities, and customized portfolios.