About Optima

Optima’s team has a proven project development record with known industry partners in engineering, shipping, energy and investment banking.

Len Cozzolino

Len Cozzolino had been a head of business development for Amerada Hess UK in the 1990s when it grew from 25 to 300 people. As a banker for Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Cozzolino led an investment banking team which managed the largest private natural gas energy swap in history of natural gas assets in Columbia and Malaysia between Shell and Occidental in 1998.

Robert Gibbs

Robert Gibbs during the formative years of the development of North Sea Oil and Gas was an Executive, Principal Consultant with Kongsberg Vapenfabrik AS (KV)  His responsibility was the development of KV’s oil and gas related business. KV at the time was one the largest companies in Europe and had 5,000 employees and a turnover of $2.8 billion, KV was the principal Norwegian offshore technology developer and initiator of numerous world-class companies established to develop North Sea hydrocarbon reserves.  Gibbs played a key role in the creation of numerous KV jointly owned companies and joint venture projects; with offices in Europe, North and South America, Africa, China the Middle and the Far East. In addition to his business accomplishments, Gibbs’ engineering experience includes the design of oil refineries and petrochemical plants, he played a prominent role pioneering marine and subsea development of offshore oil and gas fields, utilising Tanker, Semi-sub and TLP production facilities producing from the sea bed.

Donald F. “Jay” Lathen

Jay Lathen is an advisor to Optima.  Mr. Lathen is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Eden Arc Capital Management, an investment advisory firm based in New York City.  Prior to founding Eden Arc, Mr. Lathen spent 16 years as an energy investment banker, most of that time with Citigroup and Lehman Brothers.  Mr. Lathen began his finance career with Weisser Johnson & Company, an energy investment banking firm located in Houston, Texas.  Over the course of his investment banking career, Mr. Lathen advised on over $90 billion of completed M&A and financing transactions for energy clients on a global basis.

Mr. Lathen received his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business in 1993 and received his BA from Rice University in 1989.

Harry Edelson

Harry Edelson, CFA, CCP, CDP, is an advisor to Optima. Edelson is a renowned venture capitalist and general partner of Edelson Technology Partners. He brings considerable experience to the Optima team, having served on the boards of directors of more than 150 companies and is published on corporate governance. Edelson has played a role in numerous mergers and acquisitions during his venture capital career. He is not an energy investor but became interested in Optima and its IMO 2020 pursuit and provides valuable business advice based on his impressive career. You can read more on Edelson at Edelson Technology Partners.

Raphael Rojas

Rafael H. Rojas is an advisor to Optima. Rojas is the president and chief executive officer of Venro Petroleum Corp., based in New York City, which markets and supplies crude oil and gas to clients around the world. Through Venro, Rojas owns numerous wells and oil fields throughout North America. Responsible for wells in the Marcellus Shale field in Pennsylvania, his companies produce 7,000 b/d of oil. His Ohio holdings include mineral rights and wells across 5,000 acres and he has extensive contacts with South American refiners and trades their heavy crude oils.

Peter Veillon

Peter Veillon is an advisor to Optima. Veillon currently serves as Managing Director at Realcap Strategies, LLC, a private investment firm charged with the oversight of operating companies and real asset investments of a multi-generational, single family office. Prior to joining the group, he spent a number of years in private equity, investing in energy and power and prior to this in manufacturing and business services. He began his post-graduate career investment banking at Bank of America Securities in the Natural Resources Group. Prior to his career in finance, Veillon worked for multinational companies in the energy and natural resource sectors.

Veillon is a graduate of Queen’s University at Kingston where he received his BSc in engineering and received his MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

Tyson Halsey

Tyson Halsey, CFA, is Optima’s President. Halsey has worked in the investment industry as a broker, investor, investment advisor and hedge fund manager in technology, biotechnology and energy for 35 years. For the last 17 years, he has been focused on midstream energy master limited partnerships. Halsey has been an activist investor advocating for shareholder rights and value and has been cited in Barron’s and the Wall Street Journal. Halsey publishes on Seeking Alpha and been a guest on CNBC after winning the USA Today CNBC National Investment Challenge. Halsey is a market valuation analyst and student of market cycles and psychology. While working in NYC from 1983 to 2008 and throughout his career, Halsey has developed a network of leading investment professionals.

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