Meet the Team

With three main offices in Philadelphia, Tallahassee, and Portland, Oregon, Finite Carbon's team of eight professional foresters, a transaction specialist, and environmental lawyer combines the expertise and entrepreneurial experience of recognized leaders in forest carbon development, forest management, land conservation, landowner education, and new market finance.

Robert Verratti, CEO

Bob’s wide range of business experience includes serving as a CEO in multiple companies and as a private investor and operating partner in TL Ventures. From 2003 to 2007 he was the CEO of Traffic.com, Inc. a TL Ventures portfolio company. During his tenure he expanded the company’s business model, raised private capital, led an initial public offering (NASDAQ: TRFC) and led negotiations of the company’s sale to NAVTEQ, Inc. (NYSE: NVT). In previous roles as CEO, he led turnaround efforts resulting in successful exit strategies for such companies as National Media (NYSE), Total Care Systems, and Globe Ticket Company. Before working for various H. Ross Perot Enterprises, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the nuclear submarine service.

Sean Carney, President

Sean is responsible for portfolio management, OTC transactions and client advisory services. He was a broker at CantorCO2e, a subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald, where he specialized in the U.S. carbon market and worked with clients to facilitate structured transactions of carbon offsets from projects involving forestry, livestock management, landfill gas and renewable energy. Prior to CantorCO2e, Sean was one of the first employees of Carbonfund.org, where he worked with such corporations as Dell, Volkswagen, and Orbitz to develop and manage their carbon neutral programs. He also managed the financing and development of the third reforestation project in the world to be validated to the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS). Sean has a degree in Business and Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California.

Carrie Gombos, Vice President of Carbon Compliance

Carrie oversees legal compliance related to the production, verification, reporting, sales and delivery of carbon offsets. Prior to joining Finite, Carrie was the Director of Carbon Compliance at The Conservation Fund where she specialized in verification, validation and regulatory requirements associated with voluntary and compliance forest carbon offsets. She also managed the Fund’s voluntary forest carbon offset program, Go Zero, including the successful verification and validation of more voluntary forest carbon projects than any group in the nation. Before joining The Conservation Fund, Carrie worked as an attorney in private practice at two large law firms and clerked for a federal judge. She holds a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Dylan Jenkins ACF CF, Vice President of Portfolio Development

For 20 years, Dylan has developed innovative market-based strategies for the protection and sustainable management of private working forests. Before joining Finite, Dylan directed The Nature Conservancy’s Forest Conservation Program in PA and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program at Virginia Tech. He was the 2006 SAF National Young Forester of the Year, served as the Virginia SAF chair, was a member of the SAF National Committee on Forest Policy, co-chaired the SAF Certification Review Board, and served on the Forest Steward Guild’s Membership and Policy Council. Dylan has been published in Science, the Journal of Forestry, the Journal of Forest Economics, Forest Landowner, and the ACF Consultant. He is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, is an SAF Certified Forester and earned his forestry degrees from Clemson and Virginia Tech.

Tim McAbee CF, Senior Vice President of Project Development

Tim leads Finite’s in-house project development team and oversees all forest project inventory, modeling, documentation, and verification activity. He is an SAF Certified Forester and has extensive experience in carbon markets, carbon modeling, and natural resource systems planning. Under Tim’s leadership, Finite’s development team has verified and registered more forest offset projects and offset project supply than any developer in the industry. His experience in the roles of consulting forester and procurement forester gives Finite clients added value in evaluating and implementing carbon projects on working timberlands at all scales. Tim served as an infantryman in the NYS Army National Guard for six years. He graduated summa cum laude from the SUNY ESF Forestry School and the SUNY ESF Ranger School.

Matt Smith ACF CF, Vice President of Forest Operations

For two decades Matt was a forest operations specialist and management director for Forecon’s TIMO clients. Matt has completed extensive forest carbon modeling and analysis under the ARB, CAR, VCS, ACR and CCX programs. He is a SAF Certified Forester, member of the SAF National Task Force on Climate Change and is SAF Western New York chairman. He also is a member of the Forest Carbon Education Group, the 25×25 Carbon Working Group, and the New York Forest Owners Association. Matt has testified for SAF before the U.S. House of Representatives and has presented at numerous SAF conventions. He has been published in The ForestrySource, Forest Landowner, the ACF Consultant, and the Journal of Forestry. Matt holds a B.S. degree in Forest Resource Management from SUNY ESF where he serves as an adjunct professor.

Eric Downing CF, Vice President of Project Development

Eric is an SAF Certified Forester and is part of the Finite Carbon team responsible for project feasibility analysis, modeling, and development. Eric joined Finite Carbon after working with the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative where he was responsible for developing the Project Design Document for the Duke School Forest improved forest management project under the Climate Action Reserve. With extensive experience using the FVS Forest Vegetation Simulator and ARC-GIS, Eric worked in operations and management on Duke’s FSC-certified School Forest and assisted in the execution of timber sales and design and implementation of Duke’s continuous forest inventory system. Eric was a Soil Research Technician with the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station. He earned his M.F. and M.E.M. from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and his B.A. in Environmental Science from Vassar College.

Brandon Vickery CF, Director of Project Development

Brandon has over ten years of forest modeling, conservation, and landowner education experience with advanced analytics using Remsoft, FVS, Access, and ArcMap. Before joining Finite, Brandon worked with Mason, Bruce and Girard providing analytical support for ongoing forest management planning projects, long-term harvest scheduling, timberland valuation and tax cost allocation, timberland inventory, and appraisal analysis. While at MBG, Brandon made significant contributions to the third national Indian Forest Management Assessment Team (IFMAT-III) report. Brandon is an SAF Certified Forester, and was previously a land protection specialist with the Franklin Land Trust in Massachusetts and environmental educator with Maine Cooperative Extension. He graduated from SUNY ESF with a M.S. in Forestry and a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Maryland.

Brian Sharer, Forest Analytics Manager

Brian brings over 20 years of experience in forest modeling, inventory, and investment analysis to Finite and is responsible for project development and financial analysis of forest carbon projects. Brian was portfolio manager for over $500 million of U.S. timberlands assets at GreenWood Resources where he led inventory and predictive modeling for existing investments and acquisition targets. He has extensive analytical experience with Weyerhaeuser, Hancock Timber Resource Group, Forest Capital, and a diversity of private industrial, government, and non-profit landowners leading forest planning efforts, asset valuations, systems analysis, and forestry software development. Brian holds a BA in Biology from Colgate, an MS in Forest Economics from Oregon State, and an MBA from the University of Portland. He serves on the Forest Biometrics Research Institute Board of Directors.

Stephen Purvis, Associate Director of Project Development

Stephen is part of the Finite Carbon Team responsible for project feasibility analysis, modeling, and development. Before joining Finite Carbon, Stephen worked with Weyerhaeuser conducting biomass and silvicultural research. Later he was responsible for supporting timber marketing efforts conducting market analysis and feasibility and managing region harvesting including harvest scheduling of the annual budget in their forest operations group. While at Weyerhaeuser Stephen made significant contributions in harvest scheduling methodology. He is a certified professional logging manager with advanced analytic experience using Remsoft, SAS, and ArcMap. Stephen graduated from the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forest Resources with a M.S. in Forestry and a B.S. in Forestry.

Sterling Griffin RPF, Associate Director of Project Development

Sterling is a California Registered Forester (#2805) and one of 60 ARB-accredited verifiers with 15 years of experience in private and public forest management. Sterling was GHG verification manager for Scientific Certification Systems, Inc., and origination manager for First Climate, LLC. He has completed CAR and CCX verifications of managed forest projects in North and South America, including the first three projects registered under the CAR Forestry Protocol. A graduate of Purdue Forestry, Sterling worked as a forester in the U.S. Forest Service for five years, then founded a consulting firm specializing in the development of forest management plans, inventory, and growth and yield modeling. Sterling has conducted Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification assessments on more than five million acres throughout the US.

RECENT NEWS

RECENT NEWS

03.27.2017 Finite forges partnership with the Land Trust Alliance under Doris Duke Climate Change Initiative.
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04.19.2017 Finite's Passamaquoddy Tribe IFM Project to receive "Project of the Year" at NACW in San Francisco.
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ABOUT FINITE CARBON

ABOUT FINITE CARBON

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UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

03.15.2017
Meet with Dylan Jenkins and Tribal Carbon Partners at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas.
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