Meet the Team

Finite Carbon's team 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.

Sterling Griffin RPF, Vice President 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 in OR, WA, CA, NY, ME, MD, IN, MI, and PA.

Matt Smith ACF CF, Vice President of Forest Operations

For two decades Matt was a forest operations specialist and management director for Forecon, Inc.’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 the 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.

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 Carbon, 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 was an advisor to the FSC Family Forest Alliance. He currently serves on the Forest 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. Dylan is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, is an SAF Certified Forester and has a B.S. in Forest Management from Clemson and an M.S. in Forest Management and Economics from Virginia Tech.

Tim McAbee CF, Senior Vice President of Project Development

Tim is an SAF Certified Forester and has extensive experience in carbon markets, carbon modeling, and natural resource systems planning. He joined Finite Carbon after developing LandMark Systems Eco-Markets business line, where he was responsible for the sourcing, evaluation, negotiation, and development of all forest carbon projects and also implemented LandMark’s FSC FM/CoC certification. Under Tim’s leadership, LandMark engaged in a range of domestic and international forest carbon initiatives including full development of a 100,000+ acre TIMO project under the Climate Action Reserve. Tim is a SAF Certified Forester and an American Tree Farm Certified Inspector. He graduated summa cum laude from the SUNY ESF with a B.S. in Forest Resources Management and summa cum laude from SUNY ESF Ranger School with an A.A.S. in Forest Technology.

Eric Downing CCF, Director of Project Development

Eric is an SAF Candidate 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 CCF, Associate Director of Project Development

Brandon has over ten years of forest modeling, conservation, and landowner education experience with advanced analytic skills using Remsoft, FVS, Access, and ArcMap. Before joining Finite Carbon, 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 Candidate Certified Forester, and was previously a land protection specialist with the Franklin Land Trust in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts and environmental educator with University of Maine Cooperative Extension. He graduated from SUNY ESF with a M.S. in Forestry and a B.S. in Agriculture and Natural Resources from the University of Maryland.

RECENT NEWS

RECENT NEWS

06.20.2016 Finite Seeks Associate Forest Carbon Analyst to Support Growing Forest Offset Project Pipeline. Read more >
02.03.2016 Finite Registers Molpus Woodlands Group Little Brimstone Project in Tennessee. Read more >

ABOUT FINITE CARBON

ABOUT FINITE CARBON

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UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

06.27.2016
Meet with Dylan Jenkins and Colville member Michael Finley at the National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference in Spokane.
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