About Us

In May 2016, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enacted Title III of the JOBS Act, allowing a majority of the US population to invest in startups for the very first time.  InfraShares leverages proven technology and deep industry expertise to provide a platform for companies to raise capital from a broad base of investors who support Smart City development.

With recent advances in materials science, sensors, and control systems, and the rise of connected devices and the internet-of-things, the potential for innovation in the urban and built environment is before us, but largely untapped. InfraShares allows investors to support the best ideas with funding allowing for start-ups to rapidly commercialize new processes and innovations that, in the end, will help to make cities smarter, more livable, resilient, and sustainable in the years ahead.

Brian Ross

CEO

InfraShares was co-founded by Brian Ross in 2017 after seeing the need for a funding portal focused on Smart City infrastructure.  Brian is passionate about helping to develop Smart City technologies and projects by providing broad-based direct investment opportunities to the general public.

Brian has over 20 years of experience in the development of major infrastructure projects ranging from working as a union laborer to managing infrastructure assets for private equity firms. His unique combination of experience in construction, engineering, and finance allow him to work effectively with Smart City start-ups in raising capital.

Brian holds an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a Masters’ in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

InfraShares also has advisors with expertise in the fields of venture capital, project finance and crowdfunding.

Joseph Appalsamy

Advisor

Joseph Appalsamy is the Managing Director of PERENNIS CAPITAL INC., a project financing firm supporting smart city and global infrastructure projects, trade and digital transformation. With a background in private banking, and over 10 yeas in project finance, Joseph has successfully executed PPP infrastructure capitalization strategies for power, water and telecom projects with several government public works agencies in North America and Asia, as well with major engineering firms worldwide. Joseph takes an innovative approach to project financing public infrastructure with private capital by providing funding options across the financing spectrum for long-term global public investors such as private pension funds, insurance companies and family offices, representing $3.2 billion project investment value.

Arthine Cossey van Duyne

Advisor

Arthine is an executive level Management Consultant and Business Developer with direct global leadership experience crafting and implementing growth strategies for emerging technology and blockchain companies. She also advises water and wastewater utilities and their capital planning ecosystems on how to leverage alternative project finance, public private partnerships and design build delivery for infrastructure resilience.

She is an expert at helping teams and organizations navigate real or perceived barriers as they hunt for their sweet spot in their markets. This includes focusing her time and resources in projects related to emerging technologies, resilient economies, renewable energy, water infrastructure, watershed restoration, impact investing, pathways to innovation and creating abundant access to capital for entrepreneurship.

Bryant Jenkins

Advisor

Bryant has provided infrastructure advisory services to public and private sector clients across the U.S. since 1996. He has broad experience in financial modeling, transaction management, procurement support and business case development, and provides advisory services for today’s complex infrastructure projects. Bryant frequently advises on the strategic, commercial and financial aspects of infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Sperry in 2011, Bryant worked as a public finance banker at UBS Securities and Stone & Youngberg on over $25 billion of senior managed transactions in transportation, water, school districts, health care, and structured finance. He also served as a Director with KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory practice working on public-private partnership engagements for TxDOT, Virginia DOT, Indiana Finance Authority, NYC Municipal Water Finance Authority and others.

David Heyman

Advisor

Nationally recognized strategist, thought leader, and expert in national security, technology innovation, and international affairs. Senior executive in business and government, at the White House, US Department of Energy, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and in the private sector.

David Heyman co-founded and currently leads Smart City Works, a next-generation—and first of its kind—business accelerator, focused exclusively on urban infrastructure and improving the livability, operations, and resilience of cities.  He also serves in a number of leadership roles on both municipal, corporate, and international advisory boards including InfraShares.

With a unique background working at the intersection of technology, security, and public policy, and with broad experience across the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia, Heyman has been at the forefront of solving some of the toughest problems in society today. His work and commentary has been featured in the media by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, BBC, MSNBC, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and numerous other publications.

Robert Mazer

Advisor

Passionate and seasoned entrepreneur and attorney with extensive and multi-decade experience in developing creative and innovative solutions to extremely complex business and legal problems in the telecommunications industry. Recognized as an industry innovator and elder-statesman who has left an indelible mark on the sector. Demonstrated ability to launch and restructure organizations with a keen eye for alliances, integration and establishing forward-thinking footprints and scalable business models. Able to quickly recognize technical, economic regulatory, policy and legal trends and business opportunities in shifting telecom landscape.

A principal who assisted in the conception and founding of iBiquity Digital (terrestrial digital radio), iXnet (Global VPN), Ondas Media (European satellite radio) and most recently Apio Systems, Inc. Drafted business plans, identified the core management team and secured investors.

Mark Roderick

Legal Counsel

Mark Roderick has spent more than 30 years representing entrepreneurs and their businesses. Expanding on his in-depth knowledge of capital raising and securities law, Mark is one of the leading crowdfunding lawyers in the United States and is spearheading Flaster/Greenberg PC’s crowdfunding practice.

Mark developed and moderates a seminar series for entrepreneurs co- sponsored by the Rutgers-Camden Business Incubator, the Burlington County College High Technology Small Business Incubator, and the Rutgers-Camden Small Business Development Center. In this series, Mark and other panelists guide the entrepreneur through key legal aspects of business development and growth.

Mark also maintains the popular crowdfunding blog, crowdfundattny.com, and speaks regularly at crowdfunding events across the country.

Brien Desilets

Advisor

Brien Desilets is an investment banker focused on infrastructure, real estate, venture capital and other areas of interest. For more than 20 years, he has set trends in numerous investment fields. Brien pioneered research on incorporating environmental factors into financial institutions’ lending criteria in the 1990s. He has been an advocate for transit-oriented development for his entire adult life. Brien co-authored a World Bank publication on Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in Eastern Europe in the early 2000s. He provided early stage (2006) analysis of subprime mortgage defaults to credit enhancement firms and investors. Brien advocated for greater focus on infrastructure investment in the aftermath of the Great Recession (2009) and European Sovereign Debt Crisis. He wrote the book on P3 Project Financing for the US Federal Highway Administration’s P3 Toolkit (2015). Brien has advocated for infrastructure investments to deliver economic growth and prevent conflict in the Middle East. He now raises capital for innovative companies and projects.

Bob Velez

Advisor

25 year Institutional Inter Broker Dealer professional.

Bob specializes in working with Banks, Institutions, family offices, Ultra High Net worth Individuals and professional traders in helping source liquidity and Equity Derivatives transactions. Bob was a Managing Director at BGC Partners where he set up and ran equities in the U.S. & Europe. A top power broker, bob has run numerous institutional Broking teams and businesses from Energy, to Equity Volatility & Derivatives products.

Bob is passionate about  electronic trading & Artificial Intelligence, working on solving complex problems.
As an Investor Relations advisor to Infrashares, Bob is helping bridge the gap in the rapidly growing Infrastructure space, both bringing unique deals to the table and leading the expansion of the Investor Syndicate.

Since 1997 bob has been a registered series 7 and 63  rep and 13 years+ FCA registered in the UK.

Bob is a U.S. Marine veteran and is heavily involved in Humanitarian causes around the world.