G. Craig Hill
G. Craig Hill began his professional career in 1986 working for the State of California and the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District. His financial advisory work to public agencies includes extensive work throughout California for both large and small cities, special districts, education, and counties.
Mr. Hill has worked on some of the most unique and complicated public finance projects throughout his career, including non-profit amusement parks and solar financing programs, as well as traditional infrastructure projects. Typical projects include traditional public infrastructure (public safety and administrative facilities, treatment plants, schools, and roadway improvements), recreation programs, and other operational activities that require funding mechanisms.
In addition to leading discussions and making presentations at conferences pertaining to traditional public finance, Mr. Hill is an expert in the field of “green” public financing and travels for speaking engagements across the nation. Having developed the first property assessed clean energy (PACE) bond program for the City of Berkeley, Mr. Hill has continued his leadership in the fields of tax credits, lease structures, and PACE programs for public agencies. As a result, he is considered one of the top energy finance professionals to public agencies in the country.
When not working with public agencies to structure and develop comprehensive financing plans for projects, Craig is active in youth lacrosse programs as well as chasing four student athletes around the country for sporting events, a job many consider full-time.
Public finance professional since 1986
During a California public finance career that spans back to 1981, Mark Northcross has structured debt for nearly every kind of issuer and nearly every kind of revenue source legally available in the State.
Mr. Northcross is a leader in California in negotiating both public-private partnerships and the workout of defaulted debt. He has negotiated public-private partnerships for the successful development of major mixed use projects throughout the State, including such diverse communities as Davis, Hemet, Mammoth Lakes, Palmdale, Rocklin, South Lake Tahoe, and West Covina. Since the early-1990s, Mr. Northcross has negotiated the restructuring and workout of nearly $200 million in either defaulted or highly stressed municipal bond issues. He is also a leader in negotiating joint ventures between different public agencies – with notable success in putting together bond funded risk sharing programs for cities, counties, and school districts in California.
Mr. Northcross is also a specialist in special revenue financings, having structured bond issues secured by all types of municipal utility debt, as well as utility users tax, gas tax, and State rebates.
At present, Mr. Northcross is very active with the CRA technical teams, helping public agencies respond to the demise of redevelopment and finding new ways to fund economic development in California. He has enjoyed the challenge of negotiating solutions to tough problems throughout his career and finds the current problems surrounding AB 26 one of the biggest challenges of his career.
When not working on solutions to tough problems for his clients, Mark serves on a variety of non-profit corporation boards. He is also a proud recipient of the Norman Bright trophy in the annual Dipsea Race, the oldest cross country foot race in the nation.
Since 1990, Mr. Scriven has provided financial advisory and implementation services for public agencies throughout California. He has served as an investment banker or financial advisor to dozens of municipal and special district clients and has personally managed more than 100 successful financings with a total par value of more than $2 billion during the past 10 years.
Mr. Scriven’s assignments have ranged from large, strong credit cities to non-rated land-secured transactions. He takes special care to conduct the most thorough due diligence to fully understand a client’s goals, as well as all opportunities and constraints inherent in a project. This approach enables him to provide critical advice to clients and to maximize opportunities to best “fit” (or sometimes rule out) a solution and then, importantly, effectively implement that solution. Additionally, Eric provides invaluable support to his clients by helping them optimally position their finances to meet their goals, with an emphasis upon best-practices forecasting methods for capital planning, budgeting and investment.
Between visits to city halls and time spent in the office, Eric actively seeks out outdoor adventures wherever and whenever he can. Half Dome, Mt. Shasta and the Grand Canyon—and always the Pacific Ocean—are recent memorable destinations!
Rob Schmidt has served as an advisor and consultant to municipalities of all shapes and sizes, including numerous cities, counties, special districts, school districts, and redevelopment/successor agencies, as well as private companies doing business with the public sector.
His goal is to provide strategic, impartial, financially sound solutions that meet a public agency’s long-term objectives. He accomplishes this by exploring a wide spectrum of financial options to ensure the integrity and accountability of the financing process.
His work has covered a variety of assignments, including structuring and analyzing a broad range of municipal bonds, cash flow analyses, tax projections, fiscal impact analyses, development impact fee studies, budget analyses, and a multitude of consulting assignments. These assignments have required Mr. Schmidt to develop hundreds of tailor-made financial models to meet the unique needs of his diverse client base.
Prior to joining NHA Advisors, Mr. Schmidt served as a Senior Associate and Northern California division manager for David Taussig & Associates, a public finance consulting firm, for which he formed and administered dozens of public financing districts throughout California.
In his spare time, Rob enjoys spending time with his growing family and maintaining his status as a weekend warrior, participating in a wide range of competitive and recreational sports.
Since 2003, Mr. Meyer has been providing the highest level of support to California municipalities as an advisor, consultant, and an investment banker. He has worked with a wide spectrum of municipalities, including small/medium cities like Healdsburg, Beverly Hills, Burlingame, Napa, San Ramon, Suisun City, Gonzales, Corcoran and Selma, as well as larger cities and enterprises such as San Francisco, Oakland, Long Beach, San Francisco Airport Commission and the East Municipal Utility District
Mr. Meyer has executed all types of financings available to California municipalities, including utility revenue (water/wastewater/storm drain), general fund backed leases, tax increment, general obligation, transportation, land secured, pension, and housing deals. He is experienced supporting and leading projects from origination to closing, including conducting due diligence, bond cash flow modeling, and credit analysis.
Prior to joining NHA Advisors, Mr. Meyer served as a Vice-President for De La Rosa and Co. Investment Bankers, where he worked on over 50 senior managed transactions totaling $1.5 billion in par from 2003 to 2011. Most recently, he served as a Principal at p2 Capital Advisors (p2CA) from 2011 to 2014, providing independent consulting and advisory work to numerous California public agencies. He joined NHA in the summer of 2014, along with fellow p2CA Principal, Eric Scriven, in order to further bolster NHA’s prominence as the premiere advisor and consultant to California municipalities.
In his spare time, Mike serves as the Assistant Coach for the UC Davis Men’s Tennis team and also enjoys traveling, hiking, and practicing/teaching yoga.
Public finance professional since 2003