Thoughts from Quentin Hicks, Chief Financial Officer
I have the privilege of being the newest member of the executive team at Element Markets and I’m thrilled to be here. After spending most of my career in the traditional energy sector, Element Markets is a refreshing change.
I am a Houston native, and I started my energy career in oil and gas more than fifteen years ago while the domestic shale revolution was entering its peak. Access to capital was plentiful and growth was the name of the game. The work environment was fast-paced and fun and I learned a lot about capital markets, M&A, and how to grow a business effectively.
I decided to leave oil and gas and join Element Markets and the energy transition sector for a number of reasons. First, I saw that investors and capital were shifting their energy investment dollars away from fossil fuels and into the energy transition. I learned early on that “following the money” makes a lot of sense as a business leader and I expect more and more capital to come into this sector in the coming years. Additionally, many of the skills I developed in oil and gas translate well to this sector, including capital markets expertise, strategic M&A evaluation and creative financing solutions. Last, but certainly not least, I also have young children and believe I have a responsibility to do my small part in helping to decarbonize the world’s economy for the benefit of future generations.
Element Markets is the right company for me because it has incredible visionary leaders in Angela Schwarz and Randy Lack who have assembled an energetic and innovative team with a passion for success. We also have industry-leading positions in the renewable natural gas and voluntary carbon credit sectors which are poised for significant growth. Finally, Element also has excellent financial backing and a growth mandate from one of the world’s premier private equity funds in TPG’s The Rise Fund, which recently announced the first close of $5.4 billion for the TPG Rise Climate Fund.
I value this opportunity to bring my skills to bear in supporting Element Markets’ continued successful growth for years to come, and I look forward to meeting all of our clients and business partners very soon.