Hamptons Group, LLC
Jeff Bartel is managing director of Hamptons Group, LLC (www.hamptonsgroup.com), a private investment and strategic advisory firm focused on capital markets and a diversified class of public and private assets in real estate and financial services; energy, infrastructure and telecommunication; and targeted retail and entertainment businesses. The firm and its affiliates provide expertise, resources, direct project finance and access to capital to structure equity investments and debt financing in a wide range of unique and complex transactions. Hamptons Group develops specialized deal structures, with an emphasis on creativity, speed and agility, to maximize returns and create value to stakeholders. The firm also provides strategic consulting to reach and gain competitive advantage for select clients in areas of operations/management, strategic planning, finance, public affairs, marketing and communication, and governmental relations. Prior to founding Hamptons Group, Bartel was a senior corporate officer and member of the executive leadership team at the nation's third largest electric utility, Florida Power & Light Company (commonly known as FPL) and its Fortune 200 parent company NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), in management roles of progressively increasing responsibility and scope. Before joining NextEra Energy, Bartel enjoyed a successful career in private law practice and government service. He was a senior partner at two of Florida largest law firms -- Stearns Weaver Miller and, prior to that, at Steel Hector & Davis, and chaired each firm's land use, environmental and governmental affairs practices. Before practicing law, Bartel served as chief of staff to U.S. Congressman Lincoln DÃaz-Balart in Washington, D.C., and was the youngest chief of staff in the United States Congress at the time. Immediately upon graduation from college, he served as the chief aide to City of Miami Mayor Xavier SuÃ rez. Jeff Bartel has been integrally involved in leading organizations, including the boards of many of Greater Miami's and Florida's most impactful and engaged non-profit organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs) and corporations. These currently include the Orange Bowl Committee, the United Way of Miami-Dade, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Beacon Council (Miami-Dade's official economic development entity), Miami Children's Museum, Florida International University's President's Council, the University of Miami Citizens Board, Gulliver Schools, the LeRoy Collins Institute, the Florida Grand Opera, City Year, and the Good Government Initiative. Mr. Bartel also volunteers on behalf of his alma mater Harvard University as class chairman of the university's John Harvard Society, and is a longtime member of the Harvard College Schools Committee. Bartel is a past chairman of Leadership Florida, and has served previously on the boards of Enterprise Florida (the state's official economic development agency), the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Children's Home Society of Florida, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the Urban League of Greater Miami, Camillus House Foundation, and the Pinecrest Community Foundation, among others. Throughout his career, Jeffrey Bartel has been honored on numerous occasions for his leadership, contributions, distinction and integrity. These include the Community Leadership Award presented by the National Community Leadership Partnership, the Beacon Award as Financial Services Company of the Year, the Gold Medal Award presented by Miami Today, Twelve Good Men in South Florida presented by Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Distinguished Leader Award, the Sunshine State Ethics in Leadership Award, the Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by the March of Dimes, the Leadership Florida Distinguished Member Award, and the Beacon Council Business Leader Award. Early in his professional career, Jeff Bartel was the recipient of the Up & Comer award presented by the South Florida Business Journal. While in government service, he was awarded the Keys to the City of Miami for his inspiring efforts and notable contributions to the community, and was given special recognition by the United States Congress and, separately, by the Florida House of Representatives for his public service work and volunteerism after Hurricane Andrew. Mr. Bartel holds a bachelor's degree cum laude in government from Harvard University, where he was named a Harvard Scholar for outstanding academic achievement, and holds a law degree with honors from the University of Florida, where he was named the university's Darrey Davis Scholar for superlative academic achievement, public service and commitment to ethics, and inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame and Florida Blue Key. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's program for senior executives and the Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation. A South Florida native fluent in Spanish and conversational in Italian, Mr. Bartel, his wife Cathy, and their two children reside in Coral Gables, Florida.