Jeffrey Frank is passionate about building truly sustainable and profitable enterprises in emerging markets. His goal is to help build the teams to address the linked issues of energy, communication, education, and clean water.
Beyond his role in founding NewLight Africa, he is Managing Director of Vertical Group, a privately-held investment bank; Founder and Chairman of Panel Point Global, Ltd. (“PPG”), supplying and educating builders in the use of its environmentally friendly construction system. He is also a board member and adviser to Greenhouse Strategies, Inc. a designer, developer and manufacturer of industrial, “mission critical” LED lighting for the Construction, Mining, and Industrial markets.
Mr. Frank started his first enterprise (a successful construction company) at the age of 19, which he grew to over $1MM in annual revenues before selling to a competitor. Since then, he gained a wealth of experience in the financial advisory, business development and banking fields, including the management of two investment banks – The Benchmark Company; and Commonwealth Associates, LP.
Jeffrey holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Adelphi University and a MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He has mentored many social entrepreneurs along the way. He is also an avid world traveller and dedicated father to three children.