Boasting an unbeatable combination of professional experience and global business awareness, the Rainmaker team reflect the core strength and diversity of the Rainmaker network. Having already assisted many companies round the world to grow successfully, they now use their extensive skills and experience to aid Rainmaker clients in their business endeavours.
Managing Director – Brussels
John Hobbs has over 16 years of experience building and managing trade and investment development programs in Canada and overseas.
Working mainly in the public sector within the Canadian government, John is a strategist who has worked on multiple high-profile foreign investment projects, developing major trade links and assisting companies looking to expand internationally.
From 2009 to 2011, John played a key role in the Gateways and Trade Corridors division within Canada’s Department of Transportation. Developing an international marketing strategy for Canada’s Gateways, he was key in positioning Canada’s transportation and logistics system as a top choice for international shippers moving goods to and from North America. He also led the co-ordination of Canada’s Gateways presence at international trade shows and conferences.
Previous to this John worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International trade (DFAIT) where he designed and managed DFAIT’s $25m Community Investment Support Program. The program supported Canadian municipalities with funding and strategic advice for development of FDI attraction research and strategies.
John also conceptualized and developed ‘Follow the Leaders: Canadian Innovation in Biotechnology’, a multi-faceted international marketing campaign promoting Canada’s biotechnology sector. Central to the strategy was the launch of a publication profiling Canadian innovations in biotechnology by Canada’s Minister of Industry. John was awarded a Deputy Minister’s Award of Excellence in recognition for his effort.
T: +32 (0) 47 057 80 81
Managing Director – New York
Josh Soloway is the Managing Director of Rainmaker’s New York office and CEO of the law firm Soloway GroupP.C. Josh is an experienced and passionate entrepreneur with extensive legal and business expertise in energy, finance, natural resources, public policy, real estate, technology, and tax.
Soloway Group P.C., is a leading provider of outsourced U.S. Special Counsel and accredited OTCQX services for non-U.S. clients. As a certified Principal American Liaison (“PAL”), Soloway Group P.C. is uniquely qualified to sponsor and advise clients throughout the OTCQX listing process and beyond. Whether clients seek to raise capital or conduct business in the United States, Soloway Group offers the expertise and resources to navigate the legal landscape safely and effectively.
Prior to founding Soloway Group, P.C., Josh spent several years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he advised alternative investment funds and energy clients on the structuring of their international investments. Josh also advised on a wide array of international transactions, including a multinational environmental asset manager’s participation in a $1.2 billion carbon emissions offset project in China; the structuring of two of the world’s first greenhouse gas credit aggregation pools; and numerous private equity acquisitions throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.
A passionate entrepreneur, Josh built a thriving real estate business in Los Angeles and was one of the first employees at Rivio Inc., a web-based software company that provides resource-planning solutions for small businesses. While at Rivio, Josh spearheaded numerous customer outreach initiatives while building and managing a multi-tiered customer service department that included five call centers, several cross-functional resolution teams, and a fully integrated customer relationship management system.
Josh holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University School of Law, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated cum laude with high honors.
A frequent speaker at resource and investment conferences, Josh is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and holds a Series 79 investment banking license.
T: +1 212 918 4599
Managing Director – South America
Mr Levy founded and served as the CEO of Estrella International Energy Services Ltd through until Dec 31, 2013. He continues to act as a member of the board of directors of the company. My Levy led Estrella from a startup in Argentina through to having operations in 7 countries in Latin America, with over 2000 employees, and took the company public listing on the TSX.V. Mr Levy also serves as a director of Miramar Hydrocarbons, a private Canadian E&P company with operations in Argentina, Montan Energy, private Canadian E&P company with operations in Peru, Frontier Hydrocarbons, an advisory firm for the energy sector in Latin America, and Energy Catalyst, an energy related technology incubator.
Prior to founding Estrella, Warren was Regional Managing Director East Malaysia, Brunei and Philippines for Schlumberger Oilfield Services. Before that, he held various senior operational and management positions in North and South America including positions in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Mexico. He holds a BSc Engineering Physics from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.
T: Colombian Cell: +57 318 820 0671 US Cell: +1 646 508 0846
Alex L. Fallon
Managing Director - Saskatchewan
Alex L. Fallon has over 15 years of experience in international business development and investment attraction roles, having held senior positions in Europe (London, England), Asia (Tokyo, Japan) and Canada.
Prior to joining Rainmaker, Alex was the Director, Investment Attraction, Ministry of the Economy for the Government of Saskatchewan.
In this role Alex, oversaw a team of investment attraction managers responsible for attracting foreign direct investment(FDI) from the USA, Europe, India and Asia. Alex has a proven track record of delivering economic development / investment attraction results; in 2011 Alex initiated discussions with Accenture (a global management consultancy firm with over 200,000 employees) to establish an Accenture office in Saskatoon, SK and played a key role in Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd.’s investment of $45M into a Saskatchewan potash project near Wynyard, Saskatchewan. Alex oversaw the implementation of an account management approach to investment attraction that helped the province reach a record of $19B of investment into Saskatchewan in 2013.
Alex began his career with Rolls-Royce Plc., before joining a nuclear energy agency within the UK Government’s Department of Trade & Industry in 2000. In 2002, Alex was appointed Assistant Manager, BNFL Japan K.K & Westinghouse Electric Asia S.A in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2006, Alex returned ‘home’ to Saskatoon, SK, to join Cameco Corporation as Manager, Marketing (Canada). Cameco is the world’s largest uranium producer and an integrated nuclear energy company. At Cameco, Alex was responsible for marketing and selling uranium to Cameco’s customers across Canada and oversaw the sale of nuclear fuel and reactor components to customers in Canada, Europe and China. Alex managed a team of four senior specialist responsible for the management and administration of Cameco’s Canadian sales contracts. During his time at Cameco, Alex worked on a number of large international projects including the first delivery of uranium from Canada to China, and worked closely with the USA, Canadian and Iraqi government to import natural uranium to Canada for processing at Cameco’s fuel services facilities.
Alex has a Bachelor of Science (Honors) from the University of Bradford (UK), and a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from Open University (UK).
Alex is completing his Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) and Certified Economic Developer (Ec.D.) designations.
In 2013, Alex was appointed by the UK Government (an appointment endorsed by the Provincial and Federal Government) as the first ever British Honorary Consul to the Province of Saskatchewan.
Alex lives in Saskatoon with this wife, son and daughter.
Alex L. Fallon
T: +1 306 220 1943
Managing Director – Houston
With a reputation for tackling tough business situations and a talent for winning multi-million sales contracts, Ron Clarke’s career is highly impressive.
Ron has been in private business for over 27 years, covering a variety of industry areas including energy extraction, manufacturing of oil country tubular goods products and consulting on numerous projects globally..
As an entrepreneur, Ron co-founded Precision Tube Technology in Houston, which was named in Inc. magazines top 500 fastest growing private companies in 1996. Building the company from the ground up, Ron was responsible for profitable running of the company’s major accounts including Alliance and preferred vendor relationships. He was later elected Chairman of the industry association, International Coiled Tubing Association 2002-2003.
In 2005, Ron negotiated the sale of Belarusian firm FIDMASH to a major USA firm, a deal widely thought to be the first of its kind. He is currently developing new oilfield technologies for improved well-intervention methods and assisting fledgling and growing companies with market penetration and product enhancement.
With a worldwide network of high-profile contacts and vast industry experience, Ron works with a variety of clients in the Houston office, enhancing and expanding Rainmaker’s network in the southern United States.
T: +1 281 657 3302
Managing Director – Toronto/Dubai
Alsaid Younes has over 30 years’ experience across broad industries, products, and services in corporate and multinational environments. Alsaid is a creative and innovative manager, administrator and entrepreneur, taking pride in his ability to launch new diverse projects successfully.
His management experience covers wide variety of industries, including banking (dealing-room, treasury & corporate finance), financial restructuring, project finance, contract finance & project evaluation, whole-sale distribution.
Achievement Highlights Include:
- Started successful Trucking, Distribution and Fresh-Produce company in the Persian Gulf
- Executed “Project-Manager” role for an Aviation Start-Up in Saudi Arabia
- Launched Tour Operator business in Germany & Luxembourg
Turned Around Failing Business’ to Success:
- Building-Materials Whole-Sale business grew from AED2 million business to over AED26 million in 3 years
- Doubled yearly sales to €16 million for a Laminated & Tempered Glass manufacturing company by signing an IKEA contract. Business expanded to create two additional plants in 2 years.
T: +1 647 533 7073 +97155 100 0540