About Us

Bridgelink Investments is a privately held company that has built a strong reputation and portfolio of companies in the energy industry. We leverage our expertise and knowledge to deliver premier power infrastructure and financial performance. 

 

Guided by our pillars of safety, teamwork, communication, and cohesiveness, Bridgelink is on a mission to power the future.

Bridgelink Investments Leadership Team

Cole W. Johnson

CHAIRMAN

TRENT CORNELIUS

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER​

PRESTON BASS

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

ERIC SOLOMON​

Chief Investment Officer

Michael Costanzi

Chief Admin Officer

William "Bull" Flaherty

VP, Power Trading & Commodities Desk

Julie Thompson

VP, COMMERCIAL ORIGINATION​

Cole Johnson

Chairman

Cole has nearly two decades of executive experience in the energy space and sits on multiple boards. He serves as Chairman & CEO of Bridgelink Investments and concentrates on strategic growth for all entities. During the growth process of all entities, Cole played a major role in the day-to-day growth of each asset.

In January of 2019, Cole transitioned to focus on growing the family office and development portion of the business. The family office now holds a total of $220M of assets and company shares. This valuation is expected to triple in size due to the contracts and the backlog of projects secured for 2021 and 2022. Bridgelink Investments is well-positioned to expand over the next 10 years as a leading development and investment company.

Under Cole’s leadership as Chairman, he has led the development team to a pipeline backlog of over 8GW of power to come online in the next 36 months throughout the U.S. This is in addition to two major commercial land development projects and a midstream asset projected to have an estimated value of over $100M by the year 2022.

Cole has shown the oversight to lead the Bridgelink family office from a few million-dollar investments, to well on its way to having over $1B under management by 2023. 

Trent Cornelius

Chief operating Officer

Trent has over 12 years of experience covering all aspects of land work, with a primary focus on surface land. Trent graduated from Tarleton State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Services and Development.

Trent’s landman career began right out of college working for EOG in the Barnett Shale as a right-of-way agent. From there Trent worked for multiple brokerages securing acreage for the purpose of exploration and the production of minerals. In 2011 Trent went to work for ConocoPhillips as a Contract Landman in the Eagle Ford Shale. There Trent was responsible for negotiating, drafting, and interpreting surface land contacts to secure any necessary surface rights needed for any and all types of infrastructure, including access roads, well locations, central facilities, offices, valve site locations, and pipelines.

In 2012 ConocoPhillips offered Trent an inhouse position as a Surface Landman. During this time Trent received multiple awards, including two Special Recognition Awards for outstanding work with landowners with HSE concerns, a Difference Maker Award for performance at high level, managing multiple projects while coordinating teamwork projects on behalf of the company.

Trent also received a Spirit Award for integrity creating community advocates. Throughout Trent’s career he has been responsible for assets in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming, making him well-rounded asset for any growing company. Trent brings exceptional communication and negotiating skills combined with demonstrated skills in all facets of land work. His enthusiasm and attention to detail makes him a solid team member as well as being able to work effectively in an autonomous role.

Trent is a firm believer that there are way too many variables to ever master the art of the landman, “all you can do is live, learn, and continue to grow your knowledge of the land business every day”.

Preston Bass

Chief Financial Officer

Preston has over 20 years of experience in the infrastructure, transportation, and energy sectors serving in multiple corporate finance roles including mergers and acquisitions, treasury and capital markets, and investor relations.

From 2011 to 2020, he served in several leadership positions for Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN), a publicly-traded company, managing over $1 billion in secured and unsecured financing transactions, $700 million in acquisitions within the transmission and distribution, renewable energy, and transportation sectors, and financial communication efforts to banking and institutional investors for multiple strategic transactions including a $2 billion spin-off of portfolio of businesses.

Prior to that, he served in an advisory role for a small consulting and investment advisory firm providing post- issuance bond compliance and interest rate swap advisory services.

Preston graduated with a BBA in Finance and Risk Management & Insurance from Baylor University. 

Eric Solomon

Chief Investment Officer

Eric began his career at UBS Investment Bank, where he gained 5+ years of experience as an M&A investment banker. He joined UBS as a Summer Analyst in its Latin America Group in New York before pivoting to the firm’s M&A Group in a full-time capacity.

During his time at UBS, Eric led many strategic initiatives, including spending a year in the bank’s Global Power & Renewable Energy Group to build in-house M&A execution capability within the team, and accepting a mandate to relocate to London to help establish the firm’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) M&A team. Eric has advised on over $100 billion of M&A transactions, including advising a shareholder in connection with the £79 billion merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, advising Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ORA) on its $162 million agreement with Northleaf Capital Partners to sell a 37% interest in a geothermal power plant portfolio valued at $442 million, advising Infigen Energy (ASX: IFN) on its $273 million sale of a 1,089 MW US wind portfolio to ArcLight Capital Partners, and advising Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) on its $1.5 billion midstream JV with Caiman Energy II, LLC in the Utica shale.

Prior to joining Bridgelink, Eric led a five-month consulting engagement advising the C-suite of Array Technologies, an Oaktree Capital-backed solar tracking provider, on its strategic expansion into Brazil, in parallel with Array’s $1 billion NASDAQ IPO.

Eric graduated from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was awarded a Dean’s Scholar Prize in Cross Border M&A. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Michael Costanzi

Chief Administration Officer

Michael Costanzi joined Bridgelink Investments in June 2021 as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) with program oversight of Information Technology, Physical and Cyber Security.

In February 2022, Mr. Costanzi became the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) expanding his management responsibilities to include all corporate shared services.  In additional to IT, Physical and Cyber Security, he manages the Human Resources, Marketing, Governmental Affairs, Fleet, Facilities, and Records Management programs for all Bridgelink companies.

Before joining Bridgelink Investments, Mr. Costanzi was the Corporate Security and Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Manager at Hilltop Holdings, Dallas, TX. 

Mr. Costanzi spent 23 years as a Special Agent with the FBI and retire as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Office.  In his capacity with the FBI, Mr. Costanzi lead more than 120 Agents and Intelligence Analyst tasked with investigating White-Collar Crime, Crimes Against Children, Human Trafficking, and Cyber intrusion investigations.

Mr. Costanzi also served nine years in the US Air Force and rose to the rank of Captain during which time he participated in Desert Storm.  He is married and the father of three young gentlemen.

William "Bull" Flaherty

VP, Power Trading & Commodities Desk

William Flaherty is Managing Director of Bridgelink Commodities LLC. He brings 24 years of experience in trading in the energy capital markets. William has structured energy transactions globally for middle market and large-cap clients across the energy stream, as well as the mining, industrial and technology sectors.

William emphasizes research and relationships to achieve returns with actionable ideas and a differentiated perspective on valuations, strategy and financing alternatives. He utilizes fundamental and quantitative analysis with operational understanding to appreciate the complexity and challenges faced in the field every day.

William has participated in transactions representing well over $25 billion in capital for companies to grow and shape their future. William began his career in 1993 and has held positions at Fidelity Investments, Frost Capital Markets, Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, Natixis, Pritchard Capital and Global Hunter Securities; all while consistently creating value for companies and alpha for shareholders. 

He resides in Houston with his wife and four children and is active in charitable endeavors with St. Anne Catholic Church, Scouts USA and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He holds a BA Degree in English from the University of Texas at Dallas and practices rugged individualism in pursuit of truth, justice and the American Way.

Julie Thompson

VP, Commercial Origination

Julie has over 20 years of commercial development experience among diversified industries including energy, midstream, corporate retail, product development with overseas manufacturing, and M&A transactional contracts.  She has successfully completed multi-decade provision contracts with both public and private corporate entities.

Her extensive experience in partnering with public officials, regulators and boards to achieve both corporate and stakeholder objectives has brought about notable success throughout her career.  In her most recent role, Director of Water & Oil – Commercial Solutions for Blue Mountain Midstream, she secured the company’s launch into water midstream, disposal, recycling and hauling management with an expansive multi-year dedication contract.

Building upon her relationships, she secured additional bolt-on midstream projects that led to exceeding the company’s 2020 revenue guidance.  Her knowledge and customer portfolio management led to 140% portfolio growth over two years with national and regional retailers including Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Staples, Kmart, Sears, Big Lots, HEB, HHGregg and RadioShack Mexico.   Julie led Red Bull Energy Drink’s product seeding and launch into the Oklahoma City market and landed Red Bull’s account with the football program at the University of Oklahoma in 2000. 

Julie’s demonstrated passion for customer service, solutions, cross-functional abilities and integrity has garnered trust with her executive management teams and customers alike.