Adagio Group

Managing Principals

Benjamin D. Summers
Managing Director & Founder

Ben is the founder and managing director of Adagio Group. He has lead Adagio from a single entity real estate investment company in 2005 to become an innovative financial institution providing fund management and boutique investment banking services through its discrete operating structures.

Ben has extensive knowledge in quantitative finance, the application of risk engineering principles to residential assets, and private securities transactions. He also has substantial senior management experience within the global energy services sector.

Ben’s transition into energy and finance was preceded by a professional baseball career that began with the San Diego Padres organization. Ben graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in physics having studied music as a second discipline.

Ilir "Lidi" M. Hajdari

As a Director, Lidi manages the development and expansion of Adagio's physical crude oil and refined products business. He is responsible for deal origination, commercial operations and overall commodities trade strategies. With over seven years of financial services and commodities business experience, Lidi has a breadth of expertise leading complex initiatives involving risk management, contract negotiation and structured transactions.

Lidi is also a co-founder and current managing partner of Merchant Power Partners, LLC ("MPP"), an energy advisory firm that specializes in restructurings and asset optimization in the power generation sector. Prior to MPP, Lidi began his career with Newbridge International, Inc., a commodities trading firm/broker-dealer, leading the firm's transition from its traditional lines of business into energy advisory. In this role, he helped develop the company's expertise and strategy positioning it to participate in the entire life-cycle of Natural Gas Combined Cycle ("NGCC") power plant projects, from capital formation and financial structuring through execution.

Lidi graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a minor in business.

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