BioStar’s Renewable Energy Team brings together seasoned professionals that have expertise in sourcing, structuring, managing and monetizing investments as institutional fiduciaries of third party capital. The executive team collectively has 100+ years of professional global experience with leading firms in private and tax equity, investment banking, solar/renewable energy operations, and real asset development.
Lee UllmanManaging Director, Structured Finance *
Lee graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After graduation from law school, he began his own firm specializing in business and real estate transactions, often very complex. Lee has been involved in numerous real estate transactions as an attorney, consultant, active participant and partner using traditional and non-traditional methods to finance the transactions. Lee’s experience in real estate helped him recognize the importance of renewables and energy generation with respect to making buildings more efficient and keeping operating costs low.
Lee entered the LED lighting industry in 2010 as a co-founder of BioStar Lighting. As a partner in BioStar Renewables, Lee utilizes his financial and legal background to structure renewable energy and energy efficient lighting projects. Lee leads corporate & project financing for all BioStar projects and is very adept at financing Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) related transactions.Send Email
Krishan Purvis, LEED APDirector of Underwriting
Krishan joined BioStar in 2017 as the Director of Underwriting. He is responsible for supporting the senior investment team with the review, due diligence and development of prospective project investment opportunities.
With more than 6 years of experience in the sustainability and renewable energy industries, Krishan has developed expertise in project development, financial modeling and analysis, technical and commercial due diligence, environmental/permitting, contract review and project management. Krishan worked for Layne Christensen (NYSE: LAYN) where he led environmental impact reduction, corporate sustainability strategy, and external investor reporting. While at First Solar (NYSE: FSLR), an S&P 500 solar PV manufacturer and developer, Krishan supported the origination and development of utility-scale solar projects throughout ERCOT, MISO, PJM and SPP. There he successfully supported the efforts to develop, permit, and secure contracts for the 120 MW East Pecos Solar Project in Pecos County, Texas. Most recently, Krishan performed environmental, financial, and commercial due diligence and reporting on planned and operating renewable energy projects throughout the US and Canada while at an independent engineering (IE) consultancy. Krishan has demonstrated experience reviewing and developing hundreds of MWs of solar and wind projects.
Krishan received his B.S. in Sustainability with a concentration in Renewable Energy, Materials and Technology and is currently pursuing an MBA in Finance. Krishan is a USGBC Certified LEED Accredited Professional (O&M).Send Email
Mark O'ffillCorporate Controller
Mark has a BSB in Accounting from the University of Kansas. He has more than 18 years of experience in directing the financial matters of venture capital, manufacturing and service related companies. His diverse experience has produced a strong ability to work with a broad range of disciplines and personnel to identify and evaluate the weaknesses of a given situation, department, or organization and to develop and implement solutions to eliminate those weaknesses.
Mark proudly served over 6 years in the United States Navy. He deployed aboard both the U.S.S. Mars (AFS-1) and U.S.S. Ranger (CV-61). During his time in service, Mark earned various individual and unit ribbons, awards, medals and citations, including the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service medal. He received an Honorable Discharge.
Mark provides BioStar™ Renewables with day-to-day accounting, financial analysis, statement preparation, contract writing and analysis. He has worked with W.P. Love Partners and related firms with day-to-day accounting, financial analysis, statement preparation, contract writing and analysis for the last 14 years.Send Email
Chris KaiserTransaction Coordinator
Chris assists in the coordination of transactions for BioStar Solar and BioStar Organics, including legal documentation, intellectual property, contracts and financing. His interest in innovative technologies and his background in law offer a unique skillset that is ideal for BioStar. Chris attended undergraduate and law school at the University of Kansas, studying biology and political science. He passed the Patent Bar exam in 2009 and also worked as an assistant clerk under Judge Gary Witt in the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District.Send Email
Nancy HelligeProject Administrator, BioStar Lighting
Nancy plays an integral role in the administration of BioStar projects, managing accounts and finances, as well as facilitating leasing. With 20 years of experience in accounting and finance, she is skilled at keeping pace with BioStar’s growing project pipeline. Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Finance from the University of Iowa. She worked for Media Corp for 13 years, managing a variety of administrative tasks including accounting, payroll, human resources and benefits. She also assisted Picture Perfect Interiors with accounts payable and receivable, payroll and scheduling.
* Member of Investment Committee