Renewable Energy Team: Department Search

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.

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John Martin

President & COO, BioStar Organics *

John is a fourth generation General Contractor. In 2008 he retired as the President and CEO of Kansas City, Missouri based Walton Construction Company LLC, the 34th largest General Contractor in the United States with regional offices in Kansas City, Missouri; Springfield, Missouri; Saint Louis, Missouri; Dallas, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Pensacola, Florida.

During John’s four year tenure as President and CEO, the company transformed its culture, increased its Annual revenues by over 100% to nearly $800 Million annually, and doubled its annual Net Operating Income. During that period, the company won numerous awards, including the Contractor of the Year Award in 2006, Kansas City’s Champions of Business Award in 2007, and also received a commendation from the City of New Orleans for building and donating a memorial to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Prior to joining Walton Construction, he served as Director of Planning, Development and Construction for Alabama based AB Shopping Center Properties. His territory was the Western Region of the United States and he planned, developed and built over four million square feet of commercial property.

After retirement, John joined Development and Planning Consultants, LLC, a company he founded in 2000 and became involved in developing and managing commercial properties. During his career, he has developed and implemented corporate strategic plans, performed upfront due diligence and completed operations, and structured and negotiated financing and joint venture transactions.

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Mark Mansheim

President & COO, BioStar Lighting

Mark graduated with a Business degree from AIB in 1982. After spending 13 years as an associate buyer and manager with Canadian Clothier, Mark co-founded Media Corp in 1996. Mark served as Managing Partner and VP of Outside Sales until entering the LED Lighting Industry in 2010 when he co-founded Bright Green Savings, now known as BioStar Lighting.

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Aaron McDonald

Sr. Estimator / Project Manager

Aaron McDonald joined BioStar in 2014 and is responsible for establishing project construction costs.   Aaron has been active in in the construction industry since 1999 and has been in project management for over 10 years.   He is a results oriented estimator / project manager with a proven record of estimating and capturing over 300 Mega Watts of solar on many utility scale solar projects, ranking E Light Electric/E Light Wind and Solar the 3rd largest solar contractor in the United States, 2nd largest utility solar contractor, and #1 solar contractor in Colorado.   Aaron develops and maintains successful client relationships through his ability to value engineer significant cost savings out of both large (100 MW) and smaller (200 kW) scale projects.

Aaron has captured other large and small commercial electrical work projects, ranging in size from $250k to $8m, including hospitals, office buildings, retail, multi-family, and hotels.

Aaron has a comprehensive knowledge of Accubid and other estimating skills. He is a Master Electrician and has an Advanced Battery based Photovoltaic Design Certificate. Aaron continues to stay current through advanced industry-related training courses.

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Becky Jacobson

Lead Estimator / Project Manager

A graduate of Purdue University Calumet, Becky worked for Media Corp from 2002-2010, providing administrative support and assisting in upper level management. She launched a new successful marketing department with a focus in print media and home shopping networks such as QVC and HSN. In 2010, Mark Mansheim hired Becky to help launch his new company, Bright Green Savings. Her responsibilities included the development of marketing and support materials. She also became Lead Estimator. Becky completed her education with the American Society of Professional Estimators. Becky continues to play an integral role supporting the rapid growth of Biostar Lighting as Lead Estimator and Office Manager.

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Andrew Stancati

Project Manager

Andrew graduated from Indiana University in 2012 and has since installed over 80 megawatts of solar across the country and managed over 90 solar installations.  In 2014, Andrew was the project manager of a Fortune 500 client portfolio that consisted of 88 commercial solar projects, built over the course of 7 months, across 7 states, and totaling over 5 Megawatts.  He was responsible for managing all aspects of these projects; from site selection, to engineering and design, to construction. Andrew has experience managing ground mount and rooftop solar projects in the commercial and utility scale markets ranging in size from 30 kilowatts to 40 Megawatts.

* Member of Investment Committee