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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David Smart

VP Sales, BioStar Lighting

David graduated from Indiana University with a Management degree from Indiana’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. His background includes various entrepreneurial and sales endeavors starting with the founding of his first company, Smart ‘n’ EZ Apparel in 2009. Smart ‘n’ EZ Apparel provided custom apparel and promotional goods for campus organizations at numerous Big 10 schools. Upon graduation, David and his partner sold their company. 

After college, David moved to Washington DC where he began a career in politics. Working in outreach on Capitol Hill, David began selling LED projects on the side. He eventually followed the industry home to Kansas City where he began working at BioStar. 

David has multiple years of experience developing energy efficiency projects with a focus in LED lighting. As VP of Sales for BioStar, his experience includes negotiating purchasing agreements, sales and development, project management and utility consulting. 

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Krishan Purvis, LEED AP

Director 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).

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Allen Philo

Vice President, BioStar Organics Fertilizer Sales & Operations

Allen is a farmer with a decade of experience in fertilizer sales and organic farming, and he holds a B.S. in Soils from the University of Wisconsin.  He has worked both in managing large organic farms to acting as a crop consultant for farms from North Dakota to Ontario.  He has spent the last five years working as the specialty crop consultant for Midwestern Bio-Ag where he developed their specialty crop programs and helped the consulting staff develop specific on-farm fertility programs for farms across the United States.

In addition to this, Allen has developed his own fifty-acre farm and worked at helping to develop Taliesin Farms at Frank Lloyd Wright’s home in Spring Green, Wisconsin.  Over the past decade Allen has been asked to speak at multiple conferences on the subjects of soil health and how to develop fertility programs for organic growers.  He has also appeared on the Farmer to Farmer Podcast with Chris Blanchard, a podcast with a large listening audience in the organic world, where he discussed fertility, soil health, and cover cropping. 

Throughout his career Allen has developed a wide range of contacts in the organic fertilizer industry as well as a reputation as a consultant that farmers trust. Allen is responsible for fertilizer sales and distribution at BioStar and will help the company continue to close the gaps in nutrient cycling present in our modern agricultural system.

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Jack Allen

Energy Advisor

With over thirty years’ experience in alternative power generation, energy conservation, renewable energy, industrial process design and process optimization and modeling, Jack Allen’s expertise covers a broad range of industries and technologies. He has been involved in the design & development of more than 30 alternative energy facilities worldwide, encompassing waste-to-energy, bio-fuels, wind, solar and wave technologies. Jack is also an energy efficiency expert specializing in industrial process design & optimization, control systems integration, industrial heat transfer systems and geothermal systems. He is a key Energy Advisor at BioStar focused on energy efficiency & optimization for large industrial systems and commercial businesses. Jack has worked with clients of all sizes including 3M, GE, Pillsbury, Xcel Energy, State of Minnesota, Southern Minnesota Municipal Power and the Government of Jamaica. He is a past member of the Legislative Committee of Alternative Fuels Organization in Minnesota and was the founder and CFO of 4 businesses with 8 figures in annual sales and 100+ employees. Jack also has degrees in Electrical Design Technologies, Business Management and Marketing.

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Dave Burt

Vice President, Business Development, BioStar Lighting

David Burt owned and operated Business One Utility Auditing Services for over 15 years. He specialized in utility auditing, specifically bill credits, rebates and refunds. His deep knowledge of utility rate changes and constant rebate restructuring led him into the renewable energy field. His first project was his own two megawatt solar energy installation. As a founding member of Viridis Energy Services and Technologies (VEST) he is also Vice President of Business Development at VEST’s partner company BioStar Lighting.  His senior hands-on experience in auditing, procurement and installation is used daily in both companies.

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Eric Jantzer

Project Specialist

With over 5 years of experience in energy efficient lighting and 9 years of experience in sales and business development, Eric is an integral part of BioStar’s estimating and project management teams. Prior to joining the team, he worked as a Sales Associate at Watts Up Lighting, managing projects through completion. He performed audits and consultations, provided proposals, recommended products and managed installations. Prior to Watts Up, Eric gained sales and client service experience working at TBS Electronics and Medix Staffing Solutions. He was a consultant for existing and potential clients, demonstrating products and services and managing accounts. Eric received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Kansas.

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Felipe Soriano

International Business Development

Felipe brings 11+ years of business development experience in the North American European and South American markets. His educational background includes a Bachelor in Production Engineering, a MBA and an International Business Administration Master’s degree. Throughout his career he lived in 10 different cities in South America, Europe and the USA. He has worked on cutting edge industries like the renewables energies, high- tech manufacturing and automotive ones. His greatest business achievements include successfully reviving startup businesses in the Americas and Europe as well as having taken the former wind energy company he worked for to the number 1 place in the wind energy world ranking in within a year. Felipe is fluent in English, Spanish and German.

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Scott Benzing

Project Specialist, BioStar Lighting

Scott studied Natural Resources Planning in the Forestry and Natural Resources department at Purdue University.  During his collegiate career Scott spent two summers as an environmental intern for Republic Services and one year as a research assistant for a professor in the Political Science department.  He also enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve immediately after graduating high school.  Scott completed his military service in October 2015 and graduated from Purdue with a Bachelor of Science degree in December 2015.  After graduation, Scott moved to Louisville, KY to accept a position with a start-up renewable energy company.

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