RENEWABLE ENERGY TEAM

BioStar Renewables Team

The BioStar team consists of professionals with a unique blend of private equity, project finance, asset management, tax-credit, renewable energy/real estate development, fund investment and operations experience. Our team has a successful track record of managing funds on behalf of institutional capital providers and successfully originating, underwriting, managing and monetizing investments.

100+ YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

BioStar Renewables Management’s executive 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 energy operations, and real asset development.

 

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Bill Love

CEO *

With over 35 years of professional experience in electrical, energy, construction, project development, and financing, Bill has developed significant expertise in acquisitions and investments. Bill has been personally involved in the acquisition of more than 30 companies and is an active investor and advisor to management having worked with over a dozen companies through venture funds. Bill has directed billions of dollars in mergers and acquisitions and built one of the largest and most profitable electrical companies in North America.

Bill became an active entrepreneur in construction and project development when he founded SKC Electric, Inc. in 1980. In 1997 SKC Electric went public when Bill led the merger of a $280M revenue peer group. Bill continues to be a shareholder and director of the company, now known as Faith Technologies, a Top 25 U.S. electrical contractor with annual revenues in excess of $400M dollars. In 2004, Bill became a shareholder and director in E Light Wind and Solar based in Englewood, CO which has grown into the #3 solar installer in the U.S. for the last two years having installed over 500 megawatts of solar power in the U.S.

Starting as an investor in BioStar Organics in 2007, Bill became CEO of the Company in 2009. Bill utilizes his expertise in the renewable energy industry, electrical & solar construction, and project financing to lead the team of BioStar Renewables, focusing on renewable energy, sustainability, waste remediation and energy savings.

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Lee Ullman

Managing 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.

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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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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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Missy Love

Managing Director, Marketing

Missy Love, President of Alaskan Fur, is the third generation to lead the privately held Alaskan Fur Company, one of the nation’s oldest and largest furriers. Missy joined Alaskan Fur Company in 1984 as advertising manager and was named president in 1992. Missy operates Alaskan Fur with a business philosophy that values each individual – customer, employee or vendor – as a potential contributor to Alaskan Fur’s success. She has a keen eye for talented young fashion designers and the ability to place Alaskan Fur in the avant-garde of retailers showcasing emerging designers or fur coat trends destined for success. Alaskan Fur has continued to show a positive net profit and adjusted earnings despite overall economic downturns.

Among other responsibilities, Missy has directly influenced Alaskan’s effective and impressive marketing campaign and has ensured it has stayed current with changing media trends. While Alaskan has always believed in the importance of advertising in different media in its markets, under Missy’s direction the marketing mix has changed over the years, especially with the onset of social media. Website development and enhancements, along with an increase in email blasts and Facebook posts, as well as Instagram have been added during Missy’s tenure.

Operating from a position of “building from” rather than “clinging to” tradition, as Managing Director, Marketing Missy’s expertise and experience will prove equally beneficial to the long term growth of BioStar Renewables.

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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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Mark O'ffill

Corporate 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.

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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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Dana Gordon

VP Administration, BioStar Lighting

Dana has worked in the lighting sector, focusing on energy efficient lighting, since 2008.  She began her work in lighting as National Account Manager at MIROR Lighting until being hired as Director of Business Development at Optimum Energy Solutions.  She was quickly promoted to Vice President at Optimum where she oversaw all aspects of their energy efficient lighting business including audits, design, proposals, purchasing, shipping, installation, warranty administrations and marketing.  Dana not only has a comprehensive knowledge of energy efficient lighting, but also excels at building customer relationships and new business development.  Prior to working in the lighting industry, Dana worked as a commercial construction project coordinator.  She is a Certified Apartment Supplier with the National Apartment Association and received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas.

At BioStar, Dana manages product purchasing and delivery coordination. She has a comprehensive understanding of best-in-class LED manufacturers and always stays updated on the latest technologies to ensure that BioStar offers the best solutions for each project. She also is involved in the estimating and proposal process, rebate procurement and is liaison between project manager and logistics of product for the job.

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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.

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Chris Kaiser

Transaction 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.

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Joe Chinnici

Board Member

Joe is the CEO of Greencastle. Joe has over 20 years of experience in global structured finance, merchant banking and capital markets. Prior to co-founding Greencastle, Joe was the Managing Partner of Chagrin River Ventures, a middle market merchant bank with interests in clean and renewable energy, mission critical real estate, global asset finance, and venture capital. He also previously served as Managing Director with Keybanc Capital Markets, where he was Head of Capital Markets and was a member of the Capital Commitment and Investment Underwriting Committees. Joe was also a senior member of the Business and Corporate Development team with Cincinnati Bell Technology Partners, currently known as Cyrus One.

Over the course of his career, Joe has invested in and/or advised on over $200 billion in transaction value across a diverse array of industries, including energy, commercial real estate, industrial, healthcare, and technology. These transactions have led to wide industry recognition and multiple awards, including top League Table positions.

Joe is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Economics with Honors. Joe is active in the local community and resides in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

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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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Nancy Hellige

Project 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.

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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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Diana Wille

Office Manager

Diana graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and obtained her MBA degree in Marketing from the University of Kansas, after which she began a career in the social expression industry. Diana held positions with increasing levels of responsibility in both breadth and scope throughout her tenure. She has a successful track record of developing and implementing corporate process and cost management initiatives along with demonstrated expertise in planning & scheduling, needs analysis, capacity planning and budget development.

Diana joined the BioStar team in 2013. In her current capacity, Diana utilizes her background to manage the operations of the office and ensure that it runs smoothly along with providing support to the management team in areas including document development, policy development, communication & implementation, and accounts payable.

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Kathy Carreira

Administrative Assistant

Kathy is an exceptionally knowledgeable office manager with over 25 years of experience in administrative processes and advertising sales.  At HERLIFE Magazine, she was responsible for all administration to ensure the office ran efficiently.  For 9 years, she was Media Consultant at LifeWay Christian Resources, connecting national advertisers to their faith-based audience through digital and print campaigns.  She also spent 18 years at Vance Publishing where she was quickly promoted to Advertising Manager.  Her responsibilities included managing accounts, advertising layouts, sales and trade shows.  Kathy volunteers as a Support Group Facilitator each month at our local hospital to bring support and encouragement to those suffering from Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis.

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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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