Executive Team

STAR Energy Holding's executive staff

Steven Estes

Founder / Chief Executive Officer

  • Former owner of a construction company that built heavy industrial, commercial and power projects, including multiple wind projects across North America. Founded Star in 2008, leading to a transaction of 1,400 MW of wind developments in 2009.

Fred Morris

Chief Operating Officer

  • Seasoned executive in capital markets, finance and renewable energy; leadership positions in waste to energy Company; investment banks and commercial finance companies. Experience in solar energy tax credits, securitization, residential and commercial finance. BA-Kalamazoo College; MBA-The George Washington University

S. Shane Estes

Chief Technology Officer

  • Shane began his career with STAR at the age of 16 helping to bring more efficient use of technology to the company. By 2008 he was assisting in preliminary development and information technology. Shane joined the STAR team full time in 2012 taking on various roles such as assisting in business development, project development, marketing, and managing information technology for STAR.

Erik Pratt

Vice President, Finance

  • Erik is responsible for project finance and solar development. He has fifteen years of experience in the renewable energy, including investment banking and M&A. Prior to Star, Erik was on the M&A team at TerraForm Power. Previous experience also includes raising tax equity at Meridian Clean Fuels. Erik has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, a masters degree in regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an undergraduate degree in Ecology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

 

Vic Thompson

Vice President, Engineering & President, Star Construction Services .

  • Senior management positions held within multiple wind energy companies including Acciona and Suzlon; 15 years with Motorola; BS Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University. PMP Certification in Project Management from Project Management Institute.

Chris Luithly

President, STAR CNG, LLC

  • Colonel, USAF (Ret) Chris Luithly is a distinguished graduate from the US Air Force Academy class of 1983. During his 28 year Air Force career, He commanded the 163rd Fighter Squadron, the 122nd Maintenance Group as well as the122nd Operations Group.  He culminated his Air Force career as the Vice Commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing. Chris is a highly successful investor and has built a large real estate portfolio of cash flowing rental properties.  He has also mentored dozens of other investors and is sought out as an expert in real estate investing.

Wayne Hesse

General Manager – STAR Wind, LLC.

  • Wayne has lived in Tyler MN. with wife Sheri for 42 years farming up to 8000 acres with Brother and Nephews. He has been active in renewable energy since 1992, and has also developed and built seven Wind turbine projects ranging in size from 2 MW’s to 30 MW’s. Since 2014, Wayne has built and sold twelve Solar projects ranging from 20 KW to 190 KW. He is currently serving on two Wind Company project boards where he is also an active shareholder while continuing to operate DAJAW INC. a wind project service company.

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