The BioStar Team
Bill Love - Chief Executive Officer
Bill became an active entrepreneur in construction & 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. In 2004, Bill became a partner in E Light based in Englewood, CO. Bill has been an active investor and advisor to management working with over a dozen companies through venture funds. In 2007 Bill started as an investor in the renewable energy industry in BioStar Organics. Bill became CEO in 2009. Bill utilized his expertise in the renewable energy industry, electrical & solar construction, and project financing to found BioStar Solar in 2012.
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. He currently serves as President.
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.
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.
Lee Ullman - Partner
Lee G. Ullman graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August of 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in History and International Relations. He went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After graduation from law school, Lee began his own firm that specialized in complex business and real estate transactions. 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. As a partner in BioStar Lighting, Lee has utilized his financial background to structure multiple solar and energy efficient lighting projects.
Bill is the CEO of Solar Financing Solutions LLC. Founded in 2006, Solar Financing Solutions is a leading customer financing program development, implementation and management firm specializing in the solar pv, lighting and energy efficiency industries. Prior to Solar Financing Solutions, Bill spent over 25 years in development and management of vendor and customer financing programs in the high technology sector. Bill’s experience includes building an outsourced customer financing program with Cisco Systems Capital and successfully acquiring it (in a MBO) from American Express in 2003. Prior to Cisco, Bill held senior positions with various financial institutions in the captive financing industry. Bill has an M.B.A from the Anderson School at UCLA.
Paul Schmitt - Partner
Paul is the COO of Solar Financing Solutions LLC. Paul has over 30 years experience developing and managing vendor and customer financing relationships. Paul’s experience includes senior roles at banks (JP Morgan Chase, Dresdner), non-bank lenders (Newcourt, U.S. Leasing) and vendors (founding COO of Dell Financial Services). In addition, Paul also has experience with public limited and master-limited partnerships. Paul holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Dana Gordon - Vice President, Administration
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.
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.
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.
Dave Burt - Vice President, Business Development
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.
Nancy Hellige - Project Administrator
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.
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.
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.
Doug Davenport - Project Specialist
With over 30 year’s experience in sales and business development, Doug’s expertise covers a broad range of industries and technologies. As an award winning Sales Team Leader for AT+T early in his career, Doug was placed on the AT+T Wireless National Quality Assistance Team, representing the entire Sales Division for the company. His dynamic ability to communicate, train and produce sales results has propelled him into Sales Consulting for large corporations including J.P. Morgan Chase, Sun Trust Bank N. A., United Rentals and Leows Hotels.
Doug has worked extensively on the international stage as well, launching Rolling Stone Magazine and speaking at several Sales Conferences. He has multiple years of developing Direct Sales Teams for business-to- business selling, and developed "The Wheel Theory", a systematic,analytical approach to produce immediate, lasting and replicable sales results.