Our Team

Steven Estes

Steven Estes

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Steven founded Star Energy, the parent company of STAR BioEnergy, in 2008 to develop projects dedicated to providing cleaner sources of energy. He previously owned a construction company that built heavy industrial, commercial and power projects, including multiple wind projects across North America.

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.

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.

Robert Nicholson

Legal counsel for Star Distributed Energy, LLC

Robert L. Nicholson is a partner in the Fort Wane, Indiana law firm Carson Boxberger, LLP. He represents individual and businesses in various commercial transactions including the sale and purchase of assets, loan transactions and bankruptcy litigation. He also practices in appellate law and has successfully prosecuted and defended appeals in state and federal courts.

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.