Board of Directors
Mr. Peter A. Lacey
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Lacey joined DayStar as a director in 2009.
Mr. Lacey has been the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Cervus Equipment Corporation since May 2003. Cervus Equipment Corporation operates 17 agricultural and turf John Deere stores in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Manitoba, as well as 5 Bobcat and JCB construction equipment stores in Alberta. Mr. Lacey has also been the President, Chief Executive Officer and a trustee of Proventure, a public income trust listed on the TSX-V which is in the commercial property development business and provides financing and leases real estate to Cervus since November 2005. Mr. Lacey has also been the Chairman of the Board and director of Eveready Energy Services, a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange that provides industrial and oilfield maintenance and production services to the energy, resource and industrial sectors, since September 2004. Eveready was recently sold to Clean Harbors Inc. Mr. Lacey was a director of the former River Valley Energy Services Ltd., a predecessor to Eveready, from August 1995 until September 2004. Mr. Lacey has been a member of the Red Deer College Board of Governors since October 1997, and was Chairman from May 2000 until February 2004 at which time the Chairman's appointment term concluded. Mr. Lacey also served as a trustee on the Alberta Ingenuity Fund's Board of Trustees, a $900 million fund established to attract research and researchers to Alberta.
Mr. William (Bill) Steckel
Mr. Steckel brings nearly 30 years of management experience at both public and private companies, ranging in size from $30 million to more than a billion dollars in annual revenues. He has extensive experience in running large manufacturing organizations, in financial planning and restructuring, in raising significant amounts of capital and in operations of global technology and service companies.
Mr. Steckel was the Chief Executive Officer and President for DayStar from October 2009 until February 2010. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of DayStar from June 2008 until October 2009. From April 2006 until June 2008, Mr. Steckel was Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Norwood Promotional Products, a the leading supplier of imprinted promotional products. Before Norwood, he was with Lambda Power (a division of Invensys plc), a global manufacturer of power supplies, power filtering and power protection equipment, where he was President from 2003 to 2005 and CFO from 2001 to 2002. Earlier in his career, Mr. Steckel served in various financial and general management roles at medical device, microelectronic and electronic components companies including St. Jude Medical, CTS Corporation and Invensys plc.
Mr. Steckel earned his Bachelor of Science in industrial management at Iowa State University, and his M.B.A. from Western Illinois University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Dr. Kang Sun
Dr. Sun joined DayStar as a director in 2009.
Mr. Richard C. Green
Mr. Green joined DayStar as a director in 2009.
Mr. Green has spent over 30 years in the energy industry, serving for 20 years as the Chairman and CEO of Aquila Corporation, formerly UtiliCorp United, an international gas and electric company. Mr. Green has been credited with leading a successful turnaround to successfully position Aquila during the energy market crisis of 2002. Additionally, he demonstrated leadership and perseverance in pioneering both the strategy and successful execution of a significant business expansion of UtiliCorp United to a Fortune 30 company. UtiliCorp United was a multi-national electric and gas utility business and national energy marketing and trading business with revenues of $36.3 billion. Mr. Green is also Chairman of Midwest Research Institute (MRI) which has a core focus that includes renewable energy, life sciences and national security and defense. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy that operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy. He serves on the General Partners' Advisory Board of Directors of Hudson Clean Energy Partners. Hudson Clean Energy Partners is a leading global private equity firm, dedicated solely to investing in renewable power, alternative fuels, energy efficiency and storage. Mr. Green founded the Calvin Group LLC which is a firm that acts as a catalyst to management teams facing significant challenges or seeking to explore new opportunities. Mr. Green is a Graduate of Southern Methodist University and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hall family Foundation, a Trustee of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Washington D.C. based Urban Institute.
Mr. Jonathan W. Fitzgerald
Mr. Fitzgerald joined DayStar as a director in 2009.
Mr. Fitzgerald is an independent investment banker providing advisory services to early and growth-stage businesses in a variety of technology industries. Previously, Mr. Fitzgerald was a Managing Director and senior investment banker with the firm of Morgan Joseph & Co. Inc. In addition to leading the firm's cleantech investment banking practice, Mr. Fitzgerald served a variety of industrial clients across the western region. Mr. Fitzgerald also served as the Interim-CEO of Harvest Wind Limited, a development stage wind turbine manufacturer based in Oregon. Mr. Fitzgerald also served as an advisor to iSense Corporation, Boston Poly Corporation and Trustwater LLC. Mr. Fitzgerald was Co-Head of Capital Markets origination for North America at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. In this capacity he oversaw the origination of loan, bond and equity products for the firm's key corporate relationships across multiple industry sectors. In addition to traditional capital markets products, Mr. Fitzgerald has significant experience in acquisition finance, liability management, structured finance and securitization. Mr. Fitzgerald also held senior investment positions in New York and London at Credit Suisse First Boston and Lehman Brothers, leading international banks. Mr. Fitzgerald holds a B.A. with distinction from Bowdoin College, an MSc.(Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.