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Making Sustainable Energy a Reality

Our Board of Directors

Joe Beach

Chairman of the Board

Joe is one of the founders of Starfire Energy. He switched its emphasis from solar energy to ammonia fuel in 2016 and led the business and technology development from that time until he handed off the CEO role to JohnLoPorto in 2021. He is currently Starfire Energy’s Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of its Board of Directors.

Joe was a co-founder of PrimeStar Solar, a thin film CdTe solar panel startup that was funded and purchased by GE. He promoted its use of high transparency glass, cadmium stannate transparent conductor, and ZnTe backcontact, which are now the leading technologies in CdTe solar panels.

Joe received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Colorado School of Mines and a B.S. in both Physics and Physical Education from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. While he lived in Fairbanks he also took up cross country skiing and hang gliding, and served as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in Chena-Goldstream Fire and Rescue. He currently enjoys jogging, gardening, and making home-made wines.

John LoPorto

President & CEO

John has both entrepreneurial and Fortune 500 executive management experience. John began advising Starfire Energy in 2019, became a member of the Board of Directors in 2020 and took the helm as CEO in January of 2021. Previously, he was a founder and CEO of SunTech Drive a manufacturer of solar and grid hybrid power electronics. Prior to that he was the founder and CEO of Power Tagging, an energy technology firm serving the electric power industry. From securing initial research funding from the National Science Foundation to multiple rounds of growth capital from Fortune 250 strategic investors John created a game changing technology movement within a traditionally staid industry. His success at Power Tagging earned him a runner up position in Ernst &Young’s 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year competition. He also served as CEO of Breakthrough Systems, Inc. a provider of embedded software to the data storage, avionics, telecommunications and defense industries. His Fortune 500 experience includes serving as VP of Business Development and VP/GM for the Networking Division for Storage Technology Corporation and other senior executive sales and marketing positions at EMC and Sun Microsystems. He was also an early stage key executive in a number of successfulstartup organizations including Veritas Software which was acquired by Symantec for over $13B and Logicraft, which was the first company to earn a position on the prestigious Inc 500 list for three consecutive years. John holds an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and completed graduate business studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

He is currently serving on the Executive Committee and Board with the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association and has been an Energy Industry Advisor to the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network for many years. He also serves as a volunteer adaptive ski instructor and Board Vice President with Ignite Adaptive Sports and CEO of Talk to Santa, a video conferencing fund raising vehicle for Toys for Tots. He has previously served on the Colorado Governor’s Venture Capital Advisory Committee, the board of the Boulder chapter of Trout Unlimited and the board of the Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA).

Michelle Robson of AP Ventures

Board Member

Michelle has extensive experience in early stage investment and business development, commercial strategy creation and implementation and new and innovative deep tech and digital technologies.

Prior to AP Ventures, Michelle held a number of group and commercial strategy roles within Anglo American including establishing and leading Anglo American’s first digital and innovation function. Before this, Michelle was a Manager with boutique management consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting advising clients in Europe and Australia.

Michelle received her first-class honours degree in Industrial Chemistry (Engineering) from the University of New South Wales (Australia).

Outside of the office, Michelle enjoys running, yoga and exploring the great outdoors with her young family.

Greg Stace of New Energy Technology

Board Member

Greg Stace a technical and financial background with over 10 years’ experience owning and operating renewable energy companies and consultancies. He is an expert in energy systems, with experience from all parts of the value chain from downstream to upstream. He has transacted on 100’s of MWs of renewable projects, installed over 250 solar and microgrid installations, established Solar as a Service models as well as PPA platforms and partnered with many technology companies in the sector. Originally from Australia, before Greg went into renewable energy he spent a decade in investment banking, pharmaceuticals and management consulting.

LIsa G. Henneberry of Squire Patton Boggs

Board Member

Lisa Henneberry is a partner and chair of the global Energy & Natural Resources Industry Group at the law firm Squire Patton Boggs. Lisa has more than twenty five years of experience in the development, construction and operation of infrastructure projects, particularly in the energy sector. These include handling all aspects of power generation, renewable technology, pipeline, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, and related commodity arrangements, across numerous countries and different legal systems. She also has more than fifteen years’ experience in the negotiation and arbitration of natural gas and LNG price disputes, with emphasis on technical, commercial, and industry factors.

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania), where she studied Romance Languages and Economics and played Varsity soccer.  She earned her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School, and served as Notes and Projects Editor on the George Washington Law Review.  She is a native speaker of English and French and fluent in Spanish.