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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).

Andrew Hinkly of AP Ventures

Board Member

Andrew Hinkly is the Founding Managing Partner of AP Ventures.

He has enjoyed a high profile career spanning more than 25 years working in the automotive and mining industries. He held a number of senior leadership positions at Anglo American, where he worked for a decade and was a member of Anglo American Platinum Executive Committee.

He previously held senior roles at Ford Motor Company where he was a member of the North American Executive Committee. At Ford he led the Production Procurement operations of Ford Americas and was responsible for $45 billion of annual purchases from over 40,000 suppliers.

Andrew has an MBA from the University of Manchester and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Loughborough.

Andrew is a committed sailor, cyclist and pilot.

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.