Our Team

STAR Solar is comprised of a team of experienced executives that bring decades of experience to the solar industry from industrial manufacturing, automotive industry, finance, construction, development, real estate and other similar industries. Collectively, the team has built or managed Billions of dollars in projects around the world in these industries.

We are bringing that experience, knowledge and strategic thinking to the solar industry with the goal of creating the most transformative renewable company in the world.

Steven Estes


Founder and CEO of Star Energy Holdings, headquartered in Ft Wayne, IN. In 1998 Mr. Estes founded his own construction company and began constructing renewable energy facilities in 2001. Mr. Estes moved into the renewable energy industry and started Star Energy Holdings, creating four subsidiaries to each focus on a specific renewable or sustainable technology. These subsidiaries include Star Solar, Star BioEnergy, Star CNG, and Star Wind. Steve, his wife, Kelly, and their two children, Shane and Taylor, reside in Liberty Township, Wells County, Indiana conducting business activities in addition to raising grass fed beef cattle, snowmobiling, boating, and being actively involved with the local community.

Chris Luithly

Sales Manager

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.

Vic Thompson

VP Engineering, STAR Energy

Senior Management positions with multiple wind energy companies including Acciona and Suzlon; 15 years with Motorola; BS Metallurgical Engineering degree from Purdue University.

Fred Morris


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.

S. Shane Estes

Chief Technology Officer

Shane began his career with Star Solar Holdings 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 Solar Holdings team full time in 2012 taking on various roles such as assisting in business development, project development, marketing, and managing information technology for Star Solar Holdings.

Wayne Gentry

KY Sales Manager

Wayne has lived in Tyler MN. with wife Sheri for 42 years farming up to 8000 acres with Brother and Nephews. He has been active in renewable energy since 1992, and has also developed and built 7 Wind turbine projects ranging in size from 2 MW’s to 30 MW’s. Since 2014, Wayne has built and sold 12 Solar projects ranging from 20 KW to 190 KW. He is currently serving on two Wind Company project boards where he is also an active shareholder while continuing to operate DAJAW INC. a wind project service company.

John Wiltzer


John is a consultant with a design and development background in the energy industry along with project construction management experience. In 2009 Mr Wiltzer started a full time consultant business. As a consultant, he has concentrated on renewable energy working with wind, solar, anaerobic digestion, and CNG stations. Mr. Wiltzer is married to his wife Phyllis and they have three children and seven grandchildren. They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary this past year.