Steve Katsaros, CEO, Chairman of the Board
From his earliest days, Stephen Katsaros’ life has been filled with innovation. A mechanical engineer with a penchant for competitive ski racing, Steve began his colorful career with the invention of several commercial products for the ski industry. His first brush with “impact inventing” came in 2002 with RevoPower, a motorized wheel for bicycles. In early 2010, he came up with another bright idea – a simple, portable solar light bulb with the potential to revolutionize life for the 1.4 billion people in the world who live without access to electricity. Five months after his first sketch, Steve launched Nokero, a for-profit company with a mission to provide affordable solar technology solutions for poor, off-grid communities around the world. Stephen has a BS in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from Purdue University, is a patent agent registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and was a non-degree seeking student at the Bard Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado from 1998-1999. He received the B.F. Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Award in 1995 and was recently awarded the 2012 Outstanding Mechanical Engineer Award from Purdue University.
Evan Husney, General Counsel
Evan Husney is the Company’s General Counsel and is also responsible for business development, large orders and the Nokero Dealer Network. Evan has worked in the legal field, both in large firms and as in-house counsel to growing businesses for 14 years. Evan’s legal practice has focused on general corporate matters, including contract preparation, negotiation and review, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, joint ventures and other general corporate matters. Mr. Husney earned his J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University. In his spare time, Evan enjoys playing competitive soccer, fly fishing, and the occasional back nine.
Chet is a seasoned executive with broad operating experience and oversight in more than 25 companies ranging from start-up to mature, private and public and in a wide variety of industries. He also has significant international experience having completed 18 one to three month volunteer consulting assignments in developing countries. He is currently a general partner in NewWest Capital Partners, a Denver based private equity fund (fund II and eight portfolio investments). A particular interest is entrepreneurship education and the advisory board for the entrepreneur program at the University of Colorado, Denver. His education includes MS and BA degrees in economics from the University of Colorado and the Owner President Management (OPM) program at the Harvard School of Business.
Henry has been fortunate to have lived in Denver for the past 35 years. After moving from New Orleans to pursue a career in the oil & gas industry, he founded Strata Resources Inc., a small exploration company with a focus on shale projects in North Dakota. Currently, Henry is President of Strata Capital Inc., a small broker dealer, alongside ownership of Strata Resources. Henry served on the board of directors for the Schlessman Family YMCA from 1992 until 1996, and also served on the board of the Denver Metro YMCA from 1997 until 2003. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the ACE Foundation, Colorado Uplift, St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, and the Museum of Nature and Science in Denver. He resides in the city of Denver with his wife Lorie, a homemaker and has a daughter, Kelly Walberg, age 25, and a son, Clay, age 24.
Andy helps organizations achieve critical advantage by assisting their executives, leaders, and boards with interpersonal issues, executive selection, change management, and mergers and acquisitions. He guides clients in developing leadership excellence, building their teams, changing organizational culture, facilitating strategic planning and working successfully with their Boards of Directors. Andy has worked with companies ranging from those in the Fortune 50 to entrepreneurial companies, including family-owned businesses.Andy is a licensed psychologist and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. Previous experience includes Director of the Department of Social Work at the John F. Kennedy Child Development Center at the University of Colorado Medical School, Director of Mental Health Centers in Colorado and Vancouver, B.C., Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Medical School, and Teaching Fellow and Visiting Sociologist at Harvard University.