Management

ArcStar's expert team of veteran finance, legal, development and marketing professionals provide investment quality and transaction effiency to our investors and valuable skills, experience and investor exposure to our development partners. They leverage an established network of investors, lenders, project originators, manufacturers, contractors, and service providers from around the world and inside our targeted markets.

Charles Wassell, chairman, finance and general counsel
Charles Wassell is a former Senior Partner of several major international law firms with experience in arranging sophisticated trans-national financing structures for companies involved in leasing, transportation, communications, power and energy. He was a senior partner at Greenberg Traurig, where he headed the international finance practice. Mr. Wassell has also served as the General Counsel and head of the Risk Management Department of PLM International, one of the largest U.S. leasing companies with global operations. He is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Stanford University Graduate School of Engineering and Georgetown University School of Law.

Monty Bannerman, ceo, business development and client services
Monty is a 30-year veteran of the power and communications technology industries and has been introducing new core infrastructure and services in deregulating domestic and foreign markets throughout his career. He has extensive experience in starting and leading private and public companies with multiple associated M&A transactions. Read More

Allen Draa, coo, engineering, operations & financial services
Allen is ArcStar Energy's Chief Operating Officer and a seasoned management executive with more than 25 years of experience in implementing and opeating advanced communications and power systems on thousands of rooftops and remote sites. Allen has a degree in electical engineering from Georgia Tech. Read More

Susan Wassell, assistant general counsel
Susan Wassell, Assistant General Counsel, joined ArcStar Energy as the Assistant General Counsel after an exceptional career in government and in complex civil litigation. She started her career working for former United States Senator John Warner (R-VA). Following that, she joined the Subcommittee on Trade of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, where she worked on, among other things, North American Free Trade (NAFTA) matters, and the development of the Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Importantly, CAFTA covers Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, which are major markets for ArcStar. She also worked on the continued growth and development of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM). Susan brings to ArcStar her multi-faceted talents in organizing and managing complex projects from inception to completion and her expertise in client management, negotiation capabilities and passion for helping ArcStar’s clients and in-market clients development partners ensure that joint interests are advanced to their fullest extent. Ms. Wassell is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she obtained a BA with a dual major in Peace, War and Defense, and Political Science. She obtained her law degree at the University of Miami, and went on to obtain a BSN at Duke University.

Brent O'Connor, acquisition and development services principal
In 2008 Brent played a primary role in the start up of a publicly listed renewable energy company that achieved a market cap value of over $200mm within 2 short years. Since then he has participated in the advancement of over 2 gigawatts of commercial and utility scale ground mount solar projects that have been part of various utility auctions and procurement programs, renewable energy project acquisitions and other ArcStar initiatives throughout the Americas. His extensive solar background, detailed knowledge of project development processes, experience in financings and investment due diligence, communications abilities and progressive thinking make Brent an integral part of the ArcStar team as the Company continues to expand our operations and market partnerships. Brent is a graduate of Business Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. He currently leads ArcStar's solar acquisition & development practice.

Tom Hakel, principal, finance and investor services principal
Tom has been successfully founding, funding, growing, restructuring, advising, merging and selling companies in the energy and telecommunications technology, financial services sectors for over 20 years. Tom’s foundational business skills are in the area of finance and valuations. He worked for four years in the financial services consulting practice of KPMG Peat Marwick in San Francisco. Tom is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a degree in Computer Science and also practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.