Star Peak Corp II
- Registration2020-12-18 Filed S1
- IPO2021-01-07 IPO, search begins
- Definitive Agreement2021-05-08 Agreement for merger
- Completed2022-02-28 Merger Completed
- SPAC Ticker
- Benson Hill
- Merged Ticker
- Energy, Sustainability, Food, Agriculture, Transportation
Michael C. Morgan is our Chairman. In 2008, Mr. Morgan co-founded Triangle Peak Partners, LP, a multi-strategy asset management firm focused on venture capital and growth equity, and he currently serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Since 2004, Mr. Morgan has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Portcullis Partners, LP, a private investment partnership and one of Triangle Peak Partners’ largest limited partners. Mr. Morgan currently serves as the lead director of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI), one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. Mr. Morgan joined Kinder Morgan at its founding in 1997 and headed Kinder Morgan’s corporate development efforts until 2001, completing 23 acquisitions worth over $5 billion. He then served as President of KMI until 2004. Mr. Morgan is also the Chairman of the Board and a director of STPK I. Mr. Morgan has also served on the board of Sunnova Energy International, Inc. (NYSE: NOVA), a leading residential solar and energy storage company, since July of 2019. Mr. Morgan first joined the board of NOVA’s predecessor (Sunnova Energy Corporation) in October 2015, served as Lead Director until March of 2016 and remained on that board until NOVA’s initial public offering in July of 2019. Mr. Morgan previously served on the boards of directors of two public energy funds affiliated with Kayne Anderson (NYSE: KYN and KYE) and on the boards of directors of Bunchball Inc., Lytx, Inc., and SCIenergy, Inc. Mr. Morgan is a frequent volunteer at Stanford University, currently serving as the national chair of The Stanford Fund, as co-chair of the Precourt Energy Institute Advisory Council, and on several other advisory committees. Mr. Morgan previously served as an Adjunct Professor in the Practice of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston. Mr. Morgan received an MBA from Harvard Business School and BA in Economics and an MA in Sociology from Stanford University.
Eric Scheyer serves as our Chief Executive Officer and on our board of directors . Mr. Scheyer is a Partner at Magnetar and has served as the Head of the MTP Group since inception. Mr. Scheyer is a member of Magnetar’s management committee and investment committee, and Chairman of the MTP Group’s investment committee. Mr. Scheyer is also the Chief Executive Officer and a director of STPK I. Mr. Scheyer has long-standing relationships and significant experience investing in the energy, energy infrastructure and renewables sectors. Mr. Scheyer serves on the board of Directors of Great Elm Capital Group, Inc. (NASD: GEC), Vesper Energy Development LLC and Lightstar Renewables LLC (Magnetar portfolio companies operating in the utility scale solar and distributed solar space). Mr. Scheyer previously served on the board of managers of the general partner of Lightfoot Capital Partners, LP and the board of directors of Arc Logistics Partners LP. (NYSE: ARCX) Previously, Mr. Scheyer was a principal of Decorel Incorporated, where he served as President of Decorel S.A. de C.V. and Executive Vice President of Decorel Inc. until the sale of the company to Newell Rubbermaid. Mr. Scheyer received a BA from Trinity College.
We believe that Mr. Scheyer’s broad operational and transactional experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors make him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Craig Rohr, our President , has significant experience investing in sustainability and environmentally friendly businesses. Mr. Rohr joined Magnetar in 2009 and is a Managing Director in Magnetar’s Energy & Infrastructure Group. Prior to joining Magnetar, Mr. Rohr worked at First Reserve Corporation, a global control private equity and infrastructure investment firm. Based in London, England, Craig focused on First Reserve’s portfolio company investments across North America, South America & Europe. Before joining First Reserve, Mr. Rohr worked at Citigroup in the firm’s Global Energy Investment Banking Group in New York. Mr. Rohr currently serves on the boards of directors of Vesper Energy Development LLC and Lightstar Renewables LLC (Magnetar portfolio companies operating in the utility scale solar and distributed solar space). Mr. Rohr earned a B.S. in Finance & Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Michael D. Wilds serves as our Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer . Mr. Wilds joined Magnetar in 2006, and is Chief Operating Officer of the MTP Group. Mr. Wilds is also the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer of STPK I. Prior to joining Magnetar, Mr. Wilds served as the Chief Executive Officer of the affiliated companies of The Kansas Farm Bureau. Mr. Wilds also spent 20 years with Koch Industries, Inc. where he served in various senior roles, both domestic and international, including as Chief Financial Officer of Koch Industries International. Mr. Wilds earned a BS in Business Administration from Kansas State University.
Adam E. Daley serves on our board of directors . Mr. Daley is a Partner at Magnetar, Co-Head of the MTP Group and a member of Magnetar’s management committee and investment committee. Since joining Magnetar at its inception in 2005, Mr. Daley has been focused primarily on the sourcing, execution and management of various investments in the energy, energy infrastructure and renewables sectors. Mr. Daley is also a director of STPK I. Prior to joining Magnetar, Mr. Daley was an investment banker at Citigroup’s Global Corporate and Investment Bank, where he was responsible for executing a variety of corporate finance transactions. Mr. Daley also currently serves on the boards of directors of Double Eagle Energy III, LLC, Vesper Energy Development LLC (a Magnetar portfolio company operating in the utility scale solar space) and DoublePoint Energy, LLC. Mr. Daley earned a BS in Finance with High Honors from the University of Illinois.
We believe that Mr. Daley’s broad transactional experience in the energy, energy infrastructure and renewables sectors make him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Alec Litowitz has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Mr. Litowitz is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Committee and co-head of the Investment Committee of Magnetar. Mr. Litowitz is also a director of STPK I. Prior to founding Magnetar in 2005, Mr. Litowitz was a Principal at Citadel Investment Group and served as Global Head of Equities and a member of the Management and Investment Committees. Mr. Litowitz created and continues to be extensively involved with the Magnetar Capital UChicago Financial Education Initiative, an innovative high school-based financial education initiative, which has helped more than 22,000 students increase their financial literacy. Mr. Litowitz graduated from MIT with a BS in mathematics and anthropology and received a JD and MBA from the University of Chicago.
We believe that Mr. Litowitz’s broad operational and transactional experience make him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.
C. Park Shaper has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Mr. Shaper served in various management roles for the Kinder Morgan companies from 2000 until March 2013, when he retired as President of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI), Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., Kinder Morgan Management, LLC and as director and President of the general partner of El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. Mr. Shaper is also a director of STPK I. Since 2007, Mr. Shaper has served on the board of directors of Kinder Morgan, Inc., and he previously served on the boards of directors of Kinder Morgan G.P., Inc. (the general partner of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.) and Kinder Morgan Management, LLC from 2003 to 2013. Mr . Shaper also serves on the board of directors of Sunnova (NYSE: NOVA) and as a trust manager of Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI). Mr. Shaper received an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in Industrial Engineering and a BA in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University.
We believe that Mr. Shaper’s broad operational and transactional experience in the energy and infrastructure and the Energy Transition sectors make him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Desirée Rogers has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Ms. Rogers has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner of Black Opal Beauty, LLC, a masstige makeup and skincare company for women of color sold in Walmart, CVS and Rite Aid as well as internationally since 2019. From 2013 to 2019, she served as the Chairman of Choose Chicago, the tourism agency for the city of Chicago with $1 billion in revenue and over 57 million visitors annually. Ms. Rogers was the first White House Social Secretary and Special Assistant to President Obama. Prior to this post, Ms. Rogers served as the President of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. Ms. Rogers is currently a member of the board of directors of Inspired Entertainment (INSE) and MDC Partners (MDC) as well as chairs the compensation of MDC. Ms. Rogers is also a director of STPK I. Ms. Rogers also serves on the board of non-for-profit, DonorsChoose, a group funding platform that grants over $120 million to public school teachers each year. She received a BA in Political Science from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
We believe that Ms. Rogers’ significant operational experience makes her well qualified to serve on our board of directors.