Highstar Team

We have an experienced team of over 20 investment professionals supported by senior external advisors actively involved in our investment and portfolio management process (including four former CEO's of Highstar portfolio companies). Our investment team is supported by thirteen professionals in legal, finance, accounting, investor relations, human resources and information technology functions.

Highstar's Founder and Managing Partner, Christopher Lee, has over 30 years experience in infrastructure finance and investment on both the corporate and financial side. Our senior management currently is comprised of six Partners and three Managing Directors. Our Partners and Managing Directors have, on average 22 years and 13 years of experience, respectively.

At the heart of the Highstar Team is our Executive Committee, formed by Mr. Lee, to provide leadership continuity and participation in strategic direction and decision-making by the Highstar's key stakeholders. Currently the Executive Committee is comprised of five of Highstar's Partners with two ex-officio members.


Partners & Senior Advisors

Christopher Lee
Christopher H. Lee is the Founder and Managing Partner of Highstar Capital, an independent, fourth generation fund manager with over five billion dollars of assets under management. Mr. Lee is a leader in infrastructure... Read Full

Christopher Beall
Mr. Beall joined Highstar in 2004. He serves on Highstar's Investment Committee and Executive Committee. Mr. Beall has over 15 years of experience in direct investments, investment banking and finance. He currently serves... Read Full

Scott Litman
Mr. Litman has worked with the Highstar Team since 2003, and joined Highstar full time in 2004. He serves on both Highstar's Investment Committee and Executive Committee. Mr. Litman has over 15 years of experience as... Read Full

Michael Miller
Mr. Miller joined Highstar in 2001. He serves on Highstar's Investment Committee and Executive Committee. Mr. Miller has over 25 years of experience in direct investments, principally in the energy, waste-to-energy and... Read Full

Bret Budenbender
Mr. Budenbender joined Highstar in 2012. He serves on Highstar's Executive Committee. Mr. Budenbender has over 18 years of experience in direct investments, investment banking and finance. He currently serves on the... Read Full

Emmett McCann
Mr. McCann joined Highstar in 2009 and has over 17 years of experience in private equity, investment banking and finance. He serves on Highstar's Executive Committee. Mr. McCann currently serves on the Boards of Directors... Read Full

Andrew Nevin
Mr. Nevin joined Highstar in 2007 and has over 16 years of experience in direct investments, investment banking and finance. He serves on Highstar's Executive Committee. Mr. Nevin currently serves on the Board of Directors... Read Full

Wayne Berman
Wayne Berman was instrumental in the founding of Highstar in 1998. In the years since, he has advised Highstar and its Portfolio Companies on political and regulatory issues related to the acquisition, management, and growth... Read Full

John Miller
Mr. Miller has advised Highstar for over 6 years in the waste, waste-to-energy and transportation sectors. Mr. Miller has over 36 years of experience in the energy, waste and waste to energy industries. He currently serves... Read Full

John Stokes
Mr. Stokes joined Highstar in 2002 as a full-time consultant and became a partner in 2005. Mr. Stokes serves as a Senior Advisor to Highstar. Mr. Stokes has over 35 years of experience in various sectors of the infrastructure... Read Full

James Kowalishin
Mr. Kowalishin joined Highstar as a Senior Advisor in 2008 and became a Partner in 2009. Mr. Kowalishin now serves as a Senior Advisor to Highstar. He serves on Highstar's Investment Committee and Executive Committee. Mr.... Read Full


Managing Directors & Principals

Mike Gruppuso
Mr. Gruppuso joined Highstar in 2012 and has been affiliated with the firm since 2004. Mr. Gruppuso has over 29 years of experience in finance and accounting matters principally in the energy and environmental sectors. ... Read Full

James Burchetta
Mr. Burchetta joined Highstar in 2006 and has over 13 years of experience as an attorney in private equity, securities, mergers and acquisitions and finance. Mr. Burchetta serves as Highstar's deputy general counsel primarily... Read Full

Jared Parker
Jared Parker is a Managing Director at Highstar Capital. Mr Parker joined Highstar in 2005 and has over ten years of experience in private equity, operational leadership, investment banking and finance. He serves on Highstar's... Read Full

Brent Tasugi
Mr. Tasugi joined Highstar Capital in 2008 and has over 11 years of experience in private equity, investment banking, principal investing and finance. Mr. Tasugi currently serves on the Board of Directors for Aerostar Airport... Read Full

John Van Benschoten
Mr. Van Benschoten joined Highstar Capital in 2008. Since joining Highstar, Mr. Van Benschoten has primarily been involved with Highstar's investments in the transportation and power sectors including Ports America, London... Read Full

Steve Gudovic
Mr. Gudovic joined Highstar Capital in 2006 and has over nine years of experience in private equity, investment banking and finance. Since joining Highstar, Mr. Gudovic has primarily been focused on analyzing investments... Read Full


Vice Presidents & Associates

Darius Sepassi
Mr. Sepassi joined Highstar Capital in 2011. Since joining Highstar, Mr. Sepassi has primarily been involved with Highstar's investments in the power generation and midstream energy sectors including Linden Cogen, Star West... Read Full

Ian McLean
Mr. McLean joined Highstar Capital in 2011. Since joining Highstar, he has been involved in analyzing investments in various infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Highstar, Mr. McLean was an Associate at Energy Capital... Read Full

Matthew Rinklin
Mr. Rinklin joined Highstar Capital in 2011. Since joining Highstar, he has been involved in analyzing investments in various infrastructure sectors. Mr. Rinklin currently serves on the Board of Directors for ADS Waste Holdings... Read Full

Juan Pablo Moncayo
Mr. Moncayo joined Highstar Capital in 2012. Since joining Highstar, he has been involved in analyzing investments in various infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Highstar, Mr. Moncayo was an Analyst in Goldman, Sachs... Read Full

Sean Medcalf
Mr. Medcalf joined Highstar Capital in 2011. Since joining Highstar, Mr. Medcalf has been involved in analyzing investments in various infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Highstar, Mr. Medcalf worked at Marathon Asset... Read Full

Cassie Winn
Ms. Winn joined Highstar Capital in 2011 and has over 7 years of experience. Prior to joining Highstar, Ms. Winn worked at Clearlake Capital Group on the Investor Relations, Marketing and Fund Communications team. Ms.... Read Full

Nancy Labanara
Mrs. Labanara joined Highstar in 2006 and has over 13 years of experience in accounting, financial controls and reporting. Prior to joining Highstar, Mrs. Labanara was an assistant vice president in the Alternative Investments... Read Full

Nehemias Lorico
Mr. Lorico joined Highstar Capital in 2007 and is responsible for accounting, financial control and reporting. Prior to joining Highstar, Mr. Lorico was at Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a media focused private equity firm... Read Full

Kim McKenzie
Ms. McKenzie joined Highstar in 2013 and has over 9 years of experience in accounting, financial controls and reporting. Prior to joining Highstar, Ms. McKenzie was a Vice President in J.P. Morgan's Private Equity and... Read Full

Randolph Ford
Mr. Ford joined Highstar Capital in 2008 and has over 14 years of experience. Prior to joining Highstar, Mr. Ford was a paralegal at Mayer Brown, LLP's in their Corporate, Securitization, Finance and Real Estate Departments.... Read Full

Margarita Hernandez
Ms. Hernandez joined Highstar Capital in 2009 and has over 8 years of experience. Prior to joining Highstar, Ms. Hernandez worked at Ivy Asset Management LLC as part of the Portfolio Administration team and Treasury Operations... Read Full

Amanda Mevorach
Ms. Mevorach joined Highstar Capital in 2011 and has over 4 years of experience. Prior to joining Highstar, Ms. Mevorach was at Soros Fund Management and Fortress Investment Group. Ms. Mevorach received a BA in Economics... Read Full


Analysts

Ryan Lee
Mr. Lee joined Highstar Capital in 2012. Since joining Highstar, he has been involved in analyzing investments in various infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Highstar, he was an Analyst in the Industrials group at Deutsche... Read Full

Salvatore Cremona
Mr. Cremona joined Highstar Capital in 2012. Since joining Highstar, Mr. Cremona has been involved in analyzing investments in various infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Highstar, Mr. Cremona was an Investment Banking... Read Full

Darcy Wilson
Mr. Wilson joined Highstar Capital in 2013. Since joining Highstar, Mr. Wilson has been involved in analyzing investments in various infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Highstar, Mr. Wilson was an Investment Banking... Read Full