Used equipment solutions

What we do

Black Star is a one-stop-shop helping businesses to value, dispose of, and acquire quality heavy used equipment and specialty items. Our partnering approach, tailored to each customer, leverages industry insight and is designed to improve the current situation with every transaction.

If the motivation to sell is retirement or liquidation, idle or older equipment, bankruptcy, cash flow, or if you are exploring reinvestment, fleet realignment and growth opportunities for your business inside a competitive market, these are all areas we have achieved substantial success on behalf of our customers. When dealing with supply chain challenges that cause disruption in the acquisition of vital equipment, our equipment search capabilities can find you what you’re looking for when you need it most.

We understand that every situation is unique and dig deep to identify customer goals, compliance and financial needs. We identify opportunities as well as roadblocks, then customize and carry out our actionable plan for best value results, whatever the scope, anywhere in the world!


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Our core values

These are the principles that support Black Star’s mission of enabling companies to maximize the value of their businesses and assets. We operate inside a culture of working smart and being healthy. This provides us with the fortitude to put forward our best possible efforts in all that we do.


We are who we say we are. We take ownership and value the ability of our team to honor all commitments.


We strive to identify and implement novel ideas that create new value. We learn and we grow, and our customers benefit.


We speak the truth and strongly believe in the talents and intentions of each other.


Guides all of our daily interactions. We listen with empathy and respond with compassion.


Through our belief in the power of working together as a team, we are stronger and deliver more.

Our innovation brings more qualified buyers to the table per piece of equipment

Meet the team

Our team of seasoned professionals individually possess valuable market-relevant strengths, and collectively bring knowledge, industry insight and personal service to every customer engagement.

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Mike LeMaster

President and CEO

Mike has a distinguished career that covers more than 38 years. As an entrepreneur, he has launched, developed and sold three successful companies. His strategic leadership, critical thinking, business development capabilities, insight and connections are tremendous assets that result in profitable outcomes for our customers, and proven successes for Black Star.

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Andrew LeMaster

Co-Founder and Chief Sales Officer

For many years, Andrew worked closely with people who committed their careers to valuing and auctioning heavy equipment. This experience along with the skills to drive results has him securing new business, exceeding sales expectations and effectively managing long-term customer relationships. Applying sales and marketing growth strategies, Andrew’s success is evident through his ability to achieve maximum value for our customers.

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Rob LeMaster

Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer

Rob's extensive background and experience in the heavy equipment industry has led him to overseeing daily operations and all Black Star business functions. As a strong leader, decision maker and problem solver, his tactical planning and business development competencies contribute greatly to our ongoing organizational growth and the financial growth of our customers.

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Mike Nigro

Financial Services Director/Asset Collaboration Partner

Mike's substantial account management and selling expertise, and experience in the financial services sector puts him in the forefront of many large global accounts. He develops key business and relationship growth strategies, tactics and action plans, and successfully executes to deliver the exceptional and profitable results our customers expect.

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Jim LeMaster

Outreach Director

"Jimmy Cash" is Black Star’s Director of Outreach for all the right reasons. Jim puts himself in the customers shoes with every interaction, and his genuineness and passion pierce the drudgery of typical sales and marketing rhetoric. His 32 years of teaching, coaching and running his own business enables him to connect with our customers at all levels. Nobody builds a better bridge from customer need to solution than Jim.

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Lynn Schroeder

Chief Appraisal Officer/Auctioneer

Lynn is responsible for assisting customers in selling and buying industrial assets, as well as sourcing and working large equipment deals in construction, mining, transportation, and oilfield industries. He has 28+ years of experience in the industrial equipment appraisal and auction market and is a licensed auctioneer and a Certified Senior Appraiser (CSA) with the Equipment Appraisers Association of North America (EAANA).

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Brandi Kay

Asset Manager

Brandi has 13 years of heavy equipment industry experience. While managing the details inside multi-millions of dollars worth of customer accounts, she maintained solid relationships and achieved maximum results for all parties involved. In her role at Black Star, Brandi manages multiple facets of the equipment buying and selling cycle while ensuring that buyers and sellers receive a best in class service and have a positive experience.

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Annabelle Nigro

Asset Manager

Belle joined Black Star in early 2020 with a focus on expanding our Operations and Customer Service departments. She is responsible for instituting policies and procedures which allow us to mitigate risks for our clients and their assets. Her attention to detail is a critical part of the Operations team and Black Star in its entirety.

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Taylor White

Asset Manager

Taylor's background is in sales, customer service, and facilitation of online vehicle auctions inside the heavy-duty truck industry. Her intense focus on ensuring a positive experience translates to each customer being treated as, and feeling like a priority. Managing tasks with professionalism, she is an integral part of Black Star Operations. Taylor delivers on promises, and builds and strengthens internal and external relationships at every level, every day.

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Susan Hyde

Sales & Marketing Content Developer

Susan brings 25 years of experience contributing to organizational health and growth through the development of internal documentation, plus sales and marketing tools, resources and other communications. Her contributions inside each level of Black Star's internal structure ensure we are positioned for success, and in alignment with our overall business goals.

Chris Jarosz

Chief Financial Officer

Chris is a results-driven accounting executive with 25+ years of experience building accounting teams and coordinating with organizations' operations and upper management on key business objectives to achieve dramatic bottom-line results. He is an exemplary leader who can manage change in a positive way, mitigate risk, infuse new ideas and deliver solid results.