Unparalleled industry expertise

What we do

Black Star specializes in asset conversions, asset appraisals and asset management for businesses with capital equipment needs. Our team helps businesses, contractors and financial asset managers to value, dispose and acquire assets. We take a customized partnering approach to provide industry insight and value to our customers with a purpose to improve their situation inside every transaction.

We also understand that every situation is unique, and go deep to identify customer goals, compliance and financial needs. We identify the opportunities as well as the roadblocks, then leveraging our proprietary full cycle selling methodology, provide the most effective and strategic plan of action to ensure 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.

Integrity

We are who we say we are. We take ownership, and we value the ability of our team to honor our commitments to customers and to each other.

Innovation

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

Trust

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

Respect

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

Our services, collaborative approach and customized solutions achieve best in class results for your business.

Meet the team

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

Mike LeMaster

Co-Founder, CEO and Director of Strategy and Business Development

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 Sales Director

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

Director of Global Sales and Financial Services Director

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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Lynn Schroeder

Chief Appraisal Officer and 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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Justin Doucette

Managing Director of Appraisals

Justin has 20+ years' experience valuing machinery, equipment and other tangible assets. Being ASA certified, he has led multiple projects for asset-based companies and financial firms and utilizes his expertise to produce timely, accurate asset appraisals and valuations.

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Susan Hyde

Content Strategist

Susan brings 25 years of experience contributing to organizational health and growth through the development and documentation of operational efficiencies, procedures, protocols and other content-based deliverables. Her contributions inside each level of Black Star's internal structure ensure we are all positioned for success and, as an organization, operating in compliance and alignment with our overall business goals.

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Brandi Kay

Asset Manager

Brandi has 13 years of heavy equipment industry experience. While managing the details inside $multi-millions 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.