CEO and Founder
Steve Katsaros's life has been filled with innovation from a young age. Steve began his career in his late teens with the invention of several commercial products for the ski industry. His first brush with "impact inventing" came in 2002 with RevoPower, a motorized wheel for bicycles. In early 2010, he came up with another bright idea – a simple, portable solar light bulb with the potential to revolutionize life for the 1.4 billion people in the world who live without access to electricity. Five months after his first sketch, Steve launched Nokero and has been on a solar lighting mission ever since.
Steve has a BS in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from Purdue University, is a patent agent registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and was a non-degree seeking student at the Bard Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado from 1998-1999. He received the B.F. Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Award in 1995 and was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Mechanical Engineer Award from Purdue University.
Fulfillment & Customer Support
Chris Katsaros has 20+ years of experience working with private-sector businesses based in Colorado. During this time, Chris managed corporate accounts for a successful restaurant enterprise and was a top-producing sales rep in the motorcycle industry. Chris gravitates towards work that affords him the opportunity to make a difference and create lasting relationships.
At Nokero, Chris enjoys helping customers and finding ways to meet their specific needs. He assists with direct sales and oversees shipping and logistical support. Chris loves seeing how a small solar product can have such a big impact in the world. His favorite Nokero model is the N233.
A Colorado native, Chris earned a BA from Western State University in beautiful Gunnison, Colorado. He lives in Denver with his lovely wife, Jenna.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Yeager has worked in both operations and finance of small closely-held businesses for over 20 years and has extensive experience with high growth multi-national companies. Jeff's expertise is in operational finance including import/export of goods, distribution, and manufacturing.
Jeff earned his B.S. from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and is a Colorado licensed CPA. Jeff loves seeing the transformation that Nokero solar lights bring to people's lives once they no longer have to rely on kerosene lanterns. His favorite product is the N233 which he takes on camping trips with his two teenage daughters.
General Counsel and Co-Founder
Evan Husney is Nokero's General Counsel and is also responsible for business development, large orders and the Nokero Dealer Network. Evan has worked in the legal field, both in large firms and as in-house counsel to growing businesses for 14 years. Evan's legal practice has focused on general corporate matters, including contract preparation, negotiation and review, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, joint ventures and other general corporate matters.
Mr. Husney earned his J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Evan loves Nokero because of the way our products positively the change the lives of those without reliable access to electricity.
For 3 decades, Jimmy has worked with companies on various sourcing, logistics, and general business needs in China. Based in Hong Kong, Jimmy’s career stared with International Sales for China Bicycle Company when they were the largest in the world.
Brook S. Kennedy
Strategic Design Advisor
Brook Kennedy is an Industrial Designer and inventor with a stubborn passion to make the world a better place through design. With more than 15 years of award-winning product design and innovation experience serving some of the world's most respected brands, his current focus lies in harnessing the power of design in the name of health and quality of life. Brook also teaches at Virginia Tech where he mentors students to use Human Centered Design to solve real problems and create lasting value for people.
At Nokero, Brook advises the company in all matters of design including the development of new products for new markets.
Originally from New York City, he loves the serene beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoys being a pedestrian in a small college town. Kennedy earned an MFA in Design at Stanford University.