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Ownership and Administration

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Deana Strunk

Owner

Deana Strunk is the owner of Amshore Renewable Energy. The company specializes in developing sustainable energy solutions for utility companies and independent power producers looking to expand their renewable energy projects.

Amshore™ has originated and developed solar and wind energy facilities generating 2.7 gigawatts of power covering over a half a million acres, and the company offers advanced energy management control and novel energy storage systems.

Deana has more than 40 years in the energy business. Before helping establish and owning Amshore Renewable Energy, she was Vice President and Director at American Shoreline, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and development company established in 1979.

Prior to her energy career, she worked in the legal, transportation and banking industries.

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Scott Casterline

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Casterline is Chief Executive Officer at Amshore Renewable Energy. He has run successful businesses for more than 30 years with a special focus in contract negotiation, client and career management, legal and other areas of business leadership.

In addition to his role at Amshore Renewable Energy, Scott is well-regarded as one of the best negotiators in NFL history. He has negotiated more than USD$1 billion in contracts for more than 300 clients in his 30 years in the sports agency management business.

Scott received his bachelor’s in business administration (BBA) with a major in finance from Baylor University. He also played football and baseball at Baylor University and was a Letterman athlete.

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Cas Purdy

Executive Vice President

Cas Purdy is Executive Vice President at Amshore Renewable Energy. He is responsible for maximizing the company’s operating performance and achieving its goals. He has a broad range of responsibilities including strategic planning, marketing and communications, human resources, information technology, and more. Cas brings to Amshore unique management skills, demonstrated leadership and the ability to solve problems. He has 20+ years of experience in business leadership focused on marketing, strategic planning and growth initiatives. Previously, he was Vice President and Head of Marketing at cybersecurity leader Trustwave. During his tenure there, he and his team drove brand awareness and pipeline creation for the company resulting in growth and an eventual $850M acquisition by Singapore’s leading telco provider Singtel. He also held leadership roles at other companies including IBM, Websense and Guidance Software. He received his bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin, and he studied French at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne).

Development

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John Heymann

Chief Operating Officer

John C. Heymann is Chief Operating Officer at Amshore Renewable Energy overseeing the company’s general development operations.

He began his career in 1975 at Pennzoil Producing Company in Houston, Texas, analyzing and summarizing oil and gas leases purchased by the company, covering lands in the State of Texas. Later, in 1976 he went to work as a landman for a public drilling fund company, Centura, Inc., and subsequently, American Shoreline, Inc. where he ran title, purchasing and administering oil and gas leases for the company. John eventually became the Land Manager and Executive Vice President of Operations for American Shoreline, Inc. where he oversaw all aspects of the exploration and production operations of the company ranging from buying oil and gas leases to selling production from those leases to pipelines and end users.

John has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in finance and accounting. He also graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1988. John was licensed to practice law in Texas on May 5, 1989, and has been Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Energy Law since December of 1995.

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Jeff Neves

Vice President

Jeff Neves is Vice President at Amshore Renewable Energy, where he is responsible for wind and solar development projects. He has been engaged in renewable energy development with Amshore for more than a decade. 

Jeff received a degree in government and business from the University of Texas at Austin.

He is an active Life Member of the Texas Exes Alumni Association, the Phi Delta Theta Alumni Organization, and with his wife and family, is a supporter of the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Corpus Christi and Central Texas, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, the Texas State Aquarium, the March of Dimes, the Brookwood Community, Houston Campus, the Friends of St. James and the Alley Theatre Supporters.

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Mark Ward

Managing Director

Mark Ward is Managing Director at Amshore Renewable Energy, responsible for developing and executing growth strategies for the company. As part of those strategies, he brings added value to the development of existing and future customer projects with the integration of innovative technologies that include artificial intelligence (AI) and energy storage.

Mark has more than 35 years of experience primarily in the power and energy sectors. He has served in senior management positions for private equity, independent power producers, investor-owned utilities and engineering and construction firms. His experience includes business and strategy development, project development, and management, mergers and acquisitions, asset management and generation planning. During his career, he has planned, developed, constructed, acquired/sold, financed and managed more than 10,000 megawatts of coal, coal gasification, natural gas, wind, solar and waste-to-energy assets valued at nearly $11 billion.

Prior to joining Amshore, Mark was Director of Renewables at Tampa Electric Company, managing the company’s solar program valued at more than $1.7 billion. He executed the company’s renewable energy strategy that includes more than 1,200 megawatts of utility-scale solar and its first energy storage project. He also led the purchase of more than 7,000 acres of land, procurement of more than 9 million solar modules, project development and construction of utility-scale solar projects to meet corporate business growth goals.

Previously, Mark founded the Global Sustainable Energy Group LLC (GSEG) which provided energy consulting services to private equity, renewable energy companies, power EPC companies and utilities. Earlier, he formed Mesa Power Group with T. Boone Pickens where he served seven years as an executive officer. He has also held a variety of other energy-related leadership positions at companies including TXU Energy, Shaw Group, Entergy Asset Management and Nichols Research Corporation (NCR). Early in his career, he also served in the US Army Missile Command.

Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and he continued his education with post graduate studies in engineering management and engineering optics.

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Eric Briones

Project Developer

Eric Briones is a Project Developer at Amshore Renewable Energy. He has developed and project managed utility-scale wind and solar projects for Amshore since 2013. He is responsible for executing the company’s project portfolio while managing all activities associated with project development as well as providing oversight to the executive team with prospect due diligence.

Eric received his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University.

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Aaron Young

Project Developer

Aaron Young is a Project Developer at Amshore Renewable Energy. He is responsible for developing commercial-scale wind and solar projects throughout the United States. Aaron joined Amshore in 2014 and has developed and assisted in the development and construction of the 2.7 gigawatts of Amshore-originated projects.

Aaron received a bachelor’s of science degree in Wind Energy with a concentration in Project Development from Texas Tech University. He was a leader in the Wind Energy Student Association where he represented the Texas Tech Wind Energy Department at the American Wind Energy Association annual conferences during his time at the university.

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Aida Guzman

Land and Lease Administrator

Aida Guzman is Land and Lease Administrator at Amshore Renewable Energy.

She has more than 35 years of administrative experience. Aida manages Amshore wind real estate contracts for development projects including processing of lease procurements, rental/easement agreement payments and support landowner relations and conveyance of real estate documentation to landowners. She also supports with title review and curative efforts and supports the team with specific legislative and public relations campaigns, efforts and due diligence. She provides additional support with lease/project mapping, recordation of documents in various counties and title search support.

Aida studied legal at Del Mar College. She is an active member of the local Desk and Derrick Club of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Advisors

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Cheryl Casterline

Advisor

Cheryl Casterline is an advisor at Amshore Renewable Energy. She has more than 35 years of business experience including more than ten years in the energy market. Most recently, she was a luxury real restate executive selling more than USD$50 million in properties and land on the Texas Gulf Coast over a ten-year period. Prior to her real estate career, she spent many years in retail management, ultimately becoming an entrepreneur by forming her own luxury retail company in Orange County, California. Previously, she ran financial administration for American Shoreline, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and development company established in 1979. Cheryl studied psychology and criminal justice at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and at Del Mar College.

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Jeff Davis

Advisor

Jeff Davis is an advisor at Amshore Renewable Energy. He is a Financial Advisor and Managing Director at Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. For decades, he has provided financial expertise to businesses and individuals looking to achieve financial goals and objectives. Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Texas.

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Charcandrick West

Advisor

Charcandrick West is an advisor at Amshore Renewable Energy. He is a former American football running back. He played college football at Abilene Christian University and had a successful five-season career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He announced his retirement from football in December 2019.

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Randy White

Advisor

Randy White is an advisor at Amshore Renewable Energy. In addition to his business development efforts in wind and solar energy, he is a former Dallas Cowboys football player.

Randy White came to the Cowboys from the University of Maryland as the No. 2 pick in the 1975 NFL Draft. Before his career was over, 14 years later, he would become known as the “Manster” – half man, half monster – setting numerous franchise records as the heart-and-soul of the famed “Doomsday Defense”. White became one of the NFL’s most dominating defensive linemen and a coveted co-Super Bowl MVP.

White played 14 seasons, tying him for second all-time in franchise history, and he set a franchise record with eight All-Pro selections. White was also selected to nine Pro Bowls, ranking third in franchise history for Pro Bowl appearances. In his career, White played in six NFC Championship Games and three Super Bowls, claiming victory in Super Bowl XII and co-MVP honors with teammate Harvey Martin.

In 1994, White was inducted into the Ring of Honor with teammate Tony Dorsett, the same year he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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