Meet the Team

The officers and directors of BlackStar have over 100 years of combined experience in corporate finance, corporate management and consulting in the public and private equity markets.

Mr. Joseph Kurczodyna

An industry expert with more than 40 years of successful experience in the financial and capital markets; Joseph Kurczodyna employs his proven track record in corporate finance, underwriting and financial services to help insure the success of BlackStar.

 

Working with various Commodity and Stock brokerage firms in Chicago and Denver, Joseph began his career in 1977 trading Bonds and T-Bill futures. In the 1980’s he focused on underwriting early stage companies.  As a principle with Mills Financial, a registered Broker Dealer with the SEC and NASD, Joseph underwrote and syndicated Western International Gold & Silver (WIGS) in 1984.  In 1991 Kurczodyna purchased Mills Financial and was the firm’s President and General Principle.  While leading Mills Financial, Joseph underwrote and funded private placements and IPO’s. In 1998 Mills was the lead underwriter for United Financial Mortgage Corporation (UFMC), which was eventually listed on the American Stock Exchange.  From 2004 to 2009 Joseph was the CEO of Capital Merchant Bank LLC., an independent investment banker. From 2006 to 2008 Kurczodyna acted as the CFO and Director of OnMedia International.  In 2009 Mr. Kurczodyna founded Patriot Mortgage Acceptance Corp. a private mortgage company. In 2014 Mr. Kurczodyna was one of the founders of International Hedge Group Inc., (IHG). In 2016 IHG acquired 95% interest in BlackStar Enterprise Group.

Mr. John Noble Harris

Mr. Harris began his career in the securities industry in 1971 with Newhart Cook & Co., a St. Louis based NYSE member firm.  Licensed both as a broker and principal, he ultimately managed brokerage offices for several regional NASD brokerage firms.  Since 1985, he has been self- employed as a business consultant and as a private investor. Mr. Harris brings to the Company extensive experience in the public securities market.  Mr. Harris served as the president of Tombstone Technologies from 2005-2010 and eventually merged the public company with Hunt Global Resources.  In 2011 Mr. Harris became president of Rare Green, Inc., a private mineral exploration company.  In 2014 Mr. Harris was one of the founders of International Hedge Group Inc., (IHG). In 2016 IHG acquired 95% interest in BlackStar Enterprise Group.