Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Stellar's CEO and founder Lars Jonsson leads the day-to-day operations of Stellar both stateside and in Sweden while also guiding the overall vision for the company.Stellar Holdings’ CEO and founder Lars Jonsson has been actively involved in commercial real estate since coming to the U.S. in 1986. Lars’ international resume includes serving as CEO of NICO International (a Swedish-based engineering and marine service company), Vice President and Head of the Transportation division for Nynäs Petroleum (one of Sweden’s major oil companies), and Manager of Sales and Marketing for the New Building Division of Gotaverken (a world-leading Swedish shipbuilding company). He has extensive experience in business with global competition and cyclical markets and, as a member of Cabinet-level Swedish trade missions, has been involved in high-level transactions in numerous countries, including, Mexico, Venezuela, and Cuba. In 2006, the Swedish Government appointed Lars to be the Honorary Swedish Consul for the state of Washington. He also serves (the boards of) several not-for-profit organizations. Lars graduated from the Gothenburg School of Business and completed the Senior Executive Program at Stanford University.
Executive Vice President
Ben Goux is the EVP of Stellar Holdings. He is also CFO and Investment Partner with Pioneer Venture Partners, an affiliate. He serves on the Board of Avalara and Binary Fountain, as well as the Advisory Board of Venuetize, ETA and Evergreens. Ben was formerly the CFO of Avail Media, Broadstream, and Stellar One and was a member of the senior financial team at Sonus Pharmaceuticals. Prior to those positions, Ben served with Coopers and Lybrand where he was a licensed CPA (currently inactive). He has a Bachelor Degree from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
VP Real Estate
Jonas serves as Vice President of Real Estate at Stellar Holdings where he oversees the company’s development and investment activities. Prior to a career in real estate, he was an entrepreneur and technologist. Jonas is focused on applying innovative process thinking to development. Jonas served as CEO of System73 and is currently serving on its Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Southern California.
VP Real Estate Operations
Tim Ainge has 34 years of combined experience in Property Management, Product Development, Sales, Operations, and Finance across multiple industries, including, Real Estate, Wireless, Video Aggregation and Distribution, Computer and Peripheral Reselling, and Software Development. As Vice President of Real Estate Operations for Stellar he is focused entirely on property lease up and overall property management with a keen focus on growing Net Operating Income while maintaining a premiere property. Prior to his role at Stellar, Tim held positions as the Executive Vice President for Operations and Customer Excellence for Avail Media, Inc., Managing Director for Convergent Technology Group, Inc., Vice President of Sales, Operations and Customer Support for Multiple Zones, Inc., Acting Chief Financial Officer for PCS PrimeCo, and Chief Financial Officer of US WEST Paging, Inc. Tim was formerly a licensed Certified Public Account and Real Estate Broker. He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and he is an honorably discharged Vietnam Era Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
VP Strategic Development
Jenny is Vice President of Concept Development at Bansvik Holdings AB. She sits on the Board of Bansvik and Yalla Rinkeby Nonprofit, an incubator empowering women refugees in Sweden. Previously, she was a consultant at BTS, a global professional services firm, in San Francisco. Similar to her brothers, Jenny graduated from the Marshall Business School at the University of Southern California.
Laurie McDonald Jonsson
Laurie McDonald Jonsson is a prominent Seattle businesswoman who has combined a successful travel and business career with a personal commitment to helping women and children around the world. She founded Stellar International, a company with a focus on investments that give back to the communities they serve, and Stellar International Networks, a forum that connects and empowers women leaders around the globe. Past efforts have resulted in groundbreaking women’s business and leadership delegations to central Europe, Scandinavia, the Baltics, Cuba, Africa, and China. Prior to founding Stellar International, Laurie co-founded and managed successful businesses in the travel industry including Sundance Cruises and Admiral Cruises. She was also founding director of Expedia.com, Commerce Bank, and the Puget Sound Bank and was the first chair of the Governor’s Executive Women’s Council under Governor Gary Locke. In 2003, Laurie was awarded a Presidential appointment to the Board of the National Women’s Council in Washington, D.C. She currently serves on the Board of Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Women’s Leadership Board and is a member of the Committee of 200, an invitation-only membership organization of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. Laurie is also the founding president of the Washington State Women’s Forum and founding chair of the Center for Women and Democracy at the University of Washington.
VP Real Estate
Marcus serves as Vice President of Real Estate at Stellar Holdings where he oversees the company’s development and investment activities. Marcus leads strategic acquisition efforts for Stellar’s real estate portfolio and is on the Board of Bansvik Holdings AB. Marcus worked at ByggVesta, a leading real estate developer in Sweden, prior to joining Stellar. While at ByggVesta, he held positions in property management and development. Marcus has an MBA from Columbia Business School with a concentration in real estate and finance and a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Southern California.
Chief Financial Officer
Paige Brown is responsible for the financial management of Stellar Holdings, including project financing, cash management, financial reporting, tax/estate planning, and the coordination of financial and strategic activities between the U.S. and Europe. A CPA in the state of Washington, Paige has worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young, as a controller for Penford Corporation, and as the Securities and Exchange Commission reporting manager for AT&T Wireless. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington.
Alan Erlenbush is responsible for the United States income tax reporting for the U.S. and Europe. A CPA licensed with the state of Washington, Alan worked as an auditor with Peat Marwick before starting work the McDonald Jonsson family in 1982. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Professional Accounting from Eastern Washington University in 1975.
As the property manager for the Stellar Cascade LLC/Westlake Place building in Seattle, Washington, Rita is responsible for the building’s overall financial management. Her responsibilities also include supervising tenant improvement projects, contract renewals, negotiating lease agreements, maintaining vendor relations, and managing assets. She joined Stellar Holdings, Inc. in 1992 and has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate asset management.