Team

Started in 1989, Stellar was the vision of Lars Jonsson, who founded the Company with Laurie McDonald Jonsson and Stan McDonald (the late founder of Princess Cruises).  Lars believed a global development and investment organization in Seattle and Stockholm could be formed with foundational tenants in sustainability, innovation and social impact. Over the past 25+ years, that vision has resulted in over $1B invested into the purchase and/or development in the communities we call home. Our employees and owners work to cultivate an atmosphere that promotes creativity, professional development, and a community-centric work ethic.

Lars Jonsson

Chairman
Stellar's founder Lars Jonsson plays a leading role at Stellar both stateside and in Sweden. Lars 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.

Sheri Druckman

Senior Vice President,
Portfolio Management

Sheri brings over 25 years of real estate industry experience and is responsible for overseeing the long-term asset performance across office, retail and multifamily property types. Sheri ensures effective execution throughout the lifecycle of investments including acquisitions, debt financing, investment strategy and performance, marketing and leasing, operational oversight, and capital projects. Sheri is the recipient of the NAA 2020 Excellence Award for Outstanding Service to an Affiliate and the WMFHA 2014 Portfolio Manager of the Year Emerald Award. She serves as Vice Chair for Partnership for Affordable Housing and is Past President of the Washington Multifamily Housing Association Board of Directors. Sheri is a member of the NAA Legislative & Regulatory Committee, NAA Affordable Housing Committee and WMFHA Government Affairs Committee. She holds a Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor designation and is an NAA Leadership Lyceum graduate. Sheri maintains a Real Estate Broker license for the State of Washington.

Kirsten Lebron

Executive Personal Assistant,
Office Manager

Kirsten manages day-to-day office tasks to ensure smooth operation, is the liaison for vendor relationships, and provides administrative support to the business owners and leadership. Previously, Kirsten held various roles within the YMCA Movement, which included managing the Member Services department at a $5mm YMCA branch in Houston and supporting over 15 consultants across the nation at the YMCA of the USA. Kirsten received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University in 2014.

Jonas Jonsson

President
Jonas serves as President of Stellar Holdings where he leads the company's day-to-day operations and strategic vision, and oversees the company’s development and investment activities. Jonas leads strategic acquisition efforts for Stellar’s real estate portfolio and is on the Board of Bansvik Holdings AB. 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.

Ben Goux

Chairman of the Board,
Stellar Global Holdings
Ben is Chairman of the Board for Stellar Global 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.

Soon Lee

Controller, Finance

Soon is responsible for the financial and operational management of Stellar Holdings, including project financing, cash management, financial reporting, and human resources. Before joining Stellar, Soon held positions as the Vice President for Accounting and Finance for Salal Credit Union, senior accounting manager for HomeStreet Bank, and Vice President of Fund Accounting for BlackRock, Inc. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing an MBA at Seattle University.

Carlen Veasey

Senior Analyst, Investments

Carlen covers new deal flow for Stellar with responsibilities including sourcing, due diligence, financial modeling and capitalization. 

Carlen joined Stellar in 2021 from Unico Properties. At Unico, Carlen worked across the acquisitions and development teams on new investments in the Western United States. Carlen worked to source and execute $400M in office and industrial acquisitions. On Unico’s development team, he worked on new construction and adaptive reuse of office and multifamily assets. Carlen also spent time with Unico Solar Investors, from sourcing to closing on commercial and small-scale utility solar developments.   

Carlen grew up in Philadelphia and graduated in 2018 from Trinity College with a BA in Economics. He lives in Seattle where he is involved with several non-profit organizations.

Marcus Jonsson

President
Marcus serves as President of Stellar Holdings where he leads the company's day-to-day operations and strategic vision, and 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.

Greg Harlow

Vice President Finance/Treasurer
Greg is the VP Finance and Treasurer of Stellar Holdings and is responsible for Cash Management, U.S. income tax reporting and planning for the U.S. and Europe.  A CPA licensed with the state of Washington, Greg worked as a Tax Director at PWC and has experience working in the Hedge Fund, Private Equity and Venture Capital industry in financial operations and tax.  He received his Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Master in Tax Degrees from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Greg Van Patten

Senior Vice President, Development

Greg Van Patten directs all aspects of the development and construction process for the firm’s development activity.  He has over 28 years of experience in both market rate and affordable multifamily and mixed-use development, with communities ranging from low-rise garden style to urban mid-rise and high-rise, as well as senior housing.  Greg was previously Senior Vice President of Development for The Wolff Company, where he oversaw the company’s multifamily development activity in the Pacific Northwest from 2011 to 2020, totaling nearly 5,800 units and over $1.4 billion in total costs.  Greg has a BBA in Real Estate & Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from the University of Oregon.  Prior to college he served three years active duty in the U.S. Army.

Lars Jonsson

Chairman
Stellar's founder Lars Jonsson plays a leading role at Stellar both stateside and in Sweden. Lars 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.

Marcus Jonsson

President
Marcus serves as President of Stellar Holdings where he leads the company's day-to-day operations and strategic vision, and 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.

Ben Goux

Chairman of the Board,
Stellar Global Holdings
Ben is Chairman of the Board for Stellar Global 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.

Kirsten Lebron

Executive Personal Assistant,
Office Manager

Kirsten manages day-to-day office tasks to ensure smooth operation, is the liaison for vendor relationships, and provides administrative support to the business owners and leadership. Previously, Kirsten held various roles within the YMCA Movement, which included managing the Member Services department at a $5mm YMCA branch in Houston and supporting over 15 consultants across the nation at the YMCA of the USA. Kirsten received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University in 2014.

Greg Van Patten

Senior Vice President, Development

Greg Van Patten directs all aspects of the development and construction process for the firm’s development activity.  He has over 28 years of experience in both market rate and affordable multifamily and mixed-use development, with communities ranging from low-rise garden style to urban mid-rise and high-rise, as well as senior housing.  Greg was previously Senior Vice President of Development for The Wolff Company, where he oversaw the company’s multifamily development activity in the Pacific Northwest from 2011 to 2020, totaling nearly 5,800 units and over $1.4 billion in total costs.  Greg has a BBA in Real Estate & Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from the University of Oregon.  Prior to college he served three years active duty in the U.S. Army.

Jonas Jonsson

President
Jonas serves as President of Stellar Holdings where he leads the company's day-to-day operations and strategic vision, and oversees the company’s development and investment activities. Jonas leads strategic acquisition efforts for Stellar’s real estate portfolio and is on the Board of Bansvik Holdings AB. 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.

Sheri Druckman

Senior Vice President,
Portfolio Management

Sheri brings over 25 years of real estate industry experience and is responsible for overseeing the long-term asset performance across office, retail and multifamily property types. Sheri ensures effective execution throughout the lifecycle of investments including acquisitions, debt financing, investment strategy and performance, marketing and leasing, operational oversight, and capital projects. Sheri is the recipient of the NAA 2020 Excellence Award for Outstanding Service to an Affiliate and the WMFHA 2014 Portfolio Manager of the Year Emerald Award. She serves as Vice Chair for Partnership for Affordable Housing and is Past President of the Washington Multifamily Housing Association Board of Directors. Sheri is a member of the NAA Legislative & Regulatory Committee, NAA Affordable Housing Committee and WMFHA Government Affairs Committee. She holds a Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor designation and is an NAA Leadership Lyceum graduate. Sheri maintains a Real Estate Broker license for the State of Washington.

Greg Harlow

Vice President Finance/Treasurer
Greg is the VP Finance and Treasurer of Stellar Holdings and is responsible for Cash Management, U.S. income tax reporting and planning for the U.S. and Europe.  A CPA licensed with the state of Washington, Greg worked as a Tax Director at PWC and has experience working in the Hedge Fund, Private Equity and Venture Capital industry in financial operations and tax.  He received his Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Master in Tax Degrees from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Soon Lee

Controller, Finance

Soon is responsible for the financial and operational management of Stellar Holdings, including project financing, cash management, financial reporting, and human resources. Before joining Stellar, Soon held positions as the Vice President for Accounting and Finance for Salal Credit Union, senior accounting manager for HomeStreet Bank, and Vice President of Fund Accounting for BlackRock, Inc. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing an MBA at Seattle University.

Carlen Veasey

Senior Analyst, Investments

Carlen covers new deal flow for Stellar with responsibilities including sourcing, due diligence, financial modeling and capitalization. 

Carlen joined Stellar in 2021 from Unico Properties. At Unico, Carlen worked across the acquisitions and development teams on new investments in the Western United States. Carlen worked to source and execute $400M in office and industrial acquisitions. On Unico’s development team, he worked on new construction and adaptive reuse of office and multifamily assets. Carlen also spent time with Unico Solar Investors, from sourcing to closing on commercial and small-scale utility solar developments.   

Carlen grew up in Philadelphia and graduated in 2018 from Trinity College with a BA in Economics. He lives in Seattle where he is involved with several non-profit organizations.

Lars Jonsson

Chairman
Stellar's founder Lars Jonsson plays a leading role at Stellar both stateside and in Sweden. Lars 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.

Marcus Jonsson

President
Marcus serves as President of Stellar Holdings where he leads the company's day-to-day operations and strategic vision, and 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.

Laurie McDonald Jonsson

Board Member
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.

Jonas Jonsson

President
Jonas serves as President of Stellar Holdings where he leads the company's day-to-day operations and strategic vision, and oversees the company’s development and investment activities. Jonas leads strategic acquisition efforts for Stellar’s real estate portfolio and is on the Board of Bansvik Holdings AB. 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.

Jenny Jonsson

Board Member

Jenny Jonsson is Vice President of Strategic Development at Bansvik Holdings in Stockholm, Sweden. Bansvik Holdings amongst other things, is the owner of ByggVesta AB, a leading developer of sustainable rental apartments and student housing in major cities around Sweden. Alongside being operational in the company, she sits on the board and acts as an active owner.

Jenny also co-founded Yalla Rinkeby, a women’s cooperative in Sweden, together with her mother Laurie Jonsson. Yalla Rinkeby trains and empowers immigrant women who are far from the working world in cooking, catering, entrepreneurship, sewing, Swedish language skills and leadership. The initiative started in parallel to ByggVesta building new rental apartments in the surrounding area and was created together with the local population after a year of extensive interviews and focus group meetings conducted by Jenny and Laurie. Jenny now serves as active chairman for the organization.

Jenny also sits on the board of the Sweden-American foundation who’s objectives are to ”work for the development of a relationship between Sweden, on the one hand, and the United States and Canada, on the other, by promoting the exchange of scientific, cultural, and practical experiences through presenting fellowships to young men and women for research and graduate level studies in the United States and Canada."

Lars Jonsson

Chairman
Stellar's founder Lars Jonsson plays a leading role at Stellar both stateside and in Sweden. Lars 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.

Jonas Jonsson

President
Jonas serves as President of Stellar Holdings where he leads the company's day-to-day operations and strategic vision, and oversees the company’s development and investment activities. Jonas leads strategic acquisition efforts for Stellar’s real estate portfolio and is on the Board of Bansvik Holdings AB. 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.

Jenny Jonsson

Board Member

Jenny Jonsson is Vice President of Strategic Development at Bansvik Holdings in Stockholm, Sweden. Bansvik Holdings amongst other things, is the owner of ByggVesta AB, a leading developer of sustainable rental apartments and student housing in major cities around Sweden. Alongside being operational in the company, she sits on the board and acts as an active owner.

Jenny also co-founded Yalla Rinkeby, a women’s cooperative in Sweden, together with her mother Laurie Jonsson. Yalla Rinkeby trains and empowers immigrant women who are far from the working world in cooking, catering, entrepreneurship, sewing, Swedish language skills and leadership. The initiative started in parallel to ByggVesta building new rental apartments in the surrounding area and was created together with the local population after a year of extensive interviews and focus group meetings conducted by Jenny and Laurie. Jenny now serves as active chairman for the organization.

Jenny also sits on the board of the Sweden-American foundation who’s objectives are to ”work for the development of a relationship between Sweden, on the one hand, and the United States and Canada, on the other, by promoting the exchange of scientific, cultural, and practical experiences through presenting fellowships to young men and women for research and graduate level studies in the United States and Canada."

Laurie McDonald Jonsson

Board Member
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.

Marcus Jonsson

President
Marcus serves as President of Stellar Holdings where he leads the company's day-to-day operations and strategic vision, and 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.