Star History

Star Building Systems Operating Committee

David Alexander

David Alexander came to Star as a programmer analyst in 1989, where he worked primarily on the Star Builder System software.  He was later promoted to Director of Builder Systems, and then in 2002 accepted the position of Director of Customer Service. In 2011, David was promoted to President.  He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Management.  When away from the office, David enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife, Sherry, and three sons, Drew, Caleb and Jacob.  The boys keep David and Sherry very busy with sports and activities.
Joe Edge
President of International Services - NCI

Joe Edge began his career in 1968 as a helper on the panel line in Star’s now defunct Cedartown, GA plant.  He also served as estimator, drafter, and project manager for a Star Builder in the early 70s.  Joe began his Star sales career as District Manager, first in Louisiana and Mississippi and later the Georgia/Tennessee district. He was promoted to Northern Regional Manager in 1985 and relocated his family to Missouri.  In 1989, the Edges packed up once again, this time moving to Oklahoma City and Joe’s new responsibility as Director of Customer Service.  Later he became Director of International Sales and promoted Star products in Asia and Europe for several years.  In 1994, he was promoted to Vice President of Sales, and in 2003 became the tenth President of Star Building Systems. In 2011, Joe accepted the position of President of International Services.

Joe has a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Georgia College. Hobbies include fishing, reading, bike riding, scuba diving and traveling for business or pleasure. When not working, Joe can often be found in his bass boat which is always ready to go in his backyard slip. He is very proud of his three grown children; Julie, Joel and Meredith who now live in Georgia and Oklahoma.  Julie and her husband, Shane Redden, have three children of their own, making Joe a proud Granddad.
Gene Bell, P.E.
Vice President of Operations          

Gene Bell, P.E. joined Star in 1973 as a Design Engineer I after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Gene has worked as Design Engineer, Sales Engineer, Chief Engineer, Chief Sales Engineer, Manager of Estimating, Team Manager, Director of Customer Service, Director of Estimating, Pricing Administration and Plant Scheduling and is now the Vice President of Operations. When not working, Gene enjoys golf, running, kayaking, adventure racing, mountain biking and spending as much time as possible with his nine grandchildren.
John Negich
Vice President of Sales

John began his career with Star in 1985 as District Manager for the Pittsburgh District. During his tenure he has also served as Region Manager for Star's Eastern Region and most recently for Star's Northern Region. John attended the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as the Greensburg Institute of Technology in Greensburg, PA. Prior to his time with Star, John practiced architecture.
Gabe Savely
Director of Customer Service

Gabe Savely first joined Star in 1999 as a programmer analyst after receiving his degree in Computer Science & Management. In 2001, Gabe was promoted to Manager of SBS and was instrumental in the continual development of SBS as the industry leading software it is today.  In 2004, Gabe accepted the challenge of the Corporate IT Director position supporting software development for all of the RCC & NCI buildings divisions. Gabe became Director of Product Management-Customer Solutions in 2008 as part of the IT Technical Services group.  In 2011, Gabe re-joined Star Building Systems as the Director of Customer Service. While not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Rebecca, and their two daughters, Sarah and Shelby.  There isn’t a sport his daughters have played that Gabe hasn’t been involved in as a Coach. 
Stacy Milford
Director of Drafting

Stacy joined Star in 1988 as a Drafter I. She held many positions within the Drafting department while studying Architectural Technology at Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma City campus.   Stacy has 27 years of industry experience and serves on the Advisory Committee of several surrounding Technology Centers and Colleges. In her spare time, Stacy enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with her husband, David, their 3 children and 3 grandchildren.   
Allen Hurtz, P.E.
Director of Engineering

Allen Hurtz, P.E., began his career at Star in January 1989 as a Design Engineer I.  He was promoted to Design Engineer II and then to Engineering Manager in 1997. He accepted the position as Director of Engineering in 2012.  Allen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Platteville and is a registered Professional Engineer in multiple states.  Allen and his wife, Trish, have two daughters, Rachel and Hannah, and enjoy family time and attending the girls’ activities.
Bryan Arlington, P.E. –
Director of Estimating

Bryan Arlington, P.E., started at Star in 1996 as a Design Engineer.  In 1999, he moved to the Estimating Department as a Sales Engineer.  After achieving Senior Sales Engineer, he was promoted to Chief Sales Engineer and then Manager of Estimating.  Bryan has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is a registered professional engineer in multiple states. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife, Shalmarie and his two children, Jessica and Jacob.
Dave Rutherford
Director of Business Affairs

Dave Rutherford came to Star in 1973, working second shift in the plant while attending Rose State University on a wrestling scholarship. Over the last 37 years Dave has held many positions at Star; Shear Operator, Customer Service Rep, Quality Superintendent, Director of Quality, Safety and Environmental (all RCC plants) and Plant Manager at Lockeford, CA. Dave’s current position as Director of Business Affairs has him dealing with Star’s legal affairs among other duties as assigned by Joe Edge, including Sales Manager for the Oklahoma District. Dave has been active with the MBMA and is former Chairman of the Manufacturing Committee as well as a member of the Construction Committee. He is a 20-year member of the American Welding Society and Certified as a CWI. Dave and his wife, Peggy, own an acreage in Moore, OK.  They have three grown children, 3 granddaughters and one grandson, with many photos in Dave’s office to show everyone the most beautiful grandchildren in the world, in Dave’s estimation. Dave is an avid “bird” hunter with his field trial English Pointers and also enjoys a good round of golf when time allows.
Ron Welch, C.P.A.

Ron Welch joined Star in 2008 as Controller. He is a graduate of the University Center – Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Prior to joining Star, Ron spent nine years in Assurance and Advisory Services with Ernst & Young, LLP and ten years as Controller/Chief Financial Officer for a large regional distribution concern with over 130 retail outlets throughout the Midwest.  Ron has served as Trustee over large estates and was appointed Debtor-in-Possession by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. When not at work, he enjoys any outdoor activity and spends most of his time involved in sports and activities with his two boys.