Meet our Global Team

With team members located Australia, the US, UK, Canada, Netherlands, Hong Kong and China, you will have in-region support with a vast amount of knowledge and skills ready to support your project. See who your representative is in this interactive map.

Kaelan Lee

Business Development Engineer –
USA West & Canada West

Ian Tennick

Business Development Engineer –
United Kingdom

Dara Shabnam

Business Development Manager –
USA Midwest & Canada East

Peter Koolen

Sales Manager –
Europe

Erik Must

Business Development Engineer –
USA East

Andrew Garner

Business Development Engineer –
Southeast Asia

Meet our Leadership Team

At Star, we have an international management team from all over the world. Our managers speak many languages and are from the United Kingdom, America, Australia, Germany, China and more. This global expertise allows us to provide a great service to customers all over the world.

Gordon Styles

Gordon Styles

Chief Technology Officer and Founder

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Gordon Styles started out his career in 1983, at the age of 18, as a machining apprentice at his Father’s ten person precision engineering company. By 21, after the death of his Father, Gordon became owner and Managing Director. After years of struggling in an economically backward and industrially declining area, Gordon discovered 3D printing and soon became a national fast-growth high-tech success story as STYLES Rapid Prototyping Limited.

In 2000, the renamed 73-person STYLES Rapid Product Development Limited was sold to Japanese rapid prototyper ARRK. Gordon then went on to found another more traditional engineering company investing most of the proceeds from the first company, but sadly it failed within a few years. Disillusioned with the direction that UK industry and politics was taking, and fearing a huge recession, Gordon decided to try his luck in China.

Founded as a 3D printing and CNC machining company in Hong Kong in 2005, and later in 2007 in Zhongshan China; Star Rapid has grown organically from a one-person trading company to a 300-person manufacturing company. Having appointed a full management board, including a new CEO, COO, and CFO, Gordon works as President and CTO of the company.

The goal now is to transform Star Rapid into a global example of excellence in Lean Manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

Gordon Styles

David Hunter

Chief Executive Officer

Learn more about David

Originally from London, David has outstanding knowledge and know how of doing business in China, where he has resided since 2003. David has a proven track record of success in general management and has held senior positions in sales, marketing, business development and operations. A leader who commands respect from employees, customers and stakeholders, David is dynamic and forward thinking, striving always for continuous improvement in all aspects of business and business relationships.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, traveling and playing sports. As CEO of Star, he plans to elevate the business by bringing additional customer focus along with implementing industry 4.0 and continuing to develop what is already a great team, ultimately leading to greater customer satisfaction, consistent world-class performance and enable Star to achieve sustainable growth.

David Douglas

David Douglas

Chief Operating Officer

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I am of Scottish origin and was educated in the United Kingdom, receiving my B.A. in Business Studies. I first started traveling to China in 2003 and have lived here full-time since 2015.

My core disciplines are quality assurance, supply chain management and operations management. In my professional life I’ve worked at a number of multinational high-technology firms including Flex and McLaren. I’ve gained experience in various manufacturing specialties including computer servers, printed circuit boards and automotive components.

As COO at Star my role will be to implement best-in-class management practices to our day-to-day manufacturing operations. Success for me is increasing our efficiency, improving our on-time delivery performance and ultimately delivering greater profitability for our continued long-term financial health. I look forward to the challenges and rewards that lie ahead for all of us at Star. Oh, and by the way, call me “Deed”.

Zakary Smith

Global Sales Director

Learn more about Zak

Zak Smith is the Global Sales Director for Star Rapid, leading a global team of engineers in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. Together they turn innovative ideas, concepts, and projects into reality in an array of industries such as medical, automotive, aerospace, industrial, and IOT. Star Rapid’s team of in-region engineers collaborate directly with other engineering and product development companies to deliver prototypes and production parts of the highest quality, on time and at an extremely competitive price. Prior to Star Rapid, Zak was an Advanced Concepts Engineer designing next-generation seat shells at Zodiac Aerospace, a Process Engineer designing lithium ion batteries at A123 Systems, Manufacturing Engineer at Philips Color Kinetics, and a Mechanical Engineer nano-plating high strength and corrosive resistant alloys at Xtalic Corporation. He currently is the Chapter Chair for YPO Next Generation of San Francisco and earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Technological Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University.

Angela Black

Global Marketing Director

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Angela began working at Star Rapid in August 2015 as the Global Marketing Director.

She holds an Bachelors Degree in Social Science, a postgraduate degree in Public Relations and is now undertaking her MBA part-time. She has more than 13 years of experience using her creative marketing skills in a range of countries including Australia, Japan and Tanzania, China and Hong Kong. While in Tanzania, Angela was the marketing manager for a large not for profit school, The School of St Jude. During her time there she used her marketing skills to raise urgently needed funds to provide a free, high-quality education to students while raising awareness of the importance of education in fighting poverty.

She brings that same professionalism and drive for excellence to the team at Star Rapid.

Elaine Du

Elaine Du

Finance Director

Learn more about Elaine

Elaine Du joined Star Rapid in July 2018 as the new Finance Director reporting directly to Hunter. Elaine is from Shaanxi Province and studied International Accounting at Jilin University of Finance and Economics. She relocated to Zhuhai in 2002 and received her MBA from Jinan University in 2016.

She has a wealth of experience working in foreign-owned enterprises helping to control budgets, reduce costing and streamline financial operations. We know that she will be able to bring these same skills to Star.

In her spare time she goes to the gym and stays in shape with a private trainer. Elaine says, “Keeping fit has many benefits, but to me it’s more about reducing stress.”

Human Resource Director

David Liu

Human Resource Director

Learn more about David

David started his journey at Star Rapid in March of 2017. Prior to joining Star he served a range of multinational companies across various industries. David has played a critical role in facilitating business growth through initiating HR projects and programs to engage and retain talent. He also has substantial experience in developing the capabilities of organizations.

David holds a Masters degree from the University of Wales, UK, and has spent the last few years improving his skills and knowledge through participating in several cutting-edge HR workshops.

“Working for Star Rapid is a really exciting opportunity and we have a lot of exciting possibilities ahead of us. Let us work together to make a difference”, David said.

Human Resource Director

Aleck Zhang

IT Director

Learn more about Aleck

Mr. Aleck Zhang is Star’s new Director of IT. Aleck studied Communication Engineering at Anhui Normal University, and has worked for many international companies including Bosch, Continental and Siemens before relocating to Zhongshan to join us.

Aleck brings with him a depth of experience in Industrial 4.0 solutions, SAP project management and implementing ERP systems company-wide. These skills will help Star to achieve our goals for smart, lean and integrated manufacturing. In his spare time, Aleck is also keen on sports, including badminton, driving and basketball.

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