Since 2015 Chris Cook has been a crucial piece to Stellar’s success. Chris has held several positions with Stellar including Sales Manager, Project Manager, Senior Vice President and his current position, President. As President, Chris is responsible for the overall success and profitability of Stellar.
With over 24 years of experience in the construction industry, Chris’ vast knowledge of the industry has helped him play a direct role in Stellar’s increased success. Before beginning his career with Stellar, Chris has worked as a construction manager for a home builder, and a sales consultant for a roofing company. He also holds a degree from Texas A&M in Construction Science.
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Chris moved to Colorado for 5.5 years to help grow Stellar. He has since moved to the Houston area where Stellar is based.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife (his high school sweetheart!!) and his 3 children. He is very committed to his faith and family and enjoys spending time outdoors and watching any kind of sports.
EVP of Sales and Operations
Joe Deane joined Stellar Commercial Roofing in January of 2017. In his position as the Vice President of Sales, Joe works directly with the directors of sales to hire, train and support the sales team. He is also an important piece of Stellar’s growth as he works to identify and implement new go to market strategies
Before his tenure at Stellar, Joe held positions with a large financial services provider and a top 5 major oil company. He was strategic in helping start and grow a commercial heavy-duty division during his time in the oil industry and was able to triple annual sales revenues in 5 years with his company prior to.
A graduate from Stephen F. Austin, Joe grew up in Alvin, TX and has since moved to Fort Worth. When he is not keeping an eye out for major hail storms, he enjoys hanging out with his beautiful wife and kids, golfing and attending any and every live sporting event.
EVP of Production
With 32 years of industry knowledge, Chris Somoge is a crucial part to Stellar Commercial Roofing. Chris joined Stellar in August of 2012. Since joining he has held various positions such as operations manager and VP of Production, his current role. Chris oversees all Stellar’s production, ensures safety is top priority, and assists sales in technical closings. During his time at Stellar, Chris as accumulated several awards including, Outstanding Sales Performer, Rising Star Award and the Stellar Award.
Chris has always wanted a career in the construction industry. In his 10 years at Stellar, he has been a part of all the major hail storms to come through the US. The growth of Stellar really excites him and he says he is lucky to have found Stellar.
In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, as they are his #1 support team. He also enjoys golfing and anything having to do with water, particularly scuba diving!
Rick Bailey has been integral part of Stellar's sales growth since founding the company with Michael de la Mora in 2011.
Rick and Michael met at Texas A&M where Rick was studying business and philosophy. After graduating, Rick began working as a general contractor where he gained much of his industry knowledge. With Michaels insurance industry knowledge and his knowledge of the contractor side, they founded Stellar in 2011 to fill the gap in the construction industry they saw.
The hail storm in Sunnyvale is the highlight of Rick's career thus far. Two months after founding Stellar, Rick landed a contract for the Sunnyvale industrial park that produced a large amount of revenue and secured the future of Stellar.
Born in Long Island, Rick moved to Houston at the age of 6. He met his wife Jenny, after college when he moved to Dallas. They have 2 children, Bryce and Cameron, who Rick loves to spend time with. He also dedicates a large amount of his free time to working with foundations related to autism and impoverished kids.
Michael de la Mora
Michael de la Mora has a vast knowledge of the construction and insurance loss industry and has been the driver for Stellar's growth throughout the US since its inception in 2011.
Prior to founding Stellar, Michael worked as a consultant for PE Service Consulting Engineers LLC. Michael has been involved as an expert witness for numerous major insurance carriers as well as public adjusters and has been the lead investigator in the analysis of hundreds of losses throughout his carrier. During his tenure as an expert and consultant, he saw the need for a construction company that had intimate knowledge of the ins-and-outs of the restoration process from both the insurance and client perspective. This vision ultimately led to his dream and creation of Stellar Restoration Services, LLC.
Today, Stellar operates in over 36 states and Michael says his career highlight and lifelong dream is Stellar as a whole. Michael has been involved in every major wind event in the US since Hurricane Katrina and every major hailstorm that has impacted the US since 2011. When he isn't working hailstorms, you can find him boating, hunting with his Brittany Spaniels, and best of all spending time with his two daughters Alexa and Anissa.
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