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Stellar Promotes Brian Kappele and Brian Reeves

Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, has promoted two of its leaders to new officer positions.

kappele_brian1Brian Kappele has been named Executive Vice President, Food & Beverage Facility Services. A 17-year veteran of the company, Kappele will now oversee all of Food & Beverage Facility Services, including Refrigeration Services.

Kappele began as an intern at Stellar in 1999. He has since served as a Field Engineer, Superintendent, Project Manager and Division Manager. He was named Vice President in July 2006, Food & Beverage Facility Services Vice President in September 2008 and Senior Vice President in October 2013. Kappele graduated from the Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida in 1998.

“It’s a tremendous honor to move into this new role,” said Kappele. “In my time at Stellar, I’ve developed a keen understanding of this industry and the evolving needs of our clients, and I’m eager to apply those years of experience to help lead this company to new levels of success.”

“With every opportunity, Brian’s leadership has resulted in significant improvement not just to the bottom line, but more importantly to those who work around him,” said Mike Santarone, Stellar President and Chief Operating Officer. “His enthusiasm is contagious, his expectations are always clear, he emphasizes accountability, and he empowers his team to be successful. I am confident in the direction Brian will take his entire team moving forward.”

reeves_brianBrian Reeves has also been promoted to Vice President of Operations in Refrigeration Services. Reeves will now oversee all refrigeration project management, automation and controls, commissioning and refrigeration field services.

Reeves has been a part of the Stellar team for two decades, serving as a Refrigeration Engineer, Project Manager and most recently as the Refrigeration Services Division Manager. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

“I’m very excited for the challenges and opportunities this new position will offer,” said Reeves. “I began my career at Stellar, and I’m eager to continue providing our clients with the high-quality results that have come to define this company.”

The announcements come as Stellar concludes a successful fiscal year 2016.


About Stellar

StellarStellar is a fully integrated design, engineering, construction and mechanical services firm that provides the industry’s most comprehensive range of self-performed services, including planning, design, preconstruction, construction, refrigeration, mechanical and utility, building envelope, and total operations and maintenance services. More than 600 Stellar employees worldwide create award-winning food processing plants, refrigerated warehouses, distribution centers, commercial buildings and military facilities. In addition to its Jacksonville, Florida, headquarters and its Western Region office in Modesto, California, Stellar operates nearly 25 support locations and offices throughout the United States and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, China and Puerto Rico. The company also serves Central and South America, Europe and India. For more information, visit

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