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Kai-Roger Schmidt is President & COO and Member of the Board of Stahlschmidt Incorporated, a privately held management services, investment and asset management company with activities dating back to its inception in Toronto, Canada in 1983.  Its origins in the international trading of metals, minerals and energy as well as subsequent tailored supply chain management, structured trade finance and consulting engagements have influenced the Company’s current investment portfolio.

In 2001, Stahlschmidt merged its steel trading and supply chain management division into the MAN Ferrostaal Incorporated organization while retaining sole control over its non-steel activities.

Post merger, Schmidt joined MAN Ferrostaal Incorporated ("FSI") in 2002 to integrate Stahlschmidt's steel trading and supply chain management division into the organization.

He also served as Chief Information & Administration Officer ("CIAO") of Houston-based Ferrostaal Metals Group, Inc. ("FMG") with offices in 60 countries. Thereafter, he worked directly with the CEO to support the growth and restructuring of FMG's international steel business. Mr. Schmidt spearheaded the structured trade finance and Metalsbridge programs, therewith shifting FMG's focus away from its traditional spot trading business.

In addition to his responsibilities as Senior Vice-President and CIAO of MAN Ferrostaal AG's North American holding company in Cleveland, Ohio, Schmidt also served as Head of FSI's Supply Chain Management Division until 2010, responsible for the introduction of Ferrostaal Automotive GmbH's value-added kitting, pre-assembly and just-in-time/just-in-sequence delivery of complete modules to assembly lines.

From 2009 until 2012, Schmidt served as Senior Vice-President at Solar Trust of America, LLC ("STA"). STA was one of the world's leading solar thermal energy development companies. During his tenure at STA, Schmidt also served as President of STA’s supply chain management (SCM) division, STA Industries, LLC, and helped differentiate STA from all other solar power companies by developing an unique, vertically integrated SCM business model.  

Schmidt brings to STA more than 25 years of diversified experience in international steel commodity trading, logistics, structured trade finance and supply chain management activities. His career includes senior management positions with some of the world's leading industrial and commodities trading companies, including Thyssen AG (now ThyssenKrupp AG); Thyssen Stahlunion GmbH; Thyssen Stahlhandel Berlin GmbH; HABAG GmbH; TradeArbed Export (Luxembourg) S.A. (now ArcelorMittal) and TradeARBED Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Huron University College in Canada, Schmidt continued his postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), University of London, England obtaining his Master of Science degree in 1988. He was awarded his diploma in economics with a mark of "Distinction".

Mr. Schmidt also serves on a number of boards in which Stahlschmidt Asset Management is invested. He is also co-founder of Cleveland Capital Corporation, LLC.