Mike Hornitschek – Director of Strategic Development
Mike joined StraightUp Solar in 2012 as Director of Strategic Development to help lead the company’s exponential success from start-up to becoming the St Louis region’s premier installer and beyond as solar evolves into a mainstream energy source.
Originally from Wisconsin, Mike is a 23-year Air Force command pilot and veteran who retired with his family in Belleville, Illinois, after serving as the installation commander for Scott AFB. An aeronautical engineer with degrees from the Air Force Academy and an NSF Fellowship at Stanford, he also holds a masters in international security studies from the Air War College.
Passionate in his study on the subject of energy culture and sustainable energy security as the basis for a prosperous and functioning society, Mike enjoys reading about and engaging in all energy discussions. An adjunct professor with McKendree University, he also enjoys biking, sailing, and community involvement.