About Us

Crestwood Energy is a private equity investor focusing on the areas of energy and renewable energy. We have the legal, financial, and technical expertise and contacts to source, plan, finance, and implement investment opportunities in our target markets.

Our Principals

W. Kirk Grimm


Since the company’s founding in 2007, Mr. Grimm has served as President of Crestwood Energy, Inc. and Chairman of Crestwood Energy Investments, LLC. Mr. Grimm is Chairman of the board of directors of Crestwood Biofuels Investors, LLC, Crestwood BI Investors, LLC, and Crestwood CF Investors, LLC, and serves on the boards of directors of Bolder Industries, LLC, GlidePath Power, LLC, and Will County Energy, LLC, and the Investment Committee of Clean Feet Investors I, LLC.

Mr. Grimm was a partner with the law firms of Winston & Strawn LLP and McGuireWoods LLP and represented clients for over 25 years in the areas of energy and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. He has structured the financing for various energy-related projects, including oil and gas pipelines, semisubmersible drilling platforms, and a gas processing plant.

He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Stanford Law School.

Email: kirk.grimm@crestwoodenergy.com

Chris Moellers

Chief Technical Officer

Mr. Moellers is the Chief Technical Officer of Golden Aluminum. He has over 14 years of experience in product design engineering, 11 years of experience in process technical support that included Management, Engineering, Lean, Environmental, and Quality Management Systems, and Metallurgy for the Aluminum Industry. Mr. Moellers was Chief Technical Officer for Crestwood Energy from 2007-2012.

Mr. Moellers graduated from Iowa State University with a BSME and from Bradley University with an MSME.

Joel Lorentzen

Mr. Lorentzen is a board member and from March, 2008 to May, 2016 was the President and CEO of Genesis Systems Group, LLC in Davenport, IA, the largest manufacturer of robotic arc welding systems in the U.S. Previously, Mr. Lorentzen was the founder of Crestwood Capital Management (“CCM”), a private equity fund management vehicle focusing on acquiring manufacturing companies. CCM completed the acquisition of Golden Aluminum, a $100 million aluminum rolling mill, in 2004, and Mr. Lorentzen served as interim CEO/CFO and now serves as Chairman. Mr. Lorentzen is also Chairmen of Lupton Ventures.

Mr. Lorentzen is a BSEE graduate of Iowa State University and holds an MBA from the University of Iowa. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University’s College of Business and is a frequent contributor and lecturer for manufacturing trade groups.

Salvatore LoBianco

Mr. LoBianco has over 35 years of experience in the energy industry. Mr. LoBianco is the General Manager of a large Midwestern municipal utility, where he is responsible for leading an organization comprised of three Utilities; Electric, Water, and Communications. The Electric Utility operates three coal fired generating units; one of the units was adapted to provide steam for a co-generation application that supplies process steam to a nearby industrial customer.

Mr. LoBianco was instrumental in the steam sales negotiations and contract development as well as the design and implementation of the co-geneartion project. Mr. LoBianco served as project manager for the construction and implementation of the state-of-the-art fiber based network that provides the communication services to the community.

Mr. LoBianco graduated from Iowa State University with a BSME in 1977 and obtained an MBA from St. Ambrose University in 1988.

John C. Lorentzen

Mr. Lorentzen is a business strategist, with a long-term buy and hold perspective. For over 25 years, he was a partner in the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP where he worked at the intersection of energy and tax. Mr. Lorentzen also spent time as a Managing Director at The Deerpath Group, Inc. where he led teams of investment professionals in the representation of public companies investing in leveraged leases and/or project financings of energy and real estate assets.

Mr. Lorentzen began leading a group of individual investors into private structured energy investments in 1993. Since then, the group has acquired interests in coal steam natural gas wells, a gas fired combined cycle cogeneration facility (Midland, MI, the world’s largest), a gas fired independent power production facility and a flue gas desulfurization facility and remarking rights with respect to leased nuclear power plants.

Mr. Lorentzen is a graduate of Drake University and The University of Chicago Law School.


Companies affiliated with the principals of Crestwood Energy are actively engaged in the power and energy, metals and general middle market industries. They include the following:

Power, Energy and Sustainable Business:

  • Will County Energy, LLC


Middle Market Industries

Certain principals in Crestwood Energy are also principals in Ashland Capital.  Ashland Capital is a Chicago-based private investment firm devoted to investing in and growqing companies in the lower-middle market.  Ashland acquires controlling interests in companies with values ranging from $10 million to $50 million and strengthens these businesses with targeted, strategic guidance.  Ashland-sponsored investments in which Crestwood Energy principals have participated include: