Job Creation through Capital Donation

Board of Directors & Officers

Board Member

Adam M. Berger is President of Doering Fleet Management, a nationwide company with offices in Milwaukee, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Omaha, and Orlando. He launched TesLease® in 2018 and it has since grown to be one of the largest owners of...

Mark Burish is a co-founder of the Madison, Wisconsin law firm of Hurley Burish, S.C. He is also chairman of Sonic Foundry and sits on the board of Monona Bank, Forward Health Group and several other businesses and non-profit groups....

Board Member

Pam Evason, CFA, CPA, is Managing Director of Windermere Wealth Advisors, a wealth management firm she co-founded in 2010. Evason spent nine years in public accounting and holds an undergraduate and graduate...

Board Member

Aaron Hagar – Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Aaron oversees the WEDC’s efforts to support...

Board Secretary

Anthony Handzlik is a shareholder in the Milwaukee law firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. He handles general corporate and tax matters for closely-held businesses, S corporations, partnerships and LLCs. A shareholder in the firm's tax and business law practices, Mr. Handzlik advises...

Board Chairman

Jeff Harris has been an investor in and board member of a number of early stage companies in located in Wisconsin, including Somna Therapeutics LLC (currently) and Prodesse Inc. (which was sold in 2009). He is currently on the Board of...

Board Treasurer

Dan Matola, CFA, is BrightStar’s treasurer, and Partner and Senior Relationship Manager with RMB Jacobus. Previously he served as President and Chief Investment Officer of Jacobus Wealth Management, responsible for leading the...

Vice President and Business Manager

Fred Raasch is BrightStar’s Vice President and Business Manager. He has been with BrightStar since its inception and is directly involved in all aspects of the foundation’s activities. Fred has over 40 years of entrepreneurial experience starting, running and managing businesses in the Milwaukee...

President & CEO

Thomas M. Shannon currently is President & CEO of BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc. As Co-founder in 2013, he donates his time as head of this charitable organization whose mission it is to create high growth jobs through early-stage investment. The...

Board Member

Dan Shannon is Senior Vice President, FIS and is responsible for revenue generation and client satisfaction of a portfolio of FIS’s largest clients. He has deep operating and M&A experience as the Group Executive of Consulting and...

Board Member

Andy Shrago serves on the boards of Pinpoint Software and HDL Diagnostics. He previously was Chairman of the Board of Proxim Diagnostics Corp and served on several other companies’ boards. From 2011-2016, he was a co-manager of the Wisconsin Investment Partners angel...