Job Creation through Capital Donation

Founding Donors

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....

Michael Drescher is an entrepreneur and media professional with a passion for community and the arts. Along with his brother Jim, he co-founded in 1981 JDTV, a multimedia and production company to distribute television listings worldwide. When the business was sold in 1999 to Tribune Media...

Susan Engeleiter is CEO of Data Recognition Corp. and its three major divisions. Under her leadership, the company has achieved record levels of growth and profitability. Ms. Engeleiter previously served as vice president of government markets at Honeywell Inc. from 1992 to 1998, where she...

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...

George Mosher moved to Milwaukee in 1965 to become president of Business and Institutional Furniture, a company that specialized in selling furniture by catalog to churches and schools. In 1975 Mr. Mosher and his wife Julie started National Business Furniture, which focused on selling furniture...

Jeff Rusinow has been an active member of the early-stage venture capital community in the Midwest since 2000, when he founded Milwaukee’s first angel network, Silicon Pastures. He had spent 22 years in retail management, holding senior executive positions at Macy’s, Gimbel’s, Hudson Bay Company...

Managing Director
Capital Partners, LLC

Mr. Shannon founded KSL Capital Partners, LLC in 2004 and co-founded its predecessor KSL Recreation Corporation in 1992, serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer.  

Since 2005, KSL Capital Partners has raised over $3.9...

President & CEO

Thomas Shannon is president & CEO of BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc. and donates his time as head of operations of this charitable organization. He also is board chairman and a lead investor in Shamrock Energy Corp., Neenah; Proxim Diagnostics Corp., Sunnyvale, California; Somna...