Job Creation through Capital Donation

Staff Members

President, CEO & Board Member - tshannon@brightstarwi.org

Tom Shannon is President & CEO of BrightStar. He was board chairman and a lead investor in Proxim Diagnostics Corp., Somna Therapeutics LLC, and Aver Information Inc. and CEO of biotech company Prodesse Inc. Tom has also served as a director of the Wisconsin Angel Network, Promentis...

Investment Committee Chair - tsobotka@brightstarwi.org

Todd Sobotka is our Investment Committee Chair. He has a law degree and has spent the vast majority of his professional career with early stage and small businesses as an owner, advisor, consultant, and/or part of the leadership team.  He has...

Vice President - fraasch@brightstarwi.org

Fred Raasch has been with BrightStar from day one He was promoted to Vice President in January of 2019 after serving as Business Manager for five years. He has a degree in marketing management and over 40 years of experience in starting, operating and managing businesses in the Milwaukee area....