Job Creation through Capital Donation

Staff Members

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...

Investment Committee Chair

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 personally been involved with start-ups in biotech,...

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...