Board of Trustees Biographies:
John Byrnes is Executive Managing Director of the Mason Wells Funds – a private equity investment firm headquartered in Milwaukee – where he is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the firm. In this capacity, he serves as the Managing Member of the General Partner for every fund under management at Mason Wells.
Mr. Byrnes is a founding director of the Milwaukee Institute, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to innovation and economic development through expanded use of high-performance computing in collaborative research. He previously served on the Wisconsin Governor's Economic Growth Council and the Wisconsin Technology Council, where he was responsible for shaping many of the regulatory strategies that are now helping to propel the biotech industry in Wisconsin.
Mr. Byrnes is a member of the Board of Directors of the following public and private corporations: Dedicated Computing LLC; GAMFG Precision, LLC; Paragon Development Systems, Inc.; and The Oilgear Company.
Mr. Byrnes received his JD Degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Notre Dame.