Obama to Name Madison Venture Capitalist to SBA

winslow sargeantby The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – 2009-05-23

By Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

May 23–A Madison venture capitalist will be nominated by President Barack Obama to be chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration.

Winslow Sargeant, a managing director at Madison-based Venture Investors LLC, would have the job of protecting, strengthening and representing the nation’s small businesses in the federal government’s legislative and rule-making processes, Venture Investors said Friday. Sergeant’s appointment would be subject to Senate confirmation.

Sargeant has been a managing director in Venture Investors’ technology practice since 2006. He was previously the program manager for the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research program in electronics, and before that co-founded Aanetcom, a semiconductor chip start-up.

“He understands the wealth of technology available throughout the Midwest and how specific federal programs can be tailored to mine that,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

Sargeant received the inaugural 2002 Wisconsin Distinguished Young Alumni Award and was a 2003 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awardee from Northeastern University, according to the Venture Investors Web site. He received a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, a master’s from Iowa State University and a doctorate from UW-Madison, all in electrical engineering, the Web site says.

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