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Richard “Dick” Leazer, one of the first angel investors in Wisconsin and the recently retired co-manager of Wisconsin Investment Partners, has been named to the newly created Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame.
Leazer is the first to be inducted into the Investor Hall of Fame, which was announced at a dinner of more than 50 angel and venture capitalists during the recent Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison.
One of the state’s largest angel groups, Wisconsin Investment Partners was launched by Leazer and other partners in 2000. He remains an advisor to the group.
Leazer was previously managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. He was also president of Ohmeda, a medical device and equipment manufacturer from 1988 to 1992. From 1981 to 1988, he was president of Anaquest, a specialty pharmaceutical company. Leazer was the founding president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, serving in that role on an interim basis during its formation. Leazer received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1963 and a master’s degree in business administration from the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1966.
“Very few people have contributed as much to Wisconsin’s early stage investment scene as Dick Leazer,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council. “His legacy includes a vibrant startup economy and a foundation that has allowed other investors to prosper.”
Among the Tech Council’s programs is the Wisconsin Angel Network, which works with the state’s angel groups as well as early stage funds and other private equity investors.