Thirty-one-year-old Brandon Tschacher’s informal title could easily be Mr. Milwaukee—that’s how much he seems to care about the city. Tschacher, a Millennial, entrepreneur and frequent volunteer, keeps his eye on the prize of making Milwaukee the best it can be through engagement with the community.
Tschacher made a name for himself in 2015 by starting a company with two friends known as MyCombine, which gives athletes of all levels the opportunity to participate in events that test, measure and compare athletic ability using state-of-the-art equipment. The company brings equipment onsite to sports teams of any level and tests their athletic ability in drills such as the 40 yard dash, vertical test, bench press, etc. Over time, MyCombine built an online database where clients (both local and national athletes) can compare, contrast and see the progression of their results. The company has even partnered with Zybeck Sports, the organization that provides the NFL their testing equipment.
“I’ve always been a starter,” Tschacher said, citing professional and volunteer groups he has founded. “It kind of made sense for me to enter into the entrepreneurial realm.”
Tschacher and his partners, Jeremy Tiedt and Justin Bohler, have been athletes all their lives, but they found themselves disappointed post-college with the lack of access to elite equipment and technology. They started MyCombine with the goal of giving every athlete (male, female, young, old) an open door to professional equipment, technology and an overall fun experience—an experience that only the top 1% of athletes usually have access to.
“Our goal is to provide that same experience and focus to the other 99%,” Tschacher said.
Tschacher is about as involved in the Milwaukee community as a young person can be. As a member of various boards and a frequent helping hand at local charity events, Tschacher loves to give back to the city that’s given so much to him. He said he found Milwaukee to be an opportune place to start and grow MyCombine.
“I believe Milwaukee is competitive with many other major metro areas around the U.S.” Tschacher said. “I say that with experience, as I’ve traveled fairly extensively and can personally speak to the ways we have a culture and presence unlike many other places. Milwaukee is incredible.”
In addition to starting MyCombine, Tschacher is heavily involved in a group called Echelon, which benefits the Salvation Army of Milwaukee through fundraising, volunteering, and raising awareness for the organization. The group, composed of fifty young Milwaukeeans (and more aspirants on a waitlist), puts on annual events such as Dinner in the Alley, Served – a Five Star Dining Experience, UnMasked Gala and Meaningful Makeover, which each raise money to combat homelessness in the city.
“Echelon, at it’s core, is about bringing together incredibly talented people with a mission to make an impact,” he said.
Tschacher also spends his time as a startup mentor with I-Corps Milwaukee and sits on the advisory board of the Salvation Army. He’s volunteered with the UWM Student Startup Challenge and works extensively with Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
His real talent lies in connecting people from the various spheres he occupies—the social, entrepreneurial, professional and volunteer worlds. He believes that magic can happen through a simple conversation between the right people, that (natural, local) networking can alter the direction of people’s lives. He’s a natural networker, even on weekends.
“I don’t know the last Saturday morning where I didn’t have a coffee meeting, followed by basketball at the MAC, parlaying [it] into a brunch, all with different people,” he said. “My goal is to be present at as many [local events] as possible, pay attention and try to foster genuine and authentic relationships.”
While there are people in the city who make more money than him or have more prestigious titles, Tschacher is confident he’s lived his 30 years well thus far. Between his marriage to Sam Tschacher, who’s equally plugged into the community, a career he’s passionate about and an obvious impact through volunteerism, he sometimes finds it hard to just sit still.
“I try to keep my eye on what I’m doing as it relates to my greater goals, and stay productive,” he said. “I want to live a life I can look back on and say, ‘You created something of substance. You had an impact on the people and place you were in.’”
For the success he’s achieved at only 31 years old, we’d say his mission will be accomplished.