Sharon L. Karsten

Sharon L. Karsten is a founding member of GemShares, LLC and Treasury Equity, LLC.

Ms. Karsten is a cofounder of Market Traders, Inc., a Chicago Stock Exchange specialist firm. In 1998, Market Traders, Inc. merged with Chicago Stock Exchange member firm Dempsey & Co.; the merged company was acquired by the E-Trade Group in 2000.

Ms. Karsten is a former Vice President, Exchange National Bank and First National Bank of Chicago. She specialized in high asset/high income clients, primarily in the securities and financial sectors, and managed the Private Banking Division’s largest loan and deposit portfolios.

Ms. Karsten is a board member and trustee of Surviving And Moving Forward: The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer. The SAMFund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to distribute grants and scholarships that enable young adult survivors to move forward with their lives after cancer.

She also is actively involved with The House of the Good Shepherd, a long-term shelter for abused women and their children.