Our Team

Team members at Corporate Strategies are known for their experience, leadership and field expertise. Combined, our team has over 150 years of business funding experience, completing acquisitions, development and consulting transactions, estimated in excess of $2 Billion.
Tim Connolly
CEO, Founder
Corporate Strategies, LLC

Tim Connolly – Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Corporate Strategies, LLC, and EVP of Lineal Star Holdings based in Houston, Texas.  Corporate Strategies portfolio companies have included interests in energy, pipeline maintenance, 

technology, software development, defense electronics manufacturing, manufacturing and international distribution of nutritional products, mobile device application development and other market segments, domestically and internationally. Our team has completed over $2 billion in transactions as principal, broker or adviser to banks, hedge funds, and investment partnerships both domestically and overseas.

Jan Carson
VP, Marketing 

Jan Carson – Jan led the design and implementation of Corporate Strategies' successful VIP Card Member loyalty program for a well-known Houston based family-owned Mexican restaurant group. Jan possesses a deep knowledge of marketing and broadcast media, with more than 25 years of experience as a TV News anchor and reporter, radio talk show host, magazine columnist and successful community fundraiser. Her innovative fundraising campaigns on behalf of Baylor College of Medicine, The American Heart Association and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, among many others, generated millions of dollars and earned Jan numerous civic awards.

bank forbearance negotiation, business development services, asset based lending and asset purchases, commercial real estate bridge and term loans, bank rejected commercial real estate loans funded
Brian Shanklin
President, LoneStar
Energy Fabrication,
Major Energy
Project Solutions

Brian Shanklin - has over 25 years of major energy project fabrication solutions, both offshore and onshore, as well as Oil and Gas service experience.  Brian serves as a principal shareholder and President of LoneStar Fabricators, a premier offshore/onshore fabricator.  Additionally, Mr. Shanklin is CEO of Lineal Star Holdings, the parent company of Lineal Industries, inc.  Prior to co-founding LoneStar, Brian was formerly an executive with Nabors Industries and served as an officer in a number of progressively more responsible positions of Sundowner Offshore, a family-owned Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Contractor acquired by Nabors Industries, which is now known as Nabors Offshore.

Manny Mondragon
CFO, Lineal Star Holdings

Manny Mondragon – has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance. He is a strategically focused, results-oriented team member with extensive experience in the capital markets, specifically, the energy sector. Over 15 years of C-suite experience at both private and publicly traded companies. Extensive experience raising public (including IPOs) and private equity and debt, as well as mergers and acquisitions; executed $4.0+ billion in capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions.  Manuel Mondragon currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Lineal Star Holdings, the parent company of Lineal Industries, Inc.