Business Person of the Year


The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) recently announced it’s 2nd Business Person of the Year Award and Mark Mirsberger, CEO of Dana Investment Advisors is this year’s recipient. The Business Person of the Year Award recognizes the accomplishments of a successful Brookfield or Elm Grove individual.  The program kicked off in August with nominations being requested online and ran through October 12th.
Mirsberger became CEO of Dana Investment Advisors in 2004.  Under Mirsberger’s guidance, the company has grown significantly, and the size of the staff has doubled to 43 employees today. The firm has been recognized by Pensions & Investments magazine as one of the “Best Places to Work in Money Management” for companies with 50 employees or less, and for the last six years with 3 of the awards for 1st place.
“The Business Person of the Year Award is a way for the Club to recognize and celebrate individuals in our community who are service-minded and doing outstanding work” said Program Chair Ralph Gould.  The program recognizes those with a customer focus and an entrepreneurial approach, along with those who’ve demonstrated strong leadership in the community.  The first year recipient was Lisabeth Passalis-Bain who is the Owner/Editor/Publisher of the Elm Grove News-Independent.

Requirements & Selection Criteria

The ERC Business Person of the Year must meet the following requirements and be judged-upon, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Business must be located in Brookfield/Elm Grove
  • Be the majority owner and/or operating head of a for profit business
  • Been in business for at least 5 years
  • Has achieved significant, measurable contributions to his/her industry
  • Has demonstrated significant community involvement

The Process

  • Nominations for the ERC Business Person of the Year Award must be done by completing and submitting the nomination form by using the link on this page.
  • A selection committee of ERC members and Brookfield City and Elm Grove Village members will review all nomination forms and select the ERC Business Person of the Year award recipient.  (All nomination forms are confidential and reviewed only by the selection committee).
  • Deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2018 award October 6th.
  • The next ERC Business Person of the Year will be honored at an ERC meeting on October 26th.
  • Members of ERC are not eligible for this award.
Please direct any questions to Program Chair, Ralph Gould at or (414) 975-3887.
ERC began in 1983 and is part of Rotary International which was founded in 1905.  The Club is an active group of over 80 individuals with a wide range of backgrounds from business professionals and community leaders to those who work in public service.  The Rotary official motto is “Service Above Self” and the Club slogan is “We Rise & Shine” referring to the fact that they were the first breakfast club in Rotary District 6270.