Business Person of the Year


The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) recently established a Business Person of the Year Award beginning this year that will recognize the accomplishments of a successful Brookfield or Elm Grove individual.

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 the fact that they were the first breakfast club in Rotary District 6270.  

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. The program will recognize those with a customer focus and an entrepreneurial approach, along with those who’ve demonstrated strong leadership. They may have also promoted growth through new and innovative products within their industry.  Additionally, the ERC Business Person of the Year is involved in the community by, but not limited to:

  • Supporting local programs
  • Supporting local events and charities
  • Mentoring and/or being a role model
  • Sitting on local boards

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 business
  • Been in business for at least 3 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.
  • 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 is Friday, September 22, 2017.
  • The ERC Business Person of the Year will be honored at an ERC meeting on Friday, October 27, 2017.
  • Members of ERC are not eligible for this award.
Please direct any questions to Program Chair, Ralph Gould at or (414) 975-3887.