Kraus-Anderson EVP named Business Person of the Year by Minnesota chamber

The Burnsville, Minneapolis, Chamber of Commerce has named Dennis Diessner its 2016 Business Person of the Year. Diessner is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kraus-Anderson Insurance.

Diessner was honored at the Chamber’s 2016 holiday gala for his active involvement in the Burnsville-area business community for more than 25 years.

Diessner joined Kraus-Anderson in 1983 as a property manager for Kraus-Anderson Realty, overseeing all KA’s commercial office properties. He was promoted to vice president in 1991. In 1993, he took over the management of Kraus-Anderson Insurance. He has grown the agency to 68 employees with annual sales of more than $100 million.

Diessner’s community involvement in Burnsville includes serving as chair of the Burnsville Chamber’s board and Community Action Council (now 360 Communities); and president of the Elliot Park Business and Professional Association and the Burnsville Rotary. He also was on the board of Homeward Bound, a nonprofit for special needs children, and a recent member of its Capital Campaign Committee, which raised more than $3 million for Burnsville’s new Fairview Ridges Hospital. In addition, he currently serves on the Scholarship Fundraising Committee for the Association of General Contractors.