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.