President and CEO
WPS Health Solutions | Monona
Mike Hamerlik has led Monona-based WPS Health Solutions for the past decade. One of the largest health benefits providers in the state, the nonprofit WPS has more than 4,000 employees, with offices in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Monona, Milwaukee and Wausau. Hamerlik recently announced his plans to retire in 2023. Hamerlik serves on the boards of Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp., WPS Health Plan Inc., The EPIC Life Insurance Co. and the WPS Charitable Foundation Inc. Prior to WPS, he was president and CEO of Noridian Administrative Services. Earlier, he was executive vice president of government and corporate operations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Last year, he was among 2,000 CEOs nationally to sign the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, a pledge to support a more inclusive workplace for employees, communities and society.
Education: Bachelor’s and J.D., University of North Dakota
First Car: “1938 Ford Tudor Standard. I still have it.”
Favorite Wisconsin Restaurant and Order: “The Tornado Room in downtown Madison. The ribeye steak.”
Career Advice: “‘Make yourself useful.’ There are always competing demands for our time and attention. Try to focus on the ones that are useful to the goals of the organization.”
Favorite Destinations: “Quiet and peaceful lakes in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, and Maui.”