Mike Hamerlik joined WPS in 2012 as President and CEO. During his tenure, he has emphasized strategic thinking, which has resulted in new health insurance products, enhanced traditional health insurance products, transparent communications with employees and the community, and solution-focused problem-solving.
He serves on the boards of Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation, WPS Health Plan (Arise), The EPIC Life Insurance Company, the WPS Charitable Foundation, Inc., Arise Health Ventures, Inc., and Aspirus Arise Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc.
Mike is a board member of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Dane County, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the UW-Madison La Follette School Board of Visitors, the University of North Dakota Alumni Association & Foundation, and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC). He is a member and past president of the Alliance of Health Insurers, U.A., Wisconsin, a state health insurance industry and consumer group.
Prior to joining WPS, Mike was President and CEO of Noridian Administrative Services for 10 years. He previously was Executive Vice President of Government and Corporate Operations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, where he began as Associate General Counsel. Prior to working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, he practiced law with Lewis and Roca in Phoenix, Arizona. He also served as a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives for six years.
Mike graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor of business administration degree, majoring in marketing. He earned his law degree at the University of North Dakota School of Law. His hobbies include classical music, aviation and flying, collecting antiques, and classic car restoration.