At its January 11 meeting and following interviews with candidates who had submitted applications for the office of district governor, the District 6440 Nominating Committee selected Mike Yesner of the Rotary Club of Skokie Valley to be the District Governor-Nominee-Designate.

He would serve as District 6440 Governor for the 2013-2014 Rotary year, following Carlos Frum in 2011-2012 and Dick Larson, 2012-2013. Please note that the committee's selection is effective as of March 5, 2011, at which time Mike will become the official DGN-Designate.

Then there will be several more steps required in the Rotary world before he will be able to assume the office of our district governor on July 1, 2013: RI certification of the District 6440 nomination; the election as DGE at the 2012 RI Convention;  and his actual attendance at the Zone GETS training in 2012 and  all the DGE training sessions at the 2013 International Assembly.


Mike is a native Chicagoan and currently serves District 6440 as the Assistant Governor Coordinator. He will be District Trainer in 2011-2012.  Prior District posts have included Assistant Governor, PETS Chair, and Community Service Advisor.  He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Niles/Morton Grove.

Mike holds a BA in Political Science and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago.  For more than 20 years, he's operated Yesner Marketing, Inc.  He also teaches marketing at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

His career started at Proctor & Gamble and he's also worked for Sears, J. Walter Thompson, and other ad agencies. His clients have included McDonald's, Marriott, Arby's, and Popeye's.

Mike is married to Donna and they have two children, Staci and Steve, and one grandson, Theo.

He has served on the Board of Commissioners of the Golf Maine Park District for 24 years and is currently its president.