Madison Heights, Mich. – Roger Ganser, chairman of BetterInvesting’s board of directors and the nationally known founder of Venture Investors LLC, will be inducted Nov. 12 into the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame.
Roger is also chairman and director of the World Federation of Investors, an international association of national investor education and advocacy organizations based in Belgium.
He’ll be honored during a dinner of about 60 invited angel and venture capitalists following the first day of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison, Wis.
Roger was elected to the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame by a group of state investors that included the past two inductees: Dick Leazer, a founder of Wisconsin Investment Partners, the state’s oldest angel investment network; and George Mosher, a Milwaukee “super angel” investor.
Roger’s Venture Investors is Wisconsin’s oldest and largest venture capital firm. Founded in 1982, Venture Investors, then called Madison Capital Corporation, made its first two investments in Promega and Office Solutions, both companies that presented at the 1984 Madison Venture Fair. Promega, based in Madison, now has more than 1,300 employees and 15 global branches. Office Solutions, a software company, was acquired in 1988.
“It was clear, at that time, that we needed more flexible capital, so I went out and raised about $1 million for a high-risk capital pool,” Roger said in a news release.
Roger is also a general partner of five of Venture Investors funds focused on technologies coming out of Big Ten universities.
He was appointed in 2012 to a four-year term on the Security Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee, which is currently reviewing the accreditation standard for investors in startup companies. He’s also a member of the Investor Issues Committee of the Financial Industry National Regulatory Agency.
BetterInvesting is a national nonprofit organization that has been empowering individual investors since 1951. Founded in Detroit, the association (formerly known as National Association of Investors Corporation) was borne out of the conviction that anyone can become a successful long-term investor by following commonsense investing practices. BetterInvesting has helped more than 5 million people become better, more informed investors by providing webinars, in-person events, easy-to-use online tools for analyzing stocks and mutual funds, a monthly magazine and a community of volunteers and like-minded investors. For more information about BetterInvesting , visit its website at www.betterinvesting.org or call toll free (877) 275-6242.