|President and CEO
Multicultural Entrepreneurship Institute
Nelson Soler is an innovative entrepreneur who has founded two for-profit and three nonprofit organizations. Soler has utilized his educational and advocacy capacities to facilitate the formation of more than 200 enterprises in the greater Milwaukee area. More than 1,000 individuals have benefited from Soler’s expertise in entrepreneurship, accounting, nonprofit management and marketing. Soler’s accomplishments received recognition by the national and local media. As a result of that recognition, Soler received the United States Small Business Administration Award from the State of Wisconsin in 2007. In 2009, he was named the Chamber Executive of the Year for Region 4 (IA, IN, IL, KY, OH, MN, MI and WI) by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Soler has very diverse experience in banking, international business, mining equipment manufacturing, academia, real estate and the electric utility industry. He has led teams in business development, international sales and documentation, ERP systems upgrades, corporate communications, and training.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering (01) and a Bachelor of Arts in economics (01) from the State University of New York in Buffalo; a Master of Business Administration (93) and a master's in international business and marketing (99) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Soler is also a graduate from Future Milwaukee Community Leadership Program (03) and the Associates in Commercial Real Estate Program (08) from Marquette University. Additionally, he holds a Wisconsin Real Estate Broker’s License and a Next Level Entrepreneurial Instructor Certificate.
Soler’s community involvement includes: executive founding director of the Latino Entrepreneurial Network of southeastern Wisconsin; board member, Milwaukee County Care Management Organization; board member, Mitchell Street Development Opportunities Corporation; and Community Bank and Trust Greenfield’s Office; member, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce; member, African American Chamber; and Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors. Soler was also recently appointed by the Wisconsin State Governor to the Board of Nursing as a member of the public.