The Evanston Chamber of Commerce honored Joseph Liss, an accountant and director at Porte Brown LLC, as its Businessperson of the Year at the chamber's annual celebration and awards dinner last week.
"Throughout his career, Joe has achieved enormous success as a public accountant, financial officer, board director and entrepreneur," Evanston Chamber President Michael Corr said. "But I would be remiss if I didn't add humanitarian to that list of titles for the critically important work he has done and continues to do for a variety of nonprofit organizations."
Liss began his career after graduating from college in 1968. He was later recruited by one of his clients, KPK Corporation. At KPK, Liss worked as the company's chief financial officer and served on its board. When the company was sold in 1978, he left and opened his own public accounting practice, Joseph M. Liss, PC. Later, he joined Evanston accountants Scott Kaplan and Paul Brown to form Brown, Kaplan & Liss LLP in 2000. The firm was acquired by Porte Brown LLC. in 2014.
Liss served for nine years on the board for Connections for the Homeless.
"I'm generally somebody who takes underdog causes, and this is the underdog cause of underdog causes," Liss said.
The Evanston Businessperson of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual displaying remarkable ability in his field, and who participates in chamber activities.