Partner, Hagen Wilka & Archer, LLP
Jennifer Larsen is a partner with Hagen, Wilka & Archer, LLP. Her legal practice is focused on general corporate law, private and public securities law, real estate law and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Hagen, Wilka & Archer in 2004, Jennifer was the Vice President of Finance for The Summit Group, Inc. and a commercial real estate lender with Wells Fargo Bank fka Norwest Bank.
Jennifer received her Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota in 2004, with honors, and her Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in 1991. Jennifer is active in her church, and has also served in numerous volunteer positions, including: United Methodist Dakotas Conference Episcopacy Committee; Board of Directors of South Eastern Development Foundation; United Methodist Dakotas Conference Foundation Board of Directors; Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts – Minn-IA-Kota chapter.
Jennifer lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with her husband, Mark, and two children.
Director - Commercial and Agribusiness Banking, First National Bank South Dakota
Kevin Moe is the Director of Commercial and Agribusiness Banking for First National Bank South Dakota. Kevin brings over 20 years of banking experience with a specialization in agricultural lending.
Kevin is originally from Woonsocket. He is an SDSU graduate and earned a master’s degree in finance from Georgetown University. He was involved in many civic and non-profit organizations in the Brookings area and recently relocated to Yankton, SD. He and his wife, Amber, have two children.
Assistant Professor, Business Administration Department, Augustana University
Loren Koepsell is an Assistant Professor in the Business Administration Department of Augustana University where he specializes in finance and accounting.
Prior to accepting the faculty position at Augustana, Loren served for seven years as the Chief Financial Officer for Lloyd Companies and for six years as the Vice President for Finance and Administration for Augustana College.
Loren graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Doctorate in Education Administration and an MBA. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Augustana College and Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Data Processing from National College of Business.
Loren currently serves on the Downtown Sioux Falls bid board, the Chamber of Commerce’s budget committee, and the South Dakota Work’s board for the State of South Dakota.
President, Eagle Construction
Steve Boote, building contractor and real estate developer, is currently the president of Eagle Construction and developer and managing member of several commercial and multifamily real-estate properties throughout the Midwest.
Steve attended Northwestern College and Dordt College majoring in physics and mechanical engineering. He is a past board member of the South Eastern Development Foundation.
Principal - Industrial / Land Market, Bender Commercial (Sioux Falls)
Rob Fagnan is a principal specializing in the industrial and land market for Bender Commercial. Rob joined Bender in 2005.
Rob graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Following college, Rob played for the Sioux Falls Storm, a professional arena football team during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Shortly after joining Bender in 2005, Rob was invited to help start a young professional group, now known as Sioux Falls Up & Coming. Rob is in the process of obtaining his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.
Partner, Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry, LLP - Sioux Falls
Kristi Laber attended North Dakota State University where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science. She graduated from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN, with a Juris Doctorate and accepted a position with Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry, LLP in Sioux Falls.
Kristi is a partner at her firm. Her practice focuses in the areas of real estate law, business and commercial law, including business planning, sales, mergers and acquisitions. Kristi assists clients in structuring the purchase and sale of businesses and real estate. She also focuses on residential and commercial real estate development. Kristi’s practice also focuses on trusts and estate law, which includes estate planning, probate and trust administration.
Kristi and her husband, Gabriel Laber, have twins, who keep her busy running between their many activities. When she isn’t running to kids’ activities, she can be found running road races or visiting craft shows. Her favorite activities involve anything with her family, especially trips to the zoo, boating, and biking.
Vice President Business Banking, First Dakota National Bank Mitchell
Rob Schelske is a vice president of business banking at First Dakota National Bank in Mitchell, SD. He has been in the banking industry for more than 15 years. Rob graduated from Northern State University with a business finance degree.
Rob has been involved in a number of civic and community organizations in Mitchell, including Chairman of the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement. He is also actively involved in coaching youth sports.
Commercial Broker, Van Buskirk Companies
Ryan Tysdal is a commercial broker with the Van Buskirk Companies. Ryan focuses on sales and leasing of retail and office properties. He also dedicates a considerable amount of tiem to land development. He works with all types of clients, from small locally-owned businesses to large national tenants.
Ryan earned a business degree from Augustana College and an MBA from the University of Sioux Falls. He has served on several boards and committees over the years, including Sioux Falls Rotary West and the South Dakota Advertising Federation. He is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and El Riad Shrine.
Executive Director, Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company
Nate Welch is the Executive Director of the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) in Vermillion, SD. As the head of the VCDC, Nate helps direct the Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce and Visitor and Tourism industries in Vermillion.
Before moving to Vermillion, Nate was one of the youngest General Managers in the country of a professional baseball team, the Sioux Falls Canaries. In 2011, he founded NATECo, which is a mascot and promotions consulting company. In Sioux Falls, Nate was a founding member and then the Chairman of the Sioux Falls Young Professional Network for two years. In his two years with the Sioux Falls YPN, the organization grew from 300 to just under 800 members. Nate is the co-founder and Vice President of One Step America, INC – a non-profit, non-partisan organization that looks to encourage the country to discourse more respectively in politics and focus on similarities in efforts to achieve the greater good.
Nate attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln to study Mass Communication and Broadcasting and Sociology. After leaving Nebraska he became an award winning journalist while working as a reporter and anchor for KDLT-TV and then KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, SD. Nate also has a double major in Management and Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Sioux Falls, which fuels his passion for fair and ethical business practices.
Nate’s loves in life are theatre, golf, laughing, and above everything, his family, including his wife and two daughters, Mya and Isabella.