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.
Vice President, Loan Administration, American State Bank
TJ graduated from Northwestern College in 2007. After graduation, he worked for First National Bank of Sioux Falls for seven years. While there, TJ began as an analyst, managed a branch, and spent most of his time as a commercial lender. In 2014, TJ moved home to Sioux Center, IA to work at American State Bank. TJ now serves as the VP of Loan Administration which involves working with the loan officers and the loan portfolio. TJ serves on the Executive Loan Committee and is an integral part of the loan approval process. American State Bank is a $900MM bank with 9 locations, and, while doing a lot of commercial lending, it is the 2nd largest Ag bank in Iowa.
TJ Speer’s favorite part of his job is finding solutions to help customers achieve their goals. TJ and his wife, Lisa, have two girls, Adalyn and Stella. They reside in Sioux Center.
Heath is a licensed certified public accountant who has been with Woltman Group, PC since November of 2000. He specializes in financial accounting, income tax preparation, and computerized accounting. Prior to joining Woltman Group, PC in 2000, Heath was a staff accountant with Allen, Nelson, Turner & Co., P.S.
Heath attended the California State University at Stanislaus majoring in Business Administration and Accounting. Heath has served on several boards and committees including Hagen Beverage Distributor and the Sioux Falls Noon Sertoma Club. Heath enjoys spending time with his wife, April, and their daughter.
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.
Steve was born in Madison, SD, the oldest of four siblings. He grew up in Chester and Beresford, SD. Steve graduated from high school in Beresford and attended South Dakota State University earning Bachelor’s Degrees in Agricultural Business and Commercial Economics. Steve has spent his career working in the Banking and Financial Services field and is currently the Market President for Dacotah Bank in Brookings, SD.
Steve has always been very active in the communities he has lived in. He has taken a special interest in the local Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, and various economic development organizations in the communities, and he has always had a deep need to “give back” through the organizations he has been involved with.
Steve met his wife, Kim, while in college, and they have three children, Chelsea (Lino Lakes, MN), Brittni (Chicago, IL), and Alex (Sioux Falls, SD). Steve and Kim enjoy walking to stay healthy and spending time with their family, especially their two grandchildren, Charlotte (6) and Zachary (4), travelling to see and experience “new things”, and all SDSU Jacks football and basketball games.
Partner, Ernst Capital Group, LLC
Rick Martin is a partner with Ernst Capital Group, LLC and its affiliated companies. Ernst Capital is a real investment firm that helps developers and owners access private capital markets and effectively manage commercial real estate assets. Prior to joining Ernst Capital in 2010, Rick was a commercial banker for 32 years with his last position being Market President for Great Western Bank in Sioux Falls.
Rick was raised in Mitchell, South Dakota and attended the University of South Dakota majoring in Business Management and is a licensed Securities Principal and Real Estate Broker Associate.
Rick has served on several boards and committees including Sioux Empire United Way and Sioux Empire Housing. Rick and his wife, Bonnie, enjoy spending time with their four grown children and six grand kids.
President/CEO - Sioux Falls Development Foundation
Bob comes to the Sioux Falls Development Foundation with a broad background in Economic and Community Development having served over 30 years in the development business. Using experience from five different communities around the Midwest, Bob works with elected, civic and community leaders, local developers, existing businesses and prospects from outside the region to identify growth opportunities and coordinate the implementation of programs and processes leading to economic growth and prosperity in the region.
With strong roots in the community having grown up near Sioux Falls, Bob returns with a passion to work with new and existing companies and community leadership in the continued growth and development of the region. He understands the challenges of building the workforce, helping existing businesses expand and recruiting new companies to our region.
Mundt is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, the Institute for Organizational Management, the Center for Creative Leadership and has a Master’s degree from Bellevue University in Omaha. Mundt is a Certified Economic Developer (CED) and a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). His economic development experience includes extensive work in business attraction, retention and expansion, talent attraction and development, small business/entrepreneurial growth and land and infrastructure development.
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.
Jake grew up in Rapid City, SD before attending Chadron State College in Nebraska. After graduation, Jake attended the University of South Dakota School of Law, earning a Juris Doctorate in 2011. Jake went on to complete his LLM in Taxation through the University of Alabama.
Following graduation from Law School, Jake clerked for a year in the 7th Circuit of South Dakota. After his clerkship, he joined the Bangs McCullen Law Firm where he focused in transactional, business, estate, and tax planning. In 2015, Jake found his calling when he joined