• October 2018

Message from the Chair

By Tim Sturdevant
2018-19 Chair of the Board

"You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader." – Henry Ford

There are lots of different types of leaders. Some supervise dozens of employees and facilitate major deals. Others have no formal management responsibilities but still lead and inspire others through their attitude and actions.

Our strong economic health and quality of life is the result of decades of intentional leadership

Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities are thriving thanks the positive leadership of many of our predecessors. Our strong economic health and quality of life is the result of decades of intentional leadership, in which people of varying skills and backgrounds worked together to build community based on a shared vision. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce plays a key role in connecting these individuals to collaborate and lead.

In addition to connecting current leaders, the Chamber believes it is important to invest in growing leaders. The 33rd class of our Leadership Sioux Falls program will meet for the first time this month. Thirty-two individuals have the opportunity in the coming year to grow and stretch their professional leadership skills. In addition, our Young Professionals Network does a great job of providing learning and development opportunities to up-and-coming young leaders in our community.

I am honored to begin my term of service as Chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors. I am excited about the year ahead and the opportunities before us. The Board of Directors remains committed to the Chamber membership and community, and will continue to advance and promote the economic health and quality of life in the region.

We have a great story to tell – and it is not just about our past success, it is also about our bright future. It is a story of intentional leadership – of individuals who dream big and collaborate.

I hope you will join us to celebrate the story of our community at our 112th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Please invite your employees and colleagues to be part of the evening as well. All are welcome. It is sure to be a memorable evening of inspiration and celebration!


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