The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has named Jeff Griffin as the new President & CEO of the organization.
Griffin has served as the President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and the CEO Council in Peoria, Illinois since 2014. During his tenure, he led the Chamber to double its membership and turned around worrisome financial trends. He is experienced in non-profit and business development leadership. Griffin holds a master's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Organizational Management. In 2018, he was named the Distinguished Illinois Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year.
Griffin was selected for the position following a national search conducted by Waverly Partners, LLC, a professional recruiting firm with expertise in chamber searches. Board Chair Bobbi Thury, Legacy Law Firm, P.C., said the search committee reviewed an excellent pool of candidates. "We had a number of very talented individuals interested in the position," she said. "Jeff demonstrated excellent leadership skills, the ability to foster strong relationships with businesses of all sizes and a heart for helping others succeed, all of which made him a great match for our Chamber."
Griffin said he is eager to get started in the new role. "I am honored to be named President of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Sioux Falls and all of South Dakota are in such an advantageous position with pro-business initiatives and I am excited to be a part of it."
Thury added, "We expect that the Chamber, under Jeff's leadership, will continue to be a successful advocate for our businesses and community for years to come."
Griffin will assume his new role on January 20, 2020. Interim President Dr. Dave Kapaska will remain with the Chamber through January 25, 2020.