South Dakota Governor has appointed the following members

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Patrick Burchill SDEDA Chairman Rapid City

Stanley Porch SDEDA Board Member Wanblee, SD

Stanley Porch SDEDA Board Member Wanblee, SD

Pat Burchill was born and raised in Pierre, South Dakota.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in May of 1976 and received his MBA Degree from the University of South Dakota in August of 1977.

Pat’s banking career began in Rapid City as a management associate with First Bank System in 1977. After spending time as a credit analyst and a commercial loan officer he became a vice president and manager of the commercial loan department in 1984 and was named Senior Vice President in 1991. In 1996 Pat was named President of U.S. Bank in Rapid City. In 2001 Pat was assigned additional duties as Regional President for U.S. Bank.

Pat currently serves on several boards/committees including Ellsworth Task Force, Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation, Rapid City Economic Development Foundation, SD State Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners, South Dakota Development Corporation and the Diocese of Rapid City Finance Committees.

Pat and his wife, Lucy, currently live in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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Stanley Porch SDEDA Board Member Wanblee, SD

Stanley Porch SDEDA Board Member Wanblee, SD

Stanley Porch SDEDA Board Member Wanblee, SD

Stanley Porch farms and ranches his family’s 5th generation farm near Wanblee, South Dakota. He has served on several local, state and national boards. Stanley spent 13 years on the South Dakota Wheat Commission and was chairman of the National United States Wheat Association. He has also served on the local school board, the local elevator board and the local hospital board. In addition, Stanley spent 12 years as the chairman for the Farm Credit credit board and served on the South Dakota Farm Service Agency Committee. Stanley’s perspective as a 5th generation South Dakota landowner and farmer will provide a valuable perspective to the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority.

Stanley and his wife Shirley have been married for 51 years and have three children. 

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Kurt Solay SDEDA Board Member Rapid City, SD

Stanley Porch SDEDA Board Member Wanblee, SD

David Emery SDEDA Board Member Rapid City, SD

Kurt Solay, a Parkston, SD native, graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1985. After graduation from law school, Kurt earned an L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University in 1987. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of South Dakota, graduating with honors. Kurt was admitted to practice law in Texas in 1985 and South Dakota in 1987. He was admitted to practice in the U.S. Tax Court in 1987. Kurt is currently licensed to practice law in the State of South Dakota.

Kurt focuses his practice primarily on transactional work, including commercial finance, business transactions, real estate law, trusts and estates, and probate administration. Kurt is an A rated lawyer in the national Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and is a member of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, the Pennington County Bar Association, the South Dakota State Bar, and the American Bar Association.

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David Emery SDEDA Board Member Rapid City, SD

Galen Niederwerder SDEDA Board Member New Underwood, SD

David Emery SDEDA Board Member Rapid City, SD

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Black Hills Corporation  

David Emery was elected Chairman of Black Hills Corporation in April 2005 and has been President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors since January 2004. Previously, he was our President and Chief Operating Officer – Retail Business Segment from April 2003 to January 2004 and Vice President – Fuel Resources from January 1997 to April 2003. Emery has more than 24 years of experience with the company. 

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Quentin L. Riggins SDEDA Board Member Rapid City, SD

Galen Niederwerder SDEDA Board Member New Underwood, SD

Galen Niederwerder SDEDA Board Member New Underwood, SD

Quentin joined Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP as an associate in August 2007 after a one-year clerkship with the First Judicial Circuit Court. While there, he clerked for the Honorable Arthur L. Rusch, Honorable Glen W. Eng, and the Honorable Steven R. Jensen.

Quentin graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota in 2006. While attending law school, Quentin was a member of the Client Counseling and Negotiations Board. He served as treasurer for one year. His undergraduate studies were completed at Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota in 2002.

Quentin grew up in Philip, South Dakota where he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and FFA. Quentin comes from a ranch family and enjoys helping farm/ranch clients with legal issues ranging from estate planning to the purchase of ag property.

Currently, Quentin is a member of the American Bar Association and the South Dakota Bar Association. In his spare time, Quentin enjoys hunting, fishing and watching sports, especially baseball and football.

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Galen Niederwerder SDEDA Board Member New Underwood, SD

Galen Niederwerder SDEDA Board Member New Underwood, SD

Galen Niederwerder SDEDA Board Member New Underwood, SD

Galen Niederwerder grew up on land his grandfather homesteaded 20 miles northeast of EAFB, graduating from New Underwood High School in 1973.

After attending Black Hills State University, he worked in Rapid City until 1987, when he and his wife, Donna, moved to Vale, SD to start a dairy farm. They later moved that operation to a farm south of New Underwood and eventually shifted operations from dairying to ranching. In 1998, he diversified into the insurance industry, specializing in farm and ranch coverage. In 2009, he and Donna built a new ranch site at Viewfield, just a few miles south of where he grew up. They have two sons and six grandchildren.

Galen is a past member Christian Business Men’s Committee in Rapid City and the New Underwood Lion’s Club. He served four years on the New Underwood School Board, and six years as Meade County Commissioner, the last three as chairman. While on the county commission, he also served on the Black Hill Council of Local Governments.