A number of community leaders will be joining us on Saturday, April 27th for the Rising Leaders summit.

Look forward to hearing from:

Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works, City of Sioux Falls

Mark Cotter is the Director of Public Works for the City of Sioux Falls where he is responsible for the overall operation of the City’s Public Works systems, including: engineering, light and power, street, fleet, landfill, water, water reclamation, storm sewer, environmental, and utility billing and metering divisions.

Erica Beck, Chief of Staff, City of Sioux Falls

Erica Beck currently serves as the Chief of Staff in Mayor TenHaken’s administration. Previously, Beck was the Vice President of Development for Lloyd Companies and was responsible for execution of the overall business strategy. With respect to the company’s activities and expansive growth plans, she played a key role in promoting economic development and downtown revitalization during an exciting time in the community’s history. Erica was recognized by the Prairie Business Journal as one of the region’s leading women in business, and she currently serves on the McCrossan’s Foundation Board, the Feeding South Dakota Board of Directors and the New Colossus Advisory Board.

TJ Nelson, Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Sioux Falls

TJ Nelson, Deputy Chief of Staff and public information officer, coordinates the flow of public information for the City, intergovernmental collaboration with metro area communities as well as county, state and federal officials.

TJ is a Sioux Falls native and graduate of Augustana University. His résumé includes internal communications, public relations, media relations, and government relations roles for the DM&E Railroad, Canadian Pacific, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Sanford Heath, and U.S. Senator Mike Rounds.

Christine Erickson, At-Large City Council Member, City of Sioux Falls

Christine is proud to be a life-long South Dakotan. She was raised in Rapid City, eventually moved to Pierre and then finally settled down in Sioux Falls.

Christine began her career in public service by representing District 11 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. After serving a term in the House, she was elected as an at-large member of the Sioux Falls City Council in 2014.

A graduate from National American University and University of Sioux Falls, Christine is a small business owner focusing on short term housing. She and her husband, Tony, are the proud parents of three active boys: Anthony, Braylon, and Charlie.

John T. Meyer, CEO and Co-Founder, Lemonly

John T. Meyer wants to help everyone do work that matters. He is co-founder and CEO of Lemonly, a design studio that is home to the world’s best infographics! In the six years since its inception, Lemonly has created infographics and visual stories for international brands like Marriott, Major League Baseball, Netflix, Under Armour, the Green Bay Packers and the United Nations. 

John’s goal is to make Lemonly the best place to work in the Midwest, and writes about company culture and building great teams at HumansandResources.com. John loves to cheer on the Minnesota Twins and spend time with his wife Paige and daughter Margot.

John Stiegelmeier, Head Football Coach, South Dakota State University

John Stiegelmeier, the winningest football coach in South Dakota State history, has built the Jackrabbit program into a yearly contender within the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision.
Overall, Coach Stig has led the Jackrabbits to a 148-97 record (.604 winning percentage) in 21 seasons. With Stiegelmeier at the helm, SDSU has reached the FCS playoffs seven times (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) and is one of only four FCS programs to reach the postseason each of the past six seasons. The Jackrabbits won playoff contests in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, and have finished in the top 25 of both major FCS polls in nine of the last 12 seasons.