Our Board Members
Steve Kolbeck is currently the Principal Manager of Xcel Energy, South Dakota. He previously held management positions with Alliance Communications and CenturyLink-South Dakota. Steve has served on the Brandon City Council and is a former South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Commissioner.
Steve has lived in Brandon since 1997, except for the 5 and a half years he served on the PUC in Pierre. Steve and his wife Stacy have four children, Wilson, Alex, Joseph, and Mary. Steve holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Telecommunications from Mitchell Technical Institute, a Bachelor of Science from South Dakota State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Dakota Wesleyan University.
Paul VanDeBerg has worked for Alliance Communications in Business Sales and Public Relations since 2007. He and his family have lived in Brandon since 2002 and he enjoys assisting in the growth and development of the Brandon business community.
Paul is involved with the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Brandon Optimist Club, Brandon Prayer Breakfast and Junior Achievement.
Ex-Officio Board Member
Paul serves on the Brandon Development Foundation Board of Directors as a non-voting liaison with the Brandon Valley School District #49-2. He has been the Business Manager of the District with a $47 Million annual budget for the past 30 years.
Paul was recently elected to serve as Mayor of the City of Brandon for one term of 4 years (April, 2023).
Chuck has lived in Brandon since 1989. He is recently retired from The First National Bank in Sioux Falls and currently serves as Board Member of Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Brandon Revolving Loan Fund, Brandon Lions Club, and represents Ward 3 on Brandon City Council.
Tim Jorgenson is a lifelong Brandon resident. He owns and operates SplitRock Furniture after a 15 year career at Sioux Marble, a family owned manufacturing business in Brandon.
Tim served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for 12 years prior to being elected as a Ward 1 representative to the Brandon City Council. Tim has a wife, Heidi, and 2 children, Jacob and Owen.
Dennis Olson served as Brandon City Administrator from 1986 to 2010. Dennis is currently retired but now serves part-time as the Brandon Economic Development Director. During his tenure as City Administrator, Brandon, SD received the Community of the Year award in 2005 and 2009 from the Governors Office of Economic Development (GOED). Dennis also received the Excellence in Economic Development award in 2010 from GOED.
A Brandon resident since 1986, Dennis has been married to his wife Cathy for 50 years and has two daughters and six grandchildren.
Kim Cerwick has served as President/CEO of the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce since 2008. A native of Brandon, SD, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of South Dakota as well as her Master’s in Business Administration. She is also a graduate of the US Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management receiving her IOM designation in 2013.
In addition to leading the Chamber, she serves on numerous boards and committees, including the MACE Board of Directors, Brandon Development Foundation, Brandon Community Foundation, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Issues Management Council, Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizen Advisory Council, and Brandon Valley Optimist Club.
Jay Buchholz is Sioux Valley Energy's Key Accounts and Community Relations Executive since October 2017. Prior to the utilities industry, Jay worked as a Sales and Marketing Executive for KELOLAND Media Group in Sioux Falls, SD.
Jay works with many Sioux Valley Energy Cooperative communities in promoting economic development and has served on the Brandon Development Foundation since 2018.
Ex-Officio Board Member
Barb Vavruska Fish has been a resident of Brandon for 16 years. She represents Ward 1 on the Brandon City Council and is a liaison to the Park Board. Barb previously served as President of the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and a founding member of the Brandon Community Foundation and a former Booster Club representative.
Barb is a Certified Financial Planner and works with her clients at Service First Federal Credit Union. She and her husband Gary have two children and one grandson. Barb currently serves as the facilitator for eleven Praying Moms for Students groups.
Chad Hasert is the Owner/Operator of FlexIT USA, Inc located in Brandon, SD. FlexIT USA is a premier manufacture of hydraulic hose assemblies to the Agriculture, Construction and Turf Industries.
Chad has a Degree in Fluid Power and moved to Brandon in 1997. He was previously employed by a family owned business in Brandon, SD (Pace Manufacturing) where he spent 20+ years in multiple roles, with the last 11-years as General Manager for the US locations.
After moving to Brandon, Chad was married to his wife Sheri who is a Controller at CHS in Brandon. Chad and Sheri have two kids Austin and Alyssa and are proud to call Brandon, SD home!
MCEDA Liaison to BDF
Nick joined the staff at the Development Foundation in December of 2012 as executive director for the Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations.
Nick brings a regional perspective to economic development in the Sioux Falls area, representing the communities of Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. He serves as an advocate for these communities and assists in facilitating the growth opportunities that exist in the region. A native of Webster, South Dakota, Nick understands the role economic development plays in small communities and believes in the value of teamwork. Nick also works closely with the volunteers in each community who are engaged in economic development and connects with the staff at the Sioux Falls Development Foundation on prospective, as well as, retention and expansion projects in the area.
Fosheim studied advertising at South Dakota State University and previously served as the executive director for the Webster Area Development Corporation. Nick and his wife, Amanda, reside in Sioux Falls.