We have quite a lineup of speakers for you to enjoy during the Day of Greatness!
Malcom Chapman is a dedicated community leader, as well as a professional with over 35 years of proven performance in training, teaching, marketing, sales, and service in a variety of public and private sector positions.
Mr. Chapman was elected for three terms as an Alderman for the City of Rapid City, serving in multiple leadership positions and on numerous committees. With community participation and broad support, he has identified problems and worked toward solutions in a collaborative manner. Mr. Chapman has represented the community well, nationally, and statewide, serving on the National League of Cities Board and committees for the South Dakota Municipal League.
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin serves as the 24th president of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota — the first woman to lead the university since it was established 162 years ago. As a result of her leadership, the university developed and is implementing its transformational Viking Bold: The Journey to 2030 strategic plan — supported by the largest and most comprehensive campaign in Augustana’s history.
Herseth Sandlin graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, and cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. Called to public service, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004, where she went on to serve four terms. She was the first woman elected to the U.S. House from South Dakota and the youngest woman serving in Congress during that time.
Following her time in Congress, Herseth Sandlin became a partner in a Washington, D.C., law firm and later joined Raven Industries in Sioux Falls, as the company’s first general counsel and vice president of corporate development.
Herseth Sandlin is celebrated for her leadership in the advancement of women as well as her policy work centered on agriculture, renewable energy, veterans’ education and tribal affairs. She was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2017, and, in August of 2020, she was named to USA Today Network’s select list of “Women of the Century,” in recognition of her significant contributions to the state of South Dakota and the country.
Herseth Sandlin is married to former Texas Congressman Max Sandlin, an attorney and former Chairman of the Board of Feeding South Dakota. She and Max live in Sioux Falls with their teenage son Zachary.
V.J. Smith is a professional speaker and published author. He graduated from South Dakota State University in 1978 and spent the decade of the 1980s working for the Allied Signal Aerospace Company in Kansas City. He returned to his alma mater in 1990, working for six years in the SDSU Athletic Department. He was appointed Executive Director of the SDSU Alumni Association in 1996. In January 2007, he left that position to pursue a career in professional speaking. Smith travels the country and makes over 100 speaking appearances a year.
In March 2014, Meeting and Conventions Magazine named V.J. as one of the favorite speakers of meeting planners throughout America.
He is the author of the best-selling book, “The Richest Man Town.” The book details Smith’s relationship with a little old man who ran a cash register at a local Walmart. “That guy changed my life,” Smith says.
Smith is a two time finalist in Toastmasters' International's “World's Championship of Public Speaking.” He is also the author of, ”Can You Hear What I See?” and “Jackrabbit Tales.”
Mike has been presenting to and training groups and organizations for over 20 years. His background includes working for a Fortune 500 company, serving as an elected official, owning and operating private businesses, sitting on a number of volunteer boards, and wearing the uniform of the United States Army through over 36 years of service in the South Dakota Army National Guard. Mike is a veteran serving in both Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait and Iraq, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He recently retired at the rank of Brigadier General. Through service in these positions, continued professional education in performance excellence, 34 years of marriage to his wife Jo and raising four kids Mike has acquired a tremendous background in leadership, teamwork and motivating people. He understands what it takes to build and maintain a positive attitude and how to motivate those around you to be better than they believe is possible.
Dana Dykhouse is the Chief Executive Officer of First PREMIER Bank in Sioux Falls. He has over 40 years of banking experience. He also serves in leadership positions in numerous local and state organizations, including Chairman of Build Dakota Scholarships, Chairman of South Dakota Freedom Scholarship, Chairman South Dakota Board of Technical Education, Chairman of NorthWestern Energy, Past Chairman of SDBA, SD Jr. Achievement, Sioux Empire Fair, SDSU Foundation, Sioux Falls Chamber, Sioux Falls Development Foundation and many others.
Mitch Reed is currently the Superintendent of Schools in Florence SD. He lives with his wife Shari and three children in Watertown. He have a strong passion for kids and building relationships with them. The project Cardboard Confessionals allowed him to build even stronger relationships with the students he works with. He's learned a great deal about how past experiences and backgrounds play a role in everyday living. It also allowed him to look at his life and evaluate his priorities. This journey of sharing his message has been a great one. He has met many strong people along the way that deserve all the credit in the world. The first step to helping those in need is to understand what they are going through!