Craig Lloyd, co–owner of
Lloyd Companies, has been
contributing to the growth
of Sioux Falls since 1972.
Though he stepped down as
CEO in January 2016, he
made a lasting impression
on the community in
his 44 years of service.
Having developed more
than 1.6 million feet of
commercial space and
5,000 apartments, Lloyd knows that today’s business
students will be responsible for the town’s – and state’s –
continued thriving. Building foundations for their future
careers is therefore one of his priorities.
“Keeping students in the state is so important to us,”
he said. “South Dakota is a great place because it’s a state
where people want to help people.”
Originally from Mankato, Minnesota, Lloyd received
his business administration degree from Mankato State
College in 1972. He and his wife, Pat, then moved to
Sioux Falls and founded what would become a local
legacy in real estate. Their belief that “people should be
the foundation” translated into the company values of
quality, integrity and relationships with their business
that have helped make Lloyd Companies as strong and
successful as it is today.
Now, as part of the Dean’s Advisory Board, Lloyd
looks forward to his instrumental role in helping
graduates find their futures right here in South Dakota.
“I am honored to share my thoughts with young
people so they can help build a better community,” he
said, “and I am excited about the opportunity to influence
the future workforce of South Dakota and identify ways
to keep them in the state after graduation.”
Lloyd is a licensed broker in South and North Dakota,
Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota; he remains an active
community leader by partnering with local nonprofit
organizations and donating resources such as land, labor
and financial assistance to those in the Sioux Falls area.
President, CEO and
owner of JDS Industries,
Scott Sletten heads the
world’s leading supplier of
awards and personalization
products. The business is
headquartered in Sioux
Falls, South Dakota, but
employs approximately 250
people in 14 warehouses
throughout the U.S.; its
consumer base extends to
more than 80 countries. What started in 1973 as a small
family business has evolved into a thriving aspect of the
Sioux Falls community.
As an employer, Advisory Board member and alumnus
of the University of South Dakota, Sletten looks forward
to active involvement with the school’s business students.
Training his new employees gives him an understanding
of the knowledge and skills today’s students will need
when making their way into the job market; and as
someone who was once in their shoes, the businessman
knows the kind of education students need to be prepared
for what employers are looking for.
“My USD education formed a good business
knowledge base to build from with experience,” he said.
“The Beacom School of Business provides the top–notch
business training that is needed in our area. As Sioux
Falls continues to develop, there will be a need for well–
trained, intelligent graduates.”
Sletten graduated from USD in 1987 with a bachelor’s
degree in business. He then pursued an MBA at Arizona
State University, which he completed in 1990. While
in school, he worked for JDS Industries until he had
enough to purchase a 25 percent ownership stake, intent
on keeping the business in the family. He and his wife,
Ronna, live in Sioux Falls and have two children, Nathan
and Melissa – the former of whom followed in his father’s
footsteps and now works with JDS Industries.
DEAN’ S ADVI SORY BOARD