Contact Staff


  • Bob Mundt, President & CEO

    Open or Close • (605) 339-0103 (Office)

    Bob comes to the Sioux Falls Development Foundation with a broad background in Economic and Community Development having served over 30 years in the development business. Using experience from five different communities around the Midwest, Bob works with elected, civic and community leaders, local developers, existing businesses and prospects from outside the region to identify growth opportunities and coordinate the implementation of programs and processes leading to economic growth and prosperity in the region.

    With strong roots in the community having grown up near Sioux Falls, Bob returns with a passion to work with new and existing companies and community leadership in the continued growth and development of the region. He understands the challenges of building the workforce, helping existing businesses expand and recruiting new companies to our region.

    Mundt is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, the Institute for Organizational Management, the Center for Creative Leadership and has a Master’s degree from Bellevue University in Omaha. Mundt is a Certified Economic Developer (CED) and a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). His economic development experience includes extensive work in business attraction, retention and expansion, talent attraction and development, small business/entrepreneurial growth and land and infrastructure development.

  • Dean Dziedzic, Vice President of Economic Development

    Open or Close • (605) 988-4259 (Cell) • (605) 339-0103 (Office)

    In his role as Vice President, Dean Dziedzic is often the face or voice of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation to executives of prospective new businesses looking at our community. Working with international and U.S. corporate executives in high-potential targeted industries, Dziedzic works for extended periods of time developing relationships with company decision-makers and providing them with the resources they need to expand or relocate to Sioux Falls. With a background in finance, sales and software management, Dziedzic is uniquely suited to develop and maintain a constantly growing list of prospects seeking information and business success in Sioux Falls. A graduate of Westmar University in Le Mars, Iowa with a Business Management and Marketing degree, Dziedzic also represents the Development Foundation at trade shows and business networking opportunities throughout the U.S.

  • Denise Guzzetta, Vice President of Talent & Workforce Development

    Open or Close • (605) 595-4355 (Cell) • (605) 339-0103 (Office)

    Guzzetta comes to the Foundation with a strong marketing and development background serving BASF Corporation as their Marketing Development Manager, Vice President for North America of Crown Worldwide Holding and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Allegiance Relocation Services. With over 20 years of corporate marketing and human resource experience, Guzzetta brings a strong understanding of strategic marketing and business operations which will allow her to understand corporate employment and workforce needs.

    Guzzetta will be responsible for the implementation of the Foundation’s talent attraction and workforce development strategies, particularly the Forward Sioux Falls Strategic Workforce Action Agenda. In collaboration and coordination with employers, educational institutions, social agencies, and local governments, Guzzetta will lead efforts in implementation and coordination of those strategies; understand the needs of Sioux Falls employers and employees through quantitative and qualitative means; make recommendations of and, where appropriate, carry out programs that impact the quality and/or quantity of the Sioux Falls area’s workforce; and seek to influence the supply/demand of specific occupations through marketing and education to current and prospective employers/employees, recommendations to educational providers, and recommendations of best workforce practices to Sioux Falls’ employers.

  • Karen Ruhland, Director of Research, Membership & Communications

    Open or Close • (605) 339-0103 (Office)

    Karen Ruhland joined the Foundation as a Research/Prospect Service Specialist, advancing to Research Director, Director of Research & Communication Services, and currently serves as Director of Research, Membership & Communications. Her career in economic development started with an internship at the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce while completing her degree at Briar Cliff University.

    With a knack for editing and attention to detail, Ruhland serves as a valuable resource for the Foundation. And with a love of demographics and stats, that resource extends beyond the Foundation and Forward Sioux Falls, to partner organizations, members, and local businesses.

    Ruhland is responsible for research activities, board and member management, and communication efforts including the Foundation’s most notable publications - the Community Profile, Annual Report of Developments, and Directions newsletters. She tracks and provides information for the website and surveys area businesses to maintain the Foundation’s extensive databases.

    Ruhland is the Foundation’s representative on the Workforce Data Users Group, and represented the Foundation in the City’s Workforce Development Grant review process. In addition, she serves as a Community Impact Team Member with United Way, chairs the Spirit of Sioux Falls Scholarship Review Committee and has been tapped to serve on the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee.

  • Jill Wadkins, Director of Finance & Accounting

    Open or Close • (605) 339-0103 (Office)

    With over twenty years of experience encompassing all aspects of the accounting process, Jill joined the Foundation in November 2017 as Director of Finance & Accounting. In this capacity, Jill is responsible for managing all functions relative to the Foundations financial records, financial model, payroll and benefits, accounts payable and receivable, and financial analysis.

    Jill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Huron University (Sioux Falls) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Western Illinois University. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a Senior Financial Analyst with ReliaMax Holding Company for six years, a Senior Accountant at CNA Surety for six years, and served in various accounting capacities at Heartland Paper Company, NorthWestern Energy and Midland National Life.

  • Sharman Smith, Administrative Assistant/Project Support Associate

    Open or Close  • (605) 339-0103 (Office)

    Long time public policy administrator and executive assistant at Midco, Sharman joined the staff of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation as an administrative assistant and project support associate in April 2018. She is the main point of contact for the Development Foundation, handling telephone inquiries and assisting with Foundation projects and events.

    Sharman pursued a business education at Northwest College of Commerce and Colorado Technical University, in addition to continuing her education through numerous job-related training opportunities. Before working with senior executives at Midco, Sharman was an executive assistant and human resources coordinator at Northwestern Energy in Huron.

  • Megan Jansick, Director of Marketing

    Open or Close  • (605) 339-0103 (Office)

    Megan Jansick joined the Sioux Falls Development Foundation in 2017. As the Director of Marketing, Jansick is tasked with developing and maintaining the Sioux Falls Development brand. Everything from marketing strategies, social media, graphic design, event planning, and everything in-between fall in Jansick’s wheelhouse of work.

    Jansick studied graphic design and psychology at the University of South Dakota and previously worked with local publications as a graphic designer where she would not only design for the publications but would monitor and maintain social media campaigns.

  • Mike Gray, Director of Business Expansion & Retention

    Open or Close • (605) 595-4243 (Cell) • (605) 339-0103 (Office)

    As the Director of Business Retention & Expansion, Mike Gray works with industrial-focused businesses, site selectors, developers, and brokers who have an existing presence in Sioux Falls. Gray invests time to develop relationships with employers and their representatives to understand their needs and to connect them with the resources they need to expand operations in Sioux Falls. Gray has worked with high wastewater producers, large electric-power consumers, intense truck traffic counts and negotiated incentives to collaborate public private partnerships. Partnerships Gray has established throughout the Sioux Falls community include: public and private utilities, the City of Sioux Falls, the SD Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the SF Area Chamber of Commerce, Forward Sioux Falls, educational institutions, to name a few.

    With a background in municipal government, financial planning and project management, Gray is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in Economics with a Business Specialization.

  • Sara Gillis, Director of Talent & Workforce Development

    Open or Close • (605) 339-0103 (Office)

    Information coming soon...


  • Nick Fosheim, Executive Director MCEDA LCEDA

    Open or Close • (605) 212-1320 (Cell) • (605) 339-0103 (Office)

    Nick Fosheim 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.

  • International Trade

  • Rock Nelson, South Dakota International Marketing Director

    Open or Close • (605) 338-3424 • (605) 941-6696 (Cell)

    #1 West Weather Lane #400, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

    Rock is a 4th generation Sioux Falls native and graduate of Augustana University. After having worked for his family’s food service business for a number of years he created Northern Plains Recycling, Inc. in 1990. During this time he developed relationships with and shipped 6 - 7 semi loads per day and 1 railroad boxcar per day to 26 U.S. paper recycling mills. Some of his firm’s product was exported to Japan, Mexico, Korea, China, Taiwan and Canada. Since selling his firm in the late 1990’s, Rock has served as International Trade Director for 20 years, and been an employee of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and South Dakota’s Small Business Development Center for 15 years.

    He is responsible for helping local, regional and businesses statewide to develop their growth internationally by aiding them with their importing and exporting needs. He also helps them to clear their imported products through the U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s Port #3502 in Sioux Falls. His services consist of soliciting and negotiating competitive air and ocean freight and customs brokerage rates, finding lost freight and documents, assisting with insurance claims, sourcing overseas made products, researching duty rates, proper documentation, compliance, etc.

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