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.

  • Karen Ruhland, Director of Research & Communication Services

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

    Karen joined the Foundation in 1989 as a Research/Prospect Service Specialist and is currently the Director of Research and Communication Services. 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, Karen 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.

    Karen is responsible for research activities and coordinates the organization’s digital newsletters as well as the Cost of Living Index for the Sioux Falls area. She designs the Foundation’s most notable publications - - the Community Profile and business directories; tracks and provides information for the website and annual report; and surveys area businesses to maintain the Foundation’s extensive databases.

    Karen 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, Karen serves as a Community Impact Team Member volunteer with United Way.

    Iowa natives and alums of Catholic education, Karen and her husband Kyle, are active volunteers in the Catholic School System in Sioux Falls and their local parish. They have served on various committees including capital campaigns for both organizations. She served as the Secretary of the O’Gorman Baseball Parents Fund-raising Committee, chaired the Yearbook Committee at her sons’ school for nine years, and served on the high school Parent Advisory Board.

  • 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 Midco senior executives, 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)

    In her role as Director of Marketing, Megan Jansick is the voice of the Development Foundations' social media outlets. Whether it’s posting a news accolade or updating on what is happening within the Development Foundation, Jansick is here to keep you in the know. Graphic design, photography, video production and any other creative all fall into Jansick's wheelhouse of work as well.

    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.


  • 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. 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 been employed by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and South Dakota´s Small Business Development Center during the past 15 1/2 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.

  • Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship

  • Rich Naser, Jr., President, Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship

    Open or Close • (605) 275-8000 • (605) 275-8010 (Direct)

    2329 North Career Avenue #1, Sioux Falls, SD 57107

    Rich Naser, Jr. serves as president of the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship (SDTBC) and the USD Discovery District as part of his role directing the Forward Sioux Falls Entrepreneurship and Innovation initiatives. These initiatives focus on developing the human capital, early-stage funding and research infrastructure necessary to support high-growth businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators.

    Rich´s career in economic development spans more than 20 years. He began with the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce in 1994. Since that time, he has continued to work as a passionate advocate for Sioux Falls, South Dakota and entrepreneurs. His drive for innovation-led economic development has spear-headed important initiatives such as the creation of the SDTBC, GEAR Center, USD Discovery District, cGMP laboratory space and workforce study–all aimed at creating both an entrepreneurial environment and the most significant possible impact for stakeholders.

    With a spirit of collaboration, Rich has successfully brought together civic, government and private business to support entrepreneurial initiatives. He serves on several boards and committees to continue to foster these relationships.

    Rich was recognized for his commitment, dedication and achievement in entrepreneurship with the 2015 The Spirit of Enterprise–an award given annually by the Enterprise Institute to an individual directly responsible for helping shape the entrepreneurial culture of the state of South Dakota.

Environment/Climate: The Sioux Falls Advantage

Not only is our business climate better, so is our weather. Sioux Falls has a pleasant climate with four distinct seasons; perfect for outdoor recreation. Residents enjoy lots of sunshine for biking, camping, hunting, or just enjoying one of the 80+ parks the region has to offer. On top of the great weather, Sioux Falls also has one of the lowest natural disaster risks in the US; and we are rated an ISO 1 of only 130 communities in the nation...which means lower fire insurance rates for your bottom line.

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