Jeff Eckhoff Headshot

Jeff Eckhoff – City of Sioux Falls

Jeff is the Director of Planning & Development Services for the City of Sioux Falls. The department oversees planning, zoning, building permits and inspections, housing, code enforcement, neighborhoods, historical preservation and arts.  Prior to the city Jeff served seven years as the State Director for the South Dakota Small Business Development Center and oversaw seven offices across the state that provided business advising to over 2,000 clients a year.  Jeff also served 16 years as the Executive Director for the Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations, which was the regional development department for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.  Jeff lives in Sioux Falls and he and his wife have two grown children.


Tom Jarding

Tom Jarding – President of HBASE, CEO of Jarding Construction

Tom Jarding was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD, and attended Augustana University and Dakota Wesleyan University. After graduating, he worked two years in the banking industry before coming back to the family business in the construction sector. He spent 10 years with Jarding Construction in the roles of drafting, pre-construction services, project management, and business development. He was the 2021 President of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire.

Joan Franken

Joan Franken – Costello Companies

Joan is one of the owners and the Managing Director for Costello Companies and has been with the company for 26 years. She has been involved in and overseen the development of 48 affordable housing apartment complexes in South Dakota and Wyoming, creating 1,975 units of affordable housing in several communities.  She oversees the management of 5,200 apartment units in South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming and land developments with single family, multifamily, commercial and industrial lots in Sioux Falls, Harrisburg and Hartford.  She volunteers as an active board member on several housing related organizations both locally and nationally.

Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson – 605 Advantage

Jeff Nelson has been selling and teaching Real Estate in Sioux Falls since 1977, Over the last few years he has served on the Sioux Empire Housing Partnership Board,  City and County Homeless Advisory Board and now the Accessible Housing Advisory Board.

Chris Vinson

Chris Vinson – Plains Commerce Bank

Chris Vinson is the mastermind behind the Mortgage Division at Plains Commerce Bank. From humble beginnings in 2001 to coaching mortgage professionals across the country, Chris has an undeniable passion to help others succeed. With two decades of experience, Chris has developed a team that produces over 5.6 billion in originations a year, focusing on customer experience and state-of-the art technology.

Having a vision, drive and passion for growing the mortgage industry, Chris, along with his mortgage team, has surpassed 25% regional market share and been voted the Sioux Falls Local Best Mortgage Company for eight years running.

Sharing his success, Chris inspires and coaches his own team of Mortgage Bankers along with CEO’s and Loan Originators across the U.S. to ensure his team, along with the clients and community banks they serve have the tools needed to succeed.

Chris lives by this quote; “Success isn’t about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.”  – Unknown