Posted on Aug 02, 2017
Each year ten extraordinary people are inducted into the prestigious South Dakota Hall of Fame. This year’s class is an exceptionally talented group with Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, Jeff Scherschligt, Jeff Broin, Kelby Krabbenhoft and Ernest Carlsen from the Sioux Falls community. What does it take to become a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame? What is the selection process? And what is the mission of the Hall of Fame? Miles Beacom, incoming Hall of Fame Board Chair provided background on this 43-year-old organization. 

Beacom moderated a panel featuring Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, incoming President of Augustana University, and Jeff Scherschligt, CEO of Marsh and McLellan and President of Howalt+McDowell Insurance since 1985, two of this year’s inductees into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. Panelists shared their thoughts about joining the 700+ inductees in the South Dakota Hall of Fame as well as their life experiences leading to this honor.
Moderator Miles Beacom: President & Chief Executive Officer of PREMIER Bankcard, LLC

Miles Beacom has served as president and chief executive officer of PREMIER Bankcard since 1992. Under his leadership, PREMIER Bankcard has grown to employee over 1,900 people in South Dakota serving more than 2.8 million customers nationwide, making the company the 12th largest issuer of MasterCard credit cards in the country.

Miles has served on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations including Sanford Health International, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, and The Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota. He has been inducted into the Dakota State University Outstanding Alumnus, Distinguished Alumnus, the South Dakota Hall of Fame, and Lincoln High School Hall of Fame. The Beacom School of Business was also established in his honor by the University of South Dakota.

Miles rarely misses an opportunity to acknowledge the significant role his family has played in his life and to emphasize that if you surround yourself with a great team and positive people, you can accomplish anything. Clearly, Miles K. Beacom is proof. 
Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, “A Family Tradition of Public Service” 

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin carries on the family tradition of public service engaged in South Dakota politics. After earning graduate and law degrees from Georgetown University, she served four terms in the United States House of Representatives as both the youngest female member of the House and the first woman elected to the House from South Dakota. Esquire Magazine called Stephanie “South Dakota’s Golden Girl” in their genius edition. Glamour Magazine named Stephanie a “Woman with Guts” for her encouragement of young female candidates. She advocates for agriculture, renewable energy, rural economic development, veterans, and tribal affairs. Stephanie helped enact the 2008 Farm Bill, the Renewable Fuels Standard, the Tribal Law and Order Act, the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, and women veteran’s health care provisions. Since 2012, Stephanie has served as General Counsel & VP of Corporate Development for Raven Industries, negotiating the largest acquisition in the Company’s history. Stephanie and her family live in Sioux Falls, SD.

Jeff Scherschligt, “Doing Business Local to Keep a Community Thriving” 

Jeff Scherschligt was born in 1955 to Lester and Arlette Scherschligt and raised in Sioux Falls. After graduating in 1974, Jeff attended St. John’s College in New York City. After earning his degree in business and insurance, Jeff returned to Sioux Falls, where he has worked in the family business as President and CEO since 1985. Jeff is an expert in insurance and risk management, with specialized knowledge in Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice. He believes in top-notch service, and to Howalt & McDowell, the customer is king. Jeff is very involved in the community, serving tirelessly as an engaged civic leader and nonprofit board member. Over the years, Jeff has contributed to virtually every local capital campaign and chaired several of them. He believes in doing business locally to help the community thrive. In his free time, Jeff enjoys hunting, nature conservation, riding horses, development, spending time with family - most importantly his three young granddaughters.
Program Highlights July 31, 2017:
  • The SD Hall of Fame was started in 1974.
  • Its mission is to champion a culture of excellence in SD.
  • The facility is located in Chamberlain and was established in 2000.  It is open to the public year-round.
  • The Hall of Fame houses over 700 stories of South Dakotans in all walks of life.
  • Its programs include:  Acts of Excellence; Honors Ceremony; Legacy of Achievement; Legends & Learning (an on-line program)
  • Each year, up to 10 outstanding S. Dakotans are inducted.  Applications can be found on line.
  • The 40th Annual Honors Ceremony will be September 8 & 9, 2017, at the Hall of Fame & the Cedar Shore Resort.
Next Week’s Program:
Neel Kashkari, President, Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis, Minnesota