Byre receives honor from SDSU employees

BROOKINGS – Beth Byre was named South Dakota State University Public Service Employee of the Month for June in recognition of her contributions and exemplary performance as an accountant in the Department of Natural Resource Management.

She will be honored with a reception starting at 3:30 p.m. on June 28 in the atrium of the Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory.

Graduating from SDSU in 1979, Byre returned to Brookings in 2011. She began working in the Office of Academic Affairs that year and joined the NRM department as an accountant in 2016. During her five years with the department, colleagues and supervisors consistently recognize the skills and optimistic personality.

“In addition to Ms. Byre’s exceptional organizational skills, she is also a pleasant person to work with, is a true team player and is always courteous, respectful and caring to anyone who needs her expertise and services.” , said Michele Dudash. , who heads the NRM department. “Ms. Byre is always ready to go beyond the usual tasks to make our department and our institution a great place to work.

Dudash also said that Byre has been recognized for participating in various training events on the processes mastered by the department while taking on all the challenges presented. His charisma and interpersonal skills are frequently underlined.

“Her work is precise and timely, provides person-centered support to faculty, students and staff and is willing to help others when needed,” said Mary Larson, SDSU human relations coordinator. “I particularly appreciate his positive approach, his ability to listen and learn and his willingness to adapt to changes.

“It delivers excellence every day by supporting the diverse faculty, staff and student body of the Department of Natural Resource Management,” said Justin Werkmeister, director of finance and accountability at the College of Science agriculture, food and the environment. “She’s always people-centered, doing whatever it takes to help someone in need, whether that is part of her job or not.”

Groos hired by the health system

BROOKINGS – Lyle Groos was recently hired as the new Director of Environmental Services at Brookings Health System.

In this role, Groos will oversee the day-to-day operations of housekeeping, housekeeping and laundry services within the healthcare system, including staff supervision, organization and financial management. It is also responsible for the overall environmental security of the health system.

Groos has six years of healthcare facility management experience, most recently as a facility manager at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Windom, Minnesota. He also previously worked for Brookings Health System in the maintenance department. Groos studied at Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City and has several years of business experience, including running his own construction companies.

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Daktronics announces changes to its board of directors

BROOKINGS – Daktronics, Inc. announces the retirement of Robert G. Dutcher and Byron J. Anderson, both effective September 1, 2021. Dutcher and Anderson have served on the Daktronics board since 2002 and 2005, respectively.

The board also announces the appointments of Shereta Williams and Dr Lance D. Bultena as independent directors to its board for election at the annual meeting of shareholders on September 1, 2021.

Reece A. Kurtenbach, President and CEO, acknowledged Dutcher and Anderson’s leadership and dedication contributions to Daktronics: “We thank Byron and Bob for their significant contributions to Daktronics. Bob has served on our Board for 19 years and as Chairman of the Compensation Committee since 2007. From his previous experience as Chairman and CEO of Possis Medical Inc., Bob brought knowledge to our Board. in-depth driving profitable growth in technology. -driven industries.

“Byron served on our board of directors for 16 years, serving on the compensation, nominating and governance committees. Byron’s experience as a senior executive at Agilent Technologies, Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Company brought unique knowledge of supply chains, international development and organizational strategy. We are grateful for Bob and Byron’s contributions to Daktronics over the years and wish them a happy retirement.

Kurtenbach continued, “The appointments of Shereta and Lance will contribute to the strength of our Board of Directors by bringing unique perspectives, experiences and expertise. Shereta brings strategic leadership to the digital media industry, demonstrated by an impressive history of growth and diversification for the companies she has served. Lance brings a rich understanding of economic issues and experience with global regulations and public policies. Lance has helped clients improve their business results and stay ahead of developments in these areas.

Learn more about the nominees

• Shereta Williams is Vice President of Business Development on the Strategy and Corporate Development team of Cox Enterprises, Inc. based in Atlanta, GA, and has held this role since 2020. She has held a variety of related roles. strategy, corporate development and business development within the subsidiaries and groups of Cox Enterprise, Inc., including the president of Videa, LLC from 2014 to 2020; vice president of corporate development for Cox Media Group from 2010 to 2013; and Director of Digital Development and Services for Cox Television from 2001 to 2006. Between roles at Cox, from 2006 to 2009, she was Managing Director of the Currency Division for Maven Funds, a startup hedge fund in Atlanta where she was responsible for trader management, implementation of automated trading systems, risk management and operations. She began her career in investment banking as a M&A analyst for Lazard Frères & Co, LLC from 1996 to 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with a concentration in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Williams brings to the board an in-depth knowledge of corporate development, strategy and mergers and acquisitions, as well as operational leadership in the digital communications industry.

• Dr Lance D. Bultena is the Global Director of Thought Leadership for Mobility and Transportation at Hogan Lovells, a global law firm, where he is currently a Senior Advisor after being a partner for many years. He has been with the firm (and its predecessor Hogan & Hartson) since 1999. He served as legal counsel to the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation from 1995 to 1999. He earned a doctorate in politics and a Masters in Economics from Oxford University which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He received a Law Degree (JD) from Harvard Law School and did his undergraduate studies at the University of South Dakota. Bultena brings significant experience to the board of directors in helping companies assess and meet the challenges of technological change and evolving public policies.