The Sioux Falls Development Foundation welcomes three newly elected board members for 2018. Joining the board are Jeff Fiegen, President of Fiegen Construction; Steve Kolbeck, Principal Manager of Xcel Energy-South Dakota, and Kathy Thorson, Sioux Empire Market President for Metabank.
With almost four decades of experience, Fiegen has excellent long-standing relationships with design professionals, sub-contractors, suppliers and building officials. A leader in community organizations and civic events, his extensive construction experience is the foundation for managing one the region's fastest growing and most successful general contracting firms.
Kolbeck comes to his Xcel Energy position with more than 20 years of experience in the utilities industry. He served on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for five years, two years as chair. During his tenure he was also the President of the Mid-American Regulatory Conference and was active on the national level in the National Association of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners. Kolbeck most recently worked as an operations supervisor in telecommunications at Alliance Communications.
Thorson brings expertise in commercial and retail banking to her position at MetaBank, starting as a teller in college and advancing to business banking and management. A Sioux Empire native, she is active in the community, including serving as incoming board president of the Sioux Council Boy Scouts, a board member for Volunteers of America Foundation, past president of the Southeast Technical Institute board and a member of the Chamber of Commerce Community Appeals committee.
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