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Leadership Profiles

Governor Dennis Daugaard

When Governor Dennis Daugaard took office in January 2011, he immediately made economic development a top priority and a cornerstone of his administration. His commitment to  in-state businesses, prospective companies, and job growth makes him South Dakota’s No. 1 salesman. 

During his first legislative session as Governor, he successfully led the effort to balance the budget without increasing taxes or using state reserve funds.

Prior to becoming governor, Daugaard served as South Dakota’s lieutenant governor from 2002-2010, and as a state legislator from 1996-2001. He has also worked in the financial services, nonprofit and legal sectors.

For a full bio, please visit Governor Dennis Daugaard’s website


Commissioner Pat Costello

Pat Costello assumed his role as the Commissioner of the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in January 2011. Commissioner Costello is also a member of Governor Dennis Daugaard’s six-person Executive Committee.

Costello began his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant working with firms in both Arizona and South Dakota. In addition to his work as a CPA (inactive), for the past 20 years Costello has operated small businesses in Sioux Falls including Fuddruckers restaurant and is a partner in Borrowed Buck’s Roadhouse. Costello currently sits on the Board of Directors for Children’s Care Hospital and School, is a Rotary Club member, and served on the Sioux Falls City Council from 2006-2010. Costello served as Chairman of the city council from 2009-2010.

Costello is a graduate of Sioux Falls O’Gorman High School and Arizona State University. Costello and his wife, Shawn, have three children.

Deputy Commissioner Aaron Scheibe


Aaron Scheibe assumed his role as the Deputy Commissioner of the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in June 2014.

A Pierre native, Scheibe served as a diplomat for the U.S. Department of State for 12 years prior to returning home to South Dakota.  During that time, he advised U.S. ambassadors at our embassies in Belarus and Azerbaijan, and served in a variety of positions at the Department of State’s headquarters in Washington, D.C..  His diplomatic work focused on international economic, commercial, and legal issues, including promoting U.S. exports, advising U.S. companies on market entry and dispute resolution, and negotiating international agreements, including trade treaties at the World Trade Organization.

Scheibe earned his juris doctorate from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  He and his wife Laura have two young sons, Elias and Anders.


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