GOED to Welcome New Commissioner
Scott Stern to Assume New Role Sept. 1
GOED Commissioner Scott Stern
Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently announced his appointment of Scott G. Stern as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, effective Sept. 1.
Stern is a Freeman, South Dakota native and a graduate of the University of South Dakota. He spent 29 years working for his family company, Stern Oil. For 14 years, he served as the vice president and general manager. More recently, Stern worked for Petro-Canada America, a division of Suncor Energy, as a district sales manager.
“I am excited to return to South Dakota to support and advance the opportunities with existing businesses and continue to welcome new prospects that want to make this state their home,” Stern said.
During his years in Freeman, Stern served two stints on the city council and took leadership roles in the Freeman Chamber of Commerce and the Freeman Economic Development Corporation. He also served as a Dakota Rising small business mentor.
Stern and his wife, Staci, have three grown children. He will replace Pat Costello, who stepped aside as GOED Commissioner at the end of June.