Key Personnel

Chris Schilken

Deputy Commissioner/Business Development Director

Chris Schilken is the deputy commissioner and the director of business development in the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Chris’s dual role assists Commissioner Steve Westra in the overall direction and management of the GOED as well as overseeing the business development representatives across the state.


Travis Dovre

Finance Director

Travis oversees all of the financial programs that the GOED provides to assist businesses. In addition, he provides supervision to meet the fiscal and office management needs of the department.


Joe Fiala

Partner Relations Director

Joe is responsible for overseeing the partner relations team’s efforts on a statewide economic development strategy that will assist local economic development corporations in positioning their community or region for economic growth.


Ann Gesick-Johnson

Business Analytics Director

Ann oversees business analytics efforts. Business analytics uses data to show the economic growth for the state as well as making the case for businesses and people to make South Dakota their home.


South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development

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