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’ 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 and Marketing Director

Ann oversees the business analytics and marketing 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. Marketing works to share that information both instate and across the nation.


South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development

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