YPN honors four young professionals
Four young professionals have been named as recipients of a 4 under 40 Award from the Young Professionals Network of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. The award is given in recognition of individuals under the age of 40 who are leaders in their business, industry and community.
The award recipients were announced at YPN’s Crossroads Summit on Aug. 17. The event is a one-day, professional development conference that draws people from around the region to network and learn.
4 under 40 Award Winners
Chick-fil-A Empire Place
Cutler Law Firm
Marsh McLennan Agency
The 4 under 40 Award winners for 2023 are Bethany Buitenbos, Chick-fil-A Empire Place, Erik Muckey, Lost&Found, Erik Nyberg, Cutler Law Firm, and Karlie Solum, Marsh McLennan Agency.
Bethany Buitenbos is the marketing director for Chick-fil-A Empire Place. She works closely with cross-functional teams to design and manage various marketing initiatives, which includes strategic partnerships with local businesses and schools. Her dedication to collaboration is evident in her volunteer work with multiple organizations, including the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, Make-A-Wish, and the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.
Erik Muckey is an ardent advocate for mental healthcare and resources to combat suicide in South Dakota. He serves as Executive Director of Lost&Found, a nonprofit that aims to eliminate suicide among young adults. Muckey has facilitated collaborations for campus advocate programs at multiple colleges and universities. He was instrumental in forming a coalition that successfully lobbied the South Dakota legislature to appropriate $2 million to support mental health and suicide prevention programs.
Erik Nyberg uses his legal expertise to help move Sioux Falls forward through a variety of volunteer roles. He has served in leadership roles with the Sioux Falls Planning Commission, W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Task Force, Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network and 2035 Vision Downtown Sioux Falls. As a Partner as Cutler Law Firm, he focuses on helping small business owners overcome obstacles so they can focus on growing their business.
Karlie Solum is a familiar and welcoming face at countless community events. She currently volunteers as a diplomat for the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and is a board member for the Sanford Health Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls. As director of community relations for Marsh McLennan Agency, Karlie is committed to connecting businesses and individuals and finding ways to build her industry and community.
Thirty-seven individuals were nominated and qualified for the 2023 award. They represent a wide range of industries including healthcare, finance, manufacturing, agriculture, law, nonprofit and more. Each winner displayed a commitment to their industry, successful collaboration, leadership by example and/or a willingness to mentor and motivate others.