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Induction Category & YearProfessional 1998
Home TownBrookings, SD
BirthMarch 25, 1935
Brookings, SD

   David Christensen
Champion of Excellence

 David Christensen attended Brookings High School, displaying his leadership skills early on as Governor of South Dakota Boys State in 1952. Dave went on to attend South Dakota State University.

A ROTC member, Dave spent 2 years with the Army Corps of Engineers following graduation, working as a demolition expert at Colorado Springs. He returned to South Dakota and took a job at John Morrell Company in Sioux Falls. <p>During this time Dave helped start the bantam baseball program in Sioux Falls and became the commissioner of the entire league. He also coached the Seven-Up team, and, as fate would have it, a player on his team was Joe Kaliszewski, one of the original four founders of Raven Industries. Kaliszewski invited Dave to come and apply for a job in 1962. <p>By 1971, Dave was chosen as the president of the company. Through his leadership as president and CEO of Raven, the company grew from $8.3 million in annual sales and less than 400 employees to over $149.6 million in sales and 1500 employees. <p>What's important to note is that 1,100 of these employees are in South Dakota as a direct result of Dave's commitment to the development and growth within the state. Raven Industries provides jobs in Sioux Falls at corporate headquarters, and at Beresford, DeSmet, Huron, Parkston, Salem and Madison. <p>One may direct irony in the fact that the leader of a company created by and devoted to technology dismisses some of today's most treasured technology-based conveniences. It's not that Dave lives in the past; it's just that his years of experience give him a better view of the big picture. <p>Dave is also director of Raven Industries and Raven subsidiaries Beta Raven, Inc., Aerostar International., Inc., and Glasstite, Inc., as well as Norwest Corporation, Minneapolis and Northern States Power Co. Minneapolis, MN. He has served on the boards of Norwest Bank South Dakota, N.A., Sioux Falls Falcon Plastics, Inc., Brookings and The Webb Company, St. Paul, MN. <p>In addition to his business leadership, Dave has shown outstanding commitment to his community. This involvement includes working on campaigns for Forward Sioux Falls, the Wegner Health Sciences Information Center, Washington Pavilion of Art & Science, Minn-la-Kota Girl Scouts, Welcome House, Minnehaha Ice and Recreation Center, Sioux Empire United Way, Sioux Falls College, and Volunteers of America Day Care Center. <p>Dave's awards and honors include South Dakota Sales & Marketing Executive of the year, 1993 Brookings High School class of 1953 Distinguished Alumni Award, 1993 South Dakotan of the Year Award, University of South Dakota, 1985 South Dakota State University Distinguished Alumni Award, 1978 B'Nai Brith Sportsman of the Year Award, President of Sioux Falls Convention-Tourist Bureau, 1974-75 United Way Service Award, 1975 Distinguished Service Award, South Dakota State University.

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