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Agri-Business Citizen of the Year

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In the January edition of the Chamber News, our very own, Bill Evans, was recognized as the Agri-Business Citizen of the Year by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Division. Bill was also awarded the First National Bank Community Service Award in late 2015.

As an industry veteran with 30 years of experience, Bill has a great understanding of all things ag, making him an ideal candidate for such recognition. He grew up on a diversified farm southeast of Dell Rapids, and after college, returned to the family farm for 10 years. In 1985, Bill turned his attention to helping other farmers as an ag banker.

Bill has always chosen to look at change in a positive way. He feels he “fell into” the perfect career – one that allowed him the chance to build quality relationships with people while still being immersed in the ag industry.

Years ago, he remembers finding a quote in a magazine about change that he has carried with him ever since. It reads: “Change. This word will either get you out, push you ahead or weigh you down. The word is easy to pronounce, however, when spoken in a room of people, it can be a threat, order, or crazy idea. Change is not easy. People seldom change their thinking, habits, or preferences on their own. It is time consuming, frustrating, and also inevitable.”

Although Bill believes that “change is the only constant,” we are confident that the impact he has on those around him will never change. Help us congratulate Bill on his awards; he deserves it, and we are proud to call him one of our own!

Read the feature article in the January edition of the Chamber News.

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