Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

Young Professionals Group

Committee Chair: Kelli Kabrud
YPG Manager: Shiloh Francis

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YPG Seeks Young Professional of the Year Nominations

The Young Professionals Group is seeking nominations for the Young Professional of the Year Award to be awarded at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, Thursday, September 19, 2019. The Young Professional of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding young professional in the Rapid City area who demonstrates vision, professionalism, and involvement resulting in a positive impact on the community. The award is sponsored by the Young Professionals Group of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce.   Please e-mail completed nomination form to ypg@rapidcitychamber by 5:00 p.m., Monday July 22, 2019.
Nomination Form

Our Mission

The Young Professionals Group is committed to the advancement of the 21 to 40 year-old workforce, focusing on the development of future business leaders. The group accomplishes this by promoting professional development, networking, community involvement and civic awareness.

The YPG began with an explosive launch in March 2007 with a simple agenda: “To enrich our community by uniting and developing our young professionals.” We invite you to help build upon the momentum by joining this dynamic group.

Our Vision

A young Professional is a goal-oriented individual between the ages of 21-40 with the mindset to pursue a career path. It is not so much the job or vocation that defines the Young Professional as it is the individual’s drive and investment in his or her own future, and in turn, the future of the Black Hills community.

Join YPG!  There is a $75 annual membership fee for the period from September 1 through August 31 of each year (payments received after May 31 will be applied to the next fiscal year). YPG members can attend YPG monthly Socials for free as long as they RSVP, and also receive regular monthly e-mail communications with event announcements, updates and articles. 

Fill out the YPG Membership Application and e-mail it to ypg@rapidcitychamber.com

Get involved through a YPG Subcommittee

The YPG is made up of four subcommittees:  Community Involvement, Events, Membership, and the Legacy Endowment Fund.  YPG members can get more involved by serving on one of these subcommittees.  If you are interested, please review the subcommittees below and contact the chair of that subcommittee, or email Shiloh, or call (605) 718-8465. Subcommittee Meeting times are listed below, but may be subject to change.

Community Involvement

This subcommittee manages and organizes all YPG volunteer efforts.   In addition, we actually find projects to do while we are meeting! Contact Adam or Josh for more information.


This committee plans and executes networking events for YPG.   We set up event venues, themes and drawing prizes for socials.  Our goal is to engage members and potential members in a welcoming after-work hours atmosphere, where young professionals can socialize and network. Contact Josh or Jake for more information.  


The Membership Committee strives to warmly welcome new members, strengthen connections with current members, and effectively grow our membership with driven young professionals in our community. Contact Anjelica or Jake for more information.

Professional Development

This committee provides and executes ways to cultivate professionalism. Our goal is to increase the value and accessibility of professional development information to YPG members. Contact Erin for more information.

YPG Legacy Endowment

In 2014, RC YPG established its very own YPG Endowment Fund, dedicated to fostering the health of the community through programs that support food, clothing, shelter or education. Contributions can be directed to BHACF/RCCC Young Professionals Group Endowment Fund, PO Box 231, Rapid City, SD  57709, or follow this link to donate now (use the drop down menu to click on Young Professionals Group Endowment). Contributions are deductible to the maximum extent allowable for federal income tax purposes.  

YPG Steering Committee

Chairperson:  Kelli Kabrud, Ketel Thorstenson
Vice Chair:  Anjelica Brackins, Western Dakota Insurors
Secretary Treasurer:  Josh Farley, Kilowatt Electric
Past Chair:  Shawn Ludemann, First National Bank

YPG Subcommittees

Community Involvement Co-Chair:  Adam Prudich, Black Hills Energy
Community Involvement Co-Chair:  Josh Farley, Modern Woodmen
Events Co-Chair:  Josh Newman, Ketel Thorstenson, LLP
Events Co-Chair:  Jake Sasse, Western Dakota Insurors
Membership Co-Chair:  Anjelica Brackins, Western Dakota Insurors
Membership Co-Chair:  Jake Hamik, Black Hills State University - Rapid City
Professional Development Chair:  Erin Jarvis, Regional Health Foundation
YPG Legacy Endowment Fund Committee: Past YPG Steering Committee Members

Thank you to our Annual YPG Sponsors
Black Hills State University-Rapid City, Black Hills Energy, First Interstate Bank, Modern Woodmen of America (Andy Bartling), NewsCenter1, Ketel Thorstenson, LLP, Highmark Credit Union, Liberty Superstores, Premier Home Mortgage, West River ElectricLiv Hospitality