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Distinguished Alumni

John Johnson, President CEO
Harvest States
Dellwood, MN 55110
Class of 1970 – Business

James Toohey, President (Retired)
Hallmark Cards - International, President & CEO (Retired)
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023
Class of 1964 – Business
 
“Black Hills State's excellent student to faculty ratio provides for improved learning, opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills and gain valuable academic insight on a personal and daily basis.”
-James Toohey


Roger Tellinghuisen, Attorney at Law
Tellinghuisen & Gordon PC
Spearfish, SD 57783
Class of 1975 – Business

Teryl Kelly, President
Swift Contractors, Inc.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Class of 1979 – Technology

Gary Gapp, Senior VP/Franchise Operations
Supercuts, Inc.
Canville, CA 94526
Class of 1967 – Business

Jeff Olstad, Owner
Dakota Custom Wood Works
Spearfish, SD 57783
Class of 1984 – Technology

Robert Worth
Executive Vice President
Wells Fargo Company
Danville, CA 94506

Gary Pechota, President/CEO
Giant Cement Holding, Inc.
Canville, CA 92660
Class of 1967 – Business

Howard Fryett, President (Retired)
Flathead Valley Community College
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Class of 1959 – Business

”Black Hills gave me the opportunity to achieve success and I will always be thankful for that.”
- Howard Fryett


Dixie Wilson, CPA
Wilson Hanson & Blom
Rapid City, SD 57702
Class of 1981 – Business

Pete Cappa, District President
Wells Fargo Bank of Rapid City
Rapid City, SD 57709
Class of 1974 – Business

"Having the knowledge that I gained through going to BHSU gave me an excellent foundation for my career and future learning."
- Pete Cappa


Norbert Weisbeck, Financial Services Professional
New York Life
Casper, WY 82609
Class of 1997 – Business

"BHSU gave me the opportunity to be in mgmt with my degree in business administration. The experience of playing football made me more competitive and helped the people skills. I feel going to a small school makes for a lot more fun.”
-Norbert Weisbeck


Raghbir (Raj) Bhathal, President/CEO
Raji Manufacturing
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Class of 1962 – Business