Cody Byrum

Black Hills State University alumnus Cody Byrum was one of 40 young professionals selected by Prairie Business magazine for their fourth annual 40-Under-40 listing.

The selection of young business leaders from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota were nominated by Prairie Business readers for the impact they make in their communities and the important part they play helping business communities throughout the region grow. The diverse group includes business leaders in technology, higher education, finance, art, government, oil, engineering, and marketing, among others.

Byrum, the 30-year-old Deputy Commissioner for the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in Pierre, received his degree in business administration from Black Hills State University in 2004. He is responsible for the management of the GOED and its staff and takes a lead role in project management. He previously served as Deputy Legislative Director for the South Dakota Governor’s Office and as a policy analyst for the Governor’s Office.

Byrum and his wife, Rachel, who graduated with a degree in accounting from BHSU in 2007, live in Pierre. Rachel is employed as a budget analyst with the South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management.

Helping Prairie Business make its 2011 40-Under-40 selections were Lisa Gulland-Nelson, communications coordinator for the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation in Fargo, N.D., and Dwaine Chapel, executive director for the Lake Area Improvement Corporation in Madison.

For the full list see www.prairiebizmag.com.