|2005 Alumni Award Recipients
dee (Denise) Welsch, Dick DuBois, Walter Higbee, Roger Risty
Roger Risty, a longtime licensed insurance agent and community advocate, was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
He is president of Risty Benefits Inc. In addition to being a licensed insurance agent, Risty is a registered investment advisor and a series six licensed securities representative. After 30 years in the insurance business, he opened his own agency specializing in employee benefits such as group medical, life, disability, and long term care.
Risty is also an active member in the Sioux Falls Community. He was a member of the Sioux Falls School Board from 1989-2004, serving as president for eight years and vice president for four years. He also served as president and vice president to the Association of School Boards of South Dakota and served as a delegate for the national school board association.
Risty is currently a member of the board of directors for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sioux Falls Community Development Foundation and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He is also a member of the El Riad Shrine Temple, is a member of the Sioux Falls Downtown Kiwanis Club, is on the board of directors for the Volunteers of America organization and has served as vice president of the Pennington County Republican Party.
Risty is the founder of the President’s Bowl, a great high school football event that has raised more than a million dollars since its inception. He is also founder and president of Sioux Empire Safety Village, an organization that brings safety related information and support to all aspects of the community.
Risty has received many awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Sioux Falls Chamber and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sioux Falls PTA.