Ginger Thomson’s speaking career began at the age of three when her broadcaster father recorded her voice for radio commercials. Today, Ginger is still using her presentation skills to sell, motivate and inspire. As an emcee, she has shared the stage with celebrities such as Jane Seymour, Erin Brockovich, Lisa Ling and Mary Lou Retton.
Ginger’s life has taken some interesting twists and turns, from being chosen Miss South Dakota USA in 1977 to winning the title of Brookings City Councilwoman in 2005. She holds a Master of Science in Journalism from South Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of South Dakota. She was a television news anchor and reporter at KELO-TV and a producer for South Dakota Public Television. She then started her own marketing and media production company, TV Productions, Inc., in Brookings where she was a writer, producer, and on-air talent. She has won more than 200 awards for excellence in the field of communications.
She has worked in the financial industry as a business development executive and in the non-profit arena as a development officer. Ginger is now a coordinator with the Brookings Economic Development Corporation. She is also the co-owner of TV Productions and TV Enterprises.
She currently serves on numerous boards and is active in many local and state organizations. She is a member of the touring dance group Dakota Prairie Cloggers. Ginger is also an inventor who will tell you shortly about her first patent-pending product.
She and her husband, Jay Vanduch, have two children, Carson, 17, and Madison, 16. They reside in Brookings.