Vermillion resident recognized at USD School of Business banquet At The University of South Dakota's 57th annual School of Business Recognition Banquet, held May 5, several distinguished awards were handed out honoring the achievements of students, alumni and South Dakota citizens.
The Outstanding Senior Award went to Elise Gosch from Beresford. Gosch has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her college career at USD and has been the recipient of numerous scholarships including the Presidential Alumni and Valedictorian scholarships. She has been named to the dean's list every semester and is a member of the prestigious national business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma. In addition to Elise's dedication to her studies, she has found time to pursue her passion for dance. She has been an active participant on the U Dance Team for the past four years, serving as coach and team captain for the past two.
Amy Hoines earned the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The native of Irene received her M.B.A. from USD last year.
The Alum of the Year Award was given to Tom Aman. He is the founder of Aman Collection Services and a dedicated builder of his hometown, Aberdeen. Through their foundation, Aman and his wife Danielle sponsor numerous Native American business development efforts, including USD's cooperative effort with Sitting Bull College in the Standing Rock Reservation to foster entrepreneurial education on the reservation.
Larry Ness from Yankton was named the South Dakota Business Person of the Year. As CEO of First Dakota Financial Center, Ness is a successful banker who is dedicated to business development across the state in many capacities. He is the sponsor and founder of the Coyote Capital Management student organization, which has blossomed into one of the outstanding student groups at USD.
The Special Award was given to Jerry Johnson of Vermillion. Johnson has years of dedicated service as a teacher, director of the Business Research Bureau, and dean at the School of Business. He is also a visiting scholar at the Congressional Budget Office and an advisor and board member to numerous South Dakota business initiatives.