"The executive committee is very excited that Storm has accepted the general manager s position at RTEC," said Tom Bohnet, who serves as RTEC's chairman and is president of Applied Engineering in Yankton. "John's background and personal qualities fit very well with RTEC's goal of becoming the region's premier technical education and training center."
Though the committee is excited at finding someone with Storm's qualifications, hiring a full-time general manager also means that RTEC has reached a major milestone in its 22-month existence.
"RTEC has grown to the point where it needed more than part-time volunteer management from community leaders. It is time for a strong manager to take us to the next level in meeting the training needs of the region," Bohnet continued. "There are many exciting programs and partnerships on the horizon in which John can make a significant contribution."
What started out as a satellite of Southeast Technical Institute has grown into a private, nonprofit corporation that now operates a 25,000 square foot training center in the Fox Run Industrial Park on Yankton's northwest side. Gov. Mike Rounds helped secure RTEC's future with a $50,000 grant in 2005.
Working closely with state Department of Labor offices and programs, particularly Southeast Job Link and South Dakota Career Center offices in Yankton, Vermillion and North Sioux City, RTEC remains dedicated to providing customized training solutions for regional employers as well as for individuals in a multi-county area who are hoping to upgrade their skills to keep pace with today's workplace needs.
Storm, the former operations manager at Polaris Industries distribution center in Vermillion, is anxious to get started in his new position.
"I am extremely enthusiastic about this opportunity and am looking forward to taking this organization to the next level and beyond," said Storm, who holds a master of business administration degree from The University of South Dakota in Vermillion and has 17 years of distribution, logistics and operations experience in addition to a proven track record in systems management.
"RTEC is very well positioned to respond to the needs of the region," Storm said. "Having managed a large organization in this area, I know firsthand what potential this organization has.
Storm begins his new role with RTEC Aug. 14. He and his wife will continue to reside in Vermillion, where they enjoy spending time with their families.