Director of Industry Relations

Pierre, SD

Greg Dean

1924 Abbey Road, Pierre, SD 57501
605-222-3482 (cell)


Professional Profile
Actively involved in government relations, public relations, public policy formation and political/ballot issue campaigns for nearly 30 years.
Professional Experience
South Dakota Telecommunications Association, Pierre, SD

Director of Industry Relations

December, 1999 – Present


  • State legislative lobbying accomplishments:
    -Implementation of four percent gross receipts tax on wireless communications companies
    -One-time fee of $750 for utilities to cross railroad right-of-way
    -Assisted with creation of state 911 Coordination Board

Co-Chair, No on 8 Committee (2006)
Opposed initiated measure to repeal gross receipts tax on wireless communications companies
Won election (61%) despite being outspent more than eight to one by proponents of tax repeal
Steering Committee member, Taxpayers for Common Sense (2004)
Opposed initiated measure to repeal sales tax on food
Won election by more than two to one margin (67%)
Implemented “Clear Connections” image campaign to raise visibility of SDTA member companies
Tripled annual revenues to COTEL, industry political action committee

State Legislative Lobbyist
Annually organize 10-12 regional pre-session meetings with legislators to outline SDTA agenda
Actively represent SDTA during Legislative session
South Dakota Executive Branch Liaison
Coordinate and communicate SDTA positions on federal policy to South Dakota’s Congressional delegation and staff
COTEL PAC Treasurer

  • Annual fundraising increased 3x during tenure as treasurer

Coordinate application and selection process for Brian Meyer Memorial Scholarship
Annually coordinate Capitol Hill and FCC meetings for 30+ South Dakota attendees to NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association Legislative Conference in Washington, DC
Make public presentations to large and small groups on behalf of SDTA
Handle media inquiries on behalf of SDTA
Serve as primary contact point to coordinate inter-company mutual aid during times of natural disaster
Represent SDTA on various industry-related boards:
Highway Users Coalition (HUC President, 2001)
South Dakota Cooperative Hall of Fame selection committee (Induction banquet MC)
911 Stakeholders Committee


South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pierre, SD

Vice President, Member Services

January, 1995 – December, 1999


·         Oversaw membership sales and retention

o    Increased chamber membership by 14% and net dues income by 38%

·         Chief editor and lead writer for State Chamber newsletter (18 issues published annually)

·         Managed BIPAC fundraising activities

·         Registered lobbyist for State Chamber

·         Co-manager, Taxpayers for Education and Common Sense (1998)

o    Opposed Constitutional Amendment to prohibit use of property taxes to fund public education

o    Won election with 78% of vote

Office of the Governor, State of South Dakota, Pierre, SD

Special Assistant

September, 1989 – January, 1995


·         Senior staff member to Governor George Mickelson and Governor Walter Miller

·         Handled scheduling duties for Governor Miller

·         Registered lobbyist and legislative liaison to House leadership and committee chairs

·         Lead staff person for Governor’s Drought Task Force, E-911 Task Force and various tribal issues

·         Formulated final recommendations on commutations and pardons

Public Utilities Commission, State of South Dakota, Pierre, SD

Deputy Director, Grain Warehouse Division

March, 1989 – September, 1989


·         Regulated 260 state-license grain warehouses and 240 grain dealers

·         Assisted with motor carrier regulation

·         Supervised three field staff


South Dakota Centennial Commission, State of South Dakota, Pierre, SD

Special Projects Coordinator

May, 1987 – March, 1989


·         Assisted statewide organizations and governmental agencies with coordination of centennial projects

Community Activities
Treasurer, Lutheran Memorial Church
Member, Pierre School District Sports Marketing Committee
Member, South Dakota Visitation Grant Advisory Group (appointed by Governor Daugaard)
Member, Pierre/Fort Pierre Rotary
Youth confirmation guide, Lutheran Memorial Church
Junior Achievement volunteer
Past Member, Capital City Baseball Association Board
Past Member, City of Pierre Park and Recreation Advisory Board
Past Member, Pierre Swim Team Board
Past Vice President, SouthEast Pierre Property Owners Association
Advocated on behalf of approximately 200 homeowners adversely affected by Missouri River sedimentation
Helped to secured $35 million authorization and appropriation to relocate/flood proof 120+ homes in Pierre and Fort Pierre
Past Member, Pierre Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO) Board of Directors
Chair, PEDCO Membership Committee
Member, PEDCO River Resources Committee
Parade Committee Member, World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Memorial Dedication Celebrations
Past volunteer, youth baseball, soccer and football coach
Political Activities


Volunteer Campaign Strategist/Consultant, Chris Nelson for PUC (2016 and 2012)
Volunteer Campaign Strategist/Consultant, Chris Nelson for Secretary of State (2002 and 2006)
Volunteer Campaign Staff, Laska Schoenfelder for PUC (1988)
Past Precinct Committeeman, Hughes County Republican Party
Past Advisor, Hughes County Teen Age Republicans
·         South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota

o    Bachelor of Science, Animal Science

o    Bachelor of Science, Economics

o   May, 1987
·         References are available upon request.

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