Please come to the AGM, vote, and be heard!
This email contains the list of individuals and the positions for which they are running and a short bio they provided.
For President-Elect Chad Williams and Brian Pitts
For Secretary Chad Lewis
For Pre-Select Still Open
For Member at Large Jake Schad, Amy Ward, and Josh Valder
My name is Chad Williams and I am currently the President-Elect for the Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club. I have three kids in soccer – U15 (Zack); U13 (Connor); and U12 (Claire). My wife, Sarah, and I have been involved with Rapid City soccer for approx. 11 years and have had our children in both the Rapid City Youth Soccer League and the Rushmore Soccer Club before it merged.
Rapid City soccer has been a very positive experience for my kids, and I feel we have a great program with room for improvement. I want to contribute to the club, make the program better, and position it so that the next management team takes the club to the next level.
Professionally, I am self-employed as a real estate developer and lawyer. I own BH Construction, LLC and develop residential spec homes. As a developer and small business owner, I build and manage teams, and meet budgets. As a lawyer, I have counseled and directed many business owners and their boards on a wide range of business matters for over a decade.
I hope that I get your vote. Thank you.
My name is Brian Pitts and I currently coach the 2008 boys pre-select team. My wife Danielle and I have three children (Briann – 23, Reese – 13, and Hudson 10) who have played or are currently playing in the Black Hills Rapids Organization. I began my involvement in the Rapid City Youth Soccer League in 1979 as a player and I have been involved in soccer in Rapid City and beyond for the past 30 years as a coach, referee, player, Director of Coaching, and Executive Director of the soccer complex
I currently work as a police officer with the Rapid City Police Department and I am assigned as a School Liaison at Central High School. I hold a Masters Degree in Business Administration as well as my United States Soccer Federation B license. I previously served as the Director of Coaching for South Dakota Soccer and the Rapid City Youth Soccer League.
I see a bright future for soccer in Rapid City and the Black Hills Rapids. I want use my knowledge and experience to work collectively with the other Board Members to lay a foundation which allows soccer to prosper and provides the opportunity for children and adults to play the beautiful game in our beautiful community for years to come.
Chad Lewis was born and raised in Rapid City where he is a Realtor and contractor. He currently serves the residents of Ward 3 on the Rapid City Council, a position he has held since 2012. He is also the current liaison for the city to both Parks and Recreational board as well as the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. He has served on over fifteen boards throughout the community. He has three children playing for Rapids in the recreational and Select programs. He recently earned his D coaching license and has coached since 2011 for various teams and currently coaches 2011 boys recreational and 2008 girls select. His goal is work with the board and D.O.C and other coaches to continue to make the Rapids a model organization where player development equates to more competitive teams and serves as an example of excellence in youth sports.
I have two girls that currently play competitive soccer in Rapid City, and have for the past 12 years. I’m familiar with the programs within our club; I care about the sport of soccer within our community and believe I can be helpful in growing the club for the benefit of all players and families. As an active owner of a successful commercial glass business with 17 full time employees and also a small commercial property development company, I believe my ability to handle business operations including personnel issues, customer service and contract negotiations/agreements would prove beneficial to the BHR Board of Directors. Thank you for your consideration.
My name is Amy Ward. I have two boys that play soccer for Black Hills Rapids, Tanner (14) and Logan (11). My husband, Jake, and I have been involved with Black Hills Rapids since the Club started. Prior to that, both boys played for Rapid City Youth Soccer League. Black Hills Rapids Soccer club is a major part of our family’s life. This program has been very positive for both of my kids and continues to be. I would like to help ensure that others within the Rapid City community can share in the positive experience my family has had. I also know that with any program there is room for growth and improvement and I promise that I will work hard to help make that happen.
I currently work as an accountant at Black Hills Corporation and have been with the company for 10 years. I feel that working for a large corporation gives me a skill set that helps in resolving issues and making decisions that benefits the Club as a whole. My goal on the board would be to continue to better the soccer program within Rapid City and to develop it into a strong program for kids in the future. Thank you for your consideration.
I (Josh Valder) have been involved in Rapid City Soccer for over 14 years as a coach and as an administrator/director. I grew up playing soccer in upstate New York and moved to Rapid City to pursue my graduate degrees from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. I am very passionate about this sport and about the direction of the club in the future. Over my time in South Dakota I have served as a head coach for RCYSL, head coach for Rushmore Soccer Club, Director of Coaching for RCYSL, Training coach for Rushmore Soccer club, South Dakota State Staff coaching instructor, head coach and assistant coach for the Olympic Development Program, assistant coach for both Central High School and Stevens High School girls program, Director of Coaching for the Black Hills Rapids Recreational Program, and recently, the Director of Soccer Operations for the Black Hills Rapids. I have extensive history and knowledge of soccer in this area, and I feel obligated now to step up and answer the call to help this club in a new way. I would like the opportunity to represent all the members of this club, from recreational to competitive. On a personal note, I have two young kids in the recreational program and will be around for a long time. The decisions being made now will be long lasting decisions that will impact every member of this organization. I would welcome your vote of confidence to allow me to represent each and every one of you. Thank you so much for your time.
Open Positions at the AGM:
When there are no nominees for a board position (i.e., an open board position at the AGM), the President will ask for nominations from the floor at the AGM. If one is nominated through this procedure, the board will again go through the qualification process and determine if the membership can vote for a nominee(s) in this position. If the nominee is qualified in accordance with our Bylaws, the nominee(s) will be presented to the membership and the members will vote at the AGM.