• 2 Keynote Speakers, 12 Breakout Sessions

    YPN Crossroads Summit

    Thursday. August 15, 2019
     Sioux Falls Convention Center

A Look Back At the
2019 Crossroads Summit

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2019 Crossroads Summit possible! Over 400 professionals gathered for a day of learning, connecting, and having fun! We had record attendance and we even attempted to break a Guinness World Record!

Stay tuned for details on our 2021 Crossroads Summit, and in the meantime check out our 2019 Crossroads Summit recap video!


Alton Carter


Alton Carter is a former foster child and police officer. He was the first person in his family to graduate from high school and college.

Now the director of youth ministries for the First United Methodist Church of Stillwater, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State University alum has dedicated his life to working with young people.

Jesse Itzler

Entrepreneur. Author. Keynote Speaker.

Jesse Itzler only eats fruit 'til noon, loves Run-D.M.C., and enjoys living life "out of the box." In fact, he doesn't even have a box. The author of the New York Times bestseller, Living with a Seal, cofounded Marquis Jet, the world's largest private jet card company which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. Jesse then partnered with Zico coconut water, which he and his partner sold to The Coca-Cola Company.

He's a former rapper on MTV and wrote and performed the NBA's Emmy Award-winning "I Love This Game" music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem "Go NY Go." When he's not running ultra-marathons, eating vegan food or being a dad to his four kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA's Atlanta Hawks games, where he's an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely.

Congratulations to the 2019
4 Under 40 Awards Winners!

Katie Ashmore, MSH Architects
Andrew Eitreim, Architecture Incorporated
Matt Paulson, MarketBeat
Andy Cahoy, Farmers Business Network

Event Schedule

Morning August 15
7:30 AM
- 8:30 AM

Registration & Engagement

Registration begins at seven thirty with breakfast to follow.

8:30 AM
- 9:45 AM
John Doe

Opening Session

Alton Carter

10:00 AM
- 10:45 AM

Breakout Session 1

The State of Our City –
Out & Up: Future Real Estate Developments in Sioux Falls

Reggie Kuipers & Nick Gustafson, Bender Commercial Real Estate Services

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The Sioux Falls real estate market has been robust for several years, which has left the city with a tightened supply of development land. The future will continue to expand with greenfield development, but it will also go vertical, especially in the core of downtown. Nick Gustafson and Reggie Kuipers will share their insights on what our city might look like in the future.

Technology & Innovation –
The Future of Remote Work

Matt Paulson, MarketBeat.com

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Learn about the tools, tactics and trends MarketBeat has leveraged to build a $10 million business using technology and a handful of remote employees and contractors. Founder Matt Paulson will share how his team uses tools like Slack, Zoom, Asana, Trello and LastPass to get work done more efficiently with fewer distractions, and discuss what's coming next for remote workers.

Personal Development –
The EQ Factor: How “Softer Skills” Help us do Hard Things

Natalie Eisenberg, Click Rain

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In an increasingly digital world, specialized skills are in growing demand. But technical abilities can only take you so far. Strong emotional intelligence, or what some call the softer skills, can be even more significant to one's ability to find success than the hard skills. Learn how the EQ Factor has influenced Natalie's career and why it can be the difference maker in reaching your own full professional and personal potential.

Professional Development –
Taking Your Sales and Life to the Next Level

Shawn Peterson, A & B Business Solutions

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Join Shawn for a dynamic presentation on being intentional in your life and business to accomplish your goals and dreams. This presentation will give you specific steps and actions to take to reach your full potential. If you have thought you are capable of more, but are uncertain of the process, this is the presentation for you!

11:00 AM
- 11:45 AM

Breakout Session 2

The State of Our City –
Innovation: “Where we’re going we don’t need roads...”

Jason Reisdorfer, City of Sioux Falls

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Learn about the innovations happening in and around Sioux Falls, as well as useful techniques and strategies that you can bring back to implement in your organization.

Technology & Innovation –
Virtual Health: Health Care Without Boundaries

Mandy Bell, Avera Health

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Avera eCARE has developed over the past 25 years into the most extensive virtual care network of its kind in the nation and world. It has treated more than a million patients from its eHelm virtual hospital in Sioux Falls – though there’s never been an actual patient inside the building. Learn how Avera eCARE has become a large national player in this rapidly emerging healthcare trend, and what the future holds in how we’ll access health care virtually.

Personal Development –
Leadership Lessons from the Fields and the Weight Room

Zach Mathers, University of Sioux Falls

Accountability, communication, transparency and dependability – they all matter when it comes to being a great leader. Zach Mathers will share lessons on leadership and teamwork learned over the course of his more than 30 years as an athlete and coach. Hear how lessons from the field can translate to any setting – personal or professional.

Professional Development –
Do you have a Million Dollar Mind-Set?

Tara Allen, Allen Edge Real Estate Team

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Are you thinking big enough and living a life by design? Tara's mission is to empower and inspire people to live their best lives abundantly. Prepare to be challenged as you learn strategies and tools to take yourself to the next level.

Afternoon August 15
12:00 PM
- 1:15 PM

Lunch + 4 Under 40 Awards

Recognizing individuals who have displayed demonstrable impact in their business & community.

1:30 PM
- 2:15 PM

Breakout Session 3

The State of Our City –
Becoming an inclusive community: A panel discussion

Mark Blackburn, Augustana University
Daniel Haggar, City of Sioux Falls
Jess Jasso, Northwestern Mutual
Moderated by: Francisco Javier Alvarez-Evangelista, MetaBank

How can you participate in the discussion on diversity in our city? What can you do to make Sioux Falls an inclusive place to live? Can one person make a difference? Join us for dynamic panel discussion on diversity in Sioux Falls.

Technology & Innovation –
Lessons from the infantry and technology: A pursuit of personal growth

Andy Cahoy, Farmers Business Network

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Careers are a set of single incremental decisions. Each decision is an opportunity to take a risk, choose the hard path, and seek responsibility for success and failure. Andy will walk through a series of his own incremental decisions that shaped his career: overcoming repeated failure in Ranger School, pushing through adversity at a mountaintop combat outpost in Afghanistan, securing visas for interpreters to bring their families to safety in the U.S., creating a viral YouTube video, scaling an innovative sales team at an agriculture technology startup and much more. Andy will explore how placing yourself at the decisive point in these decisions can not only lead to career success, but also make something better.

Personal Development –
YOU: In Practice, On Pursuit

Rana DeBoer, City of Sioux Falls

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As humans we are meant to grow. We are designed to move and gain strength, to learn and become smarter, to experience and become wiser. Every day we have the opportunity to practice for growth. Good practice means becoming our best, but what does “good practice” mean? Let’s turn on our pursuit to be our best and energize our practice to own positive change.

Professional Development –
Freedom is a Skill

Vaney Hariri, Think 3D Solutions

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As you work to gain flexibility and autonomy in your career, you are likely to realize that freedom is not just a privilege but also a skill. Learn how to connect to your "why," pursue happiness with intention and discover what's stopping you from reaching for greatness.

2:15 PM
- 2:45 PM

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up + Engagement Space

A breather and networking!

3:00 PM
- 4:15 PM
John Doe

Closing Session

Jesse Itzler
Entrepreneur. Author. Keynote Speaker.

4:30 PM
- 6:00 PM


Wind down and recap with new friends!

Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network

Develop. Connect. Succeed.

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a resource, forum and voice in the community. The YPN exists to create business opportunities, support civic involvement and promote an overall investment in the future of the community. It is designed to provide opportunities for young professionals to develop the skills they need to succeed in their chosen profession or occupation and to engage and introduce young professionals to the region's resources and possibilities.

Membership is open to any young professional, ages 21-39, working/residing in Sioux Falls or a surrounding community. Cost for a membership is $40 for a Chamber member employee, and $80 for a non-Chamber member employee.

The Chamber's YPN was created in 2009. Since then, nearly 1,000 young professionals from the Sioux Falls area have joined. For more information, visit siouxfallsypn.com.