BELLE FOURCHE — Mark Rambow has been selected as the new executive director for the Belle Fourche Area Chamber of Commerce.
Rambow said he looks forward to the personal challenge the position is sure to offer.
“It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time – to get involved with a chamber of commerce and helping promote a community,” he said. “It’s a unique challenge in this day and age – when you have a community that’s progressive and growing like Belle Fourche, it’s going to be really interesting to do.”
Rambow was born and raised in Sturgis and attended the University of South Dakota where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. He worked in politics for several years before moving into the nonprofit fundraising and management field with a variety of organizations including the American Cancer Society and the Girl Scouts of America.
Rambow lives in Sturgis with his wife and their two children aged 20 and 17. He is involved in the community and pursues his passion for local and regional history as president of the Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society as well as serving on the board of the Old Fort Meade Museum.
Rambow said he’s especially interested in the history of the Belle Fourche community.
“It’s a growing and thriving community and I think it’s often overlooked,” he said. “I’m just eager to get involved and to try to change that for the community.”
The learning curve will be steep, he said, but he’s looking forward to it.
The chamber has been in between office locations following the recent condemnation of the Historic Roosevelt Events Center where its office was previously housed. Rambow said the board has been scouting locations around Belle Fourche and hopes to announce its new location in the very near future.
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