Legislative Advocate of the Year

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Daniel Garry of 3M Company receives first annual South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry Legislative Advocate of the Year Award.

2016 marks the first year for an award developed by the South Dakota Chamber to recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding effort as an advocate for public policies that support economic growth, job creation, expanding the tax base, and enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of South Dakota. 

The honoree of the first Legislative Advocate of the Year was Mr. Dan Garry of 3M Company.  Dan received his award during the banquet program at this year's Business Day at the Legislature.

Dan Garry served two 3-year terms on the Board of Directors, having been involved with the Chamber's Legislative Committee through both terms; he was, and continues to be, an active lobbyist on issues pertaining to South Dakota's positive business climate and maintains communication with the South Dakota Chamber on many issues.  Through Dan's involvement, 3M Company has provided  support for the Business Day Business Caucus since its inception; hosted Cabinet members and Constitutional officers to the Business Day banquet; been involved with election advocacy programs; and provided support for several past Chamber programs over the years.  The 3M Foundation has provided significant funding, as well as company advisors, for the Youth Business Adventure program.  3M Company has plants located in Aberdeen and Brookings. 

Garry was presented with a plaque of appreciation by South Dakota Chamber Chairman of the Board Steve Kirby, Bluestem Capital, Sioux Falls.


The Legislative Advocate of the Year award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions of time and effort in state or federal policy advocacy.  This year’s recipient has demonstrated leadership in building relationships with issue leaders and elected officials; taking action affecting law and policy; representing the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry to business leaders, public administrators, and the business community’s grassroots relationships networks.  

·   To be eligible for consideration, nominees must be:

  • A member in good standing of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry for a minimum of three years
  • An active supporter of Chamber programs, events and mission
  • An active participant in Chamber activities (events or advocacy)
  • Representative of the private or non-profit sector
  • Project a positive image for the Chamber


One letter of nomination (for yourself or others) shall be submitted for each nominee and shall include:

·    - The name, limited bio information and contact information of the individual

·    - A description of the individual’s advocacy work for the South Dakota Chamber, including approximate dates, examples of resource contributions, both time and financially

The application/nomination should specifically include information regarding how the nominee has significantly contributed as an outstanding legislative advocate for the organization in any of the following ways:

- Held a leadership role or worked on statewide ballot measures
- Testified before state Legislature on issues championed by the State Chamber
- Been actively involved in federal legislation impacting the South Dakota business community

The annual deadline for nominees is December 1st.  Nominations should be sent to

Mary Anne Boyd, VP Program Services
South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry
PO Box 190
Pierre SD  57501
or emailed to maryanneb@sdchamber.biz
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