2020 Legacy Leader
Each year, The Chamber’s Annual Celebration is an opportunity to highlight successes of the past year, recognize and thank our countless volunteers, and outline our priorities for the coming year. It’s a time to reflect, celebrate, laugh and network with industry peers and Chamber volunteers as we also make time to honor our Legacy Leader.
The annual Legacy Leader Award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the community.
We’re thrilled to announce that Scheels board chair and accomplished businessman Steve D. Scheel, is the recipient of the 2020 Legacy Leader Award!
Scheel was selected by a nomination committee based on his leadership in business and in the community.
Tom Dawson, Chamber Board Chair, said that “Steve is the epitome of a leader. He has been not only instrumental in helping build a world-class sporting goods store, but has shared his leadership skills and energy with many causes important to our Chamber and our region. In addition, he and his company are unequalled in their philanthropic contribution to communities in which they do business. It is a privilege to present him with this well-deserved award.”
Scheel was born and raised in Fargo, and graduated from Fargo Central High School and St. Olaf College with degrees in U.S. history, economics, and political science. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971. Steve joined Scheels in 1972 and managed Scheels stores in Fargo, Casselton, Moorhead and Sioux Falls before taking over as president, CEO and chairman in 1989. Steve currently serves as board chair for Scheels, with over 8,000 associates and 28 stores in 14 states. Scheels currently operates the 15 largest sporting goods/sportswear stores in the USA. Scheels corporate headquarters is located in Fargo and the company is an ESOP, owned by the employees.
As a volunteer, Steve has served on boards and committees for organizations ranging from the United Way and the Chamber of Commerce, to the Campfire Council, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to the Moorhead Healthy Community Initiative and Junior Achievement, to Trinity and First Lutheran Church, MeritCare Health Systems, the Moorhead Economic Development Authority, Bell State Bank, and as a Regent for Concordia College, and on the Global Leadership Council for the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College. Steve currently serves on the Downtown Moorhead, Inc. Board and works with the Legacy Children’s Foundation in Fargo. LCF is a new foundation working to help more young people in Fargo stay in school, understand what it means to be a contributing member of a community, and graduate from high school. Steve and his wife Eileen are currently working to build Friends of the Children, Youth Entrepreneur, and The Phoenix programs in North Dakota and other states. Steve coached youth soccer and hockey in Moorhead for 16 years and worked with the Hunter Education program in Fargo.
Learn more about Steve and help us honor him at our Annual Celebration event this September!
Past Legacy Leader Winners
- 2007 Legacy Leader William C. Marcil, Sr.
- 2008 Legacy Leader Frederick B. Scheel
- 2008 Legacy Leader Edward Stern
- 2009 Legacy Leader Dr. Roland Dille
- 2009 Legacy Leader James R. McLaughlin
- 2010 Legacy Leader John Q. Paulsen
- 2011 Legacy Leader Ronald D. Offutt
- 2012 Legacy Leader Bruce Furness
- 2013 Legacy Leader Margie Bailly
- 2014 Legacy Leaders Alexander Macdonald & Darrol Schroeder
- 2015 Legacy Leader Morrie Lanning
- 2016 Legacy Leader Roger Gilbertson
- 2017 Legacy Leader Bernie Dardis
- 2018 Legacy Leader Judy Lee
Check out these highlights from previous events:
- Inforum: Chamber honors Steve Swiontek as 2019 Legacy Leader
- Chamber blog: Highlights from the 2018 Annual Meeting
- Inforum: Sen. Judy Lee honored as Chamber's Legacy Award winner at its annual meeting
- KVRR: FMWF Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Accomplishments Over the Past Year
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