June 20, 2022
This paid piece is sponsored by Journey Group.
The newest member of the Journey Group team is a familiar face in the Sioux Falls business community – who has spent a career admiring his new venture.
Dave Van Nieuwenhuyzen is Journey’s new business development manager and has been with the company for most of his 24-year career.
Most recently it was as a project partner in his former role leading the Sioux Falls market for JLG Architects.
“I’ve always had a good relationship with Journey and I really respect what they do and how they do it,” Van Nieuwenhuyzen said.
“So when this opportunity came up, it was something I could really get into, because it’s been a part of my career that I’ve really enjoyed. Joining a company that’s known for their full service is really What am I.
As Director of Business Development, he will focus on building relationships in businesses and the broader communities of Sioux Falls and the growing number of other markets Journey serves.
“I used to be kind of a jack-of-all-trades,” he said. “In this role, the intent is not to compete in the architecture space, but to build relationships that lead to building our pipeline of work.”
Van Nieuwenhuyzen is taking over the business development lead from Jay Rasmussen, who is moving into a role focused on community relations.
“Jay has truly created an incredible public presence for Journey over the years, and I’m thrilled to continue in his legacy and build on the strong foundation he created,” Van Nieuwenhuyzen said.
Van Nieuwenhuyzen brings experience from both the design and build side of the industry, which will greatly enhance Journey’s ability to develop new relationships, CEO Randy Knecht said.
“We couldn’t be more excited for Dave to join the team,” he said. “Dave is an architect by training, but he has a passion for building. It’s a great combination, coupled with Dave’s long experience in the region, which gives us the ability to enter new markets that we see as opportunities to be exploited. Best of all, Dave’s personality and value system fit very well into the Journey family.
Van Nieuwenhuyzen grew up in Pipestone, Minnesota and graduated in architecture from North Dakota State University.
“When I got out, there weren’t really any architectural jobs available, so I joined a general contractor and learned the ropes of design-build,” he said. “I came to Sioux Falls in 1999 and worked for both contractors and architects during my time here.”
At JLG, he collaborated with Journey on projects such as Madison Cyber Labs at Dakota State University and a mixed-use parking ramp in downtown Sioux Falls.
“I’m really proud of this work and how quickly we have gained market traction,” he said. “And it was really nice to partner with Journey on them, which gave me an idea of what to expect when I join the team.”
Yet, as an outsider, there is always a perception of what a business will look like and what it stands for, he continued.
“And you expect when you pull back the curtain, it’s a little bit different,” Van Nieuwenhuyzen said. “With Journey, that’s not the case. They live their values. They believe in what they do and in being the best at what they do, and that affects every part of the business. Exceptional service is at the heart of what Journey does every day. And for me, the secret sauce to my career is to be very service-oriented and just authentic, and that really fits Journey.
For now, he’s learning more about Journey’s growing number of business units. While primarily focused on Journey Construction, he will also have the opportunity to work across the business to build new relationships, including in new markets.
“Things are really busy right now, so it’s a great time to get on board,” he said. “The key is to look for the right adjustments in new projects. Journey has a strong background in medical construction and higher education, and my background has involved a lot of industrial work, so I think there are opportunities to leverage all of that.
When he’s not at work, you’ll likely find Van Nieuwenhuyzen in Yankton by the lake boating or enjoying other water sports with his family, which includes two kids in college in Sioux Falls and a college student in Harrisburg.
“So they are close to home and will still keep us grounded,” he said. “I simply couldn’t be more excited for the next chapter and look forward to helping us grow in Sioux Falls and beyond.”
To connect with Dave Van Nieuwenhuyzen, send an e-mail [email protected] Where find him on LinkedIn.