SIOUX FALLS —American Bank & Trust is proud to welcome Joy Nelson to its Board of Directors.
“We are delighted to welcome Joy to the American Bank & Trust Board of Directors,” said Doug Tribble, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Joy is a great person and brings immeasurable passion and a wealth of finance and real estate development knowledge to our board. Nelson’s lifelong dedication to the community of Watertown and the State of South Dakota is truly a gift and we are honored to have Joy join our Board of Directors.
As an accomplished businesswoman, visionary, and dedicated philanthropist, Nelson’s can-do attitude has been instrumental in the growth of the Watertown community and numerous quality of life initiatives throughout South Dakota.
Nelson has enjoyed over four decades of success in real estate development and finance; however, she is most passionate about her love for horses and helping young people and adults.
It does this through Joy Ranch, a $12 million horse camp, village, and campground located on the bluffs overlooking Lake Lyle in Watertown. In his early days, Nelson realized the therapeutic effect horses had on people with special needs, disabilities, post-traumatic stress and autism. Thus, Joy Ranch was conceptualized and today serves thousands of children and families year-round on the 126-acre ranch.
In addition to expanding and developing Joy Ranch, Nelson serves on the Governor’s Office for Economic Development, the Sanford Medical Center Board of Trustees, the Lake Area Technical College Strategic Advisory Board as Chairman, and recently co-chaired their $40 million fundraising campaign, Harmony Hill The Elder Care Village Board of Trustees, the Grace Lutheran Church Foundation Board of Trustees, sits on the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and is the past chair of the Prairie Lakes Hospital Foundation and the Lake Area Technical College Foundation.