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Zeal Ignite Series: Tom Kelley of Gage Brothers

  • Josiah's coffee house 104 W. 12th Street Sioux Falls, SD United State (map)

The 4th in a new series of events hosted by the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship at Josiah's downtown Sioux Falls. 
**First 30 RSVP's receive a complimentary drink ticket**

The Ignite series gives the floor to a local leader and allows them to speak on information of industry trends, innovation and developments. Attend to get a pulse on regional activity and future outlooks. Question and answer period with an open dialogue to follow. 

Tom Kelley, President of Gage Brothers and Cassandra Nicolai, Human Resources and Safety Manager for Gage Brothers, will be sharing the approach a century-old precast company used to prepare more than 250 employees for the transition into a new $40 million, high-tech manufacturing facility. You may have seen some media coverage on Gage Brothers that has documented the physical transition to their new plant and office. However, many may not realize that Gage Brothers has been equally invested in a cultural transformation that is happening in conjunction with its operational change.

 This talk is titled Gage Brothers 2.0 to illustrate the company’s continued business evolution. Tom and Cassie will share with the approach they took and the outstanding results achieved along this journey.    

No Cost.
Tickets limited to the first 60 to RSVP.
Tickets can be obtained at:

Learn more about the Gage Brothers organization at

Tom Kelley Bio:
Tom Kelley is president, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Gage Brothers Concrete Products. Kelley has served in his current role since 2001.
A 38-year company veteran, he has been instrumental in the company's evolution through ongoing strategic planning sales strategy and product research to provide Gage Brothers clients with the highest quality product solutions available. Kelley also provides critical leadership to more than 250 employees as Gage Brothers moves all operations into a new $40 million precast manufacturing facility this spring.
A native of South Dakota, Kelley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. He has been a licensed Professional Engineer in South Dakota since 1985.

Cassandra Nicolai Bio:
Cassandra Nicolai started at Gage Brothers in 2010 as an intern with the human resources department. During the internship, Cassandra quickly realized her passion for the industry and became a full-time human resources generalist with the company. Currently Cassandra is the Human Resources and Safety Manager for Gage Brothers. In this role, Cassandra oversees recruiting and hiring, employee development, employee recognition and wellness, risk management, worker’s compensation and safety. She is committed to a proactive safety approach, based on employee involvement and empowerment, to help identify high risk situations and ensure that Gage Brothers employees are safe on and off the job.
Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management degree from the University of South Dakota. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapters, including both the local Sioux Empire chapter and the national chapter. She is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the HR Certification Institute and is recognized as a Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management. 

About Ignite:
Ignite is a new event series, hosted by Zeal, designed to provide information, inspiration, and connect entrepreneurial-minded people.

About Zeal:
The Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit business incubator and coworking space, supports new business growth from start-up to scale-up. Zeal's mission is to connect investors, professionals, subject matter experts, and others within a collaborative environment.

Cost: $0.00
PLEASE RSVP and snag one of the free tickets. There will be a cutoff capacity around 60 tickets for the free discussion and social hour. Thank You

Timeline of Event:
4:00pm welcome and beverages
4:15pm Speaking points with Tom and Cassandra
4:45pm Open dialogue and questions
5:00pm Post event Social & Mixer

The location is Josiah's. Downtown Sioux Falls on Phillips and 12th avenue.