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Thadeus Giedd

“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”  –Steve Jobs

Thadeus Giedd serves as client specialist for Zeal, overseeing membership services and making sure clients have all Zeal’s resources at their disposal. He’s the first to welcome you, a reference for those considering Zeal’s services and a liaison between Zeal and the community. Thadeus also guides Zeal’s marketing efforts and enjoys sharing the stories of Sioux Falls’ growing entrepreneurial community.

His role at Zeal also includes being the occasional “disrupter.” He’s passionate about pushing entrepreneurs outside their comfort zone and thrives on being part of their success.

Prior to Zeal, Thadeus founded his own business, Amadeus Media Co., providing small businesses assistance with marketing, operations and project management.

He previously was operations coordinator for The Bakery, a Sioux Falls co-working businesses focused on supporting entrepreneurs. He helped manage the facility, oversee member services and coordinate events.

Prior to that, Thadeus spent nine years at The Country Club of Sioux Falls, working his way up from front-line positions into management.

Thadeus received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota.

A native of Crooks, S.D., he enjoys living in downtown Sioux Falls, the Big Sioux River recreation trail, summer men’s league softball games, local arts, music and culture, creating marketing videos, writing blog articles, and walking/sipping along downtown Sioux Falls’ Craft Brewer’s Row.


Valerie Grieve

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” —Nelson Mandela

Valerie serves as the administrative specialist at Zeal.  She is a homegrown soul from the Sioux Falls area.  Valerie graduated high school from Brandon and went on to continue her education at the University of Sioux Falls.  During her time at USF, she moved across the country several times while her husband was enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  Now that her husband has completed his contract with the Navy, he and Valerie are residing in Sioux Falls with their two dogs.  They enjoy being outside, spending time with family and friends, and going on road trips to new places. 

With just beginning her career in the entrepreneur world, Valerie is thrilled to be a part of Zeal.  She is excited for the opportunities to connect and network with several individuals with great ideas in the community as well as businesses in Sioux Falls.  She enjoys the energy and passions of others that are shared within the Zeal community.  Valerie also has a passion for organizing and helping to plan events.  She looks forward to the events that Zeal hosts and is excited to share ideas and collaborate with her team members.