VERMILLION, S.D. | On Nov. 2, the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business Division of Accounting and Finance honored three alumni with service awards and awarded 25 students top performance awards.

Angela Hillestad, M.P.A. ’07, an assurance partner with Eide Bailly LLP in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was honored for outstanding service. Hillestad is active in the South Dakota CPA Society, serves on the inaugural Beacom School of Business Accounting Advisory Council, and serves as a team chair for the Sioux Empire United Way’s Community Impact Division. She is a graduate of Leadership Sioux Falls and returns to campus to mentor and recruit business students.

Christopher Nelson, Accounting ’82, M.B.A ’88, was honored for outstanding service. Nelsen has worked for 29 years with the South Dakota Investment Council and serves as Assistant Investment Officer. Nelson and a partner manage $1 billion in fixed income assets and he oversees $1.5 billion in alternative assets. 

Tiffany Paben, B.S. ’04, M.P.A. ’04, a Senior Manager with Deloitte and Touche, LLP in Omaha, Nebraska, was honored for outstanding service. Paben is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

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