South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor to induct two new members
June 14. 2013 9:19AM
The South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor will induct two new members at banquets to be held later this year. Those chosen for 2013 are Dennis Landguth of Rapid City and Bob Meister of Kalispell, Montana.
The purpose of the Transportation Hall of Honor is to recognize those who have made a lasting, valuable or unique contribution to South Dakota’s air, highway or rail transportation system.
The South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor dates back to 1972 and now includes 82 inductees.
Dennis “Denny” Landguth served the South Dakota Department of Transportation for 34 years starting as a seasonal employee in 1965 and concluding his career as department Secretary. Landguth was a man of vision and upon being selected by then Gov. M. Michael Rounds he said, “I look forward to the opportunity to build on the culture of continuous improvement within the DOT.”
Landguth’s vision for the DOT included developing and supporting programs to educate and empower employees to make better decisions and improve efficiencies. He believed a strong and knowledgeable work force would support the overall mission and success of the department.
Bob Meister’s entire career has been devoted to local county road and bridge departments in South Dakota. He served four years in the military, four years with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, 18 years as the Union County Highway Superintendent and 20 years as the Minnehaha County Highway Superintendent.
Meister knew that two heads are better than one when it comes to resolving problems. He was instrumental in starting the Region 8 Local Roads Conference that brought eight states together to discuss road issues, challenges and successes from the local to the Federal level. He was also a strong and steady voice in the state’s Legislature regarding road and bridge issues that faced local county governments throughout the state.
Banquets will be held in honor of the inductees and will be announced at a later date.
For more information, contact the Department of Transportation at 605-773-3265.