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Beacom School of Business Alumnus Named Rapid City Young Professional

Kyle Lambert Kyle Lambert has been named the Young Professional of the Year by the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce named Beacom School of Business alumnus Kyle Lambert as Young Professional of the Year.

Originally from Hartford, South Dakota, Lambert graduated in 2010 with honors from the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s of Professional Accountancy.

“Kyle’s award is well-deserved and is reflective of the outstanding contributions regularly made by many Beacom School of Business graduates to their communities and chosen professions each year,” said Tom Davies, chair of the accounting and finance division, Beacom School of Business.

In 2010 Lambert joined the audit department with Ketel Thorstenson in Rapid City. In 2013 he was promoted to senior associate and in 2015 he became manager. Kyle specializes in multiple industries including casinos, construction, financial institutions, and 401(k)s. His responsibilities include being the client liaison during all audit phases and the overall success of the audit process.

Lambert is a graduate of the Leadership Rapid City class of 2015 and has been a member of the Rapid City Young Professionals Group for six years, where he serves on two committees. He is passionate about promoting local businesses to young professionals in a welcoming after-work atmosphere, where they can socialize and network. Lambert also is active in the local arts community as a board member and treasurer of the Allied Arts Fund.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.