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Beacom School of Business Hosts 'Most Admired CEO' in Distinguished Speaker Series

Distinguished Beacom School of Business speaker Joel Portice. As part of its Distinguished Speaker Series, the USD Beacom School of Business hosted USD alumnus Joel Portice.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business hosted USD alumnus and successful entrepreneur Joel Portice as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, Nov. 8.

“We are grateful to have Joel Portice take the time to return to South Dakota and share his career successes with us,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “He is an outstanding representation of how hard work, dedication and passion can drive personal and professional successes. His speech was inspirational to everyone in the room, but made a tremendous impact on all of the current students who attended."

Portice is a highly successful entrepreneur who has built and led high growth healthcare software and data analytics organizations for nearly 25 years. His vision and expertise helped land his most recent company, Intermedix, on Forbes Magazine’s “2018 America’s Best Midsize Employers List.” In 2017, Portice was recognized as a “Most Admired CEO” by the Nashville Business Journal. Through the course of his career, he has done business in 29 countries with offices on four continents and navigated in fast-paced entrepreneurial settings, publicly traded companies and private equity.

Portice spoke to a crowd of nearly 100 people at Hilton Garden Inn Downtown of Sioux Falls. Portice began his speech with a quote that he learned as a student at USD and shared how that quote has inspired him through growth, challenges and successes throughout his career. Portice answered audience questions about how to attract and retain top talent in the competitive data analytics field.

In 2013, he received the Alumni Achievement Award for Professional Achievement from USD. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Apixio, Inc. and KEPRO, as well as the Board of Directors for the USD Foundation. He proudly served as a member of the Air National Guard for 10 years.


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News