Dave Reetz is retired after a career of college administration, banking, economic development and real estate. In his most recent work experience, he joined his wife as co-owner and sales associate of the Real Estate Connection in Powell after retiring from First Bank of Wyoming where he had been a Vice President and member of the senior management team for more than 18 years. Reetz was on the bank’s Board of Directors during his employment and continued on the board for six more years after retiring from the bank. When working for the bank, he spearheaded economic development in Powell and served as president of the Powell Valley Economic Development Alliance. He was elected president of the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce and was co-author of the city’s successful application for All America City in 1994, as awarded by the National Civic League. While in real estate he served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Board of Realtors holding positions in public policy and in various board leadership offices.
Reetz also worked 11 years at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he last served as the Assistant-to-Assistant Chancellor for Business and Finance. He then moved to Northwest College in Powell, WY and was named Dean of Administrative Services before moving to First Bank of Wyoming. Reetz was founder and President/Executive Director of Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation, an organization dedicated to memorializing and educating regarding the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. One of the ten confinement sites was at Heart Mountain, WY. Reetz completed a number of interpretive projects, including a $5.3 million Interpretive Learning Center on original confinement land purchased by the Foundation. He is also a founding board member and the current President of the Friends of Park County History.
Reetz has won many community awards including Chamber Builder of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Small Business Champion of the Year from the Small Business Administration and PRESERVE WYOMING. He has been appointed to numerous positions by various governors and in 2009, Reetz was elected to the Wyoming Humanities Council board and chaired a special task force to seek state funding. The council received $250,000 in biennial funding, the first time WHC has received any state funding, and this funding continues. Reetz finished his two year term as president and now serves as past president and co-chair of the Development Committee. Reetz and his wife Glo have three daughters and nine grandchildren, most who live in Wyoming.