Friday’s Deadwood Chamber mixer/holiday party seemed a bit strange to tdg’s Phelan Scherer. For one thing, his father, mother and sister attended the mixer. Not something he has seen before. And when he tried to duck out early to make the tdg Christmas party, everyone urged him to stay just a bit longer.
When his own children showed up, Phelan knew something was up. That’s when the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce announced that Phelan Scherer was the organization’s 2016 Young Professional of the Year.
“So lucky to work at a company that promotes community involvement and to live in a town that makes volunteering fun,” Phelan said.
Since moving back to the Black Hills this spring, Phelan has been active in the Deadwood Ambassadors, the Homestake Opera House and other community projects. This work caught the attention of the Deadwood Chamber, and they rewarded his work with its 2016 Young Professional of the Year award.
Phelan grew up in the Northern Hills and graduated from Lead-Deadwood High School. Like a lot of young people who grow up here, he moved away to seek his fortune away from the Black Hills. He was in the U.S. Marines for 12 years, working as an intelligence analyst during multiple tours in the Middle East.
After the Marines, he went back to school, graduating from the Art Institute of San Antonio in 2014. He worked two years for a San Antonio ad agency before returning to the Northern Hills.