Board of Trustees – Board Member
Michael Bender is a leader in real estate, founding Bender Companies, which encompasses Bender Commercial Real Estate Services, Bender Midwest Properties, and Bender Realtors. With a Bachelor’s in Business from Texas Christian University, he began his career in Dallas before moving to Sioux Falls in 1992. His leadership has resulted in over $1 billion in sales and lease transactions. Michael has been recognized as one of the “Top Ten Leaders” in Sioux Falls and was the first broker in South Dakota to attain the SIOR designation. Michael’s influence extends beyond real estate into the community fabric. Michael has been actively involved in many Sioux Falls community activities and boards as well as national organizations.
Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with his family. Michael has been married to his wife, Jean, for 40 years. Together, they have three adult children, Matthew, Mason, and Grace, and one grandchild.