Dawn Claymore was raised a “cheesehead” in Wisconsin. After graduating college with three marketing degrees, she joined Lee Enterprises and quickly advanced while working for their newspapers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota. In 1998, Dawn became the in-house advertising agency for McKie Automotive Group. She worked through many acquisitions and at one-point, marketing 16 different franchises. In 2005, Dawn pursued her dream of owning her own advertising agency. Her first client was the automotive company she was working for, what a compliment that was.
Dawn believes strongly in donating her time and money to many area non-profits. Currently Dawn is the Vice President of the Black Hills Works Foundation and Secretary of the Rapid City Rush Foundation. She has also served on several other boards including United Way, was the Marketing Chair and Day of Caring Co-Chair for United Way, served eight years on the Youth & Family Services Board, and led The Light the Night initiative and was the “first woman” appointed board member on the Rapid City Chamber Diplomats Board.
In the late 90’s she was very active in The Black Hills Homebuilders where she earned two Associate of the Year Awards, served as Associates Council Committee Chairman and also served as Public Relations Chair for the State Homebuilders organization. She also received the Communication Award of Distinction in 2003. Dawn has been recognized as a Top 25 Women in Business and received the 2016 SBA Women Owned Business of the Year Award. Dawn and her husband Troy are also partners in two Automotive Dealerships and have three adult children. They love boating, hiking, traveling and surfing.