Ivan Sorbel is the Executive Director of the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to being promoted to the director position, Ivan was employed as the Small Business Advocate and then the acting director. Ivan has been with the Pine Ridge Chamber since October 2001 shortly after the chamber's inception.
Prior to his employment in the Chamber, Ivan owned and operated a small drywall business, I & L Sheetrock. Within his drywall business, he performed responsibilities such as supervising and training employees. He was recruited by the chamber to bring knowledge of owning and operating of a small business, his experience and knowledge drew him to the chamber, the need of a support system for small business owners on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Ivan’s commitment has been proven by the growth and stability of the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce in the short time that his has been the director.
Ivan was born and raised in South Dakota. As the son of a BIA employee, he has lived on many different reservations in South Dakota and Nebraska.
Ivan attended college at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, WY on a rodeo scholarship. He later transferred to Chadron State College in Chadron, NE and obtained a BA degree in Criminal Justice. After college he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served for five and half years. While in the Corps he married and began a family. Shortly after his discharge he and his wife moved back to the Pine Ridge Reservation to raise their children.
“I am involved in this particular line of work to make life better for my children and their children. To help provide a better quality of life for my family and to help make the Pine Ridge a better place to live.”