Ambrosius graduated from the University of SD as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He was commissioned as an Intelligence Branch Second Lieutenant in 1968. He was promoted to First Lt. in 1969 and Captain in 1970. He served as a Basic Training Officer at Ft. Campbell, KY before attending the Agent’s course at Ft. Holabird, MD. He was wounded in action in Viet Nam in September of 1970, receiving the Purple and Bronze Star with “V” device.
After resigning his commission, Dick served in a variety of Executive Positions in marketing and nonprofit leadership for 40 years. He has delivered motivation addresses and training sessions in 49 states, instructed college courses, authored numerous articles and training manuals. In 1997, he was selected “South Dakota’s Entrepreneur of the Year” by Entrepreneur Magazine. He holds both BA and MA degrees in Political Science from the University of SD. A SD native, he is happily married to Karen, has three children and 5 grandchildren.
Ambrosius has over 35 years marketing and management experience. He has served as VP of Outreach and Business Development for two start-up technology companies, two national senior living development and management companies, Founder and CEO of Phoenix Systems Inc., Executive Director of the Iowa Lakes Area Agency on Aging (a not-for-profit aging services corporation), and business and marketing professor.
In 1980, President Reagan appointed Dick as the youngest member of the National Advisory Committee to the 1981 White House Conference on Aging. He has delivered keynote addresses and workshops in 49 states and consulted with a variety of Fortune 500 companies, corporations, nonprofit agencies, associations and government agencies. In 1997, he was selected “South Dakota’s Entrepreneur of the Year” by Entrepreneur Magazine. He holds both BA and MA degrees in Political Science from the University of SD and is a Viet Nam veteran awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star w/ ‘Valor’ device.