Arc of Dreams: Denny Sisson's hard work creates a generous spirit

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - As design works continues on the Arc of Dreams sculpture for downtown Sioux Falls, we continue our series of reports on people who have made their dreams come true in the city.

Tonight we are introducing you to a long time Sioux Falls businessman who says his dream involves more than just work.

Not everybody gets to leave their stamp on the world around them.

But for more than three decades, Denny Sisson has left his professional imprint on the city of Sioux Falls. "You get looking back and you decide well, if I am ever going to do this on my own which I always had a desire to do we decided to do that."

32 years ago, Sisson was working at another printing company and made the decision that he was going to give it a go on his own.

He opened up Sisson Printing on a belief that if his business did good work, the community would support him. "Anyone can start their own business if they have the desire and a good idea because Sioux Falls people will give you a chance."

That chance Sisson took in 1985 has paid off in a big way.

Sisson Printing does a great business; running two shifts five days a week on industrial printers that are typically running non-stop....only stopping down for routine maintenance.

Many of the employees here have been with Sisson since the early days. "You look forward to getting out of bed in the morning and some days are tougher than others but for the most part you get to work with people you really care about, which I do."

Denny Sisson is passionate about what he does. You may look at this and simply call it putting ink on paper.

But Sisson sees the process of helping someone carefully craft a message that is eye catching and clear.

A high school vocational teacher at the old Washington High School named Dave Fitz helped Sisson find his calling.

Then Sisson took it from there. "Our clients...we have been doing business with a handshake since we started. That's one of the blessings of Sioux Falls, South Dakota."

And speaking of blessings, Sisson tries to be one as well.

You see, he believes in the idea that to whom much is given much is expected.

His dream has come true. But he also works to help others achieve their goals. "If you're going to take from the community you should give back. We like Sculpture Walk. We like the United Way. We like the Humane Society. We like..on and on you could go. The Banquet. We think the world of them."

A generous spirit is part of Denny Sisson's Sioux Falls dream.

KSFY is proud to be the official media partner of the Arc of Dreams project.