Tom Farber, CIC
|Phone Number(s)||Office: 605-448-5150
|Address||705 Main; Box 129
Britton, SD 57430
Tom Farber was born in Tracy, Minnesota, and raised in Walnut Grove (the childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder). He graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, with a degree in Agricultural Education.
Following graduation, he was a Vocational Ag Teacher and then began a career in banking. As a bank branch manager, he became licensed and began selling insurance for Farmers Union Insurance Agency, which became his full time work. Tom has been the owner of the Farber Agency in Britton since 1987 and has obtained his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.
Tom and wife Lori have three children; Blake, Mason and Alexandra.
Tom has been an active community member throughout his years in Brittton. He purchased the closed Strand Theatre in 1987 and began extensive remodeling with the assistance of many other community members. The theatre was re-opened in 1988. Tom has also purchased, assisted or held an active role in building renovations throughout the community.
Other community activities include:
- A major financial supporter of educational and community projects and programs.
- A member of the Britton Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and its President since 1991
- A board member of Northeast South Dakota Community Action (NESDCA) and Chairman since 1996
- A Cub Scout Den Leader and Den Master
- A Lions Club member
- Church choir member
- A past Church Council President
- Director of Sunday School Music program
- Lead development of the Britton Community Theatre in 1982
- Actively in plays and dramas throughout the community as a director and an actor
- He has directed the Melodramas at Fort Sisseton Historical Festival for twenty-five years.
Tom has been given various awards for his involvement and support of his community:
- The South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation sponsored, "Rural Dakota Pride" award in July of 2008 for his volunteerism in his community and throughout South Dakota.
- The "Governor's Economic Development Award", presented by Governor Rounds in 2004.
- The 2001 Britton Area "Heart of the Dakotas" award for his community service.