News Release


Heine Honored With MMC Distinguished Professional Achievement Award

Published Date7\12\2013
Each year Mount Marty College recognizes an alumnus who continues to live the core values taught at the college and who represents the mission of the college in their professional endeavors. The 2013 award in the area of Distinguished Professional Achievement was given to Dennis Heine of Yankton, South Dakota.

As one of the first male graduates of Mount Marty College, Heine has always blazed a trail. Prior to coming to Mount Marty he served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, earning two Purple Hearts and two Silver Stars. He persevered after his discharge and eventually landed at Mount Marty College where he majored in business administration and accounting, earning his degrees in 1972.

Heine's first professional venture was operating an electrical wholesale company called Wye Electric in Yankton, South Dakota. He currently co-owns and operates Fejfar Plumbing, a residential and commercial plumbing contractor company in Yankton. He and his wife of 40 years, Judy, have always been very involved in the community of Yankton, living the core value of the college in their daily lives. They have five children: Jen, Eric, Tonya, Ryan and Katie and 13 grandchildren. Heine's daughter Katie is also a graduate of Mount Marty College and the college's most recent member of the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mount Marty College Chief Advancement Officer, Barb Rezac, felt the award was well deserved. "Dennis is a perfect example of what this award is all about. It's about learning the mission of the college and then living it throughout your life - in everything you do. The nomination that was received for this award read in part, 'Dennis should be recognized for his outstanding contributions to the Yankton community and the professional and Christian manner in which he has conducted his life,' and we couldn't agree more with that statement."

For more information on notable alumni at Mount Marty College, visit www.mtmc.edu/alumni/notable.aspx.