Our Leadership

For over 25 years, Talon Development has been a family-owned business. Our leadership is passionate about elevating communities and encouraging the success of our employees and partners. The combined experience of our team allows us to identify unique and creative development opportunities.    Contact us today to see how we can help you with your next project!

Steve Boote CEO
Steve Boote
Chief Executive Officer
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Steve Boote, the CEO of Eagle Construction, started the company in April of 1998 at the age of 32. His creative and strong leadership has driven Eagle Construction to become one of the most well-respected construction companies in the area. Before forming Eagle Construction, Steve honed his carpentry knowledge and skills restoring historic homes along the Hudson River Valley near New York City. His love for design coupled with his deep appreciation for craftmanship are key elements demonstrated in his work product. Steve’s passion for giving back is easily recognized as he has served on multiple boards and devotes time to charitable giving and the Okoboji Kites Festival. A native Iowan, Steve attended Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, focusing studies on Mechanical Engineering & Physics.

Josh Kruger - President
Josh Kruger
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Josh Kruger, the President of Eagle Construction, started working for the company as a laborer when he was 12 years old during the summertime learning the trade with guidance from Steve Boote. By the time he was 18, Josh was running summer projects for Eagle Construction in the field as a superintendent before heading off to college. Josh graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Construction Engineering and moved to Minneapolis, MN for a few years to gain additional experience in the construction industry. In 2017, Josh returned to the family business as a Project Manager where he managed multifamily projects in the field and in the office. As Eagle Construction started to grow, Josh was promoted to Vice President of the company in 2019 and then to President in 2021. Throughout his time at Eagle Construction, Josh has been involved in over $375M worth of construction throughout the Midwest.

Lori Boote
Qualifying Broker
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Lori Boote is a licensed real estate agent who has been serving clients in Iowa and South Dakota for over 20 years. Throughout her career, Lori has built a reputation for her exceptional knowledge of the local real estate market, her commitment to providing personalized service to each and every client, and her unwavering dedication to helping her clients achieve their goals.

Lori began her career in real estate in the late 1990s, after completing her licensing requirements and joining a local real estate brokerage. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience working with buyers and sellers in a wide range of markets, from small rural towns to bustling urban centers.

In addition to her work as a real estate agent, Lori is an active member of her local community. She has volunteered her time and resources to a number of local organizations and charities, and is deeply committed to making a positive impact in the lives of those around her.

Bob Smith VP of Development
Bob Smith
Vice President of Development
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Bob Smith joined the Talon Development team as Vice President of Development in 2022. His vast experience and wealth of knowledge in the pre-construction and development industry is an asset to our company. Bob has worked on large single-family developments, extended stay hotels, senior memory care, multi-family apartments, and high level market rate apartments nationally. For the previous seven years he developed and was the owners’ construction representative for US Veteran apartments with funding through the US Veterans Administration extended use lease program.

Gretchen Miller
Director of Marketing and Real Estate
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Gretchen is Director of Marketing and Real Estate for Talon Development. She guides and manages the marketing efforts for Eagle Construction and Talon Development and their portfolio of multi-family and student housing projects in over 19 cities in the Midwest.

A native of Sioux Falls, Gretchen is a graduate of Lincoln High School and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Digital Arts and Design from Dakota State University. She has been working professionally in the area with experience in marketing for the financial industry, non-profits, and commercial real estate.

Outside of work, Gretchen spends time with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She enjoys camping, fishing, and spending time with her family and friends. Gretchen has been a classroom volunteer with Junior Achievement of South Dakota for 14 years and enjoys the opportunity to work with children in our area.

Kaitlynn Skotvold
Kaitlynn Skotvold
Assistant Regional Property Manager
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Kaitlynn is originally from Centerville, SD and recently relocated to Sioux Falls. With a keen interest in the field of marketing, she successfully completed her associate degree in marketing from Southeast Tech in 2021. Currently, she is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in business management through Bellevue University and is set to graduate in August of this year.

In 2021, Kaitlynn joined Talon Development as Property Manager for The Heights Vermillion. Brining her talents to our corporate office, Kaitlynn was promoted to Assistant Regional Property Manager last year. She is also a member of the Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Kaitlynn enjoys traveling to concerts and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Work with Talon

We’re always looking for talented and ambitious individuals to join our team. Are you interested in learning more about real estate development and property management? We want to hear from you – check out our current openings.