Luther College has awarded brothers Scott and John Meyer the Young Alumni Award for 2017.
S. Meyer, Luther class of 2005, and J. Meyer, Luther class of 2008, are co-founders of the company 9 Clouds in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 2011, J. Meyer founded the company Lemonly, a sister company to 9 Clouds, also in Sioux Falls.
The Young Alumni Award recognizes Luther alumni who have graduated in the past 15 years and have rendered notable service to their profession and society in their vocation or avocation.
Young Alumni Award recipients have demonstrated significant professional achievement, leadership abilities and distinctive service to Luther or society. Their record of commitment, leadership, character and ethics exemplify the college mission.
The award was presented to the Meyer brothers at the college's Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 21.
S. Meyer and J. Meyer are the co-founders, or, according to the brothers, "bro-founders," of the company 9 Clouds. In 2009, the Meyers were awarded a $15,000 economic development grant by the state of South Dakota, which allowed them to begin work on the company. 9 Clouds, which serves mostly automobile dealerships in small and medium-sized markets, provides digital marketing centered around the belief that educating customers is the best way to grow a business.
Their success in this venture led J. Meyer to launch Lemonly, a storytelling design studio specializing in infographics with the goal to "make the world an easier place to understand." Lemonly has created visual stories for national and international brands including Marriott, Major League Baseball, Toyota, PepsiCo, Netflix and others.
S. Meyer studied political science at Luther. After graduating in 2005, he received a master's degree from the University of Tromsø, an experience that resulted in his book "The Travel Hacking Guide to Norway: A Guide for Travelers with More Time than Money." In his TEDx Talk titled, "Stay home, save your community," S. Meyer emphasizes that "the best way we can change the world is to start right where we are." S. Meyer lives in St. Paul with his wife and two daughters.
As a student, J. Meyer, was an active member of Luther's Nordic Choir, Student Activities Council and the college's Ultimate Frisbee team. He graduated in 2008 with a degree in communication studies and began his career as a management consultant with Accenture in Minneapolis. J. Meyer currently serves as the CEO of Lemonly and lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with his wife and daughter.
The brothers have been honored individually and jointly by the City of Brookings, the South Dakota Small Business Administration, Ernst & Young, Silicon Prairie News, Entrepreneur Magazine and Bloomberg Business World.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://luther.edu.