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Who We Are

Rural is our passion.

At PASQ, we understand that leading change is not always easy, especially in rural areas. Thousands of rural communities throughout the country face an aging and shrinking workforce, limited public funds, and declining population. The American economy has rapidly changed, but today's rural communities may not have access to the right tools, resources, and capital to adapt.


We understand this challenge because we are rural.


Raised in rural South Dakota, our team knows the players, cultures, and community dynamics that set rural areas apart. Collectively, our team has spent years developing skills and building relationships meant to give back to the communities we called home: Corsica, Burke, Webster, Winner, and beyond. Our drive to serve the places that remind us of home is why we've committed to bringing our professional expertise to organizations and communities taking on the unique challenges of rural areas. 


Our unique blend of first-hand experience and know-how can help you and the communities you serve reach the next level. 


Our areas of expertise range between workforce development to real estate management to policy analysis to strategic planning to contract law and much more. Whether public, private, or a nonprofit, we serve organizations that contribute to a thriving rural America.

Our Team

"You can take us out of rural, but you can't take the rural out of us!"

No matter where our team goes, we never stop expressing pride for where we grew up and what life in those places taught us. That's why we're so committed to making rural communities strong, adaptive, and globally competitive. 

PASQ was founded on the principle of offering the best quality services to rural professionals ready to partner and create impact. Our team has sharpened themselves professionally to the fullest extent possible, sharing every insight with our clients.

When we grow in knowledge, skills, and networks, so can you. That is our commitment to rural America.

Meet The Team

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Erik Muckey


Founder, Managing Partner

Through years of experience, Erik knows what it takes to turn vision into reality. His blend of strategic thinking and pragmatic planning can help your organization find the right path.

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Marcus Mahlen


Managing Partner

Marcus' "client-first" attitude is the driving force behind PASQ services. His workforce development experience, commercial real estate expertise, and rural work ethic drive results.

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Rachelle Norberg


Managing Partner

Rachelle brings a multi-faceted skill set as a practicing attorney and active community leader in western South Dakota. Her insight and commitment make PASQ an effective partner.

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Jessica Meyers

Managing Partner

Jessica brings unique workforce development and recruiting experience with a "can-do" attitude that helps rural communities address 21st-century job and retention needs.

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Berk Ehrmantraut


Berk brings executive experience and operational excellence to the team at PASQ. His detailed-oriented approach and ability to make policy make sense deliver results for PASQ’s clients.

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