Avid Hawk celebrates 10 years in De Smet

Firm adding new photography and videography services


Avid Hawk LLC will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on Sept. 10, 2022. Founder Ryan Hafey shared information about himself, his family, how the business has changed and plans for the future.


Ryan Hafey grew up in Ellendale, N.D., a small town north of Aberdeen, S.D. He is the founder and managing member of Avid Hawk LLC, with a degree in marketing and sales management, a certificate in client-side programming, a certificate in digital photography and a diploma in computer graphic art.

“I consider myself a marketer, web developer and photographer with a secondary love of many areas related to computer science,” said Hafey. “I would say strategic marketing, website development and photography are my passions.”

Hafey and his wife Debi have a busy household with five boys: Cole, 9, Logan, 7, Luke, 6, and Aiden and Ian, two-year-old twins.

Debi is the administrative manager of Avid Hawk. She primarily helps with the books and invoicing, but she also aids with management when needed.

“Once the kids are all back in school, she plans to get more involved again,” said Hafey. “She’s absolutely amazing, and I’m so blessed to have her in my life.”

The Hafeys decided to move to De Smet from Ellendale because they felt a more populated area would sustain Avid Hawk into the future. They also chose De Smet because they loved living in a small town and wanted that for their children.

“De Smet was perfect because it has almost everything you need in town and is also geographically located right in the middle of some of the more populated cities in South Dakota,” said Hafey.


Initially, Avid Hawk focused on small business website development. For the first few years, they worked on building websites for small businesses with some occasional graphic design projects.

They concentrated on the key areas that make a great website: quality design, code, hosting and marketing. After almost a decade of being in business, these four elements are still the key areas of a quality website.

Avid Hawk has grown into a full, creative marketing company. The business has branched out into website development, graphic design, photography, videography and various marketing services.

“We added photography and basic videography services a few years ago, as we saw how important good video and photography are to an organization’s entire marketing effort,” stated Hafey.

Avid Hawk currently includes Ryan Hafey, Debi Hafey and Sharleen McAdams, based out of De Smet. Alexandria Thomas and Steve Biswell are at the Watertown office, and Kristi Hafey is a remote employee who lives in Rapid City.


In the past, Avid Hawk was mostly involved in business-to-business marketing and website development services, but Hafey is excited to share big plans for the future, which involves growing the photography and videography side.

The staff is full of creative professionals who love this type of work. Good photography and videography also play a huge role in building a quality website, so all of their services will tie in well together.

Hafey announced that they are currently in the process of launching Avid Hawk Studios. This part of the business will concentrate on consumer portrait photography services such as senior pictures (available now), professional headshots, branding sessions and more.

The company will soon be introducing Dakota Essence, which will feature models who take part in Avid Hawk photo shoots. They are also working toward the purchase of another business related to photography and videography.

“We are excited to have experienced the growth we have over the years and look forward to serving the area for years to come,” said Hafey.

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