Recognition of Chamber Volunteers
The Ambassador Committee promotes the Chamber and assists in bringing new members into the organization. The Diplomat Committee works to maintain membership strength in the Chamber and provide outstanding customer service to members. Their volunteer service keeps the Chamber strong.
Featured Ambassadors and Diplomats this month include: Lucas Fiegen, Fiegen Construction Co., one year as an Ambassador; and Jackie Stratman, Midco, three years as an Ambassador; Pat Grieben, McGreevy & Associates, first-year Diplomat; Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams Realty, nine years as a Diplomat, Michelle Markgraf, The Compass Center, two years as a Diplomat; and Nancy Van Otterloo, First PREMIER Bank, 22 years as a Diplomat.
Diplomats who complete all of their member contact calls each month are part of the 100 Club. One member of the 100 Club is recognized as the Service Star. The October Service Star was awarded to Darci Hustrulid, Arthritis Foundation - Upper Midwest Region. Brad Nelson, Keller Williams Realty, was recognized as the Event Champion for consistently attending Chamber events.
Diplomat Team of the Month for October went to Captain Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services; James Payer II, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons; Angie Wahl, J. Wahl Home Inspection; Megan Myers, Feeding South Dakota; and Lenn Patterson George, West Plains Engineering, Inc.
New Faces & Promotions
The Sioux Falls Development Foundation hired Denise Guzzetta as Vice President of Talent and Workforce Development. Guzzetta will lead the Development Foundation's efforts to stimulate talent and workforce development initiatives outlined in the Forward Sioux Falls Strategic Workforce Action Agenda. With over 20 years of corporate marketing and human resource experience, Guzzetta brings a strong understanding of strategic marketing and business operations which will allow her to understand corporate employment and workforce needs. Michael Gray has also joined the Development Foundation as Director of Business Retention and Expansion, a new position within the organization. Gray was formerly with the City of Sioux Falls and has experience in organizing and implementing business retention and expansion programs that targeted primary employers.
Brad Hanson has been named Chief Executive Officer of Meta Financial Group. He takes over for J. Tyler Haahr, who stepped down as CEO but remains as Chairman of the Board through January 2019. Hanson was previously serving as President.
Cornerstone Bank has hired Dan Bergstrom as an AVP/Personal Banker in Sioux Falls and Mary Roemeling as a Customer Service Representative. Bergstrom holds a double degree in Economics and Ag Business Banking from South Dakota State University. He has more than 36 years of banking experience. Roemeling holds a degree from Nettleton College and has a background in banking and administration.
AmesburyTruth has hired two new employees and promoted one. Nate O'Bryan joins the Global Supply Chain Team as a Planner. He has a bachelor of business administration in marketing degree from USD. David Smith joins as Environmental Health & Safety Engineer with responsibility for multiple locations. Smith has nearly three decades of experience promoting safety programs in a manufacturing environment. He holds a 30-hour OSHA General Industry Certification and is Forklift Trainer Certified. Derek Fischer was promoted to Pricing Analyst. He has been with AmesburyTruth since June of 2017 and holds a MBA from the University of Sioux Falls.
Security National Financial Services welcomes Cameron Ostrom as a Financial Consultant. Ostrom is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls. He holds his FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations through Cetera Investment Services, LLC, as well as his Life and Health Insurance licenses. In his role, Ostrom will provide a wide range of financial services and products including retirement planning, tax advantaged investments, brokered CDs, college savings plans, life insurance, mutual funds, fixed and variable annuities, long term care unit investment trusts and more.
David Bonte has joined The First National Bank in Sioux Falls as a new Ag Banker. He has been in the finance industry for more than 36 years and will be working at the Dell Rapids branch. In addition, several individuals have been promoted. Alex Haverly has transferred from a Business Solutions Specialist to a Cash Management Specialist. Blake Willman will now be working as an Ag Banker at the Flandreau branch after having been an Ag Credit Analyst for the past three years. Joe Miller has transitioned from an Ag Banker to the Ag Credit Administration Manager and has been with the bank for five years. Levi Parker has moved from a Fiduciary Risk Specialist to a Personal Trust Officer. He has been with the bank since 2015. Weston Hansen has gone from a Business Solutions Specialist to a Business Banker and will be at the Western Mall branch.
Workers' compensation insurance provider RAS announces the following new staff and promotions: Lucia Maldonado started as Administrative Assistant and comes to RAS with a long history of admin experience. Keith Lingle joined the team as Claims Representative. He previously worked in patient finance at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Melinda Stien was promoted to Underwriting Associate. She previously served in the role of Business Development Assistant. Leslie Crownover and Terra Suelflow were each promoted to Underwriting Assistant. Both had previously been Underwriting Customer Service Representatives.
TLC Advantage, LLC, a preferred provider organization, announced Paula Bosler joined the team as Provider and Credentialing Coordinator. She was recently with DAKOTACARE in Provider and Customer Service.
Honors & Awards
Jack Dyvig was awarded the City of Sioux Falls SIOUXPERHERO Award. This citizen recognition program honors those who have gone above and beyond, contributed to the community and had a positive impact on Sioux Falls.
Live Well Sioux Falls, a program of the City of Sioux Falls Health Department, recently received the inaugural Healthy Hometown Community Award from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield for their accomplishments in health improvement initiatives within the community. The honor recognizes the leadership of Live Well Sioux Falls in community-based efforts such as promoting walking and bicycling, the annual Big Squeeze blood pressure awareness project and passage of the City's ordinance regulating tobacco use on City property.
The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized Homewood Suites by Hilton Sioux Falls and Sioux Falls My Place Hotel with Disability Friendly Recognition Program awards.
Governor Dennis Daugaard was presented with the 2018 Spirit of Sioux Falls Awards at the annual meeting of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. The award recognizes leadership excellence and dedication to the Sioux Falls business community and its economic growth.
The Sioux Falls Development Foundation named the 2018 winners of the Spirit of Sioux Falls Scholarship: Alexa Bruick, Chloe Bartels and Hatem Khalfaoui are all business students at Augustana University and Bailey Zimmerman is a business student at the University of South Dakota.
Click Rain is one of two South Dakota companies honored with a 2018 When Work Works Award. The prestigious award recognizes employers that excel at employee initiatives such as work/life fit policies, flexible scheduling and transition to parenthood programs. This is the fourth time Click Rain has received the recognition.
Mud Mile Communications partner Nate Burdine has been selected as a member of the Telly Awards Judging Council. The Council is a group of working industry professionals who have previously won the Telly Awards highest accolade and as such, have demonstrable expertise in the categories they review, and are considered among the best in the advertising industry. Members represent a range of agencies and companies from across the world, including CBS, NBC, Disney and Microsoft.