• July/August 2018

Faces & Places

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    Jay Rasmussen
    Journey Group Companies
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    Mike Hauck
    Accord Commercial Real Estate, LLC
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    Mark Luke
    Mark Luke Companies
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    Eric Anderson
    Black Hills Federal Credit Union
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    Cindi Johnson
    Spectrum Marketing Services
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    Debra Peterson
    CorTrust Bank
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    David Johnson
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    Jack Dyvig
    Sioux Falls Morning
    Optimistts Club

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers

The Ambassador Team of the Month for May was Team Rasmussen: Jay Rasmussen, Journey Group Companies and Mike Hauck, Accord Commercial Real Estate, LLC.

The Sales Award went to Mark Luke, Mark Luke Companies and Eric Anderson, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, won the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award.

Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors and the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award for May. Second place honors went to Debra Peterson, CorTrust Bank, and David Johnson, DAKOTACARE, received third place honors. Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was the recipient of the Retention Award.

Diplomat Team of the Month for May went to Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.; Brad Nelson, Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls; Nancy Van Otterloo, First PREMIER Bank; Michelle Markgraf, The Compass Center, and Stefan Szwarc, Great Western Bank.

New Faces & Promotions

Courtney VanBeek rejoined the AmesburyTruth finance team as a Senior Accountant. She most recently worked for Dakotaland Manufacturing in Sioux Falls. VanBeek is pursuing an MBA at Dakota State University.

Jessica Rice has joined the team at Media One as production manager. She brings 14 years of experience to the agency. Rice most recently served as marketing coordinator at FiveFour.

MetaBank has hired three new employees and promoted three. Matthew Whithey joins as vice president of product management, Erin Bofenkamp as project manager and Ashley Sorenson as UI/UX designer. Travis Schettler was promoted to principal software engineer, Nancy Kowalke to senior business systems analyst and Kathy Thorson has been promoted to Community Banking President.

GreatLIFE has hired Brad Hansen as Director of Food and Beverage. Hansen has been in the food and restaurant business for more than 25 years in multiple roles, including being an operating partner in Burger King - recognized multiple years as a “Top 5” operator.

Jen Ferris has joined Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company as a risk management consultant. Ferris holds a law degree from the University of South Dakota and has eight years working in insurance defense and brokering.

Fishback Financial Corporation, the holding company of First Bank & Trust, has promoted Carrie Wilson to Chief Financial Officer. Wilson, who was formerly Controller, will now be responsible for capital planning, budgeting, financial statement reporting and acquisition financial due diligence. Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota and is a member of AICPA.

Richard Ambrosius has been named as the new Executive Director of Warriors Never Give Up, a Christian nonprofit organization offering outdoor adventures for combat, deployed or service connected disabled veterans. Ambrosius will be responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan for the organization. He is a South Dakota native with more than 35 years of management and marketing experience.

Honors & Awards

Family Visitation Center recognized Jeannie Blackman, Egger Steel Co., with its Family First Award. This award is given annually to an individual who makes an extraordinary impact on families visiting at the Family Visitation Center. Blackman is a former board member and chair of the fund development committee.

Two employees of Howalt-McDowell Insurance, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company were recently recognized by the Insurance Professionals of Greater Sioux Falls. Client coordinator Nachole Gillis was named Rookie of the Year and client representative Antje Peters was named Young New Professional of the Year. Each were recognized for their significant contributions to IAIP within the first 24 months of joining the association.

Laura Mardian, client advisor in private client services at Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, has earned the CISR Elite (Certified Insurance Service Representative) distinction. This the most advanced distinction for customer service representatives, account managers and other insurance professionals that have already achieved their CISR status.

Howard Boote, Roger Starks and Travis Starks from Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, have been named to MMA’s Circle of Champions, which recognizes top performers throughout the country. Winners represent the most elite in MMA’s nationwide network of consultants and exhibit exemplary leadership of MMA’s values — Integrity, Collaboration, Accountability, Innovation and Passion — while growing the business.

The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized three departments within the City of Sioux Falls: Central Services, Fleet and Parks & Recreation with Disability Friendly Recognition Program awards.


The Compass Center elected new officers for the new fiscal year. President Jennifer Adler, freelance writer; Past President Amanda Feldkamp, Oh My Cupcakes; Vice President Tom Fuller, Citi; Treasurer Stacy Krouse, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; and Secretary Scott Hargens, Avera.

Acquisitions &Mergers

Acendas Travel has acquired Travel Partners, a Sioux Falls vacation travel agency, effective immediately. While current Acendas Travel staff will assume various operational aspects through the purchase, Travel Partners will retain its name and remain as a stand-alone agency. Previous owner Mary Jo Nelson will continue to serve as the manager, while the existing staff will stay on board. Acendas Travel is headquartered in both Minneapolis and Kansas City.

KLJ will open offices in Englewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, and in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The additions bring KLJ to 28 office locations spanning 7 states and will continue to enhance the company’s commitment to serving infrastructure needs of communities across the nation.

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and Sanford Health have voted to merge. Pending regulatory approval, the merger will take effect Jan. 2, 2019.

Good Deeds

Arlie’s All Stars donated $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire through the Bash for Cash event.

The board of Sioux Falls Surgical Physicians, a group of doctors and surgeons who own an interest in Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, voted unanimously to donate property to DakotAbilities. The land located at 512 E. 18th Street had been under negotiation with the two entities. DakotAbilities plans to build a new affordable/accessible home for adults with disabilities.

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