Recognition of Chamber Volunteers
Ambassador Team of the Year went to Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage Corp-Lynda Billars KW and Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union. Lynda Billars was the 2017-18 Ambassador of the Year. Mark Luke, Mark Luke Construction, was recognized as the retiring chair of the Ambassador Committee.
Rod Carlson, Active Generations, became an Emeritus Ambassador after 30 years of service to the Chamber.
Diplomats who served as team captains during the 2017-18 Diplomat Chamber year: Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.; Janel Cole, Cole Notary, LLC; Carrie Dragt, American Cancer Society; Stefanie Engebretson, Goosmann Law Firm; Jessica Hauck, Minuteman Press; Gita Hendricks, MG & Assoc./Yoli BB; Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services; and Derrick Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency. The 2017-18 Diplomat of the Year was Daren Anderson. Marshall Selberg, Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls was recognized as the retiring chair of the Diplomat Committee.
Stacy Wrightsman, Sanford Health, was recognized for 10 years of service as a Diplomat. Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was named an Emeritus Diplomat after more than 10 years of service to the Diplomat Committee. He will continue to serve as a mentor to Diplomats and the Chamber.
Retired Chief Master Sergeant Kevin D. Uthe was honored with the Spirit of DeWald Award. This award recognizes an individual who has achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions both locally and statewide. To be considered, a person must be a Chamber member, assist the Chamber in reaching its goals, be involved in other community, professional or charitable organizations, and present a positive attitude and professional image on behalf of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Uthe has been an active member of the Chamber's Military & Veterans Affairs Committee for more than 30 years.
New Faces & Promotions
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust named Mitchell Krebs as Director of the Rural Healthcare Program. Krebs' past experience includes serving as Press Secretary for South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, Assistant Vice President of Media and Community Relations at Avera McKennan Hospital, and Public Policy Director at POET. Eric Kurtz, who served as Interim Program Director during the candidate search, will resume his position as Program Officer.
Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP has added three attorneys to the firm. Ashley R. Brost is an Associate Attorney. A native of Sioux Falls, Brost practices in the area of commercial and complex litigation. Olivia R. Karns is an Associate Attorney. A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Karns practices in the areas of corporate and business law, banking and financial services, and e-commerce, internet and cyber law. Mary Ellen Dirksen is an Of Counsel Attorney. A native of Sioux Falls, Dirksen practices in the areas of employee benefits, estate planning and probate and trust administration, and taxation.
Fiserv has added several new employees to its team. Samuel Felton, Keegan Batson and Joseph Wipf are implementation analysts; Thomas Marden is a client support rep; Stephanie Scott is a sales operation associate; David Buchholz, Andrew Rivera, Douglas Ragsdale, MaryBeth Marden, Elisabeth Paulson and Philip Skoglund are client technical support reps; Ashley Wipf is a conversion analyst; Todd Schneider is a technical consultant; Heidi Huwe is a business analyst; Kevin Forshey, Warren Dibbert and David Loehr are software development engineers; Ryan Kast is client partner for North and South Dakota; and David Akes is project manager. In addition, Allison Weber was promoted to client partner for Iowa.
Prosperous Home Health LLC has hired Jill Lorang, MSAS, BAN, RN as Director of Nursing. Her responsibilities include planning, coordination, leading, controlling and evaluation of home health services. Lorang has worked with aging and acutely ill patients for 27 years.
Bill Kilmer, CPA, joined RAS as vice president of finance. He has over 31 years of insurance accounting experience. Scott Van Voorst also joined the team as claims representative and was most recently with DocuTap.
Nick Olson has joined ELO Prof LLC as an Associate. He has a background in banking and is currently studying for the CPA exam.
Interstate Office Products has added three new employees. Curt Reinschmidt is a workplace specialist. He has more than a decade of experience selling office supplies and promotional products. Abby Dyk is an interior designer. She will work with Interstate clients in the corporate, education and healthcare fields. Brianna Stotz is an account coordinator. She will support the sales team as the primary liaison between the sales team, installation crew and clients.
Honors & Awards
Jami Gates, the executive director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire, was chosen as the winner of the 2018 Margaret Slack Award for Professional Excellence during the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference. Gates was selected from over 10,000 professionals because of her outstanding level of professionalism and quality of service.
Mud Mile Communications received four international W3 Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for its video work. The W3 Awards honors outstanding websites, web marketing, web video, mobile sites/apps and social content created by interactive agencies, designers and creators worldwide. Mud Mile received four silver awards.
NAI Global named Gretchen Miller, NAI Sioux Falls, the individual winner of the Of the Community Award. Miller earned the company-wide recognition for her long-term engagement with the Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota Everyday Heroes Mentoring Program. She is currently in her eighth year mentoring female students and third year with her current mentee in the USucceed Mentoring Program.
Fiserv was named one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies for the fifth consecutive year. Fiserv has earned this award eight times in the last ten years. Fiserv received high marks in innovation and leads its category in use of corporate assets and long-term investment value.
Sammons Financial Group donated $20,000 to support the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Honored Interment project. The funds will be used to purchase much needed tools used by veterans to construct burial vessels for qualifying veterans. In addition, the donation will help coordinate efforts to partner with other states to create similar programs outside South Dakota.
Argus Leader Media Foundation invested $7,500 in programming at Family Visitation Center.