• October 2018

October Faces & Places

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    Mark Luke
    Mark Luke Companies
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    Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger
    Northwestern Mutual
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    Daren Anderson
    Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.
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    Cindi Johnson
    Spectrum Marketing Services
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    Sandy Case
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    Cole Robbins
    U.S. Bank
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    Tammy Beintema

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers

The Ambassador Team of the Month for August was Team Luke: Mark Luke, Mark Luke Companies; Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger, Northwestern Mutual; and Jerry Johnson, G.A. Johnson Construction, Inc.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc. was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors and the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award for August. Second place honors went to Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services, and Sandy Case, USPS, received third place honors. Cole Robbins, U.S. Bank, was the recipient of the Retention Award.

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

Tammy Beintema, JDRF, was recognized for 10 years of outstanding service as a Diplomat.

New Faces & Promotions

RSM US LLP has hired John Kramer in its Sioux Falls office. Kramer received his MBA in Business Administration from The University of South Dakota and has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry with a focus on financial planning.

Josh Johnson, PLA, ASLA, joins the Sioux Falls office of Houston Engineering, Inc. as a landscape architect, leading HEI's landscape architecture services for all locations. Johnson has more than 20 years of design and project management experience working in both the public and private sectors. He holds degrees in environmental design and landscape architecture from North Dakota State University and is a registered Professional Landscape Architect in Minnesota, North Dakota and Alabama with licensure in South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin coming soon.

AmesburyTruth has hired Jessie Koob as a customer service representative. She has previous experience in call handling, dispatching and receiving payments. In addition, Angie Farrier joined AmesburyTruth's Global Supply Chain Team as a buyer/planner. Farrier holds an MBA from the University of South Dakota with a specialization in Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Honors & Awards

Mud Mile Communications received the national NACMA Gold Award and Best of Video Award for its 2017 football intro video for Augustana University. The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) and National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) represents more than 15,700 college athletics administrators at more than 1,700 institutions.

The Sioux Empire Housing Partnership recognized several individuals at their annual breakfast. Realtor of the Year is Destinie Marshall, Discovery Realty Group. Lender of the Year is Rozyher Aware, Wells Fargo. Volunteer of the Year is Brian Shabino, National Home Inspections. The Friend of Affordable Housing Award went to Cindy Dannenbring, InterLakes Community Action Partnership.

Dawn Knutson, Midwest Employee Benefits, has qualified to receive the Soaring Eagle Award from the National Association of Health Underwriters. The Soaring Eagle Award is the highest honor given by the association's Leading Producers Round Table to recognize members who have achieved the greatest success in demonstrating exceptional professional knowledge and outstanding client service. Knutson is an agent and owner of Midwest Employee Benefits. She continually educates herself in her field, obtaining designations such as Chartered Healthcare Consultant, Registered Employee Benefit Consultant, Registered Health Underwriter and Certified in Long Term Care.

Governor Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Safety Council recently selected StarMark Cabinetry's Sioux Falls manufacturing facility to receive the Meritorious Achievement Award in honor of outstanding safety performance. The Governor's office and the Safety Council determine award winners based on safety performance compared to industry averages. StarMark Cabinetry was selected based on the facility's DART Rate, which is calculated based on the number of Days Away or Restricted duty Transfers that employees undergo as the result of a workplace incident. The lower the rate, the better. In June, the Sioux Falls facility surpassed 3 million hours without a lost time incident.

Sara Ramirez, counseling coordinator at LSS Center for Financial Resources, has been certified as a HUD housing counselor. Covering key areas relating to housing, the certification helps to ensure housing and financial counseling clients are receiving high quality, holistic services. The six areas covered by the HUD certification are financial management, housing affordability, fair housing, home ownership, avoiding foreclosure and tenancy.

KELOLAND Media Group's News Assignment Editor Dexter Gronseth will be recognized as an Emmy Silver Circle Honoree at the Upper Midwest Emmy Awards this year. The Silver Circle is among the highest and most prestigious honors for journalists. Recipients are chosen based on significant contributions made to the broadcasting industry for 25 years or more.

For the second year in a row, Arete Wealth Management has been featured by InvestmentNews in their rankings of Top Independent Broker-Dealers for 2018. Arete was listed third among 130 firms for the biggest percentage gains in 2017 revenue. It also was ranked in the top 10 for alternative investment revenue. In the category for firms with fewer than 250 representatives, Arete ranked No. 2 for alternative investment revenue, No. 5 for pre-tax earnings and No. 7 for overall revenue. The Sioux Falls office is managed by Dennis Thurman, who specializes in alternative and private equity investments.


The South Dakota Advertising Federation announced the election of their Board of Directors. Officers include: President Sawyer Vanden Heuvel, South Dakota Synod ELCA; Vice President Cale Feller, Avera Health; Secretary Mike Knudson, HenkinSchultz; and Past President Mari Klotzbach, DocuTap. Other board members are: Jordan Fiegen, Lawrence & Schiller; Morgan Larson, Lemonly; Nate Marshall, ADwërks Bryon Middleton, Media One; Erin Murtha, Fresh Produce; Tiffany Mutchler, Epicosity; Molly Kreutzfeldt, HenkinSchultz; Chance Roth, Midco; and Greta Stewart, Avera Health. The organization is led by executive director Shannon Steffke.

Good Deeds

Avera Health personified their spirit of service and commitment to the health and wellbeing of families with a $90,000 investment in Family Visitation Center. The transformational gift will keep children safely connected to their families and will foster self-esteem and self-confidence today, tomorrow and for years to come.

Strawbale Winery raised $13,800 at their 2018 Folk Off & Rib Challenge. The funds benefited The Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire and South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music.

Ground Works Midwest is pleased to announce its continued partnership with Xcel Energy by accepting a grant in the amount of $10,000. The grant will allow Ground Works Midwest to develop teaching garden manuals for the seventeen theme gardens that the organization has created for elementary and middle schools in the area. These manuals will provide educators with all the materials necessary in a step-by-step format to ensure success in implementing the teaching garden into more classrooms.

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