• September 2018

September Faces & Places

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    April Meyerink
    Black Hills Federal Credit Union
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    Tom Hackl
    Dougherty & Company LLC
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    Matthew Sowden
    Ameriprise Financial Services - Dagel, Jakober & Associates
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    Eric Anderson
    Black Hills Federal Credit Union
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    Adam Cooper
    Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company
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    Marilyn Moser
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    Daren Anderson
    Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.
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    David Johnson
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    Julie Nelson
    American Bank & Trust
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    Jack Dyvig
    Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club
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    Cindi Johnson
    Spectrum Marketing Services
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    Gita Hendricks
    Yoli BB
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    Brian Spader
    New York Life
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    Brad Nelson
    Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers

The Ambassador Team of the Month for June was Team Meyerink: April Meyerink, Black Hills Federal Credit Union; Tom Hackl, Dougherty & Company LLC; and Matthew Sowden, Ameriprise Financial Services - Dagel, Jakober & Associates.

The Ambassador Team of the Month for July was Team Anderson: Eric Anderson, Black Hills Federal Credit Union; Adam Cooper, Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company and Marilyn Moser, LifeVantage.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for June and July. Second place honors for June went to David Johnson, DAKOTACARE; and Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, received third place honors. Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was the recipient of the June Retention Award and Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services, won the ribbon cutting attendance award for June.

July Diplomat of the Month honors for second place went to Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust; and Gita Hendricks, Yoli BB, received third place. Brian Spader, New York Life, received the July Retention Award. Brad Nelson, Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls, won the July ribbon cutting attendance award.

Diplomat Team of the Month for June and July 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.

New Faces & Promotions

Caliber Creative has hired Austin Cragoe as production manager. Cragoe has over ten years of in-house and agency marketing experience, as well as running two of his own small businesses. He has continued his educational development by attaining an MBA and becoming a certified Project Management Professional.

First Bank & Trust has promoted Amy Molenda to associate trust officer. Molenda has over two decades of financial services experience. Her responsibilities include investment management and trust services, along with retirement and estate planning for individuals and institutions. A Southeast Tech graduate, Molenda also received her Registered Paraplanner designation from the College for Financial Planning.

MetaBank has hired two and promoted one employee. Vishal Jhaveri joins as senior vice president of marketing. Jhaveri holds dual master´s degrees in Business and MIS. He has over 17 years of experience leading marketing teams at hardware and software technology companies. Vianeris Ortiz is partner account executive. Ortiz has several years of global financial services experience and most recently worked for Choice Bank in Belize City, Belize, as assistant vice president of client relations. Rodney Heetland was promoted to application administration manager. Heetland has been with Meta nearly five years and will oversee a team of three to provide support for Meta´s critical business applications.

The Center for Disabilities, USD Sanford Medical School, has added the following new staff: Jon Wallner as training associate with an emphasis on employment; Jonathon MeDrano as training associate with an emphasis on culture and diversity; Leslie Stusiak-Drew as National Core Indicator (NCI) coordinator; Amanda O´Neill as birth to 3 specialist; Laura Sundberg as behavior specialist; Wayne Weston as training specialist; and Erin Parham as the department manager. The Center has also promoted the following employees: Caitlin Borges to clinic manager, Steven Larson to NCI specialist, and Pat Herman to grants manager.

AmesburyTruth has added two new employees to their Operations team. Dan Gile joined as a production supervisor. Gile served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was part of a New Equipment Training Team developing processes and procedures for new and experimental equipment. Lorenzo Haddon also joined as a production supervisor. He served in the U.S. Army in a variety of roles from chief computer analyst to recruiter to battalion fire control sergeant.

Clark Engineering has hired Shane L. Waterman, PE, as an engineering manager and associate in the Sioux Falls office. Waterman is a civil engineer with more than 25 years of expertise in the design and construction of a variety of civil engineering projects.

Allison Struck has joined the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation as its first full-time executive director. Struck previously worked as a program manager and coordinator at Feeding South Dakota.

KELOLAND Media Group has hired veteran political and government journalist Bob Mercer. Mercer has been in the news business since 1984, with the exception of 1998-2002 when he served as press secretary for Gov. Bill Janklow. He received the Associated Press Managing Editors journalist of the year award in 1986 and the South Dakota Newspaper Association honored Mercer with its Distinguished Service award in 2017. Mercer will begin his reporting for KELOLAND Media Group in October.

Voyage Federal Credit Union has hired Jessica Stienstra as Marketing Manager. She will be responsible for the strategic marketing, business development and public relations plans for Voyage. Stienstra has 12 years of sales and marketing experience working for a diverse group of organizations.

Dave Thompson has joined Frontier Bank as their new Sioux Falls market president. He brings 25 years of banking experience from the Mankato, Minnesota market. He will focus on building the Frontier brand in Sioux Falls along with looking toward the future to evolve with their customers. Frontier´s former market president, Rick Anderson has transitioned into the role of director of sales and business development. He will focus his time outside of the bank interacting with clients so that he can customize services and products to fit their individual business needs.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls has named Rocky Welker as Executive Director. Welker received his Master of Public Administration degree with a specialization in Nonprofit Management from the University of South Dakota. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last five years and recently relocated from Sioux City to join the Habitat for Humanity team in Sioux Falls.

Workers´ compensation insurance provider, RAS has added Troy Buehner as lead software developer. He has 15 years of software development experience in a variety of industries.

Sarah L´Allier joins High Point Networks as a renewals assistant. L´Allier holds a masters degree from Northern State University and has experience in both the communications and customer service industry.

Honors & Awards

Mud Mile Communications has been selected as one of the first advertising agencies to ever receive the Gold Telly Award. Started in 1979, the Telly Awards recognize the best in television and digital commercials and programs. The Gold Telly Award was launched this year to honor the best of the best. Mud Mile Communications was awarded its Gold Telly Award for its video for Coca-Cola "Scholars Foundation 2017."

Addie Graham-Kramer, president of The Event Company, was recognized as a member of Connect Association magazine´s "40 Under 40." The peer-nominated honor highlights the top young professionals in the events industry. Connect Association is a national, B2B magazine that provides resources and ideas to professionals and planners in the meetings and events industry.

Fourteen lawyers from Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP were included in the 2018 edition of Great Plains Super Lawyers. The following attorneys were ranked in the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys in South Dakota, on the Super Lawyers list: Jonathan P. Brown, P. Daniel Donohue, Thomas M. Frankman, Keith A. Gauer, Charles D. Gullickson, Douglas J. Hajek, Robert E. Hayes, Sarah Richardson Larson, Rick W. Orr (Retired), Vince M. Roche, Eric C. Schulte and Catherine A. Tanck. Three Davenport Evans lawyers were selected to the Great Plains Rising Stars list: Justin T. Clarke, Elizabeth S. Hertz and Anthony M. Hohn. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in a state are selected for this honor.

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls received the Director´s Bronze award at the recent SERVPRO convention. Adam T. and Jessica M. Birger were recognized along with other high-performing franchisees at the annual event, which was attended by nearly 3,000 owners, key staff, and corporate representatives.

Jesse Wright, PIM portfolio manager with The Person Wright Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors has been recognized as a 2018 Top Next Generation Advisor by Forbes. Wright has 13 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Paramedics Plus operations supervisor Monte Mathews received the American Ambulance Association´s Stars of Life award. The award recognizes ambulance service professionals for superior service and dedication.

Diane Diekman was named All-American Post Commander, for the second consecutive year, during the recent Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention. She is past commander of VFW Post 628 in Sioux Falls and a retired U.S. Navy captain.

The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized Fareway Food Stores (Sycamore Ave.); GreatLife at Willow Run; and Holiday Inn & Suites Sioux Falls Airport with Disability Friendly Recognition Program awards.

Five Chamber member companies were named to the annual Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies. They are: Epicosity; Five Star Call Centers; MarketBeat.com; Sioux Falls Tower & Communications; and Weisser Distributing. Companies are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2014 to 2017. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2014. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2017. The minimum revenue required for 2014 is $100,000; the minimum for 2017 is $2 million.

Blake Crow, Eide Bailly, graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC), a 25-month banking school which provides management and leadership training for community-banking professionals. Crow specializes in serving financial institutions, which is a leading area of specialization for Eide Bailly.

Randy Rehling, a consumer credit counselor with LSS Center for Financial Resources (CFR), is one of the first in South Dakota to pass the exam to be a HUD-certified counselor. The individual HUD certification is the result of an extensive, proctored exam over six key areas: financial management; property maintenance; responsibilities of homeownership and tenancy; fair housing laws and requirements; housing affordability; and avoidance of and responses to rental and mortgage delinquency, eviction, and mortgage default.

Acquisitions &Mergers

Graco Inc. is adding 56,000 square feet to its existing 148,000-square-foot facility. It will continue its current operations in the space throughout the project, which is expected to be complete by the end of March 2019.

Good Deeds

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust recently presented Ground Works-Midwest with a $7,500 grant to support its programs including teaching gardens, SD Ag in the Classroom, and YES! Camps. In addition, the staff from Helmsley´s Sioux Falls office completed a volunteer landscaping projecting at the Ground Works-Midwest´s school teaching garden located at Hayward Elementary School.


StarMark Cabinetry achieved a significant safety milestone at their Sioux Falls facility. As of June, StarMark Cabinetry recorded over 3 million consecutive hours worked without a lost time incident. A lost time incident is defined by the U.S. Department of Labor as an incident in the workplace "that results in an injury serious enough that causes the person injured to be unable to work for a day or more." StarMark Cabinetry employs over 600 employees working roughly 1.5 million hours per year.

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