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 helps keep the Chamber strong.
Featured Ambassadors and Diplomats this month include: Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger, Northwestern Mutual, three years as an ambassador; Bernie DeWald, retired, 51 years as an ambassador; Stefanie Engebretson, Goosmann Law Firm, seven years as a diplomat; Derrick Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency, five years as a diplomat; Christy Menning, McCrossan Boys Ranch, one year as a diplomat; and Brian Spader, New York Life, three years as a diplomat.
Diplomats who complete all their member contact calls each month are part of the 100 Club and one member of the 100 Club is recognized as the Service Star. The February Service Star was awarded to Mark Lee, Reliabank. Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was recognized as the Event Champion for consistently attending Chamber events.
Diplomat Team of the Month for February went to Captain Brad Nelson, Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls; David Johnson, DAKOTACARE; Marshall Selberg, Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls; Sharon Haselhoff, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort; and Stefan Szwarc, Great Western Bank.
Jason Ball, President & CEO of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, is one of 12 new members appointed to the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 (CCC100). The CCC100 is a prestigious committee comprised of experienced leaders who advise the U.S. Chamber's board of directors, enhance lobbying and coalition work, recommend programming and strengthen outreach to the business and chamber communities.
Brian Ringler and Sylvia Selgestad, counselors at LSS Center for Financial Resources, have each earned HUD Housing certification. 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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire's Board of Directors elected new officers and members for 2019. Leadership includes: President Elizabeth Duffy, First Bank & Trust; Vice President Scott Schaefer, Sanford Health; Treasurer Corey Heaton, Wells Fargo Bank; Secretary Jonathan Centes, Wells Fargo Virtual Channels; and Past President Evan Ingebrigtson, Cornerstone Bank. Other board members include: Marshall Selberg, Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls; Tom Johnson, Karl's TV Audio & Appliance; Jeff Hurley, PREMIER Bankcard; Shawna Fosheim, First Dakota National Bank; Jami Bishop, Johnson, Janklow, Abdallah Law Firm; and Cortney Slaight, Lawrence & Schiller.
The Presidential Leadership Scholars program selected Jolene Loetscher, Mud Mile Communications, as one of the 60 Scholars chosen for the program's fifth annual class. Loetscher is the first Presidential Leadership Scholar from South Dakota. Scholars were selected based on their leadership growth potential and their personal leadership projects aimed at improving civic engagement or social good by addressing a problem or need in their community, the country or the world.
Amy Sumner, The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire, was one of just 30 people selected nationally to participate in the Advanced Leadership Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has partnered with Indiana University to bring this globally-recognized academic institution for philanthropy to local clubs.
Honors & Awards
The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized Co-op Natural Foods; Karl's TV, Audio & Appliances, Inc.; Midco; Signarama; and Walgreens at 57th and Cliff with Disability Friendly Recognition Program awards.
American Bank & Trust has been awarded a 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial, Inc. The highest rating from the nation's premier bank rating firm, the 5-Star rating indicates financial strength and stability. It highlights that the bank has excelled in capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and more. American Bank & Trust has maintained the rating for 49 consecutive quarters. That longevity has earned them an additional designation from Bauer's as an "Exceptional Performance Bank."
Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. presented awards to recognize visionary leaders in the downtown community. The Carole Pagones Vitality Award was presented to Sanford Health, Lewis Drug, Great Plains Brokerage, Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, and Sanford Health Plan. The Steve Metli Visionary Award was presented to Jeff & Sheila Hazard. The Spirit of Downtown Award was presented to Mike Cooper.
J&L Harley-Davidson earned the prestigious Silver Bar & Shield Circle of Achievement Award for 2018. Presented by Harley-Davidson Motor Company, this award is given to dealers based on motorcycle and related product sales performance, customer service and satisfaction and operational measures. Silver Bar & Shield award recipients consistently elevate the brand by providing their customers with exceptional and authentic Harley-Davidson experiences.
FASTSIGNS® of Sioux Falls was recognized as a top performing center at the 2019 FASTSIGNS Convention. The store received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to centers ranked 26 to 125 in sales volume between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018.
POET and its new JIVE asphalt product earned the No. 3 spot in the transportation category in this year's Fast Company list of the World's Most Innovative Companies. The annual list honors businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture.
Howard Boote of Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, has been approved for membership in the 2019 Million Dollar Round Table by the Premier Association of Financial Professionals.
Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company was named the 2018 Wellmark Retail Agency of the year in South Dakota.
The National American University Foundation and Big D Technology Solutions, Inc. partnered with Brandon Valley Middle School to challenge students to the My Plan for the Future essay contest. Students were given the opportunity to write about where they see themselves in 2030. Cash prizes totalling $450 were awarded to contest winners.
Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. (DTSF) and several downtown businesses raised $7,799.52 for Lutheran Social Services during the holiday shopping season. The funds raised will directly benefit the LSS Center for New Americans and its STEP Classes (Skills That Employ People).