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 keeps the Chamber strong.
Featured Ambassadors and Diplomats this month include: Corey Weide, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, eight years as an Ambassador; Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union, four years as an Ambassador; Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., seven years as a Diplomat; Darci Hustrulid, Arthritis Foundation - Upper Midwest Region, two years as a Diplomat; Craig Lindes, HOM Furniture/Gabberts Design Studio, one year as a Diplomat; and Angie Wahl, J. Wahl Home Inspection, nine years as a Diplomat.
Diplomats who complete all their member contact calls each month are part of the 100 Club. One member of the 100 Club is recognized as the Service Star. The November Service Star was awarded to Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams Realty. Mark Lee, Reliabank, was recognized as the Event Champion for consistently attending Chamber events.
Diplomat Team of the Month for November went to Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.; Deb Peterson, CorTrust Bank; Nancy Van Otterloo, First PREMIER Bank; Mark Lee, Reliabank; and Tina Shuman, CellOnly.
New Faces & Promotions
Ryan Quam and Will Bushee have joined MarketBeat. Quam is the vice president of software engineering and will lead software development efforts. Bushee is the vice president of business development, responsible for overseeing partner relationships and operational tasks.
Allison Weiland has been promoted by the Sioux Falls State Theatre Company to executive director. She had been working as the nonprofit organization's development coordinator.
Alternative HRD has hired Sandy Herkenhoff as a human resources consultant. Herkenhoff is experienced in all aspects of HR management, including recruiting and performance management, HRIS data management, and strategic HR leadership. She has worked with people at all organizational levels, from Chancellor to student employees, from CEO to hourly staff, and including both union and non-union work environments.
Interstates Control Systems, Inc. welcomes Dave Stienstra to its Estimating team. Stienstra will focus on Operational Technology Infrastructure and Security projects. His past experience includes serving as network administrator at Sioux Falls Christian Schools and director of technology at Nicaragua Christian Academy.
MetaBank has hired Barb Meng. Meng joined the company as a Project Manager in the Enterprise Project Management Office. She has extensive finance, IT and project experience and most recently held a Project Manager position with State Farm Bank, a subsidiary of State Farm Mutual Insurance Companies.
MetaBank has promoted twenty individuals. Lorraine Wolf is the Operations Manager. Wolf has been with Meta for four years and joined the company as a Business Banking Assistant. Cole Lewandowski is the Financial Analyst II. Lewandowski has been with Meta for two years and joined the company as a Financial Analyst I. Matt Wenge is the Database Developer II. Wenge has been with Meta for three years and joined the company as a Database Developer. Nick Kontz is the Operations Support Manager. Kontz has been with Meta for four years and joined the company as a Support Analyst I. Ashley Sutton is the BI Analyst II. Sutton has been with Meta for almost two years and joined the company as a BI Analyst I. Leah Sideras is the Advisor-Business Control Administration. Sideras has been with Meta for three years and joined the company as a Senior Operations Analyst. Tyler Olson is the Director of Information Security. Olson has been with Meta for seven years and joined the company as a Security Analyst. Jennifer Nearman is the Operations Business Analyst. Nearman has been with Meta for 10 years and joined the company as a Deposit Servicing Specialist. Kristin Cooke is the Communication Specialist. Cooke has been with Meta for three years and joined the company as a Marketing Coordinator. Reilly Licha is the Operations Support Supervisor. Licha has been with Meta for three years and joined the company as a Support Analyst I. Sharon Voss is the VP of EFT Services. Voss has been with Meta for nine years and joined the company as an EFT Relationship Manager. Keith Sexe is the Director of Consumer Lending. Sexe has been with Meta for a year and a half and joined the company as a Portfolio Risk Manager. Melissa Toft is the Account Management Manager. Toft has been with Meta for a year and a half and joined the company as an Account Manager. Chris Seacrest is the Director of Information Security. Seacrest has been with Meta for six years and joined the company as an IS Security Analyst III. Jennifer Weidenbacher is the Director of Portfolio Risk Management. Weidenbacher has been with Meta for six years and joined the company as a Product Manager. Camille Lewis is the Director of Business Analysis. Lewis has been with Meta for five years and joined the company as a Senior Business Analyst. Britney Klimes is the Database Developer II. Klimes has been with Meta for one year and joined the company as a Database Developer. Kylie Brunick is the Enterprise Risk Analyst. Brunick has been with Meta for two years and joined the company as a procedure writer. Darron Werkmeister is the Accountant II. Werkmeister has been with Meta for one year and joined the company as an Accountant I. Brad Bates is the Director of Third Party Risk. Bates has been with Meta for two years and joined the company as an FIU Supervisor.
High Point Networks, LLC has hired Chris LaMont as a Solutions Engineer in their Sioux Falls office. LaMont graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute with a degree in telecommunications and has 14 years of experience.
Honors & Awards
Prairie Family Business Association, an outreach center of the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota, presented the Boyd Hopkins, Sr. Excellence in Family Business Award to the Menke family of Pride Neon Signs. The award celebrates the importance of family-owned businesses to the economy and the region and recognizes multi-generational family businesses with practices and policies that positively impact local business, as well as the neighboring community.
Four Sioux Falls-based professionals have been named to Prairie Business magazine's 40 under 40 list for 2018. Honorees represent a wide range of industries and are recognized for making a significant impact in their chosen profession, industry and community. They include Michelle Klobassa, Principal and Senior Architect for TSP Inc.; Laura Mitchell, Vice President of Digital for Lawrence & Schiller; Jake Quasney, General Counsel and Vice President of Real Estate and Investments for Lloyd Companies; and Jered Schock, IT Infrastructure and Security Consultant for Marco.
Sammons Financial Group has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2019. The Employees' Choice Awards program is based solely on the input of employees who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments, and companies on Glassdoor, one of the world's largest job and recruiting sites. The award recognizes a company's commitment to creating an exceptional work environment for all staff.
The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized The Pita Pit (Minnesota Avenue), Walgreens (26th & Minnesota), Rudy M. Navarrete's Tex-Mexican Restaurant and REACH Literacy with Disability Friendly Recognition Program awards.
Sanford Health awarded the Sanford Lorraine Cross Award to Dr. Jean Bennett and Dr. Katherine High. The $1 million award recognizes visionaries who are changing the face of medicine.
KELOLAND Media Group will donate $200,000 in airtime to 12 nonprofit organizations in 2019. The organizations receiving Avera Tradition of Caring in KELOLAND grants are: Alzheimer's Association South Dakota; Beacon Center; Black Hills Works, Inc.; Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons; HorsePower; REACH Literacy; Sioux Falls Hope Coalition; Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation; SPURS Therapeutic Riding Center; Teachwell Solutions – Project SEARCH; Teddy Bear Den; and The Compass Center.
The Sioux Falls Development Foundation has chosen three local business leaders to serve on the organization's board of directors. The new board members began their terms of service January 1, 2019. Newly elected members are Dr. Brett Bradfield, University of Sioux Falls, Kent Cutler, Cutler Law Firm, and Steve Watson, ISG.
Carly Nord, TSP, Inc., passed the National Society of Professional Engineers examinations to become a licensed professional engineer specializing in the design of electric systems. Nord has already received her LEED GA certification. She specializes in power and lighting design.
Brenna Wiertzema, TSP, Inc., has attained national credentials through the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications. The NCIDQ's three, separate test sections cover seven distinct areas that capture core competencies: building systems, codes, construction standards, construction administration, design application, professional practice and project coordination. The exams are offered twice a year and candidates must complete the entire cycle in five years. South Dakota does not require individuals to pass the exams in order to market themselves as interior designers. The national designation is an extra mark of credibility that attests to an individual's scope of knowledge.
EmBe has announced the participants of its 2019 Women's Leadership Program. The class includes: Ellen Arens, Raven Industries; Megan Backer, First Bank & Trust; Carrie Biever, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Samantha Bucknell, EmBe; Stephanie Burt, Reliabank Mortgage; Terra Bylander, Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company; Sara Damjanovic, Floret Cakery; Allison Dvorak, TSP, Inc.; Ashley Gibson, Avera McKennan; Lindsey Hauger, Pioneer Memorial Hospital and Health Services; Kristin Hayward, Planned Parenthood; Arin Knudtson, Journey Group Co.; Stephanie Krumvieda, Blend Interactive, Inc.; Morgan Hauck Larson, Lemonly; Colette Manning, Sanford Health; Kelly Marshall, Risk Administration Services; Rachael Meyerink, Sanford Health; Hilairee Mosier, Avera Health; Christina Oey, Feeding South Dakota; Dr. Ashley M. Pfaff, Dr. Ashley Family Chiropractic; Julie Prairie, Julie Prairie Photography; Brittany Reith, Midco; Katie Shuck, CybHER; Leah Sideras, Meta Payment Systems; Jackie Swanstrom, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons; Adrianne Jo Turner, Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun; Carly Uthe, Sioux Falls School District; Sarah Van Voorst, Sioux Falls Police Department; Andrea Vetos, Silverstar Car Wash; and Amanda Wermers, Game Chest.
The Sioux Falls Education Foundation Board has elected officers and members for 2019. The leadership includes Chair Callie Beisch, Eide Bailly, LLP; Past Chair Stephanie Gongopoulos; Vice Chair Reece Almond, Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP; Secretary Carrie Aaron; and Treasurer Jackie Dumansky, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard. Rich Brenneman, Mutual of Omaha, joins the board as a new member. Other board members include Nancy Hagen, Memorial Middle School; Kiki Nelsen, Roosevelt High School; Deb Koski, Sanford Health Foundation; Peggy Baney, Sioux Falls Public Schools; Cynthia Mickelson, Sioux Falls School Board; and DeeAnn Konrad, Sioux Falls School District.