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 are: Rita Adams, Michels Communications, first year ambassador; Kim Haiar, LifeScape, first year ambassador; Dino DePerno, Crew Construction and Restoration, one year as a diplomat; Sharon Haselhoff, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, four years as a diplomat; Anna Heeney, CellOnly, one year as a diplomat; and Gita Hendricks, MG & Assoc. / Yoli BB, 11 years as a diplomat.
The Ace Award is given monthly to one Ambassador in recognition of their sales efforts. Jay Soukup, Great Western Bank, was the August Ace.
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 August Service Star was awarded to Carol Woltjer, Family Visitation Center. Event champion honors went to Craig Lindes, Hom Furniture/Gabberts Design Studio.
Diplomat Team of the Month for August went to Captain Carrie Dragt, American Cancer Society; Elizabeth Soukup, Augustana University; Carol Woltjer, Family Visitation Center; Brian Spader, New York Life; and Damon Punt, MetaBank.
New Faces & Promotions
Chris Conrad has joined Loft Advisors, the wealth management division of First Dakota National Bank, as senior vice president of private banking. Conrad has 17 years of banking experience in the Sioux Falls market. He holds an economics degree from South Dakota State University and an MBA from University of South Dakota and is a graduate of the Colorado Graduate School of Banking.
Kelly Mackeprang joined AmesburyTruth as a buyer/planner. She is responsible for procurement, updating and maintaining MRP planning data and forecasting. Mackeprang has experience in routings, cycle counting, inventory reconciliation, FIFO and obsolete and slow-moving inventory. She has an associate degree in business administration from Western Iowa Technical College.
Reliabank has promoted two senior vice presidents to lead the bank as it approaches its 100th anniversary. Joshua A. Hogue has been named president of the bank and Jeremy W. Keizer has been named Sioux Falls market president. Hogue joined Reliabank in 2012. He has a bachelor's degree from Dakota State University, a Master of Banking & Financial Services from Northern State University and completed the Graduate School of Banking-Madison program. Keizer joined Reliabank in 2010. He holds a bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University and completed the Graduate School of Banking-Madison program.
Stacy Wrightsman is now the executive director for community relations for Sanford Health. She has worked for the health care system for 20 years, holding positions in human resources and public affairs.
Stephanie Larscheid has returned as executive director of the Prairie Family Business Association. She previously led the organization from 2015-2018.
Dean Sheley joined High Point Networks as senior security architect. Sheley has over 20 years of experience across multiple disciplines, including systems administration, network administration, IT director, global information security and assurance analyst. Sheley most recently served as the chief information security officer (CISO) for the South Dakota Board of Regents.
Honors & Awards
Renae Hicks, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, has been named by Credit Union Magazine as a 2019 Credit Union Rock Star. The distinction honors 50 outstanding credit union professionals and volunteers from across the country for their exceptional creativity, innovation and passion for advancing their credit union's mission. Hicks began her career at BHFCU more than 19 years ago. She is currently the learning and performance manager.
Mud Mile Communications has again been recognized among the nation's best video content creators with seven Telly Awards. Started in 1979, the Telly Awards recognize the best in television and digital commercials and programs. Mud Mile received recognition for ads produced for North Dakota State University, Augustana University, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and South Dakota Synod.
The Sioux Empire Housing Partnership recognized several individuals at their annual breakfast. Realtor of the Year is Beth Meyer, 605 Real Estate. Lender of the Year is Kyle Starting, First PREMIER Bank. Volunteer of the Year is J. Wahl Home Inspections. The Friend of Affordable Housing Award went to Rocky Welker, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls.
After 25 years, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire is ending its affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and transferring support of its mentoring matches to Lutheran Social Services Mentoring Services. The change means the organization will no longer use the Big Brothers Big Sisters brand name, which will save on affiliation cost and increase efficiencies for volunteers, staff and families who use mentoring services. The former Big Brothers Big Sisters program will be renamed, but its mission of community-based youth mentoring remains the same. LSS Mentoring Services currently offers two other unique programs – Everyday Heroes and USucceed, which work in partnership with local school districts.