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: Amy O'Connor-Hoback, Kleenrite Company, seven years as an ambassador; Jay Soukup, Great Western Bank, six years as an ambassador; Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services, four years as a diplomat; Brad Nelson, Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls, three years as a diplomat; Damon Punt, MetaBank & Meta Financial Group, one year as a diplomat; and Stefan Szwarc, Great Western Bank, one year 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 May Service Star was awarded to Lindy Hill, Avera Health. Stefanie Engebretson, Goosman Law Firm, was recognized as the Event Champion for consistently attending Chamber events.
Diplomat Team of the Month for May went to Captain Lindy Hill, Avera Health; Craig Lindes, HOM Furniture/Gabberts Design Studio; Megan Brown, Minnwest Bank; Christy Menning, McCrossan Boys Ranch; and Janel Cole.
New Faces & Promotions
Kenzie Monett joined AmesburyTruth as a Customer Service Representative. She is responsible for all aspects of customer account management including order entry, responding to customer inquiries, report generation, reviewing inventory and analyzing customer data.
Major Marlys Anderson and Captain Crystal Sherack are the new commanding officers of The Salvation Army of Sioux Falls. Anderson has been serving others through The Salvation Army for 28 years. Sherack has been with the organization for 5 years. Both are graduates of The Salvation Army's College for Officer Training.
The Center for Disabilities—USD has hired Marni Johnson-Martin, Au.D. as the Director of Interdisciplinary Training and Clinical Services. Johnson will provide guidance and support to pre-service traineeship programs. She will also oversee interdisciplinary clinical services and the Birth to Three Service Coordination Program. Johnson is a Licensed Audiologist and holds the certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Alternative HRD added Tammy Loos as a member of their HR consulting team. Loos more than 20 years experience in human resource management, primarily in the financial services industry and non-profit sector. She holds a masters degree from USD and is certified as a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute.
High Point Networks, LLC has hired Kaitlynn Bussell as a help desk dispatcher. Bussell has previous dispatcher experience, working with over 100 engineers in the Midwest.
EAPC Architects Engineers has added Steven Stalboerger as a senior architect and medical planner and Noah Fischer as human resources and organizational development manager. Stalboerger has over 30 years of medical design experience. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from North Dakota State University. Fischer has six years of HR experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree from NDSU and an MBA in Human Resource Management from University of Mary in Bismarck.
Matt Cain has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Independent Living Choices. Cain has been with ILC for 15 years, serving as its Executive Director since 2006. Under Cain’s leadership, ILC has expanded throughout South Dakota and experienced significant growth in the number of clients it serves.
RAS has added three new employees. Mitch Brunick joined as a claims representative. Tyler Fuerst brings over 20 years of supervising and banking experience to his new position as support services supervisor. Jayde Bergmann joined as a claims assistant, with experience the claims department for Great West Casualty Company.
Hegg Companies, Inc. announced the reestablishment of construction services with the launch of Hegg Construction, LLC., Wade Behm has been hired as the Vice President and will oversee and manage all construction initiatives for the company. Behm has almost 25 years of construction and real estate development experience, including multi-family, mixed-use, hospitality, office, restaurant and retail projects. Hegg Construction will operate as a construction management and general contracting firm. Operations will be based in Sioux Falls, but the company expects to execute projects through much of the upper Midwest.
The Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation Board elected two new members. Addie Graham-Kramer, The Event Company, and Anthony Pizer, Thrivent Financial. They will each serve a three-year term.
The South Dakota Advertising Federation Board of Directors elected officers and new members. Officers are President Cale Feller, Avera Health; Vice President Mike Knudson, HenkinSchultz Creative Services; Secretary Terra Zahn, Sanford Profile; and Past President Sawyer Vanden Heuvel, South Dakota Synod ELCA. Newly elected members are Tim Hoss, Lawrence & Schiller; Brooke Fitts, Sanford Health; Jenna Jares, Click Rain; and Luke Tatge, Epicosity. Returning board members include Molly Kreutzfeldt, HenkinSchultz; Bryon Middleton, Media One; Erin Murtha, Fresh Produce; and Chance Roth, Midco.
Smithfield Foods donated $125,000 to the Midwest Honor Flight organization to sponsor 83 World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans for an all-expenses-paid flight to visit the nation’s capital. The sponsored flight in September will allow veterans and guardians to fly to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honoring their service and sacrifice.
Honors & Awards
The following Cutler Law Firm, LLP, attorneys were named to the Great Plains Super Lawyers list in 2019. Attorneys selected were ranked in the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys in South Dakota in their specified areas. Kent R. Cutler – Business Litigation; Steven J. Sarbacker – Mergers & Acquisitions; and Michael D. Bornitz – Personal Injury Attorney. Six Cutler Law Firm attorneys were selected to Great Plains Rising Stars. Daniel J. Doyle - Business & Corporate; Alex S. Halbach - Business & Corporate; Eric E. Erickson - Business & Corporate; Joseph Hogue – Business & Corporate; Eric R. Matt – Estate Planning & Probate; and Jonathan A. Heber - Business Litigation.
The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire and Touchmark at All Saints with Disability Friendly Recognition program awards.
EAPC Architects Engineers was named a 2019 Top 40 design firm for nonresidential buildings and multifamily buildings work by Building Design+Construction. The ranking is determined by annual revenue. EAPC, established in 1967, is an award-winning multi-disciplinary design consulting firm with offices in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Arizona, and Colorado.
The following Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP lawyers were selected to the 2019 edition of Great Plains Super Lawyers. Attorneys selected were ranked in the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys in South Dakota in their specified areas. Jonathan P. Brown – Real Estate; P. Daniel Donohue – Estate & Probate; Thomas M. Frankman – Business Litigation; Keith A. Gauer – Banking; Charles D. Gullickson – Banking; Douglas J. Hajek – Banking; Robert E. Hayes – Banking; Sarah Richardson Larson – Estate & Probate; Vince M. Roche – Business Litigation; Eric C. Schulte – Insurance Coverage; and Catherine A. Tanck – Tax. Four Davenport Evans lawyers were selected to Great Plains Rising Stars. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in a state are selected for this honor. Reece M. Almond – Business Litigation; Justin T. Clarke – Insurance Coverage; Elizabeth S. Hertz – Business Litigation; and Anthony M. Hohn – Business Litigation.
Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP has been named a Top Ranked Leading Firm by Chambers USA, which ranks the nationâ€™s leading law firms and lawyers. In South Dakota, rankings are given in five categories: Corporate/Commercial Law, Corporate/Commercial: Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial, and Real Estate. The following is a roster of ranked Davenport Evans lawyers in each area of practice. Corporate/Commercial: Jonathan P. Brown, P. Daniel Donohue, Keith A. Gauer, Charles D. Gullickson, Douglas J. Hajek, Robert E. Hayes, Dixie K. Hieb, and Terry N. Prendergast. Corporate/Commercial: Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Keith A. Gauer and Robert E. Hayes. Labor & Employment – Jean H. Bender. Litigation: General Commercial – Eric C. Schulte and Mitchell A. Peterson. Real Estate – Jonathan P. Brown, P. Daniel Donohue and Robert E. Hayes.
Midco received a 2019 Internet Service Provider Award by BroadbandNow. The award recognizes national, regional and local providers delivering outstanding products and services. Midco was recognized in the mid-sized provider category for Top Business Internet Speeds Nationwide, Top 10 Fastest Business Fiber Service Nationwide, and #1 Fastest Business Internet in South Dakota.
CorTrust Bank has been named the top bank in South Dakota by Forbes Magazine. Forbes partnered with the market research firm Statista and surveyed more than 25,000 people in the U.S. about their banking relationships for the second annual look at Best-In-State Banks. Banks were rated based on customer recommendations and satisfaction, as well as 5 key areas including trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services and financial advice.
Sayre Associates, Inc. is celebrating 50 years of business in Sioux Falls. Richard F. Sayre founded the civil engineering firm on January 1, 1969, with a stack of books and a telephone. The firm grew in size and capabilities along with the growth of Sioux Falls, from one employee to 22 employees today.