• April 2020

April Faces & Places

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    Mike Hauck
    Accord Commercial Real Estate, LLC/Minuteman Press
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    Amy O'connor Hoback
    Kleenrite Company
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    Sharon Haselhoff
    Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort
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    Anna Heeney
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    Julie Nelson
    American Bank & Trust
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    Lynda Billars
    The Lynda B. Advantage – Lynda Billars KW
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    Dino DePerno
    Crew Construction and Restoration
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    Damon Punt
    Central Bank
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    Carol Woltjer
    Family Visitation Center
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    Brian Sittig
    CNA Surety

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers

Featured ambassadors and diplomats this month are: Mike Hauck, Accord Commercial Real Estate, LLC and Minuteman Press, 13 years as an ambassador; Amy O'Connor Hoback, Kleenrite Company, eight years as an ambassador; Sharon Haselhoff, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, five years as a diplomat; Anna Heeney, CellOnly, two years as a diplomat; and Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, 28 years as a diplomat.

The Ace Award is given monthly to one ambassador in recognition of their sales efforts. Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage – Lynda Billars KW was the January and February Ace award winner.

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 Service Star was awarded to Dino DePerno, Crew Construction and Restoration for January and Damon Punt, Central Bank, for February. Event champion honors went to Carol Woltjer, Family Visitation Center, for January and Brian Sittig, CNA Surety, for February.

Diplomat Team of the Month for January went to Captain Cindi Johnson, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort; Sandy Case; Brian Spader, New York Life; Angie Wahl, J. Wahl Home Inspection; and Pam Olinger, ELO CPAs & Advisors.

Diplomat Team of the Month for February went to Captain Brian Sittig, CNA Surety; Kelli Rogotzke, Junior Achievement of South Dakota; Craig Lindes, Hom Furniture / Gabberts; Jenn Hoesing, EmBe; and Cole Robbins, U.S. Bank.

New Faces & Promotions

Scot Namanny has joined CorTrust Mortgage as a Mortgage Loan Originator. Scot brings over 14 years of experience to the position and looks forward to continuing to assist the community with home financing needs.

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls hired Sam Minor as an Ag Banker at the Flandreau location and Steven Miller as an Estate Settlement Specialist with the Wealth Management team. In addition, the bank promoted several employees: Joe Dylla, Trust Specialty Services & Legal Compliance Manager, to Vice President; Kimball James, Retirement Plans Manager, to Vice President; Josh Kayser, Ag Banker, to Vice President; Tonya Kruger, Wealth Management Quality Assurance Supervisor, to Vice President; Paul Renken, Ag Banker, to Vice President; Kelsey Stevens, Wealth Management Operations Manager, to Vice President; Amanda Buttemeier, Compliance Analyst, to Assistant Vice President; Sabrina Degen, Internal Auditor, to Assistant Vice President; Carla Harris, Flandreau Branch Manager, to Assistant Vice President; Somboon Jaiharn-Hamel, Institutional Trust Officer, to Assistant Vice President; Jon Olson, Personal Trust Officer, to Assistant Vice President; LeAnn Widman, Treasury Team Leader, to Assistant Vice President; Stephen Lewis, Fiduciary Risk Specialist, to Officer; Stephen O'Neil, Arrowhead Branch Manager, to Officer; Chris Spielmann, Systems Manager, to Officer; and Susie Strande, Deposit Operations Supervisor, to Officer.

Rebecca Baker has joined Banner Associates, Inc. to lead the environmental divison. Baker earned a bachelor's degree in environmental management and biology from SDSU. She has 16 years of experience working as a consultant on projects in South Dakota and the surrounding states. Baker will facilitate environmental permitting, assessments, impact statements and other environmental reporting for various types of projects.

KLJ has hired Paul Knofczynski. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from SDSU and is a licensed professional engineer in South Dakota. Knofczynski has both civilian and military leadership experience and is well versed in highway safety and design, access management, drainage design, erosion control, environmental planning and ADA compliance. He previously worked for the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

MarketBeat has hired Dave Parkinson as its new strategy and business development lead. Parkinson will be responsible for directing business development and new growth initiatives at the company. He has more than 15 years of experience in the lead generation and digital media industries. Parkinson is also the co-founder of Salt Lake City-based Adduco Media.

Mike Knudson joined Epicosity as an account executive. He has fifteen years of experience in client services.

Jessica Ashton has joined Alternative HRD as HR consultant. She has over 10 years of experience as a human resource director and has worked in the corporate, cooperative and non-profit sectors. Ashton holds an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. She is also certified by the Human Resource Institute as a Professional in Human Resources and is certified by the Society of Human Resource Management as a Certified Professional.

Honors & Awards

Several Sioux Falls business leaders were named to Prairie Business magazine's top 25 Women in Business list for 2020. Honorees were selected through a nomination process that emphasized professional achievement, community contributions and volunteerism. Local winners include: Karla Santi, founding partner and chief executive officer of Blend Interactive; Julie Nelson, senior vice president of business development for American Bank & Trust; Cindy Elifrits Peterson, founder & CEO of Maximizing Excellence, LLC; Brittany Newell, chief financial officer for Expansion Capital Group; and Alison Tendler, owner and ophthalmologist of ART Vision.

MD Engraving was recognized as the Small Business Retailer of the Year by the Awards Personalization Association, a national organization for retailers and suppliers of personalized and customized items. This award is given to a company that exemplifies general business practices based on integrity and a partnership approach to the retailer/supplier relationship.

Jan Fenske, a client advocate at Marsh & McLennan Agency, was awarded the inaugural Jeff Scherschlight Service Excellence award. The award celebrates the efforts of non-sales level colleagues and the winner received $5,000, five extra PTO days and a $2,500 travel voucher.

Insight Marketing Design received eight MarCom Awards for five agency clients, including three Platinum, three Gold and two Honorable Mention awards. The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that receives more than 6,000 entries worldwide. This show is heavily focused on creativity and is judged by some of the industry's leading creatives.

Mud Mile Communications received international W3 Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for its video work. The awards competition received more than 5,000 entries. Mud Mile continues to be the most-awarded agency in South Dakota for video content, specializing on work with international consumer brands and as well as nationally recognized industry leaders in fintech, higher education and innovation.

Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. presented three awards recognizing people and organizations that made a difference in downtown this past year. The Carole Pagones Revitalization Award was given to Levitt at the Falls; the Steve Metli Visionary Award was given to SculptureWalk's Arc of Dreams; and the Spirit of Downtown Award was given to Bill Baker, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls.

Jim Clark and Matt Reekers have qualified for the Principal Financial Group Honor Council. The Honor Council distinction recognizes advisors for their work with growing businesses, their executives and employees on identifying their financial needs and helping them reach their financial goals.

Ron Staebell and Tim Dardis, the Principal Financial Group, have earned membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table. MDRT membership is attained by life insurance advisors who meet the organization's annual production requirement and are members of their local life underwriters' association. It is an exclusive honor that is achieved only by a small percentage of all life insurance and financial services advisors worldwide.


Sioux Empire United Way elected the following officers for 2020: Chair Marie Fredrickson, U.S. Bank; First Vice Chair Chris Kray, SCHEELS; Second Vice Chair Brenda Kibbe, Citi; Secretary/Treasurer Randy Knecht, Journey Group; Past Chair Dr. Dan Heinemann, Sanford Health. Division representatives include: Campaign Division Chair Joel Sylvester, Five Star Call Centers; Campaign Division Vice Chair Brian Bird, NorthWestern Energy; Community Impact Division Chair Jeff Strand, Eide Bailly LLP; Community Impact Division Vice Chair Angie Hillestad, Eide Bailly LLP; and Marketing Division Chair Kate Kotzea, Click Rain.

Members elected to a first three year term for Sioux Empire United Way are: Miles Beacom, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard; Jeremy Bill, Sammons Financial Group; Kim Burma, Midco; Melissa O'Hara, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society; Monie Siemonsma; Siemonsma Electric, LLC; and Mike Townsend, KELOLAND Media Group. Other current board members include: Ben Arndt, Bell Incorporated; Elizabeth Carlson, First Bank & Trust; Daniel Doyle, Cutler Law Firm LLP; Dr. Mike Frankman, Falls Dental Centre; Clara Hart; Corey Heaton, Wells Fargo; Kelly Hefti, Sanford Health; Tim Kintner, Great Western Bank; Angela Lammers, Cetera Services; Dr. Brian Maher, Sioux Falls School District; Jack Marsh; Krista May, Infrastructure Design Group; Tolcha Mesele, Smithfield; James Payer II, Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons; Alex Ramirez, USA Media TV; and Steve Statz, Avera.

Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. elected four new members to the board of directors: Erik Gaikowski, AARP South Dakota; Addie Graham-Kramer, The Event Company; Ann Metli, CorTrust Bank; and Jake Quasney, Lloyd Companies. Derek Ohme, First National Bank in Sioux Falls, is the 2020 Board Chair.


VIKOR Teleconstruction is adding an office in Bismarck, ND. This new office will be the sixth office for the company and third office in the Midwest Region.

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