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: Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage Corp-Lynda Billars KW, 19 years as an ambassador; Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union, five years as an ambassador; Pat Grieben, Hub International, two years as a diplomat; Darci Hustrulid, Arthritis Foundation-Upper Midwest Region, three years as a diplomat; James Payer II, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons, five years as a diplomat; and Pam Olinger, ELO CPAs & Advisors, one year as a diplomat.
The Ace Award is given monthly to one Ambassador in recognition of their sales efforts. Bernie DeWald was the November 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 November Service Star was awarded to Brad Nelson, Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls. Event champion honors went to Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls.
Diplomat Team of the Month for the month of November went to Captain James Payer II, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons; Jordan Huisman, First PREMIER Bank; Christy Menning, McCrossan Boys Ranch; Stefanie Engebretson, Goosman Law Firm; and Dino DePerno, Crew Construction and Restoration.
New Faces & Promotions
Rana DeBoer has been named the Chief Culture Officer for the City of Sioux Falls. DeBoer has worked for the City for 12 years and was most recently the Work Well Manager. The new position is tasked with cultivating future leaders within city government and creating a work environment that is attractive to future generations.
Security National Bank of South Dakota (SNB) has promoted two employees at its Lake Lorraine branch office. Amy Frankman has been named Branch Manager and will oversee a team of professionals dedicated to helping customers achieve their financial goals. Frankman holds a degree from the University of Sioux Falls and has worked as a Personal Banker and Assistant Branch Manager for SNB. Shaniah Ellis will replace Frankman as Assistant Branch Manager. Ellis holds an associate's degree from Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls and has been with SNB for three years.
Steven Dahlmeier has joined the staff of the Sioux Falls State Theatre as general manager. Dahlmeier is the former program director for Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. and has prior experience with U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson's office, Feeding South Dakota and Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society.
Leon Eich has joined Cornerstone Bank as a Vice President of Business Banking in Sioux Falls. Eich has over 25 years of experience in financial services industry. He graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in commercial economics and minors in accounting and computer science. Megan Winterboer has been promoted to AVP/Cash Management Sales Officer for Cornerstone Bank. She joined in April 2018.
Panther – Premier Print Solutions has promoted Erinn Coe to Director of Marketing & Client Relations. Coe has been with Panther for over six years and most recently was a sales and marketing executive. Coe will oversee the renewed marketing efforts for Panther by developing and managing new strategic plans while managing client accounts and assisting in sales growth.
Woods, Fuller, Shultz and Smith, P.C. promoted two associates to shareholder status. Joel E. Engel and Morgan F. Brekke join the twenty-nine other shareholders at the firm. Engel joined the firm in 2013 and his practice areas include intellectual property and litigation. Brekke joined the firm in 2014 and her practice areas include employment law and health law.
Caliber Creative welcomed Tyler Ahlers as production manager. Ahlers will use his nine years of experience to increase efficiency within the agency and for clients. His responsibilities include coordinating the internal production schedule, working with vendors and ensuring quality standards are met.
Nolan Hazard joined Koch Hazard Architects as a Project Architect. He spent two years at HGA Architects & Engineers in Sacramento, California, where he focused on healthcare design. Hazard graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from The University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Nolan is a third-generation licensed architect. His grandfather, Bob Hazard, co-founded Koch Hazard Architects in 1969, and his late uncle, Jeff Hazard, led the firm as CEO for 20 years.
Maddie Guyette joined AmesburyTruth as a financial analyst. She will provide financial analysis for SGA, assist with the financial packages and support HFM. Guyette most recently worked for RSM US LLP in Chicago as a senior associate for the nonprofit/government sector. She has a bachelor's degree in accounting and management from the University of Iowa.
Bell Incorporated, one of the nation's largest independent paperboard packaging manufacturers, won the 2019 Good Neighbor Award for its commitment to employees and communities. HAVI, the packaging procurement, supply chain services and logistics provider for McDonald's, awards this top prize to the supplier who best exemplifies a longstanding commitment to employee wellbeing and improving communities. In making the award, HAVI recognized the many programs Bell has in place to educate employees and improve their health and wellbeing. More than a dozen different nationalities are represented at Bell, and it is a recognized employer of hearing-impaired individuals in South Dakota and Ohio.
Marsh & McLennan Agency provided a sponsorship to The Butterfly House & Aquarium allowing them to join Museums for All – a program to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The Butterfly House & Aquarium program, called Aquarium for All, supports those receiving food assistance benefits visiting the Butterfly House & Aquarium for a minimal fee of $3. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 400 museums across the country.
Honors & Awards
Raven Corporate Controller Jacob Wurth was honored by the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business with its 2019 Division of Accounting and Finance Distinguished Service Award. The award is bestowed to an alumnus who has demonstrated continued service to and support of the University of South Dakota Division of Accounting and Finance as well as the accounting and financial services profession. Wurth has been with Raven for eight years.
Sammons Financial Group, Inc. has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2020, ranking #5 on the list. The Employees' Choice Awards program, now in its twelfth year, 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 employees' choice award recognizes company's commitment to creating an exceptional work environment for all staff.
The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Interim President Dr. Dave Kapaska received the Siouxperhero Award from the City of Sioux Falls. The program recognizes positive stories, people and developments in our community.