• July/August 2020

June Faces & Places

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    Corey Weide
    Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
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    Lucas Fiegen
    Fiegen Construction
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    Carrie Dragt
    American Cancer Society
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    Dino DePerno
    Crew Construction and Restoration
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    Damon Punt
    Central Bank
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    Brian Sittig
    CNA Surety
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    Bernie DeWald

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers

Featured ambassadors and diplomats this month are: Corey Weide, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, 10 years as an ambassador; Lucas Fiegen, Fiegen Construction, two years as an ambassador; Carrie Dragt, American Cancer Society, eight years as a diplomat; Dino DePerno, Crew Construction and Restoration, one year as a diplomat; Damon Punt, Central Bank, two years as a diplomat; and Brian Sittig, CNA Surety, two years as a diplomat.

The Ace Award is given monthly to one ambassador in recognition of their sales efforts. Bernie DeWald was the May Ace Award winner.

New Faces & Promotions

Amy Gackstetter joined AmesburyTruth as a financial analyst. In this role, she will play a critical role in driving pricing success while maintaining the pricing systems, databases and tools to meet profit goals. Gacksetter has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Sioux Falls.

Claims Associates, Inc., locally owned independent adjusting and third-party administrator, has hired Wade Eastman as a multi-line property and casualty claims adjuster. Eastman has obtained his Minnesota and Wyoming Adjuster licenses, completed three Vale Training Solutions courses, three of the Associates in Claims courses and will soon receive his Haag Certified Inspector designation for both residential and commercial roofs.

Four law students are participating in the summer associate program at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP. Kalen N. Frericks attends the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln, NE, and will graduate in May 2021. Kalen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Michael J. Mabee attends the University of South Dakota School of Law and will graduate in May 2021. Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology Health Professions from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. Thomas P. Schartz attends the University of South Dakota School of Law and will graduate in May 2021. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy and a minor in Business from South Dakota State University. Caleb M. Vukovich attends the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City, IA, and just completed his 1L year. Caleb received his Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Legal Studies from South Dakota State University.

Dr. Peter Folliard was named the inaugural Dean of the School of Music at Augustana University. Folliard joined Augustana in 2017 as the conductor of the Augustana Orchestra. He holds undergraduate degrees in music education and instrumental performance from the University of North Texas; master’s degrees in instrumental performance and conducting from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University; and a doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music. Folliard conducted several units with the U.S. Air Force Bands program. He studied at the Eastman School of Music with master pedagogue Neil Varon, where he also held the position of Eastman conducting fellow with the Rochester Philharmonic. Before coming to Augustana, he served at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he served as interim director of orchestras.

Redstone Law Firm has added T.J. Nelson to the firm’s Sioux Falls office. Nelson will focus on government relations, public affairs, political consulting, and lobbying during the South Dakota Legislative Session. Prior to joining Redstone, Nelson served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Paul TenHaken. He has also worked in campaign and official office capacities for U.S. Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds. His public relations and communications background includes focus areas in health care, human resources, transportation, railroads and crisis communications.

Honors & Awards

Mickey Metcalf, owner of MD Engraving, was awarded the Gold Obelisk Award for Small Business Retailer of the Year by the national Awards and Personalization Association. The Awards and Personalization Association is an organization for retailers and suppliers of personalized and customized items that provides education, meetings, and access to a vibrant network of professionals to ensure the growth of members talent, business, and professional community.

Mud Mile + Adrenaline Sports won eight Telly Awards, including a Gold Telly, for clients in higher education. Less than one-percent of the 12,000 international submissions receive the award. Mud Mile + Adrenaline Sports is the most honored agency in the Midwest.

Nine honorees were selected from fifty nominations at EmBe’s 47th Tribute to Women awards. This year’s winners are: Banking & Finance - Dawn Duerksen, Citi; Business Achievement - Kimberly Erickson, Continuity Business Service; Community Service - Micki Lundin, Avera Health; EmBeliever Award - Ashley Briggs, MD, Sanford Health OBGYN; Government & Law - Jill Franken, City of Sioux Falls; Healthcare & STEM - Jyoti Angal, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center; Humanities & Education - Wendy Otheim, Brookings School District; Young Woman of Achievement - Del’Inkka Beaudoin, Swamp Daddy’s Cajun Kitchen; and Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award - Mary Sand, Avera Health.


Secure Enterprise Asset Management, Inc. (SEAM), has joined TERRA’s Done with IT program to provide a simple and safe electronics recycling mail-in option for businesses and individuals across South Dakota, North Dakota and surrounding states. This partnership makes it more convenient for rural and remote locations to recycle technology equipment while proactively providing immediate relief to clients and communities impacted by the coronavirus. Devices such as laptops, desktops, cell phones, hard drives and telecom equipment can be shipped directly to SEAM’s certified facility through Done with IT’s mail-in program. All data stored on retired devices will be completely destroyed and all equipment will be responsibly recycled or refurbished for reuse.


The Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society announced its 2020 Light The Night® Executive Leadership Committee. Led by Corporate Chair Tom Bosch, Avera Health, the committee includes: Kris Gaster, Avera Health; Doug Tribble, American Bank & Trust; Ryan Brown, American Bank & Trust; Jim Berman, Dakota News Now; Sharese Ihnen, Hegg Realtors; Abbey Vanderwerf, Marsh & McLennan Agency; Karen Van De Steeg, Sanford Health; Brent Tjeerdsma, Trane; Doug Thesenvitz, Thompson Law, Prof., LLC; Ryan Martin, U.S. Bank; and Susan Wiebesiek, Wiebesiek Family Farms. Light The Night is a fundraising campaign benefiting patient financial support and funding of research to find blood cancer cures.

Jeff Thomas has been named President/Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Bank. Thomas will work side by side with current President/Chief Executive Officer Pete Fullerton until his retirement at the end of March 2021.

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