Recognition of Chamber Volunteers
Featured ambassadors and diplomats this month are: Mark Luke, Mark Luke Companies, 12 years as an ambassador; Danette Tobin, Dakota News Now, first year ambassador; Gita Hendricks, MG & Assoc. / YOLI BB, 12 years as a diplomat; Jennifer Hoesing, EmBe, first-year diplomat; Brad Nelson, Keller Williams Realty, four years as a diplomat; and Marshall Selberg, Van Buskirk Companies, 12 years as a diplomat.
The Ace Award is given monthly to one ambassador in recognition of their sales efforts. Corey Weide, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, was the April Ace Award winner.
New Faces & Promotions
The First National Bank in Sioux Falls has promoted two employees. Bryant Henderson was promoted to wealth advisor and officer. He previously served as a client service associate with the wealth management team. Justin Zandstra was promoted to business banker and officer. After three years as a credit analyst, he will now work with business banking customers at the Benson Road branch.
Tim Kenyon joined Houston Engineering, Inc.’s (HEI) Sioux Falls team as a senior hydrogeologist. With more than 35 years of experience, Kenyon will lead HEI’s hydrogeology and waste management services. He earned his geology and geological engineering degrees from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Secure Enterprise Asset Management, Inc. (SEAM), a leading provider of data destruction, IT remarketing and electronics recycling, has moved to a larger building in Sioux Falls. The new building, at approximately 23,000 square feet, nearly doubles the size of SEAM’s previous facility. The expansion allows for new document shredding equipment, strategic process improvements and an upgrade asset tracking system.
The Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation awarded $100,000 in grants to 49 educators in the Sioux Falls School District. The 32 grants will be used to purchase creative and hands-on learning materials, impacting students in 25 buildings. The grants were made possible through individual and business donations.
Honors & Awards
The Leading Producers Round Table (LPRT) of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) announced that Dawn Knutson, Midwest Employee Benefits, has qualified to receive the association’s prestigious Soaring Eagle Award. This is the highest honor given by LPRT to recognize NAHU members who have achieved the greatest success in demonstrating exceptional professional knowledge and outstanding client service.
Insight Marketing Design received six Service Industry Awards for four agency clients, including three Gold, one Silver and two Merit Awards. The creative competition review entries from more than 600 advertising agencies and 82 institutions. Insight was awarded in the categories of television production, website development and collateral design.
Insight Marketing Design received Horizon Interactive Awards for digital marketing work produced for four clinets. The Horizon Interactive Awards is an international competition that receives entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries. It recognizes interactive work including websites, online advertising and videos.
The Midco® Aquatic Center has officially been LEED certified, a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building. LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certification ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and healthier environments where people live, work, learn, play and worship. The Midco Aquatic Center is one of the first aquatic-only centers in the nation to achieve LEED status.
The Helpline Center and Citi recognized three local high school seniors for their outstanding leadership and volunteerism. Annabelle Klosterman, Lighthouse Academy; Harry Heiberger, Brandon Valley High School; and Kaela Wierenga, Washington High School each will receive a $1,000 scholarship award. These individuals exemplify the heart for outstanding community service and have completed more than 100 hours of service in the past year.
KELOLAND Media Group has earned two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism. KELOLAND was honored for its continuing coverage of the 2019 farm crisis and for its website KELOLAND.com.
Chris DeSchepper, a Client Advocate for Marsh and McLennan Agency in Sioux Falls, was the recipient of the Region V 2020 Insurance Professional of the Year from the International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP).
Lawyers from Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP in Sioux Falls, SD have again been ranked Tier One by Chambers USA. In South Dakota, rankings are given in five categories. The following is a roster of ranked Davenport Evans lawyers in each area of practice. In 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. In Corporate/Commercial: Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Keith A. Gauer and Robert E. Hayes. In Labor & Employment: Jean H. Bender. In Litigation: General Commercial: Eric C. Schulte and Mitchell A. Peterson. In Real Estate: Jonathan P. Brown, P. Daniel Donohue and Robert E. Hayes.