• May 2020
  • A PUBLICATION OF THE GREATER SIOUX FALLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

May Faces & Places

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    Justin Zandstra
    The First National Bank In Sioux Falls
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    Lynda Billars
    The Lynda B. Advantage – Lynda Billars KW
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    Cindi Johnson
    Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort
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    David Johnson
    DAKOTACARE
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    DebraPeterson
    CorTrust Bank
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    Stefan Swarc
    Great Western Bank
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    April Meyerink
    Great Western Bank
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    Brian Spader
    Great Western Bank
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    Brad Nelson
    Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers

Featured ambassadors and diplomats this month are: Justin Zandstra, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, one year as an ambassador; Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage Corp-Lynda Billars KW, 19 years as an ambassador; Cindi Johnson, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, five years as a diplomat; David Johnson, DAKOTACARE, 13 years as a diplomat; Deb Peterson, CorTrust Bank, 21 years as a diplomat; and Stefan Szwarc, Great Western Bank, two years as a diplomat.

The Ace Award is given monthly to one ambassador in recognition of their sales efforts. April Meyerink, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, was the March 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 March Service Star was Brian Spader, New York Life. Event Champion honors went to Brad Nelson, Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls.

Diplomat Team of the Month for March was a tie between Team Johnson and Team Nelson. 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, comprise Team Johnson. Team Nelson is Captain Brad Nelson, Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls; Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust; Lenn Patterson George, West Plains Engineering, Inc.; Anna Heeney, CellOnly; and Doug DeGroot, Paystubz.


New Faces & Promotions

HenkinSchultz Creative Services has hired Mel Schulte as a media specialist. Schulte graduated with a degree in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. She recently helped launch a sports technology company in Raleigh, North Carolina for Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Schulte has a natural skill for turning new ideas into reality and is even a patented inventor.

Peter Hauck is the new community manager at the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship. His responsibilities include marketing, event planning and CRM work. Hauck is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has experience in marketing and business development.


Honors & Awards

Dawn Knutson, Midwest Employee Benefits, was named a top agent in South Dakota as part of Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield®'s annual Promise Awards. The Promise Awards recognizes Wellmark agents and agencies who provide exceptional service to Wellmark members in today's marketplace. This is Knutson's sixth consecutive year as a Promise Award winner.

Five websites developed by Insight Marketing Design received AVA Awards in the 2020 competition. AVA Digital Awards is an international competition that recognizes creative excellence for planning, concepting, design and production of digital communications. Work ranges from digital campaigns to website development to social media and mobile marketing.

Insight Marketing Design has been recognized for excellence by Higher Education Marketing (HRM) in both traditional and digital competitions. The HRM Education Advertising Awards receives thousands of entries each year, which are judged by a national panel of industry experts. Work created by Insight for Lake Area Technical Institute and the University of Sioux Falls was recognized.



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