Recognition of Chamber Volunteers
Featured ambassadors and diplomats this month are: Eric Anderson, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, 15 years as an ambassador; Kim Haiar, LifeScape, one year as an ambassador; Pat Grieben, Hub International, two years as a diplomat; Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams Realty, 11 years as a diplomat; Brian Spader, New York Life, four years as a diplomat; and Craig Lindes, HOM Furniture/Gabberts, three years as a diplomat.
The Ace Award is given monthly to one ambassador in recognition of their sales efforts. Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger, Northwestern Mutual, was the June Ace Award winner.
New Faces & Promotions
Nathan Stallinga, CFRE has been named Executive Director of DakotAbilities in Sioux Falls. He previously served as director of development for the organization. Stallinga has worked in the nonprofit field for 27 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Dakota.
The First National Bank in Sioux Falls hired five new employees. Tom Ries is a business banker in the downtown location. The Augustana University graduate has worked in financial services for the past seven years. Nick Ratzloff is a wealth advisor. He previously worked in the biofuels and commodities industry after receiving his undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Sioux Falls. Allyson Rodgers is a personal trust account administrator. She has worked in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. Elisa Glab is a personal trust account administrator. She is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls and the University of South Dakota School of Law. Ashley Hoffman is a personal banker at the Brandon branch. She is a Brandon native and holds a degree in consumer affairs from SDSU.
Jess Bennett joined AmesburyTruth as HR Generalist. Bennett will partner with the leadership team in Sioux Falls regarding employee engagement, recruitment and selection, health and safety, performance management and other corporate wide HR initiatives and programs. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in HR Management and a Master of Business Administration in HR Management, both from Colorado Technical University.
The Center for Disabilities is proud to announce that Tova Eggerstedt has been selected as the Children’s Mental Health Champion for South Dakota. In this role, Eggerstedt will serve as the state liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Children’s Mental Health program and positive parenting resources. Eggerstedt will act as a community champion and change agent to increase awareness activities and improvement of positive parenting practices; develop and test strategies for building partnerships to promote identification, screening, referral, and intervention; and implement effective strategies for mental health promotion, prevention supports, and creation of networks (e.g., school, healthcare and community) and better connections between these systems.
MarketBeat has hired Wendy Hellenga as a customer support specialist. She joins MarketBeat’s growing customer support team that fields emails and phone calls from the company’s 1.6 million email subscribers. She most recently served as a legal secretary at a local law firm.
Honors & Awards
Six Chamber member companies were named to the latest Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies. They are: Expansion Capital Group; Fit My Feet Orthotics & Shoes; MarketBeat; OmegaQuant Analytics LLC; Vikor Teleconstruction; and Weisser Distributing. Companies are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2016 to 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2016. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit and independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of Dec. 31, 2019; the minimum for 2019 is $2 million.
Kali Trautman, a senior event designer with The Event Company, has been named to the list of Top Women in Events by LASSO Workforce. The national list highlights some of the most influential women in the event industry who have risen to the occasion to lift their teams and businesses up in the face of any circumstances they encounter.
For the second year in a row, CorTrust Bank has been named Best Bank in South Dakota by Forbes Magazine. To create the list, Forbes partnered with the market research firm Statista and surveyed nearly 25,000 people in the U.S. about their banking relationships. Banks were rated based on customer recommendations and satisfaction.
Insight Marketing Design received a Telly Award for the Lake Area Tech “Make Your Story Epic” television campaign, consisting of two 30-second commercials. The Telly Awards honor excellence in television commercials and video across all screens. Over 12,000 entries are entered annually from around the world to be judged by respected, working professionals.
Dr. Dave Kapaska, retired chief executive officer and president of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, has been selected as the 2020 Alumnus of the Year of Des Moines University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a 1986 graduate of the college. The award recognizes Kapaska’s achievements as a physician and administrator, as well as his leadership and service to community. Kapaska currently serves on the DMU Board of Trustees and is vice chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.
Ward, the trusted leader of benchmarking and best practices services for the insurance industry, has released its list of Top 50 performing insurance companies. Sioux Falls based RAS – The Dakota Group is among the honorees. Ward analyzes the financial performance of nearly 2,900 property-casualty insurance companies while developing the list, identifying the 50 companies that pass financial stability requirements and demonstrate the ability to grow while maintaining strong capital positions and underwriting results.
Karen DeLange, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, a senior HR consultant with Alternative HRD, has completed The Prioritized Leader Master Certification Program, sponsored by TTI Success Insights and Five Capitals. The Prioritized Leader Program helps leaders identify and focus on priorities of greatest impact to their organization.
Fisher Sisters Real Estate has been selected for the 2020 Best of Sioux Falls Award in the Real Estate Agency category by the Sioux Falls Award Program. The programs identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that help make the Sioux Falls area a great place to live, work and play. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Sioux Falls Award Program and data provided by third parties.
Sanford USD Medical Center took top honors for South Dakota in the 2020 best hospitals for orthopedics list from U.S. News & World Report. More than 1,200 hospitals across the country were evaluated and the standings were determined by several factors including 30-day survival rates, patient experience and nurse staffing.
Scooter’s Coffee hosted their third annual Day of Giving to benefit local non-profits that support foster children. On July 27, 100% of sales at all seven Scooter’s Coffee Sioux Falls locations were donated and equally divided between CASA, Children’s Home Society, East River Foster Parent Network, Family Visitation Center and Royal Family Kids of the Sioux Empire. The single day total surpassed $22,000.
To help accelerate the recovery of small businesses, Wells Fargo Bank will donate approximately $400 million nationwide in processing fees from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help small businesses keep their doors open, retain employees and rebuild. Wells Fargo is donating gross PPP processing fees and is not keeping any portion of the PPP processing fees.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls elected three new members to a six-year term on their Board of Directors: Erin Doll, Wells Fargo Bank; David Jorgenson, Citi; and Tom Schmidt, PREMIER Bankcard. Other current board members include: President Lindsay Harris, Harris Law & Trust Co.; Vice President Matt Gabbert, U.S. Bank; Treasurer Seth Peterson, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Secretary Melanie Keegan, Thrivent Financial; Yvette Christion, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Aaron Clayton, Eide Bailly, LLP; Jordan Feist, Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C.; Rebecca Field-Shearer, LifeScape; Sgt. Robert Forster, Sioux Falls Police Department; Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams Realty; Dan Kurtz, Bighorn Craftsman; and Keith Portner, Central Bank.
The SME Sioux Falls Board of Directors for July 2020-June 2021 is: President Jan Feterl, Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern SD; President Elect Tim Schut, First PREMIER Bank; 1st Vice President Mindy Kroll, Time Management Systems; 2nd Vice President Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams; Past President Tom Johnson, Karl’s TV; Treasurer Derry Anderson, Anderson Group CPA; Larry Bauer, Nordic Premiums; Tamien Dysart, Think 3D Solutions; Derek Kattenberg, Real Property Management Express; Mike Knudson, Epicosity; Jackie Payne, FranklinCovey; Rick Rysavy, Great Western Bank; Mark Schlueter, Thrivent Financial; Cindy Van Gerpen, American Family Insurance; and Ginnie Zobel, Wireless World.