SEP. 2, 2015 - VOL. 50 No. 12

Chair's Column
New Members
Member Anniversaries
Cover Story
Other News
Faces & Places
Ribbon Cuttings
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September FACES & PLACES

Our members do more than follow the news. They make the news.

Job promotions and hirings. New projects. New partnerships. Awards. Every day we hear about exciting accomplishments, historic milestones and other positive aspects of our member businesses that deserve to be shared. Faces & Places is great way to use your membership to be seen. This column appears each month in Chamber News and features information about Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce members and volunteers. Submissions may include grand openings, changes in management, moves, expansions, major developments and award recognition.

If your company has a business-related success story or personnel change that you want to share, click here and follow the instructions. We are pleased to note the following news submitted by our members as printed in the latest edition of Chamber News:

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers
New Faces & Promotions
Honors & Awards
Good Deeds


Corey Weide,
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Dave Stadheim,

Lyle Dabbert,
Brown & Saenger

Adam Cooper,
Dacotah Bank

Joey Rotert,
Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union

Mark Luke,
Luke Construction, LLC.

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Carrie Dragt,
Midcontinent Communications

David Johnson,

Derrick Karsky,
Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency

Bill Rezac,
Boen & Associates, Inc.

Anna Eliason,
Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Ambassador Team of the Month for June was Team Weide: Corey Weide, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Dave Stadheim, RECOM, Inc; Lyle Dabbert, Brown & Saenger; and Adam Cooper, Dacotah Bank. The Ribbon Cutting Attendance Winner was Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union, and the Sales Award Winner was Mark Luke, Luke Construction, LLC.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for July. Second place honors went to Carrie Dragt, Midcontinent Communications, and third place honors went to David Johnson, DAKOTACARE. Derrick Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency, was the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance award, and Bill Rezac, Boen & Associates, Inc., won the Reinvestment Award.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for July was: Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.; David Johnson, DAKOTACARE; Jim Slater, ServiceMaster of Sioux Falls; Kelly Grovijahn, Yoli The Better Body Company; and Jessica Nelson, gpac.

Karen Noonan, CarrierNet Group Financial, was recognized at the August meeting for 15 years of service to the Diplomat Committee.

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Anna Eliason joined the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau as a sales manager in August. Eliason most recently worked for Avera McKennan Fitness Center and interned at the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blue Society.

Becky Vealey is the new General Manager of the Sheraton Sioux Falls. Vealey joined John Q. Hammons Hotels in 1997 and has grown with the company. Most recently, Vealey served as Director of Sales for the Murfreesboro Embassy Suites. She also served in various leadership roles at both Hampton Embassy Suites and Charleston Embassy Suites.

Ruth Krystopolski joined the State Theatre Company as the interim executive director to help find a viable, long-term business model for the historic State Theatre. The State, which opened in 1926 as a vaudeville house, has been structurally stabilized in recent years. However, more work needs to be done. Krystopolski will help members of the State Theatre Board as well as members of a steering committee that was created recently to help determine the next steps that should be taken to complete the restoration.

G.A. Johnson Construction hired Tim Miller as project manager. Miller has more than 30 years of residential and general construction experience.

Sioux Falls Psychological Services added four new members to its team. Melanie VanderPol-Bailey, Licensed Certified Social Worker-Private Independent Practice, offers therapeutic and forensic services to individuals, children and families. Zane Peterson, Counselor Intern-National Certified Counselor, counsels individuals, children and adolescents. Tara Knobloch, Social Work Intern, provides group and individual therapy services for children and adolescents experiencing trauma, depression, mood disorders and behavioral difficulties. Deb Lee is the new business manager.

Karen Munger, Ph. D. joined the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System as Coordinator of Research & Development. Munger is a renal physiologist.

Jack Marsh joined the staff of the McGowan Capital Group in Sioux Falls. He will work part-time as the company´s Director of Special Projects. Marsh retired in 2014 after a 43-year career with the Gannett Co. and the Freedom Forum. His media industry career included a six-year stint as executive editor of the Argus Leader.

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Credit Collections Bureau named Rose Benson and Megan Wehrkamp as Client Services Representatives of the Month for July 2015. Wehrkamp was also Client Services Representative of the Month for June 2015. Chris McConnell was named Collector of the Month for June 2015.

Jay Huizenga, KELOLAND TV, was named Broadcaster of the Year by the South Dakota Broadcasters Association. The SDBA Broadcaster of the Year honors a person in broadcasting who has been especially active in the past year in community affairs. In the past year, Huizenga led station efforts to expand KELOLAND´s network of SkyCams providing viewers vital weather information; supported a coat drive, Keep KELOLAND Warm, that provided coats for thousands of needy people; and was inducted into the South Dakota Golf Association´s Hall of Fame for actively promoting golf in the state for more than 20 years. Huizenga joined KELO in 1980 and became Vice President/General Manager of the KELOLAND Stations in April 2008. In June 2014 he was named Regional Vice President for Media General.

Four Chamber members made the Inc. 5000 list of America´s Fastest Growing Companies: Click Rain, Epicosity, N2 Publishing and Weisser Distributing.

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Avera Health donated $75,000 to the Feeding South Dakota Mobile Food Pantry. The grant, to be paid out over three years, will help ensure that people in the communities of Huron, Ipswich, Miller, Lower Brule and Reliance can continue to be served with free food for people in need. The Mobile Food Pantry program began operation in January 2013.

Contractor-members of the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota, Highway-Heavy-Utilities Chapter donated labor, equipment and materials to enable access for the disabled to the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall that was on display in Sioux Falls Aug. 5-9 at the Sanford Pentagon.

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Claritus Director of Finance & Administration Jai Bohl celebrated his 10th anniversary with the company.

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The statewide Leadership South Dakota program starts its second class this fall with 43 new members. The eight-month program meets in various cities around South Dakota for sessions covering a variety of economic sectors with a goal of developing homegrown leaders from across the state. Participants are: Jasen Beckman, Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City; Tom Bosch, Avera Health, Sioux Falls; Eileen Briggs, Good Voice Communications/Tribal Ventures Project, Eagle Butte; William Bushee, BrightPlanet Corporation, Sioux Falls; Kendra Calhoun, Avera Health, Sioux Falls; Tom Cota, South Dakota Trust Company, Sioux Falls; Joe Donnell, First Interstate Bank, Sisseton; Kelsey Doom, Wagner Area Growth, Wagner; Scott A. Duke, South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations, Sioux Falls; Mark Dunn, First PREMIER Bank, Watertown; Kayla Eitreim, Junior Achievement, Sioux Falls; Patrick Erickson, First Savings Bank, Sioux Falls; Tony Farmen, First National Bank, Pierre; Lindsay Flannery, Avera Health, Dell Rapids; Nikki Gronli, SDN Communications, Sioux Falls; Kent Hartsuiker, First PREMIER Bank, Sioux Falls; Thomas Hurlbert, CO-OP Architecture, Aberdeen; Paula Jensen, GROW South Dakota, Langford; Aimee Ladonski, Serve South Dakota, Sioux Falls; Jolene Loetscher, Mud Mile Communications, Sioux Falls; Nate Malloy, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls; Heidi Marttila-Losure, Dakotafire Media, Frederick; Ken Meirose, Black Hills Power, Sturgis; Laura Mitchell, Lawrence & Schiller, Sioux Falls; Jason Salamun, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Rapid City; Heather Sazama, Pennington County State’s Attorney’s Office, Rapid City; Laura Schoen Carbonneau, Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre; Laura Shattuck, Office of the Attorney General, Rapid City; Tiffany Smith, Regional Health, Rapid City; Christine Sorensen, Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, Pierre; Jeremy Tims, Tallgrass Wealth Management, Sioux Falls; Steven Tims, Raven Industries, Sioux Falls; Jesse Tischer, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls; Bobbi Thury, Cutler Law Firm, Sioux Falls; Chad Thury, Avera Health, Sioux Falls; Jael Trieb, Jael Photography/J.Ella Boutiques/Thorpe Properties, Brookings; Scott Vanden Berge, First Dakota National Bank, Platte; Alissa VanMeeteren, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Sioux Falls; Morgan VonHaden, Black Hills Special Services Cooperative, Rapid City; Tom Weaver, First Interstate Bank, Rapid City; Nate Welch, Vermillion Area Chamber & Development, Vermillion; Walter Woods, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Foundation, Sioux Falls; and Joshua Zellmer, Myers Billion, LLP, Sioux Falls.

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