OCT. 7, 2015 - VOL. 52 No. 1

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


Lynda billars,
The Lynda B. Advantage

Larry Ayres,
Ayres Group

Bernie Dewald,
McKinneyOlson Insurance

Mike Hauck,
Accord Commercial Team Real Estate

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Kelly Grovijahn,
Yoli the Better Body Company

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

Kayla Scholten,
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

Matt Barthel,
Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mary Hublou,
Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau

Emily Sperry,
Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau

Tate Stensgaard,
Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau

Jackie Wentworth,
Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Ambassador Team of the Month for September was Team Billars: Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW; Larry Ayres, Ayres Group; and Bernie DeWald, McKinneyOlson Insurance. The Top Sales Award went to Larry Ayres, Ayres Group, and the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award went to Mike Hauck, Accord Commercial Real Estate.

Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for August. Second place honors went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc. Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, was awarded third place honors. The ribbon cutting attendance award went to Kelly Grovijahn, Yoli the Better Body Company, and the Reinvestment Award was awarded to Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for August was Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.; Duane Noerenberg, Anderson Group CPA; Angie Wahl, All-Star Travel; Dustin Brouwer, Sioux Falls Seminary; and Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services.

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Kayla Scholten is the Young Professionals Network Manager for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Scholten holds a degree in Business Administration: Human Resource Management from Dordt College. She is a native of Inwood, Iowa.

The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau hired several new staff members. Mary Hublou is the First Impressions/Project Manager. She previously worked for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls for the past six years. Emily Sperry is the Creative Development Manager. She previously worked for Spartan Motors. Tate Stensgaard is a Sales Manager. He received his degree in Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University, where he was a member of the basketball team. Jackie Wentworth is the Group Tour Sales Manager after serving as the Director of Alumni Relations for Dakota Wesleyan University for the past 11 years. Matt Barthel was promoted to Communications Manager.

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls promoted Kyle Cipperley to Trust Investments Manager; he has been with the bank for seven years. The First National Bank in Sioux Falls also welcomed the several individuals to their downtown location. Josh Kayser is an Ag Banker. He is an Augustana University graduate and has more than 13 years of experience in the agriculture industry. Mitch Nelson is an Investment Broker Trainee. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Business Finance. Thomas Newman is an Ag Banker. He is a South Dakota State University graduate and has more than six years of experience in the agriculture industry. Veronica Paulson is a Personal Trust Account Administrator. She earned degrees from the University of South Dakota and the University of South Dakota, School of Law.

StarMark Cabinetry announced several new staff members and promotions. Steve Holtz is the Customer Service Manager. Holtz has more than 20 years of customer service and sales experience, most recently with First Financial Service Center in Sioux Falls. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota. Emily South is the Shift Production Manager, where she will be responsible for all cabinetry manufacturing operations on the third shift. South was Continuous Improvement Manager for Westland Manufacturing and Operations Manager at Sign-A-Rama. She is a graduate of Babson College with a master´s degree in Business Administration. Priscilla Briones is the Safety Technician. Briones has several years of environmental, health and safety experience in a manufacturing setting, most recently at Adams Thermal Systems. John Hilgeman is the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager. Hilgeman has 11 years´ experience leading, managing and directing large-scale safety programs. He was most recently Deputy Director of Safety for the New York Bridge Project in New York. Hilgeman has a bachelor´s degree in Health and Safety Management from Indiana State University. Joni Zephier is the Receptionist. Bryon Krutsch is the Maintenance Manager. Most recently he managed the Maintenance Department at Adams Thermal Systems. He graduated with honors from Southeast Technical Institute. Andrew Coats is the Finish Production Manager. Coats has more than 10 years of manufacturing and engineering experience, most recently at Adams Thermal Systems as an Operations Manager. He is a graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Dominic Grayson is the Shift Production Manager. Grayson previously worked at Rosebud Manufacturing as a Production Manager. He has an associate´s degree from Dakota State University and served in the Navy Reserve. Melisa Gatter joined StarMark Cabinetry 12 years ago. She was recently promoted to Finish Production Supervisor for the second shift. Jeff Ptacek is Director of Product Development. Ptacek joined StarMark Cabinetry´s design staff in 1993 and moved into training and then product development. Ptacek is a Certified Kitchen Designer and a graduate of Iowa State University.

Amy Smolik is the Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications for Augustana University. Previously, Smolik spent more than 17 years at the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce as the Marketing & Communications Manager and editor of Chamber News. She is a graduate of South Dakota State University.

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First Bank & Trust was named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2016. The program was initiated in 2013 to identify, recognize and honor the best banks to work for in the nation. It is a project of American Banker and Best Companies Group. In all, 60 banks achieved "Best Bank" status in this fourth year for the program. First Bank & Trust ranked No. 17 on the list.

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) selected 14 South Dakota nonprofits to receive $139,947 through its Community Innovation Grant program. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state. These recipients were selected during the second grant round of 2016. The SDCF Grantmaking Committee chose to financially support the following projects: Alzheimer´s Association, South Dakota Chapter (Statewide): $10,000; GROW South Dakota (Eastern South Dakota): $10,000; Native Educational Endeavors, INC. (Statewide): $9,947; PAST Foundation (Statewide): $10,000; South Dakota Agricultural Foundation (Statewide): $10,000; South Dakota Agricultural & Rural Leadership Foundation (Statewide): $10,000; and Sioux Empire Character Counts Coalition, Inc. (Sioux Falls): $10,000.

Jay Snyder, Outside Sales Professional at FASTSIGNS of Sioux Falls, received the Bronze Sales Award at the 2016 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit. The Bronze Sales Award recognizes outside sales professionals who achieved sales between $300,000-$499,999 from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. With more than 615 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS centers worldwide, 90 outside sales professionals received this award.

The following businesses were awarded Disability Friendly Recognition Program stickers in August: K-Mart (E. 10th Street), Moe´s Southwest Grill, Honeybaked Ham, Valley Inn, Walmart (south), Lloyd Companies, Ode to Food and Drinks, and Lil Troopers Learning Center.

The Pinnacle event is a special recognition program designed to recognize and reward the top performing U.S. Bank employees. The following employees were recognized: Flo Ducheine, branch manager at 69th Street and Minnesota Avenue; Michele Hawk, branch manager at 33rd Street and Minnesota Avenue; Scott Grunewaldt and Nathan Engbers, banking relationship managers at 8th Street & Main Avenue, David O´Hara and Tom Schroeder, Ag Banking Relationship Managers at N. Minnesota Avenue and Dan Freese, Senior U.S. Bancorp Financial Advisor at 8th Street & Main Avenue.

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Make-A-Wish South Dakota elected its 2016-17 board members and officers: Chair Brian Grady, Lloyd Companies; Vice Chair Gina Hopkins, CorTrust Bank; Secretary Steve Morgans, Myers, Billion, LLP; Treasurer Anita Drummond, First PREMIER Bank; and Past Chair Nancy Wahlstrom, The First National Bank of Sioux Falls. New board members are Jim Berman, KSFY-TV; Doug Ekeren, Avera Sacred Heart, and Dr. Kimmy Hart, Sanford Health Pediatrics. Board members reelected to a second term are Joe Entenman, J&L Harley-Davidson, Gina Hopkins and Matthew Hocks, Sanford Health. Other board members are Bob Compton, Dacotah Bank (Aberdeen); Courtney Ehlers, Avera Health; Tim Hilber, Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln and Luxury Auto Mall; Bobbi Thury, Legacy Law Firm, P.C.; and Tasha Unkenholz, Unkenholz Family Dental (Rapid City). Dr. Rick Kooima, Avera McGreevy Clinic, was elected as a new medical advisor. Additional medical advisors are Dr. Clark Likness, Brown Clinic (Watertown), Dr. Donald Oliver, Black Hills Pediatrics (Rapid City) and Dr. James Wallace, Sanford Children´s Specialty Clinic.

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