AUG. 5, 2016 - VOL. 51 No. 11

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
Good Deeds


Lynda billars,
The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW

Larry Ayres,
Ayres Group

Bernie Dewald,
McKinneyOlson Insurance

Mike Hauck,
Accord Commercial Real Estate, LLC

Tom Hackl,
Dougherty and Company LLC

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

Debra Peterson,
CorTrust Bank

Nancy Van Otterloo,
First PREMIER Bank

Lauren Fosheim,
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

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

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for June. Second place honors went to Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, and Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was awarded third place honors. The ribbon cutting attendance award went to Debra Peterson, CorTrust Bank, and the Reinvestment Award was awarded to Nancy Van Otterloo, First PREMIER Bank.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for June 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.

Nancy Van Otterloo, First PREMIER Bank, was recognized for 20 years of dedicated service on the Diplomat Committee by Committee Chair Stacy Wrightsman, Sanford Health, and Pat Lund, Membership Development Director.

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Lauren Fosheim is the new Small Business & Leadership Development Manager for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Fosheim was the Chamber´s Young Professionals Network (YPN) Manager. Fosheim is a native of Webster, S.D. and a graduate of South Dakota State University.

ADwërks added two new employees. Nikki Beck is a Syntax Architect. As a copywriter, Beck creates and builds handcrafted-copy for various advertising and marketing mediums. Beck brings a diverse writing background to ADwërks, including past employment with the Sioux Falls School District, corporate writing for a Fortune 500 Company and her undergraduate work at the University of South Dakota, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in English. Sharz Miar is a Digital Mechanic and is the Social Media/Digital Media Strategist. Sharz has worked as a Marketing Specialist and Communications Manager, and has a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Hegg Hospitality hired Gina Thill as the General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn-South in Sioux Falls. Thill has more than 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry and was most recently the Assistant General Manager of the Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel.

James Payer II is the Director of Development for the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. Prior to joining the Zoo, Payer worked in development at Volunteers of America, Dakotas.

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Consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune named Marco one of the country´s 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in 2016. Marco was placed on this list based on their Millennial team members´ responses to anonymous survey questions asking about the levels of trust, pride and camaraderie they experience in the workplace.

The following Chamber member businesses received a Disability Friendly Recognition Program Award in June: JAM Art & Supplies; Minnehaha County; and Scheels All Sports, Inc.

Sullivans won the Dallas Market Center´s Best Visual Presentation award for the World Trade Center third floor. The Sullivans showroom was chosen by Dallas Market Center´s visual team who selects the best trend/display/window presentation for each permanent showroom floor.

Insight Marketing Design received a 2016 National ADDY award from the American Advertising Federation. The American Advertising Awards is the industry´s largest competition. To reach the national level, entries must first win at the local and district levels.

Jabril Trawick, Sioux Falls Skyforce, was part of the Samsung NBA Summer League. Trawick was one of the top NBA D-League prospects who participated in the tournament.

Lucas Fiegen, AIA, Fiegen Construction Co., received his architectural license from the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions. Fiegen, who represents the family´s third generation, has worked for the company since 2003 and received his master´s of architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Family Visitation Center honored Margaret J. Sumption, Sumption & Wyland, with the 2016 Family First Award. This award recognizes individuals for their outstanding dedication and commitment to protecting childhood in the Sioux Empire.

Mud Mile Communications received two Silver Telly Awards and one Bronze Telly Award for its event and online video work with Augustana University, Oh My Cupcakes! and Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. The Telly Awards, with more than 13,000 international entries, award Silver Tellys to fewer than 10 percent of entries. Mud Mile received the most Telly Awards of any South Dakota agency.

CRAVE Sioux Falls, located at the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown, was recognized by OpenTable winning the June 2016 Diners´ Choice Award in eight different categories: best overall, best food, best service, best ambiance, best value, special occasion, and most booked South Dakota and most booked Sioux Falls. The Diners´ Choice Awards recognizes outstanding restaurants based upon diner feedback on OpenTable. Diners provide star ratings and can select from a list of characteristics.

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The Helpline Center appointed two new members to its 2016-17 Board of Directors: Michelle Jons, Citi, and Robert Wilson, Minnehaha County. The new slate of officers for 2016-17 includes: Chair Ryan Donovan, EarthBend; Vice Chair Karla Haugan, Sanford Health; Secretary Jeff Post, Wells Fargo; Treasurer Marlin Van Peursem, Van Peursem CPA; and Past Chair Thomas Otten, Avera Behavioral Health.

The Junior League of Sioux Falls (JLSF), a women´s volunteer organization that empowers women to be a driving force to improve the Sioux Falls community, announced the following members of its 2016-17 Board of Directors Executive Committee: President Amanda Engel; President-Elect Jenny Tiehen; Treasurer Kim Lawrenz; and Recording Secretary Rebekah Nelson. Additional 2016-17 Board of Directors members include: Arrangements/Education & Training Chair Gloria Kolbeck; Assistant Treasurer Yvonne Rosenberg; Fund Development Chair Rebekah Nelson; Human Trafficking Task Force & Education Project Chair Dawn Stenberg; Membership Development Chair Kristin Cooke; Nominating & Placement Chair Kelsey Lyndoe; PE Elect Lisa Karsky; Public Relations Chair Amy Smolik; and Sustainer Co-chairs Nancee Sturdevant and Paula Kruetzfeldt. JLSF community projects for 2016-17 include the Human Trafficking Task Force and Human Trafficking Education Campaign.

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The South Dakota Cattlemen´s Foundation presented a check for $212,000 to Feeding South Dakota during the Prime Time Gala & Concert, exceeding their original pledge amount of $150,000.

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Arvig Enterprises, Inc., (dba Arvig) acquired Image Office Services, a call-answering service based out of Waite Park, Minn. As an Arvig company, Image Office Services will transition to become part of Time Communications, the existing call-answering center owned by Arvig.

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