JULY 07, 2016 - VOL. 51 No. 10

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

Cathy Crisp,
The Global Voice, Inc.

Corey Weide,
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

David Johnson,

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

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 Cathy Crisp, The Global Voice, Inc. The Top Sales Award went to Corey Weide, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

David Johnson, DAKOTACARE, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for May. Second place honors and the Reinvestment Award went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc. Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust and Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, tied for third place honors. The ribbon cutting attendance award went to Sandy Case, U.S. Postal Service.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for May 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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Roger Nolan joined Insight Marketing Design as an Account Executive and brings 20 years of sales and client service experience. Nolan has experience in the financial services, healthcare, retail and manufacturing fields and brings with him a wealth of market knowledge. Meranda Van Ningen is a Client Service Specialist. Before joining Insight Marketing Design, Van Ningen trained in media outlets, worked in the corporate sector in Minneapolis and also owned her own business.

Kristi Dorn joined Media One as Production Director and Anna Haecherl is Head Copywriter. Dorn is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She has extensive agency experience managing corporate web design projects for regional and national clients. She also has marketing project management experience with Target Corporation and Sanford Health. Haecherl is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University and is an award-winning newspaper journalist from Marshall, Minn. Haecherl also has experience in technical writing and business startups.

Natalie Nagle is the new Executive Director of Edgewood Prairie Crossings Assisted Living Community in Sioux Falls. Nagle is the third graduate of the Edgewood Senior Living Executive Director in Training Program. A native of Pierre, Nagle is a graduate of the University of Mary, Bismarck, where she earned her master´s degree in business administration with a healthcare emphasis and her bachelor´s of science degree in biology and a minor in chemistry.

Keith Neuharth, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, was elected to the Board of Directors of RSArchitects as First Vice President and Treasurer. Neuharth has 30 years of experience and has been with RSArchitects for 18 years.

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The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) awarded a Best of NAMA award to Insight Marketing Design for their design and creation of a corporate identity package for a client.

The Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board (SNCR) recognized Gage Brothers Concrete with a 2016 Excellence in New Communications Award. The prestigious awards program honors organizations for their exemplary use of digital, mobile and social media. Gage Brothers received top honors in the Visual Storytelling Category for the Corporate Division. Gage Brothers was recognized for a broad-based social media and public relations campaign that spotlights both its employees and products.

Gage Brothers was recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping its employees eat better and move more. This is the fourth straight year that Gage Brothers has been recognized by the AHA as a fit-friendly worksite. The company attained gold-level status from 2013-15. Through the Fit Friendly Worksite program, AHA recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees´ health. It rewards organizations for their progressive leadership and concern for their staff.

Pete Hegg, Hegg Companies, Inc. and his wife, Marilyn, were the recipients of the Community Partner of the Year award from LifeSource, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the upper Midwest. The Heggs have hosted an annual Hunt for Hope, a group hunt of LifeSource employees and donors at their Circle H Ranch. The hunt is designed to raise awareness and education for organ donation in South Dakota, as well as build relationships for those involved with the cause. Income generated by LifeSource as a result of the donated hunts has been in excess of $70,000.

Four Hegg Hospitality hotel properties have received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence: the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown and the Hilton Garden Inn-South in Sioux Falls, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Omaha West in Omaha and the Hyatt Place in Lincoln. The award accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Dawn Knutson was named South Dakota´s top Small Group agent by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield as part of the company´s annual Promise Awards. The Promise Awards recognize Wellmark agents and agencies for their success during the past year as well as their dedication to serving the needs of Wellmark members. Knutson is an agent at Midwest Employee Benefits. Knutson has been a trusted insurance professional for 20 years. She began her career as an agency associate and purchased the agency in 2013.

High Point Networks was named to The Channel Company´s 2016 CRN Solution Provider 500. The SP500 list is CRN´s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue. High Point Networks placed No. 385 in the annual ranking, moving up 32 places from last year´s list.

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Stephanie Engebretson, American Bank & Trust, and Dave Long, Sioux Steel, joined the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire.

Michael J. Frankman, DDS, Falls Dental Centre, was elected Vice President of the South Dakota Dental Association during the association´s annual session. Frankman served four years on the SDDA Board of Trustees and is a Past President of the Southeastern District Dental Society.

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The American Red Cross recognized SERVPRO for participation in its Disaster Responder Program1. As a Disaster Responder Program1 member, SERVPRO pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO is entering their third year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date exceed $1 million.

In an effort to reach more children throughout the summer, Feeding South Dakota´s BackPack Program is partnering with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. Three fire stations will serve as distribution sites where families can go to pick up their weekend food package. The Summer BackPack Program is being made possible by Celebrate Community Church´s support. BackPacks are available at Fire Station 3 (2820 S. Minnesota Ave.), Fire Station 7 (1100 E. Benson Rd.), and Fire Station 8 (1000 N. Kiwanis Ave.). Families can pick up their bags at these stations on Fridays between 9 a.m.-7 p.m. During the school year, more than 30 schools in the Sioux Falls School District receive BackPacks on a weekly basis. When classrooms empty for the summer, access to school meals is limited. The partnership with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue gives families another resource.

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) awarded South Dakota Fund grants to several organizations. The South Dakota Fund helps to meet the diverse and vital needs of people across the state through grants to nonprofits in the areas of culture, economic development, education, health and human services. Volunteers of America, Dakotas received a $10,000 grant for its Veterans Outreach Center. A $5,000 grant will help the "JazzFest 25 Guitar Art Project" travel to 10 South Dakota communities throughout the year for public display with the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society. A $2,000 grant will assist the New Directions Down Syndrome Association with promotional materials for its largest annual fundraising event, the Buddy Walk.

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Twenty Young Professionals Network (YPN) members were selected through an application process to participate in the first year-long, peer-to-peer YPN Mentoring Program, which starts this summer. They are paired in four groups of five and each group has a mentor who is also a YPN member. First group: Blake Willman, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Betzi Johnson, EmBe; Bill DeNet, Tessier´s Mechanical Contractors; and Nick Rickert, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; group two: Jennifer Ruzsa, Le-Vel; Jon Thie, Minnehaha Country Club; Jamie Lennon, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota; Robert Swaney, EmBe; and Carry Thomas, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons; third group: Stacey Bautista, Piper Custom Framing & Fine Art Gallery; Sarah Gross, Meritus Real Estate Group; Kristine Bakley, HDR Engineering; Cory Weeden, First Dakota Title; and Lizzy Cranny, Lawrence & Schiller; and the fourth group: Michelle Klobassa, TSP, Inc.; Laura Benson, Filly Flair; Amanda Odegaard, Junior Achievement; Erica Anderson, MetaBank; and Nicholas MacDonald, Merrill Lynch.

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