JAN. 12, 2016 - VOL. 51 No. 4

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

Heather Kittelson
Sidewalk Technologies

Adam Cooper
Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency

Amy O´Connor Hoback
Kleenrite Company

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club

Julie Nelson
Home Federal Bank

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

Marshall Selberg,
Lloyd Residential Group


The Ambassador Team of the Month for November was Team Weide: Corey Weide, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Heather Kittelson, Sidewalk Technologies; and Adam Cooper, Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company. The Top Sales Award went to Amy O´Connor Hoback, Kleenrite Company.

The Chamber Ambassadors added 70 new members during the Fall Membership Drive, held Nov. 2-23. The first place team was Team Weide: Corey Weide, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Heather Kittelson, Sidewalk Technologies and Adam Cooper, Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company. Second place went to Team Billars. Third place went to Team Stallinga. The top three Associate Ambassadors were: First Place Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services; Second Place went to Mike Denning, Fireworkz Store, and Third Place went to Deb Peterson, CorTrust Bank.

Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for November. Second place honors went to Julie Nelson, Home Federal Bank, and third place honors went to Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services. Dyvig was also the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award and Marshall Selberg, Lloyd Residential Group, won the Reinvestment Award.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for November 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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Matthew Bonacker is the new owner and President of Advertising Arts having recently purchased the local printing and graphics company. Bonacker has extensive sales and marketing experience in the printing industry, most recently at Alphagraphics.

Matt Dickinson joined SDN Communications as a Software Engineer. Most recently, Dickinson spent time working as a developer at Citibank. His resume also includes four years of teaching high school math in the Sioux Falls School District. Ryan Punt is the new Vice President of Sales at SDN Communications. Punt is a 16-year veteran of the telecommunications industry and has worked for SDN for a decade. He succeeds Dennis Cromwell, who recently retired from SDN.

Hegg Hospitality promoted Eden Quizon to Banquet & Restaurant Services Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn-South in Sioux Falls. Quizon has been with the company since April 2013 and most recently held the title of Banquet Supervisor for the hotel.

Insight Marketing Design hired Stuart Little as Digital Strategist. Previously, Little worked at Google. Kari Geraets was promoted from Production Manager to Operations Manager.

Brown & Saenger hired Alan Schlaikjer as a Sales Representative. Schlaikjer brings more than 14 years of experience in the business products industry. Previously he was a co-owner of an office equipment and supply business in Sioux Falls. Schlaikjer is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls. He resides in Dell Rapids. Dale Bloem joined Brown & Saenger as Operations Manager. Bloem brings more than 30 years of industry experience including owning and operating a business similar in product offering to Brown & Saenger´s. Bloem´s experience within the industry includes serving on the Board of Directors for TriMega Purchasing Association, the nation´s largest office product buying group, as well as numerous committees within TriMega. Bloem also served on the Board of Govenors for the National Office Products Alliance, where he served as chairman in 2012. Bloem is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Credit Collections Bureau promoted Casey Joe to Collection Coordinator and Mark Grant to Collection Advisor.

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J&L Harley-Davidson was named the 2015 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation for its two decades of fundraising work with Make-A-Wish South Dakota. The South Dakota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized individuals, businesses and communities for their philanthropy in South Dakota. In the past 20 years, J&L and Make-A-Wish South Dakota have raised more than $2.25 million so that children with life-threatening illnesses can experience a "wish come true." As part of its signature event Hot Harley Nights, J&L organizes a casino run, motorcycle parade, live music, raffles, bike show and silent auction. J&L was nominated for the philanthropy honor by Make-A-Wish South Dakota. The South Dakota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is a membership organization that serves as the standard-bearer for professional fundraising. J&L Harley-Davidson in Sioux Falls, Glacial Lakes Harley-Davidson in Watertown, and Harley-Davidson of Fargo in West Fargo, N.D., are owned by the Entenman family.

The following floats received awards at the 24th Annual Parade of Lights presented by CenturyLink; CenturyLink Best Use of Lights: First PREMIER Bank "Believe In Possibility;" Best Workmanship: First Bank & Trust "I´m Dreaming of a Tropical Christmas;" Spirit of Sioux Falls: Vance Thompson Vision "Happy Holidays;" Mayor´s Choice: King of Glory Church "Island of Misfit Toys;" and Downtown Sioux Falls Board Choice: Calvary Church "Bethlehem Birthday."

Nathan Hitchcock, Associate Professor of Church History and Theology at Sioux Falls Seminary, received the institution´s 2015 Powell Award for Excellence in Service by Faculty. Hitchcock was recognized by his peers for excellent work in and dedication to the development of the Kairos Project, which is an alternative educational track that facilitates flexible learning. Shanda Stricherz, Chief Creative Officer and Vice President of Project and Strategic Design at Sioux Falls Seminary, received the institution´s 2015 Rauschenbusch Award for Excellence in Service by Administration. She was nominated for her ability to design and organize processes, meet challenges and deadlines, and work sacrificially, tirelessly, and with professionalism and cheerfulness. Jennifer Helkenn, Licensed Psychologist, received Sioux Falls Seminary´s 2015 Zimbelman Award for Excellence in Service through Sioux Falls Psychological Services. Helkenn was selected for her ability to provide outstanding psychological assessments, treatment, and quality client care. In addition, Helkenn recently joined the faculty at Sioux Falls Seminary as Assistant Professor of Counseling. Darrel Bartell, Bartell Company Real Estate and a recent member of the Board of Trustees at Sioux Falls Seminary, received the institution´s 2015 Schmeltekopf Award for Excellence in Volunteer Service for sharing his vision and expertise in real estate and budgeting and through his heart for service.

Credit Collections Bureau named Mark Grant Collector of the Month for November 2015; Roe Benson and Megan Wehrkamp were named Collectors of the Month for October 2015.

The MarCom Awards, one of the world´s largest creative competitions, awarded Insight Marketing Design seven awards for work created for clients throughout the country.

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The 2016 Governing Board Officers of LifeScape include: Chair Chip Carlson, Vice Chair Patty Peters, Secretary Gayle Ver Hey, Treasurer Dan Donohue and Member At-Large John Rozell. The 2016 LifeScape Foundation Board Officers include: Chair Curt Hohman, Vice Chair Jeff Nelson, Secretary J. Tyler Haahr, and Treasurer John Sutton.

EmBe accepted 25 participants for the 2016 Women´s Leadership Program and 20 participants for the 2016 Center for Nursing Workforce Leadership Program. Both programs begin in January 2016. The 2016 class of participants for the Women´s Leadership Program are: Danielle Aanenson, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center; Stacey Andernacht, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons; Paige Baskerville, Avera Health; BryAnn Becker, Avera Health; Sadie Bell, U.S. Bank; Alicia Carlson, Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company; Michelle DeSchepper, City of Sioux Falls; Trisha M. Ferwerda, Sammons Financial Group/Midland National Life Insurance Co.; Brooke Fitts,; Breanna Garbers, First Bank & Trust; Lisa Groon, Meta Payment Systems and Nourish Birth Collective; Jamie Hegge, Lawrence and Schiller Advertising; Andria Hinz, Cain Ellsworth & Co.; Brigid Hurley, Brava Creative; Andrea Miller, G & R Controls; Jess Miller Johnson, JAM Art & Supplies; Tamara Parliament, Click Rain; Julie Redlin, Rainbow International Restoration of Sioux Falls; Katie Roth, LifeLight Communications; K Moriah Slade, Chef to Plate; Kassidi Smith, Kidstop/First United Methodist; Amanda Spader, Sammons Financial Group/Midland National Life Insurance Co.; Angela Tewalt, OTA; Emily Wegner, Raven Industries; and Zebiba Zere, Children´s Inn.

EmBe partnered with the South Dakota Center for Nursing Workforce (CNW), a lead agency for the South Dakota Board of Nursing. The 2016 class of participants for the Center for Nursing Workforce Leadership Program are: Johna Kern, Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center; Beth Simonsen, Bethesda of Beresford; Jessica Barnes, Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center; Elizabeth Bockelman, Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center; Brianna Broschat, Sinte Gleska University; Carrie Hawley, Sanford Clinic-Watertown; Elizabeth Howe, Sanford Clinic-Peds/Nephrology; Michelle Knuppe, University of South Dakota; Jaclyn Kramer, Southest Technical Institute; Mary Kathryn Lanning, Avera St. Mary´s Hospital; Mary Jo Marcotte, Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine; Sandra Minter, Sanford Health; Kimberly Nerud, University of South Dakota; Brenda Olson, Sanford Cardiovascular Insititute; Andrea Polkinghorn, Sanford Clinic; Jeannette Saugstad, Southest Technical Institute; Marin Schaefer, Sanford Health; Tracey Sherman, Avera McKennan; Jess Stenen, Sanford Health OBGYN and Women´s Internal Medicine Clinics; and Stacy Vis, Avera McKennan Brain and Spine.

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KELOLAND TV is donating $200,000 in airtime to 12 nonprofit organizations in 2016. The Avera Tradition of Caring in KELOLAND grant program will award grants to local nonprofit organizations to provide a television advertising campaign for education and awareness of their organization. The organizations receiving grants are: The Banquet, Ability Building Services, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire, Call to Freedom/Tapestry International Ministry, Caregivers by Active Generations, Goodwill of the Great Plains, REACH Literacy, South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities, Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation, South Dakota Diabetes Coalition, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, and Volunteers of America, Dakotas. In 2015, 14 organizations benefited from the grant program.

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