MAY 04, 2016 - VOL. 51 No. 8

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
Name Change


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

Bernie DeWald,
McKinneyOlson Insurance

Larry Ayres,
Ayres Group

Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

Derrick Karsky,
Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency

Nancy VanOtterloo,
First PREMIER Bank

The Ambassador Team of the Month for March was Team Billars: Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW; Bernie DeWald, McKinneyOlson Insurance; and Larry Ayres, Ayres Group. Ayres was also the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Winner. Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities, received the Top Sales Award.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for March. Second place honors went to Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, and third place honors went to Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services. The Ribbon Cutting Attendance award went to Derrick Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency, and the Reinvestment Award went to Nancy VanOtterloo, First PREMIER Bank.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for March 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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Vicki Kerkvliet is the Executive Director of the Business Resource Network in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Kerkvliet has a B.A. in religion with a minor in psychology from Augustana University. She has worked in the field of disabilities for 23 years, most recently at Independent Living Choices, a position she held for almost 10 years. She is from Larchwood, Iowa.

Michael Bakke joined Beck & Hofer Construction, Inc. as an estimator and project manager. With more than 20 years of experience as an architectural designer and project manager, Bakke brings a working knowledge of numerous types of commercial projects ranging from hotels, office buildings, schools, churches to federal overseas facilities.

Ashley Fellows, PHR, SHRM-CP joined The Weston Group as a Senior HR Advisor. Fellows brings several years of human resource management experience and was most recently the Director of HR at Children´s Home Society.

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Cornerstone Financial Solutions, Inc. and Reinders Financial, Inc. formed a strategic partnership. This new entity will be among the largest independent financial services firms in the area. Their client base is throughout the greater Sioux Falls area and the James River Valley.

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Stacie Bechtold, Director of Safety & Human Resources at Beck & Hofer Construction, Inc., was awarded the Paul Lepthien Safety Award by the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota (AGC-SD). This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate knowledge, collaboration, proactivity and passion in the area of construction safety.

Sioux Falls Skyforce Head Coach Dan Craig was named the NBA Development League Coach of the Month for games played in March and April. It´s the third Coach of the Month honor this season for Craig, who also won in December and January. Craig guided Sioux Falls to an 11-2 record to cap off a historic 40-10 season, the best record in NBA D-League history. Craig, in his first season as head coach for Sioux Falls, has been a part of the Miami Heat organization for 13 seasons. Craig was also named the NBA Development League Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year in a vote by his fellow NBA D-League head coaches.

Jarnell Stokes, Sioux Falls Skyforce, was named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in March and April. Stokes, who is in his second NBA D-League season, has appeared in 26 games with the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat since being selected with the 35th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. He finished the regular season with averages of 20.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals.

Sioux Falls Skyforce General Manager and Miami Heat Assistant General Manager Adam Simon was named the inaugural NBA Development League Basketball Executive of the Year Award, as selected by his fellow NBA D-League basketball executives. Serving as the Skyforce general manager since the team entered into a one-to-one hybrid affiliation agreement with the Heat three seasons ago, Simon helped bring head coach Dan Craig, his fellow Heat employee, to Sioux Falls prior to this season.

Sioux Falls Skyforce forward DeAndre Liggins was named the 2015-16 NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league´s 19 head coaches. This is the second such honor for Liggins, who also earned the award in 2013-14 with Sioux Falls.

The Sioux Falls Arts Council awarded the 2016 Mayor´s Awards for the Arts. The winners include: Individual Excellence in Visual Arts: Joan Swenson, Admission/Marketing/Alliance Manager at Tallgrass Recovery, professional artist and guest speaker; Individual Excellence in Performing Arts: Delta David Gier, who is the music director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; Individual Excellence in Literary Arts: Chris Browne, the co-author of the comic strip Hagar the Horrible, the book Hagar the Horrible´s Very Nearly Complete Viking Handbook and author of the children´s book The Monster Who Ate the State; Organizational Achievement in the Arts-EastBank Art Gallery, which is a community-oriented location where regional artists could come together and exhibit their work, offer classes and build relationships with the community; and the Charlotte Carver Award for Achievement in the Arts: Sheila Agee, who served as director of the Civic Fine Arts Center in Sioux Falls and during her nine-year tenure assisted in building financial stability, public awareness of the arts and became part of the Washington Pavilion, changing the name to the Visual Arts Center.

Primrose Retirement Communities named Sioux Falls Executive Director Melissa Nelson as Primrose Executive Director of the Year. Nelson has served as the Executive Director of Primrose of Sioux Falls since 2007.

G & R Controls was named Siemens Building Technologies 2015 Independent Field Office (IFO) of the Year. IFO of the Year is a highly competitive, national award presented to a Siemens partner annually. G & R Controls has been a Siemens Solutions Partner for nearly 40 years installing and servicing building automation systems throughout North and South Dakota as well as surrounding areas in a variety of facilities such as K-12 and higher education institutions, healthcare facilities, commercial, industrial and government buildings.

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The Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship, formerly known as the South Dakota Technology Business Center, added new members to its Board of Directors: Dr. Pam Homan, Augustana University; John Henkhaus, The Everist Company; Dr. Debra Sepich, University of Sioux Falls; and Mike Vetter, DataSync. The Board also includes: Chair Steve Statz, Avera Health; Vice Chair Paul TenHaken, Click Rain; Secretary Treasurer Keith Severson, Eide Bailly; Evan Nolte, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce; Slater Barr, Sioux Falls Development Foundation; Dr. Venky Venkatachaleam, University of South Dakota; and Sherri Rotert, Greenfield Rotert.

Cheri Kraemer, RPh, Pharmacist/Owner of PCAB-accredited Pharmacy Specialties & Clinic Inc., was elected to the 2016 International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) Board of Directors by the IACP membership, which represents more than 4,000 pharmacists, technicians, students and members of the compounding community who focus upon the specialty practice of pharmacy compounding. Pharmacy compounding is the long-established tradition in pharmacy practice that enables physicians to prescribe and patients to take medicines that are specially prepared by pharmacists to meet patients´ individual needs.

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Midco entered into an agreement to acquire Dataware, LLC, a firm that has provided data center space and cloud and managed services since 2001. The deal includes two data centers located in Sioux Falls and Yankton, S.D., giving Midco the infrastructure to deliver business-class data center and managed services across the Upper Midwest. Midco will continue to serve Dataware customers as it expands its service line near-term and long-term to include additional managed business IT services. The company is assessing opportunities to expand the data center strategy into other cities.

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Bargain Bytes has rebranded to SEAM, which stands for Secure Enterprise Asset Management, Inc.

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