OCT. 6, 2015 - VOL. 51 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
Good Deeds


Corey Weide,
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Lyle Dabbert,
Brown & Saenger

Dave Stadheim,

Adam Cooper,
Dacotah Bank

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

David Johnson,

Janel Cole,
Cole Notary

Aaron Neiman,
Dacotah Bank

The Ambassador Team of the Month for August was Team Weide: Corey Weide, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Lyle Dabbert, Brown & Saenger; Dave Stadheim, RECOM, Inc.; and Adam Cooper, Dacotah Bank. Lyle Dabbert, Brown & Saenger, won the Top Sales Award.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., and Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, tied for the August Diplomat of the Month honors. Second place went to David Johnson, DAKOTACARE, and third place honors went to Janel Cole, Cole Notary. Aaron Neiman, Dacotah Bank, was the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance award and Daren Anderson also won the Reinvestment Award. The Diplomat Team of the Month for August was: Captain Janel Cole, Cole Notary; Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club; Tammy Beintema, JDRF; Wendy Bergan, JDS Industries; and James Payer II, Volunteers of America, Dakotas.

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Home Federal Bank promoted several employees. Ben Johnson, Hartford to Assistant Vice President/Sr. Ag Banker. Johnson joined Home Federal in 2010. Travis Olsem was promoted to Assistant Vice President/Private Banker; he joined Home Federal in 2014. Robert Wagner was promoted to Collections Manager. He started his career with Home Federal in 2012. Jaimes Badillo was promoted to Assistant Vice President/Information Security Manager. Ryan Klinkhammer was promoted to Assistant Vice President/Network Manager. Brian Mitchell was promoted to Assistant Vice President/Information Systems Manager.

Insight Marketing Design added two new staff. Glen Turner is an Account Executive. He has more than 15 years of executive marketing experience. Sarah Swanson is a Client Service Specialist.

Marco, Inc. recently announced the following new hires: Nathan Jennewein, Copier Field Service Technician I; Marvin Schmidt, Distribution Delivery Driver; and Courtney Jutting, Technology Advisor.

Miller Sellers Heroux (MSH) hired several new staff members. Bob Everett is a licensed Architect in South Dakota. He brings more than 23 years of architectural experience to the MSH team. Everett holds an associates in applied science degree in Architectural Design from the University of South Dakota. Melissa Johnson joins MSH as an Office Manager and Administrative Assistant. Johnson has multiple years of managerial experience. Nicole Seeman is Director of Business Development/Marketing Communication. She has more than 15 years of experience in both marketing and design in multiple industries.

Aaron Rasmussen is an associate with the McGowan Capital Group. He spent 12 years trading and investing in natural gas and crude oil futures. He continues to own a brokerage firm, Sage Commodities, and remotely oversees the company´s financials. Rasmussen is a graduate of San Diego State University and has an MBA from the Brandeis University International Business School.

HDR welcomed Bill Moran as the area water business manager for the Dakotas and Wyoming, based in the Sioux Falls office. Moran has more than 33 years of industry experience on a wide variety of infrastructure projects including roadways, stormwater management and water/wastewater systems. HDR also promoted Jason Kjenstad to lead its transportation operations in the Dakotas and Wyoming. Kjenstad has been with HDR since 1999 and will continue to work out of the Sioux Falls office.

Joel R. Rische joined Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP as an Associate Attorney. A Wessington Springs, S.D., native, Rische graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law and is licensed in South Dakota. Rische works in the areas of complex and commercial litigation and insurance litigation.

The Sioux Falls Skyforce added several new front office staff. Kylie Hrdlicka is the Director of Gameday Operations and Marketing after interning on the game night staff during the 2014-15 season. A native of Rock Rapids, Iowa, she graduated from Southeast Technical Institute with associate degrees in Graphic Design and Marketing and worked full time in Sioux Steel Company´s marketing department upon graduation. Darren Feeney is the Director of Sports Media Relations. Prior to joining the Skyforce, he was the Sports Media Relations intern for the Miami HEAT, San Diego Chargers and San Diego Padres. The Eureka, Calif., native graduated with a bachelor´s degree in Communications from the University of San Diego and received a master´s degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco. Jack Ridgway is the Business Operations Assistant. He is currently pursuing a master´s degree in Sports Administration and Leadership from Augustana University. He graduated from Lakeland College in Wisconsin with a bachelor´s degree in Accounting while playing on the men´s basketball team. A native of Brandon, S.D., Ridgway previously held basketball operations internships with the Bakersfield Jam and the Skyforce.

Paul Thompson joined HenkinSchultz Creative Services as a media buyer. A Brookings native, Thompson graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor´s degree in mass communication specializing in advertising. He previously worked for the Sioux Falls Storm, KSFY and Townsquare Media.

The Kory Davis Experience added three Realtors and a team assistant. Dawn DeLange has more than 15 years of experience selling real estate. Cory Koerselman is a native of Sheldon, Iowa, and graduated from University of South Dakota. He also went to flight school and worked in that field for five years. Matt Guiliano grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of Sioux Falls. Rachel Bleeker is the team´s Administrative Assistant. She has a degree in Communications from Wayne State College, as well as past administrative experience. She is a native of Sioux Center, Iowa.

Jennifer Jones joined Advana Mortgage as a Mortgage Banker.

Hegg Hospitality promoted Nick Skajewski to the new Executive Chef at the Hilton Garden Inn-South. Most recently, Skajewski served as the Assistant Executive Chef at the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown. Kelsey Schroeder joined the Hegg Hospitality team as the Sales Manager and will be working for the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, the Hilton Garden Inn South, the Courtyard and the SpringHill Suites by Marriott. She was most recently employed as the Sales Manager at the Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center.

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Faini Designs received several awards at the Nebraska/South Dakota Jewelers Association at the Annual Leadership Conference. Nathan Faini took first place in Category II; Nic Faini took first place in Category III; and Gerard Faini took Best of Show in Category III.

Marco, Inc. was named North Central Partner of the Year by Microsoft´s U.S. Small & Mid-sized Business (SMB) Champions Club. The award recognizes the U.S. SMB Champions Club partner who has demonstrated significant Microsoft SMB sales and year-over-year SMB revenue growth with North Central SMB customers.

Marco, Inc. was named one of the 50 Best Places to Work for 2015 by Prairie Business magazine. Companies were nominated through an anonymous employee satisfaction survey and rated in areas including work environment, employee benefits and employee happiness. Consideration was also given to the number of nominations received per company. The 50 Best Places to Work award includes companies in the northern Plains states of North Dakota, South Dakota and western Minnesota regions. Marco was named a Top 25 Large Employer for the second year.

Confluence received an Honor Award by the Great Plains Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for their design of the Sioux Falls Downtown River Greenway.

Marco, Inc. and High Point Networks were named to The Channel Company´s 2015 CRN Fast Growth 150 list. Based on gross revenue over the two-year period from 2012-14, The Fast Growth 150 list ranks solution providers based in North America with significant economic growth. These companies have excelled in growing their operations and constantly providing essential services to their customers.

The Credit Collections Bureau named Megan Wehrkamp Client Services Representative of the month for August 2015.

The Great Plains Zoo was awarded the Association of Zoos and Aquarium´s (AZA) Top Honors Award for Exhibit Design for the Snow Monkey exhibit in the category of annual operating budgets of $5 million or less. The exhibit was reviewed on multiple criteria, including: rigorous animal care standards, safety for employees and guests, educational impact and connection to the conservation of species in the wild.

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The 2015 South Dakota Peach Festival, which attracted an estimated crowd of more than 40,000 people, raised $37,737 for Special Olympics South Dakota. It was organized by The Fruit Club.

J&L Harley-Davidson presented a $175,000 check to Make-A-Wish South Dakota for the proceeds from Hot Harley Nights. Make-A-Wish South Dakota received an additional $250,000 in in-kind donations for the event for a grand total of $425,000. The 2015 event featured four days of special events with attendance estimated at 50,000. The casino run had nearly 1,400 bikes registered from 13 states, three countries and 84 South Dakota communities. Sixteen Wish Kids led the parade of more than 4,000 motorcycles. There were approximately 550 volunteers who helped make this event happen, along with 56 sponsoring businesses, plus contributions for auctions and raffles from 116 additional companies.

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