FEB. 9, 2017 - VOL. 52 No. 5

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:


Nathan Stallinga,

Joey Rotert,
Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union

April Meyerink,

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Stefanie Engebretson,
American Bank & Trust

Justin Bentaas,
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

The Ambassador Team of the Month for December was Team Stallinga: Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities; Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union; and April Meyerink, The Top Sales Award and the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award both went to Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities.

Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for December. Second place honors went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., and Stefanie Engebretson, American Bank & Trust, was awarded third place honors. Stefanie Engebretson also won the Reinvestment and Ribbon Cutting Attendance awards.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for December was: Captain Janel Cole, Cole Notary, LLC, Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls, Jim Slater, ServiceMaster of Sioux Falls, and Austin Nielsen, Austin Nielsen Real Estate.

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Justin Bentaas is the Public Affairs & Research Manager for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. A Sioux Falls native, Bentaas previously served as the Economic Development Director for the city of Granite Falls, Minnesota.

First Bank & Trust has promoted Jason Herrboldt to Sioux Falls Market President. Jason has been with First Bank & Trust since 2006 and has been instrumental to its success by providing outstanding leadership and innovative vision. Jason will oversee the entire Sioux Falls operation, including Retail, Business Banking, Wealth Management and Mortgage. Brian Thompson continues his role as CEO/President, as well as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for First Bank & Trust´s Sioux Falls Charter. Elizabeth Carlson has been promoted to Vice President, Private Banker for First Bank & Trust. She joined the bank in 2007 and has experience as a Customer Service Representative, CSR Supervisor and Retail Banking Officer.

Sioux Falls Youth Hockey Association has hired Wendy McDonnel as Director of Operations. Wendy will oversee the association and its more than 580 skaters and their families from an operational side and will serve as the link to the Sioux Falls business community for support and partnerships.

Hegg Hospitality has promoted McKenzie Endriss to Guest Services Manager at the Courtyard by Marriott and SpringHill Suites in Sioux Falls. Endriss was previously the Sales Coordinator at those properties and has worked with Hegg Hospitality since 2014.

Spherion Staffing has hired Amanda Nielsen as Branch Manager in the Sioux Falls office. Nielsen oversees general business operations and manages services teams for Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. She also specializes in developing client relationships, increasing customer engagement and advocating Spherion’s professional services.

Sioux Falls marketing and public relations agency Epicosity has added four new staff members. Eric Backstrom is a senior account executive. He previously held marketing management positions at Midco Connections, MetaBank, Bulldog Media Group and Capital Card Services, Inc. Kenna Klinghagen is the agency’s media buyer. She previously held media buying and directing positions at Sterling eMarketing and Craft & Associates. Jacob Runia is a digital associate. He previously completed an internship at marketing agency Bailey Lauerman. Peter Chapman is a video producer. He previously worked in production at the University of South Dakota.

MetaBank has hired Kerry Thomas as a Personal Banker. MetaBank also promoted Sue Punke to Director, Human Resources and Jacques Apaloo was promoted to Vice President, Internal Audit.

StoneyBrook Suites Assisted Living in Sioux Falls has added Lacey Haneca as Assistant Administrator, Carly VanDenBosch as Restorative Therapy Assistant and Diana Ashmore as Dietary Manager.

Matt Entringer has joined HenkinSchultz Creative Services as Digital Marketing Strategist. A Sioux Falls native, Entringer earned his degree from Creighton University. He is Google AdWords and Analytics certified.

Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons has added two individuals to their leadership team. Kate Reed is Chief Marketing and Advancement Officer. Lori Dykstra is Chief Operating Officer.

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FASTSIGNS of Sioux Falls received national recognition out of more than almost 650 locations worldwide at the 2017 FASTSIGNS Convention. The locally owned and operated business received the CEO Circle Award, which recognizes the top 25 centers with the highest sales volume in the U.S. and Canada for the previous year.

The Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management annually recognizes local Human Resources professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of Human Resource Management and represents "the best" in the Human Resources profession. Julia Disburg, Minnehaha/Lincoln County was honored as the Emerging HR Professional of the Year. Maggie Pearson, RMS Roller-Grinder was named Distinguished HR Professional of the Year.

Interstates received the 2017 System Integrator of the Year (SIY) Award. Interstates was also selected as the SIY in 2010, making the company a two-time SIY Award winner.

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Sharon Haselhoff, Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort, has been elected as the 2017 chair of the Iowa Gaming Commission. Haselhoff has more than a decade of experience in the casino industry.

Deb Peters, CPA will assume the role of president of the National Conference of State Legislatures at the organization´s 2017 Legislative Summit in Boston. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that supports state lawmakers and provides policy makers with opportunities to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.

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Susan G. Komen Nebraska, based in Omaha, Neb., and Susan G. Komen South Dakota, based in Sioux Falls, have merged into a single nonprofit organization. Susan G. Komen Great Plains will serve residents in Nebraska and South Dakota with plans to expand into North Dakota in the future. Komen Great Plains will continue to fund breast health education, breast cancer screening and survivor support programs to men and women who are most at risk and most in need. The organization will maintain existing offices in Omaha, Neb. and Sioux Falls, and will continue to host Race for the Cure events in Sioux Falls and Omaha. Karen Daneu, executive director of Komen Nebraska, will serve as CEO of Komen Great Plains. Mary Kolsrud, executive director of Komen South Dakota, will be executive director of Komen Great Plains. The board of directors for Komen Great Plains will have representation from both states.

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