MAY 1, 2017 - VOL. 52 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:


Joey Rotert,
Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union

Bernie DeWald,
McKinneyOlson Insurance

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Carrie Dragt,
American Cancer Society

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Janel Cole,
Cole Notary, LLC

Jessica Hauck,
Holiday Inn City Centre

The Top Sales Award went to Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union, and the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award went to Bernie DeWald, McKinney Olson Insurance.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for March. Second place honors went to Carrie Dragt, American Cancer Society, and Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, was awarded third place honors.

Janel Cole, Cole Notary, LLC, won the Reinvestment Award and Jessica Hauck, Holiday Inn City Centre, won the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award.

There was a tie for Diplomat Team of the Month for March: Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., Jessica Hauck, Holiday Inn City Centre, Tim Anderson, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Angie Wahl, All-Star Travel, Chris Bruning, Good Samaritan Society - Communities of Sioux Falls; and, Captain Carrie Dragt, American Cancer Society, Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, Nicole Raml, Comfort Inn & Suites/Avera Drive, Suzie Folkerts, Dacotah Bank, and Brian Spader, New York Life.

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Taylor Rollo is the Sales Assistant for the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau. Rollo earned a degree in Sports and Recreation Management and Marketing from Saint Cloud State University and has two years of sales experience.

The State Theatre Company has hired Allison Weiland as Development Coordinator. A native of Madison, SD, Weiland recently moved back to South Dakota from Minnesota to work for the State Theatre. She is a graduate of South Dakota State University and has experience in communication, theater, account service and digital product management.

Ward Ertz has joined ADwërks as Director of Client Services. Ertz will work directly with clients to translate business solutions, create strategic project plans, drive client revenue growth, and provide clients with initiatives to build their businesses. Ertz's business background includes significant roles in organizational leadership and management, revenue and margin optimization, project management, P&L accountability, and extensive advertising and marketing strategy.

Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency has recently welcomed four new employees: Bill Rezac as a Sales Executive specializing in employee benefits; Jared Ducommun as a Sales Executive in the Property & Casualty department; Jo Lynn Higgins as an Account Executive; and Jenny Wolff as Communication Strategist.

MetaBank has hired six new employees: Lauren Brecht as Legal Counsel; Jessica Rutford as VP of Accounting; Kristin Hoff as VP of Enterprise Risk Management; William Lyons as Senior Business Analyst; Christopher Hassebroek as Senior Software Engineer; and Michelle Jons as VP Operations for Risk, Third Party Risk, Vendor Management and Enterprise Risk Management. Two employees have been promoted: Kyle Hanson to Legal Counsel and Cesar Lainez to Senior Operations Analyst.

Donald Van Raalte has been promoted to Division Manager for Application Development & Support at Interstates.

AmesburyTruth has added two employees and promoted one. Dan Foster joined the team as Financial Analyst, responsible for leading core financial processes in support of the sales function. Foster holds a degree in Chemistry the University of North Dakota and a Master's degree in Accounting from the University of South Dakota. Jack Duck joined as Shipping/Receiving Supervisor. Duck will be responsible for all activities related to shipping, receiving, and managing of the Sioux Falls warehouse. He has extensive experience managing materials and in administrative and management roles. Sally Sehr was promoted to Customer Service Manager. She has been with the company for 20 years in various roles, most recently as Inside Sales Manager.

Eric Van Beek has joined HenkinSchultz Creative Services as a Graphics Installation Specialist in the agency's new sign shop division. Van Beek is experienced in the design and installation of large format graphics. Melissa Carter has been promoted to Senior Art Director at HenkinSchultz.

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Christy Westerman, Sales Executive for Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, has been named one of South Dakota's top agents 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.

The Fruit Club has been chosen as a winner of The 2017 American Small Business Championship hosted by SCORE, the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, and generously supported by Sam's Club. The title was awarded to 102 entrepreneurs for their dedication to the success of their small businesses. The Fruit Club provides fresh fruit to customers in nearly 300 communities in 14 states.

SDN Communications employees Chris Aeilts, Dave Halter, Russ Lampy and Joey Sanders have all earned the prestigious Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals designation from the Metro Ethernet Forum. The certification identifies the industry's leading professionals and showcases expertise and excellence in technological knowledge and understanding of Carrier Ethernet service specifications and definitions. SDN now has 12 certified employees, more than any other broadband provider in the Sioux Falls area.

The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized The Barrel House and Good Samaritan Society National Campus with a Disability Friendly Recognition Program award. 

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Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief Jim Sideras will retire at the end of June 2017 after a nearly 34-year career with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

Blake Crow and Tom Fogerty have both been named partners at Eide Bailly LLP. Both partners work with financial institutions.

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