APR. 02, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 6

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,

Bernie DeWald,
McKinneyOlson Insurance

Daschle Larsen,
McKinneyOlson Insurance

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

Joey Rotert,
Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union

Michael Huber,
Merrill Lynch - Michael Huber

Jay Soukup,
Great Western Bank

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

Tammy Beintema,

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Nancy Van Otterloo,
First PREMIER Bank

Gita Hendricks,
Yoli BB

The Ambassador Team of the Month for January was Team Stallinga: Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities; Bernie DeWald, McKinneyOlson Insurance; and Daschle Larsen, McKinneyOlson Insurance. DeWald won the Sales Award for January and the Ribbon Cutting Award went to Stallinga.

The Ambassador Team of the Month for February was Team Billars: Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW; Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union; and Michael Huber, Merrill Lynch - Michael Huber. Billars won the Sales Award for February and the Ribbon Cutting Award went to Jay Soukup, Great Western Bank.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for January, as well as the Ribbon Cutting Award. Second place honors were awarded to Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services, and Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, received third place honors. Tammy Beintema, JDRF, won the Retention Award.

Diplomat Team of the Month for January went to Captain Derrick Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency; Marshall Selberg, Lloyd Residential Group; Cole Robbins, U.S. Bank; Stacy Wrightsman, Sanford Health; and Deb Peterson, CorTrust Bank.

Diplomat of the Month honors for February went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc. Second place honors went to Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, and Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, received third place honors and the Ribbon Cutting Award. Nancy Van Otterloo, First PREMIER Bank, won the Retention Award.

Diplomat Team of the Month for February went to Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.; Brad Nelson, Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls; Michelle Markgraf, The Compass Center; Ryan Schneider, Plains Commerce Bank; and Nancy Van Otterloo, First PREMIER Bank.

Gita Hendricks, Yoli BB, was recognized for 10 years of service to the Diplomat Committee.


Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company welcomed Sean Mayer as a Risk Management Consultant and Jessica DeWitt as a Client Representative in the Property & Casualty department.

Security National Bank of South Dakota has named Mark Lovre as Senior Vice President, Commercial Services. Lovre is responsible for business development in commercial real estate and commercial banking. His new duties include credit administration support and the training oversight of commercial lenders for portfolio management and credit analysis. Lovre joined the bank in 2006 and has more than 40 years of banking experience.

Danielle Johnson has joined the team at MediaOne Advertising/Marketing as content manager/copywriter. She brings five years of experience to the agency.

AmesburyTruth has added two new team members. Tyler VanEmmerick joined as a Manufacturing Financial Analyst and Kelly Smith joined as an IT Specialist on the Infrastructure team.

Kacey Herrmann has joined HenkinSchultz Creative Services as an account executive. She is a SDSU graduate with several years of experience in account coordination, working on many regional and national campaigns.

High Point Networks, LLC has hired two new employees in their Sioux Falls office. Nathan Brodkorb joins as an Inside Sales Representative. He has three years of experience in the industry. Tiffany Clanton has been hired as a project manager. She has 11 years of industry experience and brings a variety of knowledge in project management from her previous roles. In addition, Brandi Huntimer has transitioned into the role of marketing manager. She has eight years of marketing experience and has been with High Point Networks for six months.

Chris Bohlen recently joined Epicosity as an account executive. Bohlen joins a growing team of account management professionals and brings a background in sales and client relations.

MetaBank has promoted three staff members: Kari Bigelow is a Vice President of Accounting; Darla Wellendorf is Director of Training and Kris Long is a Senior Business Intelligence Analyst. In addition, ten new employees have joined MetaBank: Alison Christian is the Vice President of Product Management, Technology Product; Joel Corlew is Director of Tax Accounting; Julie Van Luvanee is a Project Manager; Scott Oehlerking is System Administrator III; Jennifer Fisher is Benefits Representative; Amy Lauck is SVP, Deputy General Counsel; Pam Johnson is Senior Client Relations Manager; Scott Willson is Director of Sales; and Damon Punt is the Branch Manager and Brittany Nichols is a Personal Banker at the 33rd and Minnesota Avenue location.

ADwërks has hired Nate Marshall as its Social Scientist. His duties will include digital and social strategy and tactics, managing social media accounts, content and digital media.

RAS welcomes eight new team members. Chirag Shukla is Chief Information and Technology Officer; Hait Patel is Underwriting Assistant; Ken Randall is Claims Examiner; Melissa Morben is an Administrative Assistant; Riley Leighton is an Administrative Assistant; Stacey McDonald is a Claims Assistant; Teresa Boe is a Claims Representative; and Kristi Burnison is an Underwriting CSR.

The Helpline Center has hired Wendy Dooley for the newly created position of marketing director. Dooley will coordinate and lead the marketing efforts of the Helpline Center, develop and maintain strong relationships within the community to support the mission and assist in facilitating client and donor development.

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls has promoted Chase Hoffman to Mortgage Loan Originator at the Western Mall branch.


Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota announced their 2018 Foundation Board of Directors. Members include: Carol Twedt, Sioux Falls, Chair; Kent Hartsuiker, Sioux Falls, Vice Chair; Jim Schade, Volga, Treasurer; Rich Aguilar, Sioux Falls, Secretary; Joel Black, Rapid City; Deb Bowman, Pierre; Carrie Churchill, Rapid City; Patris Eidsness, Rochford; Rev. Bob Hansen, Hartford, Past Chair; Ron Hegge, Renner; Julie Johnson, Mina; Rita Karels, Sioux Falls; Tolcha Mesele, Sioux Falls; Julie Nesson, Sioux Falls; Rev. Tom Opoien, Tea; Brad Scott, Spearfish; Mark Thomas, Sioux Falls; and Kris Wollman, Aberdeen.

The Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation Board has re-elected four officers for 2018. They are: Chair Stephanie Gongopoulos; Vice Chair Vernon Brown, SDN Communications; Secretary Catherine Dekkenga, JLG Architects; and Treasurer Jackie Dumansky, First PREMIER Bank.

Safety Village of South Dakota has appointed its Board of Directors for 2018. President Marsha Kucker, Capital Resource Consulting; Vice President Darren Kuyper, 44i; Treasurer Kathy Redinius; Secretary Dr. Kevin Whittle, Avera Health; Doug Kruse, First PREMIER Bank; Eric Majeres, Volunteers of America, Dakotas; Karen Keyser, SD Department of Education; Marilyn Buskohl, AAA South Dakota; Steve Munk; Tim Neuroth, CHS; Michael Top, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue; and Christine Bruxvoort, Sioux Falls Police Department.

Sioux Empire United Way has elected officers for 2018: Chair Bill O'Connor, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard; First Vice Chair Dr. Dan Heinemann, Sanford Health; Second Vice Chair Marie Fredrickson, U.S. Bank; Secretary/Treasurer and Campaign Division Chair Chris Kray, Scheels of Sioux Falls; Past Chair W. Tom Simmons. Division representatives include: Campaign Division Vice Chair Miles Beacom, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard; Community Impact Division Chair Brenda Kibbe, Citi; Community Impact Division Vice Chair Jeff Strand, Eide Bailly, LLP; and Marketing Division Chair Andrea Leesch, SDN Communications. Members elected to a first three year term are: Dr. Mike Frankman, Falls Dental Centre; Randy Knecht, Journey Group; Kate Kotzea, Click Rain; Steve Statz, Avera Health; and Tolcha Mesele, Smithfield.


Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Teri Schmidt was recognized by the National Pheasants Forever organizations for her extraordinary commitment and dedication to the 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic with an Exceeding Expectations award. In addition, the State of South Dakota named Schmidt Pheasants Forever Professional of the Year for 2017.

The USD Discovery District and the Research Park at South Dakota State University awarded University of South Dakota President Jim Abbott the inaugural "State of Innovation Visionary Award." President Abbott has provided widespread support of strategic workforce development and funding initiatives, including the support of key legislation for the incorporation, infrastructure and funding of the USD Discovery District.

The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized EmBe and Paws Pet Resort with a Disability Friendly Recognition Program Award.

The Sioux Empire United Way honored three businesses and seven individuals at its annual Thank You event. David Birkeland Memorial Award: Jeff Scherschligt, Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company; Larry Oppold Memorial Award: Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota; Helen E. (Oppold) Blair Memorial Award: Diane Bauch, Sioux Falls Area CASA and The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Heart Club Philanthropist: Shelly Johnson, Lawrence & Schiller, Inc.; Brent Weiler Bulldog Award: Nicole Burns, Wells Fargo Bank; Rich Garry Rookie of the Year Award: Vicki Nelson, South Dakota Department of Human Services; Volunteer of the Year: Kate Kotzea, Click Rain; Business of the Year, 1-100 Employees: ReliaMax; Business of the Year, 101-500 Employees: Five Star Call Centers; and Business of the Year, 500+ Employees: First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard.

The City of Sioux Falls recognized Laurie Fluit, Angela DeClerk, Clair Halverson, Jayme Nelson and Tessica Severson with its newly created SIOUXPERHERO award. The SIOUXPERHERO Citizen Recognition Program emphasizes positive stories, people, and developments in Sioux Falls.

The South Dakota Advertising Federation honored two professionals for excellence in their field. Mark Glissendorf, Lawrence & Schiller, Inc., received the Silver Medal Award and Eva Hofer, MediaOne Advertising/Marketing, received the Creative Legacy Award.


The Helpline Center has been awarded a second Bush Community Innovation Grant, which will be utilized to continue the development and enhancement of The Sioux Empire Network of Care program. The Sioux Empire Network of Care was developed to build a system to coordinate basic need services for individuals and families in a more efficient, effective and caring manner. The Helpline Center received an initial Bush Community Innovation grant in 2015 to launch the program.

Meta Women's Network, an organization group at MetaBank, donated 540 items of clothing and accessories to Dress for Success. Over 30 Sioux Falls employees participated in the clothing drive.

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