NOV. 6, 2015 - VOL. 51 No. 2

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


Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

David Johnson,

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

Derrick Karsky,
Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency

Teresa Schreier,
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

The Ambassador Team of the Year was Team Weide: Corey Weide, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management-Corey Weide, Adam Cooper, Dacotah Bank; Dave Stadheim, ReCom, Inc.; and Lyle Dabbert, Brown & Saenger. The Ambassador of the Year was Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was named Diplomat of the Year for 2014-15. The following Diplomats served as Team Captains during the 2014-15 Chamber year: Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.; Janel Cole, Cole Notary, LLC; Carrie Dragt, Midcontinent Communications; Stefanie Engebretson, Home Federal Bank; Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams Realty; Marshall Selberg, Lloyd Residential Group KW; Angie Wahl, All-Star Travel; and Stacy Wrightsman, Sanford Health.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for September. Second place honors went to Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club, and third place honors went to David Johnson, DAKOTACARE. Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services, was the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance award, and Derrick Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency, won the Reinvestment Award.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for September 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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Teresa Schreier is the Public Affairs & Communications Assistant for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Schreier is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa and previously worked at Active Data Systems.

Joel R. Rische joined Davenport Evans 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.

Glen Turner joined Insight Marketing Design as an Account Executive. He has more than 15 years of executive marketing experience in both traditional and digital media. In addition, Turner has worked in the sector and has been a business owner. Sarah Swanson joined Insight Marketing Design as a Client Service Specialist. Swanson´s responsibilities include researching industry trends, gathering competitive information and analyzing data in order to determine marketing strategies.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Rebecca Watson-Miller, Ph.D. joined the LifeScape Rehabilitation Center. Watson-Miller provides individual and family outpatient therapy and support services to children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Kathryn Sigford, M.D. joined LifeScape, providing rehabilitative medical care for children and adults through outpatient and residential programs. Sigford is a physiatrist, as well as a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Prior to joining LifeScape, Sigford completed her Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship through the University of Minnesota, at Gillette Children´s Specialty Healthcare in the Twin Cities.

Dan Craig is the new head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He becomes the 18th head coach in franchise history and has been a part of the Miami HEAT organization for the past 12 years. Octavio De La Grana and Corey Belser are the new assistant coaches. Justin Van Kooten will return as Director of Basketball Operations.

StarMark Cabinetry has several new staff additions and promotions. Seth Shryock is a Production Supervisor. Shyrock is a graduate of Iowa Lakes Community College. Gene Jensen is a Buyer/Planner. Jensen was previously with Raven Industries. He has extensive experience in purchasing, production management and production engineering. Jensen earned an MBA from University of South Dakota. Larry Wilson is a Production Supervisor. Previously, Wilson was with Sencore Inc. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from South Dakota State University and more than 20 years of manufacturing experience. Dustin Christianson is a Staff Accountant. Christianson was previously with Great Western Bank and Orion Food Systems, LLC. He has more than nine years of accounting experience and earned an MBA from Southwest Minnesota State University. Paula VanEmmerik was promoted to Senior Buyer. She has been with StarMark Cabinetry for 11 years. Dennis Henson was promoted to Controller. Henson joined StarMark Cabinetry a year ago as Financial/Cost Analyst. Chad Campbell was promoted to Assistant Supervisor in the Production Department. He has been with StarMark Cabinetry for more than 20 years in several leadership roles.

Marla Meyer is the new Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons. She succeeds Dr. Cynder Sinclair who has served as Interim CEO since April. Meyer has more than 15 years experience at the forefront of sales, marketing and service leadership across the U.S. and Canada. Meyer holds an MBA in Marketing from the Craig School of Business at California State University and a bachelor´s of science Degree in Marketing and Management from Minnesota State University. Most recently Meyer was a Strategic Management Consultant with Sumption & Wyland. In the previous 15 years she held various executive leadership positions with Sears Holding Corporation and PepsiCo/Pepsi Beverages Company.

Furniture Mart USA hired several new staff members. Ben Pausma is a Programmer/Analyst. Pausma received his bachelor´s of science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Trinity Christian College in Illinois. Some of his accomplishments include creating two games for Android devices as well as being the co-author of a publication which compares the performance of EPICS user interfaces. Erald Gjoni is the Senior Software Engineer. Gjoni studied Computer Science at Augustana College. He was previously employed by Omnitech Inc. and has extensive client-facing experience in web development and a background in data administration. Kayla Sifferath is the as Associate Marketing Manager. Sifferath most recently worked as an Account Executive at TallGrass Public Relations. She has a background in corporate marketing and experience with clients across industries including Marketing Technology, SaaS, high-tech, fuel and biomedical industries.

MSH Architects, Inc. hired several new staff members. Diane Steinbronn is a Project Architect. Steinbronn brings 13 years of architectural experience plus eight years of teaching to MSH. She is NCARB certified, a licensed architect in South Dakota, Illinois, and Idaho, and is a LEED accredited professional. Steinbronn received her master´s of architecture degree from the University of Idaho and her bachelor´s of arts degree from Augustana College. Heather Mergen is an Interior Designer/Drafter. Mergen has more than 15 years of project management experience. Mergen has a bachelor´s of science degree in Interior Design from South Dakota State University and an A.A.S. degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from Southeast Technical Institute. Allison Dvorak was promoted to Project Architect. Dvorak completed her professional internship, passed the required seven final exams, and is now a Licensed Architect.

Credit Collections Bureau promoted Tonya Pearl to Collection Advisor.

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At the 2015 EC-Council Global Awards, EC-Council recognized 5Point Enterprises (5PE), ownership group for 20 New Horizons Computer Learning Centers locations, including Sioux Falls, as a Circle of Excellence award winner.

U.S. Bank employees earning the company´s top quarterly Pinnacle awards are: Jim Sage and Dan Freese, Senior U.S. Bancorp Financial Advisors at Main Branch (8th Street and Main Avenue); and David O´Hara and Tom Schroeder, Ag Relationship Managers, at the North Branch, N. Minnesota Avenue.

The Sioux Falls VA Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) was recognized during the National VCS Conference with four awards for fiscal year 2014: Highest Net Operating Income Percentage at an Integrated Food Site; Highest 10 Perrcent of Director´s Survey Scores in the Nation; Highest 10 Percent of Overall Customer Services Score in the Nation; and, Canteen of the Year (one of 14 canteens in the country) for exceeding customer service expectations, outstanding operating results, and for meeting or exceeding standards for year-end inventory management.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Geiver, Chief, Human Resources Management Service for the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System, was awarded the South Dakota Healthcare Human Resources Association Leadership Award during the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations.

Melissa Carrier-Damon, LifeScape, is now licensed as a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S). A BCS-S specialist provides appropriate evidence-based treatment techniques to address the swallowing problems of each individual, based upon the comprehensive swallowing assessment. Carrier-Damon is the first Speech-Language Pathologist in South Dakota to become a BCS-S.

Marco was recognized by Great Place to Work and Fortune as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women. The recognition is based on women´s own assessments of the quality and fairness of the workplace; Marco was ranked No. 79. Marco was named by Great Place to Work as one of the best small and medium workplaces in the U.S. on their annual 2015 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published in Fortune magazine. Ranked No. 14, this is the second consecutive year Marco has received this honor.

Agatha K. Johnson of Prosperity Wealth Management, LLC was accepted for membership in the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). Membership and the designation are available only to financial advisors who meet NAPFA´ stringent membership qualifications.

The Enterprise Institute awarded the 2015 Spirit of Enterprise Award to Rich Naser, president of the South Dakota Technology Business Center, at the annual Innovation Expo in Sioux Falls. The Spirit of Enterprise is an award given annually by the Enterprise Institute to an individual in recognition of personal commitment, dedication and achievement in entrepreneurship. These individuals are directly responsible for helping shape the entrepreneurial culture of our state. The award is sponsored and presented by the McGowan Capital Group. Naser serves as president of the South Dakota Technology Business Center, a business incubator launched by Forward Sioux Falls in 2004, and the USD Discovery District in Sioux Falls. The Center and its staff serve as the resource for innovators and entrepreneurs launching, growing or expanding successful technology-based businesses in Sioux Falls. Naser also directs the Forward Sioux Falls Research, Technology and Entrepreneurship initiatives which focus on developing the human capital, early-stage funding and research infrastructure necessary to support high growth businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators.

Credit Collections Bureau named Megan Wehrkamp as Client Services Representative of the Month for September.

The South Dakota Community Foundation selected four Sioux Falls nonprofits to receive South Dakota Fund Grants in its latest round of grant awards. The selected organizations include South Dakota STARBASE, Friends of Levitt Shell Sioux Falls, the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum & East Sioux Falls Historic Site and Special Olympics South Dakota. South Dakota Fund Grants meet needs in the areas of economic development, human services, health, education and cultural programs across the state.

The Hilton Garden Inn-South of Sioux Falls was designated as a South Dakota´s Visitor Industry Great Service Star business for 2016. The Great Service Star Program is designed to identify and recognize businesses that develop and complete hospitality training programs for their staff, recognize and reward employees for offering great service, and find unique ways to show customer appreciation.

The SESHRM Chapter #217 (Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management) annually recognizes local businesses with their Workplace Excellence Awards, which acknowledges companies that have made significant strides in employee practices to establish a highly-desirable work environment and to recognize them for their leadership, culture and best practices. These companies are family-friendly with a dedicated workforce consistently portraying a strong culture of empowerment and growth. The recipient of the small company category (100 or less employees) was Howalt McDowell Insurance; the recipient of the medium company category (101-500 employees) was; the recipient of the large company category (more than 500 employees) was Avera McKennan.

The winners of the 2015 SculptureWalk exhibition were announced. Winning the People´s Choice was Sundays with Jessie by New York artist, Susan Geissler. The People´s Choice award is determined by public vote, both online and on the ballots distributed throughout the year. Ballots this year were submitted by visitors from 44 states and three countries. Sundays with Jessie will be purchased by the city and become a part of Sioux Falls´ permanent collection. Runners up were Brenna by Canadian artist Donna Jean Mayne and Gotta Practice First by Sioux Falls artists Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby. Winning the overall Best of Show award was Book Peddlers by Utah artist Jack Morford. The Best of Show awards are selected by a jury of art experts. The Best of Show Bronze award went to Arizona sculptor Robert Brubaker for his work titled No Room for Doubt. In the Best of Show-Other Materials there was a tie with honors going to California artist Osamede Obazee and his work titled The Big Easy and South Dakota Artist Laureate Dale Lamphere and his work Graystone Grasses.

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The South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry elected new leaders to serve on the Board of Directors. Steve Kirby, Bluestem Capital Co., Sioux Falls, is the Chair of the Board. Chris Lien, Outdoor MotorSports, Spearfish, is the Immediate Past Chair. The Board of Directors is designed to be representative of the diverse membership base and population centers of the state. Board members are elected for three-year terms and are allowed to serve two consecutive terms. Members include: Tim Boyle, Boyle Co., Dakota Dunes, owner of Wendy´s Restaurants, Sioux Falls; Dana Dykhouse, First PREMIER Bank, Sioux Falls; Dusty Johnson, Vantage Point Solutions, Mitchell; Brent Phillips, Regional Health Center, Rapid City; Robb Peterson, Glacial Lakes Rubber & Plastics, LLC, Watertown; Brian Sandvig, Valley Queen Cheese, Milbank; and Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., Dean Beacom School of Business, University of South Dakota, Vermillion.

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Sammons Financial Group contributed $17,500 to the Sioux Falls School District Education Foundation. The money will help fund an organization program that awards competitively earned grants to teachers for innovative educational projects. The Education Foundation also helps first-time teachers buy classroom supplies. Sammons Financial is a business in Sioux Falls that includes Midland Financial Life Insurance Company.

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44 Interactive merged with Social Bug, LLC and added Social Bug´s founder, Tina Beal, to the team.

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