APR. 11, 2016 - VOL. 51 No. 7

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


Liz Lloyd,
Lloyd Residential Group

Rick Rysavy,
Home Federal Bank

Rod Carlson,
Active Generations

Mark Luke, Mark Luke Construction

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

The Ambassador Team of the Month for February was Team Lloyd: Liz Lloyd, Lloyd Residential Group; Rick Rysavy, Home Federal Bank; and Rod Carlson, Active Generations. The Ribbon Cutting Attendance Winner was Mark Luke, Mark Luke Construction./p>

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for February, as well as the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award. Second place honors and the Reinvestment Award went to Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, and third place honors went to Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for February 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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South Dakota native Emily Sorenson joined HenkinSchultz Creative Services as Digital Project Manager. Sorenson has spent her career in digital media and is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with a degree in contemporary media and journalism.

Randee Van Bruggen joined Epicosity as its media buyer and planner. Van Bruggen previously held sales representative positions with the Sioux Falls Business Journal and Brown & Saenger, and most recently served as a media specialist for Vision Video Interactive (VVI).

Tammi Soehl joined Security National Bank of South Dakota as Mortgage Originator. Soehl has more than 15 years of mortgage lending experience, serving customers in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

Roger Priestley joined The Salvation Army as Director of Practical Ministries. Priestley is a graduate of Sioux Falls Seminary and is currently working on his MBA from the University of Sioux Falls.

Mark Terveen was elected to the Board of Directors of MSH Architects, Inc. He also serves as the firm´s comptroller. Terveen graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in business administration.

Four new market presidents have been promoted from within Dacotah Bank as part of a new regional management structure. Regional presidents Dave Bangasser, Sioux Falls; Brad Moore, Aberdeen; Rick Rylance, Rapid City; and Dan Vollmer, Minot, have all assumed their new responsibilities. The newly-appointed market presidents are: Kelly Bursinger, Rolla; Kip Hansen, Aberdeen; Randy Silver, Rapid City; and Matt Smith, Sioux Falls. Smith has been with Dacotah Bank since 1998 and is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls with a degree in accounting and business administration. In 2006, he completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Renae Gibson and Jody Miller were promoted to Collection Representative by the Credit Collections Bureau.

First Bank & Trust added three new bankers to their Sioux Falls team. Robbie Arend is a Vice President, Senior Trust Investment Officer; he has 13 years of experience in private banking, investment management and wealth management. Sadie Bell is Vice President, Retail Banking Manager, and will oversee all Sioux Falls retail operations. She has 12 years of experience in retail banking and management. Chad Kriech joins as Vice President, Private Banker. He has 12 years of personal banking and private banking experience.

Shannon Carder is the new Executive Director of the South Dakota Advertising Federation (SDAF). She replaces Ruth Ann Scott who served as executive director for more than a dozen years. Carder comes to SDAF with 16 years of communications-related experience: she was a reporter and anchor at KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls for seven years. She also worked for Sanford Health, Paulsen and Media One Advertising/Marketing.

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Cody Strom was named Variety Food´s 2015 Sales Person of the Year. Strom has been with Variety Foods for eight years.

Lori Bakken, Marketing Director for EAPC Architects Engineers, has been named to the Top 25 Women in Business by Prairie Business. The award is to draw attention to the many creative, successful businesswomen in North Dakota, South Dakota and western Minnesota. Honorees were selected through a nomination process that emphasized professional achievement, community contributions and work-life balance. These 25 women, chosen from a pool of about 150 nominees, come from a wide range of industries and have made significant impacts in their chosen professions, industries and communities. Bakken has been the Marketing Director at EAPC for eight years.

U.S. Bank announced several 2015 Annual Pinnacle Winners: David O´Hara, Marie Fredrickson, Samantha Hopf, Jennefer VanWestern and Thomas Schroeder. The 2015 Star of Excellence Winner was Shere Lilyquist. Dan Freese and Jim Sage were the 2015 Financial Advisor President´s Club Achievers and Inner Circle winners. Jen Albers was the 2015 Mortgage President´s Club Achiever. Audrey Kloster was the 2015 Mortgage President´s Club & Circle Achiever winner.

Ron Staebell, Principal Financial Group, was a 33-year qualifier for the Million Dollar Round Table, which is attained only by those who have demonstrated exceptional professional knowledge, expertise and client service. Jesse Clark qualified for the company´s Premier Club, an exclusive level of distinction given by the company.

Marco was named winner of the 2016 BOLD Award in the Middle Market Category, presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Marco was also named the winner of two 2016 Perfect Image Awards by imageSource Magazine in the categories of Dealer of the Year and Outstanding Leadership in Customer Engagement. The prestigious awards program recognizes exceptional leadership and innovation in the office channel.

Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown received the Most Improved Hotel RevPAR award for their outstanding achievements during the past year. The property, which is owned by Hegg Companies and managed by Hegg Hospitality, received this honor as a best in class performer for RevPAR (revenue per available room) from among the brand´s 665 hotels worldwide.

Shane Gold was named Collector of the Month and Rose Benson was named Client Services Representative of the Month for February 2016 by Credit Collections Bureau.

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Sioux Empire United Way´s officers elected for 2016 include: Chair Julie Norton, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center; First Vice Chair Tom Simmons, Midco; Second Vice Chair Bill O´Connor, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard; Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Dan Heineman, Sanford Health; Past Chair Paul Sova, Showplace Wood Products. Division representatives include: Campaign Division Chair Jay Huizenga, KELOLAND TV; Campaign Division Vice-Chair Bob Thimjon, The Ramkota Companies; Community Impact Division Chair Monie Siemonsma, Citi; Community Impact Division Vice Chair Brenda Kibbe, Citi; and Marketing Division Chair Jennie Doyen, First Bank & Trust. Members elected to a first three-year term are: Ben Arndt, Bell Incorporated; Jeff Eisele, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church; Clara Hart; and Curt Zaske, Wells Fargo. Other board members for 2016 include: Paul Bruflat, CNA Surety; Randy Bury, Sanford Health; Tracy Dahl-Webb, Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company; Dan Doyle, Cutler Law Firm LLP; Ryan Dulaney, First Dakota National Bank; Marie Fredrickson, U.S. Bank; Jim Jarding, Eide Bailly LLP; Chris Kray, Scheels; Tom McAdaragh, SONIFI Solutions; Eric McDonald, DocuTAP; Dean Mertz, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society; Dan Rykhus, Raven Industries; Sue Simons, RAS; and Dr. Fernando Soares, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.

The Salvation Army of Sioux Falls named its 2016 Advisory Board Members: Advisory Board Chair Steve Cook and Advisory Board Vice Chair Ron Mattice; additional Board Members include: Jean Beddow, Jim Berman, Melanie Bliss, Norm Dittman, Merl Duba, Dan Fosness, Roger Haugo, Catherine Lacey, Regan Leafstedt, Al Meyer, Darlene Michael, John Mogen, Steve Pankratz, Denise Schoolmeester, Don Toft and Donna Zacharias.

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Fareway Stores, Inc., in partnership with Variety-the Children´s Charity, provided a monetary donation of more than $80 to the Boys & Girls Club in Sioux Falls. The contribution is part of a Round-Up at the Register campaign that took place at the Sioux Falls Fareway store.

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March 2016 marks the 25-year anniversary of AMERI/STAR Real Estate, Inc. Since its inception in 1991, the original eight founding partners have grown the company to 42 real estate professionals.

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