JUNE 03, 2016 - VOL. 51 No. 9

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


Larry Ayres,
Ayres Group

Joey Rotert,
Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Duane Noerenberg,
Anderson Group CPA

David Johnson,

Tammy Beintema,

Larry Ayres, Ayres Group was the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Winner for April. The Top Sales Award went to Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for April as well as the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award. Second place honors went to Duane Noerenberg, Anderson Group CPA, and third place honors went to David Johnson, DAKOTACARE. The ribbon cutting attendance award went to Tammy Beintema, JDRF.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for April 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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HenkinSchultz expanded its account services team with the addition of Taylor Lizten as Account Coordinator. A South Dakota native, Litzen is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with a bachelor´s degree in contemporary media and journalism, specializing in advertising and marketing. Previously, she worked at Avera Health.

Gary Dybsetter is the new President of Security National Bank as of July 1. Dybsetter joined the Bank in 2013 and brings more than 30 years of banking and management experience and offers a strong background in all areas of banking services. Previously he was the Vice President of Business Development. Dybsetter succeeds Brian Bauman.

Mike Bakke joined Beck & Hofer Construction. Bakke has more than 20 years of experience as an architectural designer and project manager. He has bachelors degrees in architecture and environmental design from North Dakota State University.

Canfield Business Interiors hired Mike Grove as Managing Director. Grove has 29 years experience in sales and service management and brings a strong background in LEAN for office environments. Grove previously worked at Century Business Products, Office Elements, Davis Typewriter and most recently Marco Inc.

Liberty National Bank hired Stephanie Alt as Vice President/Private Banking Officer for the Sioux Falls market. Alt has more than 20 years of banking experience. She has a bachelor´s degree from Northwest Missouri State University.

Shawn Bohn is the new director of the Dakotas VA Regional Office. Bohn will oversee the administration of federal benefits to more than 154,000 veterans, service members, their families, and survivors living in South Dakota, North Dakota and 15 counties in northwestern Minnesota. Previously, Bohn was the Veterans Service Center Manager of the VA Regional Office in Sioux Falls.

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Electronic Systems, Inc. won the Circuits Assembly Service Excellence Award for Highest Overall Customer Rating for EMS companies in the $20 million to $100 million revenue range. The 2016 Service Excellence Awards program is sponsored by Circuits Assembly, the leading trade publication for the Electronics Assembly industry.

Several Sioux Falls Skyforce players were named to the 2015-16 NBA Development League teams post-season: Jarnell Stokes was on the First Team, DeAndre Liggins was on the Second Team, Greg Whittington was named to the All-Rookie Team and Liggins was also named to the All-Defensive Team.

The Sioux Falls Skyforce inducted Tommy Smith, Kasib Powell, David Bailey, and Mo McHone into the inaugural Skyforce Hall of Fame.

Adam Kniffen, First Bank & Trust, was selected to receive the 2016 Future Leaders Scholarship to attend the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. The scholarship is co-sponsored by the South Dakota Bankers Association.

Several women were honored at the SME 2016 Women of Excellence Awards. They include: Women Mentoring Women: Sharon Haseloff, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort; Young Women of Excellence: Mandy Bell, Avera Health; and Women Working Through the Decades: Viona Ranney.

EmBe recognized 93 women, men and businesses at the annual Tribute to Women event that celebrates the rich history of recognizing the achievements of exceptional women throughout the community. The following were honored for their achievements: Business Achievement: Trish McCann, Midco; Banking & Finance: Julie Nelson, American Bank and Trust; Government & Law: Elizabeth Overmoe, South Dakota State Bar; Humanities & Education: Twila Perkinson, Avera; Nonprofit & Community Services: Polly Dean, The New Colossus; Healthcare & STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math): Jill Weimer, Sanford Health; Young Woman of Achievement: Kellen Boice, The Design Center; Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award: Karla Santi, Blend Interactive; and EmBeliever Award: Bill Townsend, Howalt+McDowell Insurance.

The Business Resource Network along with the Disability Awareness Commission recently started offering a Disability Friendly Recognition, which awards local businesses who employ one or more people with disabilities with a sticker as a way of saying thank you. Businesses that were recently recognized with a Disability Friendly sticker include: Home Depot; MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub; Hilton Garden Inn Downtown; and Independent Living Choices.

Jeff Skinner, Skinner Financial Planning, is newly-certified as an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC). He also serves as the Regional Sales Director for Midland National Life Insurance Company. Skinner holds a master´s degree from South Dakota State University.

Steelcase named Interstate Office Products a 2016 Steelcase Platinum Partner, one of 33 North America dealers that earned this prestigious distinction in 2016, and one of only five North American dealers that have earned this distinction since the award´s inception five years ago.

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $6,000 grant to the South Dakota Lions Eye & Tissue Bank to construct an updated modular clean room, which will allow it to process corneal tissue in a shorter period of time with the highest possible level of quality and safety. The South Dakota Network Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault received a $10,000 grant from the SDCF to provide emergency services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

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St. Michael School in Sioux Falls was awarded a CenturyLink Foundation Teachers and Technology grant of $4,935 to purchase 15 Asus units for a mobile lab and rain forest research project. Teacher Teresa Zimmer submitted the project.

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John Skinner is celebrating his 5th anniversary with Claritus.

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