DEC. 7, 2016 - VOL. 52 No. 3

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:


Lynda billars,
The Lynda B. Advantage

Larry Ayres,
Ayres Group

Bernie Dewald,
McKinneyOlson Insurance

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Angie Wahl,
All-Star Travel

The Ambassador Team of the Month for October was Team Billars: Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW; Larry Ayres, Ayres Group; and Bernie DeWald, McKinneyOlson Insurance. The Top Sales Award and the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award both went to Bernie DeWald, McKinneyOlson Insurance.

Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for October. Second place honors went to Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, and Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded third place honors. The Reinvestment Award went to Angie Wahl, All-Star Travel.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for October was: Captain Carrie Dragt, American Cancer Society; Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club; Nicole Raml, Comfort Inn & Suites; Suzie Folkerts, Dacotah Bank; and Brian Spader, New York Life.

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Sarah Van Westen has joined ADwërks, Inc. as Digital Medialogist working with the media buying team. Van Westen´s experience includes writing and editing, information organization and HTML elements.

MetaBank has hired four new employees: Kurt Johnson as Director, Credit Policy and Risk Management; Karen Sundermann as Software Engineering Manager; Elisa Johnson as Accounting Director; and Benjamin Hasche as Account Analysis Manager. In addition, three employees received promotions: Howard Schmidt was promoted to BI Analyst; Collin Friman was promoted to Senior Accountant; and Stephen Flicek was promoted to Internal Audit Manager.

First Bank & Trust has named the team that will staff its new location at Dawley Farm Village. Breanna Garbers will serve as Branch Manager. She has been with the bank since 2010. The team of Universal Bankers consists of Megan Backer, Jordan Haeckel, Josh Jakober, Derek Jutting and Tanner McWilliams. First Bank & Trust has also hired Briana McCarty as a Personal Banker. She has experience in banking and sales.

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Paramedics Plus recently received the American Heart Association´s Mission: Lifeline© EMS Bronze Level Recognition Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

The following Chamber member businesses received a Disability Friendly Recognition Program award in October from the Sioux Falls Business Resource Network: First Dakota Title, GrandStay Hotel & Suites, and Pizza Ranch on East 10th Street.

Irina Kleinsasser, owner of the Logistics Buddy, The Fruit Club and Tiny Toes Showroom, was a finalist in the global Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She was nominated in the category of Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year.

Click Rain was named one of the "Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America" by Entrepreneur Magazine´s Entrepreneur 360 List. Click Rain was listed at 83 on the top 100 list, and is the only South Dakota company to make the list.

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Sammons Financial Group of Sioux Falls and its employees supported Family Visitation Center (FVC) with a $75,000 donation. FVC is a local non-profit that provides safe, supervised visitation and exchanges for children and families.

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The Sioux Falls SCORE Chapter has chosen Daren Anderson as its 2016-17 chapter chair. SCORE is a national network of entrepreneurs, business leaders and executives who volunteer as mentors to America´s small businesses.

The Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation has elected officers for 2017: Chair Stephanie Gongopoulos, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Vice Chair Vernon Brown, SDN Communications; Secretary Catherine Dekkenga, Architecture Incorporated; Treasurer Jackie Dumansky, First PREMIER Bank. In addition, the Board has added Callie Breisch as a member. She is a manager and CPA in the tax department at Eide Bailly LLP.

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