AUG. 3, 2015 - VOL. 50 No. 11

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
Members in the News


Amy O´Connor Hoback,
Kleenrite Company

Jay Soukup,
Home Federal Bank

Ryan Bak,
Jensen Insurance, Inc.

Mike Hauck,
Accord Commercial Real Estate, LLC.

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Julie Nelson,
Home Federal Bank

David Johnson,

Dustin Brouwer,
Sioux Falls Seminary

Karen Noonan,
CarrierNet Group Financial, Inc.

The Ambassador Team of the Month for June was Team O´Connor Hoback: Amy O´Connor Hoback, Kleenrite Company, Jay Soukup, Home Federal Bank and Ryan Bak, Jensen Insurance, Inc.

The Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award went to Mike Hauck, Accord Commercial Real Estate, LLC.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for June. Second place honors went to Julie Nelson, Home Federal Bank, and third place honors went to David Johnson, DAKOTACARE. Dustin Brouwer, Sioux Falls Seminary, was the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance award and Karen Noonan, CarrierNet Group Financial, Inc., won the Reinvestment Award. The Diplomat Team of the Month for June was: Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.; David Johnson, DAKOTACARE; Jim Slater, ServiceMaster of Sioux Falls; Kelly Grovijahn, Yoli The Better Body Company; and Jessica Nelson, gpac.

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Ulteig named Kelly Frankenfeld as the chief marketing and sales officer. Frankenfeld has more than 15 years of marketing and sales leadership experience working with companies such as Xcel Energy, Energy Resources and G & K Services.

Barry Weiland was promoted to area plant supervisor for CenturyLink. Weiland will manage daily operations of outside technicians whose work includes residential and business services installation and maintenance.

Sioux Falls Seminary promoted three employees. Dr. Larry Caldwell will serve as the Chief Academic Officer and Dean. Caldwell has been teaching in the area of Intercultural Studies at the seminary since 2011 and previously served as a missionary for Converge Worldwide and as Dean at Asian Theological Seminary in Manila. Dr. Susan Reese was granted tenure and full professor status. She is now Professor of Spiritual Formation and joined the seminary´s faculty in 2007 and recently played a large role in the creation of the new Training in Spiritual Direction program. Shanda Stricherz was promoted to Chief Creative Officer and Vice President of Project and Strategic Design. She has worked at the seminary since 2000 in the area of public relations and marketing. Her new role will include management of high priority projects, guiding implementation of institutional strategies, and leading of marketing and communications.

HenkinSchultz Creative Services welcomed Sioux Falls native Travis Dunn as a media buyer. Dunn attended USD where he studied business management and mass communication. Dunn has worked for a number of national companies, gaining experience in marketing and account services.

Amy Parsons is the new Personal Banker at Security National Bank of South Dakota´s W. 26th Street Branch. Parsons has previous sales and banking experience and is earning her bachelor´s degree from the University of Sioux Falls in Project Management and Management.

AE2S (Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.) hired Kevin Smith as a Municipal Management Specialist. Smith has more than 20 years of experience and a broad background in municipal government, including specific experience in the fields of public works and planning. Smith holds a Master of Arts degree in Geography with an emphasis on Regional Planning from Western Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from South Dakota State University.

Nancy Hughes joined First Dakota Title as President of Commercial Operations. Hughes has been active in the real estate industry for more than 30 years and brings an accomplished network of real estate brokers, lenders, accountants, attorneys and investors to the position.

Credit Collections Bureau promoted Steve Hanson, Renae Gibson, Jeff Johnson and Vonda Blom to Collection Associate. Michael Dobson was promoted to Collection Representative and Shane Gold was promoted to Senior Collection Director III. Gold was also named to the Multi-Million Dollar Club.

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EAPC Architects Engineers was named one of the best firms to work for in the U.S. and Canada by Zweig Group, a management consulting and research company for the architecture, engineering and environmental consulting industry. EAPC was selected for two awards including Zweig Group´s Architecture and Multi-Discipline categories. Awards are based on factors such as workplace practices, employee benefits and retention rates.

Susan G. Komen South Dakota was recognized for its innovative mission work at the breast cancer organization´s annual Leadership Conference. The local Komen Affiliate received "The Promise Award," named in honor of the promise to end breast cancer Komen´s founder made to her dying sister, Susan Komen. The award recognizes the organization´s Affiliate which has demonstrated a commitment to forward thinking in reducing overall breast cancer mortality, as well as disparities in breast cancer mortality.

First PREMIER Bank was among the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America for the second straight year, one of only 49 banks to do so out of the 6,998 total federally insured banks. The list is compiled by

CH Patisserie was named the second best French bakery in the country in a story published by It was praised for having "delicious options that will satisfy any sweet tooth." The top bakery was from New York City.

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A steering committee has been created to determine the next steps the community should take to complete the renovation of the former State Theatre, "the last jewel in the crown of historic downtown." It will be chaired by Gene McGowan, McGowan Capital Group. In addition to McGowan, members of the steering committee are: Brian Bonde, Dave Fleck, Joe Henkin, Pam Homan, Michelle Lavallee, Bob Leech, Jack Marsh, Steve Metli, Stacy Newcomb-Weiland, Evan Nolte, Aaron Rasmussen, Keith Severson and Larry Toll. The State, which opened in 1926 as a vaudeville house, has been stabilized with a new roof, wall repairs, a heating and air conditioning system and updates to the electrical and plumbing systems. Restoration of the lobby and restroom areas also has been completed. During the past five years, roughly $3 million has been spent to faithfully restore the building. Work remains in the auditorium area, including restoration of the walls, ceiling and stage. Sound and lighting equipment also need to be installed. Part of the steering committee´s job will be to explore ways to raise money for this final phase. The new panel plans to make its recommendations before the end of 2015. Its report will focus on the needs and costs of the final stage of the historic restoration project.

Sioux Falls Seminary welcomed Matthew Paulson, entrepreneur, author, and founder of; and Matt Smith, Business Banker at Dacotah Bank, to its Board of Trustees.

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JDS Industries was featured on HBO´s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, which discussed the ongoing debate of whether participation awards benefit children and society. To add perspective to their analysis, the news magazine asked to film at JDS Industries´ headquarters in Sioux Falls. JDS is the only industry supplier featured in the piece and the company was contacted directly by HBO.

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