FEB. 8, 2016 - VOL. 51 No. 5

Chair's Column
New Members
Member Anniversaries
Cover Story
Other News
Faces & Places
Ribbon Cuttings
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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


Mark Luke,
Luke Construction, LLC.

Eric Anderson,
Home Federal Bank

Jackie Stratman,

Dean Karsky,
Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services



The Ambassador Team of the Month for December was Team Luke: Mark Luke, Mark Luke Construction, LLC; Eric Anderson, Home Federal Bank; and Jackie Stratman, LifeScape. Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency, won the Top Sales Award.

Julie Nelson was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for December. Second place honors went to Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, and third place honors went to Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services. Dyvig was also the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance and Reinvestment Awards. The Diplomat Team of the Month for December 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. Diplomat Janel Cole, Cole Notary, was recognized for 10 years of service to the Diplomat Committee.

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Hegg Hospitality promoted Sara Lussman to General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn-South in Sioux Falls. Lussman was the General Manager for Courtyard by Marriott and SpringHill Suites by Marriott for the almost four years and will continue to oversee these hotels in an expanded area portfolio manager role. Rashel McCue was promoted to Front Office Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown. She previously worked as the Front Desk Lead at the Hilton Garden Inn-South. Diane Hanisch was promoted to General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott and SpringHill Suites by Marriott. She most recently held the position of Assistant General Manager for the properties. Randy Keith was promoted to Assistant General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott and SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Previously, Keith worked as the Assistant General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn-South. Eric Schumacher was promoted to Front Office Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn-South. Schumacher was most recently the Front Office Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown.

Abby Parker joined the South Dakota Technology Business Center (SDTBC), an entrepreneurship organization serving emerging businesses, as client care specialist. Parker handles the day-to-day activity of the center. Prior to the SDTBC, Parker spent five years at the Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union.

Epicosity has added two staff members. Luke Tatge is a copywriter, as well as traditional and digital marketing creative. He previously worked as an editor for the Argus Leader and as copywriter for MetaBank. Ruth Anne Sturm was hired as a digital strategist, developing content, search-engine optimization and social media strategy, as well as digital reporting. She previously worked as a digital marketing strategist at 44Interactive.

Credit Collections Bureau promoted Sandy Ellis to collection representative.

Jared Nesje is the new CEO at TSP. Nesje, a Principal and Senior Architect with the group, is only the fifth CEO to lead the firm, and the first architect in the position since Harold T. Spitznagel founded the company in June 1930. Nesje is a Sioux Falls native and Washington High School graduate. TSP promoted the following team members to expanded leadership roles in the company´s Sioux Falls office: Brian Heidbrink, Assoc. AIA: Senior Project Manager promoted from Associate to Principal; Michelle Klobassa, AIA, LEED AP BD+C: Architect promoted from Associate to Principal; Elizabeth Schulze, AIA, LEED AP BD+C: Architect promoted from Associate to Principal; Rex Hambrock, AIA, LEED AP: Senior Architect promoted from Shareholder to Associate; and Tadd Holt, PE: Senior Structural Engineer promoted from Shareholder to Associate.

Erica Kale joined Caliber Creative as an Account Coordinator. Kale graduated in 2015 from North Dakota State University and has previous experience in publishing, marketing and co-working spaces.

AmesburyTruth hired Michael Anderson as a Senior Project Engineer. Anderson has a bachelor´s of science degree in Electrical Engineering from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, and has more than 19 years of experience. Amy Kennedy joined the team as a Payroll Analyst and will be involved in the processing of corporate wide payroll and all related activities Kennedy has a bachelor´s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kennedy has previous work experience in HR, most recently at Raven Industries, Inc.

Craig De Jager joined Security National Bank of South Dakota as a Wealth Management Specialist. Prior to joining Security National Bank, De Jager was employed by Bank West in Rapid City. He has 28 years of experience in the financial service industry. De Jager holds a bachelor´s of arts degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Yankton College. He received his MBA from the University of South Dakota and later graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver-The College of Financial Planning.

Denise Lee joined Sullivan, Inc. as the new Vice President of Product Development. Lee´s career in design and development spans more than 30 years. She has more than 15 years´ experience in hands-on product development. Lee will head Sullivan´s product development team.

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Amanda Barton obtained certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), making her one of two dually certified BCBA and school psychologists at LifeScape. Barton has worked at LifeScape for five years. Darcie Knight obtained certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), making her one of two dually certified BCBA and school psychologists at LifeScape. Knight has worked at LifeScape as a school psychologist/behavior therapist for the past nine years. Erin Stabnow recently obtained her Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in the area of Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota. Stabnow works as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and the curriculum and assessment coordinator at LifeScape. 

Epicosity was awarded 11 statues in the annual MarCom Awards competition and recognized as a winner of four of this year´s International Davey Awards. These recognitions were awarded for services including web design, advertising and collateral design.

Hegg Companies was honored by hotel trade publication Hotel Business for excellence in hotel management. The company was named one of the Top 125 Management Companies for 2015. Hotel Business´ management company survey highlights gross annual revenue, number of properties managed, number of rooms managed, number of third-party properties managed and ownership stake of each company, with comparisons to the previous year´s numbers. Hegg Companies ranked No. 121 with 534 rooms and five managed hotels at the end of 2014. Hegg Companies owns and operates hotels located throughout the Midwest, comprised of mid- to upscale hotels. The properties are managed by their hotel management subsidiary Hegg Hospitality. The company´s portfolio of nationally branded hotels includes Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG families of brands, including Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, Hyatt Place, Hilton Garden Inn, and Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

The Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown Sioux Falls received the WeddingWire Couples´ Choice Awards 2016. The award recognizes the top 5 percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Winners of the WeddingWire Couples´ Choice Awards are determined by recent reviews from more than 1 million WeddingWire newlyweds.

Credit Collections Bureau named Rose Benson and Megan Wehrkamp Client Services Representatives of the Month for December 2015.

The Sioux Falls Skyforce were crowned champions at the NBA Development League Showcase 2016 presented by Samsung. The five-day event featured each of the league´s 19 teams playing two regular season games.

Craig Doeden, Century Business Products, won the "Best Technician in the Country" contest for Kyocera. This competition was open to any dealer in the country selling Kyocera products. There are roughly 2,000 technicians eligible to compete in the three-stage process. Doeden won the first contest Kyocera had in 2009. Century Business products has had three Kyocera national winners and a top five finish every year but one since the inception of the contest.

Several Sioux Falls U.S. Bank employees earned the company´s third Quarter Pinnacle Award, which recognizes the top 20 percent of performing employees nationwide: Samantha Hopf, Branch Manager in Hartford; Jenne VanWesten, Branch Manager at 41st Street/Marion Road; Michele Hawk, Branch Manager at 33rd Street/Minnesota Avenue; Chad Kriech, Private Banking Manager at 8th Street/Main Avenue; Marie Fredrickson, Relationship Manager at 8th Street/Main Avenue; David O´Hara, Ag Relationship Manager at N. Minnesota Avenue; Tom Schroeder, Ag Relationship Manager at N. Minnesota Avenue; Jim Sage, Senior U.S. Bancorp Financial Advisor at 8th Street/Main Avenue; Dan Freeze, Senior U.S. Bancorp Financial Advisor at 8th Street/Main Avenue. Mortgage Award winners were Jen Albers, Presidents Circle, and Audrey Kloster, Presidents Club and Presidents Circle.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire named its 2016 board of directors. BBBS officers are President Dave Geiver, Vice President Rick Huffman, Secretary Adam Hoier, Treasurer Bryan Whitesel and Past President Stacy Wrightsman. Joining the board are Corey Heaton, Tom Johnson and Elizabeth Duffy.

Members of the 2015 Leadership LifeScape Class include: Amanda Barton, School Psychologist/Behavior Specialist; Brittany Kroon, Lead Support Professional; Chade Koletzky, Admissions Specialist; Cheray Christiansen, Case Manager Coordinator; Dustan Bourassa, Residential Services Manager; Faron Lais, Executive Assistant; Jamie Winklepleck, Aquatics Coordinator; Michelle Treasure, Administrative Assistant; Miranda Petersen, Public Relations Assistant; and Sarah Wold-Hanson, Occupational Therapist. Leadership LifeScape is a free, year-long program that meets monthly January-December. It involves discussion on a particular theme each month such as leadership style, strategic planning, budgeting, and understanding the perspective of LifeScape clients and their families. Those selected will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, advance the mission of LifeScape, and further their careers. The group is mentored by Chief Executive Officer Anne Rieck McFarland.

The Co-op Natural Foods elected officers for 2016, re-electing four incumbents: President Alex Halbach, Cutler Law Firm LLP; Vice President Dan Doyle, Cutler Law Firm LLP; Treasurer Jill McManus, CNA Surety; and Secretary Cory Myers, Argus Leader Media.

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Land O´Lakes donated 40,000 pounds of frozen macaroni and cheese to Feeding South Dakota. This is Land O´Lakes First Run Program´s 96th donation nationwide since it was established in 2010. The program is committed to donating truckloads of fresh product yearround, made specifically for food banks to help alleviate hunger nationwide.

High Point Networks employees contributed $48,750 to more than 34 charitable organizations of their choice as part of the company´s Pay IT Forward employer/employee matching contribution program.

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