DEC. 29, 2016 - VOL. 52 No. 4

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:


Jay Rasmussen,
Journey Group Companies

Larry Ayres,
Ayres Group

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Stefanie Engebretson,
American Bank & Trust

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

David Johnson,

The Ambassador Top Sales Award for the month of December went to Jay Rasmussen, Journey Group Companies. The Ambassador Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award went to Larry Ayres, Ayres Group.

Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for November. Second place honors went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc. Stefanie Engebretson, American Bank & Trust, was awarded third place honors. The ribbon cutting attendance award went to Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services and the Reinvestment Award went to David Johnson, DAKOTACARE.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for November was: Captain Janel Cole, Cole Notary, LLC; Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust; Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls; Jim Slater, ServiceMaster of Sioux Falls; and Austin Nielsen, Austin Nielsen Real Estate.

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Rainbow International Restoration has promoted three employees and hired one. Melissa Baysore has been promoted to Mitigation and Program Division Manager. She is responsible for all emergency services and national account work. Wade Hutchinson has been promoted to Reconstruction Division Manager, responsible for all rebuild services. Julie Redlin has been promoted to Business Development Associate. She is responsible for increasing market presence by building relationships with current and potential clients. Carissa Gagnon has been hired as Office Manager, responsible for all office functions including accounting, receptionist and customer service duties.

Sioux Falls Psychological Services is pleased to announce new members to its team. Dr. Amy Marschall, Licensed Psychologist, provides assessment and therapy services to children and adolescents. Her areas of expertise include ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder; learning, adaptive, and functional assessments; trauma, abuse, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Erik Lohmann, Psychology Resident, provides therapy and assessment. He specializes in providing evaluations (forensic or court-ordered, memory and cognitive, attention/concentration, and psychological) as well as in the areas of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and anxiety. The central office has added Carrie Handbury as the Business Manager and Jodi Callahan as office assistant.

MetaBank has hired Nicholas Ensz as Business Intelligence Manager. MetaBank also promoted four employees: Laurie Moeller was promoted to vice president of Human Resources; Kristy Moss was promoted to operations director of Human Resources; Beau Hudelson was promoted to senior financial analyst; and Alice Beyer was promoted to vice president of Partner Services.

Three new employees have joined AmesburyTruth. Joshua Larson joined the leadership team as Director of Operations, responsible for manufacturing, quality, and continuous improvement for multiple manufacturing plants. Kendra McGuire joined as Senior Accountant responsible for general accounting, payroll, fixed assets, budgeting and forecasting. Tyler Welbig is a Design Engineer responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of new and existing products. In addition, two AmesburyTruth employees were promoted: Tim Binder was promoted to Director of Global Supply Chain; James Larson was promoted to the Chief Operating Officer.

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System has made several promotions and new hires. Heather Berard, MSW, CSW, PIP has been promoted to Social Work Executive/Homeless Coordinator. Denise Schwardt is the new Administrative Officer for Extended Care & Rehab Service Line. Matt McDougal, MD is the Mental Health Service Line Medical Director. Rose Riley, DDS, is Chief of Dental Service. David Scott is Assistant Chief, Environmental Management Service. Robert Price is the Chief of Pastoral Care. Deborah Ford is Logistics Officer.

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J&L Harley-Davidson and the Entenman family received the 2016 Boyd Hopkins, Sr. Excellence in Family Business Award.

Sioux Falls Seminary recognized the several individuals with their annual Excellence Awards. Dr. Rhoda Carpenter, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, received the Powell Award for Excellence in Service by Faculty. Greg Henson, President of Sioux Falls Seminary, received the Rauschenbusch Award for Excellence in Service by Administration. Megan Miller, Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, received the Zimbelman Award for Excellence in Service through Sioux Falls Psychological Services. Jeremy Bill, Sammons Financial Group and Chair of the Board of Trustees at Sioux Falls Seminary, received the Schmeltekopf Award for Excellence in Volunteer Service.

The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sioux Falls South and GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center (Southeastern Avenue) with a Disability Friendly Recognition Program award.

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Independent Insurance Agents of Sioux Falls has demonstrated support for improving learning opportunities for students by donating $10,000 to the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation. The new partnership will boost the Education Foundation’s Innovation in Education Grant Program for teachers.

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Sioux Falls Seminary welcomes Eric Yunag, Convergint Technologies and Paul Pankratz, Pastor at Oak Hills Baptist Church, to its Board of Trustees.

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