JUNE 2, 2015 - VOL. 50 No. 9

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


Amy O´Connor Hoback,
Kleenrite Company

Lyle Dabbert,
Brown & Saenger

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

Julie Nelson,
Home Federal Bank

Janel Cole,
Cole Notary

Because of the Spring Membership Drive, there was no Ambassador Team of the Month for April. Amy O´Connor Hoback, Kleenrite Company, was the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Winner for April. Lyle Dabbert, Brown & Saenger, received the Top Sales Award for April.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was the Diplomat of the Month for April. Second place honors went to Julie Nelson, Home Federal Bank, and third place honors went to Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club. Julie Nelson was also the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance award, and Janel Cole, Cole Notary, won the Reinvestment Award.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for April 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.

Members of the Chamber´s Ag Council were recognized for their service at the Ag Division Annual Meeting: Past Chair Brian Gilbert, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Larry Healy, Campbell Supply Co.; Cynthia Knudsen, Dean Foods/Land O´Lakes; Dave Knudsen, First Dakota National Bank, Mike Siemonsma, First Bank & Trust and David O´Hara, U.S. Bank. Several volunteers were also recognized for their efforts during the 62nd Annual Sioux Empire Farm Show: Volunteer of the Year Jon Miller, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Rookie of the Year Grant Olson, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Farm Show Chair Phil DeGroot, Home Federal Bank; Volunteer of the Year Tim Sturdevant, Sturdevant´s Auto Parts; Volunteer of the Year Christy Streff, Great Western Bank; and Old Timer Award Len Dankey, retired.

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Michael Benton is the new Personal Banking Supervisor at the Brandon Home Federal Bank branch. Benton has previous sales and banking experience and earned his bachelor´s degree of Business Administration in Marketing Management from Colorado Technical University. Stefanie Engebretson is the new Branch Manager at Home Federal Bank´s North Cliff branch. She comes to Home Federal Bank with previous financial and banking experience. Engebretson earned her bachelor´s degree in psychology from the South Dakota State University.

Ulteig named Doug Jaeger to the position of CEO. Jaeger will assume his full-time role as CEO June 15. Jaeger earned his undergraduate degree from St. John´s University in Collegeville, Minn., and his MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Robyn Haggin joined the Perspective design studio as an Architectural Drafter/BIM Manager. Haggin will be involved in all phases of a wide range of projects including health care, hospitality, corporate and higher education. Haggin has experience in K-12 education, commercial, housing and government projects. Haggin is a Western Iowa Tech graduate with a degree in architectural construction.

HenkinSchultz Creative Services had several new staff join its production team. Melissa Doyle is a web designer and has been writing computer code for 15 years and designed websites for five years. Born in Spain, print designer Patricia Solis began her marketing career in 2008 on the warm coast of her home country. With a master´s degree in design and a love for photography, Solis brings her visual flair, media production skills and global sensibility to HenkinSchultz. Graphic designer Alex Sutton worked at Geffdog Design & Apparel in Aberdeen after graduating from South Dakota State University in 2014.

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The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) hosted the 2015 Annual Visitor Industry Luncheon on May 12. The annual luncheon is a celebration of the Sioux Falls visitor industry. Each year the CVB recognizes people and businesses who show consistent support to the industry by presenting awards in four categories; the 2015 winners were: Business: Sioux Falls People for Youth; Media: Cory Myers, Argus Leader Media; First Impressions: Brenda Dinsmore, Bagel Boy; and Heart of the City: Terry Torkildson, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

Mud Mile Communications received four Telly Awards for video animation, television promotion and copywriting. Mud Mile also received two gold and one silver ADDY awards from the South Dakota Advertising Federation.

DataSync received a SugarCRM Global Partner Award for Most Accelerated Growth in North America. This award is given based on outstanding regional year-over-year growth and commitment to SugarCRM. DataSync was one of two North American Elite partners to be honored.

Several local U.S. Bank employees earned the company´s top quarterly awards, which recognizes the top 20 percent of performing employees nationwide: Pinnacle: Samantha Hopf (Hartford), Trisha Moe (12th & West), Jenne VanWesten (41st & Marion), David O´Hara (N. Minnesota), and Scott Grunewaldt & Lecia Kruse (8th & Main).

The South Dakota District Small Business Administration honored the following as part of their 2015 Small Business Week Award Winners during a special reception in May: Family-Owned Small Business of the Year: Montgomery´s, Madison, Sioux Falls and Watertown; Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year: Sky Zone; Women-Owned Small Business of the Year: Behavior Care Specialists, Inc.; SBA Champion of the Year: Evan Nolte, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce; and SCORE Partner of the Year: G. Richard Ambrosius, Positive Aging. All award recipients are members of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Sioux Falls VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) Health Care System recognized several nurses with the Secretary of VA´s Nursing Excellence Awards. These nurses were nominated by their peers and recently recognized for their compassion and dedication to the nursing profession: Darlene Poppenga, LPN; Dereck Schrader, RN; and Jodi Lounsbery, RN in an expanded role.

Steelcase named Interstate Office Products a 2015 Platinum Partner. Only 25 of the 270 North America dealers earned this prestigious distinction in 2015, and Interstate Office Products is one of only five North American dealers who have earned this distinction every year since the award´s inception.

BEI Services and ENX Magazine selected Marco as an Office Technology Service Excellence Award recipient. This honor is given to dealerships that have proven to meet or exceed national performance standards in areas relating to customer satisfaction as defined by BEI Services. Thirty-nine Marco technicians were recognized for their outstanding service and Marco also received the dealer award.

Marco, Inc. CEO Jeff Gau is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 in the Upper Midwest. The EY awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The winners will be announced in June.

The Sales and Marketing Executives, Inc of Sioux Falls (SME) honored three women of excellence at the annual SME Women in Business event. The Young Women of Excellence was awarded to Bobbi Thury, a partner and lawyer at Cutler Law Firm. Lori Popkes, the Associate Chief Nursing Officer and the Assistant Vice President of Women and Children´s Services at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Care, received the Women Mentoring Women award. The Women Working Through the Decades Award went to Mary Jo Leedom, Assistant Vice President of Perioperative Services at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Care.

5 Point Enterprises, an ownership group of 20 New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, joined EC-Council´s nationally-recognized accredited training centers. Nationally recognized ATCs are an elite group that offer EC-Council training across multiple locations in the U.S., which will help New Horizons continue to grow as a leader in cybersecurity education.

Several women and one business were recognized at EmBe´s annual Tribute to Women: Banking & Finance: Brandi Kowalczyk, Lifescape; Healthcare & S.T.E.M.: Megan Landsverk, PHD, Sanford Health; Government & Law: Barbara Everist, retired; Nonprofit & Human Services: Brooke Nicholson Grote, Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Young Woman of Achievement Erin Srstka, Minnehaha County; Business Achievement: Erin Hayes, Midcontinent Communications; Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award: Julie Norton, Avera; and EmBeliever Award: Click Rain.

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Downtown Kiwanis Club granted $2,000 to Family Visitation Center (FVC) to assist with the costs of safely transporting children to and from FVC for visits with their parents.

CenturyLink, in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Education (DOE), awarded the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation´s Teachers and Technology grant program to St. Michael School. The program awards grants to schools in CenturyLink´s local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms. St. Michael´s School was awarded $5,000 to purchase 14 ASUS Transformer book units for a The Colonial Chronicles project that will impact 30 students.

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Sioux Empire United Way officers elected for 2015 include: Chair Paul Sova, Showplace Wood Products; First Vice Chair Julie Norton, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center; Second Vice Chair W. Tom Simmons, Midcontinent Communications; Secretary/Treasurer Bill O´Connor, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard; Past Chair Bob Thimjon, The Ramkota Companies, Inc. Division chairs include: Campaign Division Chair Pam Hanneman, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard; Community Impact Division Chair Monie Siemonsma, Citi; and Marketing Division Chair Stacy Jones, Sanford Health. Newly elected board members include: Pastor Jeff Eisele, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church; Chris Kray, Scheels of Sioux Falls; Tom McAdaragh, SONIFI Solutions; Eric McDonald, DocuTAP; and Dr. Fernando Soares, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. Other board members for 2015 include: Ken Baptist, John Morrell & Co.; Paul Bruflat, CNA Surety; Randy Bury, Sanford Health; Tracy Dahl-Webb, Howalt+McDowell Insurance; Ryan Dulaney, First Dakota National Bank; Marie Fredrickson, U.S. Bank; Dr. Dan Heinemann, Sanford Health; Lisa Hicks, Communication Workers of America; Jay Huizenga, KELOLAND TV; Jim Jarding, Eide Bailly LLP; David Long, Capital One Financial Corporation; Dean Mertz, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society; Scott Petersen, Washington Pavilion; Dan Rykhus, Raven Industries; and Sue Simons, Sioux Falls School District.

Lyle Dabbert, Brown & Saenger, was elected as the Chair of TriMega Purchasing Association. Dedicated to the business of office products, computer supplies, and office furniture TriMega´s approximately 590 member companies each range in annual sales from $1million to more than $100 million.

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