MAY 5, 2015 - VOL. 50 No. 8

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


Nathan Stallinga,

Dean Karsky,
Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency

Joey Rotert,
Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union

Eric Anderson,
Home Federal Bank

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

Julie Nelson,
Home Federal Bank

Jim Slater,
ServiceMaster of Sioux Falls

Duane Noerenberg,
Anderson Group CPA

The Ambassador Team of the Month for March was Team Stallinga: Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities; Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency; and Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union. The Ribbon Cutting Attendance Winner was Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities and the Top Sales Award went to Eric Anderson, Home Federal Bank.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for March. Second place honors went to Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, and third place honors went to Julie Nelson, Home Federal Bank. Jim Slater, ServiceMaster of Sioux Falls, was the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance award, and Duane Noerenberg, Anderson Group CPA, won the Reinvestment Award. The Diplomat Team of the Month for March 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, Complete Media, Inc.

The Ambassador Spring Membership Drive welcomed 91 new Chamber members. First place went to Team Stallinga: Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities; Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency; and Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union; second place went to Team Weide: Corey Weide, Wells Fargo Advisors; Dave Stadheim, RECOM, Inc., Adam Cooper, Dacotah Bank; Lyle Dabbert, Brown & Saenger; and third place went to Team Billars: Lynda Billars, Hegg Realtors/The Lynda B Advantage; Larry Ayres, Ayers Group; Bernie DeWald, McKinneyOlsen Insurance. The top three associate ambassadors were: 1st Place Mike Denning, Fireworkz Store, 2nd Place Stefanie Engebretson, First Bank & Trust, and 3rd Place Addie Graham-Kramer, The Event Company.

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Kelsey Sweeney was promoted to Director of New Hospitality Development/Director of Sales for the Hilton Garden Inn-South in Sioux Falls. Sweeney has worked for Hegg Companies in multiple roles for more than five years. Her most recent position was the Regional Director of Sales.

Charity McKnight joined Hegg Companies as the Regional Director of Sales. McKnight comes to the Hegg Hospitality team with more than 15 years of hospitality sales management experience. Her most recent position was the Director of Sales for the Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center.

Mike Knudson joined Vision Video Interactive (VVI) as an Account Executive. He previously was a Marketing Advisor at Sanford Health.

StarMark Cabinetry hired several new staff members. Trey Martin joined the Marketing Department as Materials Coordinator. He is a recent graduate of Southeast Technical and was most recently employed at Wells Fargo. Chris Farrell joined the Operations Department as Sanding Supervisor. He was most recently employed at Raven Industries, and was employed at StarMark Cabinetry earlier in his career.

HenkinSchultz Creative Services hired two new staff members. Amberly Austad is a native of Nebraska. She and her family recently relocated to Sioux Falls from Minneapolis, where she worked in business development at Colle+McVoy. Austad has a bachelor´s degree in journalism with an emphasis in advertising from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Shane Speck joined HenkinSchultz to lead online marketing as Digital Marketing Manager. With more than eight years of experience in digital marketing including tenure at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, he is committed to creating successful campaigns for clients that deliver the best ROI. Speck attended Huron University where he earned a bachelor´s degree in business management/marketing.

Mike Pekoske joined Security National Bank of South Dakota as the new Vice President of Commercial Services. Pekoske has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry. Pekoske is a South Dakota native. He attended Washington High School in Sioux Falls and holds a bachelor´s degree in Business Administration from Huron University.

U.S. Bank hired one new staff member and announced several promotions: Samantha Hopf was promoted to Branch Manager of the Hartford/Colton branches; Joseph Medema was promoted to Branch Manager at Sioux Falls Northeast (10th and Sycamore); Trisha Moe was promoted to Branch Manager at the Sioux Falls West location (12th & Western); Michele Hawk was hired as the Branch Manager for the Sioux Falls South (33rd and Minnesota) location; and Sadie Bell was promoted to District Manager of the Southeast South Dakota and Northeast Iowa District.

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The SpringHill Suites by Marriott, the Courtyard by Marriott, and the Hilton Garden Inn South, all in Sioux Falls, received the 2015 Governor´s Great Service Star Award for Outstanding Customer Service. This is the second consecutive year the hotels have won this award. All three hotels are owned and managed by Hegg Companies in Sioux Falls.

Credit Collections Bureau named Megan Wehrkamp Client Service Rep of the Month for March.

Media One´s political arm, M1 Politic, received three coveted Pollie Awards from the AAPC, the industry´s highest honor bestowed upon political consultants at the national and international level. M1 Politic received two Silver Pollies and one Gold Pollie. The Pollie Awards are bipartisan honors awarded annually by the AAPC to members of the political advertising and communications industry who have demonstrated superior work on behalf of their candidates and causes.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Sioux Falls Airport received the prestigious award of Opening Hotel of the Year. Receiving a total of eight awards, the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Sioux Falls Airport is thrilled to share this remarkable achievement with the Marriott International and Fairfield Inn & Suites community and TMI Hospitality. In addition to winning Opening Hotel of the Year, the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Sioux Falls Airport also won the following awards: Opening General Manager of the Year; Platinum Hotel; Guest Satisfaction Award Intent to Recommend; Guest Satisfaction Award Maintenance and Upkeep; Guest Satisfaction Award Room Cleanliness; Guest Satisfaction Award Staff Service; and Guest Satisfaction Award Stress Free Stay. This is the first time in Marriott history that the same hotel has won both the Opening Hotel of the Year and Opening General Manager of the Year Award.

Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Scotty Hopson was named Player of the Month for March by the NBA Development League. In March, Hopson averaged 22.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists while helping lead the Skyforce to a 9-2 record in March. He shot 58.4 percent from the field during March, his best field goal shooting percentage in any month this season. During the month, Hopson led the team in scoring on five different occasions. Sioux Falls Skyforce players Khem Birch, Fuquan Edwin, Shawn Jones and Andre Dawkins were each named All-NBA D-League Selections for the 2014-15 season, as voted on by the league´s 18 head coaches.

Marco Inc. has been named a 2015 MSPmentor 501 Top Managed Services company by Penton Technology in their eighth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition. Ranked No. 20, Marco is identified as one of the world´s top 501 managed service providers (MSPs).

DataSync closed $1.05 million in private equity funding to support the company´s continuing strong growth. Funding was led by Nordic Venture Partners, a regional private equity firm, along with the South Dakota Development Corporation and DataSync management. The company offers its custom software analysis and solutions to businesses locally and throughout North America and Europe. Since late 2013, DataSync has added 20 new positions and presently plans to hire up to an additional 15 to 20 employees by the end of 2015. In early 2015, it was named a SugarCRM Elite Platinum Partner and ranks as one of the top SugarCRM channel partners in the world.

The League of American Bicyclists recognized Blend Interactive with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) award, including it with more than 950 businesses from across the country.

Krohmer Plumbing, Inc. of Mitchell and Sioux Falls has been named the 2015 Contractor of the Year by the South Dakota Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (SDAPHCC). This award is given annually to a contractor who shows commitment to the SDAPHCC and to the industry at-large.

Sioux Falls U.S. Bank employees at the downtown location earned the company´s top annual awards, which recognizes the top 20 percent of performing employees nationwide. Dan Freese and Jim Sage, Senior U.S. Bancorp Financial Advisors, received the President´s Club Award. Audrey Kloster, Mortgage Loan Originator, received the President´s Club and President´s Circle Award. Earning Annual Pinnacle at U.S. Bank, Sioux Falls Main: Emma Kopp, Branch Manager; Scott Grunewaldt, Relationship Manager; and Lois Callies, Project Analyst.

KELOLAND TV was awarded six honors for journalism at the recent Midwest Broadcast Journalism Association´s awards banquet in Minneapolis. The MBJA cited KELOLAND TV for excellence in broadcast writing, general reporting, newscast, soft feature, spot news and website.

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The Make A Difference Party held for Horse Power and The Compass Center raised $23,000.

Walmart´s "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign, a nationwide initiative calling on the public to take action in the fight against hunger. Feeding America, Feeding South Dakota and other Feeding America member food banks across the country stand to benefit from up to $3 million in potential Walmart donations based on participation in the #WeSparkChange social media challenge. In addition, Walmart´s suppliers aim to donate enough to help Feeding America secure the equivalent of 75 million meals on behalf of Feeding South Dakota and other member food banks.

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Gene McGowan Sr., McGowan Capital Group, joined the Board of Directors of Minneapolis-based Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.

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