MAR. 5, 2015 - VOL. 50 No. 6

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

Community Appeals Capital Drive Schedule



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
Good Deeds
Thank You


Nathan Stallinga,

Dean Karsky,
Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency

Joey Rotert,
Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union

Amy O´Connor Hoback,
Kleenrite Company

Adam Cooper,
Dacotah Bank

Julie Nelson,
Home Federal Bank

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Janel Cole,
Cole Notary

Tammy Beintema

The Ambassador Team of the Month for January was Team Stallinga: Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities; Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency; and Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union. The Ambassador Ribbon Cutting Attendance Winner was Amy O´Connor Hoback, Kleenrite Company, and the Ambassador Top Sales Award went to Adam Cooper, Dacotah Bank.

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

The Diplomat Team of the Month for January was Captain Janel Cole, Cole Notary; Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club; Tammy Beintema, JDRF; Wendy Bergan, YMCA; and James Payer II, Volunteers of America, Dakotas.

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CenturyLink promoted Christopher Adamson to Engineer II. Adamson will be responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of network facility projects in North Dakota and South Dakota. He has 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry where he has held a variety of network positions including technician, maintenance, and supervision in southwestern Iowa and the Minneapolis metropolitan area. Adamson will relocate from Minneapolis to Sioux Falls with his wife Beth.

Nicole Townswick joined ADwërks as Post Master, which means she´ll work as a social and digital media strategist for one of the agency´s largest accounts, McDonald´s. In addition to managing and posting on the restaurants´ accounts, she´ll also be analyzing insights to help determine and refine content and strategy to get the most out of McDonald´s social media. Townswick is a graduate of South Dakota State University. Previously she worked as a Public Relations and Communications Manager at Volunteers of America, Dakotas.

Lori Intveld joined Insight Marketing Design as Business Development Director. Intveld comes to Insight with more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience, most recently in a sales management role at Argus Leader Media. Joan Meyers is the new Office Manager and Account Coordinator for Insight Marketing Design. With more than a dozen years of experience in agency and marketing firms, Meyers provides support to Insight´s account service team, as well as managing the daily functions of the office.

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Mark Rosenberg, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, was recognized as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft for his eighth consecutive year. MVPs are exceptional community leaders who actively share their high-quality, real-world deep technical expertise with the community and with Microsoft. They are committed to helping others get the most out of their experience with Microsoft products and technologies.

Don and Susie South, Strawbale Winery, were awarded the Excellence in Tourism Innovation award at the 2015 South Dakota Governor´s Conference on Tourism. The award is given to a business that thinks outside of the box when it comes to promoting their business. The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History was also recognized at the 2015 South Dakota Governor´s Conference on Tourism with the George S. Mickelson Great Service Award for their superior customer service and memorable visitor experiences.

The 2015 Downtown Burger Battle winner is Skelly´s Pub & Grill. Skelly´s featured a Truffled Leek and Creamy Blue Cheese Burger. Individual category winners included: Best Burger: Skelly´s Pub & Grill; Best Presentation: Skelly´s Pub & Grill; Best Toppings: Skelly´s Pub & Grill; Best Bun: JL Beers; and Best Value: Skelly´s Pub & Grill. More than 1,500 rating slips were submitted by the six participating restaurants during the promotion.

Kyle Ruhland, Century Business Products, Inc., achieved President´s Club status for 2014. Ruhland, of the Sioux Falls corporate office, has been recognized for representing Century´s values, product knowledge and excellence in providing exceptional business solutions to both current and new customers in his territory. This is the ninth consecutive year to reach this achievement for Ruhland, who has been with Century Business Products for 12 years.

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The Board of Trustees of Kilian Community College recently elected officers for 2015: Chair Dr. Brett Bradfield, University of Sioux Falls; Vice Chair Rod Carlson, Active Generations; Treasurer Julie Choudek, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Secretary Cindy Elifrits Peterson, Maximizing Excellence; Past Chair Dan LaRock, Silverstone Group. The Board also welcomed three new Trustees: Erin Doll, Wells Fargo; Ben Peterson, Citi; Brendan Reilly, Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith.

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Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. (DTSF) and several participating retailers presented a check for more than $4,700 to the 2014 Downtown Gives beneficiary, First Book-Sioux Falls. Twenty-six downtown retailers sold more than 400 coupon books and participated in the first ever Downtown Gives Holiday Read event to promote children´s literacy. The First Book-Sioux Falls Advisory Board was formed in 2012 by members of The History Club of Sioux Falls, which has been an advocate for education and literacy in Sioux Falls since its founding in 1879. First Book-Sioux Falls provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. First Book-Sioux Falls will hold a grant cycle in March to award the funds to local organizations for the purchase of books for the children they serve.

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Thank you to Hy-Vee and Taco Time for assisting with hospitality rooms for the State A Wrestling Tournament, held in Sioux Falls Feb. 27-28. The Chamber´s Sports & Recreation Committee served as hosts in the hospitality room during the state tournament.

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