RECOGNITION OF CHAMBER VOLUNTEERS
Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.
Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for November. Second place honors went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., and third place honors went to Gita Hendricks, Ground Works-Midwest. Jack Dyvig was also the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance award and the Reinvestment Award.
The Diplomat Team of the Month for November was: Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.; David Johnson, DAKOTACARE; Jim Slater, ServiceMaster of Sioux Falls; Kelly Grovijahn, Homewood Suites by Hilton; and Jessica Nelson, Complete Media.
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NEW FACES & PROMOTIONS
Carol Woltjer joined Family Visitation Center as the Resource Development and Communications Manager. Prior to this, Woltjer worked in development for Sioux Falls Seminary.
Marco, Inc. announced several promotions. Jonathan Warrey was promoted to chief operating officer. Warrey has more than 18 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco in 1996 as a sales representative and was promoted to regional sales director in 2009 and vice president of sales in 2012. Steve Gau was promoted to vice president of sales. Gau has more than 17 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco in 1997 as a sales representative and was promoted to sales manager in 2005 and regional sales director in 2009. Fritz Wensel was promoted to senior director of IT sales. Wensel has more than 31 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco in 2009 as the IT sales and service manager. Trevor Akervik was promoted to senior director of managed services. Akervik has more than 13 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco in 2001 as a sales representative and was promoted to copier sales manager in 2006 and director of managed services in 2009. Kurt Meemken was promoted to manager of software solutions. Meemken has more than 13 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco in 2001 as a systems engineer and was promoted to software solutions sales manager in 2014. Marco serves customers nationally with offices in Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Sydney Bartunek joined Argus Leader Media as the Marketing Coordinator. Previously, Bartunek worked for the South Dakota Board of Regents as the Academic Affairs Coordinator and more recently worked at Black Inc. Events & Advertising as the Social Media Strategist. She holds a bachelor´s degree in Contemporary Media and Journalism with an emphasis in PR & Advertising from the University of South Dakota.
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HONORS & AWARDS
Sioux Falls was recognized in Groups Today´s Readers´ Choice Awards as a national emerging destination along with Charlotte, N.C., Anchorage, Alaska, and Alberta, Canada. The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was also noted as one of the top Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) in the Midwest. Other honorable mentions included Explore St. Louis, Missouri; Experience Columbus, Ohio; and Elkhard County CVB, Indiana. Groups Today is a national group travel professionals publication with a circulation of more than 10,000 throughout the U.S. and Canada. Earlier in 2014, readers of Groups Today voted for categories ranging from attractions and shopping to lodging, restaurants and cruise lines. Voting ended in late summer and announcements were made in the November/December 2014 issue of Groups Today. Sioux Falls has been in the spotlight as a relatively inexpensive destination for group travel and a destination easy to travel to.
J&L Harley-Davidson was named second runner-up in the 23rd Annual Dealernews Top 100 Dealer Awards, the powersports industry´s longest-running retail competition. Dealernews is a leading business information resource for North American powersports retailers, providing dealers with news, analysis, retail trends, exclusive research and new product information. The annual Top 100 list recognizes powersports dealerships for their achievements in customer service, dealership appearance, marketing, e-commerce and community involvement. More than 30 states and two Canadian provinces are represented in this year´s Top 100. J&L was the only dealer honored in South Dakota and has been a Top 100 dealer for 20 years.
The SESHRM Chapter (Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management) annually recognizes local Human Resources Professionals with the HR Professional of the Year Award. This prestigious award is to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of Human Resource Management and represents "the best" in the Human Resources profession. They are strategic business partners, individuals, businesses or organizations who serve as role models for the profession, who are "leaders" rather than "followers", who set standards for others and the profession and who apply their professional expertise outside of their organizations. The recipient of the 2014 HR Professional of the Year Award in the Strategic HR Partner Category is the Employment Law Practice Group of Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C. The recipient of the 2014 HR Professional of the Year Award in the Emerging HR Professional Category is Candis Kiihl, DakotAbilities. The recipient of the 2014 HR Professional of the Year Award in the Distinguished HR Professional Category is Julie Waage, RAS.
Dale Froehlich, Prairie Winds Capital, was the 2014 recipient of the Spirit of Sioux Falls Award given by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Froehlich, an active member of the Development Foundation board, was honored for his commitment to Sioux Falls. A local farm boy, Froehlich studied both law and business in Washington, D.C. He brought his talent and skills back to South Dakota, where he was successful with several ventures, including Business Aviation. Today, he is building South Dakota´s economy by encouraging entrepreneurship and helping to create the next generation of vital regional industries. Active in the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Rotary, United Way, the Banquet and a variety of trade and service groups, Froehlich was the 2009 recipient of the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the South Dakota Enterprise Institute and the 2010-11 Service to Mankind Award from The Sertoma Club. Froehlich is currently engaged in an analysis and strategic planning effort to make the Sioux Falls Development Foundation an even stronger force for future economic development.
Credit Collections Bureau named Rose Benson the Client Services Representative of the Month for November 2014.
The award-winning floats at the 23rd Annual Parade of Lights presented by CenturyLink were: CenturyLink Best Use of Lights: First Bank & Trust; Best Workmanship: Frontier Bank; Spirit of Sioux Falls: Carroll Family; Mayor´s Choice: Peck Family; and Downtown Sioux Falls Board Choice: Family Traditions.
Scott Lawrence, Lawrence & Schiller, was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Volunteer Fundraiser. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of volunteers for major fund raising projects for non-profit organizations. Lawrence´s fundraising efforts include Lincoln High Booster Club, Festival of Bands, Central Baptist Church, South Dakota Symphony, Forward Sioux Falls, Volunteers of America, Dakotas and Sioux Empire United Way.
Sioux Falls Seminary presented its second annual Excellence Awards to three employees in honor of their work and dedication to the institution. Dr. Paul Rainbow, Professor of New Testament at Sioux Falls Seminary, received the institution´s 2014 Powell Award for Excellence in Service by Faculty. Rainbow was acknowledged for contributing to a culture of excellence in service to students and the seminary community through scholarly research and thoughtful teaching of the New Testament and by adding a depth of wisdom and a delightful humor to conversations with colleagues and students. Nate Helling, Chief Operating Officer, received the institution´s 2014 Rauschenbusch Award for Excellence in Service by Staff and Administration. He was nominated for his outstanding leadership qualities in the undertaking of numerous roles and for keeping the main focus of the seminary´s work on the well-being of students and God´s Kingdom. Gretchen Hartmann, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Sioux Falls Psychological Services, received Sioux Falls Seminary´s 2014 Zimbelman Award for Excellence in Service through Sioux Falls Psychological Services. Hartmann was recognized for her commitment to quality and high ethical standards of service through her ability to connect with clients, students and peers and for continuing to set an example of excellence for both Sioux Falls Seminary and Sioux Falls Psychological Services.
Insight Marketing Design was recognized for creative excellence by the MarCom Awards, one of the world´s largest creative competitions. Insight Marketing Design won 11 awards in a range of categories for clients throughout the country, including three Platinum Awards, five Gold Awards and three Honorable Mentions. MarCom Awards is a creative competition for companies involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. The competition has grown to one of the largest in the world with about 6,000 entries per year. The awards program is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals.
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Society for Human Resource Management (SESHRM) Announces 2015 Board Members: President Garrett Wilson, SPHR, MS, ReliaMax; President-Elect Rachell Henning, PHR, Woods Fuller Shultz & Smith; Past President Justin Rey, SPHR, Heritage Bank; Treasurer Linda Heilman, PHR, SGT, Inc.; Awards & Recognition Cal McKeown, PHR, LifeScape; Certification and Education Coordinator Tammy Loos, PHR, DakotAbilities; Conference Chair Coordinator Kristi Johnson, SPHR, Midcontinent Communications; Marketing Coordinator Candis Kiihl, DakotAbilities; Membership/Secretary Jessica Ashton, PHR, MBA, Central Farmers Coop; Legislative Maggie Pearson, RMS Roller Grinder; Program Coordinators Cindy Krekelberg, Lectrus Corporation, and Melissa Beek, PHR, RAS; Student Chapter Julia Kuyper, SPHR, Midco Connections, and Doug Van Beek, SPHR, DakotAbilities; Technology Coordinator Vicki Murra, SPHR, Sammons Financial Group; and Workforce Readiness Dana Wohlwend, Training Solutions Institute.
The Junior League of Sioux Falls, a women´s volunteer organization that empowers women to be a driving force to improve the Sioux Falls community, announced the following members of its 2014-15 Board of Directors. The President is Katie Meert, who succeeds Teri Abel and will serve a one-year term through May 2015. Other members include: President-Elect Harriet Yocum; Treasurer Angela Shaw; Corresponding Secretary Jenny Tiehen; Public Relations Chair Ann Gausman; Arrangements/Education & Training Chair Michelle Haahr; Membership Development Chair Teri Abel; Nominating & Placement Chair Pamela Kreber; Human Trafficking Task Force Project Chair Dawn Stenberg; Human Trafficking Education Campaign Chair Jennifer Robertson; Project Research & Development Chair Jessica Aguilar; Sustaining Membership Chair Ellie Kearnes; and Pumps, Pearls, Purses (PPP) Fundraiser Co-chairs Jane Fixsel and Heather Trudeau. JLSF community projects for 2014-15 include the Human Trafficking Task Force and Human Trafficking Education Campaign.
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