Nov. 5, 2014 - VOL. 50 No. 2

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:

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers
New Faces & Promotions
Good Deeds
Honors & Awards


Amy O'Connor Hoback
Amy O´Connor Hoback
Kleenrite Company
Dave Stadheim
Dave Stadheim
Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson
St. Michael Cemetery

Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson
Home Federal Bank

Daren Anderson
Daren Anderson
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.
David Johnson
David Johnson
Brenda Ebbinga
Brenda Ebbinga
Thurman, Comes, Foley & Co., LLP
Wendy Bergan
Wendy Bergan

The Ambassador Team of the Month for September was Team Hoback: Amy O´Connor Hoback, Kleenrite; Dave Stadheim, RECOM; and Dan Johnson, St. Michael Cemetery.

Julie Nelson, Home Federal Bank, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for September. Second place honors went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., and third place honors went to David Johnson, DAKOTACARE. Brenda Ebbinga, Thurman, Comes, Foley & Co., LLP was the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance award, and Wendy Bergan, YMCA, won the Reinvestment Award.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for September 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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Fannella Bergeson joined the Black Inc Events and Advertising team as an Event Coordinator.

Donny Freeman is a Solutions Analyst at Century Business Products. Before joining Century Business Products, Freeman worked in the cellular phone industry owned his own business for more than seven years.

Credit Collections Bureau announced the following promotions: Jennifer Elliot to Collection Associate, Mark Grant to Collection Specialist and Casey Joe to Collection Advisor.

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Dacotah Bank pledged $25,000 to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for rebuilding one of its main exhibit halls. The foundation has a three-year capital campaign to raise $4 million for a building to replace the 1950s-era Clover Hall. The new space, called the Nordby Exhibit Hall, will have 30,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, as well as classrooms, conference room, performance stage and kitchen. The plan also includes offices for State Fair employees. As of mid-September 2014, the building fund had raised nearly $3.3 million of its $4 million goal.

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First Bank & Trust and First PREMIER Bank were named to the 2014 edition of the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America by DepositAccounts. Both banks received A+ health ratings.

Todd Kolb, GreatLife Malaska, was named the 2014 Teacher of the Year for the Dakota Chapter of the Minnesota PGA; this is the second time Kolb has been recognized by his fellow PGA members. Kolb played collegiate golf at New Mexico State University before dedicating himself to teaching full-time. He has been a member of the PGA since 1993 and in 2000, opened the Todd Kolb Golf Academy at Willow Run Golf Course.

For the eighth time in a row, O´Gorman High School was named to the National Catholic Education Honor Roll as a 2014 School of Excellence. According to The Cardinal Newman Society, O´Gorman is one of only three schools in the nation to have received the award every year. O´Gorman was one of 71 schools, less than 5 percent of the Catholic high schools in the U.S., to receive the honor.

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