SEP. 8, 2016 - VOL. 51 No. 12

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
Honors & Awards
Good Deeds


Amy O´Connor Hoback,
Kleenrite Company

Jay Soukup,
Great Western Bank

Jeremy Keckler,
The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

Jay Rasmussen,
Journey Group Companies

Mark Luke,
Mark Luke Construction, LLC

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

Kelly Grovijahn,
Yoli the Better Body Company

Daschle Larsen,
McKinneyOlson Insurance

Lon Clemensen,
Sioux Falls Development Foundation

Wendy Dooley,
Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship

The Ambassador Team of the Month for July was Team O´Connor Hoback: Amy O´Connor Hoback, Kleenrite Company; Jay Soukup, Great Western Bank; Jeremy Keckler, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; and Jay Rasmussen, Journey Group Companies. The July Ribbon Cutting Attendance Winner was Mark Luke, Mark Luke Construction, LLC.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for July. Second place honors went to Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, and Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services was awarded third place honors. The ribbon cutting attendance award went to Kelly Grovijahn, Yoli the Better Body Company, and the Reinvestment Award went to Daschle Larsen, McKinneyOlson Insurance.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for July was Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.; Duane Noerenberg, Anderson Group CPA; Angie Wahl, All-Star Travel; Dustin Brouwer, Sioux Falls Seminary; and Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services.

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Lon Clemensen is the new Vice President of Workforce Development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, effective Sept. 19. Clemensen has more than 30 years of human resource management experience, including 16 years at Wells Fargo. He is currently the Vice President for Program Support Services at LifeScape Sioux Falls. In this new role, Clemensen will facilitate workforce development strategies for local businesses and will work with SFDF Vice President of Economic Development Dean Dziedzic in hosting corporate executives from expanding and relocating companies. Clemensen will also be active in working with regional and state workforce development partners to attract new talent to the Sioux Falls area.

Wendy Dooley joined the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship as the new Program Manager to bring a greater focus to programming and community partnerships. Dooley will work to develop and deliver relevant and industry-leading programming to entrepreneurs in the region, with the goal of accelerating their business growth and increasing their likelihood of success. These programs include a new membership and partnership program and a new Accelerator format to be launched later this year. Previously, Dooley spent nearly 10 years at the University of Sioux Falls, where she worked in the Vucurevich School of Business with recruitment, partnerships, communications and office operations. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from USF, in Business Management and Leadership & Educational Administration respectively. The Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship (formerly the South Dakota Technology Business Center) was founded in 2002 and established through a partnership initiative between the Sioux Falls Development Foundation and the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce through Forward Sioux Falls.

Justine Kelly is the new Administrative Assistant at Travel Partners. Kelly brings 10 years of experience in project management and customer service in the healthcare industry and with the South Dakota Air National Guard.

Kirsten Smith joined ADwërks as Empress of Engagement. As a Social Media/Digital Media Strategist, she will ensure social media platforms and channels are effectively aligned with the client´s brand and business strategies. Smith recently graduated from Augustana University with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

Beck & Hofer Construction added a new staff member and promoted other staff. Dave Potratz was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Potratz has been with Beck & Hofer for more than 10 years and has held positions as field project superintendent and director of business development. Sara Andrews, CPA, was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. She has more than 10 years of progressive accounting and tax experience and has worked as a controller in manufacturing and construction companies. Lance Arp joined Beck & Hofer as a field project superintendent. Arp has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial construction industry and was most recently a superintendent for The Journey Group. Jasen Clark was promoted to a field project superintendent. Clark has more than 20 years of civil and commercial construction experience and was most recently a carpentry lead with The Journey Group.

LifeScape welcomed licensed clinical psychologist Jaime Hudson, Ph.D. Hudson specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has six years of experience in a wide range of diagnoses and backgrounds, both with individual and group therapy with children and adults. Kim Haiar is the new Director of Development for the LifeScape Foundation. With more than 10 years of fundraising experience, Haiar will oversee the annual giving program including campaigns, events, grant requests, and corporate sponsorships. Previously, she worked for the Sanford Health Foundation.

Security National Bank of South Dakota added Darren Melstad as a Mortgage Banker and Lorrie Selbo as Mortgage Production Specialist to the Security National Bank Mortgage team. Both will be responsible for residential home loans and business development in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas. Melstad and Selbo have a combined 40 years of banking/mortgage experience.

Bryan King joined Fishback Insurance Agency as an Independent Insurance Agent. King was employed with First Bank & Trust, a sister company to Fishback Insurance Agency, for nearly 10 years. He is a seasoned financial services professional, with more than 20 years of experience in retail banking, business development and investments.

Christopher Gaylord was named the new General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown in Sioux Falls. He has been in the hospitality industry for the past 21 years and has extensive experience in food & beverage and operations management. For the last eight years, he was the General Manager at Four Points by Sheraton in Fargo.

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The South Dakota Community Foundation presented South Dakota Fund grants to the Accelerate Center for Intensive Early Intervention, Helpline Center, McCrossan Boys Ranch and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. The South Dakota Community Foundation presented grants to four Sioux Falls nonprofits. Each organization received $10,000: Health Connect of South Dakota for "Growing Up Healthy," an engaging and interactive multimedia program with partner Phil Baker; Lutheran Social Services to implement business-intelligence software to display program outcomes in real time in order to boost accountability; the St. Francis House will use its grant to support community conversations for a community assessment and feasibility study; and the University of South Dakota Department of Nursing for a statewide initiative to educate South Dakotans about the importance of Advance Care Planning.

Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital received a 5-Star Rating from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) for 2016. The only hospital in Sioux Falls to consistently receive a 5-Star rating since the inception of the rating program, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital earned very high marks from patients in every category on the survey: Overall Hospital Rating, Responsiveness of Hospital Staff, Pain Well Controlled, Communication with Nurses, Communication with Doctors, Communication about Medicine, Cleanliness of Hospital Environment, Quietness of Hospital Environment, Discharge Information, Understood Their Care When They Left the Hospital, and Would Recommend Hospital.

The following Chamber member businesses received a Disability Friendly Recognition Program award in July from the Sioux Falls Business Resource Network: Qualified Presort Service, LLC, Avera Heart Hospital, Chesterman Co. Coca Cola of Sioux Falls, Grand Prairie Foods Inc. and Good Samaritan Society-Prairie Creek Memory Care.

EAPC Architects Engineers received four awards from Zweig Group for 2016 including a Hot Firm (Top 100) award, a Best Place to Work For award, a Marketing Excellence award and a Trifecta award. The Hot Firm Award recognizes the 100 fastest growing architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms in the U.S. and Canada. These firms have outperformed the economy and competitors to become leaders in their chosen fields.

Timothy Steppan, a sergeant with the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System Police, was named the 2015 Lead Police Officer of the Year for small VA facilities.

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System Veterans Canteen Service was selected as a "Canteen of the Year" for 2015, an achievement recognizing their team customer service efforts.

Several Chamber member companies were included in the 2016 Inc. 5000 List of America´s fastest-growing private companies. Included were: MarketBeat (No. 529), Weisser Distributing (No. 565), Epicosity (No. 2203) and Click Rain (No. 3005).

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Dr. Vicki Isler, Ed.D, BCBA-D, was appointed to the Board of Social Work Examiners-Applied Behavior Advisory Committee. Isler is the Director of Education, Residential and Behavioral Services at LifeScape.

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Yoga on the Water, an outdoor yoga class held Wednesday nights at the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown, raised $850 for the American Diabetes Association and $300 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire. The program is a partnership between the hotel, FORM Fitness and Pinnacle Productions. The class is free, but participants are encouraged to donate to the chosen charity as a free will offering.

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Marco purchased Document & Network Technologies (DNT), a copier/printer and business IT services company located in St. Louis.

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