APR. 6, 2015 - VOL. 50 No. 7

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
Members in the News
Thank You


Nancy Weber-Sweere,
Midcontinent Communications

Dan Johnson,
St. Michael Cemetery

Mike Hauck,
Accord Commercial Team Real Estate

Tom Hackl,
Dougherty and Company

Adam Cooper,
Dacotah Bank

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Gita Hendricks,
Ground Works-Midwest

Tammy Beintema,

The Ambassador Team of the Month for February was Team Weber-Sweere: Nancy Weber-Sweere, Midcontinent Communications; Dan Johnson, St. Michael Cemetery; Mike Hauck, Accord Commercial Team Real Estate; and Tom Hackl, Dougherty and Company. The Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award went to Adam Cooper, Dacotah Bank.

Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for February. 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 Tammy Beintema, JDRF, received the Reinvestment Award.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for February 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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Sara Sullivan, Conceptual Engineer/Art Director at ADwërks, was promoted to Assistant Creative Director. Along with her new role, Sullivan will resume her regular duties as Art Director. Sullivan has been with ADwërks for almost a decade.

Tom Stengrim, an entrepreneur and U.S. Navy officer from rural Harrisburg, was hired as the newly-created position of Vice President at the South Dakota Technology Business Center. The SDTBC is focused on helping entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. Stengrim grew up in Stephen, Minn. He has a master´s degree in business administration from the University of Sioux Falls and a bachelor´s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada-Reno. He served with the U.S. Air Force and Navy for more than 20 years.

Credit Collections Bureau promoted Virginia Gray to Collection Representative and Tom Jackson to Collections Specialist.

High Point Networks named Ryan Fonder to the position of Account Manager. Fonder will serve the South Dakota market and be the branch manager for High Point´s Sioux Falls office location. Fonder has more than 19 years of professional IT work experience in mostly the banking and insurance industries and he holds a degree in computer programming. Fonder has earned multiple industry certifications and most recently worked as a Systems Engineer for two years at High Point Networks before being named Account Manager.

Laura Anderson-Noll, Landscape Design, Inc., was promoted to partner in the family-owned business. Anderson-Noll is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a bachelor´s degree in Landscape Design and has been employed with the company since 1998.

Zach Merwin joined Century Business Products as a Solutions Analyst in the Sioux Falls office. Merwin recently graduated from Augustana College. He worked in the banking and insurance industry before joining Century Business Products.

Joe Gaspar was named president of Tri-State Wholesale Flooring.

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Designer Bryce Bills, Landscape Design, Inc., passed all three sections of the South Dakota Nursery & Landscape Association certification test. This makes him the newest certified nursery professional in the state. Bills is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a bachelor´s degree in Landscape Design and has been employed with Landscape Design, Inc. since 2007.

Sioux Falls Development Foundation President Slater Barr was awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council. The Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation requires recertification every three years through prerequisites that include continuing education and service to the profession. The CEcD designation is held by more than 1,000 economic development professionals nationally but only a few in South Dakota. The International Economic Development Council is a non-profit, non-partisan group with more than 4,500 members, the largest organization of its kind.

McDonald´s General Manager Tiffany Menzia is among the top 10 percent of general managers across the country. McDonald´s honored Menzia with its Outstanding General Manager Award for her accomplishments in 2014. She was recently promoted to a supervisor and manages the 3101 E. 26th St. location in Sioux Falls.

Brett Gildemaster, co-owner of Century Business Products, was named to Kyocera´s Dealer Advisory Council. Gildemaster is one of 12 member dealers on the council that was created in September 2008 with the sole mission to encourage and maintain a mutual understanding between Kyocera and its dealer partners nationally.

FASTSIGNS of Sioux Falls was named one of the top centers out of more than 570 locations worldwide at the 2015 FASTSIGNS International Convention. The locally owned and operated business received the CEO Circle Award, which recognizes the top 25 centers in U.S. and Canada with the highest sales volume from the previous year.

Credit Collections Bureau named Megan Wehrkamp as a client services representative of the month for February.

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, a VMware Authorized Training Center (VATC), received the Global VMware Partner Network Award in the Training Partner of the Year category, as well as the Americas Regional Training Partner of the Year Award at VMware Partner Exchange 2015. Recipients of a Global VMware Partner Network Award were acknowledged in 16 categories for their excellence in performance and distinctive achievements during 2014.

Dawn Knutson was named one of 23 top producing agents in 2014 by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield as part of the company´s annual Promise Awards. The Promise Awards recognize Wellmark agents and agencies for their success during the past year as well as their dedication to serving the needs of Wellmark members. Knutson is an agent at Midwest Employee Benefits. Knutson began her career as an agency associate and purchased the agency in 2013.

The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) received two Silver American Advertising Federation (AAF) Awards (ADDYs) at the 49th Annual South Dakota ADDY Awards, presented by the South Dakota Advertising Federation. This is the first of a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by AAF. The ADDY Awards Competition is the industry´s largest and most representative competition for creative excellence. The following received Best of Class awards: Fresh Produce in Sales Promotion, Television, Integrated Campaign and Elements of Advertising; Meta Payment Systems in Collateral Materials; DocuTAP in Direct Marketing; Caliber Creative in Out of Home, Radio, and Integrated Campaigns; Media One in Non-Traditional Advertising; Insight Marketing Design in Consumer or Trade Publication; 44 Interactive in Digital Advertising; Midcontinent Communications in Public Service; and Lawrence & Schiller in Self-Promotion. In addition, Fresh Produce received the Best of Show Award, 44 Interactive received Best of Show-Digital and Caliber Creative received a Special Judges Award. Dan Edmonds, Lawrence & Schiller, received the Creative Legacy Award and Julie Anderson Friesen, Anderson Friesen Creative, received the Silver Medal Award.

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Sioux Falls-based Millennium Recycling Inc. was profiled as the cover story in the March 2015 edition of Recycling Today, the global publication focused on the recycling industry. This is the first time a company in the Dakotas has been featured in the magazine.

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Thank you to Famous Dave´s, Honeybaked Ham, Taco Time and Zesty´s for assisting with hospitality rooms for the State AA Boys Basketball Tournament, held in Sioux Falls March 19-21. The Chamber´s Sports & Recreation Committee served as hosts in the hospitality room during the state tournament.

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