MAR. 9, 2017 - VOL. 52 No. 6

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:


Nathan Stallinga,

Joey Rotert,
Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union

April Meyerink,

Amy O'Connor Hoback,
Kleenrite Company

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

The Ambassador Team of the Month for January was Team Stallinga: Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities; Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union; and April Meyerink, The Top Sales Award went to Amy O'Connor Hoback, Kleenrite Company and the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award went to Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities.

Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for January. Second place honors went to Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, and Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc. was awarded third place honors. Suzie Folkerts, Dacotah Bank won the Reinvestment Award and James Payer II won the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for January was: Captain Carrie Dragt, American Cancer Society; Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club; Nicole Raml, Comfort Inn & Suites; Suzie Folkerts, Dacotah Bank; and Brian Spader, New York Life.

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Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. has given new titles to their top staff. Executive director Joe Batcheller is now the organization's president, and communications and membership director Brienne Maner has been promoted to vice president.

Touchmark at All Saints has named Ellen Kelly as Life Enrichment/Wellness Director for the Sioux Falls retirement community. Kelly has been with Touchmark since 2012. She holds a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies and a graduate certificate in long-term care management.

Tony Bock has joined HenkinSchultz Creative Services as Creative Director/Copywriter. Bock is a graduate of The University of Nebraska, Lincoln and has experience in television production and digital marketing and advertising. He most recently was Marketing and Operations Expert for Uber in Nebraska.

The following individuals recently received promotions at The First National Bank in Sioux Falls: Kevin Bitterman to Vice President. He is an Ag Credit Analyst Team Leader and has been with the Bank for 10 years. Annette Brandt to Vice President. She has been with the Bank for nearly 18 years and works as a Credit Analyst Team Leader. Kyle Cipperly, CFA, to Vice President. He joined the Bank in 2009 and is the Trust Investments Manager. Maggie Groteluschen, JD, CTFA, to Vice President. Maggie has worked as a Personal Trust Account Administrator at the Bank for the past 4 years. Renata McCain, CFMP, to Vice President. She is the Marketing Manager and has been with the Bank for nearly 17 years. Joe Dylla, JD, to Assistant Vice President. He is the Trust Specialty Services & Legal Compliance Manager and joined the Bank in 2016. Erin Fossell to Assistant Vice President. Erin has been with the Bank since 2001 and works as a Credit Review Specialist. Tonya Kruger to Assistant Vice President. She has worked in the Wealth Management division for the past four years and is the Quality Assurance Supervisor. Val Lemkau to Assistant Vice President. She has been with the Bank for 8 years and is the Branch Manager at the Sycamore location. Angela Shaw to Assistant Vice President. Angela started at the Bank in 2013 and is the Business Solutions Manager. Ryan Thim to Assistant Vice President. He is the eBanking Innovator and has been with the Bank since 2001. Danielle McGrath to Officer. She joined the Bank in 2016 and is the Branch Manager at the Sertoma location.

Interstates has promoted Ian Seuser to Safety Director. Tim Kitzman has been hired as Lead Control Systems Developer.

Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons has hired Amy Hoiland as Controller and Dale Norton as Chief Financial Officer.

Rashel McCue, Hegg Companies has been promoted to General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn-Sioux City. Rashel has been a valuable member of the Hegg team since May 2015, most recently serving as Assistant Manager for the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown in Sioux Falls.

Chris Wahl has joined Blend Interactive as a developer. Chris worked two summers in Blend's Little Intern Program (BLIP) before starting full-time upon his graduation from Dakota State University.

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The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized Sanford Health and Sioux Falls School District Child Nutrition Services with a Disability Friendly Recognition Program award.

Paramedics Plus received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). The accreditation is earned by meeting or exceeding CAAS' nationally-accepted standards for operations and patient care.

Downtown Sioux Falls Inc. recognized two organizations with annual awards. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue was honored with the 2016 Spirit of Downtown Award for the department's efforts during the Copper Lounge building collapse. The Carole Pagones Revitalization Award was presented to Epicosity for outstanding local achievement in downtown revitalization and development of the former Good Shepherd Center daytime homeless shelter building into a vibrant marketing agency office space.

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Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. (DTSF) announced its 2017 board officers: Tiffany Miller, Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP (chair); Kyle Raph, CO-OP Architecture (vice chair); Derek Ohme, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls (treasurer); Jessie Schmidt, Better Business Bureau, Inc. (secretary); James Krueger, Click Rain, Inc. (past chair). Incoming DTSF board members include: Angela Avila, Prairie Berry East Bank; Scott Schoenen, East Side Plaza; Vaney Hariri, Think 3D Solutions; and Anita Wetsch, Lloyd Companies.

Family Visitation Center elected new board officers for 2017: President Brad Uhing, CEGA Innovations; Vice President Cindy Oberg, Citi; Secretary/Treasurer Brian Pederson, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. The following board members were elected to new three-year terms: Anthony Hohn, Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz, & Smith LLP; Nick Kotzea, Sanford Health; and Brenda Van Holland, MetaBank.

Hebron Brick Company is now a 100% employee-owned company. An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) provides company stock to employees as part of their retirement benefits. The sale of the company to the employees was completed on Jan. 10, 2017.

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