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APR. 5, 2010 - VOL. 45 NO.7

Chair's Column
New Members
Member Anniversaries
Cover Story
Other News
Faces & Places
Ribbon Cuttings
Print Advertisers


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


Carol Jandera
Carol Jandera
Ritch Noble
Ritch Noble

McKinney Olson Insurance
Julie Nelson
Lisa Schultz
HenkinSchultz Communication Arts

Jack Dyvig
Jack Dyvig
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club
Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson
Great Western Bank
Duane Noerenberg
Duane Noerenberg
Anderson Group, CPA

The February Ambassador Team of the Month was Carol Jandera and Ritch Noble, McKinney Olson Insurance. Lisa Schultz, HenkinSchultz Communication Arts, was named the February Diplomat of the Month. Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, took second place honors and Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, took third place honors. Duane Noerenberg, Anderson Group CPA, was the Reinvestment Blitz Winner for February. The February Diplomat Team of the Month included: Captain Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club; Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank; Jill Melchert, Farmers Insurance Group-Jill Melchert Agency; Wendy Bergan, YMCA; and Janel Cole, Postnet SD 103.

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Service First FCU hired Heath Ihnen as Mortgage Loan Processor, Paul Geppert as Mortgage Loan Underwriter, and Brandon Wipf as Business Services Officer

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Kilian Community College added two new members to its Board of Trustees: , Dr. Brett Bradfield, Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Sioux Falls and Beth Jensen, News Director at KELOLAND Television.

The Sioux Empire United Way elected officers for 2010: Chair Richard Molseed, Avera McKennan; First Vice Chair Scott Lawrence, Lawrence & Schiller; Second Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer Carl Wynja, U.S. Bank; Past Chair Jeff Strand, EideBailly, LLP; Campaign Division Chair Tom Simmons, Midcontinent Communications; Community Impact Division Chair Sue Aguilar; Marketing Division Chair Amy Koehlmoos, LodgeNet Interactive Corp. Members elected to a first three-year term are: Lisa Hicks, Qwest; Dave Long, CIGNA Tel-Drug; Bill O’Connor, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard; and Scott Petersen, LodgeNet Interactive Corp. Other board members for 2010 include: Dr. Paula Adam-Burchill, Sanford Health; Dave Brown, Home Federal Bank; Bill Byrne, Byrne Companies; Rick Hull, Johnstone Supply; Anne Jackson, Wells Fargo Financial Cards; Marilyn Korsten; Tom Lorang, Sioux Falls Catholic Schools; Patricia Lyon, Sioux Falls Police Department; Rick Martin, Great Western Bank; Wayne Muth; Mark Schmitt, John Morrell & Co.; Pastor Les Svendsen, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church; Bill Smith, Sioux Falls School District; Paul Sova, Showplace Wood Products; Bob Thimjon, The Ramkota Companies; Jim Wiederrich, Woods Fuller Schultz & Smith PC; Cal Willemsen, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; and Dave Zimbeck, Citi.

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The following Chamber members were recognized by the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire (HBASE) as winners from the 2010 Home Show: Cliff Avenue Greenhouse/Landscaping (Outstanding Small Exhibit); Hardscapes Outlet by Concrete Materials (Outstanding Medium Exhibit); Handy Man Plumbing Superstore (Outstanding Large Exhibit); pearlgreen, inc. (Outstanding Cabinetry/Countertop); and Mahlander’s Appliance & Lighting (Judge’s Choice).

The 44th Annual South Dakota ADDY Awards recognized South Dakota’s best in advertising. The following Chamber members received awards: Adwerks: Best of Class Direct Marketing; Astronaut: Best of Class Public Service; Backyard Broadcasting Inc.: Best of Class Radio and Best of Show Electronic; Fresh Produce: Best of Class Award Sales Promotion, Best of Class Collateral Material, Best of Class Interactive Media, Best of Class Advertising for the Arts & Science, Special Judges Award and Best of Show Print; Insight Marketing Design: Best of Class Advertising Industry Self Promotion, Best of Class Elements of Advertising; and Lawrence & Schiller: Best of Class Consumer or Trade Publication and Best of Class Mixed Media.

Junior Achievement USA recognized Junior Achievement of South Dakota for the organization’s Peak Performance Team Award. This annual award is given to Junior Achievement offices for outstanding performance in areas such as student growth, total revenue growth and an increase in the number of classes reached during the past fiscal year. The award was presented to Junior Achievement offices from 12 areas out of 135. This is the eighth year for South Dakota to receive the Peak Performance Team Award.

Jans Corporation completed one of 2009’s top construction projects for its work on the new Sioux Falls Seminary. Jans was among 15 companies to receive an Aon Build America Award, an annual ranking of the nation’s most significant construction projects given by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department has become one of only 90 agencies out of 9,000 in the country to hold national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The process of accreditation is extensive and took several years to accomplish. After the initial application, the department completed a detailed self-assessment report. Then, an experienced team of park and recreation professionals visited Sioux Falls to further evaluate the city’s park system. Finally, a review was conducted by CAPRA and accreditation was formally conferred by the Commission in March.

Brigadier General (retired) Dean Mann, U.S. Army, presented Amy Meert Farr, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, with the U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute award at the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Meeting in February. This award is given to individuals for their outstanding contribution and support to the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) has developed a multi-year, four-phase plan for its recovery efforts in Haiti, with a goal of helping 50,000 families rebuild their lives after the January earthquake. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls has made a contribution of $1,500 to these efforts.

The YMCA Middle School After School Program lost $24,000 when the City of Sioux Falls initiated spending cuts. Each month for 12 months, StarMark Cabinetry will give the YMCA Middle School After School Program $1,000 and challenges another company or individual to match their donation to replace the $24,000 in reduced funding by the City of Sioux Falls.

The Community Blood Bank is a non-profit cooperative effort between Sanford Hospital & USD Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, formed to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for the communities it serves. Community Blood Bank services 28 local hospitals within a 200-mile radius of Sioux Falls and uses 550 units of blood per week to meet the needs of hospital patients within southeastern South Dakota, northwestern Iowa and southwestern Minnesota. The top 10 contributors for the blood supply in 2009 were: Citibank (455 units); Wells Fargo Financial (435 units); VA Medical Center (338 units); PREMIER Bankcard (248 units) The Good Samaritan National Campus (238 units); South Dakota Air National Guards (237 units); Augustana College (223 units) LodgeNet Interactive Corp. (191 units); CIGNA Tel-Drug (186 units); and John Morrell & Co. (170 units).

The Sioux Falls Food Pantry received more than 200 pounds of food donations from a food drive held during the 2010 Sioux Empire Home Show (March 5-7). More than 9,000 attendees to the event helped fight hunger by donating items such as peanut butter and jelly, crackers, cereal and much more.

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1st Place: Dean Karsky and Rick Rysavy Team: Membership Drive Chair Rex Pruitt, PREMIER Bankcard; Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency; Cari Linn Fossum, Backyard Broadcasting SD, LLC; Board of Directors Treasurer Tom Bosch, Holiday Inn City Centre; Jessie Brower, Home Federal Bank; Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte, Juan Bonilla, La Voz Hispana/Spanish Speaking Community Association; Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club; Rick Rysavy, Home Federal Bank; and Ambassador Chair Ritch Noble, McKinneyOlson Insurance.

2nd Place: Lynda Billars and Chris Conrad Team: Membership Drive Chair Rex Pruitt, PREMIER Bankcard; Board of Directors Treasurer Tom Bosch, Holiday Inn City Centre; Jill Melchert, Farmers Insurance Group-Jill Melchert Agency; Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte; Lynda Billars, the Real Estate Company-Lynda Billars/The Lynda B. Advantage; Bryan Ingalls, First Bank & Trust; Chris Conrad, First Bank & Trust; and Ambassador Chair Ritch Noble, McKinneyOlson Insurance.

3rd Place: Eric Anderson and Annie Welsh Team: Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte; Corey Weide, Wells Fargo Advisors-Corey Weide; Leah Jones, KSFY Television; Eric Anderson, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Annie Chicoine-Welsh, HJN Team Real Estate-Annie Chicoine-Welsh; Board of Directors Treasurer Tom Bosch, Holiday Inn City Centre; Ambassador Chair Ritch Noble, McKinneyOlson Insurance; and Membership Drive Chair Rex Pruitt, PREMIER Bankcard.

Top Associates: Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte; 2nd Place (tie) Reed Johnson, Lloyd Companies; Ambassador Chair Ritch Noble McKinneyOlson Insurance; 2nd Place (tie) Jill Melchert, Farmers Insurance Group-Jill Melchert Agency; Board of Directors Treasurer Tom Bosch, Holiday Inn City Centre; 1st Place (tie) Cari Linn Fossum, Backyard Broadcasting SD, LLC; 1st Place (tie) Lori Lewison, Workplace Marketing and Consulting, LLC; and Membership Drive Chair Rex Pruitt, PREMIER Bankcard.

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