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JUNE 4, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 8

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
New Name


Liz Lloyd
Liz Lloyd
Lloyd Residential Group, LLC / Keller-Williams Realty, Sioux Falls
Dean Buckneberg
Dean Buckneberg
Eide Bailly LLP
Jessica Kerher
Jessica Kerher

Serendipitous Events
Jack Dyvig
Jack Dyvig
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club
David Johnson
David Johnson
Daren Anderson
Daren Anderson
Big D Technology Solutions/Big D Online Solutions
Teri Roest
Teri Roest
Carrie Dragt
Carrie Dragt
Midcontinent Communications
Alexa Steiner
Alexa Steiner
Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau
Eric Siemers
Betty Ordal, Director of Membership for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, and Mary Johnson, Bankers Trust Company of South Dakota, presented a plaque to Eric Siemers, KELOLAND TV, for his 10 years of service to the Diplomat Committee.

The Ambassador Team of the Month for February includes Liz Lloyd, Lloyd Residential Group, LLC/Keller-Williams Realty, Sioux Falls; Dean Buckneberg, Eide Bailly LLP; and Heather Sanow, Midcontinent Communications.

Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was awarded Diplomat of the Month for February. Second place honors went to David Johnson, DAKOTACARE, and third place honors went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions/Big D Online Solutions. Teri Roest, SpeedConnect, was the recipient of the Retention Award, and Carrie Dragt, Midcontinent Communications, won the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award. The Diplomat Team of the Month for February was: Captain Bill Rezac, Boen & Associates, Inc.; Nancy Van Otterloo, First PREMIER Bank; Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions/Big D Online Solutions; Wendy Bergan, YMCA; and Stefanie Engebretson, First Bank & Trust.

Eric Siemers, KELOLAND TV, was recognized for 10 years of service to the Diplomat Committee.

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Alexa Steiner is the new receptionist/project assistant for the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau. Steiner is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in Hospitality Management and a Business minor. She previously worked with Prairie Club Golf Resort before moving to Sioux Falls.

Lawrence & Schiller announced several employee promotions and awards. Tracy Hamann, a consumer insights specialist at L&S, won the Marketing and Advertising Professional award for the fourth quarter of 2012. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hamann has been with L&S since 2010. Robin Zebroski was named the Director of Lawrence & Schiller Digital. Lawrence & Schiller Digital provides online marketing, social media and website strategy, digital design and programming. A graduate of Black Hills State and Regis Universities, Zebroski joined L&S in 2007. Carrie Burns was promoted to Account Executive. An employee since 2008, Burns is a graduate of Augustana College. Tara Adamson was promoted to Senior Interactive Designer. A graduate of Mount Marty College, Adamson joined the agency in 2008. Les Cotton was promoted to Designer. He also was named the winner of the Marketing and Advertising Professional award for the first quarter of 2013. Cotton, a graduate of South Dakota State University, joined L&S in 2010.

Bob Natz recently joined MSH Architects as Director of Design. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and his master’s of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University. Natz has 20 years of experience in South Dakota.

Jessica Berg joined Sioux Falls Seminary as Developer of Social Entrepreneurship Studies. Berg received a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Sioux Falls Seminary in 2012 and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Communications from Augustana College in 2003.

Brian Eclov is a Licensed Professional Counselor for Sioux Falls Psychological Services. Eclov received an EdS (Education Specialist) in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of South Dakota, a Master’s of Science in Counseling from South Dakota State University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Studies from SDSU.

Brett Runge joined Bartlett & West as a lead project engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering, both from South Dakota State University. He has engineering experience in design and construction for water and wastewater, and was recently recognized by the National Society of Professional Engineers as an engineer on the rise.

Dr. Anne Dilenschneider is a Mental Health Counselor Intern for Sioux Falls Psychological Services. She has 25 years of experience as a clergywoman and spiritual director. Dilenschneider received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality and Leadership from Ashland Theological Seminary, a Master’s of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion, and a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.

Dennis Hoffman is the interim CEO of Volunteers of America, Dakotas. Hoffman has more than 25 years of leadership and business management experience and previously worked at Wells Fargo, Edward Jones and the University of Sioux Falls, holding senior level positions throughout much of his career. Addie Graham-Kramer came to Volunteers of America, Dakotas as the new Development Director after serving as the American Heart Association’s Regional Vice President of Corporate Development for South Dakota, North Dakota and out-state Nebraska. Kathy Larson is the Major Gifts Officer for Volunteers of America, Dakotas. Previously she worked at the University of South Dakota as a Major Gifts Officer.

The Sioux Empire United Way elected the following individuals to leadership positions: Chair Jim Wiederrich, Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith PC; First Vice Chair Bob Thimjon, The Ramkota Companies; Second Vice Chair Paul Sova, Showplace Wood Products; Secretary/Treasurer Julie Norton, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center; Past Chair Carl Wynja, U.S. Bank. Division chairs include: Campaign Division Chair Tom Bosch, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center; Community Impact Division Chair Deb Hayes, Wells Fargo; and Marketing Division Chair Lindsey Meyers, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. Members elected to a first three-year term are: Paul Bruflat, CNA Surety; Tracy Dahl-Webb, Howalt-McDowell Insurance; Rev. Natanael Lizarazo, First Lutheran Church; and Dr. Dan Heinemann, Sanford Health. Other board members for 2013 include: Ken Baptist, John Morrell & Co.; Randy Bury, Sanford Health; Ryan Dulaney, Great Western Bank; Lisa Hicks, Communication Workers of America; Rick Hull, Johnstone Supply; David Long, Capital One Financial Corporation; Dr. Tom Lorang, Sioux Falls Catholic Schools; Patricia Lyon, Sioux Falls Police Department; Rick Martin, Lloyd Companies; Dean Mertz, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society; Wayne Muth; Bill O’Connor, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard; Scott Petersen; Dan Rykhus, Raven Industries, Inc.; Tom Simmons, Midcontinent Communications; Bill Smith; and Dave Zimbeck, Citi.

The Credit Collections Bureau recognized several staff members and promoted others: Dalena Steele and Rachael Wall were named collection associates; Misty Moon is a collection specialist; Casey Joe, George Feleke were named collection representatives; Ron Crane is a collection advisor; Missy Lynn is a senior collection director; Jerry Quinn is a senior collection director level 5; Raphael Gibson was named to the quarter-million dollar club; Misty Moon was named to the half-million dollar club; and Jerry Quinn and Chris Gray were named to the multi-million dollar club.

Kristi Cornette joined the ADwërks crew as Pilot of the Airwaves. She will work as a media buyer on their largest account, CarHop.

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U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) was named a “YMCA Congressional Champion” in Washington, D.C. for his support of the nonprofit sector. As a longstanding champion of the nonprofit sector, Thune has introduced legislation and urged his Senate colleagues to oppose reducing the charitable tax deduction.

Credit Collections Bureau named Karla Stewart collector of the month for February 2013. Kristie Bauer and Mark Sandberg were named client services representatives of the month for February 2013. Amos Gross was the employee of the month in January 2013.

Several Chamber members were recognized at the 47th Annual South Dakota ADDY® Awards Competition, the first of a three-tiered national competition conducted by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The ADDY® Awards Competition is the industry’s largest and most representative competition for creative excellence. The best creative was honored with gold, silver and (or) Best of Class awards. The Best of Class award winners were: Fresh Produce: Best of Class Sales Promotion and Best of Class Collateral Material; Blend Interactive: Best of Show-Digital and Best of Class Digital Advertising; Caliber Creative: Best of Show, Best of Class Integrated Campaign, Best of Class Non-Traditional Advertising, and Best of Class Out of Home; Insight Marketing Design: Best of Class Elements and Best of Class Advertising for the Arts & Sciences; Lawrence & Schiller: Best of Class Advertising Industry Self Promotion, Best of Class Public Service, Best of Class Radio, and Best of Class Consumer or Trade Publication; Vision Video Interactive: Best of Class Television; and Epic Multimedia: Best of Class Direct Marketing. Also honored were Curtis Friesen, Dakota Video and Post, as the Silver Medal winner and Janet Andersen, Paulsen Marketing as the Creative Legacy Award winner.

Adam Norman, a senior project engineer at Bartlett & West, was named the 2012 Young Engineer of the Year by the Eastern Chapter of South Dakota Engineering Society (SDES). This award recognizes young SDES members who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their communities during the early years of their careers. Norman holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from South Dakota State University.

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