APR. 30, 2018 - VOL. 54 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:


April Meyerink,
Black Hills Federal Credit Union

Tom Hackl,
Dougherty & Company LLC

Matt Sowden,
Waddell & Reed - Matthew Sowden

Lynda Billars,
The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

The Ambassador Team of the Month for March was Team Meyerink: April Meyerink, Black Hills Federal Credit Union; Tom Hackl, Dougherty & Company LLC; and Matthew Sowden, Waddell & Reed - Matthew Sowden.

Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW won both the Sales Award and the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award.

Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for March. Second place honors went to Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, and Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., received third place honors and the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award. Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, received the Reinvestment Award.

Diplomat Team of the Month for March went to Captain Janel Cole, Cole Notary; Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club; Joseph Herst, Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center; Angie Wahl, J. Wahl Home Inspection; and Kelli Zimmer, Sioux Empire Housing Partnership.


Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company has hired two new team members. Tracy Skuza is a Client Advisor in the Property & Casualty department and Rebecca Fenton is a Safety & Compliance Consultant.

Kelly Services has hired Jacob Roff as the new District Manager covering a 200-mile radius around Sioux Falls. Roff will oversee all operations and business development within the region. He has 12 years of industry experience.

University Center Sioux Falls has added two new members to their Academic and Student Services team. Anna Jankord joined as their Recruitment and Outreach Specialist and Adam Strenge joined as their Student Success Advisor.

MetaBank has hired Kyle Alexander as Director of Marketing Analytics. John Haan joins as the Vice President Assistant Treasurer and Marisol Folkens has been hired as Senior Compliance Analyst. In addition, Courtney Rick was promoted to Senior Product Manager and Tom Gould was promoted to Director of Account Management Operations.

Insight Marketing Design recently promoted several staff members and added a broadcast producer to its team. Jill Smith has been named Vice President, Digital Services. Smith has been with the agency since 2008. She will manage digital services, including website design and programming, app development, and digital strategies. Roger Nolan is now Vice President, Account Services. Nolan has been with Insight since 2016. He will lead client service initiatives and will be involved with new business development as well as client relations. Ben Hodgins has been promoted to Operations Manager. He joined Insight in 2005. In addition to his Operations Management responsibilities, Hodgins will continue as an Art Director. Drysen Carsten has been hired as Production Manager. Carsten specializes in motion graphics and video editing. He will produce broadcast and video projects for the agency.


The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center, Cowboy Chicken and Staybridge Suites with a Disability Friendly Recognition Program Award.

Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company client service team members Tammy Carlson, Karen Jergenson, D'one Hanisch, Kathy Dains and Chris DeSchepper have earned the Certified Construction Insurance Program (CCIP) designation. The certification course study teaches how to identify risk exposures, understand construction contracts and the risk transfer process and design an appropriate insurance program.

Howard Boote, Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, has been approved for membership in the 2018 Million Dollar Round Table by the Premier Association of Financial Professionals.

Christy Westerman, Employee Benefits Consultant for Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, has been honored with the 2017 Promise Award in the small group segment by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. As a company dedicated to keeping promises, winners are honored for their same dedication to integrity and excellence.

Dawn Knutson, Midwest Employee Benefits, was named one of South Dakota's top small group agents for 2017 by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota. The Promise Award recognizes Knutson for her success in the past year and dedication to serving the needs of members. This is Knutson's fourth consecutive year as a Promise Award winner.

TownePlace Suites Sioux Falls South received Marriott's 2017 Silver Circle Award. The award recognizes the top 20 percent of all TownePlace Suites hotels based on guest's intent to recommend ratings. TownePlace Suites South opened in 2015 and has only been eligible to receive this award for the past two years.


The South Dakota Community Foundation presented a $50,000 South Dakota Fund grant to Junior Achievement of South Dakota. Funds will assure that Junior Achievement's financial literacy programs will continue during 2017-2018 to help students at all grade levels, kindergarten through seniors, develop financial literacy skills.

Great Western Bank has awarded Helpline Center funding through its Making Life Great grant program. The grant will help the nonprofit organization purchase software to link multiple organizations and streamline assistance for its Sioux Empire Network of Care program.

MetaMissions, a MetaBank employee group focused on volunteerism, coordinated a travel-size toiletry drive for the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House. Several boxes of toiletries were donated.

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