JAN. 2, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 4

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:


Daschle Larson,
McKinneyOlson Insurance

Nathan Stallinga,

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Gita Hendricks,
MG & Assoc./Yoli BB

Shiela Hoff,
Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls

Debra Owen,
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

Daschle Larson, McKinneyOlson Insurance, won the Sales Award for the month of November. The Ribbon Cutting Award went to Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for November. Second place was a tie between Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services, and Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust. Gita Hendricks, MG & Assoc./Yoli BB, was awarded third place honors. Johnson also won the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award. Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls, won the Reinvestment Award.

Diplomat Team of the Month for October went to Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., Brad Nelson, The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW, Michelle Markgraff, The Compass Center, Ryan Schneider, Plains Commerce Bank, and Nancy Van Otterloo, First PREMIER Bank.


Deborah McIsaac is the Membership Director for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. McIsaac will lead a team responsible for membership engagement, recruitment and event activities for the Chamber. Her background includes more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing.

Debra Owen is the Public Policy Director for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Owen will provide leadership in the areas of public policy and advocacy on the local, state and federal levels. Her background includes more than 27 years of experience in both business and government leadership positions.

Caliber Creative announces the addition of two seasoned team leaders as part of their mission to further strengthen client relationships and strategically grow the agency. Matt Foley has 25 years of experience as a brand manager in the agriculture industry. DeeDee Wilking has 13 years of experience in marketing strategies, creative sales and team management.

Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company welcomes the following new team members: Allie Fischer, Human Resources Manager; Kyle Broesder, Senior Safety & Compliance Consultant; Brice Christensen, Account Executive; Jenn Gates, Assistant Account Manager; Catie Olson, Junior Marketer; and Carson Long, Sales Executive. In addition, Abbey Vanderwerf has been promoted to Vice President of Employee Benefits and Kira Kimball to Chief Innovation Officer.

Spherion Staffing, a recruiting, staffing and workforce solutions provider, has hired Steve Nelson as a business development associate in the Sioux Falls office. Nelson is responsible for developing customer relationships and promoting Spherion's placement services. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and a minor in psychology from Northern State University.

Molly Kreutzfeldt has joined HenkinSchultz Creative Services as a Graphic Designer. Kreutzfeldt is a graduate of Southeast Tech with an associate degree in graphic communications. She has worked as a graphic designer in both web and print over the last six years. Kreutzfeldt serves as a board member for the South Dakota Advertising Federation and The Compass Center.

MetaBank has hired five new employees: Jennifer Worley as senior vice president, product management; Doug Madetzke as application support engineer; Lance Husman as credit quality assurance manager; Yvonne Warkar as application support engineer; and Shelly Schneekloth as executive vice president, head of technology and operations. In addition, three employees have been promoted: Erin Daniels to director of operations support; Nick Cleland to director of network engineering; and Nichole Price to senior vice president controller.

Amesbury Truth has added two new employees. Riley Amundson joined as a Strategic Account Lead for the Andersen accounts. Amundson holds a bachelor's degree in healthcare legal & administration from Presentation College and an associate degree in business administration from Kilian Community College. Her experience includes operational supply chain, program development and administration, training and education and project management. Lori Bodeen joined as a Senior Accountant. Bodeen obtained both an undergraduate and master's degree in finance from Iowa State University. She has more than 12 years of finance experience.

KELOLAND Media Group welcomes back former KELOLAND Sports Director and Sioux Falls businessman Gary Weckwerth. He will join Brittany Kaye as host of KELOLAND Living - a new daily, hour-long lifestyle show set to debut on Jan. 8.

Millennium Recycling, Inc. announces that Shannon Dwire has been named the company's new president. Dwire has 21 years of experience in the recycling industry, 18 with Millennium Recycling. As General Manager, she helped lead the successful transition to single stream recycling, strengthened customer relations and implemented a progressive mentorship program for employees. As the new president of Millennium, Dwire will be responsible for overseeing sales, processing, research and development and all other aspects of business operations and strategy. Dwire will work directly under Jake Anderson, Millennium's CEO and owner.


The South Dakota Multi-Housing Association recently approved the following new board members: Amy Miller, Charisma Property Management; Drew O'Brien, Lloyd Companies; Erik Meyer, Regency Property Management; Michelle Blair, LPM Properties; and Julie Redlin, Rainbow International Restoration & Cleaning.

EmBe has announced the participants of its 2018 Women's Leadership Program. The 2018 class includes: Dr. Laura Aeschlimann, ABC Pediatric Dentistry; Lucy Albers, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center; Sydney Bartunek, Lawrence & Schiller, Inc.; Melissa Beek, Risk Administration Services; Abby Bischoff, EmBe; Heather Bormann, Wells Fargo Bank; Amy Colgan, Lemonly; Megan DeBoer, Johnson Brothers of South Dakota; Lauren Halgerson, Oh My Word Paperie; Jess Jasso, Northwestern Mutual; Kelli Johnson, Avera Health; Dakotah Jordan, The Banquet; Terra Koupal, American Family Insurance; Katie Krantz, Van De Walle Architects, LLC; Susan Kroger, Sanford Research; Sara Lum, JLG Architects; Kelly Molstad, Southeast Tech; Melanie Raap-Eitreim, MAP, Inc.; Erica Schmitt, Limoges Construction, Inc.; Amy Softich, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; Chelsea Tracy, Chelsea's Boutique; Sheila Volek, MetaBank; Logan Watson, Sioux Falls Police Department; Anne Weyer, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; Erin Williams, Avera Health; and Melissa Wirt, All City Pet Care East.


Prairie Family Business Association, an outreach center of the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota, presented the Boyd Hopkins, Sr. Excellence in Family Business Award to the Sinclair Family of Montgomery's Furniture. The award celebrates the importance of family-owned businesses to the economy and the region and recognizes multi-generational family businesses with practices and policies that positively impact local business, as well as the neighboring community. The Montgomery Family founded the business in 1888 in Dakota Territory with one employee and the family business now has 100 employees with fifth generation family members working in the business.

The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized Famous Dave's, GreatLIFE Fitness Club at 69th and Minnesota and Showplace Wood Products with a Disability Friendly Recognition Program Award.


A fundraiser and silent auction organized by The Barrel House raised $92,000 for children in need. From the total, $10,000 will help provide winter clothing and gear for students and $82,000 will go into an angel fund to pay for school lunches for students who cannot afford to purchase lunch but do not qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.

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Building Products Inc. (BPI) recently opened a new branch in Watertown, Wisconsin. BPI is headquartered in Watertown, South Dakota with branches in Sioux Falls, Evansdale and Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Fargo, North Dakota. The new location increases their coverage area in the region.

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