JULY 3, 2017 - VOL. 53 No. 10

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:


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

Larry Ayres,
Ayres Group

Bernie DeWald,
McKinneyOlson Insurance

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

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

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

The Ambassador Team of the Month for May was Team Billars: Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW; Larry Ayres, Ayres Group; and Bernie DeWald, McKinneyOlson Insurance.

The Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award went to Bernie DeWald, McKinneyOlson Insurance.

Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for May and also won the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award. Second place honors went to Brad Nelson, The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW, and Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded third place honors. Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, won the Reinvestment Award.

Diplomat Team of the Month for May went to Captain Stefanie Engebretson, American Bank & Trust, David Johnson, DAKOTACARE, Lindy Hill, Avera Medical Group Pediatric Cardiology Sioux Falls, Aaron Neiman, Dacotah Bank, and Brad Nelson, The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW.

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Kacey McCarthy has joined Maximizing Excellence, LLC as Project & Brand Director. Her background includes more than 14 years of fundraising experience, most recently as the Sioux Empire United Way Campaign Director.

MetaBank has hired one new employee and promoted three. Janelle Vis joined as Project Manager; James Herr is promoted to Software Engineer; Nicole Harding is promoted to Branch Manager at the Western Ave. location; and Cassandra Loebs is promoted to Senior Product Manager.

Jodi Glanzer, RN, Telephonic Nurse Case Manager comes to OHARA, LLC with a wide array of patient care and nursing experience. OHARA, LLC is a Midwest managed care organization specializing in workers' compensation.

Sioux Falls marketing and public relations agency Epicosity has expanded two of its departments with the addition of new staff members. Megan Hotchkin joins as administrative assistant. She has a background in design and event planning. Jay Bachmayer is an account executive in the client relations department. He has a background in healthcare marketing and previously worked for Avera Health.

Jennifer Coomes has joined RAS as an Accounting Clerk. She brings a strong background in accounting and customer service.

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls welcomes two new team members to their downtown Sioux Falls office. David Peterson joins as a Personal Trust Account Administrator. He is a graduate of both the University of Sioux Falls and Creighton University and has 10 years of industry experience. Paul Renken joins as an Ag Banker. He is a North Dakota State University graduate with 16 years of experience in the ag industry.

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Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jason Ball graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, receiving the recognition of IOM. The IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual's completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Sales and retention manager Amy M. Farr completed her first year at the Institute. The program requires four years to complete and nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually. IOM is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

Mud Mile Communications was one of the most recognized agencies in the region by the Telly Awards. Mud Mile Communications received two Silver Telly Awards, the organization's top honor, and four Bronze Telly Awards for its web, advertising, documentary and event video work with Augustana University, Lloyd Companies, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and others. The Telly Awards reviews more than 12,000 international entries from all 50 states and five continents, awarding Silver Tellys to less than 10 percent of entries.

The Sioux Falls International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP) recently honored two team members from Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company. Tammy Carlson received the "Client Service Professional of the Year" award, recognizing IAIP members whose primary responsibility is in a service capacity with internal and/or external customers. Candidates are judged on IAIP involvement, insurance-related education, and client service/support experience. Tammy is an account manager in the special accounts department. Nancy Garry was honored for her 30 years of membership with the IAIP and the National Association of Insurance Women (NAIW). Nancy will be retiring from her role as an account manager in the personal lines division later this year.

Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown Sioux Falls has been named a 2017 Family Vacation Critic Favorite. The hotel met a set list of criteria, based on reviews from the Vacation Critic site's editors and community of family travelers. The award is given to the top 6 percent of hotels on the site. The Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown is managed by Hegg Hospitality.

The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized Millennium Recycling, Inc., Center of Hope and Walmart North with a Disability Friendly Recognition Program award.

Dawn Aspaas was awarded the Baker's Cup for her extraordinary fundraising efforts for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire annual campaign. The Baker's Cup originated in 2011 and is awarded yearly to the campaign volunteer that displays the most passion and dedication to creating great futures for kids at the Club. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire's campaign volunteers are made up of more than 30 community business leaders that volunteer their time to educate the public and other business leaders about the mission of the Boys & Girls Club in an effort to secure funds.

EAPC Architects Engineers was awarded two Marketing Excellence Awards by the Zweig Group. The awards recognize outstanding and effective marketing in the architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting industry.

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Architecture Incorporated announces changes to its senior leadership. Mark Aspaas, a principal architect with the firm for 39 years, retired in January 2017. As of June 1, Dick Dempster transitioned from his full time role as principal architect and President of the Board to a part time role as mentor and advisor to the team. Principal Architect Steve Jastram has moved from his role as Corporate Secretary to Board President. To round out the Board, Andrew Eitreim has been appointed Vice President, Patti Monson has been appointed Corporate Secretary and Lisa VandeVoort will continue as Treasurer.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire raised $38,648 at their Bloom fundraising event. The third annual event took place Friday, April 28 at Grand Falls Casino and Resort with a record number of attendees. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire serves nearly 1,500 children (ages 4 weeks – 18 years) daily in Sioux Falls, Brandon and Harrisburg.

Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire received a $50,000 grant from Lowe's as part of their Renovation Across the Nation grant program. The funds are being used to complete a playground and green space renovation. In addition to the monetary award, many Lowe's employee volunteers have made completing multiple projects possible.

DocuTAP donated three hand-made "mud pie kitchens" to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire through their monthly initiative "Go For Whoa" which also coincided with National Volunteer Week.

Sanford Health has committed $360,000 over the next three years to the American Heart Association in support of its lifesaving mission in North and South Dakota. The commitment will support events across both states and in targeted markets, including Bismarck, Fargo and Sioux Falls.

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