FEB. 9, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 5

Chair's Column
New Members
Member Anniversaries
Cover Story
Other News
Faces & Places
Ribbon Cuttings
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February/March FACES & PLACES

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:


Eric Anderson,
Land Home Financial Services

Adam Cooper,
Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company

Jay Rasmussen,
Journey Group Companies

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

The Ambassador Team of the Month for December was Team Anderson: Eric Anderson, Land Home Financial Services; Adam Cooper, Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company; and Jay Rasmussen, Journey Group Companies.

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

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


The First National Bank in Sioux Falls has promoted two employees. Chase Hoffman has been promoted to Mortgage Loan Originator at the Benson Road branch. He is an active volunteer with The Banquet and Feeding South Dakota. Lane LeBrun has been promoted to Ag Banker at the Dell Rapids branch. He is a Dell Rapids native and recent SDSU graduate.

Sioux Falls marketing and public relations agency Epicosity recently added three new staff members. Tiffany Mutchler serves as account associate. She has background in sales and client relations and previously worked in the field for Daktronics and Caliber Creative. Elise Ferguson serves as web developer and has a strong background in coding and system administration. She previously worked for Thomson FindLaw and Maje Media. Tony Nguyen joined the web department with a background in coding and relational databases. He previously worked in the field for Smart Software Solutions.

Miranda Velgersdyk has joined RAS as an accounting clerk. Velgersdyk is recent graduate of Dordt College with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

HenkinSchultz has hired Kaitlin Brodeur as a content strategist and Kirsten Muhmel as a graphic designer. Brodeur is a 2017 graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising. Muhmel is a 2017 graduate of South Dakota State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and a minor in Studio Arts.

John Rueb joined AmesburyTruth as a supply chain manager. Rueb has more than thirty years of experience in operations and supply chain management, including experience in the high volume automotive industry. Ryan Wede joined AmesburyTruth as a strategic supply manager for supply chain design. Wede is responsible for continuous improvement efforts throughout the supply chain. He has more than 10 years of experience in operations and continuous improvement, including experience in heavy industrial equipment markets. Steve Lund joined as a Business Solutions Analyst. Lund has a background in manufacturing, logistics and ERP systems and will be an onsite resource as he focuses on supporting the manufacturing floor and warehouse functions. Tara Larson joined as a Master Scheduler on the Global Supply Chain. Larson has a background in manufacturing, scheduling and planning practices.

Make-A-Wish® South Dakota President and CEO Paul Krueger will join Make-A-Wish America®, the national organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. Krueger will serve as a chapter advancement advisor, working with Make-A-Wish chapters across the country. He remains with the local organization through February.

Allison Dvorak, AIA, has joined TSP, Inc., to provide architectural expertise in the firm's work with community, education and healthcare clients. She is a Certified Passive House Consultant and works with climate-specific siting and materials selections, building envelopes and insulation and efficient mechanical systems.

Boy Scouts of America-Sioux Council has promoted Jason Cruse to Field Director for Service Area One, which includes Sioux Falls, Beresford, Mitchell and Huron. Shaina Smykle and Char Faulstich have both been promoted to District Executive.


The Sioux Falls Tennis Association has appointed its board of directors for 2018. Executive Director Lydia Healy, Hegg Realtors; President Carissa Dice, Fiserv; Vice President Jessie Daw; Treasurer Pip Ong, Thrive Pilates; Secretary Virginia DeBoer; Past President David Peterson, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Marc Kurtz, GreatLife at Woodlake Athletic Club and Augustana University; Jennifer Wiese, Avera Behavioral Health; Thomas Chiu, CareTrends Pharmacy; Richard Thomason, Nelson Commercial Real Estate; John Schreurs, Maverick Recruiting; Cara Lovrien; and Beth Stoutamire.

New board officers for Family Visitation Center for 2018 are: President Cindy Oberg, Citi; Vice President Molly Beck, Fuller & Williamson, LLP; Secretary/Treasurer Brian Pederson, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center; and Past President Brenda Van Holland, MetaBank. Other members of the Board of Directors include Chris Conrad, First Bank & Trust; Jennie Doyen, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce; Anthony Hohn, Davenport Evans Hurwitz & Smith, LLP; Jim Gray; Eric S. Erickson; Cory Myers, Argus Leader Media; Mary Olinger; Pamela Rempp, First PREMIER Bank; and Ray Thompson, Thompson Private Wealth.

The Arthritis Foundation-South Dakota welcomes the 2018 Leadership Board and newly appointed officers. New Leadership officers are: Chair Brian Kirby, Ballard Spahr, LLP; Vice Chair Dr. Ross McDaniel, Chirosport; Past Chair Dr. Dan Heinemann, Sanford Health; Juvenile Arthritis Chair Dr. Allison Alvine; Medical Chair Ernie Christensen, Athletico; Help and Support Chair Travis Olsem, American Bank & Trust; Volunteer Engagement Chair Lisa Schultz, Advanced Asset Alliance; 2018 Art for Arthritis Gala Co-chairs Michele Wellman, Pinny PR, and Dr. Wendy Vetter, Sanford Health; Dr. Thomas Ambrose II, Avera Health; and Andrew Munce, Sanford Health. Dr. Grant Syverson, Sanford Health Pediatric Rheumatology, will serve as the 2018 Art for Arthritis Gala Medical Champion.


The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized Quick Health Urgent Care (26th and Louise Avenue), Five Star Call Centers and Sammons Financial Group with a Disability Friendly Recognition Program Award.

D'one Hanisch, account manager at Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company has been honored as the South Dakota Outstanding CSR of the Year by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research.

Jimmy May, a Raymond James financial advisor with First Bank & Trust, was named as one of the Top 100 Bank Advisors for 2017 by Bank Investment Consultant magazine. The recognition evaluates advisors based on six variables: assets under management, production, percentage growth in both AUM and production, fee business and the ratio of production-to-AUM. This is the second time May has appeared on the list.


The 15th Annual Toys for Tats event organized by Vishnu Bunny provided 547 new toys for children served by Family Visitation Center and Children's Inn during the recent holiday season.

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Minnesota-based Innovative Office Solutions has acquired Brown & Saenger, expanding the reach of the company into North Dakota and South Dakota.

Panther Graphics, LLC of Sioux Falls announced a formal agreement with ColorFX of Des Moines, Iowa to welcome ColorFX Boyden, Iowa customers and employees to Panther Graphics. The ColorFX Boyden, Iowa facility is closing. Company officials from both organizations are confident the move is in the best interest of their customers, focusing on the close proximity of the two facilities and the complimentary services offered by both companies. Panther plans to add staff and will retain a number of team members from the Boyden facility, including Senior Account Manager Gary Klarenbeek.

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