NOV. 3, 2017 - VOL. 54 No. 2

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:


Amy O'Connor Hoback,
Kleenrite Company

Nathan Stallinga,

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Debra Peterson,
CorTrust Bank

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

Amy O'Connor Hoback, Kleenrite Company won the Sales Award for the month of September. The Ribbon Cutting Award went to Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities.

Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for September. Second place honors went to Julie Nelson, American Bank and Trust, and Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded third place honors. Debra Peterson, CorTrust Bank, won the Reinvestment Award and Brad Nelson, The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW, won the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award.

Diplomat Team of the Month for September 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.

Larry Healy, Campbell Supply Co., was honored with the Spirit of DeWald award. Named after long-time Chamber volunteer Bernie DeWald, this award annually recognizes an individual who has achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions both locally and statewide. To be considered, a person must be a Chamber member, assist the Chamber in reaching its goals, be involved in other community, professional or charitable organizations, and present a positive attitude and professional image on behalf of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Dakota State University has hired David Link as the program manager for the Dakota State University Rising initiative. Link is a former executive with Sanford Health and has experience with strategic planning and development.

RSArchitects welcomed two new team members: Shanee Mikkelson joins as Interior Designer and Micki DeCurtins is the Marketing Director.

Catherine Dekkenga has joined JLG Architects' Sioux Falls office as a Project Manager. Dekkenga received a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Iowa State University. She is a member of the South Dakota chapters of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Rotary International and the Young Professionals Network.

Metabank has hired five new employees: Jeff Anderson as HRIS Application Manager; Deborah Vicinsky as Credit Risk Analyst I; Kristy Richter as Senior Accountant; Blaine Moen as Portfolio Administration; and Mark Miller as Database Developer. In addition, Deanne Johnson has been promoted to EFT Relationship Manager and JoAnn Linn was promoted to Mortgage Lending Manager.

Jim Whitcomb, a veteran of the retail industry, has joined the staff of the Sioux Falls Regional Office of the South Dakota Small Business Development Center. Whitcomb will help business clients throughout the Sioux Falls metropolitan area by providing free counseling services to help with challenges such as financing.

Sioux Falls marketing and public relations agency Epicosity has added two new staff members. Kristene Watkins serves as art director. She brings a strong background in print design and design team leadership. Katie Levitt has joined the growing creative department with a strong background in copywriting and creative development.

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The University of South Dakota awarded Dan Radigan, Radigan Enterprises, the Service to the University Alumni Achievement Award. The award honors an alum that best demonstrates unique contribution and sustained service that will leave a lasting impact on the university community, whether through employment, public service, organizational leadership or a combination of considerations.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., has been named 2017 Distinguished Service Alumni for National American University-Sioux Falls in recognition of his professional accomplishments and for actively serving others in the university, workforce, community and society. Anderson was also recently featured in a new book, The Innovators: National American University.

The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized GreatLIFE Fitness Club, Primrose Retirement Community and Sunshine Foods with a Disability Friendly Recognition Program Award.

Insight Marketing Design received eight MarCom Awards for work done for six clients and one MarCom for agency self-promotion. The MarCom Awards is an international competition for marketing for communication professionals and large and small agencies. The winning entries included work for Henry Carlson Co. and Dorsey & Whitney Trust Company LLC.

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Six Sioux Falls area nonprofits were recent recipients of Community Innovation Grants awarded through the South Dakota Community Foundation in partnership with the Bush Foundation. They are: Dakota Resources, Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls, South Dakota Network Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault, South Dakota News Watch, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Special Olympics of South Dakota.

Four Sioux Falls area nonprofits were awarded South Dakota Fund grants through the South Dakota Community Foundation. They are: Helpline Center, Harmony South Dakota, South Dakota Miss Amazing and Arts Midwest.

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KLJ, an engineering firm headquartered in Bismarck, has acquired Goldsmith Heck Engineers, Inc., a South Dakota based company. This formalized a long-time collaborative partnership between the two firms. Goldsmith Heck employs 10 employees in the Sioux Falls office and will eventually join KLJ employees in a combined location, but for now will operate out of two locations.

Marco has purchased Koestner Office Products, Inc., a copier/printer company based in Jefferson City, Missouri. This is the 17th acquisition the company has completed over the past three years. Marco has 1,100 employees and serves more than 32,500 customers from its 46 locations throughout the Midwest and nationally.

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