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JUNE 4, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 8

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:

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers
New Faces & Promotions
Good Deeds


Corey Weide
Lynda Billars
The Lynda B. Advantage/Hegg Realtors
Dean Karsky
Dean Karsky
Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency
Dean Karsky
Mark Luke
Mark Luke Construction, LLC
Jessica Kerher
Jack Dyvig
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club
Daren Anderson
Daren Anderson

Big D Technology Solutions/ Big D Online Solutions
Ryan Konz
Julie Nelson
Great Western Bank
Karen Noonan
Kristina Wolfe
Travel Leaders/Village Travel
Daren Anderson
Mary Johnson
Bankers Trust Company of South Dakota

Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Hegg Realtors; Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency; and Mark Luke, Mark Luke Construction, LLC were the Ambassador Team of the Month for October. Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Hegg Realtors, was named the Ambassador of the Year for 2011-12.

Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was awarded Diplomat of the Month for October. Second place honors went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions/Big D Online Solutions, and third place honors went to Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank. Kristina Wolfe, Travel Leaders/Village Travel, was the recipient of the Retention Award. Mary Johnson, Bankers Trust Company of South Dakota, won the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for October was: Captain David Johnson, DAKOTACARE; Karen Noonan, Carriernet Group Financial, Inc.; Deb Peterson, CorTrust Bank; Kristina Wolfe, Travel Leaders/Village Travel; and Mike Larson, Swenson Investments & Commodities.

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The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce recently hired Nikki Gronli as Graphics & Communications Specialist. Gronli has a bachelor’s degree in Design Communications from the Univerisity of Minnesota and has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and advertising.

Caliber Creative, a full-service advertising agency in Brandon, added Kelly Buss to the team as a media specialist. She has nearly 12 years of experience in the industry and previously worked at another advertising agency in the area.

Jackie Payne has been named director of development at Augustana College. Payne will be responsible for raising private support for the student, faculty and programming needs of the college and for identifying ways to build and foster strong connections between alumni and friends and Augustana. Payne has more than 15 years of experience in higher education, executive relationship management and sales. She attended Augustana from 1993-95 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Most recently, she served as an account executive for Midcontinent Communications. She spent a decade with Wells Fargo Education Financial Services and also worked as an Admission counselor for Concordia.

Sheri Ekdom joined Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota as Director of Consumer Credit Counseling Service. She previously served as Director of the Financial Resource Center of The Village Family Service Center in Fargo. Ekdom has 20 years of experience in the financial counseling industry as well as a background in credit analysis, corporate training and operations supervision. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota.

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Good Deeds

Seven area classroom teachers were awarded Adopt-A-Classroom grants by Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union to help them teach financial literacy to their students. Grants were awarded to the following teachers: Mary Alexander, Sioux Falls Lincoln High special education teacher; Sarah Ailts, Sioux Falls Patrick Henry Middle School 7th grade math teacher; Kindra Schneider, Sioux Falls Terry Redlin Elementary 5th grade teacher; Linda Pinz-Valdez, Sioux Falls Oscar Howe Elementary 5th grade teacher; Jodi Neugebauer, Garretson Elementary 2nd grade teacher; Donna Howes, Sioux Falls Horace Mann Elementary 1st grade teacher; and Shannon Hohwieler, Sioux Falls John Harris Elementary kindergarten teacher.

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Dick Ambrosius, Positive Aging, was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Mature Marketing Network. Ambrosius is considered a thought leader when it comes to marketing strategies to reach age 50-plus consumers.

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Once Upon A Child of Sioux Falls was recognized for achieving a “Gold Standard” measurement. The Gold Standard is reached when a store achieves a set of standards set forth by the franchisor during the evaluation process. The Sioux Falls store achieved the customer experience, store operations and consistent brand identity to earn Gold Standard recognition for the fourth consecutive year.

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