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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
Honors & Awards


Lynda Billars
Lynda Billars
The Lynda B. Advantage/Hegg Realtors
Bernie DeWald
Bernie DeWald
McKinneyOlson Insurance
Larry Ayres
Larry Ayres
Ayres Group

Jessica Nelson
Jessica Nelson
Complete Media Inc.

Daren Anderson
Daren Anderson
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.
Duane Norenberg
Duane Norenberg
Anderson Group CPA
Jared VanBockern
Jared VanBockern
Wells Fargo Bank
Pat Lund
Pat Lund
Chamber of Commerce
Amy M. Farr
Amy M. Farr
Chamber of Commerce


Valerie Willson
Valerie Willson
Chamber of Commerce


Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Hegg Realtors; Bernie DeWald, McKinneyOlson Insurance; and Larry Ayres, Ayres Group; were named the Ambassador Team of the Month for October.

Julie Nelson, Home Federal Bank, was named the Diplomat of the Month for October. Second place honors went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., and third place honors went to Duane Noerenberg, Anderson Group CPA. Jared VanBockern, Wells Fargo Bank, was the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance award, and Duane Noerenberg, Anderson Group CPA, won the Reinvestment Award. The Diplomat Team of the Month for October was: Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.; David Johnson, DAKOTACARE; Jim Slater, ServiceMaster of Sioux Falls; Kelly Grovijahn, Homewood Suites by Hilton; and Jessica Nelson, Complete Media.

With the conclusion of the 2013-14 Chamber year, several volunteers were honored for their service to the Chamber. The Ambassador Committee is made up of seven teams of three volunteers from the business community who help sell the benefits of investing in the Chamber. Dean Buckneberg, Eide Bailly LLP; Mark Luke, Mark Luke Construction, LLC; and Lyle Dabbert, Brown & Saenger; were the Ambassador Team of the Year. Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Hegg Realtors was Ambassador of the Year. The Diplomat Committee is comprised of 35 individuals from the business community who service the Chamber membership by personally calling on new and existing members, as well as hosting other Chamber events such as the monthly Mixers and Operation Thank You. Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Year honors for his outstanding commitment to the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Several changes were made in the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce´s Membership Department following the retirement of Betty Ordal earlier this year. Pat Lund is the Membership Development Director for the Chamber. She oversees all aspects of the membership department and ensuring the membership foundation is strong. Lund will also manage the Business Leadership Council. Amy M. Farr is the new Sales & Retention Manager for the Chamber. She is primarily responsible for selling memberships in the Chamber and works closely with the Ambassador Committee volunteers on identifying and inviting new businesses and organizations to join the Chamber throughout the year, specifically during the Fall and Spring Membership Drives. Farr works with volunteers from the Diplomat Committee in retaining businesses for long-term memberships. Valerie Willson is the new Membership Events Manager for the Chamber. Willson is responsible for management and production of Membership Department-related events, including the monthly Membership Mixers, Good Morning Sioux Falls programs, Holiday Fair, Business Fair, Operation Thank You event, New Member Mixers and other events designed to engage Chamber members. Willson also manages the Military & Veterans Affairs Committee. Willson was born and raised on a ranch outside of Miles City, Mont. She graduated from Black Hills State University with a bachelor´s degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis of Public Relations. Her previous experience includes serving as intern with the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and as the Community Director for the South Dakota March of Dimes.

Insight Marketing Design added Gaye Grider as the agency´s Media Director. Grider has more than 20 years experience in the marketing/advertising industry. She will handle all media planning and buying. Lori Severson joined the agency as Office Manager. Her primary responsibilities include bookkeeping, welcoming guests and managing supplies. Prior to joining Insight Marketing Design, Severson provided support services to real estate agents for nearly 25 years.

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The South Dakota Department of Tourism recognized 156 businesses and organizations in 46 communities across South Dakota for their outstanding customer service. The Great Service Star Program is designed to identify and recognize businesses that develop and complete hospitality training programs for their staff, recognize and reward employees for offering great service, and find unique ways to show customer appreciation. Those that meet the criteria are awarded a star symbol from the Department of Tourism for use in marketing their business and visually showing visitors their commitment to "Great Service." Congratulations to the Sioux Falls businesses awarded the Service star award: Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center; ClubHouse Hotel & Suites; Courtyard by Marriott Sioux Falls; Falls Park Visitor Information Center; Good Earth State Park at Blood Run, South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks; Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History; Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls South; Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau; and SpringHill Suites Sioux Falls.

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers was named a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) by Project Management Institute (PMI), the world´s largest project management member association. R.E.P.s are organizations that have been approved by PMI to help project managers achieve and maintain the Project Management Professional (PMP) and other PMI professional credentials.

EmBe announced the Class of 2015 for the Women´s Leadership Program. Participants include: Christie Aberson, Great Western Bank; Teri Bergeleen, Avera Health; Michelle Booze, Sanford Health; Lynn Boyd, Meta Payment Systems; Elizabeth Broekemeier, Citi; Elizabeth Burns, Gage Brothers; Elizabeth Carlson, First Bank and Trust; Kristin Cooke, Black Events & Advertising; Tami Kielman Daly, Sammons Financial Group/Midland National Life Insurance Co.; Amanda Engel Zimmer, Duncan and Cole; Megan Fischer, University of Sioux Falls; Lauren Fosheim, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce; Jacque Frick, Avera Health; Candi Gearman, Sioux Falls Police Department; Patti Hawkey, Midco Connections; Laura Jackson, Lockheed Martin; Kjersten Joachim, Dow Rummel Village; Betzi Johnson, EmBe; Hannah Kuelbs, Fresh Produce; Steffanie Liston-Holtrop, The Hood Magazine/MED Magazine; Brenda Moore, TSP; Erin Nielsen Ogdahl, Integrative Wellness; Holly Olsen, Aerostar/Raven; Jessie Park, Sanford Health Plan; and Angela Shaw, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls.

Megan Wehrkamp and Rose Benson were named Client Services Reps of the Month for October by Credit Collections Bureau.

The SESHRM Chapter # 217 (Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management) recognized several businesses with their Workplace Excellence Award, which acknowledges companies that have made significant strides in employee practices to establish a highly-desirable work environment and to recognize them for their leadership, culture and best practices. These companies are family-friendly with a dedicated workforce consistently portraying a strong culture of empowerment and growth. The recipient of the 2014 Workplace Excellence Award in the small company category (1-100 employees) was Service First Federal Credit Union; the recipient of the 2014 Workplace Excellence Award in the medium company category (101-500 employees) was Gage Brothers; and the 2014 Workplace Excellence award in the category of 500-plus employees was Midcontinent Communications.

Carnaval Brazilian Grill was named as one of the top 100 steakhouses in the country, according to the website OpenTable. This is the first year for the Diners´ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Steakhouses in America. The awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Carnaval was the only South Dakota establishment cited. Including well-established meat meccas and newer steak restaurants, the complete list of award winners spans 32 states and Washington, D.C.

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