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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


Bernie DeWald
Tom Shields
Great Western Bank
Rod Carlson
Kerry Hammel

Hilton Garden Inn
Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson
Great Western Bank
Jack Dyvig
Duane Noerenberg
Anderson Group CPA
Jack Dyvig
David Johnson
Sheila Hoff
Wendy Bergan

Tom Shields, Great Western Bank, and Kerry Hammel, Hilton Garden Inn, were the Ambassador Team of the Month for December.

Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, was the Diplomat of the Month for December. Second place went to Duane Noerenberg, Anderson Group CPA, and third place went to David Johnson, DAKOTACARE. The Diplomat Team of the Month for December was: Captain Sheila Hoff, Lloyd Companies; Micki Lundin, Avera Health; Karen Noonan, Carriernet Group Financial, Inc.; Debra Peterson, CorTrust Bank; and Jim Slater, ServiceMaster of Sioux Falls. The Reinvestment Award Winner for December was Duane Noerenberg, Anderson Group CPA. The Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award Winner for December was Wendy Bergan, YMCA.

1st Place: Dean Buckneberg, Eide Bailly LLP; Ambassador Committee Chair Rex Pruitt, PREMIER Bankcard/SDSUG; Fall Drive Chair Mike Hauck, Hauck Law Office/Accord Commercial Team; Rich Naser, South Dakota Technology Business Center; Jackie Payne, Midcontinent Communications; Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte; Nancy Weber-Sweere, Midcontinent Communications; and Chamber Chair of the Board Michael Bender, Bender Commercial Real Estate Services.

2nd Place: Ambassador Committee Chair Rex Pruitt, PREMIER Bankcard/SDSUG; Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/the real estate company; Chamber Chair of the Board Michael Bender, Bender Commercial Real Estate Services; Pam Hoffman, Christian Singles Connect/ Singled Out...For A Purpose!; Fall Drive Chair Mike Hauck, Hauck Law Office/Accord Commercial Team; and Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte.

3rd Place: Fall Drive Chair Mike Hauck, Hauck Law Office/Accord Commercial Team; Ambassador Committee Chair Rex Pruitt; Alex Hofkamp, Home Federal Bank; Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte; Juan Bonilla, Home Federal Bank/La Voz Hispana Newspaper/TV; Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club; Jackie Stratman, O2 Media; Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency; Rick Rysavy, Home Federal Bank; Kristi Metzger, Home Federal Bank; and Chamber Chair of the Board Michael Bender, Bender Commercial Real Estate Services.

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Brandy Thompson joined Signs Plus+ Graphics as an Account Representative. Previously, Thompson was the Marketing Director for the South Dakota Lions Eye Bank and is a graduate of Colorado Technical University

The Sioux Falls Convention Center, managed by Global Spectrum, hired Elizabeth Colbert, a native of Sioux Falls and graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, as the new Marketing Manager. Previously, she was with Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. Scott Riesterer, a native of Concordia, Mo, and graduate of Wichita State University, is the new Event Manager. With a degree in Sports Management, Riesterer has experience in event operations and sales and previously worked with the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City T-Bones.

Jenni Bartmann joined Beck and Hofer Construction as a Controller. Bartmann attended the University of Sioux Falls and graduated with a degree in business”

Shelli Masek joined Hope Haven International Ministries, working with donor and volunteer support. Masek has been in marketing and communications for the past 17 years.

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Kenny Anderson, Jr., Sioux Falls City Councilor; Mark Aspaas, Vice President at Architecture Incorporated; and Chrissy Spoo, Marketing Manager at the Empire Mall, joined the Xcel Energy South Dakota Advisory Board for three-year terms.

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Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center was selected as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outreach Partner for 2011-13 for South Dakota. Avera McKennan joins a nationwide network of 55 mental health organizations that disseminate research from NIMH about the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders, and promote public involvement in research studies. Through a $7,500 grant, Avera McKennan’s involvement with the Outreach Partnership Program will be in concert with NAMI South Dakota (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

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