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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


Jack Dyvig
Jack Dyvig
Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club
Nancy Weber-Sweere
Nancy Weber-Sweere
Midcontinent Communications
Daren Anderson
Daren Anderson
Big D Technology Solutions
Aaron Neiman
Aaron Neiman
Dacotah Bank
Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson
St. Michael's Cemetary

Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for November. Second place honors went to Carrie Dragt, Midcontinent Communications, and third place honors went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions. Aaron Neiman, Dacotah Bank, was the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award. The Retention Award went to Dan Johnson, St. Michael Cemetery.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for November was: Captain Janel Cole, Cole Notary, Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, Sandy Case, U.S. Postal Service, Bill Rezac, Boen & Associates, Inc., and Suzie Folkerts, Dacotah Bank.

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Mike Lynch
Mike Lynch
Jill Blom
Jill Blom

Mike Lynch joined the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce as the Public Affairs & Research Manager. Lynch holds a B.A. in Journalism from South Dakota State University and an M.S. in Educational Technology from Dakota State University. He was previously the Manager of Cooperative Communications at East River Electric Power Cooperative. Jill Blom moved to the Graphics & Communications Specialist position after working in the Chamber's web development department for nearly five years. Blom has a B.A. in both Journalism and Art from Augustana College.

Clay Bak
Clay Bak
Lucas Smith
Lucas Smith
Nicole Nelson
Nicole Nelson
Mattie Burnham
Mattie Burnham
Krista Orsack
Krista Orsack

The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau hired three new sales managers. Clay Bak, is a native of Castlewood, S.D. and graduated from Northern State University with a bachelor's degree in Banking and Financial Services. Previously, he worked at Wells Fargo Bank. Lucas Smith earned a B.S. in Mass Communications and Journalism from South Dakota State University. Previously, Smith was a Public Relations Intern with the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls. He is also a member of the South Dakota Army National Guard. Nicole Nelson has extensive regional and national sales experience with ad agencies in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. She most recently was a Client Services Executive and Media Supervisor for Insight Marketing Design. In addition, Mattie Burnham was promoted to Director of Sales for the CVB and Krista Orsack, CMP, will serve as Director of Marketing.

Melissa Nelson was promoted to Interior Design-Healthcare Specialist for Brown & Saenger. Nelson will be responsible for healthcare sales and design in both clinical and non-clinical applications in both North and South Dakota. Nelson has more than 16 years of experience.

DelRon Peters, PE, was promoted to Professional Associate at HDR Engineering. Peters started at HDR Engineering in 2010 and has more than 20 years of experience in project management of planning and design of municipal and industrial wastewater and water treatment and pumping facilities. Jason Kjenstad, PE, LSIT, was promoted to Associate Vice President at HDR Engineering. Employed with HDR Engineering for 13 years, Kjenstad serves as the South Dakota Transportation Manager and project manager. His project manager experience spans roadway design, traffic signal design, transportation planning, traffic forecasting, operations analysis, and safety analysis.

Lisa Leuning joined Insight Marketing Design as Digital Project Manager. Leuning brings experience in website development, search engine marketing and digital strategies. Leuning's previous experience includes Marketing Manager at the Great Plains Zoo &Delbridge Museum, and Digital Project Manager at Paulsen Marketing. Andra Leonard is the agency's media coordinator and buyer. Leonard has extensive digital media experience in both paid and non-paid online marketing. Leonard manages online marketing programs for Insight's clients, and is Google AdWords certified. She spent four years working as a social media manager for Gap stores in the Midwest. She has also worked in healthcare marketing at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.

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The 2nd Annual Sioux Chef Challenge named Executive Chef Ryan Hembree, Director of Dining Services at Trail Ridge Senior Living, the "best dish" in the category of "entrees," and the Grand Prize of "People's Choice Award." Hembree's educational experience includes the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone Campus in St. Helena, Calif., and the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies in Napa Valley. The event was held in support for the Diversity Kiwanis Club of Sioux Falls and in partnership with the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

The Accounting and Finance Division of the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business honored Kevin Doyle, a partner with Eide Bailly, with an Outstanding Service Awards. Doyle is a 1979 graduate of the USD School of Business. His professional career has been spent entirely in public accounting with a focus on audit and assurance, primarily serving small and medium sized utilities. In addition to client service, Doyle serves as partner-in-charge of the Sioux Falls office and is a member of the firm's retirement committee and board of directors.

Sioux Falls Synergy named Dr. Sara Malchow, chiropractor at Envive, and Allison Struck, BackPack program coordinator at Feeding South Dakota, as the recipients of Synergy's top leadership honors: the 2012-13 Dave Duman Member of the Year Award and the 2012-13 Ambassador of the Year Award, respectively. The purpose of the awards is to recognize Synergy members who have displayed true leadership among the local young professionals in Sioux Falls.

Credit Collections Bureau named Rose Benson the client services rep of the month for November.

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Members of Co-op Natural Foods elected four new members to the organization's Board of Directors: Jill McManus, CNA Surety; Cory Myers, Argus Leader Media; Jo Theodopoulous, Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation; and Susan Randell, Deer Creek Herbs and Teas.

The South Dakota Association of Fundraising Professionals announced its 2014 Board of Directors: President Connie Olson, CFRE; Youth & Family Services (Rapid City); President-Elect and Mentor Chair Catherine Forsch, EmBe; Vice President Bruce Blumer, CFRE; Dakotas United Methodist Foundation (Mitchell) Treasurer/Secretary Corey Camp, Augustana College; Past President Jeff Veltkamp, University of Sioux Falls Foundation; and Directors Serving At-Large: Public/Government Affairs Chair Brian Bonde, ACFRE, Advanced Certified Fundraising; Jan DeBerg; Watertown Community Foundation; West River Program Chair Ronda Gusinsky, Northern Plains Eye Foundation (Rapid City); Tim Kromminga, Avera McKennan Foundation; Scholarship Chair Jason Lemke, South Dakota Area Health Education Center; Membership Chair Shelley Nelson Hanisch, Sioux Empire United Way; Andy Patterson, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation; East River Program Chair Nathan Stallinga, CFRE, DakotAbilities; Marketing Chair Virginia Wishard Lambert, Abbot House (Mitchell); and National Philanthropy Day Chair Kellie Yackley, Avera St. Mary's & Avera Gettysburg Foundations (Pierre).

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