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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
Honors in Industry


Lynda Billars
Lynda Billars
The Lynda B. Advantage/the real estate company
Cari Linn Fossum
Cari Linn Fossum
Complete Media, Inc.
Jack Dyvig
Jack Dyvig
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club
Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson
Great Western Bank
Eric Siemers
Eric Siemers
Shiela Hoff
Sheila Hoff
Lloyd Companies
Tammy Beintema
Tammy Beintema
Sioux Falls Business Magazine

Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/the real estate company, and Cari Linn Fossum, Complete Media, Inc., were the Ambassador Team of the Month for April.

Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was the Diplomat of the Month for April. Second place went to Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, and third place went to Eric Siemers, KELO-TV. The Diplomat Team of the Month for April was: Captain Sheila Hoff, Lloyd Companies; Karen Noonan, Carriernet Group Financial, Inc.; Debra Peterson, CorTrust Bank; Jim Slater, ServiceMaster of Sioux Falls; and Amy O’Connor-Hoback, Kleenrite Company. The April Reinvestment Award Winner was Sheila Hoff, Lloyd Companies, and the April Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award Winner was Tammy Beintema, Sioux Falls Business Magazine.

1st Place, Hauck/Weide Team: Ambassador Chair Rex Pruitt, PREMIER Bankcard/SDSUG; Dr. Ashley Pfaff, Pfaff Chiropractic-Family& Children's Health; Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte; Gita Hendricks, B.D. Promotions of Sioux Falls, LLC/Tinners; Corey Weide, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC; Amy O'Connor-Hoback, Kleenrite Company; Spring Drive Chair Mike Hauck, Hauck Law Office/Accord Commercial Team; Kevin Topolinski, Merrill Lynch First Financial Center; and Kelly Grovijahn, Homewood Suites by Hilton.
2nd Place, Billars/Fossum Team: Jill Melchert, Farmers Insurance Group, Ambassador Chair Rex Pruitt, PREMIER Bankcard/SDSUG; Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/the real estate company; Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte; Cari Linn Fossum, Complete Media, Inc.; Spring Drive Chair Mike Hauck, Hauck Law Office/Accord Commercial Team; and Derek Kattenberg, Real Property Management Express.
3rd Place, Lloyd/Dabbert Team: Lori Lewison, Workplace Marketing; Ambassador Chair Rex Pruitt, PREMIER Bankcard/SDSUG; Shelia Hoff, Lloyd Companies; Chamber President/ CEO Evan Nolte; Reed Johnson, Lloyd Companies; Spring Drive Chair Mike Hauck, Hauck Law Office/Accord Commercial Team; and Liz Lloyd, Lloyd Companies.
Top Associate, O'Connor-Hoback: Ambassador Chair Rex Pruitt, PREMIER Bankcard/SDSUG; Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte; Amy O'Connor-Hoback, Kleenrite Company and Spring Drive Chair Mike Hauck, Hauck Law Office/Accord Commercial Team.


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Wells Fargo Bank announced two promotions: Patrick Foley was named a business relationship manager in Dell Rapids and Sioux Falls. Rocky Rehfeldt was named senior private banker for Sioux Falls. Rehfeldt most recently served as a principal business relationship manager for Wells Fargo Business Banking.

Miles Schumacher, lawyer and member of the Business Law Practice Group at Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C., was promoted to shareholder with the firm. Schumacher has nearly three decades of legal experience in Sioux Falls, representing business owners and individuals in all areas of business transactional matters, including real estate, business formation, contracts, succession planning and estate planning.

Eide Bailly LLP, a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm, accepted six staff members into the partnership, including two in the Sioux Falls office. Ben Ellingson, CPA, Sioux Falls partner, has more than 10 years experience. Ellingson joined Eide Bailly in 1999 and is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University. Tom Madison, CFA, CPA, Sioux Falls partner, has more than nine years public accounting experience. Madison joined the firm in 2001 and is a graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Jamison Rounds joined Dennis Breske and his teams at NAI Sioux Falls, Murphy Business of Sioux Falls, and Murphy Business of Minnesota as a business and commercial real estate broker. He will specialize in business brokerage, commercial real estate, and franchise sales and development. Rounds is an attorney, management consultant, and former Director of the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Strategic Initiative.

HenkinSchultz Communication Arts added five new staff members and promoted one staff member. Lynell Unruh was promoted to creative director. Unruh has been a graphic designer at HenkinSchultz for 15 years. Fletcher Farley joins the account team as a media buyer. A Sioux Falls native, Farley has had internships at advertising agencies in Sioux Falls and Minneapolis. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in strategic communication. Betsy Larson, a copywriter, is a new addition to the creative staff. Larson, a native of Hartford, graduated from the Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a degree in writing and rhetoric. Previously, she worked as the managing editor at VistaComm. Hilairee Mosier, who has a degree in public relations from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, joins the accounts team as an account executive assistant. Originally from Platte, she recently interned in the marketing and corporate relations department at Easter Seals in Chicago. Bekah Neu is a business office assistant who works on billing and media buying. Most recently a business office intern at HenkinSchultz, Neu graduated in May from Augustana College with a degree in business administration. Paula VerDouw is the new business office manager. VerDouw graduated from Augustana College with degrees in business and accounting. She most recently worked at SilverStone Group.

U.S. Bank promoted several bankers to the senior management team in Sioux Falls. Carl Wynja is the new regional president for the bank in eastern South Dakota and Sioux City. Wynja will continue his duties as market president for U.S. Bank in Sioux Falls. Wynja is responsible for overseeing and leading U.S. Bank in the region. Wynja is a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, with a degree in business administration. Joe Marsh was promoted to SVP and Senior Lender, Commercial Banking. Marsh has been with U.S. Bank in Sioux Falls for 17 years. Eric Krouse was promoted to SVP and Senior Lender, Business Banking. Krouse has been with U.S. Bank in Sioux Falls for 14 years. Marie Fredrickson was promoted to SVP Commercial and Healthcare Banking. Fredrickson will be involved in commercial and healthcare banking in the Sioux Falls community in addition to leading healthcare banking business in the eastern South Dakota and Sioux City, Iowa region. Fredrickson has been with U.S. Bank in Sioux Falls for 26 years. Scott Grunewaldt was promoted to Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking. Grunewaldt has been with U.S. Bank in Sioux Falls for nine years.

Black Events & Advertising, Inc. welcomes two new staff members. Ashley Pearson joins the sales and advertising team as the newest event coordinator assisting in the planning and development of all company trade shows and advertising and design sales. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in contemporary media & journalism. Brooke Hiemstra is the newest addition to the graphic design team. Hiemstra graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree of fine art.

Darwin Viet joined Century Business Products as a Solution Analyst. Viet has been in office equipment sales for nearly four decades, and previously owned Midwest Office Systems. Prior to joining Century Business Products, he was consulting for a number of businesses.

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Through the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant, Lowe’s Home Improvement supplied new windows to the Hurley School District. Approximately 70 new windows will soon be installed on the building, totalling $75,000 in value.

The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History received a $6,500 grant from the Qwest Foundation to support the Zoo’s education efforts. Qwest recently merged with CenturyLink; Qwest and its predecessor companies have been in the Sioux Falls community for more than 100 hundred years.

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Kyle Ruhland, Century Business Products, was elected to the President’s Club for the third year in a row. President Club members have excelled in sales, product knowledge and customer service.

Jason Ahrendt, State Farm agent, earned membership in the 2010 President’s Club. By qualifying five years in a row, he is now a Lifetime Member of this elite group of agents. The award is given to the top 50 State Farm agents in the country based on production of insurance and financial services.

A&B Business Inc. received the ProMasters Elite Award, the highest achievement awarded by Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. The award is given to honor the independent dealer with the most outstanding technical support and customer service in the U.S.

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Lutheran Social Services School-Based Mentor Program honored Michelle Raasch, Wells Fargo, as the 2011 Citibank Mentor of the Year. First Premier/Premier Bankcard was named Community Partner of the Year. Garrett Wilson, Children’s Care Hospital & School, was named the Mentor Rookie of the Year

HenkinSchultz Communication Arts and Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center were honored with eight awards, including four golds, at the 2011 Aster Awards, a program that focuses on the best health care marketing in the nation. In addition, HenkinSchultz and Avera won three silver awards and one bronze award.

United Way Worldwide honored U.S. Bank with the 2011 Spirit of America Award to recognize the company and its employees’ commitment to improving the financial stability of individuals, families and local communities. As part of the most recent U.S. Bank United Way campaign, Richard Davis, chairman, president and chief executive officer for U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank, called U.S. Bank employees to action, asking them to “Dare to Dream” of a community where everyone could live a healthy life. Employees responded wholeheartedly, leading U.S. Bank to a $12.5 million United Way campaign – an 11 percent increase from the previous year. The Spirit of America and Summit Awards program, now in its 24th year, is United Way’s highest national honor for a corporation, recognizing the United Way Global Corporate Leadership company with the most comprehensive commitment to improving lives and strengthening communities.

Nicole Graves is the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award from University Center. The Excellence in Teaching Award is given to recognize individual faculty members for high quality teaching and outstanding dedication to student learning in the unique and diverse learning environment of University Center. Instructors are nominated for the award by one or more of their students at University Center. Graves is an SDSU faculty member; she teaches courses in Human Development & Family Studies. She has 13 years of teaching experience, and has taught at University Center for three years.

Several Chamber-member Doctors of Chiropractic were honored at the South Dakota Chiropractors Association Annual Awards Celebration: Dr. Nathan Unruh, Envive, received the Walt Wolf Going the Distance Award; and Dr. Justin Wubben, Axiom Chiropractic, received the Rising Star Award.

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