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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
Good Deeds
New Name


Rod Carlson
Rod Carlson
Sanford Health
Kerry Hammel
Kerry Hammel
Hilton Garden Inn
Jessica Kerher
Jessica Kerher

Serendipitous Events
Jack Dyvig
Jack Dyvig
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club
David Johnson
David Johnson
Daren Anderson
Daren Anderson
Big D Technology Solutions/Big D Online Solutions
Tammy Beintema
Tammy Beintema
Sioux Falls Business Magazine
Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson
Great Western Bank

Ambassador Team of the Month for January was the team of Rod Carlson, Sanford Health; Kerry Hammel, Hilton Garden Inn; and Jessica Kerher, Serendipitous Events.

Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was awarded Diplomat of the Month for January. Second place honors went to David Johnson, DAKOTACARE, and third place honors went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions/Big D Online Solutions. Tammy Beintema, Sioux Falls Business Magazine, was the recipient of the Retention Award, and Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, won the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award. The Diplomat Team of the Month for January was: Captain David Johnson, DAKOTACARE, Janel Cole, Cole Notary, Duane Noerenberg, Anderson Group CPA, Jill Dawson, American Family Insurance, Mike Larson, Farm Bureau Financial Services.

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Clint Waara is the Community Development officer for Wells Fargo in South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska. In his new role, he will be responsible for community and economic development activities for those three states. Waara has worked for Wells Fargo since 2003.

Tom Kovash joined Furniture Mart USA as Vice-President of the Ashley Furniture division, overseeing all facets of the business at the company’s Ashley Furniture/HomeStore locations. Kovash has more than 20 years of experience in the furniture and retail industries. He is a graduate of Dickinson State University.

The Office Advantage-Printsmart named Adam Peterman the Vice President of Solution Sales. He brings 11 years of experience to the position.

Chuck Vockler has joined Bozzell Cabinet Company as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. He brings more than eight years of experience to the position.

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Kilian Community College Board of Trustees elected the following as its team of officers for 2013: Chair Dan LaRock, SilverStone Group; Vice-Chair Dr. Brett Bradfield, University of Sioux Falls; Treasurer Julie Choudek, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Secretary Rod Carlson, Sanford Health; and Immediate Past Chair Dr. Randy Harkless, Citigroup. Mark Millage, President of Kilian Community College, also serves on the Committee as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees. Other Board of Trustees members include: Gary Baumgartner, Baumgartner’s Electric; Ken Berger, Wells Fargo; Rev. Laura Borman, Wesley United Methodist Church; Cindy Elifrits Peterson, Maximizing Excellence; Lynne Hagen, Avera McKennan; Kevin Moore, Concrete Materials; and Amy Ross Lauck, Lindquist & Vennum.

Peter Hegg, Hegg Companies, Inc., was appointed to the Advisory Council on Small Business and Labor, which advises the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He will serve a three-year term. Hegg served as president and CEO of Hegg Companies for more than 40 years and remains active with the family-owned business as chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.

Jerry Johnson, G. A. Johnson Construction, Inc., is the 2013 President of the AGC of South Dakota Building Chapter.

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J&L Harley-Davidson was awarded a Silver Bar & Shield Award from the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. This honor recognizes and rewards the top performing U.S. Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealerships nationally and regionally in the areas of: performance, representation of the brand and customer experience. J&L Harley-Davidson was also named among the Top 100 dealerships in the U.S. for the 17th consecutive year. The criterion for the award is based off dealership excellence in customer service, dealership appearance, marketing campaigns, promotional efforts and community involvement. J&L Harley-Davidson was presented with the Special Merit award for community involvement for organizing Hot Harley Nights, an annual event to raise funds for Make-A-Wish® South Dakota.

FASTSIGNS® of Sioux Falls was named one of the top 25 centers in the country out of a network of more than 450 at the 2013 FASTSIGNS Convention. The locally owned and operated business received the CEO Circle Award, which is given to the 25 centers in the U.S. with the highest sales volumes from the previous year. This is the first year that the center has received this distinction.

Brown & Saenger recognized several sales consultants for their commitment made to customers and the company: Dawn Osborne (Fargo), General Line Sales Person of the Year; Kyle Hellman (Bismarck), Furniture Sales Person of the Year and President’s Club; Linda Dansman-Nichols (Sioux Falls), President’s Club; and Al Nickles (Sioux Falls), President’s Club.

The Quality Inn & Suites received the 2013 Platinum Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International, Inc. As a top performing property among the company’s more than 5,000 U.S. franchised hotels, the Quality Inn & Suites is among the top percentage of properties within the Quality brand.

High Point Networks honored several staff. The Extra Mile Award: Shane Bryn; The Growth Award: Merrilee Hallaway; The High Point Award: Justin Fetsch; The Outstanding Newcomer Award: Chris Conner; The Lewis & Clark Award Damon Andrews; and The Teamwork Award: Matt Peabody. Several High Point Networks were also recognized for five years of employment with the company: Scott Schneider, Mike Rerick and Kelly Schlauderaff.

Nathan Stallinga, Director of Development for DakotaAbilities, achieved CFRE certification. Through the CFRE credential, CFRE International supports and encourages fundraising professionals to aspire to the highest standards of professional competence and ethical practice in serving the philanthropic sector. Stallinga is one of 26 individuals in South Dakota who have achieved CFRE.

Sioux Empire Society For Human Resource Management awarded several individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of human resources and represent “the best” in the human resource profession. The Distinguished Professional of the Year Award is given to an outstanding individual with five or more years of experience in the Human Resource field; the 2012 winner is Patsy Kramer, Employee Relations/Organizational Development Manager at Sanford Health. Reid Holsen received the Emerging Profession of the Year award, which is given to an individual who has two or more years of experience and is evolving in human resources. Holsen is the Human Resources Manager/Labor Relations for the City of Sioux Falls. The Student Professional of the Year award is given to an individual enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate Human Resource program and is an active member of the Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management; the 2012 winner is Shanna Von Holtum, a student at the University of Sioux Falls.

Sioux Empire United Way held its annual Thank You Event and recognized five individuals and five companies. The following community awards were given out during the event: David Birkeland Memorial Award (given to the business or professional leader who most exemplifies David Birkeland’s involvement in the community) — Carl Wynja, U.S. Bank; Larry Oppold Memorial Award (given to a human service professional for outstanding dedication to his or her work) — Betty Oldenkamp, Lutheran Social Services; Helen E. (Oppold) Blair Memorial Award (given to an individual whose work in human services, law enforcement, education or church-based fields toward child abuse prevention and early intervention is exemplary) — Pam Tiede, Minnehaha County State’s Attorney’s Office; Heart Club Philanthropist of the Year (given to a business or Heart Club member who has demonstrated active involvement and has also encouraged or influenced others to contribute) — First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard; Rich Garry Rookie of the Year (given to a first-time Sioux Empire United Way volunteer) — Melanie Schopp, Globe University; Volunteer of the Year (given to a SEUW volunteer) — Tim Blotske, Wells Fargo; and Business of the Year (given to three companies or organizations) — 1-100 Employees: Johnstone Supply; 101-500 Employees: The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; 500-plus Employees: John Morrell & Company and Sammons Financial Group.

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U.S. Bank employees in Sioux Falls donated more than 270 school supply items to Hawthorne Elementary School. Representatives at Hawthorne will distribute the school supplies to local students in need. In addition, U.S. Bank employees across the company donated school supplies to other nonprofit organizations around the country. The nonprofits in those communities will also distribute the school supplies to students in need.

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Management Recruiters of Sioux Falls, LLP to operate under the name gpac, (pronounced ‘g – pack’). Over the past 23 years, gpac has worked hard to become experts in the executive search and placement business. The gpac team has been providing executive search services throughout the U.S. and North America since 1990 and has more than 250 years of combined experience in the search and placement industry.

Bozzell Construction, Inc. is now operating under the name Bozzell Cabinet Company. As the business model has evolved, cabinetry and woodworking has become the focus and heart of the business. The staff has more than 65 years of combined experience in the woodworking and cabinetry industry.

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