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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


Dean Karsky
Dean Karsky
Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency
Larry Ayres
Larry Ayres
Ayres & Associates
Eric Anderson
Eric Anderson
Farm Bureau Financial Services-Eric Anderson
Daren Anderson
Daren Anderson
Big D Technology Solutions
Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson
Great Western Bank
Karen Noonan
Karen Noonan
Carriernet Group Financial, Inc.
  Tammy Beintema
Tammy Beintema

The Ambassador Team of the Month for January was Team Karsky: Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency; Larry Ayres, Ayres & Associates; and Eric Anderson, Farm Bureau Financial Services-Eric Anderson.

Daren Anderson, Big D. Technology Solutions, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for January. Second place honors and the Ribbon Cutting Attendance award went to Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, and third place honors went to Karen Noonan, Carriernet Group Financial, Inc. Tammy Beintema, JDRF, won the retention award.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for January was: Captain David Johnson, DAKOTACARE; Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions; Kristina Wolfe, Travel Leaders/Village Travel; Carrie Dragt, Midcontinent Communications; and Drew Cosand, Hegg Companies, Inc.

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Tom Jackson and Mary Walsh were promoted to Collection Associates by the Credit Collections Bureau.

Dave Swanson joined Ulteig as a land surveyor with Land Services. Swanson is licensed in Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona and South Dakota. He previously worked for Uintah Engineering and Land Surveying in Colorado as a crew chief.

Caryla Chambers joined ADwërks as Cog Whisperer. As a production manager, Chambers will coordinate and manage the agency's production work. Chambers has previous production management experience with Lawrence & Schiller, LodgeNet and Avera. Tyler Evans joined ADwërks as Defender of Market Share, and will serve as account supervisor for their McDonalds account. Evans has worked at a number of agencies, most recently Click Rain, and has more than seven years of marketing experience. Evans has a bachelor's of arts degree in Advertising & Public Relations and a master's degree in Athletic Administration.

Becky A. Freitag was named Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Davenport, Evans and Hurwitz & Smith, LLP. Freitag has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Administration/Accounting from Iowa State University and a master's degree in Professional Accountancy from the University of South Dakota; she is a certified CPA in South Dakota. Freitag previously worked as Chief Financial Officer for the Sioux Falls Catholic School Corporation.

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Tim Dardis, Principal Financial Group, was awarded the company's inaugural USIS Award for Excellence. The award recognizes excellence for providing life insurance strategy in both the personal and business markets. The criteria for achieving this career milestone include demonstrating exceptional professional knowledge, implementation of his expertise and ongoing excellent client service.

Randy Nehring, owner of Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln, was one of six dealers to be recognized at the 14th Annual Salute to Dealers Awards by Ford. Nehring and the other winners were chosen from a global field of 81 nominees located in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Europe, Asia Pacific, Caribbean and Central America, Africa and the Middle East.

Sioux Empire United Way announced that its 2014 Campaign raised $9,948,988, topping the goal of $9,871,641 and an increase of 1.5 percent over the previous year's campaign. Along with the campaign announcement, SEUW recognized eight individuals and three companies at their annual awards event: Ken Stork, Citi, received the David Birkeland Memorial Award, which is given to the business or professional leader who most exemplifies David Birkeland's involvement in the community; Aaron Wimmer, Family Visitation Center, received the Larry Oppold Memorial Award, which is given to a human service professional for outstanding dedication to his or her work; Amy Benda, Sioux Falls Area CASA Executive Director, and Jean Layton, Sioux Falls Area CASA Volunteer, received the Helen E. (Oppold) Blair Memorial Award, which is given to an individual whose work in human services, law enforcement, education, or church-based fields towards child abuse prevention and early intervention is exemplary; Jon Soderholm,Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota, was named the Heart Club Philanthropist of the Year, which is given to a Heart Club member who has demonstrated active involvement, and has also encouraged or influenced others to contribute; Tim Klein, Wells Fargo, received the Brent Weiler Bulldog Award, which is given to a Team 2 Sioux Empire United Way volunteer who has shown determination and persistence in working with small business to achieve campaign success; Janet Buckley, Minnehaha County Sheriff's Department, was named the Rich Garry Rookie of the Year, which is given to a first-time volunteer who has stepped up and made a tremendous impact in their role; Val Peters, Sioux Falls School District, was named the Volunteer of the Year, which is given to a Sioux Empire United Way volunteer who selflessly and generously gives of his or her time and talents to help fulfill the Sioux Empire United Way mission; and three companies were recognized as the Business of the Year, based on generosity and employee involvement: Howalt+McDowell Insurance (1-100 employees); Midwest Railcar Repair (101-500 employees); and First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard(more than 501 employees).

Megan Wehrkamp was named the Client Service Representative of the Month for January 2014 by the Credit Collections Bureau.

A transportation safety campaign created by Media One Advertising/Marketing for the South Dakota Department of Transportation was the winner of the 2013 Skills Contest conducted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Transportation Communication. This is Media One's second national honor in two years for its work in the transportation infrastructure arena.

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The Community Outreach announced its 2014 Board of Directors: Mary Simmons, President; Kim Johansen, Vice President; Joel Cook, Treasurer; and Korena Keys, Secretary. Other members of the Board are: Dave Eiesland, Brandon Tilus, Bruce McCollister, Pastor Kirby Wilcoxon, Pastor Dennis Lake, Tom Meyer, Dave McIntire, Dave Fleck, and Judy Buseman.

The Board of Directors of Co-op Natural Foods elected officers for 2014: President Alex Halbach, Cutler & Donahoe LLP; Vice President Dan Doyle, Cutler & Donahoe LLP; Treasurer Jill McManus, CNA Surety; and Secretary Cory Myers, Argus Leader Media. The Co-op's grocery store at 2504 S. Duluth Ave. was largely destroyed by fire in January. However, the business is open in a temporary space at 410 W. 18th St. (near the intersection of 18th Street and Minnesota Avenue).

Eide Bailly's Board of Directors elected Kevin Doyle as vice chair for 2014. Eide Bailly is a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm that is ranked as one of the top 25 CPA firms in the nation. Doyle is partner-in-charge of Eide Bailly's Sioux Falls office. He has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, with expertise in the areas of audit, corporate and cooperative taxation, forecasts and projections, mergers and acquisitions and depreciation studies.

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DGR Engineering expanded its aviation services department in their Sioux Falls office. It will be led by Brian Meyer, who has 29 years of engineering and management experience.

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