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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.

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


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Jack Dyvig
Jack Dyvig

Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club
Julie Nelson

Julie Nelson

Great Western Bank
Karen Noonan
Tom Bennett
South Dakota Symphony

Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was the Diplomat of the Month for January. Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, took second place honors and Tom Bennett, South Dakota Symphony, took third place honors for January. The January Diplomat Team of the month includes: Captain Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club; Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank; Mike Teslow, ST Financial Services & Uncle Ed's Specialty Meats; Wade Thomas, Dakota Lettering; and Marshall Selberg, HJN Team Real Estate.

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The Sioux Empire PMI Chapter announced the following directors for 2009: President Carrie Van Heel, Citi; Vice President Paula Mitchell, First Premier Bank; Membership Director Kendra Siemonsma, CNA Surety; Communications Director Jay Ugofsky, SGT; Programs Director Julie Burke-Bowen, Virtuoso Consulting; Finance Director James Reich, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society; Director At-Large Sarah Malchow, Wells Fargo; and Director At-large Bhaskar Reddy, Midland National Life.

The 2009 South Dakota Interior Designer's executive board members are: President Marcia Young, Interstate Office Products; President-Elect Dana Sandene, Interstate Office Products; Treasurer, Shannon Rasmussen; Secretary Shelly Rogers, Starmark Cabinetry; and Historian and Editor Mikela Iverson, Brown & Saenger.

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Media One Advertising/Marketing won two trophies at the Reed Awards ceremony hosted by Politics Magazine. They won the top awards for Newspaper-Less Than Full Page for its 2008 "No on Initiated Measure 10" ad and the top award in the Billboard/Bus Signs category for "No on Initiative Measure 10" billboard design. Initiated Measure 10 was on South Dakota's general election ballot in November 2008. Media One represented a broad-based coalition of regional and national partners of both parties and many persuasions to defeat the measure by a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent.

The South Dakota Interior Designers (SDID) and Architecture Inc. awarded Marcia Young, Interstate Office Products, the Laura Hosman Professionalism Award for 2008. The award is given to those designers who show exceptional dedication, professionalism and proficiency in the field of interior design.

Jeff Burch, a Financial Representative with Theobald Financial Group, of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT), an international, independent association of nearly 19,000 leading life insurance producers. MDRT is a coveted career milestone that indicates sales and service achievement and is a highly recognized mark of excellence for life underwriters.

The South Dakota ADDYs recognize the best advertising in South Dakota as part of a three-tiered competition. Winners from the state level go on to a regional competition and then a national competition. The following Chamber members were recognized at the 43rd Annual South Dakota Advertising Awards: Insight Marketing Design, Best of Class Collateral Material, Best of Class Mixed Media, Best of Class Public Service, and Best of Show-Print; Lawrence & Schiller Best of Class Out of Home and Best of Class Non-Traditional Advertising; POET Nutrition, Best of Class Consumer or Trade Publication; Click Rain Inc., Best of Class Interactive Media; Backyard Broadcasting Inc., Best of Class Radio; ADwerks, Best of Class Advertising for the Arts & Sciences; HenkinSchultz Communication Arts, Best of Class Advertising Industry Self Promotion; and Vision Video Inc., Best of Class Elements of Advertising. The following individuals were also recognized by the South Dakota Advertising Federation: Kevin VanWesten, Lawrence & Schiller with the Creative Legacy Award; the family of the late Chad Nelson, ImageNation Grapics Printing, with the Silver Medal Award; and Paul VanVeldhuizen, Alphagraphics, as Volunteer of the Year.

Gov. Mike Rounds presented the George S. Mickelson Great Service Award to Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City. The awards were given during the closing banquet of the 2009 Governor's Conference on Tourism. The Office of Tourism serves under the Department of Tourism and State Development.

Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. (CSD) was awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) using funds that were appropriated by Congress last year for DTV outreach. The grant will be used to launch a national awareness campaign about the country's transition to digital television (DTV). The duration of this project is expected to last throughout the next six months and CSD hopes to aggressively work with several other national groups and to reach America's 28 million deaf and hard of hearing people. CSD is one of 12 recently identified organizations to help with outreach efforts and technical assistance.

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Joel Hathaway is the new Development Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls. He is responsible for planned giving, grant writing and fundraising.

Cindy Reed is the new President of Sammons Securities Company (SSC). In addition, Matt Stahr has accepted a new role as Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Broker/Dealer Distribution for SSC. SSC is the broker/dealer for Midland National, which is part of Sammons Financial Group (SFG).

The South Dakota Building Chapter of the Associated General Contractors awarded the first place "Build America" Award to the Henry Carlson Company for the Minnehaha County Courthouse Addition and Expansion Project at the 2009 State Convention. The award recognized the Henry Carlson Company for its work with Minnehaha County to create and foster an enhanced image of the courthouse project by way of a joint public relations effort.

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Many Sioux Falls businesses chose to help the blood supply in 2008 by hosting blood drives for the Community Blood Bank at their facilities. Community Blood Bank is a non-profit cooperative effort between Sanford USD Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, formed to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for the communities it serves. The following Chamber members were in the top 10 contributors for the blood supply in 2008: Citi, 502 units; Wells Fargo Financial, 489 units; VA Medical Center, 315 units; First Premier Bankcard, 267 units; Augustana College, 226 units; The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society (national campus), 211 units; LodgeNet Interactive Corporation, 210 units; John Morrell & Co., 205 units; and Wells Fargo, 166 units.

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