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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 in Industry
Good Deeds


Rex Pruitt
Rex Pruitt
PREMIER Bankcard and SDSUG (South Dakota SAS Users Group)
Rod Carlson
Rod Carlson

Sanford Health
Mark Luke
Mark Luke

Mark Luke Construction, LLC
Lynda Billars
Lynda Billars

The Lynda B. Advantage/the real estate company
Pamela Hoffman
Pamela Hoffman

Christian Singles Connect and Singled Out....For A Purpose!
Amory Dinges-Dimick
Amory Dinges-Dimick
Karen Noonan
Karen Noonan
CarrierNet Group Financial, Inc.
Jack Dyvig
Jack Dyvig
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club
Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson
Great Western Bank
Nathan Stallinga
Nathan Stallinga

Tammy Beintema
Tammy Beintema
Sioux Falls Business Magazine

The Ambassador Team of the Month for March was: Captain Rex Pruitt, PREMIER Bankcard and SDSUG (South Dakota SAS Users Group); Rod Carlson, Sanford Health; Mark Luke, Mark Luke Construction, LLC; Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/the real estate company; Pamela Hoffman, Christian Singles Connect and Singled Out...For A Purpose!; and Amory Dinges-Dimick.

Karen Noonan, CarrierNet Group Financial, was the Diplomat of the Month for March. Second place honors went to Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, and third place honors went to Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank. Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities was the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award, and the Reinvestment Award went to Tammy Beintema, Sioux Falls Business Magazine. The Diplomat Team of the Month for March was: Captain David Johnson, DAKOTACARE; Karen Noonan, CarrierNet Group Financial, Inc.; Debra Peterson, CorTrust Bank; Kristina Wolfe, Travel Leaders/Village Travel; and Mike Larson, Swenson Investments & Commodities.

First Place Spring Membership Drive winners: Vice-Chair of the Board Keith Severson, EideBailly, LLP; Deb Peterson, CorTrust Bank; Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions and Big D Online Solutions; Evan Nolte, CEO/President, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce; Jim Slater, ServiceMaster of Sioux Falls; Fong Roemeling, Golden Dragon; Ambassador Committee Chair Mike Hauck, Hauck Law Office/Accord Commercial Team; Pamela Hoffman, Christian Singles Connect and Singled Out...For A Purpose!; Rex Pruitt, Premier Bankcard and SDSUG; Rod Carlson, Sanford Health; Drive Chair Rick Rysavy, Home Federal Bank; Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/the real estate company; Dale Thorpe; and Mark Luke, Mark Luke Construction.

Top Associates: Vice-Chair of the Board Keith Severson, EideBailly, LLP; Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities; Pat Lloyd, Lloyd Companies; Drive Chair Rick Rysavy, Home Federal Bank; Ambassador Committee Chair Mike Hauck, Hauck Law Office/Accord Commercial Team; Scott Newman, Farmers Insurance Group-Scott Newman Agency; and Marlys Fisher, South Dakota Furniture Mart. 

The Chamber held its annual Spring Membership Drive March 26-April 13 and welcomed more than 100 new Chamber members. Team Pruitt placed first in the Spring Membership Drive. Members of that team include: Rex Pruitt, PREMIER Bankcard and SDSUG (South Dakota SAS Users Group); Rod Carlson, Sanford Health; Mark Luke, Mark Luke Construction, LLC; Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/the real estate company; Pamela Hoffman, Christian Singles Connect and Singled Out...For A Purpose!; and Amory Dinges-Dimick. Second place went to Team Weide and third place went to Team Rysavy. The Ambassadors enlisted the assistance of several associates. The Top Two Associates were Pat Lloyd, Lloyd Companies, and Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities, who each sold three memberships. Special thanks to the following sponsors: Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants and Gary Weckwerth; Lillians; Dakota Beverage; Beal Distributing; Hilton Garden Inn; Courtyard by Marriot; SpringHill Suites by Marriot; and Travel Leaders/Village Travel.

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Shelly Larson is the regional account manager for Prairie Business magazine. She works with businesses in Fargo/Moorhead and Sioux Falls on advertising initiatives to gain market share, increase sales and brand awareness. Larson has more than 15 years experience. Previously she worked in advertising with The Forum of Fargo/Moorhead and has a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in mass communications.

Lindsey Claussen, a Brookings native, is the new Media Buyer for Insight Marketing Design. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.A. in Mass Communications and Advertising. She brings media experience in radio sales at Townsquare Media in St. Cloud.

Eide Bailly welcomed the following new staff members: Craig Nyhus and Eric Vanden Hull, senior associates; and Daniel Jones, Emily Satter, Liz Krogstad, Mandy Sutton, Claire Finn, Kellen Garrison, Joel Corlew and Adam Vogel, associates.

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Kyle Ruhland, Senior Solutions Analyst for Century Business Products Inc., earned Presidents Club Status for a fourth consecutive year. To achieve President’s Club status, recipients must maintain a high level of sales activity while providing exceptional solutions and customer support for their clients.

Dr. Lewis Ofstein, Dr. Bruce Watt and Registered Nurse Kelli Willging have been named “Guardian Angels” by the Avera McKennan Foundation. The Guardian Angel program allows grateful patients and families to honor healthcare workers, staff and volunteers. Guardian Angels are outstanding caregivers who made a difference during the patient’s time at Avera.

Dr. Paul Carpenter of North Central Heart Institute is being awarded for his work as a professor at the University of South Dakota (USD). Carpenter is the recipient of the 2012 Sanford School of Medicine Clinical Faculty Award. Carpenter is a clinical professor of medicine for USD’s Department of Internal Medicine, and he’s been a faculty member there for 30 years. Carpenter is one of the founding physicians at North Central Heart Institute, which opened in 1981.

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) recently awarded Lift Pro Equipment Co., Inc., of Sioux Falls its highest dealership honor: the President’s Award for 2011. Lift Pro Equipment Co. is one of 15 elite recipients of this coveted award and selected from TMHU’s network of 68 dealers and 189 dealership locations in the U.S. and recognized at Toyota’s National Dealer Meeting for demonstrating excellence in parts, service, equipment sales, customer satisfaction and overall dealership operations. This is the first time Lift Pro Equipment Co. has been awarded the President’s Award.

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The YWCA implemented a new program in fall 2011 called the Women’s Leadership Program; it is a service project of Junior League of Sioux Falls. It was designed by leaders in the community to help empower women to reach their greatest potential; 50 women applied to be a protégé in the program and 24 were selected. As part of the program, the protégés developed a plan that includes personal and professional goals and ways to achieve them and after graduating on April 12, each protégé was matched with a mentor. The mentors will guide and support the protégés through implementation of their plans. Following is the list of protégés and their mentors: Protégé Jennifer Ferris, Lynn Jackson Shultz and LeBrun, and Mentor Ruth Bentaas, Sanford Health; Protégé Gloria Peterson, Vanessen’s Hair Design, and Mentor Dr. Christine Brandner, Sioux Falls Chiropractic; Protégé Sara Henderson, Avera McKennan Hospital &University Health Center, and Mentor Lisa Brouwer, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Protégé Ivy Oland, Oland Arts Consulting, and Mentor Ruth Christopherson, Citi; Protégé Shelly Munson, Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C., and Mentor Anne Hajek, Hajek Law; Protégé Catrina Hieb, Dorsey and Whitney Trust Company, and Mentor Shelley Hanisch, Active Generations; Protégé Tracy Bieber, Sanford Health, and Mentor Mary Hansen, Amgen; Protégé Amy Smolik, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, and Mentor Jean Healy, Argus Leader Media; Protégé Laura Jacobs, Children’s Care Hospital and School, and Mentor Lisa Jervik, LJ Designs; Protégé Amanda Masterson, MetaBank, and Mentor Michelle Jons, Citi; Protégé Margaret Sampson, YMCA, and Mentor Ruth Krystopolski, Sanford Health; Protégé Allison Sanderson, YWCA South, and Mentor Kim Lawrenz, Wells Fargo; Protégé Amanda Feldkamp, Bakker Crossing, and Mentor Roxie Loftesness, AvailAbility Employment Services; Protégé Miranda Ochocki, Feeding South Dakota, and Mentor Mary Mastick, Waddell and Reed; Protégé Stefanie Strom, First Bank & Trust and Mentor Peggy Rang, Eide Bailly LLP; Protégé Caitlin Hurley, Prairie Rehabilitation, and Mentor Jean Reed, IMPACT Consulting; Protégé Jessica DeNeui, Westward Ho Country Club, and Mentor Kristi Reierson, Orthopedic Institute; Protégé Ashley Thompson, Citi, and Mentor Anne Rieck McFarland, South Dakota Achieve; Protégé Alisha Sedor, NARAL Pro Choice South Dakota, and Mentor Mary Simmons, AvailAbility Employment Services; Protégé Kekela Aspelund, RAS, and Mentor Deb Soholt, Avera McKennan; Protégé Jo Theodosopoulos, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, and Mentor Dawn Stenberg, Joshua Homes; Protégé Kerri DeGraff, Feeding South Dakota, and Mentor Kerri Tietgen, Tietgen Consulting; Protégé Jennifer Dykstra, Wells Fargo, and Mentor Sr. Mary Thomas, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center; and Protégé Abby Vostad, SDN Communications, and Mentor Dee Di Memmo, Avera McKennan & University Health Center.

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Chairity 2012, hosted by the South Dakota Advertising Federation (SDAF), brought in $17,250. Funds raised go to the Sioux Falls State Theatre to assist in purchasing new auditorium seats and a portion benefits programming for SDAF. With 23 one-of-a-kind chairs designed by local businesses, organizations and artists, more than 225 people attended the live auction at ICON Lounge. Chairs ranged from handcrafted wood and copper creations to ornate designs decked out with flowers.

Argus Leader Media donated $25,000 to Feeding South Dakota through its Lend-A-Hand program. For three years, the BackPack Program was Lend-A-Hand’s designated charity. Since 2007, Lend-A-Hand has given $500,000 to the program. This donation will allow Feeding South Dakota to fully fund its BackPack Program to send home food on the weekends to as many as 600 children who get free lunches during the week in summer at six schools and four community organizations around Sioux Falls.

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