December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008

JUNE 4, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 8

Chair's Column
New Members
Member Anniversaries
Cover Story
Other News
Faces & Places
Ribbon Cuttings
Print Advertisers


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


Corey Weide
Corey Weide
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC - Corey Weide
Lyle Dabbert
Lyle Dabbert
Brown & Saenger
Dean Karsky
Dean Karsky

Farmers insurance Group/ Karsky Agency
Jessica Kerher
Jessica Kerher

Serendipitous Events
Amy O'Connor Hoback
Amy O'Connor Hoback

Kleenrite Company
Ryan Konz
Ryan Konz
Service First Federal Credit Union
Karen Noonan
Karen Noonan
CarrierNet Group Financial
Daren Anderson
Daren Anderson
Big D Technology Solutions/ Big D Online Solutions
Tammy Beintema
Tammy Beintema

Sioux Falls Business Magazine
David Johnson
David Johnson



Rod Carlson
Rod Carlson, Sanford Health, was the 2012 recipient of the Spirit of DeWald Award. He is pictured with 2011-12 Chair of the Board Barb Stork, Midwest Provisions.
Lynda Billars
Ambassador of the Year: 2011-12 Vice-Chair Keith Severson,
Eide Bailly; Chamber President/ CEO Evan Nolte; Ambassador of the Year Lynda Billars, The Lynda B Advantage/the real estate company; and 2011-12 Ambassador Chair Mike Hauck, The Accord Commercial
Team/Hauck Law Office.
Jack Dyvig
Diplomat of the Year: Chamber Membership Services Director Betty Ordal; Diplomat of the Year Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club; Chamber President/ CEO Evan Nolte; and 2011-12 Diplomat Chair Sandy Case, Case by Case Consulting.
Retiring Directors
Retiring Board of Directors Members: 2011-12 Chair of the Board Barb Stork, Midwest Provisions; Brian Jans, Jans Company; Chrissy Meyer, American Heart Association; Doug Berkland, Sayre & Associates; Michael Bender, Bender Commercial Real Estate Services, and Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors; Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte; and 2012-13 Chair of the Board Rob Oliver, Augustana College

Corey Weide, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC-Corey Weide; Lyle Dabbert, Brown & Saenger; Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency; Jessica Kerher, Serendipitous Events; Amy O’Connor-Hoback, Kleenrite Company and Ryan Konz, Service First Federal Credit Union were the Ambassador Team of the Year. Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/the real estate company was Ambassador of the Year.

Karen Noonan, Carriernet Group Financial, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month and the Reinvestment Award honors for September. Second place honors and the Ribbon Cutting Award went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions/Big D Online Solutions, and third place honors went to Tammy Beintema, Sioux Falls Business Magazine. David Johnson, DAKOTACARE, was the recipient of the Retention Award. The Diplomat Team of the Month for September was: Captain David Johnson, DAKOTACARE, Karen Noonan, Carriernet Group Financial, Inc., Deb Peterson, CorTrust Bank, Kristina Wolfe, Travel Leaders/Village Travel, and Mike Larson, Swenson Investments & Commodities.

Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was recognized as the 2012 Diplomat of the Year. Dyvig has been a member of the Diplomat Committee since 2004 and chaired the committee in 2010-11. The Diplomat Committee is the servicing arm of the Chamber and sponsors many events, such as the monthly Membership Mixers and Operation Thank You.

Four volunteer directors were recognized for their service to the Chamber’s Board of Directors at the 106th Annual Meeting: Michael Bender, Bender Commercial Real Estate Services, and Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors; Doug Berkland, Sayre & Associates; Brian Jans, Jans Company; and Chrissy Meyer, American Heart Association.

The Chamber annually honors an individual who has achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions both locally and statewide. It is named in honor of long-time volunteer Bernie DeWald. To be considered, a person must be a Chamber member, assist the Chamber in reaching its goals, be involved in other community, professional or charitable organizations; and present a positive attitude and professional image on behalf of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. The 2012 recipient is Rod Carlson, Sanford Health.

Back to Top


Marco recently hired Richard Petty and Aaron Unruh as Copier Service Technicians.

Candlewood Suites is now open and welcomed Kayla Dannenbrig as the General Manager. Deb Boen also joined Candlewood Suites as the Sales Director. Boen has over 15 years experience in hospitality sales.

Bell Incorporated, hired two new sales executives. Patrice Calmels is vice president of sales. Calmels brings more than 15 years of domestic and international packaging experience to his new role at Bell. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Pulp and Paper Technologies from the University of Grenoble, France, and a master’s degree in Forest Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michael Milosch is the new Midwest regional sales manager. Milosch, who has a bachelor’s degree in technical packaging, will work at Bell’s Chicago offices.

Keith Williams joined Farm Bureau Financial Services as an agent. Williams received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Sioux Falls and has more than seven years financial services experience.

Jeri Breck was elected to the Board of Directors at RSArchitects. Breck has been with the company for 19 years and is in charge of business development. Brooke Bennett joined the design team, providing support in the interior design department.

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP hired three new attorneys and a marketing professional. Mark Krogstad is an Associate Attorney and will work in the areas of taxation, estate planning and business succession planning, probate, trust administration, employee benefits, and business law. Robb Schlimgen is an Associate Attorney and will work in the areas of tax, employee benefit and banking/financial institution law. Kyle Groteluschen is as an Associate Attorney and will work in the areas of corporate and business law, real estate, and trademark and copyright protection. Kristen Townsend is the new Marketing Director. Townsend previously worked for Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center as Regional Marketing Specialist.

Henry Carlson Co. promoted three employees. Pam Cox was promoted to Controller from Assistant to the Project Management team. Sue Harms was promoted to Director of Finance. Harms was initially employed by Henry Carlson Company in 2004 and had been serving as the Controller. She previously worked as a Retirement Plan Officer at First PREMIER Bank and as a Certified Public Accountant at Eide Bailly, LLP. Eric Bender was promoted to Director of Field Operations. Bender has been with the company for 15 years and previously worked as a Superintendent.

Back to Top


Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP received top rankings in 12 practice areas of the 2013 Metropolitan “Best Law Firms” issued by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers, a comprehensive survey of America’s top law firms. In addition to Davenport Evans’ top Tier 1 rankings, the law firm received Tier 2 rankings in five practice areas, and Tier 3 in one. Tier rankings are given to firms rated as distinguished in the market.

Howie Long, Sheehan Mack Sales & Equipment, placed fourth at the North America presentation and sales competition. The competition included 400 dealers and more than 1,400 salespeople. Long was judged on presentation ability, technical information, sales skills, familiarity of Mack pedigree uptime components, business solutions, and overall product knowledge of Mack trucks.

Ryan Reiner was named one of the Top 100 New Agents for State Farm. This prestigious award recognizes the top 100 new agents out of more than 1,300 new agents across the nation. Reiner and his team opened their agency January 2012.

The Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management (SESHRM) sponsors the annual Workplace Excellence Awards to acknowledge those companies that have made significant strides in employee practices to establish a highly desirable work environment and to recognize them for their leadership, culture and best practices. The winner of the Small Category (1-100 employees) was Interstates Control Systems; the winner of the Medium Category (101-500 employees) was Children’s Care Hospital & School; and the winner of the Large Category (501-plus employees) was Sammons Financial Group/Midland National Life Insurance.

Back to Top


The Family Visitation Center elected the following individuals to the 2012-13 Board of Directors: President Anthony Hohn, Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP; Vice-President Marilyn Korsten, Gunderson’s Jewelers; Secretary/Treasurer: Nancy Kunz, First PREMIER Bank; and directors: Todd Benda, P&M Steel; Jeannie Blackman, Egger Steel; Jennie Doyen, South Dakota Public Universities & Research Center; Audra Eide, community volunteer; Helen Henkin, Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation; Toni McEntee, Sanford Health; Michele Munson, Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C.; Casey Murschel, community volunteer; Connie Mutchler, LodgeNet Interactive Corp; Cindy Ober, Citi; Thomas Otten, Avera McKennan Behavioral Health Center; and Ann Randall, community volunteer.

Back to Top


The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society received a bronze “Quality Through Technology” honor for their LivingWell@Home program in the first annual McKnight’s Excellence In Technology Awards. The LivingWell@Home program has been conducting research since June 2010 to study the effects of combining sensor technology, telehealth, personal emergency response systems and central data monitoring as a proactive approach to healthcare for seniors.

Ryan Hembree, Executive Chef at Trail Ridge Senior Living, was certified by the American Culinary Federation, one of approximately 3,000 Certified Executive Chefs in the world.

Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. This is the sixth year that Avera Heart Hospital has been recognized with this honor.

Back to Top


Join the Chamber of Commerce

Members Only Section


Copyright © 2019 Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the Terms of Service.

  Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce CoSentry