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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
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 & Awards


David Johnson
David Johnson
Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson
Great Western Bank
Daren Anderson
Daren Anderson
Big D Technology Solutions
  Janel Cole
Janel Cole
Cole Notary

Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Hegg Realtors; Mark Luke, Mark Luke Construction, LLC; and Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency; were the Ambassador Team of the Year. Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Hegg Realtors was Ambassador of the Year.

David Johnson, DAKOTACARE, was awarded Diplomat of the Month, as well as the "Go The Extra Mile" award for September. Second place honors went to Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, and third place honors went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions. Anderson was also the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award. The Retention Award went to Janel Cole, Cole Notary.

The Diplomat Team of the Month for September 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.

Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, was the recepient of the 2013 Bernie DeWald Award. This award annually recognizes an individual who has achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions both locally and statewide.

Ambassador Team of the Year

Ambassador Team of the Year: 2012-13 Chair-Elect Keith Severson, Eide Bailly; 2012-13 Ambassador Chair Rick Rysavy, Home Federal Bank; Lynda Billars, The Lynda B Advantage/Hegg Realtors; Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency; and Chamber President/ CEO Evan Nolte. Not pictured: Mark Luke, Mark Luke Construction.

Ambassador of the Year - Lynda Billars

Ambassador of the Year: 2012-13 Chair-Elect Keith Severson, Eide Bailly; 2012-13 Ambassador Chair Rick Rysavy, Home Federal Bank; Ambassador of the Year Lynda Billars, The Lynda B Advantage/Hegg Realtors; and Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte.

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Nikki Pike was promoted to the Branch Manager position for the Sioux Falls Manpower office. Pike has been employed with Manpower since 2008 and has worked in many areas of the industry including both staffing and permanent placement solutions.

Christine Thom joined Beck and Hofer Construction, Inc. as Controller. Thom has more than 13 years of experience in the accounting field. She earned a bachelor's degree in Public Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Sioux Falls. Linda Beck Halliburton joined Beck and Hofer Construction, Inc. as Vice President. Halliburton has more than 20 years experience leading businesses to the next level of growth.

LifeLight Communications, Inc. appointed of Tom Gage as Chief Operating Officer. Gage joins founders Alan and Vicki Greene in the executive level management of the ministry. Gage will oversee daily operations and a staff of 15.

Heather Mergen joined RSArchitects to provide interior design and space planning services. She has more than 13 years of commercial experience in the design industry.

Justin Fuhs joined RSArchitects and is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Design and a master's degree in Architecture.

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Beck and Hofer Construction, Inc. recognized several individuals for having achieved accident-free milestones in safety: Randy Stone (3,000 accident-free hours), Andy VantHul (6,000 accident-free hours), Dale Olson (6,000 accident-free hours) and Eric Olson (12,000 accident-free hours).

The South Dakota Safety Council awarded a Governor's Safety Award to StarMark Cabinetry for excellence in workplace safety and health. StarMark Cabinetry was one of six company winners to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award.

The SESHRM Chapter # 217 (Society for Human Resource Management) annually recognizes local businesses with their Workplace Excellence Award 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. These companies are family-friendly with a dedicated workforce consistently portraying a strong culture of empowerment and growth. The recipient of the 2013 Workplace Excellence Award in the small company category (1-100 employees) is Click Rain. The recipient of the 2013 Workplace Excellence Award in the medium company category (101-500 employees) is WOW Internet, Cable & Phone. The 2013 Workplace Excellence award in the category of 500-plus employees goes to Capital One Financial.

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Brian Sandvig, Valley Queen Cheese Factory, was elected Chair of the Junior Achievement of South Dakota State Board for the 2013-14 year. Other elected officers include: Vice Chair Jacquelyn Johnson, Dice Financial Services Group; Secretary Bob Thimjon, The Ramkota Companies, Inc.; Treasurer Dean Buckneberg, Eide Bailly LLP; and Past Board Chair Judith Meierhenry. Other board members include: Dennis Aanenson, A&B Business Solutions; Todd Bernhard, Delta Trust Company, Inc.; Victoria Blatchford, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.; Jim Borszich, Greater Huron Development Corporation; Rod Carlson, Sanford Health; Mike Derby, Canyon Lake Resort; Dana Dykhouse, First PREMIER Bank; Rod Fouberg, Dacotah Bank; Dr. Mark Froke, Vermillion School District; Curt Hage; Steve Kirby, Bluestem Capital Company; Paul Knecht, South Dakota Dental Association; Al Kurtenbach, Daktronics, Inc.; Don Marker; Dr. Rick Melmer, Senior Advisor–MEC/CCSSO/SDBOR; Dr. Tim Mitchell, Rapid City School District; John Porter, Avera Health; Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, Black Hills State University; Bill Shorma, Rush-Co; and James Siemens, Hy-Vee.

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Marco, Inc. purchased the hosted/cloud services business of Twin Cities-based InCompass IT. InCompass IT has provided hosted applications and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for nearly two decades. They led the industry with the adoption of remote support technologies and implementation of managed services and were early to initiate cloud solutions with fully hosted desktops. InCompass IT will continue to operate its consulting business under that name.

Vern Eide Motorcars acquired South Dakota powersports giant MidAmerica Motoplex. Vern Eide Motorcars is a family-owned and operated company

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