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NOV 2, 2009 - VOL 45 NO. 2u

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
Honors and Awards
Good Deeds

New Faces & Promotions


Dean Karsky
Dean Karsky
Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency
Ryan Welsh
Ryan Welsh

KSFY Television
Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson
Great Western Bank

Tammy Beintema
Tammy Beintema
MSH Architects (Miller Sellers Heroux Architects, Inc.)
Karen Noonan
Karen Noonan

Carriernet Group Financial, Inc.
Doug Erickson
Doug Erickson

Key Staffing

2009-10 Chair of the Board Dave Fleck, Sioux Falls Construction Co.; Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank; and Evan Nolte, President/CEO of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce; are pictured at the Diplomat year-end party, where Nelson received the Diplomat of the Year award for meeting and exceeding the Diplomat mission of providing excellent customer
service to Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce members.

Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency, and Ryan Welsh, KSFY Television, were the Ambassador Team of the Year. Together they sold 42.5 new Chamber memberships during the 2008-2009 year. Mike Hauck, NAI Sioux Falls, and Mark McClung, Active Data Systems, Inc., placed second with 24.25 new members, followed by Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/the Real Estate Company, and Jeff Ducheneaux, MetaBank, in third place with 16 new members.

Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, was the Diplomat of the Year for 2008-09. Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, was the Diplomat of the Month for September. Tammy Beintema, MSH Architects (Miller Sellers Heroux Architects, Inc.), took second place honors and Karen Noonan, Carriernet Group Financial, Inc., took third place honors. The winner of the Diplomat Reinvestment Blitz was Doug Erickson, Key Staffing. The September Diplomat Team of the Month includes: Captain Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club; Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank; Jill Melchert, Farmers Insurance Group-Jill Melchert Agency; Wendy Bergan, YMCA; and Janel Cole, Postnet SD 103.

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In a recent Performance Evaluation Survey conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, Employment Edge of Sioux Falls rated in the 93rd percentile among 7,361 employment agencies nationwide. The survey covered areas in reliability, cost, quality, business relations, customer support and responsiveness.

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More than 150 Meta employees volunteered in the Sioux Falls area the week of Oct. 19, supporting 14 different organizations doing everything from serving the elderly to carving pumpkins for the Zoo Boo event at the Great Plains Zoo. Meta's Community Involvement Week, organized in partnership with Volunteer HELP! Line involved volunteer efforts at 14 locations in the Sioux Falls region, providing assistance to more than 33,000 people and 200 animals in 800 volunteer hours.

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Evan Nolte, President and CEO of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, and Joan Bartling, Finance & Accounting Director of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, both celebrate 30 years with the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Thomas W. Theobald is celebrating his 35th anniversary as a Financial Representative of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Theobald joined Northwestern Mutual in 1974 as a Financial Representative. He has earned multiple company awards and holds the Chartered Life Underwriter designation. 

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Ashleigh Walton joined Insight Marketing Design as Office Manager/Client Service Assistant. Walton's responsibilities include bookkeeping, office management, administrative assistance and coordination, along with assisting client service executives. Walton is a South Dakota State University graduate with a degree in Journalism; previously she worked at the Sioux Falls Storm. In addition, Mel Peterson was promoted to Senior Client Service Executive. Peterson has been with Insight for three years. A graduate of Augustana College, Peterson has worked at national advertising agency Fallon in both Boston and Minneapolis, and at Arnold in Boston, on brands such as Volkswagen and Ocean Spray.

Tom Alton is the new Business Development Director for Bell, Inc. Alton previously served at Altivity Packaging for 15 years and continued in a transition role when it merged with Graphic Packaging International. He holds a bachelors' degree in business administration from Iowa State University and a master's in business administration from Georgia State University.

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Junior Achievement is proud to announce its 2009-10 Junior Achievement of Sioux Falls Board of Directors: Chair Ruth Krystopolski, Sanford Health Plan; Vice Board Chair Ken Stork, Citi; Treasurer Tom Van Wyhe, The Trane Company; Secretary Dick Gustaf, TSP; and Past Board Chair Judith Meierhenry, Supreme Court Justice. The newest members of the Junior Achievement of Sioux Falls Board include: Ben Graham, Bell Inc.; Phyllis Heineman, Williams Insurance Inc.; TJ Hora, First PREMIER Bank; Michael Kedik, SDN Communications; Tim Schut, Quin Wind, Inc.; Billie Jo Waara, Lawrence & Schiller; and Mike Westberg, Home Federal Bank. Other board members include: Dennis Aanenson, A&B Business Solutions; David Austad, Austad's Golf Stores; Dean Buckneberg, Eide Bailly, LLP; Rod Carlson, Sanford Health; Cathy Clark, Wells Fargo Bank South Dakota, N.A.; Jim Clark, Xcel Energy; Bernie DeWald, McKinneyOlson Insurance; Dan Donohue, Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith; Gary Gaspar, Interstate Office Products, Inc.; Glen Heynen, Esurance; Curt Hohman, Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center; Dr. Pam Homan, Sioux Falls School District; Dr. Tom Lorang, Sioux Falls Catholic Schools; Pat Lund, Total Card, Inc.; Mary Medema, Sioux Falls Development Foundation; Mike Milstead, Minnehaha County Sheriff; Cheryl O'Brien, Sioux Falls School District; Mark Powell, Midcontinent Communications; Tim Reuer, Midland National Life Insurance Company; Dan Rykhus, Raven Industries; Paul Sova, Showplace Wood Products; Rhonda Toft, HSBC-North America; and Jay Woudstra, Sioux Falls Christian Schools.

Junior Achievement of South Dakota is proud to announce its 2009-10 Board of Directors, which includes the following Chamber members from the Sioux Falls area: Vice-Chair Steve Kirby, Bluestem Capital Company; Secretary Judith Meierhenry, South Dakota Supreme Court; Treasurer Dean Buckneberg, Eide Bailly, LLP; and Immediate Past Board Chair Dana Dykhouse, First PREMIER Bank. Newly appointed State Junior Achievement Board of Directors members from the Sioux Falls area include: Anne Jackson, Wells Fargo Financial Cards. Other local Chamber members also serving on the board include: Dennis Aanenson, A&B Business Solutions; Rod Carlson, Sanford Health; Rod Fouberg, Dacotah Banks, Inc.; Curt Hage, Home Federal Bank; Dr. Al Kurtenbach, Daktronics, Inc.; Don Marker, Sioux Valley Energy; John Porter, Avera Health; and Dave Rozenboom, U.S. Bank.

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