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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


Liz Lloyd
Liz Lloyd
Lloyd Residential Group LLC Keller-Williams Realty, Sioux Falls
Ritch Noble
Ritch Noble
McKinneyOlson Insurance
Kerry Hamel
Kerry Hammel

Hegg Companies
Derek Kattenberg
Derek Kattenberg

Real Property Management Express
Shawna Kleinwolterink
Shawna Kleinwolterink

CU Mortgage Direct LLC
Larry Ayres
Larry Ayers
Ayres & Associates
Deb Peterson
Deb Peterson
CorTrust Bank
Jack Dyvig
Jack Dyvig
Sioux Falls Morning Optimsts Club
Daren Anderson
Daren Anderson

Big D Technology Solutions/ Big D Online Solutions
Eric Siemers
Eric Siemers

Lesa Jarding
Lesa Jarding

Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

Liz Lloyd, Lloyd Residential Group, LLC Keller-Williams Realty, Sioux Falls; Ritch Noble, McKinneyOlson Insurance; Kerry Hammel, Hegg Companies, Inc.; Derek Kattenberg, Real Property Management Express; Shawna Kleinwolterink, CU Mortgage Direct, LLC and Larry Ayres, Ayres & Associates, were the Ambassador Team of the Month for August.

Deb Peterson, CorTrust Bank, was awarded Diplomat of the Month and the Reinvestment Award honors for August. Second place honors went to Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, and third place honors and the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions/Big D Online Solutions. Eric Siemers, KELOLAND TV, was the recipient of the Retention Award. The Diplomat Team of the Month for August 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.

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Lesa Jarding is the new Young Professionals Network Manager for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Mass Communications from South Dakota State University and has a master’s degree in Rural Sociology-Community Development, also from SDSU. Most recently, Jarding was a Community Development Officer for Wells Fargo Bank. She also worked in Media Relations for the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development and interned for U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson in Washington, D.C., and with KELO-TV in Sioux Falls. Jarding received the 2012 Tomorrow’s Leader Award from the YWCA and is involved with several volunteer organizations, including: member of Minnehaha/Lincoln County Homeless Advisory Board, treasurer for the Jump$tart Coalition, Junior Achievement classroom volunteer, Habitat for Humanity South Dakota and team leader for Volunteer Sioux Falls Day. Jarding was also a founding member of the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network.

GA Johnson Construction, Inc. welcomed Craig Holmen as Senior Project Manager/Estimator. He is one of only about 300 nationally Certified Healthcare Constructors (CHC) in the country.

The American Cancer Society welcomed Erik Gaikowski as the State Leadership Director for South Dakota. Gaikowski served ACS as an Advocacy Coordinator for 12 years beginning in 2000, developing relationships with volunteers and elected officials and helping to achieve the society’s legislative priorities in South Dakota.

Home Federal Bank welcomed three new employees and promoted two others. Josh Lawson is the new Personal Banker/Supervisor at Home Federal Bank’s 26th Street & Marion Road Hy-Vee location. Scott Hirsch is the new Personal Banker/Supervisor at Home Federal Bank’s 49th Street & Louise Avenue Hy-Vee location. Charity Barron is a Loan Service Manager at the Downtown location. Barron comes to Home Federal Bank with experience in loan services, loan processing, secondary markets, mortgage underwriting and hands-on training abilities. Rod Heetland was promoted to Application Support Manager. Heetland began his career at Home Federal Bank in October 2006 as an Information Support Technician. Heetland will be responsible for managing the process for developing, configuring, updating and supporting various computer applications. Lisa Pierce was promoted to Mortgage Loan Operations Manager. Pierce has been a Home Federal Bank employee since August 1991, starting her career as a teller at the Downtown location. Most recently, Pierce was a Software Application Specialist.

Long-time KELOLAND TV Traffic Director Misty Farabee was promoted to Corporate Director of Traffic for Young Broadcasting. In her new position, Farabee will oversee and direct the traffic policies and practices of all 10 Young Broadcasting stations and will also continue as traffic director for KELOLAND TV. Traffic is a television term for the department that manages commercial inventory and creates the daily program log.

Eide Bailly promoted four employees to managers: Randy Franken, Jesse Leuthold, Todd Netten and Cole Turner.

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Todd Gordon, a Century Business Products service technician, won the Kyocera Best Technician in America competition. This is the second time in four years that Century Business has had a technician finish first as well as another place in the top five. Gordon competed against winners from four other regions in a series of tests, including written and verbal examinations and hands-on problem solving. Prior to competing at the national level, Gordon and Craig Doeden, also a Century Business Products service technician, participated in an 11-state competition. Gordon placed first and Doeden finished in third place. Doeden won the national title in 2009. As the national champion, Gordon receives a trip to Japan and China to tour Kyocera’s corporate offices and production facilities.

Chance Stoeser, of the financial services firm Edward Jones, achieved the professional designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor. Stoeser successfully completed the CRPC Professional Education Program from the Denver-based College for Financial Planning. Those who complete the program, pass a final exam and sign a code of ethics and disclosure form earn the CRPC designation.

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center was verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes Avera McKennan’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. Avera McKennan has held this designation since 1992, when it became the first verified Level II Trauma Center in South Dakota.

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The following individuals were elected to serve on the 2012-13 South Dakota Advertising Federation Board of Directors: Past President: Derek Soukup, Lawrence & Schiller; President: Eric Vasgaard, Midcontinent Business Solutions; 1st Vice President: Heather Covrig, Paulsen Marketing; 2nd Vice President: Korena Keys, Key Media Solutions; Secretary: Rob Sietsema, Sanford Health; and directors: Julie Hoyer, SDN Communications; Jordin Mueller, Paulsen Marketing; Chris Bohlen, Alphagraphics; Eric Raasch, Mindflame Design; Erin Giegling, Sanford Health; Wade Humphreys, 44 Interactive; Corey Vilhauer, Blend Interactive; and Jodi Siemers, First Bank & Trust. The SDAF Executive Director is Ruth Ann Scott.

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