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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


Mike Hauck
Mike Hauck
Hauck Law Office and Accord Commercial Team
Corey Weide
Corey Weide
Wells Fargo Advisors LLC - Corey Weide
Jack Dyvig
Jack Dyvig
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club
Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson
Great Western Bank
Tammy Beintema
Tammy Beintema
Sioux Falls Business Magazine
Mary Johnson
Mary Johnson
Bankers Trust Company of South Dakota
  Lisa Schultz
Lisa Schultz
Backyard Broadcasting SD, LLC

Mike Hauck, Hauck Law Office and Accord Commercial Team, and Corey Weide, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC-Corey Weide were the Ambassador Team of the Month for July.

Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was the Diplomat of the Month for July and also won the retention award. Second place went to Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, and third place and ribbon cutting attendance honors went to Tammy Beintema, Sioux Falls Business Magazine. The Diplomat Team of the Month for July was: Captain Wendy Bergan, YMCA; Teri Roest, Dakota Staffing, Inc.; Lori Lewison, Workplace Marketing; Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank; and Marshall Selberg, Chell Realtors.

Mary Johnson, Bankers Trust Company of South Dakota, and Lisa Schultz, Backyard Broadcasting SD, LLC, were recently recognized for 10 years of committed service and dedication to the Diplomat Committee.

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McDonald’s will celebrate its 50th anniversary in Sioux Falls (and 50 years of Chamber membership) with special events in September. The first two McDonald’s opened in 1961 on S. Minnesota Avenue and 8th Street and Indiana Avenue (which relocated to E. 10th Street). At the time, it was just the 313th location in the U.S. for the company, but today you can find more than 14,000 McDonald’s across the country.

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Kerry Rush of Howalt+McDowell Insurance, Inc. was named the 2011 South Dakota Outstanding Customer Service Representative (CSR) of the Year by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. The award recognizes the contributions and commitment of customer service representatives who serve clients within the insurance industry. Rush has been employed with Howalt+McDowell Insurance, Inc. since 1996 and is currently an Account Manager in their Healthcare Pillar.

Junior Achievement of South Dakota is the recipient of the Junior Achievement USA Platinum Summit Award, one of the non-profit organization’s highest honors. It is given by the National Office to local JA operations that have reached outstanding success in financial health, management effectiveness, and program quality and growth. This was the 16th year that the JA Area has received the Platinum Summit Award.

Resa Fincher, Senior Education Director of Junior Achievement (JA) of South Dakota, won the organization’s 2011 Rising Star Award. The award is given to mid-level staff members who are emerging leaders within the organization and who demonstrate outstanding, measurable success in executing their responsibilities. Nominations were submitted by JA area presidents across the country, and four award recipients were selected by a panel comprised of Junior Achievement USA executives and operations staff. Fincher has been with JA of South Dakota for five and a half years,

Junior Achievement of South Dakota won an inaugural 2011 MetLife Foundation “Sowing the Seeds of Entrepreneurship” Award and a $10,000 grant to fund and grow an innovative “Reverse Roles” program that will inspire the entrepreneurial spirit in young people. The JA operation was one of only three to receive this honor at the recent Junior Achievement USA National Leadership Conference.

Midcontinent Business Solutions awarded Sioux Falls B2B Account Executive Tammy Alberts received the distinguished Joseph L. Floyd “Helluva Salesman Award” for 2010. Alberts has been with the company 11 years. The “Helluva Salesman” award was named in honor of the late Joe L. Floyd, Midcontinent co-founder, who was a driving force behind the company’s incredible growth during the 1950s-80s. Floyd was often quoted as saying, “’I’ve always thought of myself as a hell of a salesman.”

CTE Academy (Career and Technical Education Academy) received a $7,000 service-learning grant from Habitat for Humanity International and State Farm. CTE Academy construction students will build a Habitat house with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls as a part of their course work.

Having worked in partnership to educate future lab science professionals for seven years, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center and South Dakota State University mutually benefitted when SDSU’s Medical Laboratory Science program recently received a five-year accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science in Rosemont, Ill. As a result, SDSU can place up to 24 majors in clinical practice.

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South Dakota Biotechnology Association Executive Director Elizabeth Larkin was named the Midwest region’s representative of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) national Council of State Biotechnology Affiliates (CSBA) board. Larkin will represent 14 Midwest states and serve a two-year term on the national board.

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Global Spectrum, operators of the Sioux Falls Convention Center, promoted Kraig Pomrenke to Interim General Manager. Pomrenke, who had served the company as Assistant General Manager, replaces Scott Kavanaugh who has left to pursue other career opportunities. Pomrenke joined Global Spectrum in April as the Assistant General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. A native of Virginia, Pomrenke has called Sioux Falls home for the last seven years. Prior to joining Global Spectrum, Pomrenke worked for Hegg Companies as the Vice President of Hospitality and a Hospitality Broker Associate since 2005. Pomrenke has more than 29 years of hospitality industry experience and was the Assistant General Manager of the Convention Center from 2003-05 when the Convention Center was managed by John Q. Hammons.

Tiffany Reilly, PHR recently joined Howalt+McDowell Insurance, Inc. as Human Resource Director and HR Consultant. She has more than 15 years of human resource management and leadership experience, previously working with Children’s Care Hospital & School and DakotAbilities, Inc. in Sioux Falls. Stacey Reinhardt joined Howalt+McDowell Insurance, Inc. as of Marketing Manager/Sales Analyst. Previously she worked in marketing for SECURA Insurance Company (Appleton, Wis.) and Kaplan Professional (La Crosse, Wis.). She has 15 years of corporate marketing experience, with 13 of them in the insurance industry.

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Stan Wheelock, G.A. Johnson, is retiring after 40 years in the industry and nearly 10 years with the company.

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