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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
Good Deeds


Eric Anderson
Eric Anderson
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Cliff Highstreet
Cliff Highstreet

Sam's Club Members Only
Lisa Schultz
Lisa Schultz
Midcontinent Business Solutions

Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson
Great Western Bank
Tammy Beintema
Tammy Beintema

Miller Sellers Heroux
Rachael Crane
Rachael Crane
Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau

Eric Anderson, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and Cliff Highstreet, Sam's Club Members Only, were the Ambassador Team of Month for July.

Lisa Schultz, Midcontinent Business Solutions, was the Diplomat of the Month for July and was also recognized as the July Reinvestment Blitz winner. Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, took second place honors. Tammy Beintema, Miller Sellers Heroux Architects, Inc., took third place honors. The July 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; Wade Thomas, Dakota Lettering; and Marshall Selberg, Key Real Estate.

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The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) welcomed Rachel Crane as the Host City Manager. Crane will manage the visitor information centers at the Empire Mall and Falls Park as well as several other CVB programs focused on making Sioux Falls a No. 1 Host City. She is a graduate of Iowa State University and originally from Rock Rapids, Iowa. She comes to the CVB with a history of sales and management experience.

RSArchitects has promoted three staff members to Associates: Jeri Breck, Client Services and Business Development. Breck has worked for the firm for the past 15 years as the marketing director. Keith Neuharth, AIA, NCARB, Project Architect. Neuharth has worked for the firm for 11 years and has been a registered architect for 17 years.

Jeremy Christopherson, Associate AIA, LEED AP, Project Designer. Christopherson has worked for the firm for five years and provides sustainable and client focused design.

Josh Tirrel, a financial representative with the Theobald Financial Group of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network (NMFN), was recently appointed to Recruiting Field Director. Tirrel has worked for the company since 2005 and is a native of Marshall, Minn. He received a bachelor's degree in business management from Wayne State University.

Dane Yde has been appointed Financial Representative by Northwestern Mutual in Sioux Falls with The Lowrey Financial Group of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Yde graduated from Augustana College with a bachelor's degree in business administration and mathematics. Yde also serves as the head coach for the Sioux Falls Lincoln High School baseball team and as the player/coach of the Sioux Falls Saints Amateur Baseball organization.

Brad VanGelder joined Bell Inc., a Sioux Falls paperboard packaging manufacturer, as supply chain manager. His responsibilities include development of global sourcing strategies, including supplier selection and performance standards, logistics, warehouse management, budgeting and personnel management.

Greg Rich joined Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls as Construction Manager. Rich will be responsible for construction planning, scheduling, purchasing and home design. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity, he was a project manager at G.L. Rich Construction Company.

Larry Toll of Sioux Falls was named the interim Executive Director of the South Dakota Lions Eye Bank. Toll brings almost 40 years experience to the Eye Bank from Qwest, US West, and Northwestern Bell. Toll currently serves on more than half a dozen civic boards throughout the Sioux Empire. In the next few months, the Lions Eye Bank Board of Directors will be managing an extensive search for a new executive director.

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The following individuals were elected to the Sales and Marketing Executives, Inc. of (SME) Sioux Falls Board of Directors for 2009-10: President Anita Wetsch, Canfield Business Interiors; President-Elect Doug Erickson, Key Staffing; First Vice-President Elizabeth Mendelson, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Second Vice-President Kevin Jergenson, Century Business Products; Treasurer Lawrence Thornton, The McGowan Group; Past President Tom Bennett, South Dakota Symphony; and Directors at Large include: Carolyn Matheson, Cartridge World; Roger Hogstad, Signs Plus Graphics Printing; Kim Burma, Midcontinent Communications; Sandy Gregg, Dale Carnegie Training; Gina Schumacher, The Empire Mall; Mary Olinger, Make-A-Wish South Dakota Foundation; Bill Carney, Pella Company; Shelly Johnson, Lawrence & Schiller; and Cindy Tverberg, Agan Drywall Supply.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls welcomed Gaylen Hansen, Wells Fargo Financial Cards, and Rev. Nate Lizarazo, Outreach, First Lutheran Church, to its board of directors. The following individuals were elected as officers to the board: President Jon Schmidt; Vice-President Evan Ingebrigtson, Minnwest Bank; Secretary Gary Stanley, Randall-Stanley Architects; Treasurer Darrell Schmith, First Premier Bank; and Past-President Eric Lundin, Home Federal Bank. Other directors include: Charles Beatch, Beatch Construction, LLC; Brad Jans, Dakota Millwork; Lanny Auringer, Innovative Design; Paul Hegg, Hegg Companies; Troy Holt, L & S Teleservices; Pam Jorgensen; Dr. Earl Kemp, Center for Family Medicine; Marilyn Peterson, First Premier Bank; Mark Swenson, Home Federal Bank; and Tom Wierenga, Citi

Melvina Newman, Anderson's & Kelley's Flowers & Gifts, was installed as the 83rd President of Cosmopolitan International. Cosmopolitan International is a chartered not-for-profit civic service organization that was founded in 1918.It consists of some 70 clubs located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico with a total membership of just over 2,000. Newman joined the Sioux Falls Noon Cosmopolitan Club in 1998. She has served in all leadership positions with the local club including president in 2002.

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Richard (Dick) Casey, Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C., was elected President-Elect of the South Dakota State Bar Association during the South Dakota Bar Association's annual meeting in Sioux Falls in June. Casey is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and USD School of Law and has been with the firm since 2001 after practicing in Madison, S.D. for 12 years, including seven years as Lake County Deputy State's Attorney. Three attorneys from Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. were recognized in 2009 Chambers USA: Lee Magnuson, corporate/commercial law; Jon Sogn, litigation and labor and employment law; and Richard Casey, labor and employment law. In addition, the firm is ranked among leading law firms in the areas of corporate law, labor and employment law and litigation. For the last 20 years, Chambers USA has published the leading directories in the legal community and its reputation is based on the objectivity of its research. Chambers employs full time researchers who interview thousands of lawyers and their clients around the world and is known as the premier legal rating organization.

Kyle Ruhland, Century Business Products, won a four-state Kyocera Copier MFP demonstration and product knowledge contest. He will now compete in the regional competition in Chicago with an opportunity to advance to the finals at Kyocera Headquarters in New Jersey. Ruhland has been with the company for 6 years.

Claritus, a dealer of mailing equipment, is the recipient of the most recent National Dealer of the Year for Hasler, Inc., its primary vendor. Of the 250 authorized Hasler dealers in the U.S., Claritus emerged at the head of a list in 2009, leading the way in customer satisfaction, technical knowledge, product quality and annual revenue. The company has been a Hasler dealer since 1985 and sells the product line in each of its offices in Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Omaha and Lincoln.

Sara Carothers, Volunteer HELP!Line Director at the HELP!Line Center, was awarded the credential "Certified in Volunteer Administration" by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. The CVA credential is the only one in the field that is recognized internationally. She is one of only two people in the Dakotas with this credential. Carothers joins a select group of nearly 900 individuals who have attained this international credential.

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Modern Woodmen of America donated $1,000 to Second Chance Rescue Center to purchase materials for maintenance updates to Second Chance and the Sioux Falls animal shelter. Modern Woodmen of America coordinate with local members to help improve the quality of life in communities across America through hands-on community improvement projects, fundraising events, and social gatherings. Fundraising projects alone contribute more than $6 million to community causes nationwide each year.

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls is one of 123 Habitat affiliates across 45 states selected to participate in a national green building initiative of The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat for Humanity International, Partners in Sustainable Building. The $30 million green building program will provide funds and resources over a five-year period to help Habitat affiliates build 5,000 homes that meet Energy Star guidelines or a nationally recognized green building standard. These features incorporate the use of energy-efficient equipment and water-conserving fixtures and help ensure good indoor air quality. The affiliate will be granted $3,000 for each home built to Energy Star standards. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls and the other 122 affiliates were chosen through a grant process and, combined, will build nearly 1,500 sustainable homes in 2009 and 2010

The Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society is pleased to announce that it has received an Access to Artistic Excellence Grant in the amount of $12,500 from the National Endowment from the Arts. The grant money will be used to support the Jazz Diversity Project, an educational program that brings live jazz music into middle schools across South Dakota.

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