JUNE 5, 2017 - VOL. 52 No. 9

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:


Amy O'Connor Hoback,
Kleenrite Company

Jay Rasmussen,
Journey Group Companies

Jay Soukup,
Great Western Bank

Lynda Billars,
The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Julie Nelson,
American Bank & Trust

Sharon Haselhoff,
Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

The Ambassador Team of the Month for April was Team Hoback: Amy O'Connor Hoback, Kleenrite Company; Jay Rasmussen, Journey Group Companies; and Jay Soukup, Great Western Bank.

The Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award went to Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates KW.

Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services, was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for April. Second place honors went to Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., and Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust, was awarded third place honors. Sharon Haselhoff, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, won the Reinvestment Award and Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, won the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award.

Diplomat Team of the Month for April went to Captain Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services; James Payer II, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons; Dustin Brouwer, Sioux Falls Seminary; Tammy Beintema, JDRF; and Travis Dunn, Argus Leader Media/Sioux Falls Business Journal.

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The Sioux Falls Development Foundation has added two new employees. Jennifer Tuttle is the Manager of Workforce Development. She is responsible for working with business and industry to develop the current workforce, and with HR professionals and recruiters to promote Sioux Falls at trade shows, job fairs and workforce development seminars. Tuttle holds a Master's degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University and is experienced in workforce development. Megan Jansick is the Digital Marketing Associate. She is responsible for social media, graphic design, photography and video production to support both business and workforce development efforts. Jansick holds a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the University of South Dakota and has five years of experience in graphic design and social media.

 Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons has added two new employees. James Payer II is the Director of Development and Sara Weinreis is the Marketing and Resource Development Specialist.

Melissa Fossell has joined First Bank & Trust as a Business Banker at the downtown location. Fossell brings over a decade of business and financial experience to her new role with the First Bank & Trust team.

The Community Outreach has hired Peter Nord, CFRE, as the Development and Relationship Coordinator. Nord will share the mission and programs of The Community Outreach with local churches, businesses and the community. He will also be working to support the volunteers and mentors of the ministry.

MetaBank has hired four new employees: Nicholas Doherty as Business Intelligence Analyst II; Debra Schaefer as Senior Business Analyst; Renae Herrick as Test Analyst; and Christopher Eklund as Database Developer. Two employees have been promoted: Camille Lewis to Business Analyst Manager and Jaris Fritz to Compliance Director.

Dan Hindbjorgen has joined Nelson Commercial Real Estate as a broker associate. A lifelong resident of Sioux Falls, Hindbjorgen brings more than 20 years' experience working in private business and with the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.

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Insight Marketing Design received two 2017 Healthcare Advertising Awards for branding work. A gold was awarded for an informational video and a silver for identity package. The 34th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards, sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report, is the oldest, largest and most widely respected healthcare advertising awards. The awards cover all aspects of healthcare marketing, advertising and strategic business development.

The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community, Marlin's Family Restaurant (Minnesota Avenue) and Stellar Limousine with a Disability Friendly Recognition Program award.

Interstate Office Products has been named a 2017 Steelcase Premier Partner. Premier Partners are Steelcase dealers who engage with Steelcase, customers and their community to deliver exceptional value to their area. The designation recognizes outstanding performance in the following categories: superior Steelcase market share in total sales, as well as in key vertical markets; superior customer satisfaction scores; investment in community; sustainable financial performance; and co-branding with Steelcase. Interstate Office Products is one of only four Steelcase dealers in North America to achieve this distinction for six straight years - each year since the award's inception.

EmBe recognized 64 women, men and businesses at the annual Tribute to Women event that celebrates the rich history of recognizing achievements of exceptional women throughout the community. The following were honored for their achievements: Business Achievement: Mary Howard, The Howard Group - R.W. Baird; Banking and Finance: Suzy Collignon-Hodgen, Risk Administration Services; Government and Law: Taneeza Islam, Collaborative Legal Incubator Program; Healthcare and STEM: Amber Schwiesow, Midco; Humanities and Education: Carol Rogers, Avera Health; Nonprofit and Community Service: Laurie Fluit, Citi; Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award: Cathy Kellogg, Avera Health; Young Woman of Achievement: Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, Dakota State University; and EmBeliever Award: Jim Woster, Avera Health.

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Reece Almond has joined the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation Board. Almond is a lawyer at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP specializing in commercial and complex civil litigation. He will serve a three-year term as a volunteer on the nonprofit Education Foundation Board. Other members of the Board are: Peggy Baney, Callie Beisch, Vernon Brown (vice chair), Catherine Dekkenga (secretary), Jackie Dumansky (treasurer), Nancy Duncan, Stephanie Gongopoulos (chair), Nancy Hagen, DeeAnn Konrad, Deb Koski, Kiki Nelsen and Carly Reiter.

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Morton Buildings, Inc. is now 100 percent owned by its employees. Prior owners sold their shares to the employees' Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Trust, giving current and future employees full ownership of the company. Morton Buildings employs 1,700 people nationwide, including 27 employees in Sioux Falls.

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