JUNE 4, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 8

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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:


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

Joey Rotert,
Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union

Michael Huber

April Meyerink,
Black Hills Federal Credit Union

Tom Hackl,
Dougherty & Company LLC

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Derrick Karsky,
Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency

James Payer II,
Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons

Jack Dyvig,
Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

Marshall Selberg,
Lloyd Residential Group

The Ambassador Team of the Month for April was Team Billars: Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage Corp-Lynda Billars KW; Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union; and Michael Huber.

The Sales Award went to April Meyerink, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, and Tom Hackl, Dougherty & Company LLC, won the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for April. Second place honors and the Retention Award went to Derrick Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency, and James Payer II, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons received third place honors. Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, was the recipient of the Ribbon Cutting Award.

Diplomat Team of the Month for April went to Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.; Brad Nelson, Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls; Nancy Van Otterloo, First PREMIER Bank; and Michelle Markgraf, The Compass Center.

Marshall Selberg, Lloyd Residential Group, was recognized for 10 years of service as a Diplomat. Selberg is the current Chair of the Diplomat Committee.


Two new employees have joined HenkinSchultz Creative Services. Justin Vanden Bosch is a Large Format Specialist in the HS Sign Shop, which specializes in the design, printing and installation of large format graphics, banners, signage, high performance vinyl, window, building and vehicle wraps and any digital printing needs. He is a graduate of Southeast Tech and received his 3M Certification as an installer in 2010. Chad Vander Lugt is Executive Creative Director. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Iowa State University and has worked at prestigious advertising agencies as an Art Director/Creative Director in Chicago, Milwaukee, Dallas and Portland, Maine. Vander Lugt created award-winning work for Tabasco, Frito Lay and MasterLock and led agency teams for Welch's, Ingersoll Rand, Harrah's and Dow Agrosciences.

Dick Groeger has joined the Reliabank Mortgage team. Groeger has nearly 40 years of mortgage lending experience in the Sioux Falls market.

RAS has added the following new staff: Rocky Long started as IT System Administrator. He brings 18 years of IT experience. Sam Goemann joined as Help Desk Technician and was most recently with DocuTap. Erica Hunter began as the Support Services Supervisor. She brings over 20 years of management experience to RAS.

Megan Winterboer has joined Cornerstone Bank as a Cash Management Sales Officer in Sioux Falls. Winterboer holds a degree from South Dakota State University and has over five years of banking experience.

MetaBank has hired five employees and promoted two. Randy Wilk joins as the SVP Chief IS Development Officer; Jennifer Henson is a Project Manager; Chad Wolf is Security Analyst II; Curtis Webb is Vice President of Product Management; and Paul Westendorf is Director of IS Support. Jeremy Bain was promoted to Director of Enterprise Risk Systems and Howard Schmidt was promoted to BI Analyst II.

Ryan Jansa has joined the mortgage lending team at First Dakota National Bank. For more than a decade, Jansa has maintained a high profile in the Sioux Falls real estate market, developing strong relationships with builders, homebuyers and colleagues around the region. A Sioux Falls native, Jansa attended New Mexico State University.

Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company has promoted Sarah Delaney to Vice President Analytic Services and Jo Lynn Higgins to Director of Client Services, Employee Health & Benefits. In addition, the company has hired Cody Huisken as Business Development Specialist and Darin Kolbeck as Senior Claims Consultant. Kathleen Juffer, Gavin DeHaai, Maddy Hackett and Rachel Townsend have joined for the summer as an intern cohort.


Sioux Falls marketing firms JamesDugan and 44 Interactive announced that the two companies have merged and are now operating as 44i. Unifying the teams creates a more cohesive and innovative culture that seamlessly blends the traditional marketing and branding proficiency of JamesDugan with the region-leading digital expertise of 44 Interactive.


CorTrust Bank employees raised over $800 for Camp Bring It On, which is the region's only residential camp for children with cancer and pediatric cancer survivors.

The 5th annual Bloom fundraising event was held at Grand Falls Casino & Resort on April 27. The event raised $47,664 to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire.

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Interstates achieved a major safety milestone by recording 1 million man hours without a recordable incident for the second time in two years. Only 24 other firms have repeated this achievement more than once. Interstates has practiced behavioral based safety practices for over a decade.

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Sales and Marketing Executives, Inc. of Sioux Falls has named the winners of its annual Women of Excellence Awards. Honored for their achievements were: Excellence in Marketing – Kendra Calhoun, Avera; Excellence in Sales – Kristin Hoefert, Northwestern Mutual; Entrepreneurial Excellence – Amy Stockberger, The Amy Stockberger Team; Supporting Excellence – Laura Nemec, EROS; and Excellence through the Decades – Cindy Hoy, Sanford.

EmBe recognized 52 women and men at their annual Tribute to Women event. The following were honored for their achievements: Banking & Finance – Marcy Crawford, Citi; Business Achievement – Carrie Biondi, Lawrence & Schiller; Community Service – Lori Murray, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center; EmBeliever – Pat McAdaragh, Midco; Government & Law – Sandy Frentz, City of Sioux Falls Health Department; Healthcare & STEM – Allison Suttle, MD, Sanford Health; Humanities & Education – Tina Lenz, Sioux Falls Lutheran School; Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award – Jan Haugen-Rogers, Sanford Health; and Young Woman of Achievement – Sarah McGuire, American Bank & Trust.

The International Association of Insurance Professionals recognized three Sioux Falls area professionals at their Region V Convention. Jennifer Christensen, Holmes Murphy & Associates, was named Insurance Professional of the Year. The award recognizes excellence among those who have been employed in the insurance industry a minimum of ten years. Linda Medenwald, Great Plains Brokerage, was named Professional Underwriter of the Year. This award recognizes an underwriter who has demonstrated superior knowledge of the UW field, experienced professional advancement through educational pursuits, demonstrated leadership and is an active participant in IAIP activities. Nachole Gillis, Howalt-McDowell Insurance, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, was named the Confidence While Communicating speak-off winner. This award recognizes the best speaker completing the CWC educational program.

Debra Peterson, CorTrust Bank, was awarded the Member Community Service Award by The North Central Federation of Cosmopolitan International.

Sheila A. Anderson, RAS, received the prestigious Patrick J. Hodgins Award from The North Central Federation of Cosmopolitan International. This award is the highest award offered by Cosmopolitan International and is given to a person with exemplary service to the organization spanning ten or more years.

The Sioux Falls franchise of FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers was recognized as the New Franchise of the Year at the annual franchisee meeting in Las Vegas.

Lou Clarey, Primrose Retirement Community, has been named Employee of the Year for the national organization. Clarey was recognized at the company's annual Leadership Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina. She serves as the Life Enrichment Coordinator in Sioux Falls.  The Primrose Employee of the Year award is given annually to one winner chosen from more than 1500 employees across 17 states.

The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized MetaBank, Marsden Building Maintenance, LLC and Crooked Pint Ale House with a Disability Friendly Recognition Program Award.

The Helpline Center recognized 77 nominees and 7 award winners at their annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards on May 10. Award winners are: Youth Category – Shelby Specht; Adult Up and Coming Category – Courtney Hottovy; Adult Shining Bright Category – Eimi Lbrahim-Cloutier; Adult Lifetime Category – Beth Jernberg; Group Category – Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls; Corporate Humanitarian (large business) Category – The Barrel House; and Corporate Humanitarian (small business) Category – EXIT Realty. In addition, 12 Volunteer of the Month award winners were recognized during the program and six local high school students received a Youth Leadership Award scholarship.

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