SEP. 5, 2017 - VOL. 53 No. 12

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September FACES & PLACES

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:


Nathan Stallinga,

Joey Rotert,
Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union

April Meyerink,

Matt Sowden,
Waddell & Reed, Inc.

Bernie DeWald,
McKinneyOlson Insuranc

Daren Anderson,
Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.

Cindi Johnson,
Spectrum Marketing Services

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

Kristin Cooke,
MetaBank/Meta Financial Group

Debra Peterson,
CorTrust Bank

Stacy Wrightsman,
Sanford Health

The Ambassador Team of the Month for July was Team Stallinga: Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities; Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union; and April Meyerink, Black Hills Federal Credit Union.

Matt Sowden, Waddell & Reed, Inc., won the Sales Award for the month of July. The Ribbon Cutting Award went to Bernie DeWald, McKinneyOlson Insurance.

Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., was awarded Diplomat of the Month honors for July. Second place honors went to Cindi Johnson, Spectrum Marketing Services. Brad Nelson, The Lynda B. Advantage/Team Billars & Associates – KW, and Kristin Cooke, MetaBank & Meta Financial Group tied for third place honors. Debra Peterson, CorTrust Bank, won the Ribbon Cutting Attendance Award and Stacy Wrightsman, Sanford Health, won the Reinvestment Award.

Diplomat Team of the Month for July went to Captain Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc., Jessica Hauck, Holiday Inn City Centre, Tim Anderson, Farm Bureau Financial Services, and Angie Wahl, All-Star Travel.

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Edgewood Prairie Crossings assisted living welcomes Annette Velazquez as the Dining Services Supervisor. Velazquez brings nearly 20 years of dining services in the senior living industry experience to the team. Dori Heibult recently joined as the Life Enrichment Director. Heibult assists the executive team in the day-to-day operations and works in close proximity with residents and their families.

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System has hired several new team members. Jay Pifer is Veterans Canteen Service Chief; Matthew McDougall, MD is Mental Health Service Line Medical Director; George Saavedra, MD, is psychiatrist; Shelly Roth, MSN, RN, is Chief of Education Services; Chasity Vigliotti is Lab Manager; Summer Nelson, MD is Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator. In addition, the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System has promoted Heather Berard, MSW, to Social Work Executive and Homeless Veteran Coordinator; Brenda Fredericks, RN, to Women Veterans Coordinator; Kathleen Metzger to Chief, Health Administration Service; Donna Small, MD, to Chief, Community Based Outpatient Clinics; Patricia Malters, MD, to Chief, Emergency Department; and Beth Pond to Assistant Chief, Veterans Canteen Service.

MetaBank has hired seven new employees: Shawn Lunde as a Senior Financial Analyst; Carolyn Starzl as a Project Manager; Corinne Ridgeley as a Test Analyst; Kimberly Banks as Business Development Manager for the retail bank; Darci Fluit as SharePoint Solutions Designer; Tim Burwitz as Test Engineer; and Nicole Pick as Test Engineer. In addition, MetaBank has promoted four employees: Christine Voelker is promoted to Business Analyst; Kerry Thomas is promoted to Personal Banker; Gavin Lewis is promoted to Test Analyst; and Brian Siemonsma promoted to Project Director.

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Evan Nolte, retired President/CEO of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, was honored by the Sioux Falls Noon Sertoma Club with the Service To Mankind Award 2017.

Several Sioux Falls area businesses were named to the annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. To be considered for the list, companies must be headquartered in the U.S., be independent and have revenue greater than $100,000 in 2013 and $2 million in 2016. Those recognized include Click Rain, Diamond Mowers, Epicosity,, Weisser Distributing and Wireless World.

The Inn on Westport has been selected by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living to receive the 2017 Silver – Achievement in Quality award for its outstanding performance in the health care profession. The Silver award is the second of three distinctions highlighting facilities across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality long-term and post-acute care. The Inn on Westport is one of only 27 assisted living communities in the nation to be recognized.

Jodi Tjeerdsma, Holmes Murphy & Associates, was named International Client Service Professional of the Year by the International Association of Insurance Professionals. The award recognizes excellence among those whose primary responsibility is in a service capacity with internal and external customers.

Nachole Gillis, Howalt+McDowell Insurance, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, received the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research continuing education scholarship from the International Association of Insurance Professionals. Gillis plans to use her scholarship to complete her Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation.

Mark Lanners, MetaBank, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of his service member employee by the South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program. The Patriot Award publicly recognizes individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation´s call to serve. Lanners was nominated by Sgt. Rory Kelley, who serves in the Army National Guard.

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System recently presented the President´s Lifetime Award to three volunteers who are also veterans. Mike Frederick, has volunteered for 15 years and donated 4,148 hours while transporting veterans to and from their VA appointments. Curtis Olson has volunteered 10 years and given 4,395 hours of his time with the inpatient transportation program. William Vermulm has given 4,370 hours in 11 years as a volunteer driver, transporting veterans to and from their appointments.

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The South Dakota Community Foundation awarded Special Olympics South Dakota a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant to incorporate its Unified Champion School Project. The Unified Champion School Project brings youth with and without disabilities together through education, sports and sports-related initiatives. These opportunities provide them with the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to create and sustain communities that promote acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students.

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First Bank & Trust announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire two banks, Peoples Bank of Commerce and State Bank of New Prague, both owned by the Duke Financial Group of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Peoples Bank of Commerce, with assets of $296 million, has locations in Cambridge, Princeton, East Bethel, Edina and Roseville, MN. State Bank of New Prague has one location and assets of $112 million. The transaction is set to close in late 2017.

Terri Schuver, owner of metal artwork business Prairie Dance Inc. and retail store Sticks and Steel, has acquired Denver-based Vine Street Distributing Inc. Vine Street produces colorful, artful wood signs and magnets carried in more than 100 U.S. craft and home decor stores.

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