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Index Business Know How 10

Home & Office 21

Business People 9

On the move 19

Chamber anniversaries 15

Ribbon cuttings 16, 17, 22 & 23


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Powell Broadcasting general manager Dennis Bullock is shown behind the microphone in the KSCJ studio. Bullock, who oversees a group of six Powell stations and more than 50 employees in Sioux City, recently began a one-year term as chair of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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CF plans $1.7 billion Port Neal expansion $1.7 billion project CF Industries Inc. plans to expand its operations in Port Neal. IOWA

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SIOUX CITY | A $1.7 billion expansion of CF Industries’ Port Neal facility is on track for completion in 2016, President and CEO Steve Wilson said. “We are far down the road. We have already begun to spend money,” Wilson told analysts in a Nov. 6 conference call. The Deerfield, Ill.-based company, the world’s second-largest producer of nitrogen fertilizer, announced the single largest capital investment in Iowa history on Nov. 1. The mega project will double employment at the Port Neal plant just south of Sergeant Bluffs, creating 100 new jobs at a starting average salary of $55,000, increasing to $85,000 after the employees become fully certified. Hiring is expected to begin early next year, allowing the new workers to complete their training before the new facility comes on line in 2016, company officials said.

The added activity at the complex is projected to create about 700 indirect jobs, according to company officials. Between 1,500 and 2,000 construction workers also will be needed during the two years it will take to build the plant. “This kind of investment will have a major economic impact that will be felt all over our state, especially up here in Northwest Iowa and also benefit neighboring states as well,” Gov. Terry Branstad told a standing-room only crowd on Nov. 1 at Bev’s on the River in Sioux City, where he joined with Wilson to formally announce the project. State and local leaders, who kept what they dubbed Project X a secret for weeks while negotiating with publicly-traded CF, gave the development the green light earlier that afternoon. The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved a $1.5 million forgivable loan, $57 million in tax credits and $13

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million in sales and use tax rebates over a four-year period. In a separate vote, which also began minutes after the financial markets closed for the day, the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors approved a development agreement that waives $161 million Jim Lee, Siouxland Business Journal in property taxes over 20 years. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad shakes hands Nov. 1 with CF Industries CEO Steve Wilson during a news conference at Bev’s on the River, where CF

Expansion, page 7 announced a $1.7 billion expansion of its Port Neal complex.

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Deming award given to South Sioux businessman DAVE DREESZEN

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY | Steve Schneider, president and CEO of Gerkin Windows and Doors in South Sioux City, was honored Oct. 8 with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce’s W. Edwards Deming Entrepreneurial Award. Chamber president Chris McGowan presented the award to Schneider at the Chamber’s annual dinner at the Sioux City Convention Center. The audience of more than 1,350 watched a short video that included highlights of Schneider’s lengthy business career and testimonials from family and friends. “Steve Schneider grew up in a very entrepreneurial, family and the lessons he learned from observing his father and others have served him extremely well,” McGowan said. Schneider, who has been involved in several entrepreneurial

ventures with his father, Otto, and brother, Paul, is best known for leading Gerkin through a period of meteoric growth. The window and door manufacturer has grown its employment every year for the past 21 years. Under his leadership, Gerkin in 2005 built a 165,000-square-foot structure to house its corporate headquarters and state-of-theart manufacturing operations in South Sioux City. The privately held company recently completed a 35,000-square-foot addition that will allow the company to increase production of thermal glass. While many window and door industries have struggled during the recent recession, Gerkin solidified and grew its market share in both its commercial and residential lines of vinyl and aluminum windows and doors. Schneider said he was “humbled” to be recognized with the

“Steve Schneider grew up in a very entrepreneurial, family and the lessons he learned from observing his father and others have served him extremely well.” CHRIS MCGOWAN

chamber president Deming award and accepted it on behalf of “my father, who has always been an entrepreneurial mentor and inspiration to me, and my brother, who has been a valued partner in Gerkin’s growth from the beginning.” He also accepted it on behalf of Gerkin’s employees. The Deming award is named for the late physicist, statistician and educator. The Sioux City native was considered the father of the modern quality management system.

Gerkin Windows and Doors President and CEO Steve Schneider shows off some of his company’s products at Gerkin’s South Sioux City plant in this 2004 file photo. Schneider was honored with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce’s annual W. Edwards Deming Entrepreneurial Award.

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Central Bank’s Lapke chairman of Siouxland Initiative SIOUX CITY – Jeff Lapke, market president of Central Bank in Sioux City, is the new leader of The Siouxland Initiative. Lapke recently succeeded American Pop Corn Co. President Garry Smith as chairman of the executive committee of The Siouxland Initiative, the economic development division for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce. In 1996, Lapke joined Central Bank as market president of the bank’s Cherokee location. In 2002, he moved to Sioux City to Jeff Lapke open a downtown location. He also is the bank’s chief loan officer and serves on the board of directors. Since the bank established is roots in Sioux City 10 years ago, it has grown from one to three locations, and from three to 43 employees managing $188 million in assets. Beyond his commitment to help the bank, its employees and community grow, Lapke has been active in the community, donating his time and talents on local boards, associations and clubs. He currently serves on the Siouxland

Medical Education Foundation and is a member of the Mercy Hospital Finance Committee. Previously, he served eight years on the Sioux Gateway Airport Authority Board and three years on the Camp High Hopes Board. He also served on the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and American Heart Association Boards. He is a former member of Junior Achievement and the United Way Fundraising Committee, a past Rotary member and co-chaired the Wine and Roses annual Fundraiser. Lapke grew up on a farm outside of Panama, Iowa with his parents, Jerry and JoAnne Lapke, and four siblings. After graduating from Harlan High School, he attended Iowa State University, where he obtained a degree in finance. He began his career in the banking industry in 1987, working for Norwest and Firstar before joining Central Bank. Jeff and his wife Pam (Erickson) Lapke have been married for 24 years and have two children; Trey, 18, and Lexi, 14. Both Trey and Lexi attend Sioux City East High School.

Wilcox receives award as Chamber Ambassador Sue Wilcox has been honored as the 2012 Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year. Wilcox, who received the award at the Chamber’s annual dinner meeting on Oct. 8, has been an Ambassador since 2007. She was the Ambassadors chair in 20102011.

Wilcox worked at Central Bank in Sioux City for nine years, the last eight of which she has been a personal banking officer and Emerald Club director. A lifelong Sioux City resident, she graduated from East High School. Wilcox and her husband, Scott, Sue Wilcox have been married for 15 years.




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Expansion: CF’s $1.7 billion Port Neal project is largest in Iowa history from page 4 Even with the abatement, local officials said the county, Sergeant Bluff-Luton School District and some smaller taxing bodies will collect $127 million from the new construction over the 20 years. The county alone will share in an extra $49 million, board chair Jackie Smith said. “The benefits to the county are enormous,” Smith said.


Near-record corn prices have driven up demand for nitrogen fertilizer, which must be applied to corn and certain other crops to add nutrients in the soil, giving CF and other manufacturers an incentive to add production capacity. At the same time, low prices for natural gas, which accounts for about 70 percent of the nitrogen production costs, has helped CF post robust earnings. “We have a business that is doing well,” Wilson said at the news conference. Deerfield, Ill.-based CF, the world’s second-largest producer of nitrogen, also announced a $2.1 billion expansion of its Donaldsonville, La., facility. Wilson said the past performance of the more than 100 employees at the Port Neal plant contributed to the company’s decision to expand there. The existing infrastructure, access to natural gas and multiple modes of transportation also were

CF Industries plant manager Nick DeRoos looks over the company’s Port Neal facility in March 2011. The Deerfield, Ill.based company on Nov. 1 announced a $1.7 billion expansion of the plant.

CF Industries History: Founded in 1946 as a fertilizer brokerage operation by a group of regional agricultural cooperators. Acquired Sioux Citybased Terra Industries in 2010. Headquarters: Deerfield, Ill. Ticker symbol: CF CEO: Steve Wilson North American fertilizer plants: Port Neal; Courtright, Ontario, Donaldsonville, La.; Medicine Hat, Alberta; Yazoo City, Miss.; and Verdigris and Woodward, Okla. Employees: 2,400 On the Web:

factors, he said. In addition, the rural Woodbury County site is in the “heart of the best fertilizer market in the world,” the CEO said. The added Port Neal production will replace higher-priced fertilizer imported from other countries, helping farmers in Iowa and other Midwest states to save millions of dollars annually, Branstad said. “It’s going to improve our profitability for agriculture,” the governor said at the news conference. CF, headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., acquired the Port Neal complex as part of its $4.7 billion takeover of Sioux City-based Terra Industries in 2010. Today, CF’s Port Neal plant employs around 100 people, and has

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the daily capacity to produce up to 1,100 tons of ammonia, the basic building block in various nitrogen products. Most of that production is upgraded into urea ammonium nitrate solutions, or UAN, a liquid fertilizer. The expansion calls for construction of a second ammonia plant, which will triple the overall capacity, local plant manager Nick DeRoos said. Ammonia from the second plant will be converted to granular urea, a solid nitrogen fertilizer that can be applied separately or mixed with phosphate or potash fertilizers.

CF officials said they have already signed an engineering and procurement services contract for the new plant, which will be built just north of the existing one on land the company already owns. Construction activity is expected to begin next year, DeRoos said. Wilson offered assurances the mega project would proceed on schedule. “It’s easier to announce projects than do projects,” he said. “CF has the money to make this project happen.” The company plans to submit a construction plan to the Iowa

Department of Natural Resources as soon as possible, according to company officials. Branstad credited state Economic Development Authority Board Director Debi Durham and chairman Dave Bernstein with helping on the project. Bernstein, a Sioux City businessman, abstained from voting on the package of incentives. Durham, a former president of the Siouxland Initiative, said the deal came together quickly after CF resolved an issue with the natural gas pipeline that serves the Port Neal plant.

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BusinessPeople U.S. Bank honors branch manager SIOUX CITY | Jason Hamer, branch manager at U.S. Bank’s office at Sioux City, has won U.S. Bank’s Pinnacle Award, the company’s highest employee achievement honor. He was among a select number of top performing employees nationwide to win U.S. Bank’s award for outstanding achievement and superior performance and was recently recognized at a company dinner. This is Hamer’s first Pinnacle award.

Local project manager earns designation SOUTH SIOUX CITY | Greg Topf, a project manager for H&R Construction

in South Sioux City, has earned the designation of Certified Healthcare Constructor from the American Hospital Association. To earn the designation, an individual must have professional experience and education, agree to adhere to the AHA Professional Standards of Conduct, and pass the CYC Certification Examination. The exam assesses knowledge for a healthcare construction manager in the areas of healthcare industry fundamentals, planning, design and construction process, health care facility safety additions and renovations and financial stewardship. With H&R Construction, Topf is responsible for project management on numerous projects, safety management, estimating,

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Bank auditor earns certification SIOUX CITY | Julie Ogburn, internal auditor for First National Bank, recently co m p l e te d the Certified Community Bank Internal Auditing Program, s p o n s o re d by the Independent Ogburn Community Bankers of America. Ogburn also attained the title “Certified Community Bank Internal Auditor.” To earn certification, she successfully completed

requirements of a comprehensive bank auditing program and passed a series of certification examinations. Ogburn, a native of Sioux City, is based at the bank’s main Sioux City location on Sunnybrook Drive.

Bev’s on the River. Kyle Kelly, broker owner with Century 21 ProLink, was named president-elect of the association. GSCBR board members for 2012-13 also include Kevin Archer, United Real Estate Solutions; Realtors announce Chris Bogenrief, United Commercial; Jim Gergenew officers, board ni, JRE Property Pros; Joe SIOUX CITY | Julie Krage, United Real Estate Skaff-Gregg, broker own- Solutions; Pam Mahler, er with Coldwell Banker Dakota Dunes Realty; Ken Associated O’Dea, Realty Specialists, Brokers was and past president Ken sworn in as Spies, Century 21 Prothe 2012Link. 2013 president of the Local banker attends Greater graduate school Sioux City Board of Re- Skaff-Gregg SOUTH SIOUX CITY | Marc S. Lamon of Iowaaltors Association at its membership Nebraska State Bank remeeting held recently at cently attended the 68th

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Siouxland leaders celebrate economic development success with CF exec Dave Dreeszen

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DAKOTA DUNES | Tristate leaders celebrated a host of economic development success stories in the past year during The Siouxland Initiative’s annual meeting on Nov. 16. The more than 125 business and government leaders who gathered at the Dakota Dunes Country Club heard from an executive of one of the expanding companies. Ashraf Malik, vice president of site operations for

CF Industries, highlighted the company’s recently announced $1.7 billion expansion of its Port Neal fertilizer. The project, the single largest capital investment in Iowa history, will create 100 direct jobs at annual salaries starting at $55,000, increasing to $85,000 after the workers become fully certified. “These are skilled and high-quality jobs for the long-term, supplemented by a whole host of support services in the community,”

said at The Siouxland Initiative’s annual meeting. The project, scheduled for completion in 2016, also will create 700 in-direct jobs, and about 1,600 construction jobs. Kathryn Kunert, vice president of business and community development for MidAmerican Energy, also spoke during The Siouxland Initiative meeting. TSI successfully raised $2 million from its membership in its most recent campaign to fund its operations.

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Siouxland Initiative announces new executive committee The Siouxland Initiative, the economic development division of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, has announced its executive committee for the 2012-2013 year. The committee includes: Chair Jeff Lapke, president Central Bank, Sioux City; vice president Jim Jensen, CEO, Great Western Casualty Co., South Sioux City; past chair Garry Smith, president, American Pop Corn Co., Sioux City; Cy W. Chesterman Sr., CEO, Chesterman Co.; John Gleeson, president, Klinger Companies, Sioux City; Dennis Melstad, president, Dakota Dunes

Development Co. Regina Roth, secretary/treasurer, Beef Products Inc., Dakota Dunes; Peter Thoreen, president and CEO, St. Luke’s Health System; John Wagner, vice president, Wells Fargo Bank, Sioux City; Rich Waller, CEO and board chair, Security National Bank, Sioux City; Mike Wells, president and CEO, Wells Enterprises, Le Mars, Iowa. Ex-officio executive committee members include Craig Berenstein, partner, Berenstein, Moore, Heffernan Moeller, Sioux City; and The Siouxland Initiative President Chris McGowan.

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Bullock’s radio career spans 30 years Powell Broadcasting GM begins term as chamber chair

SIOUX CITY | While attending Briar Cliff University, Dennis Bullock took just a single mass communications course. With graduation just around the corner and a career in beer distribution calling, Bullock convinced his professor to let him skip the final three weeks of even that course. “I said, ‘I don’t know where I’m ever going to have anything to do with mass communications,’ “ Bullock, who spent the past 30 years working in the radio industry, recalled with a laugh. Since 2005, Bullock has served as general manager for Power Broadcasting’s Sioux City operations, where he oversees six stations and more than 50 employees. How did he wind up in the radio business? While attending Briar Cliff, where he majored in business administration and minored in computer science, Bullock worked as the campus representative for Coors. The brewer offered him a full-time position after graduation. But he soon found out the beer business wasn’t the right fit. “It wasn’t what I thought I was going to do for the rest of my life,” recalled Bullock, who last month began a one-year term as chair of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. A series of subsequent aptitude tests kept coming up with the same results – Bullock was best suited for a career in advertising and public relations. Because he also liked music, he accepted a job at Sioux City radio station KWSL in 1983. Starting as an account manager, he worked his way up to general sales manager with the station’s-then owner, Cardinal Communications. In 1991, he left Cardinal to become general sales manager for competing Sioux City radio stations KSUX and KSCJ, then

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Dennis Bullock, general manager for Powell Broadcasting in Sioux City, opens the door to a KSCJ vehicle. Bullock oversees the operations of a group of six stations and more than 50 employees.

owned by Flagship Communications Corp. Following the purchase of the stations by Baton Rouge, La.based Powell Broadcast, Bullock was named director of sales in 1997. He continues to hold that title, as well as serving as general manager for today’s group of six stations, which also includes KKMA, KLEM, KKYY and KQNU. Bullock has kept a small number of sales accounts, and still enjoys going out on calls with his sales staff. Throughout his career, Bullock also has pulled occasional on air

duty, including pitching in to report breaking news. “I’m a news hound,” he said. “I’ll call in traffic reports from the road, I’ll say, ‘I’m sitting on Interstate 29 and it’s a standstill.’” “When you’re in a market this size, you need to be versatile,” he added. The variety of his job – “no day is ever the same,” he says – is one of the main reasons Bullock has stayed in the business for so many years. He also relishes how his industry

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Bullock is shown behind the microphone in the KSCJ studio. Bullock, who oversees a group of six Powell stations and more than 50 employees in Sioux City, recently began a one-year term as chair of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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Siouxland Chamber announces new officers, board The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce announces its executive committee and board of directors for the 2012-2013 year. The executive committee includes: Chair Dennis Bullock, general manager, Powell Broadcasting, Sioux City; Past chair Jim Jensen, CEO, Great West Casualty Co., South Sioux City, (exofficio); Treasurer Renee Beaulieu, CFO/treasurer, Thompson Electric Co., Sioux City. Vice Chair Economic

Development Craig Berenstein, partner, Berenstein, Moore, Heffernan Moeller; Sioux City; Vice Chair Community Enhancement Nathan Kalaher, president, PLaN Architecture, Sioux City; Vice Chair Government Relations and Transportation Arlene Curry, NAI LeGrand & Co., Sioux City; Vice Chair Investor Relations Stuart Lee, president, Innovative Benefit Consultants, Sioux City; Siouxland Chamber President Christopher McGowan, (ex-officio).

The Chamber’s 2012-12 board also includes: Chriss Camenzend, owner, Book People, Sioux City; Brian Crichton, principal, Cannon Moss Brygger & Associates, Sioux City; Bart Gotch, president, Siouxland National Bank, South Sioux City; Elise Greenberg, co-president, Greenberg’s Jewelers; Sioux City. Dave Holub, senior vice president, Security National Bank, Sioux City; Angelo James, CEO, State Farm Insurance/

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Bullock: Radio GM active in community

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from page 12 has a chance to make a difference in the community every single day. “Maybe somebody’s having a tough day and one of our stations entertains them and makes them feel better,” he said. The power of the airways, he said, also can keep the community informed during a local, regional or national crisis, and call attention to issues, and help raise money for worthy causes. Bullock received national attention earlier this year when he ended the Sioux City stations’ affiliation with ABC News after the national network aired a series of stories that questioned the safety of the lean finely textured beef produced by Dakota Dunesbased Beef Products Inc. BPI has since filed a defamation lawsuit suit against ABC. “I negotiated my way out of the contract,” Bullock said of ABC, which he replaced with CBS News. “I was not going to let my station be represented by a network that did substantial harm to my community. I didn’t feel we could be on

the airways supporting BPI and the next story that came up our nationally affiliated network was about ‘pink slime.’ I hate that word by the way.” During his long career, Bullock. 55, has won accolades from peers in his industry. In 2010, he was named the Broadcaster of the Year by the Iowa Broadcasters Association. He also was a finalist for the National Radio Wayne Award the same year. Bullock also has a long history of community service, volunteering his time with a host of civic and charitable organizations. He is a former president of the Sioux City Public Museum Board of Trustees, and continues to serve on the board. He is also a past president of the boards for the Advertising Federation of Sioux City, Port of Sioux City River-Cade, Crittenton Center and Women Aware. In 1996, he was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad to a four-term term on the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women. Bullock also has a long association with the Siouxland Chamber, starting a 27-year

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Powell Broadcasting general manager Dennis Bullock visits with Brittini Socknat, director of first impressions, at Powell’s Sioux City’s offices. Bullock recently began a oneterm term as chair of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Board of Director.

run as one of the organization’s green coated Ambassadors in 1985. He has served on the Chamber board since 2009. Last month, he succeeded Great West Casualty Co. CEO Jim Jensen as board chairman. Bullock said the Chamber has already achieved one of its three top goals for the coming year – landing a significant economic development project. CF

Industries on Nov. 1 announced a $1.7 billion expansion of its Port Neal fertilizer complex, the largest single capital investment in Iowa history

Dennis Bullock Title: General manager and director of sales, Powell Broadcasting in Sioux City Hometown: Sioux City Age: 55 Industry honors: Iowa Broadcasters Association, Broadcaster of the Year, 2010; National Radio Wayne Award, finalist, 2010. Education: Bachelor of arts degree with major in business administration and minor in computer science, Briar Cliff University Family: Wife, Laura; two sons, Rob and Michael Community service: Current chair of Siouxland Chamber of Commerce board; Chamber Ambassador; Director, Pioneer Bank; Trustee, Sioux City Public Museum; Director, Women Aware; Past director of Crittenton Center and American Cancer Society; Former member of Iowa Commission on the Status of Women; Longtime volunteer Port of Sioux City RiverCade; Youth sports teams coach; Boys Scouts of America, den leader.

“I told everybody I was just along for the ride,” he said with a laugh of the project, which was finalized just as he was taking his new office. Other top goals include growing the Chamber membership by at least 5 percent in the next 12 months, and doing a better job of communicating the

value of the Chamber to its members and the general public. Bullock and his wife, Laura, have two grown sons, Rob, who lives in Iowa City, and Michael, who resides in Denver. Laura is co-owner of Studio 427, a downtown Sioux City interior design business at 1102 Fourth St.



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The following businesses and organizations in November are observing anniversaries of one of more years as Siouxland Chamber of Commerce investors.


SAFEGUARD BUSINESS PRINTING Brad & Megan Hopp PO Box 5456 Sioux City IA 51102 CASEY’S GENERAL STORE Darlene Kelley 4301 Stone Ave. Sioux City, IA 51106 PERMARA Craig Arnold PO Box 97 Dakota Dunes, SD 57049 SOHO KITCHEN & BAR Julie Schoenherr 1024 Historic Fourth Street Sioux City, IA 51101 OCTAPHARMA PLASMA, INC Nichole Morgan 2417 Pierce St Sioux City, IA 51104


HYPERION ENERGY CENTER Preston Phillips PO Box 518 Elk Point, SD 57025-0518

SUNNYBROOK DENTAL Dr. Mindy J. Stevens 5708 Sunnybrook Drive Sioux City, IA 51106-4249


APPEARA Bob Allen 126 N 3rd Street Norfolk, NE 68702 HALL MONUMENT COMPANY Larry Tejral 521 S. Lewis Blvd. Sioux City, IA 51106 FAMILY HEALTH CARE OF SIOUXLAND Shanin McCabe 814 Pierce St., Suite 102 Sioux City, IA 51101

PHEASANT BONANZA HUNT CLUB AND KENNEL Trent Leichleiter 3097 County Road O Tekamah, NE 68061 PEAK PERFORMANCE FITNESS GEAR Jim Ewoldt 4501 Southern Hills Drive Sioux City, IA 51106 MASABA INC. Jared Higman 1617 317th St. Vermillion, SD 57069 SIOUX VALLEY COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION John Parks 1120 6th St. Sioux City, IA 51101

ADDISON ELECTRIC INC. Bill Addison 210 Riverview Drive South Sioux City, NE 68776 NORWEX Kathy Addison South Sioux City, NE 68776 CHICK-FIL-A @ SERGEANT ROAD Chad Eisenga 4428 Sergeant Road Sioux City, IA 51106 SHERRY’S FOURTH STREET CAFÉ Sherry Schmitt 202 4th St. Sioux City, IA 51101 712-277-9106



FUNKALICIOUS BOUTIQUE Lori Stekl 409 Pearl Street Sioux City, IA 51101 712-255-7522 CHERRYBERRY Jennifer Meredith 2800 Hamilton Blvd. Sioux City, IA 51104 AERIAL 7 LOGO MAPS PUBLISHING INC. Julie Marr-Potter 910 ½ Morningside Ave. Sioux City, IA 51106 JOHNSON’S ATA BLACK BELT ACADEMY Ryan Johnson 209 6th St. Sioux City, IA 51101


MODERN KITCHEN DESIGN Steve Struthers 514 Iowa St. Sioux City, IA 51101 THE BAC CLINIC OF CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Bradley Chicoine 1501 Nebraska St. Sioux City, IA 51105

The Stoney Creek Inn Hotel and Hy-Vee hosted the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours on Oct. 23 at Stoney Creek Inn’s lounge, called Palmer’s Pub. Pictured are: Dan Hance, vice president/COO, SCI Corp., Mike Trudeau, RD, SCI Corp., Jenn Pavone, Stoney Creek Inn general manager, and Holly Goecke, assistant general manager. Photo courtesy of Siouxland Chamber

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SOUTHBRIDGE DRIVE An Oct. 3 ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the opening of the new Southbridge Drive. The new major north/south entry road to Southbridge Business Park was made possible through a partnership between the city, the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Iowa Air National and the Iowa Department of Transportation. The road allows for improved interstate access and turning movements by large trucks accessing businesses in Southbridge and provides improved security for the 185th.

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LOVE’S Travel Center Love’s celebrated the opening its new Sioux City travel center at the Singing Hills Boulevard interchange of Interstate 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 2. Pictured from left are Love’s employees John Joseph, Andy Anderson, Phil Myer, Kelly Long, Linnet Shults and Natalie Broderson Photos courtesy of Siouxland Chamber

BOYS CLUB The Boys Club held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 15 to celebrate the opening of its adjacent park with new playground equipment. Donations from the Sioux City Rotary Club, Missouri River Historical Development helped finance the purchase. Pictured are MRHD President Mark Monson, Rotary Club President Aran Rush, Rotarian Lynn Barteck, Rotarian and Boys Club board member Mark Stuck, and Pat Amundson, interim director for the Boy’s Club.

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EFS Group Expands EFS Group Wealth Management at 5764 Sunnybrook Drive has just completed a 1,500-squarefoot expansion with two offices, a reception area and a meeting space that can accommodate 40 people. The two office spaces and reception area in front are ideal for complementary businesses providing estate planning, accounting or other financial services. The meeting space, equipped with a kitchenette and bathrooms, is perfect for nonprofit companies seeking a place to hold board meetings and retreats, according to Julie Chadwick, Director of Operations at EFS Group, known as the most respected name in retirement income planning. “It’s a way for us to give back to the community,” said Chadwick. “Nonprofits have expressed struggles with finding a meeting place.” A couple of client meetings have already been held in the new space. The only job remaining is installation of new audio/video technology by Pflanz Electronics. To show the office spaces and meeting space to the community, an open house and ribbon-cutting will be held on Dec. 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. “We invite nonprofit organizations and the public to see the (meeting) facility. If it is something that would benefit them, they can call us,” she said. Dr. Don Heilbuth, one of two financial advisors at EFS Group, said EFS is growing because of their NextPhase Retirement Income Model, providing a feebased practice that specializes in creating retirement income for successful people entering or nearing retirement. “Our broker/dealer, Securities America, looked at the top branch offices around the country and narrowed it down to three to use as a blueprint for other independent advisory businesses, or people who are looking to make a change to become an independent advisor,” said Heilbuth, who has been a part of the financial services industry for about 30 years. “We have been implementing our structure over a number of years. People want to know how much they can spend during retirement. The No. 1 biggest fear of retirees is running out of money,” he added. EFS Group helps clients entering or nearing retirement by acting as facilitators and addressing the

mental, spiritual, physical and functional aspects of planning for retirement through Imagine Workshops, seminars and one-on-one meetings with clients. Their goal is to provide clients with a comprehensive investment strategy tailored to their personal financial circumstances, goals and objectives. Because of their success with their structure, EFS Group in Sioux City was selected as the Midwest independent practice to recruit advisors. “We let them see how our office is working and see what makes us a successful practice,” said Heilbuth. Marc Geels, another financial advisor in the practice, said as a general rule, using independent advisors with a fee structure may be better for clients than using a franchise advisor with a commission-based structure. “Franchise firms typically use the same model nationwide. They can be limited on what they can offer clients. We’re not employees, we’re independent contractors. We have no quotas or a company to answer to. People may not be aware of what an independent advisory firm can offer to them.” Statistically, since 2007, clients have been shifting their investment services from large Wall Street institutions to independent advisors. In addition, financial advisors are exiting from the big Wall Street firms, he said. He said EFS Group also provides a high level of client contact and service, another reason for their success. “We have five support staff and two advisors. All too often, a client’s No. 1 complaint with a financial

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services firm is they weren’t contacted or they didn’t hear back. Their service questions were not met. “We are a full-service office. When you call down here, someone will be able to help them get their questions answered. Our clients’ requests will be delegated to the right person and completed quickly and correctly,” he said. “Services are met.” To meet all expectations, the company has a 28-point contact system in place. “That’s a minimum. With most clients, we have 40 or more contacts a year just reaching out to them,” said Geels, a wealth manager. If you’re at or near retirement, call EFS Group Wealth Management to see what they can do for you. Or, if you are a nonprofit organization seeking a meeting place, call them at (712) 224-4651 or 1.888.303.3374. You can also visit them online at

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OnTheMove Bank names local market president Dillon Retzlaff has been named president of Pinnacle Bank’s Iowa market. In his new role, Retzlaff will oversee l ea d e rs h i p in Pinnacle’s Sioux City and Hinton b ra n c h e s , Retzlaff including retail banking, lending and business development. Retzlaff has been with Pinnacle for more than 10 years, most recently serving as vice president of commercial lending in Fremont, Neb. He graduated from Doane College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2006. Retzlaff has been active in a variety of community organizations, including Leadership Fremont, United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska and the United Way.

Pender hospital CEO retires PENDER, Neb. | Richard Thomason has retired from his role as the CEO of Pender Community Hospital. Thomason has been at Pender since March of 2010.

This past spring, he Thomason oversaw the grand opening of the new $20.5 million facility replacing the older hospital that had served the community since the early 1950s. Pender Community Hospital is managed by Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Thomason has been involved in healthcare his entire adult life, either as a provider or administrator. He started as an Air Force medic and served in various roles including Laboratory Technologist, Nuclear Medical Technologist, Sonographer, COO and CEO. His distinguished career has spanned work in hospitals, clinics, physician practices and academic healthcare. Mercy Vice President Brian Monsma will serve as interim chief executive during the search for the new CEO.

Mercy names clinical services manager Lisa Brun has been appointed manager of Clinical Services for Mercy Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Nursing Unit. Brun has been serving as manager for Patient Care Services. She began her



nursing career at Mercy in 2006 and has served in various roles including staff nurse and nursBrun ing services manager. Before starting her nursing career, Brun had an extensive customer service background at Gateway and 1st Financial Bank USA, as well as other public service roles. She graduated from Western Iowa Tech Community College with an associates degree in nursing and is pursuing her bachelor of science degree in nursing at Briar Cliff University.

United Real Estate hires agent Ehren Christensen has joined United Real Estate Solutions’ residential sales division. He will work out of the company’s Sioux City office in the United Center. ChrisChristensen tensen previously worked as assistant sales manager for a local

auto dealership for several years and spent 12 years in technology sales. Born and raised in Denison, Iowa, Christensen attended University of South Dakota. She has resided in Siouxland for the past 17 years, including 11 in McCook Lake.

Deck law firm hires attorney Attorney Ilisja S. Moreland has joined Deck Law LLP. Moreland is practicing with Robert B. Deck, Tod J. Deck and Je ss i ca R . Noll in the firm at 505 5th Street, Ste 225. M o r e - Moreland land is a 2003 graduate of West Des Moines Valley High School. She graduated from Morningside College in 2007 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a bachelor of arts in music. In 2012, Moreland received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Iowa and is pursuing her license in Nebraska and

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Put more balance into your life With the holidays upon on us balancing work demands and self-care activities can be a challenge. This time of year we tend to get overwhelmed and stressed out. Think about what steps you can take to avoid overload and stay focused on wellness for your life. Wellness is multi-dimensional and holistic, which involves lifestyle, mental and spiritual well being and our environment. Diet and exercise are only part of the equation. Eating five fruits and vegetables daily and going the gym to five times a week is a great accomplishment, but is it enough to make you feel centered and whole. The Wheel of Life has ten sections, which represent balance. The sections are: • Spiritual (hope, faith, optimism) • Career (how fulfilled are you) • Finances (stable, unpredictable, volatile, rewarding, frustrating) • Physical Environment (clutter in your mind, your car, home, desk) • Health and Fitness (regular exercise, balanced diet) • Fun and Recreation (Are you having fun??? Dream) • Family (How satisfied are you with the level of closeness and support that you feel between yourself and others in the family) • Significant Other (Are you at peace with this aspect of your life) • Friends (Do you have enough friends, and close enough friends to meet your needs) • Personal Development (Do you invest enough time, energy, and money in your own personal growth and development) How smooth or bumpy is your life? What areas need attention and what

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areas are you willing to address? The U.S. Army uses a phrase Be All You Can Be. This phrase should be applied to all our lives. We are not perfect, but let’s try our best. Michael Arloski, PhD, PCC and author of Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change is a licensed psychologist and professional certified coach who is endlessly fascinated with how health and wellness depend so much on behavior and beliefs. Asking the continual question “Why don’t people do what they need to do for themselves?” This sounds simple, why can’t we get this done. What path are you on. What do you need to change in your life? We should not underestimate the power of habit. Once we adopt a new behavior we have neural pathways set up in our nervous system related to this new behavior. Enjoy the holidays with your family this year, this is time you won’t get back. Do all you can do to keep yourself healthy and happy in every area of your life. Make your Wheel of Life as balanced as possible. It won’t be easy but give it your best. Contact Deb Twyford, intrinsic coach at Mercy Business Health Services Worksite Wellness, at 712-274-4334 or Twyfordd@

“We should not underestimate the power of habit. Once we adopt a new behavior we have neural pathways set up in our nervous system related to this new behavior.”

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REJUVENATION BY LAZERDERM Rejuvenation by Lazaderm celebrated the opening on its new location on Historic Fourth Street in Sioux City with a Oct. 25 ribbon-cutting ceremony, grand opening and open house. Staff pictured from left: Jennifer Peiser; Suzanne Bousquet; Dr. Lornell Hansen; Dave Eggen; Denee Reinwald; Candy Dewerff; Rochelle Little and Katie Magnison. Hansen, owner /medical director, offers the latest technology for skincare needs. Also managed in the location are Physicians Vein Clinics, a business for outpatient, noninvasive laser vein procedures, as well as TrueBody Strategic Weight Management.

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PJJW DESIGN STUDIO PJJW Design Studio owner Beau A. Fey and his wife and two sons cut the ceremonial ribbon on Oct. 16 to celebrate the opening of the new Sioux City architecture and interior design firm at 1104 Fourth St.

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RECOVER HEALTH Recover Health, a Medicare-certified provider of all types of home care, celebrated their new location and the acquisition of Angel Wings non-emergency medical transportation with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct 18. Recover Health staff pictured from left are: Mal Graf, Candi Curry, Kathie Petrie, Emily Crouch, Bridget Fiedler and Julie O’Connor.

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New Chamber Chair Powell Broadcasting's Dennis Bullock

Siouxland Business Journal November 2012  

New Chamber Chair Powell Broadcasting's Dennis Bullock