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Chamber News February/March 2020

Vol. 55, No. 5



LEADERSHIP Jeff Griffin becomes President & CEO

It beats across your lifetime – For every moment And every change of pace.

A healthy heart supports a healthy life, which is why the cardiology team at Sanford Health uses the best of science and medicine together with the most advanced technologies –

all to protect you, the human behind the heart.


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Community-focused leadership Jeff Griffin becomes President & CEO of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.........24-29

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Chamber to host Cybersecurity Conference. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Bill Baker named Grand Marshal, St. Patrick’s Day parade. . . . . 32-33 IN THIS ISSUE: Message from the Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Events Calendars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9 Economic Indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Faces & Places. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-22 Community Appeals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Business Advocacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Headlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-34 Chamber Partner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Member Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Ribbon Cuttings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39-43 Member Anniversaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-45 New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Five Questions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

ON THE COVER Jeff Griffin is the new President & CEO of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.


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JENNIE DOYEN For editorial information, call: (605) 336-1620 Chamber News is published by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 200, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Postmaster please send address changes to: Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1425, 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 200, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1425 Phone: (605) 336-1620 • Email: sfacc@siouxfalls.com


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Message from the Chair Leadership is a word that gets thrown around a lot. Perhaps that’s because it is a word that shapes our lives. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is strong because we are comprised of strong leaders who understand the value of collaboration, servant leadership and rolling up our sleeves to make things happen. We come together to make decisions in the best interest of the whole – that is powerful leadership.

BOBBI THURY 2019-20 Chair of the Board

...make decisions in the best interest of the whole – that is powerful leadership.

The search for the Chamber’s next leader of leaders was no small undertaking and it is an honor to welcome Jeff Griffin as our President & CEO. I am confident that Jeff ’s leadership will help us continue our success and accelerate our growth. If you happen to see Jeff at an upcoming event, I encourage you to stop and introduce yourself. He wants to meet you! One area in which the Chamber seeks to lead is in advocating for public policy that supports a strong business environment and quality of life in our region. Recently, the Chamber’s Board of Directors decided to pursue the formation of a Political Action Committee (PAC). This decision followed a thorough vetting process, which was led by a committee of Chamber members. The PAC will be a separate entity from the Chamber. It is important to be clear that Chamber membership dues will not be used to fund the PAC. Members and staff are working on creating an operating model that is transparent, fundamentally sound and above all, is dedicated solely to improving our business climate and quality of life. The goal is to launch the PAC by mid-year. There are questions yet to be answered regarding the PAC, but one thing is certain – this will not be a “R” or “D” platform, it will be a “C” for Chamber platform. The Board believes that this is one more way we can support a healthy economy and strengthen our community. Watch for more details to come! The Chamber works diligently in many areas that impact the success of our business community. We had another successful Sioux Empire Livestock Show in January – demonstrating support for the local ag industry and generating an estimated $3 million of economic impact. In March, we’ll welcome thousands of people to the streets of downtown Sioux Falls for the 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Events and initiatives like these happen thanks to the commitment of many people…all leaders in their own right. Please join me extending a warm welcome to Jeff Griffin and his family. We stand on the shoulders of giants and look forward to a bright future of working together!


EX-OFFICIO JEAN BENDER Minnehaha County Commission KYLE GROOS Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools DR. BRIAN MAHER Sioux Falls Public School System CYNTHIA MICKELSON Sioux Falls School Board JIM SCHMIDT Lincoln County Commission MAYOR PAUL TENHAKEN City of Sioux Falls

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MILES BEACOM PREMIER Bankcard TOM BIEGLER Regency Hotel Management MARTIN DESLAURIERS UBS Financial Services, Inc. NATALIE EISENBERG Click Rain, Inc. DAVID FLICEK Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center PAM HOMAN Augustana University CHRIS HOUWMAN Malloy RANDY KNECHT Journey Group ANGELA LAMMERS Cetera Services SCOTT LAWRENCE Lawrence & Schiller, Inc. VALERIE LOUDENBACK Grand Prairie Foods KARLA SANTI Blend Interactive CLAIRE SANTOS Zoup! and Wingstop TONY VENHUIZEN Redstone Law Firm LLP

CHAMBER & CVB STAFF JEFF GRIFFIN President & CEO DIANE BALK Accounting Manager THANE BARNIER Web Development & IT Manager MATT BARTHEL CVB Communications Manager JOAN BARTLING Finance & Accounting Director JUSTIN BENTAAS Public Affairs & Research Manager JILL BLOM Graphics & Communications Manager RACHEL CRANE CVB Host City Manager PATRICK DASCHEL CVB Sales Manager ERIN DEWITT CVB Sales Manager JENNIE DOYEN Marketing & Communications Director ANNA ELIASON CVB Sales Manager AMY M. FARR Membership Development Manager

JEFF FEJFAR Web Designer JAMI GATES Membership Director ELIZABETH HEIDINGER First Impressions/Administrative Assistant MARY HUBLOU CVB First Impressions Manager/Project Assistant KAYLA HUIZING Young Professionals Network Manager JAY KALTENBACH CVB Services/Resale Manager ALEXANDRA LeBLANC CVB Sales Director PAT LUND Membership Engagement Manager MIKE LYNCH Forward Sioux Falls Director of Investor Relations JILL NIEDRINGHAUS CVB Sales Manager KRISTA ORSACK CVB Director of Marketing DEBRA OWEN Public Policy Director KATHIE PUTHOFF CVB Administrative Assistant HOLLY RADER Agri-Business Division Manager EMILY SCHAFFER CVB Creative Development Manager TERI SCHMIDT CVB Executive Director TERESA SCHREIER Public Affairs & Communications Assistant SUSAN SEACHRIS Administrative/Accounting Assistant MARY TIMMER Membership Assistant JACKIE WENTWORTH CVB Sales Manager VALERIE WILLSON Membership Events Manager

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Events Calendar

Dates, times and locations are subject to change. For a current listing of all Chamber events, visit siouxfallschamber.com, read the weekly edition of Quickly, or call (605) 336-1620. You can register and pay for events online at siouxfallschamber.com.


SIOUX FALLS AREA LEGISLATIVE COFFEES SATURDAY, FEB. 8—Districts 6, 11 and 15 SATURDAY, FEB. 22—Districts 9, 12 and 13 SATURDAY, FEB. 29—Districts 10, 14 and 25

10–11:45 a.m. Southeast Tech, 2320 N. Career Ave. The Hub Auditorium DETAILS: Legislative Coffees are conversations with legislators from districts 6, 9-16 and 25. The public can submit questions and the conversations are moderated.


Pierre, SD Luncheon: Capitol Rotunda DETAILS: Represent the Sioux Falls business community in Pierre.


Observe committee meetings, attend general session and enjoy lunch with your legislators.

4:30–6:30 p.m. Montgomery’s 1725 W. 41st St.

7:30–9 a.m. Glory House, 1654 W. 51st St. DETAILS: Start your day by making a new connection! Enjoy coffee and








4:30–6:30 p.m. Great Shots 2505 W. Benson Road




Noon-1 p.m. • $10, bring your own lunch Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, March 3 • Three Ways An IT Partner Can Add Rocket Fuel to Your Small Business Growth Presented by: Tasha Barker and Jon Hadden, Thompson Innovation

Wednesday, March 18 • Staying Cyber Secure Presented by: Katie Shuck, CybHER - Dakota State University RSVP to vwillson@siouxfalls.com or at siouxfallschamber.com

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RSVP: tschreier@siouxfalls.com or (605) 373-2050


networking with other Chamber members at Morning Mingle.

COST: Free


Downtown Sioux Falls DETAILS: Celebrate all things Irish at the 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day

Parade through downtown Sioux Falls. Find complete details on pages 32 and 33 of this issue. RSVP: vwillson@siouxfalls.com or (605) 373-2010


11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. The Attic Bar & Grill/Associates & Co., 4601 E. 41st St. DETAILS: If you live, work, commute or do business on the southeast side of Sioux Falls, this event is for you!

COST: $30 (includes lunch) RSVP: vwillson@siouxfalls.com or (605)373-2010


7:30–9 a.m. Pigott & Jane Rea Events, 301 S. Minnesota Ave. DETAILS: Start your day by making a new connection! Enjoy coffee and networking with other Chamber members at Morning Mingle.

COST: Free

Save the Date


Find complete details on page 31 of this issue.

UPCOMING EVENTS To RSVP to any of these events, email khuizing@siouxfalls.com or call (605) 373-2002. Visit siouxfallsypn.com for a full list of events.



DETAILS: Dakota Lions Sight & Health is the

DETAILS: As President of Wellmark of South

4–5 p.m. Dakota Lions Sight & Health 4501 W. 61st St. N.

only human eye and tissue donation and transplantation organization based in the Dakotas. They recover, process and distribute ocular and non-ocular tissue to transplanting surgeons in the local service area and throughout the world. Their Sioux Falls headquarters is a state-of-theart facility with two surgical recovery suites. They also have remote offices in Rapid City, Bismarck and Fargo. Last year they provided nearly 900 corneas for transplant and thousands more will have restored health through tissue transplantation. In addition to transplantation, they offer research donation and other educational opportunities to our community. Community Connections Tours are open to the first 30 YPN members to RSVP.

COST: Free


7:30–9 a.m. La Luna Café 701 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 125 DETAILS: Set those alarm clocks early!

Morning-minded young professionals are invited to come enjoy coffee and conversation with other YPN members at our February Morning Buzz at La Luna Café.

Noon–1 p.m. Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 200

Dakota, Lori Clausen is responsible for providing direction into the development, execution and achievement of the strategic priorities for the organization. Clausen has more than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, has numerous industry certifications and has served on a number of industry and insurance boards. She has extensive senior management and sales experience, serving as Area President for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (a publicly traded international insurance and risk management firm) and as agency principal for Grandy Pratt Co, an independent insurance agency with office locations in Sioux City and Des Moines, Iowa. During her 15-year tenure with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Clausen oversaw the growth and development of the employee benefit offices in Iowa and Nebraska, including aiding in the success of merger/acquisitions of five agencies joining Gallagher. One of her many accomplishments included growing annual branch revenue more than 600 percent, delivering proactive strategies to navigate the ever-changing insurance landscape and leading and inspiring her team of employees.

Find us on social media or visit siouxfallsypn.com


5:30–7:30 p.m. Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls 6300 S. Connie Ave. DETAILS: Looking for a quick way to expand

your professional network? Join us for YPN Speed Networking sponsored by Discovery Realty Group – Keller Williams Sioux Falls and Stewart Title! Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the speed networking will begin at 6 p.m. Drinks are complimentary thanks to our sponsors! This is a free event, but you must register in advance to save your spot.

COST: Free, must register in advance


DETAILS: Some discussions are just better

with a beer (or wine)! Join us on March 12 for a chance to meet the candidates pursuing a seat on the Sioux Falls City Council this spring. Save the date and watch for more details to come!

COST: Free

A Seat at the Table is reserved for the first 25 YPN members to RSVP using the registration link.

COST: $5 event, $10 event + lunch

COST: Free, food/drinks on your own

ACTION TEAM MEETINGS You can help shape key areas of YPN programming by joining an Action Team. All team meetings are held at the Chamber office and are open to any YPN member who would like to get involved. Volunteering with an Action Team is a great way to strengthen professional connections and exercise your skills in collaboration, facilitation and project management. For more details on the responsibilities of each team, visit siouxfallsypn.com.

SOCIAL ACTION TEAM Tuesday, Feb. 4, 4–5 p.m. PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTION TEAM Thursday, Feb. 6, 4–5 p.m MEMBERSHIP ACTION TEAM Thursday, Feb. 25, 4–5 p.m CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ACTION TEAM Wednesday, Feb. 26, 4–5 p.m.

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2nd Annual Sioux Falls Winter Carnival

This calendar is a sampling of local events, concerts, fundraisers, seminars and more compiled from siouxfallsevents.com and visitsiouxfallsevents.com. Visit these websites for a complete listing of events happening in the Sioux Falls area, or for more details on the events listed here.


In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast


SFJB presents Anthony Gomes


Newsboys United at the Washington Pavilion


Downtown First Friday


Changed by Love Women’s Conference


Skillet at The District


Great Plains Golf Expo

Siouxfallsevents.com is the community’s free, comprehensive community events calendar. Anyone can post an event happening in the Sioux Falls area. It’s free and it’s a great way to promote your event.


FaithFest 2020 at Augustana University


A Bronx Tale: The Musical at the Washington Pavilion


SECT presents Lend Me a Tenor Dinner Theater


An American in Paris at the Washington Pavilion


Sioux Empire On Tap

The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau developed the visitor-related calendar to provide visitors a list of events they may be interested in attending.


SDSO presents The Wizard of Oz with Orchestra


39th Annual Greater Midwest Toy Show


Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase


Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature


Korn & Breaking Benjamin at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


Australia’s Thunder From Down Under at The District


SECT presents Lend Me a Tenor

Our business is

understanding yours.

Raise Your Expectations


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The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! at the Washington Pavilion


Summit League Basketball Championships


Dakota State University Gala


Waitress: A New Musical at Washington Pavilion


Sioux Empire Home Show


NAIA DII Men’s Basketball Championships


Casey Donahew at The District


Microsoft DigiGirlz Day


SME Excellence Awards


53rd Annual Sioux Empire Sportsmen’s Show


Rent at the Washington Pavilion


NCAA DII Men’s Wrestling Championships


Trendigital Summit 2020


41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Strawberry Sips & Sweets at StoneyBrook Suites


Baby Shark Live! at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


Tanya Tucker at The District


Foreigner at Washington Pavilion


Hoodie Allen at The District


DAPA Presents: The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.


SDSO presents Dramatic Tchaikovsky


Journey Tribute Band: Recaptured at The District


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live “Neighbor Day” Tour at Washington Pavilion


NSIC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament


SFJB Presents: Quiana Lynell


South Dakota Symphony: The Music of John Williams


Central Plains Dairy Expo Sioux Falls Arena


SECT Presents: Lend Me a Tenor


Cole Swindell: Down to Earth Tour at Sanford Pentagon


NSIC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament


MercyMe at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


B.I.G. Career and Internship Fair and Teacher Career Fair


Gina Chavez at Orpheum Theater


Live on Stage Sioux Falls: The Maxwell Quartet


Catapult at Orpheum Theater


Royal Winnipeg Ballet: The Wizard of Oz at Washington Pavilion


South Dakota Symphony: Wagner’s The Ring Without Words

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ECONOMIC INDICATORS Tracking trends in business is just one way that the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is looking out for our members. Sioux Falls is a great place to do business, in part because of its diverse economy. Check here for economic indicators that help show growth and development.

City of Sioux Falls Building Permit Data

Regional Unemployment Rates











2019 0












Source: City of Sioux Falls



City of Sioux Falls Total Construction Value


















Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Note: figures represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), not just city; rates are not seasonally-adjusted $771.5 million $491.3 million






$786.6 million $302.2 million

$739.3 million $268.9 million







Agriculture Trends








Source: City of Sioux Falls

Total Construction Value






New Non-Residential Construction Value

Sioux Falls Region Housing Overview DECEMBER 2019



$3.41 $3.75

New Listings: 255 Days on the Market Until Sale: 85 Median Sales Price: $213,477 Inventory of Homes for Sale: 1,220 Source: RASE (Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire)

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$3.68 $3.57





October November


Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture


DON’T WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW TO FIND NEW TALENT. One conversation with StartTodaySD. That’s what it takes to grow a Registered Apprenticeship program in South Dakota. The benefits? A proven talent pipeline, increased employee retention, and customized training for skilled employees. The only drawback? That you didn’t start earlier.

Start Today to grow your own talent. Visit StartToday.com to connect with a Department of Labor and Regulation advisor.


Faces & Places


CHRISTY MENNING McCrossan Boys Ranch



The Lynda B. Advantage — Lynda Billars KW

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. Submit news to jdoyen@siouxfalls.com.



Goosmann Law Firm

Farmers Insurance Group/ Karsky Agency



Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons


J. Wahl Home Inspection

New York Life

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers The Ambassador Committee promotes the Chamber and assists in bringing new members into the organization. The Diplomat Committee works to maintain membership strength in the Chamber and provide outstanding customer service to members. Their volunteer service helps keep the Chamber strong. Featured ambassadors and diplomats this month are: Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger, Northwestern Mutual, three years as an ambassador; Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities, eight years as an ambassador; Stefanie Engebretson, Goosmann Law Firm, eight years as a diplomat; Derrick Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency, six years as a diplomat; Angie Wahl, J. Wahl Home

Inspection, 10 years as a diplomat; and Christy Menning, McCrossan Boys Ranch, two years as a diplomat. The Ace Award is given monthly to one ambassador in recognition of their sales efforts. Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage – Lynda Billars KW was the December Ace award winner.

Diplomat Team of the Month for December went to the Captain James Payer II, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons; Jordan Huisman, First PREMIER Bank; Christy Menning, McCrossan Boys Ranch; Stefanie Engebretson, Goosmann Law Firm; and Dino DePerno, Crew Construction and Restoration.

Diplomats who complete all their member contact calls each month are part of the 100 Club. One member of the 100 Club is recognized as the Service Star. The December Service Star was awarded to James Payer II, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons. Event champion honors went to Brian Spader, New York Life.

Professional portraits of Chamber volunteers are courtesy Chad Phillips Photography, chadphillipsphotography.com.

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New Faces & Promotions Expansion Capital Group has appointed Brittney Newell to chief financial officer. Newell will oversee the company’s finance, accounting, human resources and underwriting departments. Newell joined ECG in early 2015 and has played a critical financial leadership role in the transformation and growth of the company. Julie Norton has been named the new chief financial officer for Avera Health. Norton has held financial positions with Avera for 20 years. She previously served as vice president of operational finance. As CFO, Norton is the senior financial steward of Avera, supporting a transparent, metrics-driven approach to financial business planning while developing and aligning measures of success across the organization. Norton succeeds Jim Breckenridge, who will retire in April after 45 years with Avera. Mark Brown is the new president of the USD Discovery District. Brown will use his robust experience in research, development and leadership to guide the corporate and academic research park in its mission to foster innovation-focused development throughout the state. Brown holds a doctorate in molecular genetics and microbiology from the University of Texas. He has more than a decade of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and is certified in Good Manufacturing Practices, Good Clinical Practices and Good Laboratory Practices. Raven Industries, Inc. has named Wade Robey as executive director of Raven Autonomy™, one of the company’s two strategic platforms for growth. Robey will oversee and direct all business development and operational

efforts related to accelerating autonomous agricultural solutions to the marketplace. He previously served as director of engineering and director of product management and business development for the company. Robey earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences, a master’s degree in avian physiology from Auburn University and a doctorate in animal nutrition from Virginia Tech.

services specialist at the Dawley Farm branch. He will be responsible for assisting members and servicing all of the credit union’s products and services. Alyssa Bainbridge joined as HR specialist/admin. She is a recent Iowa State University graduate. Brittany Moore joined as accounting manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rasmussen College and has 13 years of accounting experience.

Alexandra Gilbert-Schrag has been named the new executive director of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society. Gilbert-Shrag previously worked for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She also worked at the United Nations Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. Gilbert-Schrag has a bachelor’s degree in music and arts management from American University in Washington, D.C.

Justine Murtha has joined Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls as the community engagement director. Murtha will lead marketing and communications for the local affiliate, bringing nine years of experience from local marketing agencies and higher education.

Jeff Schmidt is now the chief executive officer of Voyage Federal Credit Union, following the retirement of long-time CEO Darla Erb in December. Schmidt has been chief operating officer for the past eight years and has been in the credit union industry for almost thirteen years. Voyage Federal Credit Union has promoted three staff members and hired two new employees. Mindy Brouwer was promoted to vice president of consumer lending. She has been with Voyage for 19 years, most recently as consumer loan manager. Heather Schutz was promoted to vice president of mortgage and business lending. She has been with Voyage for eight years, most recently as mortgage manager. Brett Stanley was promoted to financial

Insight Marketing Design has promoted Kelcey Goetschius from office manager to production manager. Goetschius plays a key role in managing workflow throughout the agency, as well as managing vendor relationships and accounting tasks. A graduate of the University of South Dakota, Goetschius holds degrees in contemporary media/journalism and advertising. Shane Stredde joined AmesburyTruth as a financial analyst. Stredde will provide analysis for the sales financials and will be a key business partner for the sales team. He has his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of South Dakota. Nicole Muehler was promoted to HR Generalist. She is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM – CP) and has been with AmesburyTruth since May of 2017.

Honors & Awards Jack Hopkins, President and CEO of CorTrust Bank, has been selected as BankBeat magazine’s 2020 Banker of the Year for his ongoing commitment to growing his bank in an era of increasing consolidation, along with his career-long commitment to leading the community banking industry forward. Xcel Energy has been honored by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) for its response to the tornadoes that hit Sioux Falls in September. The association awarded its Emergency Recovery Award to Xcel for its extraordinary

efforts to restore power after several EF-2 tornadoes and a corresponding line of storms caused 26,800 outages in the utility’s service territory. Power was fully restored within two days following 16,000 man-hours. The Sioux Falls Business Resource Network recognized Fryn’ Pan (East 10th St.); Josiah’s Coffeehouse, Café & Bakery; Jimmy John’s (Minnesota Ave.); Sioux Falls Skyforce; and Sanford Health Home Medical Equipment with Disability Friendly Recognition Program awards.

Insight Marketing Design won two W3 awards for websites created for their clients. The W3 is a digital-focused award show sanctioned by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts and the website category is judged based on creativity, usability, navigation, functionality, visual design and ease of use. Insight received Silver Awards for a websites created for the National Association of Tower Erectors and Rausch Granite Monuments.

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Mergers & Acquisitions Midwest Business Advisors, a Sioux Falls-based boutique finance and management consulting firm, has joined ELO CPAs & Advisors, a leading eastern South Dakota CPA firm with offices in Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Yankton, Huron, Chamberlain and Miller. Eric Christensen, principal/owner of Midwest Business Advisors, joins ELO CPAs & Advisors as the practice leader for consulting. He has more than 20 years of financial and operational leadership with various companies and industries.

Service Business Resource Network’s Board of Directors elected new officers and members for 2020. Leadership includes Chair Bonnie Duffy, Duffy Appraisals; Vice Chair Vicki Nelson, Division of Rehabilitation Services; and Secretary/Treasurer Pat Herman, USD Center for Disabilities. Kory Allen, First PREMIER Bank, joins the board as a new member. Other board members include: Sara Garbe, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation; Kellie Hauglid, Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired; Dawn Ingalls, Raven

Industries, Inc.; Heather Springer, Woods Fuller Schultz & Smith P.C.; Joel Sylvester, Five Star Call Centers; Katie Medema, Private Job Provider; and Lyla Pedersen, Esurance. Voyage Federal Credit Union marketing manager Jessica Stienstra was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas for a three-year term.

The Coverage You Want. The Commitment You Need. Business | Home | Health | Life We all need insurance to protect our homes and businesses. You also need the support of professionals who stand by your side— sweating the small stuff so you don’t have to. Fischer, Rounds & Associates combines the coverage you want with the commitment you need. That’s at Your Service. At Your Side.

Call Us in Sioux Falls Phone: 605-336-4444 Toll Free: 877-789-3773

2300 W. 49th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57105 FischerRounds.com

Offices also in Mitchell, Pierre, Watertown and Rapid City

Offices also in Mitchell, Pierre, Watertown and Rapid City

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Be Seen

1 1-4 Holiday Inn City Centre hosted the

January Membership Mixer. Chamber members stepped out of a cold winter day and into a tropical environment for an evening of networking. Corporate Sales Manager Nichelle Lund welcomed the attendees.



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Be Seen

5 5 Matt Paulsen, MarketBeat, discussed trends in working remotely

and what it means for business leaders at a recent Business Sense Workshop. 6-7 New Chamber members gathered with ambassadors and diplomats for an introductory mixer at the Blarney Stone Pub in January.


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8 YPN members gathered at

Vance Thompson Vision for coffee and networking during a recent Morning Buzz.






Community Development Loans


South Dakota community service organizations receiving Community Development investments or donations

Data from 2016-2018




Community Development Investments and Donations

2,788 hours

of Community Development service by FNB employees

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Be Seen

9-11 The Good Morning Sioux Falls legislative breakfast is held


every year in early January. Local legislators answer questions about issues they expect will arise during the upcoming session. Approximately 200 people attended the 2020 breakfast, which was moderated by former state senator Tom Dempster.



Fredrikson & Byron’s Government Relations Practice Serving South Dakota

Bill Peterson 605.351.7801 Robert Peterson 605.759.8456 Bill and Robert Peterson are not licensed to practice law in South Dakota.

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12 Chamber members gathered at The Compass Center for coffee and


conversation during January’s Morning Mingle.

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13-18 The 67th annual Sioux Empire Livestock Show was

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held Jan. 21-25 at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. Livestock producers and buyers from across the country traveled to Sioux Falls to attend the show, generating an estimated $3 million in economic impact. At the Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions, the top market livestock are auctioned off for a premium. This year’s event generated more than $80,000 in premiums for producers.



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19 Chair of the Board of Directors Bobbi Thury, Legacy

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Law Firm, P.C., was the featured guest at a recent YPN A Seat at the Table event. 20 YPN members enjoyed a night out at Great Shots. 21 YPs Read is a book club for YPN members. Participants read and meet to discuss books on professional development topics.


Community Appeals Scheduled Fund Drives The purpose of the Community Appeals Committee is to qualify and provide orderly scheduling of capital fund drives to the business community.


To build an addition and renovate the McCrossan School and construct an outdoor athletic complex including an outdoor track and soccer/recreational field.

By vetting capital fund drives, the objective of Community Appeals is to affirm the project is a sound community investment and worthy of donor consideration. It is the intent of the Chamber to encourage every business to carefully consider such requests. However, we also acknowledge that many businesses have limited resources for capital fund drives, both in an ability to properly evaluate them and a sufficient budget to contribute. Our Community Appeals process is intended to provide our members with assurance that a Community Appeals campaign Is worthy of investment.


FORWARD SIOUX FALLS NOV. 1, 2020–MARCH 31, 2021 THE GLORY HOUSE OF SIOUX FALLS NOV. 1, 2019–MARCH 31, 2020 $1.35 MILLION To provide affordable, long-term housing for up to 72 offenders with immediate access to substance abuse, mental health, employment and case management services.

To provide programs that result in an improved economy and quality of life for those in our region.


To build a new facility to accommodate the organization’s growing client base and expansive programming opportunities.

For more information on the Community Appeals Committee, call Mike Lynch at (605) 373-2008.

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Community-focused LEADERSHIP Jeff Griffin becomes President & CEO of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce BY JENNIE DOYEN

Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Griffin is a people person. He enjoys meeting and getting to know new people, and especially helping to create connections among people with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. He invests in others – encouraging respectful dialogue and fostering opportunities for others to grow. A social worker by training, Griffin’s heart for people makes him a natural fit for a leadership position in a community that highly values collaboration. Griffin was named President & CEO of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce in late 2019, following a five-month nationwide search. He started in the role on January 20, 2020, assuming leadership of one of the most vibrant chambers of commerce in the country.

SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT FIT The search for the Chamber’s next President & CEO began in August 2019. The Board of Directors tasked Interim President Dr. Dave Kapaska with leading a search committee. They chose to retain Waverly Partners, LLC to conduct a nationwide search. Waverly is a professional recruiting firm that specializes in chamber searches and is the same firm that worked with the Chamber on its previous executive search.

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Jeff and Rosy Griffin with their children Max, Alex and Camilla.

“Waverly already had an understanding of who we are and what we needed in a leader, so they were able to move quickly into the recruitment phase,” said Kapaska. “We felt that a national search was important due to the nature of this position. We wanted to cast a wide net to be sure we found the very best person to meet our needs.” The search committee was compromised of thirteen people representing various aspects of the Chamber and community partner organizations. According to Kapaska, it was important that the committee have robust representation of stakeholders. “In some ways perhaps, the committee was too large to be efficient, but it was an important reflection of the collaborative nature of our community.” Board Chair Bobbi Thury, Legacy Law Firm, P.C., served on the search committee. She said the group began by identifying the top skills and characteristics they wanted in the new leader. Those included proven leadership experience, a collaborative approach, personnel development and constituent engagement. “We have a strong team of staff, volunteers and engaged members. We needed a well-rounded leader – but the ability to build and support relationships was key,” said Thury. Kapaska agreed that the soft skills were a major focus during the candidate review phase. He noted, “A resume never

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tells the whole story. It is facts, but not the heart of a person. Personal skills are useful in all of the areas the chamber touches.” The committee also sought to create shared expectations with the candidates. “We have a complex structure of partnerships and organizations doing good work in Sioux Falls,” Thury stated. “Most places don’t have this level of collaboration and it was important that we help the candidates understand our system so that we could be sure to find a good fit for both parties.” Through a series of screenings and interviews, the pool of candidates was narrowed to six, then three finalists. “We had an incredible pool of candidates – from across the country and right in our backyard. The caliber of the people who were interested in this position is a testament to the quality of our Chamber and the attractiveness of our community,” said Thury. Through the interview process, the committee discovered that Griffin fit the profile they were looking for. Kapaska said, “Jeff is the type of person that works to serve – and that makes for an excellent leader.”

Jeff Griffin visiting a local radio show in Peoria, Illinois.


President & CEO, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Education: • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Ohio State University • Masters of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington

Thury added, “When you listen to him talk about family and community, it is not just a job for him…he truly cares about the work he is doing.” The interviews made an impression on Griffin too. He described the interviews as energizing and noted how impressed he was with the engagement of the search committee. “There were 13 people on the search committee and all 13 of them showed up to interview me. That would not happen in many places,” he said. “It speaks to the energy that I know chambers need in order to be successful.”

SOCIAL WORK TO CHAMBER WORK Griffin spent the first half of his career in the social work field – primarily working with at-risk youth in Texas, Nebraska and Ohio. He worked as a counselor, teacher and clinical therapist before moving into administrative roles for the Village Network in northern Ohio. In this position, he led more than 200 employees in youth treatment programs with locations in four cities. Griffin describes his transition into chamber work as a happy accident. He had been serving on the Wooster City Council for four years when a colleague suggested that he apply for the vacant President position at the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce. His first response was ‘no.’

• Graduate of the Institute for Organization Management, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chamber Experience: • U.S. Chamber of Commerce IOM Midwest Board of Regents member and current Chair • President & CEO of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and the CEO Council, Peoria, Illinois • President of the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce, Wooster, Ohio Recognition: Griffin was named Illinois Chamber Executive of the Year in 2018. Hometown: Canton, Ohio Family: Wife Rosy, sons Max (19) and Alex (17), daughter Camilla (14), and rescue dog, Leo. Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, watching movies and spending time with family.

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“It sounded like cool job, and I really enjoyed community service, but I was happy in my current position,” Griffin said. He did not apply. A few weeks later he received a call asking if he could drop what he was doing and come to the chamber board meeting that was in progress. None of the candidates for the President position were a good fit, and the board asked Griffin to take the job. After a few days of consideration, he decided to accept. A move from social work to chamber work might sound like a big shift, but Griffin says the two fields have a lot of similarities. “My master’s degree focused on administration, and all those skills of nonprofit management that I had been using in my previous position – like budgeting, governance, etc. – were applicable to chamber leadership as well.” More valuable than the technical skills though, was his training in and understanding of human behavior. Griffin points out that group dynamics are a factor in every line of work. “In the business world, if you have a good committee, you will have diversity of thought. Letting ideas play out, showing respect for each other and working through to find solutions – that is social work at its core.”

Griffin spent four years leading the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce, an 800+ member chamber in Wayne County, Ohio whose economy includes auto parts manufacturing, higher education, health care and agriculture. Wayne County is the number one dairy county in Ohio, so farming and the ag supply chain was a very important piece of the economy there. Griffin said, “Farmers have a unique solidarity in how they do their work and advance their mission. It is energizing to me. They work seven days a week and still advocate for policy that impacts their industry.” In 2014, Griffin and his family moved to Peoria, Illinois to lead the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce. Major industries around Peoria include agriculture, health care, service businesses and manufacturing. Caterpillar had their world headquarters in the city until late 2017. The Peoria chamber was in the midst of major changes, which included the restructuring of six community development organizations. Chamber membership had been in decline and the financial situation was worrisome. Griffin rolled up his sleeves and got to work. Under his leadership, membership in the chamber doubled and the finances turned

Jeff Griffin speaks with a local television reporter about “The Big Table,” an event that brought together business and civic leaders in Peoria to create collaborative solutions to challenges in the community.

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Left: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s IOM Midwest Board of Regents at their most recent meeting. Jeff Griffin is the Board Chair this year. Right: Jeff and Rosy Griffin.

around. The efforts of Griffin and his team resulted in the Peoria Area Chamber being named the Illinois Chamber of the Year in 2016. Kapaska points to this turnaround as an example of the type of leader he expects Griffin will continue to be in Sioux Falls. “He is a boots-on-the-street kind of guy. He knows how to listen and respond to members. His success in Peoria demonstrates his ability to bring people together for a common goal.”

A COMMUNITY-FIRST APPROACH Despite all his success in Peoria, Griffin acknowledges that Sioux Falls offers something that Peoria couldn’t – a pattern of economic growth rather than decline. “When Waverly Partners first contacted me about the President & CEO position, Sioux Falls was not on my radar,” said Griffin. “The more I learned about the pro-business policies here, and how aggressive the city and state are about attracting people and businesses, the more attractive this position became.” The culture of collaboration that exists in Sioux Falls was also appealing. Griffin says the rewarding part of his work is facilitating connections and seeing what can result when people come together for a common interest. “There is a saying that ‘when you’ve seen one chamber of commerce, you’ve seen one chamber of commerce.’ The personality of

a community should be reflected in the Chamber and the Chamber should meet the needs of its community.” Griffin said one of his primary goals for his first months on the job is to meet as many people as possible. “It is very important that I first listen and learn. Nothing is broken here, so I want to see where I can best use my skills and help elevate what is already in place.” Thury and other members of the Board of Directors intend to help Griffin in that goal. Thury said, “Relationships are more important than any task. Our job will be to help make the connections and help him understand our community more deeply.” Progress always involves change, and the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is constantly adapting and changing to meet the needs of a growing community. Griffin is stepping into leadership of a chamber strong programs, active volunteers and engaged members. “Jeff’s experience and fresh perspective can help us take our Chamber to the next level,” stated Thury. “He is a genuine and steady leader who does not need the spotlight but seeks to shine it on others.”

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Support your employees in public service With the 95th Legislature in full swing, it’s a good time to communicate about an issue your Chamber leadership has discussed over the last few years. In a nutshell it is the desire to see candidates and public office holders who will work to ensure our region continues to have a pro-business environment. At the request of leadership, the Chamber has expanded our efforts in the field of public policy. One such addition is the legislative scorecard, which is published in the spring after the legislative session. But the desire to ensure our economy remains robust has led to broader initiatives as well. DEBRA OWEN

Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

The key is providing flexibility for your employees to serve.

We need elected leaders who support business-friendly policies and who understand the importance of a strong economy to maintaining our excellent quality of life. The question then, is how do we encourage the best individuals to serve in public office? Serving in the state legislature, for example, requires the individual to leave home and employment for more than 40 days every year. This is time away from family, personal activities and job-related activities. Moreover, there may be additional days away from work outside of the regular session to serve on an interim study committee. For those who serve in leadership of the House or Senate, the responsibilities and time away from their employment is even more significant outside of the traditional 40 days of legislative session. This is a price many South Dakotans cannot afford. Local office holders are not required to be away from home for such a long period of time, but their service can be just as demanding with weekly meetings and hours dedicated to listening and responding to constituents. Our business community has begun to respond. There are several employers in our community who have sought to support their employees by continuing pay and not requiring legislative time to serve as vacation time. In addition, there is flexibility extended to the “workday” as legislative weeks are four-day weeks and not five-day weeks. This allows individuals to get caught up at work. The key is providing flexibility for your employees to serve. If you have an employee who expresses interest in seeking elected office, or an employee you believe might be well-suited to public service, I encourage you to have a conversation with them about ways you might be able to support their efforts. Whether it is a local position, like school board or city council, or a state legislative seat, please consider investing in your employees venturing into the arena of public service. To those employers who already have workers serving in public office – thank you. Please share your experiences with other business owners and managers, so they can explore ways to do the same in their organizations. The Chamber appreciates the service of our elected officials. Please support and encourage pro-business office holders and office seekers. In this election year, let’s work to keep a good thing going and keep our economy moving forward.

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Chamber to host annual Cybersecurity Conference The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2020 Sioux Falls Cybersecurity Conference on April 29, 2020 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Businesses of every size need a cybersecurity plan. This conference will explore the evolving threat landscape, cyber policy and industrydeveloped best practices for protecting your business or organization. Attendees will gain valuable insight into the threats facing businesses, best practices for mitigating cyber risk and ways in which leaders in business and government can respond to significant cyber threats. A distinguished lineup of security experts from government, law enforcement and industry backgrounds, will examine what leaders can do to defend critical infrastructure and deter malicious actors. Throughout the program, attendees will also have time to connect with industry peers, government officials and sponsors. The Sioux Falls Cybersecurity Conference will take place Wednesday, April 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Tickets are $85 and breakfast and lunch are included with registration. An early bird discount of $75 is available to the first 50 registrants. The complete details for the event and registration information can be found at siouxfallschamber.com.

The 2019 Sioux Falls Cybersecurity Conference.

SDN Communications is the lead sponsor of the Sioux Falls Cybersecurity Conference. A limited number of sponsorship and exhibitor spaces are still available. For more information, please contact Justin Bentaas at jbentaas@siouxfalls.com.

Sports fans flock to Sioux Falls in March It will be another busy March for sports in Sioux Falls. The Sioux Falls Sports Authority is hosting three major championships in the city this year. The sports commission, which was formed in 2006, has hosted the Summit League Basketball Championship each year since 2009 and regularly plays host to other major collegiate sporting events.

for the 29th annual NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. This is the third consecutive year Sioux Falls will host this tournament, which brings 32 teams from around the United States to our city. Play will begin on March 11 and conclude with the national championship game on March 17. The championship contest will air to a national audience on ESPN3.

March Madness in Sioux Falls tips off with the Summit League Basketball Championships on March 7. Eight men’s and eight women’s basketball teams will travel to Sioux Falls for the opportunity to punch their ticket to the big dance. This championship, which takes place at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, has entertained tens of thousands of fans on a consistent basis. Its men’s and women’s championship game are aired nationally on ESPN.

During the week of the NAIA tournament, the Sioux Falls Sports Authority pairs up all 32 teams with a ‘team host’. Being a team host for an NAIA school involves welcoming them to Sioux Falls, answering any questions and treating the team to a sit-down meal. In return for their generosity, the team host has their logo displayed on digital boards throughout the Sanford Pentagon during the tournament, is allowed to sit on the bench with their team and is invited to team activities throughout the week.

From the first Summit League Basketball Championship in the Sioux Falls Arena to present day, the Sioux Falls community, businesses and Summit League fans have supported this tournament not only by purchasing tickets but also by providing the athletes with an outstanding student-athlete experience. When off the court and out in the Sioux Falls community, Summit League teams will see their logo in restaurants and hotels. This provides them with a real championship feel and further proves that Sioux Falls is invested in this tournament. The hospitality that our local restaurants, entertainment venues and other businesses provide to Summit League student-athletes, coaches and fans is something they will never forget. Once the 2020 Summit League Basketball Championships conclude, the basketball madness will move to the Sanford Pentagon

In addition to hosting two basketball tournaments in the month of March, the Sioux Falls Sports Authority is also hosting the NCAA DII Wrestling Championships. This championship takes place inside the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center March 13-14 and brings in 180 student-athletes from around the country. These events will have a combined economic impact of nearly $10 million dollars for the community. The success of each event is possible thanks to the work of volunteers. From assisting with the locker rooms, to ushering, to working in hospitality and much more, the Sioux Falls Sports Authority would not be able to put on such impressive events and showcase the city of Sioux Falls without its hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

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Bill Baker named Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Bill Baker will celebrate his 60th birthday on March 14 with a special flair: He’ll be the Grand Marshal of the 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Baker retired earlier this year from The First National Bank in Sioux Falls following 36 years of service, including 19 years as CEO and president or chairman. He was the fourth Baker family member to lead the 135-year-old bank since 1910. Although he’s retired, Baker will remain the board chair.


His family roots are predominately English, but Baker says a genealogy DNA test shows he has 13 percent Irish blood. It’s his wife, though, the former Peg McGuire, “who brings legitimacy to this outfit!” Baker says. Known as the “people’s parade” since it was started by the late Sylvia Henkin, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade typically draws thousands of people from around the region to watch an eclectic ensemble that includes individuals, groups, business and – especially – Irish families. The Bakers have three children, Maggie Groteluschen, Lauren Baker and Billy Baker. Peg, an avid knitter, is already at work on Erin (or Irish) sweaters and vests for children and grandchildren. Baker says the whole family plans to march in the parade. ‘Our whole family is excited about the opportunity to play a big role in the St. Patrick’s parade this year,” Baker said. “The bank has always been a part of the activities.” Baker grew up in Sioux Falls, working at jobs ranging from “pig alley” at the Sioux Falls Stockyards, to bartender at a resort, to helping at the bank. He’s been on the board of numerous non-profits in Sioux Falls, but the experience he remembers most vividly was when he was head of the 2002 Sioux Empire United Way campaign and convinced country-star Dolly Parton to put on a benefit concert to kick off the drive and its Imagination Library program.

Bill and Peg Baker with daughter and son-in-law Kyle and Maggie Groteluschen and grandsons Garrett and Charlie. All are wearing Irish sweaters or vests knitted by Peg Baker.

THE 41ST ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Saturday, March 14 Parade participants must register by March 9. siouxfallschamber.com/stpatricksday.cfm Advance registration is required in order to participate in the parade and there continues to be no entry fee. Registration must be completed online at siouxfallschamber.com/stpatricksday.cfm by March 9. Each parade entry must have some kind of Irish theme. Each participant over 16 must purchase and wear an official St. Patrick’s Day Parade button. The $3 button helps cover the costs of the parade and supports local non-profit organizations.

“Dolly had started her Imagination Library which gives young kids a book every month,” Baker said. “I was really surprised when she accepted my invitation to come here and offer a full concert to support our campaign and the reading program. It was amazing to meet and work with Dolly and in the end, she covered all of the concert costs.”

Buttons are available in advance at the Chamber of Commerce office, at numerous businesses throughout the community and from volunteers. They can also be purchased on March 14 at the start of the parade. Since 1982, nearly $141,000 has been raised for Special Olympics of South Dakota, the primary benefactor of the button sales.

The parade, which is planned by the St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza Committee with support from the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, has been held on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day since 2009. Events on March 14 will kick off at 11 a.m. with the traditional painting of the shamrock at 9th Street and N. Phillips Avenue. The parade begins at Phillips Avenue and 13th Street at 2 p.m. and ends around 5th Street.

Sponsorships from Sanford Health, Avera Health, Holiday Inn City Centre and Xcel Energy help underwrite the costs of bringing the Khartum Temple Pipes and Drums from Winnipeg. They have performed in the parade almost since the start and make guest appearances in local schools, nursing homes and hospitals in the days leading up to the parade.

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2020 Saturday, March 14, 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade


4th Street

Floats that need to unload should turn left at 5th Street. All others proceed north past 4th Street to exit area.



Phillips Avenue

8th Street

Main Avenue

Minnesota Avenue

7th Street

Dakota Avenue

6th Street

NO PARKING ON PHILLIPS AVENUE AT ANY TIME ADA Parking is available at the corner of 8th Street & Phillips Avenue PAINTING OF THE SHAMROCK 11 a.m., 9th Street & Phillips Avenue THE 41ST ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA

9th Street


10th Street

• The painting of the shamrock at 11 a.m. at 9th & Phillips

All parade participants MUST enter staging area from 11th Street

• 2020 Miss Shamrock will appear at the painting of the shamrock and in the parade.


1st Avenue

13th Street


12th Street

• The Khartum Temple Pipes & Drums from Winnipeg



11th Street

• The parade at 2 p.m.

• The Vanguard Squadron, an ethanol-powered airplane stunt team, will perform at the start of the parade. • The falls of the Big Sioux River will be lighted green March 14 and 17.

14th Street *Map subject to change. For those who are registered, please check your email closer to the event for final map and line-up instructions.

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CVB’s Schmidt is honored with two achievement awards Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Executive Director Teri Schmidt is receiving recognition from peers as a leader in her community and industry. Schmidt was presented with the Ben Black Elk Award during the 2020 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in January. The award is given in recognition of lifetime achievement in tourism and honors an individual who makes outstanding contributions to the South Dakota’s visitor industry. It was presented to Schmidt by Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen. “Teri’s accomplishments are truly incredible and inspiring,” said Governor Noem. “She is one of a kind, and the Sioux Falls community and South Dakota are blessed to have her.” Schmidt has served as the executive director of the Sioux Falls CVB for 36 years. Since joining the organization, she has grown the staff from 2 people to 15 full and 20 part time employees and has built the annual budget from $133,000 to $3 million. Schmidt leads strategies, strengthens partnerships and has paved the way to make Sioux Falls the tourism destination it is today. Sales and Marketing Executives, Inc. of Sioux Falls also plans to recognize Schmidt’s accomplishments with a prestigious award. The organization will honor her with the 2020 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year™ award. It will be presented to

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Teri Schmidt received the Ben Black Elk Award from Governor Kristi Noem and Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen.

Schmidt at the 2020 SME Excellence Awards banquet on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, 6:30 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Tickets to the SME Excellence Awards are $55 each or free for SME members. The social begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit smesiouxfalls.org.


Sioux 52: Shaping our Future Through Mentoring “A wise person plants a tree for shade in which they will never sit in.” Greek Proverb Sioux Falls is a community full of opportunities and an incredible quality of life that many of us have come to love. Many of us are also blessed to have family and friends who help us feel valued, loved and supported. You can likely think of someone who was influential in your life journey and helped make you into the person you are today. MAYOR PAUL TENHAKEN City of Sioux Falls

...each of us can help one person.

Unfortunately, there are many in the Sioux Falls area in need of a support network and someone to walk along their side for guidance and hope. Someone willing to invest time in them. To show them they matter. To guide them on a path to future success. In January, the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, the Helpline Center, Lawrence and Schiller and the City of Sioux Falls launched an initiative called Sioux 52 to recruit 5200 new mentors in the Sioux Falls area by 2026. Our community already has incredible programs through organizations such as Lutheran Social Services, Teammates, Collision, the Community Outreach and many more. What we need today is more people to commit to mentoring through these fantastic programs. Mentoring takes a variety of forms and the needs are many. It could be a child or teenager with a difficult home life, an ex-felon reintegrating to life after prison, a new American family, or a young employee or entrepreneur. Your time commitment to just one person would be life changing for them and I have no doubt it would enrich your life as well. To help reach our goal of 5200 mentors, we are also forming partnerships with businesses and organizations that will encourage mentoring by providing time-off for their employees to mentor through one of the Sioux Falls’ mentorship programs. Our kick-off partners include Click Rain, First Bank & Trust, First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard, Girl Scouts — Dakota Horizons, Grand Prairie Foods, Lawrence and Schiller, MarketBeat and Maximizing Excellence. The City of Sioux Falls also recently announced Volunteer Time Off for our employees to spend in the community as mentors. I hope you will consider this for your organizations and join us in this worthy cause. To sign up as a mentor or business partner, go to sioux52.org or simply call 2-1-1. None of us can help everyone in our city, but each of us can help one person. By doing so, collectively we will make a significant and long-lasting impact in Sioux Falls that will help shape the future of our community. Each of us has room in our life for at least one more relationship. Please consider making your next relationship a mentorship. Paul TenHaken has been mayor of Sioux Falls since May 2018.

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Invest in professional development Professional development has always been essential, but it takes on extra urgency as our region combats the challenge of a workforce shortage amid low unemployment. Global accounting firm PwC, in its “Talent Trends 2019: Upskilling for a Digital World” report, found that 79% of CEOs say a lack of key skills is threatening the future growth of their organizations. The firm notes that businesses see the nurturing of human skills — particularly leadership, creativity, empathy and curiosity — as essential if they are to take advantage of the potential benefits of new technologies.

LINDA HALIBURTON University of South Dakota

...companies can be confident that professional development is an investment worth making.

As someone who has been working in the field of learning and development in both higher education and the private sector for more than 25 years, I’ve spent my professional career working to make business leaders and their employees better. What I’ve found time and time again is that with fewer qualified people from which to draw, proactive companies make the wise choice to invest in developing the employees they have now. And strong employees make the decision to demonstrate to their CEOs that they are committed to their professional development. That’s why I’m so excited to help the University of South Dakota Center for Professional Development address the Sioux Falls region’s professional development needs. The Center for Professional Development, housed at USD’s Community College for Sioux Falls, is bolstered by an advisory committee of more than two dozen leaders from some of the region’s best-known organizations. This committee has its pulse on the Sioux Falls business community, and its input helped us triple our offering of short courses this spring, covering such topics as management, supervision, leadership, writing, interpersonal communication and human resources. The USD Center for Professional Development draws its instructors from across the region’s universities and businesses, offering courses led by practitioners who are experts in their field. They’re knowledgeable, experienced and care about helping Sioux Falls grow and succeed. Most are fellow members of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. The USD Center for Professional Development provides courses in a variety of formats designed to fit the schedules of busy professionals. Most are one- or two-day offerings, while others may spread out over couple of weeks. Classes are taught on the Sioux Falls campus, but we can bring any course on-site to your organization. We’ve been seeing companies send several people to the same course, which helps create a shared language and skill set that transfers more easily across an organization. And with group discounts for three or more employees, companies can be confident that professional development is an investment worth making. For the solo entrepreneur, targeted learning helps new business fill in knowledge gaps so they can thrive in a competitive business climate. For small- to medium-sized firms that may lack the budget to have trainers on staff, the Center for Professional Development can help build their employees’ skill sets. Large corporations with their own training departments can also benefit from a larger variety of perspectives that complement what they offer in-house. Why travel to Minneapolis, Chicago or further when there are high-quality professional development options closer to home? The reduction in travel expenses and time away from work allows companies to offer training to more employees without compromising workflow. I encourage you to browse our list of courses and sign up for ones that will aid your professional development. And if you’re looking for another topic, send us a suggestion and we’ll consider it as we further expand our offerings. We’re also interested in expanding our talent pool of instructors, so please reach out if you’re an expert in a particular area in demand. Unlock the power of your people by investing in their development. Linda Halliburton, M.S., is the associate dean at the University of South Dakota Center for Professional Development. Halliburton’s experience in business and higher education has been invaluable in helping businesses articulate the professional development needs of their employees and creating optimal solutions.

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Avera on Louise – a new destination for health care Sioux Falls has a new landmark on its southwest side – the Avera on Louise Health Campus at 69th and Louise. The first structure – the Avera Specialty Hospital and connected Avera Medical Group building – opened in October. The Avera Addiction Care Center soon followed in December, and the Avera Human Performance Center in January. “Over two years ago, Avera announced this bold project that would transform how we’re delivering health care in our city,” said David Flicek, President and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. “This campus is all about consumerfriendly and accessible health care, in addition to providing for needs in our community that were previously unmet.” The five-story Avera Specialty Hospital and three-story Avera Medical Group building comprise 260,000 square feet. The building is designed in Avera’s signature Prairie Wind theme, with 1.5 acres of glass along the exterior. Outdoor and indoor waterfalls and a rooftop garden contribute to a beautiful, serene atmosphere for patients and visitors. “This campus is in response to growth of Sioux Falls – especially on the southwest side – and greater demand for specialties such as orthopedics and gastroenterology,” Flicek said. Population growth in the Sioux Falls metropolitan service area (MSA) by 2025 is projected to increase by 54,000 to a total of 321,000. The specialty hospital and medical building are dedicated to the specialties of orthopedics, gastroenterology, rheumatology, internal medicine and urogynecology. It features eight surgical suites, eight GI procedure suites, 24 private inpatient rooms, a therapy gym, lab, imaging center, retail pharmacy and clinic space. Amenities include the “Our Daily Bread” café and meditation room. “Avera teams, in partnership with architects and contractors, poured themselves into making this the most patient-friendly environment they could for the delivery of convenient, specialized care that today’s health care consumers are looking for,” Flicek said. The Avera Addiction Care Center is a voluntary 28-day residential treatment center that uses a variety of evidence-based, individualized approaches to treat alcohol and drug addiction, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. The center offers medical stabilization and medication assisted treatment (MAT). Therapists are co-certified in addiction and mental health, and psychiatrists regularly round at the center. Programming also includes a robust family component. The two-building, 20,000-square foot complex is comprised of a residential building with 32 private rooms, and a main building for treatment and programming. A fitness center, centering room, meditation room and business center are on site, with outdoor gathering spaces complete with fire pits and walking paths. “This center is the first of its kind in Sioux Falls. Every detail from the daily programming, to the furnishings, to the smells, sounds and

tastes, was planned with three value statements in mind: Respect, confidence and hope. The center is a serene, beautiful environment that upholds the dignity of each individual,” said Thomas Otten, Assistant Vice President for Avera Behavioral Health Services. “Avera has been the regional leader of behavioral health services for decades. This was an important addition to our continuum of care. Addiction is a serious disease that can be deadly. We know this center will impact and save many lives,” Otten added. The Avera Human Performance Center is the third major development on the campus. “Avera is known for our holistic approach and philosophy as we care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit,” Flicek said. “Not only will this new facility help us better serve athletes of all ages and ability levels; it will promote overall health and wellness throughout a lifetime.” The 60,000-square-foot complex focuses on the needs of people who want to improve their health, strength, power, speed and stability or overall physical performance. The facility offers a sports medicine clinic, modern therapy gym, aquatic therapy pool and underwater treadmill. Seven volleyball courts accommodate the 3,500 players who are involved in Avera Sports Kairos Elite Volleyball. A section of the building is dedicated to Athletic Republic, Avera’s sports performance training program. This area includes a biomechanics lab, cardio equipment room, performance weight room, super treadmills, cycling room, turf and plyometrics floor. This area includes a room for movement classes such as yoga, Pilates, tai chi and more. “Together all these facilities make this campus a health care destination, with much more room across this 82-acre tract of land for future expansion,” Flicek said.


Ribbon Cuttings

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cutting ceremonies for members to celebrate joining the Chamber, milestone anniversaries, expansions or remodelings. Ribbon cutting ceremonies are organized free of charge for members and are held Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The public and all Chamber members are invited to share in the celebration. Call (605) 336-1620 for more information or to schedule your event. Groundbreaking ceremonies are coordinated by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Call (605) 339-0103 for more information or to schedule your event.

Amy Stockberger Real Estate

610 W. 49TH ST. amystockberger.com Amy Stockberger Real Estate connects buyers and sellers through bold marketing and strategic advertising. L to R: Katie Day, Candace Schwabb, Angela Lammers, Adam Stockberger, Amy Stockberger (CEO), Jay Soukup, Cindi Johnson, Joey Rotert, Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger and Natalie Kockelman. NEW LOCATION

Apricot Lane Sioux Falls


2524 S. LORRAINE PLACE apricotlaneboutique.com/siouxfalls Apricot Lane Boutique is a locally-owned women’s boutique, which carries a unique selection of clothing, accessories and gifts hand-picked by the owner. L to R: Mackenzie Schmidt, Nathan Stallinga, Sheila Hoff, Mark Anderson, Somer Anderson (owner), Hunter Anderson, Joe Millar, Bobbi Thury, Jay Soukup and Megan Larson.

Avera Health Plans, DAKOTACARE and DakotaCare Administrative Services


5300 S BROADBAND LN. avera.org Avera Health Plans, DAKOTACARE and DakotaCare Administrative Services provides health insurance coverage and services. L to R: Greg Jasmer, Alex Ramirez, Gary Gaspar, Nathan Stallinga, Debra Muller (CEO, Avera Health Plans), James Payer II, Rob Bates (executive vice president), James Gaspar, Jay Soukup and Lisa Carlson.

Avera Human Performance Center


6800 S. LOUISE AVE. avera.org Avera Human Performance Center offers programs in an environment of respect, integrity, perseverance, inclusion, balance and enjoyment. L to R: Jason Askew, Sister Mary Thomas, Tammy Beintema, Ann Heimen (associate vice president), Dave Flicek (president & CEO), John Buchanan, MD, Dr. Dave Kapaska, Jay Soukup, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Lynda Billars, Julie Benz and James Gaspar. chambernews.com | Chamber News  39

RIBBON CUTTINGS Bloom Room Boutique

701 N. PHILLIPS AVE., SUITE 155 facebook.com/thebloomroomboutique/ Bloom Room Boutique is a boutique carrying women’s clothing, jewelry, home décor and special gift items. L to R: Ann Hofman, Dan Doyle, Debra Peterson, Nichelle Lund, Jason Donovan, Kelly Donovan (owner), April Meyerink, Jay Soukup and Gayle Donovan. NEW MEMBER

Child’s Play Toys

2524 S. LORRAINE PLACE childsplaytoyssf.com Child’s Play Toys is a unique toy shop for curious kids carrying toys, books and clothing. Find them in historic downtown or in this new location at Lake Lorraine. L to R: Kathy Larson, Joe Millar, Bobbi Thury, Nancy Savage (owner), Jay Soukup, Bella Savage and Nathan Stallinga. EXPANSION

Glory House


1654 W. 51ST ST. glory-house.org The Glory House now offers a new apartment to provide safe, sober, accessible housing for 25 tenants joining the local workforce. L to R: Allan Saugstad, Dakotah Jordan, Ryan Kolbeck (board chair), Jason Mueller, Greg Sands, Dino Deperno, Dave Johnson, Tim Sturdevant, Jay Soukup, Mike Hauck and Nicki Dvorak-Ripperda.

Hotel on Phillips


100 N. PHILLIPS AVE. hotelonphillips.com Hotel On Phillips is a new upscale boutique hotel located in a historic bank building in downtown Sioux Falls. L to R: Deb Anderson, Valerie Loudenback, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Amy O’Connor Hoback, James Payer II, Brenda Schmidt (president/CEO), Megan Jansick, Jolene Matheson, Tom Morris (director of development) and Jeff Eliason.

Junior Achievement of South Dakota 300 S. PHILLIPS AVE., SUITE L102 jasd.org Junior Achievement is celebrating its move to this new office location in downtown Sioux Falls. L to R: Joel Vockrodt, Randy Knecht, Dakotah Jordan, Kayla Eitreim (president), Dave Bangasser, Jay Soukup, Lynda Billars and Julie Nelson. NEW LOCATION

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5915 S. REMINGTON PL., SUITE 100 lamfersmaas.com Lamfers & Maas, LLP is a CPA firm whose mission is to provide superior accounting services. They look forward to serving their clients in a new location. L to R: Sandy Case, Scott Lawrence, Becky Ridl, Eric Maas (managing partner), Jay Soukup, James Gaspar, Lynda Billars and Myra Wulf. NEW LOCATION

leela & lavender

2101 W. 69TH ST., SUITE 105 leelaandlavender.com leela and lavender is a one-stop style shop that offers personal style sessions as well as leela after hours gatherings. L to R: Alexis Konstant, Ashly Norman, Jay Soukup, Natalie Eisenberg, Vanessa Anderson (general manager), Dawn Olmstead, Sheila Hoff and Hadley Egland. NEW MEMBER

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320 S. PHILLIPS AVE., SUITE 202 medcor.com Medcor’s innovative telephonic injury triage service provides pre-claim injury assessment for employees at workplaces. L to R: Kim Leibel, Jay Soukup, T.J. Nelson, Eric Robinson (executive vice president), Paul Haney, Dan Doyle, Brandy Terveen, Brian Spader, Rhiannon Israel and Chris Soukup. NEW MEMBER

Obscure Brewing

5200 E. GRANT ST. obscurebrewing.com Obscure Brewing is the first brewery on the growing east side of Sioux Falls. L to R: Trina Borchardt, Valerie Loudenback, Mike Nussbaum, Don Choate (owner/CEO), Jay Soukup, Brittany Elsasser, Mike Hauck, Cole Robbins and Matt Nussbaum. NEW MEMBER

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Oxenham Group

2329 N. CAREER AVE., SUITE 226 oxenhamgroup.com Oxenham Group a recruiting firm that closely aligns personal and professional goals with organizational missions. L to R: John Glynn, James Gaspar, Kim Haiar, Bill McGuckin (co-founder & managing partner), Tom Pagano, Damon Punt, Mike Hauck and Rich Hecht. NEW MEMBER

tre Ministries


900 W. 11TH ST. treministries.org tre Ministries is committed to creating a purposeful space intended to unlock the potential of today’s youth and young adults spiritually, physically, socially and academically. L to R: Ross Wickman, Brad Nelson, Isabel Masloski, James Gaspar, Mary Hughes, Nathan Stallinga, Sandy Bevern (executive director), Jay Soukup and Becky Blue.



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Member Anniversaries

Congratulations to the following members who are celebrating their milestone membership anniversaries this month. They are part of a continued commitment to our community through their investment in the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about Chamber membership, contact (605) 336-1620 or sfacc@siouxfalls.com. Find a complete Membership Directory online at siouxfallschamber.com.




Automobile Dealers billionauto.com Member since 1935

Collection Agencies aaa-coll.com

Billion Automotive

Coca-Cola Bottling Company Beverages-Wholesale chesterman.com Member since 1907

Concordance Healthcare Solutions Medical Supplies concordancehealthcare.com Member since 1907

George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory Funeral Directors georgeboom.com Member since 1919

Getty Abstract & Title Company Title Insurance, Escrows, Abstractors getty-midwest.com Member since 1919

Minnehaha Country Club Country Clubs minnehahacc.com Member since 1907

Parker Transfer & Storage, Inc. Moving & Storage parkertransfer.com Member since 1924

Schoeneman Brothers Company Building Materials schoenemans.com Member since 1907

Shipley’s Garment Spa Dry Cleaners garmentspa.com Member since 1907


Appliance & Furniture Rent All Appliances-Major Dealers af-rentall.com

Auto Body Specialties

Automobile Parts & Supplies Wholesale absdelivers.com

Servall/APPEARA Linen Supply Service

Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons

Sioux Falls Housing & Redevelopment Commission

Associate Member gsdakotahorizons.org

Associate Member siouxfallshousing.org

Howes Oil Company, Inc.

Lutheran Social Services of SD

Travel Leaders

Midland, Inc. dba Johnstone Supply

Shaykett Appraisal Co., Inc.

Advanced Asset Alliance

Oils-Fuel fuelholler.com

Heating/Air Conditioning/Ventilation johnstonesupply.com


Beal Distributing, Inc. Beverages-Wholesale budsiouxfalls.com

Culligan Water Conditioning Water Softening & Conditioning Equipment siouxfallsculligan.com

Furniture Mart, USA Furniture & Carpet thefurnituremart.com

Heartland Paper Company Janitorial Supplies & Equip. heartpaper.com

Hy-Vee on Sycamore Ave. Grocers-Retail hy-vee.com

Miller Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory Funeral Directors millerfh.com

Sioux Falls Ford, Inc. Automobile Dealers siouxfallsford.com

Associate Member lsssd.org

Real Estate-Appraisers shaykettappraisal.com


Nursing Homes & Rehabilitation bethanylutheranhome.com

Sioux Area Metro

Hy-Vee on Marion Road.

Associate Member siouxareametro.org

Grocers-Retail hy-vee.com

South Dakota Multi-Housing Association

Hy-Vee on E. 10th St.

Associate Member sdmha.com

UBS Financial Services, Inc. Investment Securities ubs.com


Marketing/Communication vistacomm.com

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Mortgages wfhm.com/loans/sd-siouxfallsbranchsiouxfalls/index.page



Printers siouxfalls451.alphagraphics.com

Eye Site By Howlin Vision

The Pella Window Store Pella Gateway Windows & Doors pella.com

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Copying, Duplicating Machines, Printers abbusiness.com

Bethany Lutheran Home

Accountants-Certified Public bsallp.com

Employment Service us.manpower.com

A & B Business Solutions

Real Estate-Development heggcompanies.com

El Riad Shriners



Hegg Companies, Inc.


Brandt Solomon & Anderson LLP

Travel Agencies & Bureaus travelleaders.com/siouxfallssd

Associate Member elriad.com

Optometrists, O.D. eyesitesf.com

H & W Contracting, LLC Contractors-Utility

Grocers-Retail hy-vee.com

Millennium Recycling, Inc. Recycling millenniumrecycling.com

Travel Partners, Inc. Travel Agencies & Bureaus travelpartners.tv

Ultimate Automotive

Automobile Repairing & Service ultimateautosf.com


Crew Construction and Restoration Construction-Residential crew3r.com

J & M Transmission Service, Inc. Associate Member jmtransmissionservice.com

Radiance Day Spa, LLC Spas radiance-dayspa.com

South Dakota State University - Athletic Dept. Associate Member gojacks.com

U.S. Senator John Thune Associate Member thune.senate.gov


ABC Rentals

Rental Service Stores abcrentalsmidwest.com

Accord Commercial Real Estate, LLC Real Estate-Commercial TheAccordTeam.com

Fresh Produce, LLC Advertising pickfresh.com

Helmsley Charitable Trust

Oh My Cupcakes!

CHR Solutions, Inc.

Lenae Design, LLC

Robert J. Rysavy, LLC

Cornerstone Bank

Paulson Dental

Dakota Spirit Cheer Parents

Premier Bookkeeping & Business Services

Bakery/Coffee Shop ohmycupcakes.com


Sioux Falls Canaries Sports-Professional sfcanaries.com

Tallgrass Wealth Management Financial Services tallgrasswealth.com

Westra Atkins Land & Auction, LLC Associate Member westraatkins.com


Interstate All Battery Center Batteries-Retail/Wholesale interstatebatteries.com

Associate Member americansforprosperity.org/southdakota

Mark Luke Companies

Child’s Play Toys

Americans for Prosperity

Toys childsplaytoyssf.com

New Members

Banks cornerstonebanks.net

Great Plains Trust & Asset Management South Dakota Wealth Management greatplainstrust.com

Redlinger Bros. Plumbing & Heating Mechanical Contractors redlingerbros.com

Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce

Thompson Innovation Security Control Equipment thompsoninnovation.net

Hello Gorgeous, Inc.

Two Men And A Truck

Keller Williams Realty Rhonda Ribstein Newman

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds

Beauty Salon-Day Spa hellogorgeousinc.com

Affiliate-Real Estate hegg.com

Keiser Family Chiropractic

Clean Ride Auto Spa/The Clean Bean

Martin & Associates, LLC- American Family Insurance

Chiropractors, DC Dr. Kylie Keiser, (605) 782-9871 4009 W. 49th St., Suite 310, 57105 keiserfamilychiropractic.com

Insurance Matt Martin, (605) 336-6470 1911 W. 57th St., #101, 57108 martinassociatesagency.com

Associate Member Tim Selbo, (605) 371-3737 5500 E. 57th St., 57108 gloriadei-sd.org

Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Jersey Mike’s Sub

Oxenham Group

Restaurants Andrew Ticknor, (605) 275-6453 4908 S. Louise Ave., 57106 jerseymikes.com

Bookkeeping Service premierbbs.com

Moving & Storage twomenandatruck.com

Associate Member rounds.senate.gov

New members are printed in each issue of Chamber News. Following is a list of businesses or individuals who have invested in the greater community by joining the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. An online Membership Directory can be found at siouxfallschamber.com. Want to become a member? Call (605) 336-1620.

Sports Betting Bryan Bennett, (650) 477-0132 1415 Grand Falls Blvd., Larchwood, IA 51241 betfredcorporate.com

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Dentists paulsondental.com

Associate Member dakotaspirit.com

Betfred USA Sports

Car Wash Dave Dreesen, (605) 306-2266 550 W. 85th St., 57108 cleanrideautospa.com

Interior Design lenaedesign.com

Associate Member harrisburgsdchamber.com

Associate Member helmsleytrust.org

Contractors-General markluke.com

IT Consulting CHRSolutions.com

Bakery/Bakers Lindsey Schliemann, (605) 361-4665 4001 W. 41st St., #916, 57106

Que Pasa Sioux Falls

Associate Member Nancy Reynoza, (605) 951-8564 quepasasiouxfalls.com

Schwan’s Home Service Food Distributor Nathan Hoyt, (507) 459-2456 4110 N. Hainje Ave., 57104 schwans.com

The Resort by SDK/The Splash Bark Pet Boarding Teri Jo Olean, (605) 743-5824 27246 SD Hwy 115, Harrisburg, 57032 resortbysdk.com

Employment Agencies Bill McGuckin, (605) 653-8045 2329 N. Career Ave., Suite 226, 57107 oxenhamgroup.com

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Five questions is a monthly feature on a Chamber volunteer, Chamber member or staff member. Want to be featured here? Call (605) 336-1620.

Five questions with Gabrielle Hoing Gabrielle Hoing is a proud USD grad with a bachelor’s degree in health services administration and has been working in health care for more than 15 years. Gabby launched Kore Cares, a home care agency, in early 2016. In addition to running a business, she is active in both the Sioux Falls and Hartford chambers of commerce and volunteers with Active Generations, the Black Hills Veterans March and more. She was nominated for the Chamber’s YPN 4 Under 40 Award in 2019. Gabby resides in Hartford with her husband John, sons Rowdy and Rusty, and a puggle named Daisy.

How did you choose your profession? I knew I wanted to do something where I could help people and make a difference. One of my high school friends encouraged me to apply at the local nursing home. Through that experience I realized that I loved getting to know people and care for them, but I was also very interested in how organizations worked from the business side of things. This is when I decided to obtain a business degree with a major in health services administration from the best business school in the region, USD. Go Yotes!


Visit chambernews.com to see five more questions with Gabrielle Hoing!

Why does Kore Cares choose to invest in a Chamber membership? When we first started this business the support from the Chamber was more than we expected. I truly appreciate the Chamber providing us with opportunities to connect and build relationships throughout the community. I love discovering and learning about other businesses in town and how we can support one another. The Chamber has also provided us with a variety of educational events that have been very beneficial as a small business owner.

What is a skill that you’d like to learn and why? I am always looking to strengthen my leadership skills and communication skills. Communication is key to succeeding in both personal and professional life.

What might someone be surprised to learn about you? I attended one of the last country schools in South Dakota and part of my childhood was spent in Norris, South Dakota. If you have never heard of Norris, I challenge you to look it up. You will find it south of Murdo in between the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations.

What is your favorite thing about Sioux Falls? The people and the family-friendly events! The people in this community have been so supportive in the launch of this business and I could not be more appreciative. Also, in general when I meet people in the community, they are friendly and genuine. Now that I have kids, we are always looking for things to do as a family. There are so many great family events hosted in the community but also family-friendly businesses.

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The official publication of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce with business news for members about members.