Chamber News January 2020
Vol. 55, No. 4
A PUBLICATION OF THE SIOUX FALLS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Eggers family named Farm Family of the Year Brian Gilbert named Agri-Business Citizen of the Year
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IN THIS ISSUE COVER STORY
CELEBRATING AGRICULTURE Brian Gilbert named Agri-Business Citizen of the Year.....................26-28 Eggers family named Farm Family of the Year....................................29-31 FEATURES
2020 Sioux Empire Livestock Show. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-33 Jeff Griffin named Chamber President & CEO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 IN THIS ISSUE: Message from the Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Events Calendars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11 Economic Indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Noteworthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Faces & Places. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-24 Community Appeals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Business Advocacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Member Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36-37 Chamber Partner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Using Your Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Ribbon Cuttings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41-43 New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Member Anniversaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Five Questions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
ON THE COVER The 2020 Sioux Empire Livestock Show will take place Jan. 21-25 at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds.
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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Message from the Chair Happy New Year! At the Chamber, we are embracing the future with the start of our new President and CEO, Jeff Griffin, who takes the reigns on January 20. Jeff has a track record of leadership success and a heart for helping others succeed. We couldn’t be more excited! Please mark your calendars and join us for a celebration thanking Dr. Dave Kapaska for serving as our Interim President on January 14 from 3-5 p.m. at the Chamber. Dr. Kapaska kept us progressing during this transition and we are so grateful for his leadership.
BOBBI THURY 2019-20 Chair of the Board
Whatever your vision in 2020, the Chamber is here to support your success.
The year 2020 brings to mind the “perfect vision.” I’m sure you have a vision for the future of your life and business, and time is already ticking. Here are some ideas to help make the vision a reality: 1. Take care of yourself at a Chamber Member’s business. Let’s face it, there is a reason you’re instructed to apply the oxygen mask to yourself before others. I stooped to a new low during the busy holiday season when I dug through the trash to retrieve a contact lens because I realized I wouldn’t have time to pick up new ones until the next day. Later, I was talking with some smart women who were just as busy as me, but they made taking care of themselves a priority. Because they are fully oxygenated, they have more power to be givers and doers in their businesses and community. Whether you need to break a sweat, get a massage, see a doctor, meet with a financial planner or hire that cleaning service – look to our awesome Chamber members! Check out the membership directory on our website and identify who you should visit with to help you achieve new heights in 2020. 2. Sharpen your saw. Look at our Chamber calendar or give us a call to find out what Chamber programs can help you and your business be the best in class. It might be attending a Business Sense Workshop, participating in Leadership Sioux Falls or sharing ideas with a fellow member at Morning Mingle. Make sure you are working on your business and not just in it. The Chamber is here to help! 3. Experience life and be a doer. January 21-25 is the Chamber’s annual Sioux Empire Livestock Show and the Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions is January 24. I encourage you to go and experience these fun events. Bring your family…your friends…whatever you do, do not miss it! Try new things such as visiting a Chamber member restaurant, try a new activity with your kids or volunteer at one of our local nonprofits. Make 2020 a year to remember. Whatever your vision in 2020, the Chamber is here to support your success in this year and beyond. Let’s all stop trying to make it through the day and be fully and meaningfully flourishing in business and in life. Let’s get after it!
2019-20 SIOUX FALLS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LEADERSHIP AND STAFF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR BOBBI THURY Legacy Law Firm, P.C. CHAIR-ELECT DAN DOYLE Cutler Law Firm VICE CHAIR ALEX RAMIREZ USA Media TV TREASURER PAUL HANSON Sanford Health IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR TIM STURDEVANT Sturdevant’s Auto Parts INTERIM PRESIDENT DAVE KAPASKA, D.O.
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 DAVE KAPASKA, D.O. Interim President 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 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 Front Office Assistant JACKIE WENTWORTH CVB Sales Manager VALERIE WILLSON Membership Events Manager
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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.
FEATURED EVENT JANUARY MEMBERSHIP
MIXER TUESDAY, JAN. 7
4:30–6:30 p.m. Holiday Inn City Centre 100 W. 8th St.
COMPLIMENTARY HORS D’OEUVRES & CASH BAR $5 ADMISSION OR USE YOUR MIXER PASS
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or at siouxfallschamber.com
Noon-1 p.m. • $10, bring your own lunch Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Jan. 7 • Thinking Ahead Because Simple ain’t Easy Presented by Addie Sanchez, Holmes Murphy & Associates
Wednesday, Jan. 15 • The Future of Remote Work Presented by Matt Paulson, MarketBeat RSVP to email@example.com or at siouxfallschamber.com
GOOD MORNING SIOUX FALLS LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST THURSDAY, JAN. 9
7–8:30 a.m. Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel 3200 W. Maple St. Washington/Lincoln/Roosevelt Rooms DETAILS: Hear from Sioux Falls area legislators about their goals for the upcoming 2020 legislative session. Breakfast will be served.
COST: $30 RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or (605) 373-2010
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NEW MEMBER MIXER WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15
4:30–6 p.m. Blarney Stone Pub 333 S. Phillips Ave. DETAILS: New Chamber Members (or new employees to the community) are invited to this special Mixer that features opportunities to learn more about Chamber programs and meet other new members. COST: Free RSVP: email@example.com or (605) 373-2010
SIOUX EMPIRE LIVESTOCK SHOW TUESDAY, JAN. 21 – SATURDAY, JAN. 25
W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Expo Building 100 N. Lyon Blvd. DETAILS: Celebrate the impact of agriculture on the Sioux Empire!
Livestock shows and sales take place throughout the week and commercial exhibits are open for the duration of the show. Volunteer your time or come out to see the region’s best market and purebred livestock. For more information, visit siouxempirelivestockshow.com.
MAYOR’S ROUND-UP AND SALE OF CHAMPIONS FRIDAY, JAN. 24
Best Western PLUS Ramkota Exhibit Hall 3200 W. Maple St. DETAILS: Join area business leaders in supporting agriculture by participating in this auction of the best market livestock from the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. The evening includes a prime rib dinner and a silent auction to fund scholarships for students. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or (605) 373-2010
MORNING MINGLE THURSDAY, JAN. 23
The Compass Center 1704 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 3 7:30–9 a.m. DETAILS: Join other Chamber members for a fun and energetic
morning networking opportunity. Drop in as your schedule permits for a cup of coffee and great conversation with other members of the business community. COST: Free
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.
SIOUX FALLS DAY AT THE LEGISLATURE WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19
Pierre, SD Luncheon: Capitol Rotunda DETAILS: More information to come about the day’s agenda. RSVP: email@example.com or (605) 373-2050
WE INVITE YOU AND YOUR EMPLOYEES TO ATTEND THESE UPCOMING MEMBERSHIP MIXERS: SPONSORED BY:
JAN. 7, 2020
4:30-6:30 p.m. Holiday Inn City Centre, 100 W. 8th St. SPONSORED BY:
FEB. 11, 2020
4:30-6:30 p.m. Montgomery’s, 1725 W. 41st St. SPONSORED BY:
MARCH 17, 2020
4:30-6:30 p.m. Great Shots, 2505 W. Benson Road SPONSORED BY:
APRIL 14, 2020
4:30-6:30 p.m. Reliabank, 608 W. 86th St.
MAY 12, 2020
4:30-6:30 p.m. Trail Ridge Retirement Community, 3408 W. Ralph Rogers Road SPONSORED BY:
JUNE 2, 2020
4:30-7 p.m. Sioux Falls Convention Center, 1201 N. West Ave. The June Mixer includes the 20th Annual Business Fair, which features Chamber members displaying information about their businesses. Reserve your booth today – call Valerie Willson at (605) 373-2010.
COMPLIMENTARY HORS D’OEUVRES BEVERAGES AVAILABLE $5 ADMISSION OR USE YOUR MIXER PASS (pictured left)
If you purchased a 2019-20 Mixer Pass, it is good through the September 2020 Mixer. The 2020-21 Mixer Pass will be valid from October 2020-September 2021 and will be available for purchase beginning September 2020.
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FALLS Day at the
LEGISLATURE WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19, 2020
View committee meetings, listen in on session and join us for a luncheon in the Capitol rotunda. Visit with your elected officials to talk about issues important to you.
Join us for this annual all-day trip to Pierre!
Pricing includes: Ride the bus and attend lunch, $55; Provide own transportation, lunch is $25. For more information or to sponsor this event, contact Teresa: (605) 373-2050 or email@example.com.
UPCOMING EVENTS To RSVP to any of these events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (605) 373-2002. Visit siouxfallsypn.com for a full list of events.
MORNING BUZZ THURSDAY, JAN. 7
7:30–9 a.m. Vance Thompson Vision 3101 W. 57th St. DETAILS: What better way to kick off 2020
than with coffee and conversation with other YPN members? Set your alarm clock early and join us at Vance Thompson Vision for our January Morning Buzz. Tours will be available.
YPN NIGHT AT GREAT SHOTS THURSDAY, JAN. 9 6:30–8:30 p.m. Great Shots 2505 W. Benson Rd.
DETAILS: Join us for a night of golfing and fun
at Great Shots! We’ve reserved multiple climatecontrolled bays for YPN members. Whether you’ve never swung a club before or you’re a pro, this event is for everyone! The cost includes two hours of unlimited play and a nacho bar!
OFF THE CLOCK THURSDAY, JAN. 16 4–7 p.m. Blarney Stone Pub 333 S. Phillips Ave.
DETAILS: Join us at the Blarney Stone Pub for
our January Off the Clock. In true YPN fashion, you will have a chance to make new friends and business connections by networking in a relaxed setting. No registration required - just show up and encourage other young professionals or colleagues to join you.
POWER LUNCH WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22
Noon–1 p.m. Agua Fresh 101 S. Phillips Ave., #103 DETAILS: We’ll gather for a Power Lunch
downtown at Agua Fresh! Research says one of the best ways to improve your productivity at work is to take a lunch break. So check out of the office for the noon hour and enjoy lunch with us!
COST: Free, food/drinks on your own
A SEAT AT THE TABLE WITH BOBBI THURY TUESDAY, JAN. 28
Noon–1 p.m. Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 200 DETAILS: Current Chair of the Chamber Board
of Directors, Bobbi Thury, will be the featured guest for the next A Seat at the Table! Thury graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Sciences, then continued her education at the University of South Dakota where she earned an MBA and a law degree. While in law school she was a member of the South Dakota Law Review, serving as the Managing Editor from 2006 to 2007. Thury clerked for the South Dakota Second Judicial Circuit and became a Partner at Cutler Law Firm, LLP. In 2016, she started Legacy Law Firm, P.C. with her partner Jayna Voss. In 2019, Thury and Voss started Valorem, LLC and Legacy Eldercare Planning, LLC. Thury and her husband, Chad, have four children who keep them on their toes and in her spare time, she enjoys helping with the family cattle business in Parkston.
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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, Jan. 7, 4–5 p.m. CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ACTION TEAM Wednesday, Jan. 22, 4–5 p.m. MEMBERSHIP ACTION TEAM Tuesday, Jan. 28, 4–5 p.m
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
OUR SIOUX FALLS: POET WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29 POET 4506 N. Lewis Ave. Noon–1 p.m.
DETAILS: POET, headquartered in Sioux Falls,
is the world’s largest biofuels producer. Founded in 1987, today the company has a network of 28 production facilities across 7 states. At full run rates, POET purchases 5 percent of U.S. corn and produces 2 billion gallons of ethanol, 10 billion pounds of distillers dried grains and 600 million pounds of corn oil annually. Join us for lunch and learn about how POET is an innovative clean technology leader that uses the earth’s natural resources to make biofuels like ethanol to fuel your car and a suite of other fossil fuel alternatives. Biofuels like ethanol are better for the environment, cut carbon emission and combat climate change, are less expensive and support the agriculture industry. Lunch will be provided by POET.
COST: Free chambernews.com | Chamber News 9
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. 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. The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau developed the visitor-related calendar to provide visitors a list of events they may be interested in attending.
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Downtown First Friday
SDSO presents Daphnis et Chloe
South Dakota Pork Congress
South Dakota Ag Expo
Paw Patrol Live! at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
The Color Purple: The Musical at Washington Pavilion
Sioux Falls Pride Gala
Winter Crazy Days in downtown Sioux Falls
Media One Funski
GonnaGetWed Bridal Showcase at Sioux Falls Convention Center
Kennedy Center Region 5 American College Theater Festival
Sioux Empire Livestock Show at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds
Sioux Falls Farm Show at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
The Guilty Pleasures Cabaret by Good Night Theatre Collective
Date Night Comedy featuring the Skit Guys
Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions
An American in Paris at the Washington Pavilion
Ice Fish Fest at Catfish Bay
Sioux Empire On Tap
ResGen Men’s Summit 2020
SDSO presents The Wizard of Oz with Orchestra
SDSO presents Brass Transit: The Best of Chicago
39th Annual Greater Midwest Toy Show
The Good Humor Men at Orpheum Theater
Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase
Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature
Korn & Breaking Benjamin at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
SECT presents Lend Me a Tenor
The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! at the Washington Pavilion
Sioux Empire Home Show
Casey Donahew at The District
SME Excellence Awards
Rent at the Washington Pavilion
Trendigital Summit 2020
Tanya Tucker at The District
SDSO presents Dramatic Tchaikovsky
29 - Mar 3
NSIC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament
2nd Annual Sioux Falls Winter Carnival
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
FaithFest 2020 at Augustana University
A Bronx Tale: The Musical at the Washington Pavilion
SECT presents Lend Me a Tenor Dinner Theater
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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
CUMULATIVE YEAR TO DATE
MINNEAPOLIS/ ST. PAUL
Source: City of Sioux Falls
City of Sioux Falls Total Construction Value
CUMULATIVE YEAR TO DATE
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Note: figures represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), not just city; rates are not seasonally-adjusted
Agriculture Trends OCTOBER 2019
300 $663.3 million $238.3 million
$729.8 million $415.1 million
$734.9 million $266.5 million
Source: City of Sioux Falls
Total Construction Value
New Listings: 376 Days on the Market Until Sale: 82 Median Sales Price: $222,250 Inventory of Homes for Sale: 1,427 Source: RASE (Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire)
(PER BUSHEL) U.S. SOUTH DAKOTA
New Non-Residential Construction Value
Sioux Falls Region Housing Overview
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(PER BUSHEL) U.S. SOUTH DAKOTA $3.80
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
NOTEWORTHY Headlines, accolades and rankings — Sioux Falls is often in the news for our community’s excellent business climate and high quality of life. Look for that information to be shared again here along with other topical quick hits.
2019 ACCOLADES Sioux Falls consistently attracts national recognition for its favorable economy, business climate, cost of living and outstanding community amenities. Each accolade is well deserved! Here is a snapshot of some of the accolades Sioux Falls received in 2019.
Sioux Falls ranks 17th
1 Best City
out of 383 metro areas for economic strength – POLICOM
for Young Professionals (for the third year in a row!) – SmartAsset
South Dakota is 9th in Gallup National Health & Well-Being Index – Gallup
AAA Issuer Credit Rating
on the list of top 100 best places to live – Livability
South Dakota has AAA Issuer Credit Rating from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s – the highest possible rating.
Sioux Falls is the most affordable place to retire – 55places.com
TOP TEN A top 10 City on the list of Best Cities for Entrepreneurs 2019 – FitSmallBusiness.com chambernews.com | Chamber News 13
FACES & PLACES
Faces & Places
The Lynda B. Advantage CorpLynda Billars KW
ELO CPAs & Advisors
JOEY ROTERT Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union
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 email@example.com.
PAT GRIEBEN Hub International
Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls
DARCI HUSTRULID Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region
JAMES PAYER II
Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons
Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls
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: Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage Corp-Lynda Billars KW, 19 years as an ambassador; Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union, five years as an ambassador; Pat Grieben, Hub International, two years as a diplomat; Darci Hustrulid, Arthritis Foundation-Upper Midwest Region, three years as a diplomat; James Payer II,
Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons, five years as a diplomat; and Pam Olinger, ELO CPAs & Advisors, one year as a diplomat. The Ace Award is given monthly to one Ambassador in recognition of their sales efforts. Bernie DeWald was the November Ace award winner.
Diplomat Team of the Month for the month of November went to Captain James Payer II, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons; Jordan Huisman, First PREMIER Bank; Christy Menning, McCrossan Boys Ranch; Stefanie Engebretson, Goosman 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 November Service Star was awarded to Brad Nelson, Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls. Event champion honors went to Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls.
Professional portraits of Chamber volunteers are courtesy Chad Phillips Photography, chadphillipsphotography.com.
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The Diplomat Committee honored Cindi Johnson, Range Printing, with the Diplomat of the Year award. 2018-19 Diplomat Committee Chair Stefanie Engebretson, Goosmann Law Firm, presented Johnson with the award.
New Faces & Promotions Rana DeBoer has been named the Chief Culture Officer for the City of Sioux Falls. DeBoer has worked for the City for 12 years and was most recently the Work Well Manager. The new position is tasked with cultivating future leaders within city government and creating a work environment that is attractive to future generations. Security National Bank of South Dakota (SNB) has promoted two employees at its Lake Lorraine branch office. Amy Frankman has been named Branch Manager and will oversee a team of professionals dedicated to helping customers achieve their financial goals. Frankman holds a degree from the University of Sioux Falls and has worked as a Personal Banker and Assistant Branch Manager for SNB. Shaniah Ellis will replace Frankman as Assistant Branch Manager. Ellis holds an associate’s degree from Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls and has been with SNB for three years. Steven Dahlmeier has joined the staff of the Sioux Falls State Theatre as general manager. Dahlmeier is the former program director for Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. and has prior experience with U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson’s office, Feeding South Dakota and Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society.
Leon Eich has joined Cornerstone Bank as a Vice President of Business Banking in Sioux Falls. Eich has over 25 years of experience in financial services industry. He graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in commercial economics and minors in accounting and computer science. Megan Winterboer has been promoted to AVP/Cash Management Sales Officer for Cornerstone Bank. She joined in April 2018. Panther – Premier Print Solutions has promoted Erinn Coe to Director of Marketing & Client Relations. Coe has been with Panther for over six years and most recently was a sales and marketing executive. Coe will oversee the renewed marketing efforts for Panther by developing and managing new strategic plans while managing client accounts and assisting in sales growth. Woods, Fuller, Shultz and Smith, P.C. promoted two associates to shareholder status. Joel E. Engel and Morgan F. Brekke join the twenty-nine other shareholders at the firm. Engel joined the firm in 2013 and his practice areas include intellectual property and litigation. Brekke joined the firm in 2014 and her practice areas include employment law and health law.
Caliber Creative welcomed Tyler Ahlers as production manager. Ahlers will use his nine years of experience to increase efficiency within the agency and for clients. His responsibilities include coordinating the internal production schedule, working with vendors and ensuring quality standards are met. Nolan Hazard joined Koch Hazard Architects as a Project Architect. He spent two years at HGA Architects & Engineers in Sacramento, California, where he focused on healthcare design. Hazard graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from The University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Nolan is a third-generation licensed architect. His grandfather, Bob Hazard, co-founded Koch Hazard Architects in 1969, and his late uncle, Jeff Hazard, led the firm as CEO for 20 years. Maddie Guyette joined AmesburyTruth as a financial analyst. She will provide financial analysis for SGA, assist with the financial packages and support HFM. Guyette most recently worked for RSM US LLP in Chicago as a senior associate for the nonprofit/government sector. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management from the University of Iowa.
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FACES & PLACES
Good Deeds Bell Incorporated, one of the nation’s largest independent paperboard packaging manufacturers, won the 2019 Good Neighbor Award for its commitment to employees and communities. HAVI, the packaging procurement, supply chain services and logistics provider for McDonald’s, awards this top prize to the supplier who best exemplifies a longstanding commitment to employee wellbeing and improving communities. In making the award, HAVI recognized the many programs Bell has in place
to educate employees and improve their health and wellbeing. More than a dozen different nationalities are represented at Bell, and it is a recognized employer of hearing-impaired individuals in South Dakota and Ohio. Marsh & McLennan Agency provided a sponsorship to The Butterfly House & Aquarium allowing them to join Museums for All – a program to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly
and build lifelong museum-going habits. The Butterfly House & Aquarium program, called Aquarium for All, supports those receiving food assistance benefits visiting the Butterfly House & Aquarium for a minimal fee of $3. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 400 museums across the country.
Honors & Awards Raven Corporate Controller Jacob Wurth was honored by the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business with its 2019 Division of Accounting and Finance Distinguished Service Award. The award is bestowed to an alumnus who has demonstrated continued service to and support of the University of South Dakota Division of Accounting and Finance as well as the accounting and financial services profession. Wurth has been with Raven for eight years.
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Sammons Financial Group, Inc. has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2020, ranking #5 on the list. The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its twelfth year, is based solely on the input of employees who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies on Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites. The employees’ choice award
recognizes company’s commitment to creating an exceptional work environment for all staff. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Interim President Dr. Dave Kapaska received the Siouxperhero Award from the City of Sioux Falls. The program recognizes positive stories, people and developments in our community.
1-5 The November Membership Mixer was hosted by Midco
at the Best Western PLUS Ramkota Exhibit Hall. It included the annual Holiday Fair, featuring 40 Chamber members sharing their holiday gift ideas with attendees.
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FACES & PLACES
7-11 First Bank & Trust hosted the December Membership
Mixer at their newly remodeled location on 57th Street. Market President Jason Herrboldt welcomed attendees, who enjoyed refreshments and networking.
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12 New YPN members got to know each other over lunch at Wingstop in December.
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FACES & PLACES
13-14 Legacy Law Firm, P.C. opened their doors for Chamber members to enjoy coffee and conversation at Morning Mingle in December.
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15 Governor Kristi Noem shared insights and expectations on the year ahead in state government with members of Chamber at the Look Ahead luncheon.
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FACES & PLACES
16-21 The Young Professionals Network annual holiday party, The Kringle, was held Dec. 12 at the Holiday Inn City Centre. Sponsored by
Pinnacle Productions, the festive event attracted almost 200 people. Attendees were encouraged to bring a donation for the Volunteers of America Spirit Tree.
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22 The Chamber’s Issues Management
Council hosted a legislative mixer with legislators from local districts. The event was an opportunity to discuss issues affecting Sioux Falls that are expected to come up in the 2020 legislative session.
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FACES & PLACES
23 YPN members received a tour of the Sioux Falls
School District’s Career and Technical Education Academy during a recent Community Connections Tour. 24-25 South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry President David Owen offered a preview of the upcoming legislative session for Chamber members and area legislators. 26 An Off the Clock networking event for YPN members was held at Severance Brewing Company.
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COMMUNITY APPEALS SIOUX FALLS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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. 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. For more information on the Community Appeals Committee, call Mike Lynch at (605) 373-2008.
Skatepark Association, Furniture Mission scheduled for campaign
The Community Appeals Committee has scheduled the Sioux Falls Skatepark Association and The Furniture Mission of South Dakota for Community Appeals Campaigns. The Skatepark Association campaign will seek $1.35 million from Nov. 1, 2021 to Mar. 31, 2022. It will create a high-quality, multi-purpose concrete skatepark at Nelson Park. Once built, the skatepark will become part of the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department. The Furniture Mission of South Dakota will seek $1.25 million from April 1, 2022 to July 31, 2022. It will build a new and larger facility on the Empower Sioux Falls Campus to support people transitioning out of homelessness by providing furnishings.
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.
Homegrown Experienced agribusiness financial services For over 30 years ELO CPAs & Advisors have been helping regional agribusinesses protect, maintain and grow their operations. From taxes and financial planning to goal-setting and succession, we’ll make sure you feel at home every step of the way.
To schedule an appointment contact us at elocpa.com or call (605) 271-1302.
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Brian Gilbert is 2020 Agri-Business Citizen of the Year Brian Gilbert is the 2020 Agri-Business Citizen of the Year. Photo by Wendy Sweeter.
BY WENDY SWEETER
For the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
When Brian Gilbert was deciding what to major in at South Dakota State University, he drew from his experiences growing up on a farm between Hitchcock and Tulare. Gilbert, 40, has been selected as the 2020 Agri-Business Citizen of the Year by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Division. The youngest of three kids, Gilbert graduated from Hitchcock High School in 1998 and followed his high school sweetheart to SDSU. After some uncertainty on what to major
in, he decided ag business was the way to go. His older brother continues the family farming operation back home as his dad enters retirement. Gilbert enjoys going back to help, but it’s not as often as he would like since he stays busy with his position as ag banking manager for The First National Bank in Sioux Falls and family activities with his wife, Ann, and three children. “Times were not always great on the farm when I was growing up, just like any other farming operation. I do remember conversations my dad had with his banker, and tough conversations, but they were handled professionally,” he said. “That stuck in the back of my mind that maybe this is a route I can go. If I’m not going to go home to farm, maybe I can help people and help them reach their financial goals.” He also chose ag business as a major because he liked economics. While he was a little undecided before getting to SDSU, he picked his major fairly quickly. “Some of my favorite classes while I was at SDSU were money and banking, microeconomics and macroeconomics,” he said. While at SDSU, he got an internship with Central Harvest States (CHS) in their finance division. They offered him a job halfway through his senior year. He worked in their Ellis office for four and half years before the company moved his division to the Twin Cities. Gilbert at the 2009 Sale of Champions.
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CHS offered to move him, but the Gilberts had just had their second child and they did not want to move further away from their families. He asked his boss for advice and he suggested that he apply at The First National Bank in Sioux Falls because they were a great family organization. “He was right. The Baker family, the family ownership and our senior management team, they’re just awesome to work for. They do understand ag. They’re passionate about it,” he said. “Our roots are definitely in agriculture and that’s of course important to me leading a team of ag bankers. We’re in it for the long haul and our customers are going to be taken care of while we’re here and long after I’m gone.” More than 13 years later, Gilbert has gone from an ag lender to an ag banking team leader to ag banking manager four years ago. When he started, the bank had four ag lenders. Today they have 10 lenders, a crop insurance specialist, four underwriters and several loan assistants. For most of his time with the bank, his office was at the downtown branch. The bank built the ag lending branch at I-229 and Louise Avenue and the team moved there in March 2018. They moved into their own space because they were running out of space downtown and they wanted a place designed for agriculture customers. In addition to the Louise branch, they have ag lenders at branches in Brandon, Dell Rapids and Flandreau.
Gilbert joined The First National Bank in Sioux Falls in 2006. Photo by Wendy Sweeter.
“We wanted to make it easier for our ag banking customers to get here, feel a little more comfortable than driving downtown, especially if they were pulling a trailer,” Gilbert said. “We’re trying to show our commitment to the ag industry and that we’re in this for the long haul.” He recognizes that times are tough in agriculture today. The bank understands that and realizes that these times offer the opportunity to solidify relationships.
Agri-Business Citizen of the Year Brian Gilbert Family: Wife, Ann; children, Addyson, 16, Camden, 14, and Natalie, 10 Education: Bachelor of Science degree in ag business, South Dakota State University Graduate School of Banking on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas Hometown: Hitchcock, S.D. Current City: Dell Rapids, S.D. Involvement: South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation board, Sioux Falls Stockyards Ag Experience board, Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota board, active volunteer at Dell Rapids St. Mary Catholic School and St. Mary Catholic Church
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“It’s these times that we can solidify existing relationships and grow some new relationships that’ll be lifetime relationships for the bank and for us,” he said. “Our ownership group is patient enough to deal with the cyclicality of this industry and our makeup of our bank is probably about perfect for times like these because we’re very diverse.” He noted the bank overall does a lot of business, consumer and residential lending. Their portfolio is a nice mix and allows them to grow the ag sector even when times are tough. The First National Bank in Sioux Falls has an ag trade territory stretching a 200-mile radius of the city. They also have some in outlying areas and have customers in eastern South Dakota, southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska. Banking has changed a lot in Gilbert’s time with the bank. Fifteen years ago, it would have been a lot more difficult to finance someone 250 miles away. “The tools that we have with remote deposit machines and online banking just makes it much, much easier. Not every family-owned bank is as large as we are so we can handle
bigger relationships, which is again something unique,” Gilbert said. Besides leading the ag team at the bank, Gilbert stays active in the community. As soon as he started at The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, he started volunteering at the Sioux Empire Farm Show, now the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. He has done everything from set up and tear down to helping with the market beef show and being the chairman of the show. The bank also has a large presence at the show with many of the ag bankers volunteering for various shows and clerking the Angus sale. Gilbert also serves on the board of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation, the Sioux Falls Stockyards Ag Experience and the Independent Community Banks of South Dakota. He was also a member of South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership Class IX. “I serve on the board of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation, which puts on the annual Prime Time Gala here in Sioux Falls.This is a wonderful event that helps with cattle producers and providing protein to people in need through Feeding South Dakota,” he said.
Brian Gilbert cuts the ribbon at the opening of the 2011 Sioux Empire Farm Show. He served as Chair of the show that year.
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Eggers Family honored as 2020 Farm Family of the Year The Eggers family, left to right: Phil, Julia, Jon, Luke, Natalie, Jackson and Tim. The Eggers family is the 2020 Farm Family of the Year.
BY WENDY SWEETER
For the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
The Eggers family has farmed north of Renner, South Dakota, for five generations. Tim Eggers and his sons, Phil and Jon, are raising cattle on the same farm Tim’s great-grandfather, C.F., farmed since 1907. The Eggers family has been selected as the 2020 Farm Family of the Year by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Division. Tim grew up on a dairy north of the church in Renner. Then, in 1975, he moved up to the farm that’s always been in the Eggers family.
“We moved out here in the winter of ‘75 and the next year we had a drought. The first year farming out here, we had a drought. It was a bad one,” Tim said. Phil and Tim live in two of the three houses on the same driveway. Tim’s brother lives in the middle house. Jon lives a little north of them. All of Tim’s brothers and sisters live within a mile and a half of each other. C.F. and Tim’s uncle had a herd of registered Holsteins and C.F. named the farm Southview Stock Farm. Tim and Phil formed Eggers Southview Stock Farm in 1996 where they run 50 registered Hereford cows and 50 commercial cows. Jon
CELEBRATING AGRICULTURE Each year the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Division recognizes a Farm Family of the Year and an Agri-Business Citizen(s) of the Year. A subcommittee of the Agri-Business Division nominates deserving families and agri-business citizens to be considered for the award and the voting members of the AgriBusiness Council choose the winners.
The 2020 Farm Family of the Year is the Eggers Family of Renner, South Dakota. Brian Gilbert is the Agri-Business Citizen of the Year. Both the Eggers Family and Gilbert will be recognized at the Mayor´s Round-Up & Sale of Champions at the Sioux Empire Livestock Show and at the Agri-Business Division Awards Banquet in the spring. The Farm Family also shares their expertise by sitting on the Chamber´s Agri-Business Division Council for a year.
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and his wife, Natalie, run their own commercial Angus herd under Grand Meadow Cattle Company and J&K Custom Applications, a custom spraying operation with another partner. Even though they run their own operations, everyone still works together to get the work done. “The nice thing is we’ve all got a lot going on, but we can help each other out if we get in a bind,” Phil said. Phil grew up showing Herefords in 4-H and the Junior Hereford Association. He likes the breed because they are a docile beef breed and the people in the breed association have been amazing to them. “A lot of our opportunities have come from those people and they’re some of our lifelong friends,” Phil said. “We like Herefords because they are a docile, efficient breed. The best part is working with our junior member customers and helping with their projects.” Tim and Phil raise both polled and horned Herefords. They like to crossbreed them.
Farm Family of the Year The Eggers Family
The Eggers Family includes Tim Eggers; Phil Eggers; Jon and Natalie Eggers and children, Jackson, 6, Julia, 3, and Luke 1. Together, they run Southview Stock Farm. Hometown: Renner, South Dakota
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“We try to remain as polled as we can because that’s what our customers like, but we don’t mind either way as long as they’re good cattle,” Phil said. Phil showed cattle at the Sioux Empire Farm Show, now Sioux Empire Livestock Show, for about 25 years. While he does not show anymore because he and five others have begun selling cattle through the I-29 Bull Run held every March at the fairgrounds, Phil continues to serve as the chairperson for the Hereford show and sale at the livestock show. Tim has also helped with the show in the past. Phil also volunteers for the feeder heifer show and anywhere else that is needed. Tim and Phil are both employed off the farm. Jon works full time on the farm. Tim has had a full-time job since the ‘80s and has worked for Graco in Sioux Falls for the last 15 years. “We went through the ‘80s here and the interest rates were sky high. Dad was 62 then when all the interest rates were high and he decided to retire,” Tim said. “I went to town and found a full-time job.”
Phil went to South Dakota State University, graduating with a degree in ag business with minors in animal science and ag marketing. He went to work for Ridgefield Farms right after graduating. Then he ran the Baltic Lounge for two years before going into real estate with Westra Atkins Land & Auction, LLC. Phil has been doing real estate for the last 11 years. He has also been operating a cattle grooming business where he clips cattle hair using a torching method and running The Livestock Link, LLC that offers video services, video sales and sale clerking. Natalie, who is a fifth grade teacher at Dell Rapids, said Phil having the Baltic Lounge for two years was long enough for her and Jon to meet. “That’s the best thing we got out of it. It was worth all the work for that,” Phil said.
Phil Eggers talks to students through ag in the classroom visits with Ag United for South Dakota.
who devote their time and talents to the event. The Sioux Empire Livestock Show has an estimated economic impact of $3 million. The Sioux Empire Livestock Show is hailed as one of the largest feeder steer shows in the region. The show features the best regional market livestock shows and sales and plenty of commercial exhibits.
The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Sioux Empire Livestock Show is an annual celebration of the importance of agriculture in the region. Beginning in 1954, each January, agricultural producers and members of the Sioux Falls area business community gather to participate in a variety of events, from livestock shows and sales, to junior and collegiate judging competitions and a trade show. As a $25.6 billion industry in South Dakota, agriculture directly impacts the Sioux Falls area economy. The success of the Livestock Show is directly related to the efforts of area businesses, individuals and producers
The $12,000 Supreme Row competition is sponsored by the Tri-State Neighbor (gold), Wells Fargo Bank (silver) and Campell’s (bronze). Six breeds of cattle compete for the $12,000 Supreme Row purse. This competition is for purebred cattle. The purse is split between the buyer and the consignor of the animal that places at the top in this best of all breeds award of both the bulls and heifers. The Show’s purpose remains the same as when it began in 1954: to strengthen the ties between the urban and agricultural communities, support livestock producers and exhibitors, provide educational programs and exhibits, and promote the importance of agriculture in our region.
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COVER STORY 2020 SIOUX EMPIRE LIVESTOCK SHOW The Agri-Business Division of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce organizes and hosts the Sioux Empire Livestock Show each January at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. Now in its 67th year, the show features more than 1,000 agricultural exhibits throughout the week of the annual event. Thousands of people travel from around the region to buy and sell purebred cattle, watch the open livestock shows and visit the trade show. The trade show is set up on the north side of the Expo Building and runs Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 22-24. The event features more than sixty exhibits ranging from agricultural products, animal supplies and agricultural services to western clothing boutiques, colleges, universities and home goods essentials. Attendees can visit with industry experts from across the nation. The trade show presentation area features an elite speaker series along with complimentary lunch each day. Wednesday showcases the beef industry with a Pasture to Plate Luncheon, sponsored by Midwest Communications, and "Picking Up the Pace in Cattle Feeding through Breeding" speaker series sponsored by ABS Global. On Thursday, Eide Bailly will provide lunch and an agri-business speaker series centered around the hot topics of succession and estate planning, protecting your assets, income tax tips for farmers and ag finance. Wrapping up the week, Friday’s discussion will focus on South Dakota livestock development, current opportunities for revenue and the future of the livestock industry, all sponsored by Reaves Buildings with a Pig-Nic (lunch) from Midwest Communications. All events associated with the Sioux Empire Livestock Show are free to attend. Whether you are returning to your agricultural roots or getting your first introduction to South Dakota’s largest industry, the Livestock Show is a fun way to support ag in our area.
MAYOR’S ROUND-UP & SALE OF CHAMPIONS FRIDAY, JAN. 24, Best Western PLUS Ramkota Exhibit Hall 5 p.m. Social, 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Program/Auction
Cost: $360 for a table of eight, individual tickets are $45, includes prime rib dinner RSVP to Valerie Willson or call (605) 373-2010.
MAYOR’S ROUND-UP & SALE OF CHAMPIONS The Mayor’s Round-up & Sale of Champions is the culmination of the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. Business leaders from across the community gather for a social evening, including a prime rib dinner and a live livestock auction and silent scholarship auction. The program features a presentation of the Supreme Champion bull and heifer from the week’s purebred shows, an auction of the best market livestock and recognition of the 2020 Farm Family of the Year and Agri-Business Citizen of the Year. The Sale of Champions is a big incentive for youth producers to attend the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. In 2019, more than $106,000 in premiums was paid out to 25 market livestock producers. By participating in the Sale of Champions, you demonstrate support for agriculture. A successful Sale of Champions encourages these youth livestock exhibitors to return to the Sioux Empire Livestock Show, as well as pursue a career in the agricultural industry.
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Buyers who participate in the Mayor's Round-Up & Sale of Champions are paying a premium to the market livestock producer. This means you are not purchasing the animal on which you are bidding, rather the dollar amount is in addition to the market price they receive for their animal. Livestock can be purchased by cooperative bidders to increase buying power. Partnering with another business is a great way to bump up the premiums for the young producers. Bring your friends and co-workers to enjoy a great prime rib dinner and the camaraderie of other members of the Sioux Falls business community while celebrating agriculture.
SCHEDULE of EVENTS
Sioux Falls, S.D. — Jan. 21-25, 2020 • W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, Expo Building TUESDAY, JAN. 21
5:30 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Market Beef Show
4:30 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Welcome to Sioux Falls! Ribbon Cutting
7 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Supreme Row Judging
6 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Market Lamb Show
5 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4H/FFA Invitational Calf Show
7:30 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Supreme Row Social
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22
FRIDAY, JAN. 24
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Trade Show: Cattlemen’s Appreciation Day
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Trade Show
8 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Angus Show
9 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Market Goat Show
8 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charolais Show 8:30 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hereford Show 9:30 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Limousin Show 10 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Angus Show 10 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Simmental Show 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trade Show Presentation Picking up the Pace in Cattle Feeding through Breeding Presented by ABS Global 11:30 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cattlemen’s Lunch Courtesy Midwest Communications 12 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Angus Sale 1 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charolais Sale 1:30 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hereford Sale 2:30 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Limousin Sale 3:00 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Angus Sale 4:00 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Simmental Sale
THURSDAY, JAN. 23 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Trade Show: Agri-Business Day
8 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feeder Heifer Show 9 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feeder Steer Show 11 a.m.–1 p.m... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trade Show Presentation The Pork Panel, presented by Reaves Buildings 11:30 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pig-Nic Lunch Courtesy Midwest Communications 6 p.m.
Mayor’s Round-up & Sale of Champions $12,000 Supreme Row Cash Awards Presentation, Sponsored by Tri-State Neighbor, Wells Fargo Bank and Campbell’s Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel Exhibit Hall Cost: $45 per person, tickets available at siouxfallschamber.com
SATURDAY, JAN. 25 6:30 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest 8:30 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth & Open Rabbit Show 10 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest 1 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Breeding Heifer Show Schedule subject to change.
8 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Market Swine Show 10 a.m.–2 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . Agri-Business Speaker Series Presented by Eide Bailly Located in the Nordstrom-Johnson Building
Commercial Exhibits are located at the north end of the Expo Building. They are open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Wednesday– Thursday and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Friday. chambernews.com | Chamber News 33
Agri-Business issues will be considered in upcoming session As we look toward the 95th Legislative Session, Chamber members have refined our legislative agenda to guide advocacy efforts in Pierre. Last month’s Chamber News included the entire legislative platform document, but you can also find the document on our website should this column pique your interest.
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
...Chamber has ramped-up our agri-business profile
Because this issue of Chamber News is focused on agri-business, I wanted to reprint the Chamber’s advocacy efforts for this important South Dakota industry. Although the Chamber has advocated in the area of agri-business for many years, our members felt it was time to have a standalone section in our Legislative Platform addressing agri-business. This new section reads: Agriculture has been the primary economic driver in our state since 1889. The Chamber supports legislation that enhances agri-business in South Dakota, including the expansion of agricultural products, services, and technologies. Over the past two years, the Chamber has ramped-up our agri-business profile which includes advocacy but also includes our agri-business division leadership of Holly Rader, AgriBusiness Manager. Recently Holly and I attended the SD Farm Bureau Annual Convention and shared our legislative priorities. What we learned from convention attendeeds is that they would like to see the state offer the written portion of the driver’s license application, the driver’s license manual and the written test in Spanish, while the skills portion of the exam remain in English. One gentleman, Lyle, shared that while his immigrant employees could converse in English very well, most would not be able to read the English language agenda for the breakfast we were attending. He praised the efforts of our work on this important workforce issue and offered our public policy committee members a tour of his ranch in the near future. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau included two South Dakota cities, Huron and Brookings, in the top ten metro areas in America for the highest rate of international migration for 2018. Huron ranked number one followed by Miami/Ft. Lauderdale – West Palm Beach, Florida. International migration is key to South Dakota’s economy in all sectors of agri-business, and is equally important to building trades and manufacturers. The Sioux Falls area has at least two agri-business manufacturers that seek to process industrial hemp and hope the upcoming legislative session will include the passage of a bill legalizing industrial hemp. One of those businesses would double their employees should the passage of a bill occur. At this point, in the story it is important to note that the legislature will likely have to override a veto from Governor Noem should they pass a bill in 2020. Note: in the 2019 legislative session, the House overrode the Governor’s veto with votes to spare, but the Senate was a few votes short of an override, so the veto was sustained. A recent Chamber membership survey showed that 79 percent of members supported legalizing industrial hemp. The industrial hemp interim study group has evaluated the efforts of other states that have implemented an industrial hemp program. One of the key concerns for those who oppose the plant, is harvesting the plant with the lower than point-three THC requirement. Through conversations with other State Departments of Agriculture, our legislature has learned there are seed varieties of the plant which can sustain the THC requirement of lower than point-three percent. This is good news for hemp supporters. As the Chamber seeks to learn more about proposed legislation, we will evaluate the impact of each bill and seek the best answers for our members who provide jobs within the greater Sioux Falls area.
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Jeff Griffin named Chamber President & CEO The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has named Jeff Griffin as the new President & CEO of the organization. Griffin has served as the President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and the CEO Council in Peoria, Illinois since 2014. During his tenure, he led the Chamber to double its membership and turned around worrisome financial trends. He is experienced in non-profit and business development leadership. Griffin holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management. In 2018, he was named the Distinguished Illinois Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year. Griffin was selected for the position following a national search conducted by Waverly Partners, LLC, a professional recruiting firm with expertise in chamber searches. Board Chair Bobbi Thury, Legacy Law Firm, P.C., said the search committee reviewed an excellent pool of candidates. “We had a number
of very talented individuals interested in the position,” she said. “Jeff demonstrated excellent leadership skills, the ability to foster strong relationships with businesses of all sizes and a heart for helping others succeed, all of which made him a great match for our Chamber.” Griffin said he is eager to get started in the new role. “I am honored to be named President of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Sioux Falls and all of South Dakota are in such an advantageous position with pro-business initiatives and I am excited to be a part of it.” Thury added, “We expect that the Chamber, under Jeff ’s leadership, will continue to be a successful advocate for our businesses and community for years to come.” Griffin will assume his new role on January 20, 2020. Interim President Dr. Dave Kapaska will remain with the Chamber through January 25, 2020.
Jeff Griffin is the new President & CEO of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
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Show your support for farmers For the past 60 years, my work in agri-business has allowed me the privilege to be a part of production agriculture in this region, including both the very good and the extremely trying times for farm and ranch families. Sadly, the past few years have tilted heavily towards the latter. In 2019 we saw the culmination of the trials associated with below the cost of production returns, a continued increase in the cost of inputs and a historic year-long battle with Mother Nature.
I have never known a grittier, more optimistic and more persistent group of people than those who live on the land.
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There are few locations in our tri-state region that have not been battered with excessive rains, strong and untimely blizzards or a combination of both. Most everyone in our city is aware of and somewhat understands the difficulties associated with planting or harvesting a crop when the ground is heavily saturated with water. This entire year has presented a weather battle, the likes of which very few folks who produce our food can remember. Those heavy rains and snows also damaged many, if not most, of our township roads, abnormally reducing travel by trucks or grain carts – to say nothing of the vitally important school buses. I have no idea where the money will come from to even begin replacing or repairing our roads, culverts and bridges. All of this has occurred at the same time that net farm income has dropped by some 40 percent. To put that into a personal perspective, let us assume that in 2016, your family had net cash in the pocket income of $60,000. Let us further assume that in 2019 that same net income will be $40,000. For both the farm family and your Sioux Falls family, the cost of living each day has risen just a bit. The folks who raise the livestock and grain face the same family living expenses as the rest of us, plus the added burden of the daily cost of operations. Is it any wonder that farm bankruptcy filings will increase by about 25 percent during 2019? Is it any wonder that the incidence of depression and suicide are also on the rise? I applaud those professionals who
deal with the disease of depression and suicide for their increased efforts of offering assistance to those who are hurting. Thankfully, we are entering a new year and in the world of farm and ranch families, a new year seems to offer a new opportunity for better times. I have never known a grittier, more optimistic and more persistent group of people than those who live on the land. They produce the safest, most abundant and economical food supply found any place in the world. Farm and ranch families, almost to a person, also believe that there is a higher power who has promised that if they ask, help will be there. 2019 has certainly challenged that premise, but when you are in a battle for your very survival, sometimes turning to that power is all that is left. This column is not intended make you “feel sorry for farmers” but rather is a simple statement of fact. Every family, regardless of their profession or occupation has problems. However, the problems found on a farm are exacerbated by the loneliness associated with rural living, the stress associated with possibly losing a farm that has been in the family for 100 years and everything else that goes along with an extended period of hard times. Throughout my 57 years of living in this great city, I have always marveled at the support given to our farm and ranch families by the people and businesses of Sioux Falls, led by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Those folks need our support now more than ever. Let’s remember, when given the opportunity, to extend a sincere thank you to a food producer and occasionally say a prayer or offer a good thought on their behalf. The folks who live on the land are special. It’s the least we can do. Jim Woster is a long-time fixture in South Dakota’s ag industry. After retiring from a career working at the Sioux Falls Stockyards, he now volunteers with SDSU, Avera Health, Stockyards Ag Experience and more. He is a member of the Chamber’s Agri-Business Division Advisory Council and was the 2019 Agri-Business Citizen of the Year.
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School boundary process requires input Sioux Falls was a different community the last time school attendance boundaries went through a major revision. The city was growing, but had not yet been fueled by major expansion in the medical community. Cultural diversity, beyond that provided to us by the state’s Native American heritage, was still a relatively new concept here on the open plains of South Dakota.
DR. BRIAN MAHER Sioux Falls Public Schools
... community input makes good plans even better.
Fast-forward 25 years and Sioux Falls has grown up and, in turn, out-grown its current capacity in the public schools. Thanks to unprecedented support, Sioux Falls voters passed a $190 million bond that will upgrade 14 existing facilities and build a new high school, new middle school and new elementary school by 2024. In the dialogue leading up to that September 2018 vote, it became clear that with new schools coming online, attendance boundaries would need an overhaul. The design of those new boundaries begins in 2020.
Mark your calendars now to attend one of five community engagement meetings. Thursday, March 12, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Memorial Middle School, 1401 S. Sertoma Ave. Monday, March 16, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Patrick Henry Middle School, 2200 S. 5th Ave. Thursday, March 26, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Whittier Middle School, 930 E. 6th St. Tuesday, April 7, 5:30–6:30 p.m. McGovern Middle School, 6221 W. Maple St. Thursday, April 9, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
In January, the Sioux Falls School District begins a sixEdison Middle School, month-long process that will affect the lives of thousands 2101 S. West Ave. of children, their parents and our community in general. Long-time District employees who were involved in the past call it one of the most significant undertakings in the history of their work in education. I anticipate it will be just that. A 30-member task force has been selected to gather information and make recommendations. They will do their work in three public meetings in January and February and make recommendations that will then be taken to the broader community for input during the months of March and April. Public meetings are scheduled at each of the five middle schools. School leaders will present the recommendations and listen to feedback. All reasonable input that is in line with the priorities approved by the School Board will be considered. Those priorities include: • Priority 1: Quality Education for All Students • Priority 2: Student Safety/Well-Being • Priority 3: Budget Considerations • Priority 4: Natural Borders as School Boundary Lines • Priority 5: Accommodate Growth and Change The final plan will be voted upon by the school board in June 2020, but will not go into effect until the new schools open in the fall of 2021. I assure you there is no preconceived plan already drawn up and hiding in a backroom. I firmly believe, and the District has demonstrated through its process to develop the plan for the bond, that community input makes good plans even better. As your superintendent, I look forward to participating in good and thoughtful dialogue to move our school district forward. I fully expect it will be an emotional issue. The good news is that all our schools are well-maintained, welcoming and safe places to learn. Sioux Falls has much to be proud of and I know the outcome of this difficult work will only make our schools and our community stronger. I invite you to become engaged in the process to ensure the best quality education for future generations. Dr. Brian Maher is the Superintendent of Sioux Falls Public Schools.
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USING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Engage in the legislative process through Chamber events The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce engages in advocacy on behalf of the business community. As a Chamber member, your input is incredibly valuable and helps set the direction for the Chamber’s work. Participating in a Chamber legislative event is one way you can maximize your membership. The annual Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature is a way to connect members to the legislative process and an opportunity to show support for issues affecting the Sioux Falls area that are being discussed in Pierre. The all-day event will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. It allows Chamber members to meet and visit with state legislators and see the legislative process first-hand. Participants depart Sioux Falls early in the morning and travel on coach buses to Pierre. A mid-morning arrival time provides the opportunity for participants to observe committee meetings taking place throughout the Capitol building. The Chamber hosts a luncheon in the Capitol Rotunda that includes legislators and top government officials – giving Sioux Falls Day participants direct access to leadership. In the afternoon, participants can watch the full legislature in action as the House and Senate are in session.
“I would strongly encourage anyone in the business community to get involved and attend Sioux Falls Day. The more that we can get face-to-face with our elected officials, the better they can understand our perspective and how the decisions they make will affect our respective businesses and the economy of our state. Everyone has a voice, and Sioux Falls Day is a great platform to use it!” Tom Murphy, Parker Transfer & Storage, Inc.
Cost to participate in Sioux Falls Day is $55 for the full day or $25 to provide your own transportation and attend the luncheon. To register, call (605) 373-2050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Legislative Coffees are another opportunity to interact with local legislators. The Chamber will host three Legislative Coffees featuring legislators from Districts 6, 9-16 and 25. The Coffees provide a forum for constituents to hear about current bills and communicate with their elected officials—a vital aspect of forming legislation. They are also an opportunity for citizens to learn more about legislators’ positions, to ask questions and to formulate a better understanding of the impact that a prospective law might have upon them. The Coffees will take place from 10-11:45 a.m. on February 8, 22 and 29. All three sessions will be held in the Hub on the campus of Southeast Tech.
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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.
Cain Ellsworth & Company, LLP
5130 E. 57TH ST. cainellsworth.com Cain Ellsworth, a CPA and business consulting firm, is passionate about their mission to enrich the lives of people in order to help businesses grow, prosper and profit. L to R: Doug DeGroot, Jay Soukup, Stacie Dykstra, Scott Lawrence, Kevin Cain (managing partner), Nichelle Lund, Shane Jager and Lynda Billars. NEW LOCATION
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
5420 W. 26TH ST. fourteenfoods.com Dairy Queen Grill & Chill is a quick service restaurant, serving soft-serve treats, chicken strips, burgers and an all-around great “fanfood experience.” L to R: Anna Berg, Dr. Dave Kapaska, Josie Fischer (general manager), Stefan Szwarc, Shayanne Farwell (district manager), Kim Haiar, Sara Wevik, Jay Soukup and Kimberly Castillo.
Estate Planning Solutions Law Firm, Prof. LLC
5027 S. BUR OAK PLACE epslawfirm.com Estate Planning Solutions’ legal team has substantial experience planning for families, businesses, farms and high net worth estates. L to R: Sandra Schneider, Heather Anema, Jill Sandbulte, Jay Soukup, Evan Anema, Nathan Stallinga, Mandy Gaikowski, Cindi Johnson, Martie DeKam, Scott Lawrence and Heather Weber.
Greta Bruggeman "Your Go To Realtor"
6225 S. MINNESOTA AVE. greta.hegg.com Greta Bruggeman uses her skill set and experience to guide her clients through their journey of homeownership. L to R: Heather Elrod, Cindi Johnson, Patrick Bruggeman, Jay Soukup, Greta Bruggeman (owner), Lynda Billars, Anna Heeney, Marcus Walgrave and Lori Kurvink. NEW MEMBER chambernews.com | Chamber News 41
RIBBON CUTTINGS HMK Financial Services Ltd.
3500 S. 1ST AVE. CIRCLE hmkfinancial.com HMK Financial is a full-service financial firm committed to helping people pursue their financial goals. L to R: Mark Luke, Gregory Kendall, David Monkelien, Tim Hudson (co-owner), Jay Soukup, Angela Lammers and Dino DePerno. NEW LOCATION
1507 E. 69TH ST. moda-stone.com Moda Stone makes handcrafted stone countertops from quartz, natural stone and semi-precious stone. L to R: Molly Donohue, Scott Lawrence, April Meyerink, Tim Rauch (president), Kelly Long, Jay Soukup, Julie Nelson and Joe Millar. NEW MEMBER
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Pfeifer Implement Company
5301 W. 12TH ST. pfeifersonline.com Pfeifer has products that serve the agricultural market, construction market, landscape market, municipal market and the acreage and homeowners’ market. L to R: Stan Dennis, Doug DeGroot, Dallas Pfeifer (sales manager), Randy Knecht, Jim Pfeifer (president), Jay Soukup, Pam Pfeifer, Lyle Dabbert, Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger and Dennis Huizenga.
330 N. MAIN AVE. wileystavern.com Wileys is Sioux Falls’ go-to for fresh food, favorite drinks and great times. Only the freshest ingredients are in their kitchen and the team creates and maintains an environment for all types of people. L to R: Greg Doohen, James Payer II, Mike Hauck, Todd VanSickler (owner), Dan Doyle, Jay Soukup, Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger and Marissa Thomson.
VALUABLE CONNECTIONS EFFECTIVE ADVOCATES 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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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.
Apricot Lane Sioux Falls
Mark Juhl Auto Sports
SD Small Business Development Center/ SD Manufacturing & Technology Solutions
Women’s Apparel-Retail Somer Anderson, (605) 359-1404 2524 S. Lorraine Place, 57106 apricotlaneboutique.com/siouxfalls
IT Consulting Al Schlaikjer, (605) 777-1880 2525 S. Shirley Ave., Suite 101, 57106 direct-automation.com
La Luna Cafe
Restaurants Ricardo Jaimes, (605) 275-6700 701 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 125, 57104
Construction Mgmt. Craig McCarthy, (605) 610-0398 200 N. Ebeneezer Ave., 57107 lmsproject.com
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Automobile Dealers Matt Juhl, (605) 336-9157 1700 N. Minnesota Ave., 57104 markjuhlauto.com
Associate Member Mark Slade, (605) 367-5757 2329 N. Career Ave., #106, 57107 sdbusinesshelp.com
Sioux Falls Junior Roller Derby Associate Member Jami Gates, (712) 204-2252 sfjrd.org
South Dakota Ballet Co.
Associate Member Madeleine Scott 6301 S. Minnesota Ave., Suite 200, 57108 southdakotaballet.org
SpringBrooke Events, Golf and Grill
Associate Member Chris Yungeberg, (855) 386-1275 507 Golf Course Lane, Beaver Creek, MN 56116
The American Legion Riders Associate Member Jeanne Saunders, (605) 366-5735 1701 W. Legion Dr., 57104
Member Anniversaries FOUNDING MEMBERS
Argus Leader Media/ Sioux Falls Business Journal News Media argusleader.com Member since 1907
Christopherson, Anderson, Paulson & Fideler, LLP Attorneys capflaw.com Member since 1907
First PREMIER Bank Banks firstpremier.com Member since 1914
Henry Carlson Co. Contractors-General henrycarlson.com Member since 1919
MidAmerican Energy Company Gas Companies midamerican.com Member since 1907
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 email@example.com. Find a complete Membership Directory online at siouxfallschamber.com.
CCL Label Printers ccllabel.com
The Glory House Associate Member glory-house.org
American Heart Association Associate Member heart.org
PREMIER Bankcard Credit Card Co. firstpremier.com
Super 8 Motel Hotels & Motels super8.com
Sylvan Learning Center Tutoring sylvanlearning.com
Electric Companies xcelenergy.com Member since 1916
Chiropractors, DC enviveonline.com
Fitness Centers siouxfallsymca.org Member since 1919
Alzheimer’s Assn., South Dakota Chapter
Service First Federal Credit Union Credit Unions servicefirstfcu.org
Tax Consultants, Inc. Tax Services taxconsultantsinc.net
Abilene Machine Farm Equipment abilenemachine.com
Military Order of the Purple Heart Associate Member purpleheart.org
FIRST YEAR REINVESTORS Allstate Agency/Lloyd Nickel Insurance allstate.com
SafeSplash Swim School Sioux Falls Swim School safesplash.com/locations/sioux-falls-south
MGM Insurance Group Insurance mgmagency.com
Ag United for South Dakota Associate Member agunited.org
Associate Member alz.org
E & I Specialists, Inc.
American Red Cross Eastern South Dakota
OFFICE Elements Group
Associate Member redcross.org/local/dakotas/about-us/locations/easternsouth-dakota.html
Electrical Contractors ei-spec.com
Office Machines, Service, Supplies, Furniture officeelements.net
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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 Derek Little Derek Little is the Chair of the 2020 Sioux Empire Livestock Show. He is an Agri-Business Loan Officer at First Dakota National Bank and holds a bachelors degree in ag business from SDSU. Derek is active on the Chamber’s Agri-Business Advisory Board and with SDARL. Derek and his wife Erin run a small club lamb and Angus farm near Brookings.
What have you gained from being a Chamber member? Being involved in the Chamber builds great connections for myself and First Dakota in the Sioux Falls business community. It has allowed me opportunities that I might not otherwise have had to get involved in events that highlight and promote ag in our trade area.
How did you choose your profession?
First Dakota National Bank
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I grew up on a farm and have always wanted to keep close ties to ag. One of my best friends is a few years older than I, and when he started working in ag finance, I thought it seemed like something I would enjoy. After landing my first ag lending job in White Rock, Minnesota it didn’t take long to decide I had found what I wanted to do. This career has given me a chance to work with a variety of farmers and ag businesses across the region, which has been very rewarding.
What is the best piece of advice you have received? A coach in high school always said, “do the small things right and big things will happen.” I’ve tried to carry that mindset in adult life and apply it professionally and personally.
What is your favorite thing about the Sioux Empire Livestock Show? The show brings back a lot of good memories since I was a livestock exhibitor and part of the collegiate judging contest in the past. The heifer show on Saturday continues to be one of the toughest contests of the show season. Some of the best in country are on display that day and it is a lot of fun to watch. A close second would be the Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest on Saturday morning. Colleges from all over the country come to Sioux Falls to compete in that event, which features some great livestock thanks to many local breeders and exhibitors of the show. As a volunteer, it exciting to build on a great foundation of volunteers who have worked many years to make that show what it is but also to make sure it’s there for current exhibitors.
How do you describe Sioux Falls to people who don’t live here? It’s a city with a small-town feel. Sioux Falls has deep roots in agriculture and that will continue to be the lifeblood of the area. However, between the booming business sector and a vibrant down town it’s clear to see this town has a lot to offer.
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