People You Should Know

DEC. 26, 2018

People You Should Know features new hires, promotions and awards involving top executives and organizations. For consideration, email Guaranteed placement is provided only to partners of SiouxFalls.Business.

TSP Inc.

Brenna Wiertzema

Carly Nord

Carly Nord, who joined TSP Inc. in 2013, has received her license as a Professional Engineer. She recently passed the National Society of Professional Engineers examinations to become a licensed professional engineer specializing in the design of electric systems. Nord, who also has received her LEED GA certification, specializes in electrical and computer power.

Brenna Wiertzema, an interior designer at TSP Inc., has attained national credentials through the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications.

Cutler Law Firm 

Eight attorneys at Cutler Law Firm LLP have been named to the Great Plains Super Lawyers list. In addition to demonstrating excellence in the practice of law, they have attained a high degree of peer recognition. Less than 5 percent of attorneys in South Dakota receive the award.

Kent R. Cutler: Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney.

Steven J. Sarbacker: Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney.

Daniel J. Doyle, Alex S. Halbach, Eric E. Erickson and Joseph A. Hogue: Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorneys – Rising Stars.

Jonathan A. Heber: Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney – Rising Star.

Robert D. Trzynka: Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney – Rising Star.

Kalen Biord

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith 

Kalen K. Biord has become a partner in Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP. Biord is a member of the law firm’s transactions and general business group. He joined the firm in 2017 after practicing law for several years in Wyoming. His practice focuses on real estate transactions, entity formation, purchases and sales of businesses, leasing and financing agreements, natural resources law and wind energy development.

Ashley Podhradsky

First Bank & Trust

Ashley Podhradsky has been named to the board of directors for First Bank & Trust. Podhradsky is the associate dean of the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Dakota State University and an associate professor of digital forensics.


Kathy, Brad Horstman


Brad and Kathy Horstman, owners of the HouseMaster franchise in Sioux Falls, have been honored by the company at its annual conference. They received the Austin Cup, which recognizes their commitment to carrying on the legacy of HouseMaster founder and home inspection pioneer Ken Austin.

SBA South Dakota District Office

John Brown II, district director of the South Dakota District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, is retiring Jan. 1. Brown, who was appointed director in 2005, has worked at the SBA for 35 years.

Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management

Rachell Henning

Jessica Bickett

The Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management has presented its annual awards.

Jessica Bickett was named the Emerging HR Professional of the Year. Bickett is the director of human resources at Lawrence & Schiller.

Rachell Henning was named the Distinguished HR Professional of the Year. Henning is the human resources office administrator for Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith PC.

Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation

Carrie Aaron

Reece Almond

Callie Beisch

The Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation has elected Callie Beisch, a tax senior manager and CPA at Eide Bailly LLP, as its chair. Other officers are Reece Almond, vice chair; Carrie Aaron, secretary; Jackie Dumansky, treasurer; and Stephanie Gongopoulos, past chair.

Rich Brenneman

Stephanie Gongopoulos

Jackie Dumansky

Rich Brenneman, an insurance agent at Mutual of Omaha, has joined the board as a member. The foundation is a nonprofit that raises money to enrich education in the Sioux Falls School District.

Want to stay in the know?

Get our free business news delivered to your inbox.

People You Should Know

Here’s a look at this week’s People You Should Know.

News Tip

Have a business news item to share with us?

Scroll to top