People You Should Know

MARCH 5, 2019

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.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire

Amy Sumner

Amy Sumner, director of philanthropy at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire, is one of 30 people selected nationally to participate in the Advanced Leadership Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Boys & Girls Clubs of America has partnered with the university to bring the globally recognized academic institution for philanthropy to its local clubs.

Center for Disabilities

Eric Kurtz

Dr. Eric Kurtz has been named executive director of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine’s Center for Disabilities. Kurtz most recently served as the interim director of the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program. He has served in several leadership roles at the Center for Disabilities, including director of the South Dakota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program, director of clinical operations and community services, and director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program. In addition, he is an associate professor of pediatrics at USD.

Jennifer Johnson

CorTrust Bank

Jennifer Johnson has joined CorTrust Bank as vice president and branch manager of the Sycamore Avenue location. She has 16 years of experience in financial services.


Expansion Capital Group

Expansion Capital Group has been named by SourceMedia as one of the best places to work in financial technology. Sioux Falls-based ECG was selected out of hundreds of companies nationwide for its high-scoring workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, demographics and survey of overall employee experience.


FastSigns of Sioux Falls has been recognized as a top performing center with the company.  Owners Shelli and Sam Ryman received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to centers ranked 26th to 125th in sales volume between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018.

Sales & Marketing Executives Inc. of Sioux Falls

Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger

Mark Griffin

Sales & Marketing Executives Inc. of Sioux Falls has presented its annual awards.

Mark Griffin, president and CEO of Lewis Drug Stores, received the Executive of the Year Award.

Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger, chief recruitment officer and executive director of talent acquisition at Northwestern Mutual, received the Rising in Excellence Aware.

South Dakota Advertising Federation

The South Dakota Advertising Federation has presented its annual awards to recognize professionals for excellence in their field.

Larry Lamb

Bill Goehring

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer of KELO-TV received the Silver Medal Award. Farmer began his broadcasting career in 1983 as an announcer at KSOO radio. He joined KELO-TV in 1985 as a copywriter and in 1999 was promoted to director of marketing and creative services.

Bill Goehring, a freelance photographer and videographer, received the Creative Legacy Award. His career also has included time with the South Dakota Governor’s Office, Department of Tourism and Media One Advertising. He has been doing freelance work for the past 15 years.

Larry Lamb, senior partner of MacDoctors, received the Heart of SDAF Award.


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