People You Should Know

APRIL 16, 2019

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The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls has hired two staff members.

Sara Hughes

Kirsten Church

Kirsten Church is the Advantage Network supervisor. She has been in a leadership position for the past nine years in the insurance and agriculture industries.

Sara Hughes is a personal trust account administrator. She previously worked as the director of development for the USD School of Law within the USD Foundation.

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls has promoted five staff members.

Kae Klinkenborg

Chris Spielmann

Chris Spielmann, who has been with the bank since 2007, has transitioned from systems administrator to systems manager.

Kae Klinkenborg has moved from project manager to customer experience manager. Klinkenborg started at the bank in 2002.

Sarah Gaul

Ken Birnstiehl

Ken Birnstiehl has been named security and network manager. He has been with the bank for 23 years.

Sarah Gaul, who started at the bank in 2011, has assumed the role of project manager.

John Sackmann has been named IT architect. He has worked at the bank for more than 15 years.


Jeremy Kuiper has joined MetaBank as a senior vice president and the leader of the Meta Ventures division, which includes responsibility for Meta Capital LLC, Meta’s venture capital arm, as well as the innovation process at Meta. Kuiper has more than 20 years of payments industry experience at the executive and board level. He most recently served as the executive vice president and managing director of the payment solutions division of The Bancorp. Additionally, he has served in senior leadership positions with BankFirst and United Credit National Bank and served as the chairman of the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association, now known as the Innovative Payments Association.

Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith

Jeff Shultz

Jeff Shultz, a shareholder at Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith, has been inducted into The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. The group was established to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the field of workers’ compensation. Shultz specializes in complex personal injury litigation, including workers’ compensation and ERISA claims.

Dakota Resources

Mike Knutson

Mike Knutson has joined the full-time staff at Dakota Resources in Renner as network orchestrator and community coach. Knutson, who owns MAK Strategies, has provided contracted services to Dakota Resources since 2012, working with the team as a facilitator and coach. He has been involved with rural community development for more than 15 years.

Hegg Realtors

Hegg Realtors has added three broker associates.

Heather Nagel

Beau Mandel

Taylor Otheim

Taylor Otheim has joined the Dave & Co. Real Estate Team. Otheim is majoring in marketing at the University Center and is enlisted in the South Dakota Air National Guard.

Beau Mandel has joined the Tyler Goff Group.

Heather Nagel has returned to Hegg, where she started her real estate career. She has been a licensed agent for the past few years.

Amy Frankman

Security National Bank

Amy Frankman has been promoted to assistant branch manager of Security National Bank’s branch at Louise Avenue and 74th Street. She started her career at the bank in 2015 as a personal banker.

Lawrence & Schiller

Lawrence & Schiller received a silver Pollie from the American Association of Political Consultants for a direct mail piece for the Dusty Johnson for Congress campaign.

Lawrence & Schiller won a silver medal at the District 8 American Advertising Awards for the Jim Reaper campaign for the South Dakota Department of Highway Safety.

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