People You Should Know

JULY 23, 2019

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POET has hired Carla Jacobs English as director of public relations. English will represent POET as the company spokesperson and lead national, regional and local public relations and media engagement strategies. Previously, English worked for five years in public affairs for Uber Technologies, most recently holding the position of senior manager of policy and communications, leading public affairs for Uber’s Midwest region. Before that, English worked in federal government relations for lobbying firm Lewis-Burke Associates, where she focused on science, research and education issues.

Woods Fuller

Six Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers list. The list recognizes the top 5 percent of the attorneys in South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. The selection is based on attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice through professional accomplishments.

Melanie L. Carpenter, civil litigation: defense.

Roger W. Damgaard, bankruptcy: business.

Bradley C. Grossenburg, estate and probate.

James E. Moore, eminent domain.

Gary P. Thimsen, business litigation.

James M. Wiederrich, business and corporate.

Two Woods Fuller attorneys have been named to the 2019 Great Plains Rising Star list. The list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.

Jordan Feist, bankruptcy: business.

Siri Buller, health care.

Cutler Law Firm

Three attorneys at Cutler Law Firm LLP have been named to the Great Plains Super Lawyers list.

Kent R. Cutler, business litigation.

Steven J. Sarbacker, mergers and acquisitions.

Michael D. Bornitz, personal injury.

Six Cutler Law Firm attorneys were named Great Plains Rising Stars.

Daniel J. Doyle, business and corporate.

Alex S. Halbach, business and corporate.

Eric E. Erickson, business and corporate.

Joseph Hogue, business and corporate.

Eric R. Matt, estate planning and probate.

Jonathan A. Heber, business litigation.

Davenport, Evans

Fifteen lawyers at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP were selected as 2019  Great Plains Super Lawyers.

Jonathan P. Brown, real estate.

Daniel Donohue, estate and probate.

Thomas M. Frankman, business litigation.

Keith A. Gauer, banking.

Charles D. Gullickson, banking.

Douglas J. Hajek, banking.

Robert E. Hayes, banking.

Sarah Richardson Larson, estate and probate.

Vince M. Roche, business litigation.

Eric C. Schulte, insurance coverage.

Catherine A. Tanck, tax.

Four Davenport Evans lawyers were selected as Great Plains Rising Stars.

Reece M. Almond, business litigation.

Justin T. Clarke, insurance coverage.

Elizabeth S. Hertz, business litigation.

Anthony M. Hohn, business litigation.

Bryce Andersen

Farm Bureau Financial Services

Bryce Andersen has joined the wealth management practice at Farm Bureau Financial Services. Andersen has 15 years of experience in wealth management and financial advisory services.


Gage Brothers

Gage Brothers has promoted Joe Bunkers to vice president of operations.  Bunkers joined the concrete products company as a drafter in 1999. Over the years, he has held leadership positions in the quality control and preconstruction departments. For the past six years, he served as vice president of preconstruction. In his new role, Bunkers will oversee the drafting, engineering, project management, sales and production departments.

Hegg Realtors

Jon Eng

Kimberly Gass

Hegg Realtors has added two broker associates.

Kimberly Gass has a background in elementary education and worked in the Tea Area School District.

Jon Eng spent the past 27 years at Augustana University, most recently serving as the director of athletic development.

Sioux Falls Stampede

Jim Olander, president of the Sioux Falls Stampede, was named executive of the year by the United States Hockey League. He was chosen by a vote of senior management of the 16 member clubs. Olander has worked with the Stampede for 16 seasons, starting as the broadcast and communications manager. He was promoted to executive vice president in 2013 and president ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Sullivan Inc.

Sullivan Inc. won the International Market Centers’ Outstanding Visual Display award for excellence in visual merchandising and design on the 18th floor of this year’s AmericasMart in Atlanta. IMC brings together buyers and sellers from all over the world in the furniture, gift, home decor and apparel industries.

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