Women Empowering Women Panel

Kae McNeil

Kae McNeil
Assistant Vice President, U.S. Bank Wealth Management

Moderator
kae.mcneil@usbank.com
605-226-4104

Kae is a graduate of South Dakota State University, a SCORE volunteer who mentors new and existing businesses and is on the Board of Directors for the SCORE branch in Aberdeen, The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity Advisory board and South Dakota Education Access Foundation. Kae has volunteer experience on a number of community boards such as, Aberdeen Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce, NSU Foundation, Education Assistance Corporation and Avera St. Luke’s Home/Hospice to name a few. Kae has previous job experience with SD Job Service, Mutual of Omaha-Claims Center and Avera St. Luke’s. Since 2003 Kae works at US Bank as an Assistant Vice President in Wealth Management with a passion to help customers meet their financial goals.


Marje Kaiser

Dr. Marje Kaiser
Superintendent, South Dakota School for the Deaf / South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

marje.kaiser@sdsbvi.northern.edu
605-725-8355

After graduating from St. Cloud State University, I taught high school in Minnesota and South Dakota. In addition to English and speech, I coached drama, forensics and debate. When my husband’s job took us to Aberdeen, SD I was hired by the Deaf-Blind program located at the SD School for the Blind (1975) to do child find and other activities. What I didn’t know was that my whole career path was being diverted. I was in charge of the program for 8 years, which prompted me to go back to school to take coursework in vision, sign language, and eventually a master’s degree in Educational Administration. About that time, my husband and I, along with another couple, bought a small town radio station. I became a fulltime DJ, news reporter, and copywriter as well as a new mom. In 1986 I was hired as superintendent for the SD School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. That led me back to school to earn a doctorate. In 2010 I added responsibility for the SD School for the Deaf located in Sioux Falls.


Gina Karst

Gina Karst
Executive Director, Safe Harbor

ginak@safeharborsd.org
605-226-1212

Gina Karst is the Executive Director at Safe Harbor, a domestic violence shelter in Aberdeen, SD; and has been since 2009. Her role is to assist all survivors of violence. Along with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the agency, Gina provides home and workplace safety planning, legal advocacy, crisis counseling, child advocacy and educates the community.  Gina is a graduate at Northern State University with a bachelors in Speech Communication/Public Relations. In the years that Gina has been with the organization, she has attended national and state wide conferences on domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse to name a few. She is part of a Community Coordinated Response Team, as well as the Aberdeen Area Child Protection Team.  Both teams are made up of professionals that work together to make a change in domestic violence and child abuse cases. She also serves on the State Coalition, South Dakota Network against Family Violence and Sexual Assault executive board.


Laure Swanson

Laure Swanson
Owner, RC Hunting Store

laure@rchuntingstore.com
605-725-382

Laure Swanson grew up in Mobridge SD. Graduated from Northern State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. Her career titles have included: Mother, Counselor, Director, Marketing Director, Vice President, Marketing Consultant, City Council Representative, Entrepreneur/ Business Owner. She and her husband, Dirk Swanson, own Swanson Electric, RC Hunting Store, Double L Investments, Extended Stay Suites of Aberdeen, Hospitality Hotel in Ipswich, SD and ABC Seamless Siding of Rapid City, SD.


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Women's Business Conference-Aberdeen

March 29, 2019

Best Western Ramkota Hotel

 

8:00 a.m. Registration, Networking & Business Showcase

9:00 a.m. Welcome & IntroductionsMichelle Kane, Director, SD CEO

9:05 a.m. Welcome to Aberdeen, Mayor of Aberdeen, Mike Levsen 

9:10 a.m. Welcome & Remarks, Dr. Tim Downs, President, Northern State University

9:15 a.m. Wait, What Did You Just Say? Using individual communication preferences to get everyone on the same pageMeg Manke, COO, Rose Group Int'l 

10:45 a.m. Networking Break: Business Showcase sponsored by Northern State University

11:00 a.m. Women Empowering Women

  • Kae McNeil, Moderator, Assistant Vice President, U.S. Bank Wealth Management 
    • Dr. Marje Kaiser, Superintendent, South Dakota School for the Deaf / South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired 
    • Gina Karst, Executive Director, Safe Harbor 
    • Laure Swanson, Owner, RC Hunting Store 

12:00 p.m. Lunch, Networking & Business Showcase 

1:00 p.m.   Energy Renewal, Candace Briscoe, President, Profiling Beauty

1:15 p.m. Entrepreneurial Spirit

  • Heather Beaner, Moderator, U.S. Air Force Lawyer & Farmer 
    • Sister Pam Donelan, Presentation Sister/Executive Director of Mission for Presentation College, Presentation Sisters 
    • Wendy Kirkham, Exclusive Black Status Leader, Younique 
    • Carly Pochop, Owner, Colorful Creations Art Studio 
    • Dr. Amy Scepaniak, DDS, Owner, Smile Solutions 
    • Amy Troske, Owner, Interior Plant Care & Designs 

2:00 p.m. Networking Break: Business Showcase

2:15 p.m.  Through the Accountability Looking Glass, Giving and receiving feedback in all its forms, Meg Manke, COO, Rose Group Int'l

3:15 p.m. Enterprising Woman In Business Award, sponsored by American Aberdeen News 

3:30 p.m. Closing & Door Prizes 

Keynote Speakers

 

Dee Dee Raap

Dee Dee Raap is an author, motivational speaker and customer service expert with 25 years of experience working in media, travel, banking and marketing. Dee Dee founded JourneyWorks, a speaking and business consulting firm, in 1996, and since then, has spoken to audiences across America and in Canada on service, leadership, life balance and values. 

Dee Dee’s passion is helping people find and live the values that help them excel personally and professionally—what she calls “Making the Journey Great.” She is passionate about helping organizations create values-based cultures that build loyalty with customers and employees.  She is the author of JourneyWords: 52 Strategies to Achieve Great Service; Dear Mom: Remembering, Celebrating, Healing; Find Your Pink Flamingos; and her brand new Dear Mom Journal.  She blogs on service leadership and offers free ezines and ebooks via her web site, www.DeeDeeRaap.com.

Dee Dee is a Distinguished Toastmaster and a member of the National Speakers Association.  She has served on boards for non-profit organizations, including two libraries, a symphony, chamber, United Way and Special Olympics.  Her biggest accomplishment?  Being a mom and being called “Gumma” by the world’s two greatest grandkids.  She grew up on a farm in northeastern South Dakota and now lives in Sioux Falls.

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Dr.Barbara Looney

Dr. Barbara Looney is an assistant professor at the BHSU School of Business, where she teaches Managerial Communications. She is also Program Coordinator for the MBA Program and co-advises the BHSU Enactus Team. Dr. Looney has a PhD in English from the University of Southern Florida, a Master’s in English from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from BHSU. She also holds paralegal certification from the University of Maryland. Prior to her collegiate academic career, Dr. Looney worked in private industry as a Customer Service Representative for the Sheraton Hotel Corporation in Boston, as a Congressional staff assistant in Washington, D.C., as a corporate paralegal for law firms in Washington, D.C. and Charlotte, NC, and as the assistant manager of a bar supply company in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  For three years in Copenhagen, Denmark, she held leadership positions with both the American Women’s Club and International Women’s Group, for whom she organized events and projects that benefited women from around the globe. 

 

 

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Exhibitors

 

 Aberdeen American News

Aberdeen Development Corporation

CorTrust Bank

Dacotah Bank

Dakota Broadcasting

Dakota Resources

Dee Dee Raap

GROW South Dakota

HALO Branded Solutions

Insurance Plus

KELOLAND Media Group

Lake Area Technical Institute

Lemongrass Spa

LifeVantage

Mainstream Boutique

Mary Kay Sales Director

New Day Consulting

Northern State University Admissions/Career Services

Northern State University Graduate Office

Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center

Senegence/Lipsense

Small Business Administration

The Farmer's Wife Boutique

Total Package MedSpa

Travel Backroads

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Grand Prize

 

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1 Session of Botox--$455 value

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Women's Business Conference

March 9, 2018

Best Western Ramkota Hotel


8:00 a.m. Registration/Business Showcase

9:00 a.m. Welcome & IntroductionsMichelle Kane, Director, SD CEO

9:05 a.m. Welcome to Aberdeen, Mayor of Aberdeen, Mike Levsen 

9:10 a.m. Welcome & Remarks, Dr. Tim Downs, President, Northern State University

9:15 a.m. Keynote:“Connections, Choices and Character | Three key strategies to make your Leadership Journey Great!” Dee Dee Raap Author - Speaker - Consultant

10:15 a.m. Break: Business Showcase

10:45 a.m. Women Empowering Women 

  •  Kae McNeil, US Bank Assistant Vice President, Relationship Manager - Moderator
  • Kristen Henderson, Midwest Ag and Veterinary Service/Dakota Vet Clinic, President and CEO
  • Ashley Erickson, Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center, CEO
  • Judy Stulken, Agtegra, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development

11:45 a.m. “Squalls and Gales: Weathering Change” Dr. Bobbi Looney, BHSU School of Business Assistant Professor, Management

12:30 p.m. Lunch/Business Showcase 

1:15 p.m. Entrepreneurial Spirit –Heather Beaner, Moderator  

  • Candace Briscoe – Profiling Beauty
  • Julie Fischbach – Mainstream Boutique
  • Emily Heintzman – Double Duty Movers and Storage
  • Dr. Rebecca Rich – Aberdeen Hearing and Tinnitus
  • Jennifer Deutsch – Next Generation Performance Center  

2:00 p.m. Break: Business Showcase

2:15 p.m. “Best Practices”, Dee Dee Raap

3:00 p.m. Closing /Door Prizes


Entrepreneurial Spirit

 

Lieutenant Colonel Heather Beaner 
U.S. Air Force Lawyer and Farmer
Facilitator

waldi@nvc.net

Lieutenant Colonel Heather Beaner is a Reserve Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force and a farmer near Mellette in northeastern South Dakota.  After serving as a military attorney on active duty for 12 years, she transferred to the Reserves in 2011 and moved home to take over her father’s 2,300 acre farming operation.  While her husband has a full-time non-farm job in town, Heather manages the corn and soybean farm, conducts the input buying and grain marketing, does all the planting and harvesting, and tries to keep up with their 4-year-old son.  She is also an active volunteer, including serving on the board of directors at the regional domestic violence shelter, delegate for the local grain cooperative, American Legion and Auxiliary leadership, and her church worship coordinator.


Pam Donelan

Sister Pam Donelan 
Presentation Sister/ Executive Director of Mission for Presentation College 

pdonelan@presentationsisters.org
605-216-4950

Sister Pam Donelan is the Executive Director of Mission at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  Sister Pam has been in education and leadership for over 45 years.  She taught English and Communication in high school and she was Dean of Students at Presentation College.  During that time, she was also an adjunct faculty member teaching Communication and Theater classes.  Presentation College Ice Cream Theatre founded under her leadership as an artistic director.  Sister Pam, a Presentation Sister of the Blessed Virgin Mary, served as a member of the Presentation Sister Leadership Team and was the President of the Presentation Sister Congregation of Women Religious for eight years. Her religious background is in program development, facilitation and worldwide travel.  Sister Pam recently celebrated her 50th jubilee as a Presentation Sister.

Sister Pam will tell you she has a passion for education, leadership and being a Presentation Sister.    She can speak from her experience about what works in education and leadership and how to overcome obstacles in a work environment.  She is an alumnus of Presentation College, College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota and University of North Dakota.   Earning B.A degree in Communication and Theatre and a M.A. degree in Children’s Theatre.  She has certificates in facilitation of small and large groups.


Wendy Kirkham

Wendy Kirkham
Exclusive Black Status Leader, Younique

wendykirkham@yahoo.com
605-228-3723

Once a pharmacist, now a successful entrepreneur. Wendy is a single mom with two boys and lives on a hobby farm at Mina, SD.  In 2013, at age 46, Wendy quit her job as a pharmacist to work full time at a network marketing company in the cosmetics and skin care field. She has since ascended to the top leadership rank in the company and has a team of nearly 300,000 women in 13 countries.   Wendy accomplished this personal goal through sheer determination, unending tenacity, and a success-driven mindset.  She was able to create the life that she envisioned for herself and her family so they can live the life that they love. A life that provides the flexibility and resources to live more and do more. Because of what she has accomplished, Wendy aims to inspire other women to chase their dreams and live the life that they love.  If you are aspiring to build a successful business, to be your own boss, to earn some extra income, to make friendships and travel around the world, Wendy Kirkham is your person. Her experiences and life story are enough inspiration to guide you in planning for your future and achieving your goals.  Just like Wendy, you can achieve what she has achieved and more. Your dream life is waiting for you, and with courage, determination, and perseverance, everything is within reach. Are you ready?  Wendy would love to answer any of your questions. 


Carly Pochop

Carly Pochop
Colorful Creations Art Studio 

jfischbach@mainstreamboutique.com
605-262-3046

Carly Pochop was an elementary Art Teacher in the Aberdeen School District for two years. She studied Art Education in college for five years at Minnesota State University Moorhead and specialized in Ceramics. Though she loved teaching kids, the idea of making her dreams become her reality couldn't wait any longer and here is why: In March of 2015, she found out my sister has breast cancer and five months later dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. They are very close and the news of this ignited a fire in her soul. See here is the thing, there is no family history and Carly’s sister is only 38 and her dad is 62. She looked at her life and realized she needed to start listening to that little voice inside her head. You know, the voice that tells you to do something. The voice that says "Wow, that would be cool if..." Well that little voice had been talking to Carly for over a year and a half, and it was time she started to listen. Only one month after her sister’s diagnosis, Carly started Colorful Creations. By starting this, she vowed to help those in need. She may not be able to help medically, but Carly’s promise is to put a smile on your face and help you create a masterpiece you never thought possible. Life is too short not to smile and embrace every single moment. Not waiting for the future, but embracing the current. That is Carly’s mission. To give back. This is an amazing community filled with remarkable people and everyone has a story, no matter how big or small. We are all unique and need to celebrate that.


Amy Scepaniak

Dr. Amy Scepaniak, DDS, Owner
Smile Solutions

amyscepaniak@hotmail.com
605-725-1500

Amy Scepaniak grew up in Lisbon ND, graduating from high school in 1996. She earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from Valley City State University in 2000. She married her husband Wyatt in 2000. Amy is a mother to 3 children, Levi (14), Libby (12), and Lucy (5). She graduated dental school in 2008 from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Amy started Smile Solutions in September of 2009 and this past summer built a new facility north of the mall. She practices general dentistry, so she gets to do a wide variety of procedures, which she enjoys.


Amy Troske

Amy Troske
Owner, Interior Plant Care & Designs

datroske@nvc.net

Amy was born and raised on a dairy farm outside of Humboldt SD. After graduating from South Dakota State University, she married Dylan Troske of Turton SD and moved to Northville in the spring of 2001. With her degree in Consumer Affairs and Health Benefits, Amy began her career at Mutual Of Omaha Insurance in Aberdeen. In June of 2014, Amy developed her beloved houseplant hobby into the business she owns today, Interior Plant Care & Designs. Amy and Dylan are currently raising four children; Nicholas, Rhianna, Sophia and Eva. Amy’s hobbies and activities don’t just include her plants, but also her pet chickens, two dogs, running her kids to all of their activities, being a school board member, and active in her church and community.


Exhibitors



  • Aberdeen American News
  • Barb's Health & Wellness
  • CorTrust Bank
  • Dacotah Bank
  • East River Electric Cooperative, Inc
  • Eide Bailly
  • Elm Digital Marketing
  • GROW South Dakota
  • HALO Branded Solutions
  • Insurance Plus
  • Lake Area Technical Institute
  • Main Stream Boutique
  • Monat by Marsha
  • Northern State University
  • Photo-X-Press and Portrait Studio
  • Profiling Beauty
  • Rose Group Int’l
  • Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center
  • Total Package MedSpa
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Walmart Vision Center
  • Younique

 

 

Keynote Speaker

 

Meg Manke Meg Manke is Chief Operating Officer of The Rose Group, Int’l. She has years of experience in leading through transition. From major changes in highly-regulated industries to managing through $100M acquisition, Meg has refined skills in understanding people through change. Her studies in organizational psychology and mastery in leadership concepts ensure that your people are taken care of. Period.

Meg has a passion for helping other realize their full potential - breaking down social and personal barriers - changing their story. Her innate ability to recognize opportunity in weakness and present a strategic solution is unprecedented in today's business world.

Meg is a ranch kid from western South Dakota, where she still puts in a hard day's work on the family place. Ranch life gave her sticktoittiveness, passion for family and outdoors, and maybe a touch of stubbornness. Meg is an avid runner, an advocate of the well-rounded education of youth, and a major supporter of finding humor in all things.

 All attendees receive a FREE COPY of Meg's book iX Leadership! 

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Keynote Topics:

Wait...what did you just say?: Using individual communication preferences to get everyone on the same page

Do you ever wonder why you don't see the world the same as others on your teams? It's not because those people are mean, bad, nefarious...right? Of course not! It's really because each person has a unique perspective; some like order, some like chaos and there are preferences for a team environment or working alone. The stories, tools, and activities during this keynote segment will help participants understand work preferences of each person in their lives. Whether it's a team of 2 or 200, on the home place or in the office, we are all expected to communicate and perform effectively. The tools we'll use to learn about work environment preferences will support the participant in their personal journey to understand their own feelings and preferences and sort out those of the people around them. 

Through The Accountability Looking Glass: Giving and Receiving Feedback in all its Forms

Everyone wants an environment of accountability but not everyone (ok, no one really) knows how to create it! In this segment, we'll uncover the myths and legends behind fake accountability - deadlines, timelines, and goal spreadsheets - and learn the true foundation - genuine and effective feedback in all directions. We'll talk about giving and receiving feedback and practice decoding the language of another person's perspective. I will provide tools and activities to help participants see the value in listening for real, listening to learn. The objective of this segment is to provide a perspective of collaboration with all team members by understanding what people are saying, not what you're hearing.

 

 

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Best Western Ramkota Hotel

 

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Hear from successful entrepreneurs, local women executives and be inspired by dynamic speakers!
You will leave rejuvenated and refreshed with new tools and ideas on how to approach your work and your life. 
Registration and Exhibitor Showcase begins at 8:00 a.m.
Program starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. 

Lunch is included. 

 

Early Bird Fee: $99 (expires March 15)
Fee: $125  
Students: $50 

 

 

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Women Empowering Women Panel


Kae McNeil

Kae McNeil
US Bank 

Moderator

kae.mcneil@usbank.com

605-226-4104

Kae is graduate of South Dakota State University, a SCORE volunteer who mentors new and existing businesses and is on the Board of Directors for the SCORE branch in Aberdeen.  This SCORE branch began its formation in 2003 with interest from the local Chamber of Commerce, Development Corporation and Small Business Development Center. 

Kae has volunteer experience on community boards such as Aberdeen Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce, NSU Foundation,  Education Assistance Corporation, South Dakota Education Access Foundation and Avera St. Luke’s Home/Hospice to name a few.  Kae has previous job experience with SD Job Service, Mutual of Omaha-Claims Center and Avera St. Luke’s.  Since 2003 Kae works at US Bank as an Assistant Vice President in Business & Ag Banking


Judy Stulken

Judy Stulken
AG TEGRA

judy.stulken@sdwg.com
605-725-8355

Judy Stulken is the SVP, Organizational and Member Development for Agtegra Cooperative. Judy has been with the cooperative since 2008 and previously worked at Student Loan Finance Corporation as the Assistant Vice President, Human Resources. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Moorhead State University and Master of Science degree in business management from Black Hills State University. She is a certified senior professional in human resources and a SHRM senior certified professional.


Kristen Henderson

Kristen Henderson 
Midwest Ag and Veterinary Service / Dakota Vet Clinic

krsiten@midwestag.biz
605-882-2497

Kristen is co-owner and general manager of Midwest Ag & Veterinary Service and currently lives in Watertown with her husband, Brooks, and two young children. She holds master’s degrees in engineering and business. Prior to joining Midwest in 2016, Kristen worked in Research and Development for a Fortune 500 medical device company for nearly 10 years in various engineering and management roles, including an international assignment in Costa Rica. Since Kristen joined the management team at Midwest, the company has expanded from strictly animal health retail to offering veterinary services, integrating three clinics into its mix in less than two years. Outside of work, Kristen serves on the board of the Watertown Area Community Foundation, is a member of the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee, the Watertown Kiwanis Club, Immaculate Conception Church, and enjoys golfing and playing viola with a local string quartet.


Ashley Erikson

Ashley Erickson
Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center

ashley.m.erickson@sanfordhealth.org
605-626-4104

 Ashley became the Executive Director ofSanford Aberdeen, Aberdeen, SD in January 2015. Before joining Sanford, Ashley served as CEO at North Valley Health Center, Warren, MN since 2012, where she led the construction of a new, replacement facility. She has served in various administrative roles throughout her career in both non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Ashley received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. She received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration in addition to receiving a International Health Care Management certificate from the University of Colorado, Denver, CO. 

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Heather Beaner

Lieutenant Colonel Heather Beaner 
U.S. Air Force Lawyer and Farmer
Facilitator
waldi@nvc.net

Lieutenant Colonel Heather Beaner is a Reserve Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force and a farmer near Mellette in northeastern South Dakota.  After serving as a military attorney on active duty for 12 years, she transferred to the Reserves in 2011 and moved home to take over her father’s 2,300 acre farming operation.  While her husband has a full-time non-farm job in town, Heather manages the corn and soybean farm, conducts the input buying and grain marketing, does all the planting and harvesting, and tries to keep up with their 3-year-old son.  She is also an active volunteer, including serving on the board of directors at the regional domestic violence shelter, delegate for the local grain cooperative, American Legion and Auxiliary leadership, and her church worship coordinator.


Rebecca Rich

Dr. Rebecca Rich
Aberdeen Hearing & Tinnitus Center
rrich@aberdeenhearing.com
605-725-4327

Rebecca Rich, Doctor of Audiology/Speech Language Pathologist Rebecca Rich opened her audiology practice in 2005 after receiving her Master's degree in Audiology from the University of South Dakota. While running her practice, she furthered her education by receiving her Doctor of Audiology from Salus University in 2009. Dr Rich initially received her Master's degree in 2002 from the University of North Dakota in Speech-Language Pathology and worked for 3 years as a Speech Pathologist for a school district, rehab unit and Birth to 3 program prior to pursuing her Master's degree in Audiology.


Emily Heitman

Emily Heintman
Double Duty Portable Storage and Movers, Inc.
contactus@doubledutytm.com
605-225-0203

Emily Heintzman is the Founder and President of Double Duty Portable Storage and Movers, INC AKA Double Duty Movers and Portable Storage. She first fell in love with cargo containers as a child on a military Navel Ship during her fathers overseas tour in the military. She later noticed the growth of the container industry among the states and planted her own portable storage business on the virgin soil of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Seven years later, Double Duty is a company of marvelous feats through Emily’s leadership, gaining certifications, equipment for all the needs of its customers through the three branches Portable Storage Rentals, Moving services, Containers sales. In 2017, Emily accepted Enterprise Award through(AMSA) American Moving and Storage Association with her family and now Emily is featured as an Industry Leader in Dispatch, the National Portable Storage magazine. Starting as a simple way to support her family into something her children could one day inherit was always a dream for Emily, and a support she wishes to give to all families across the nation in need of a Pro-Moving team and a cargo container.


Julie Fischbach

Julie Fischbach
Mainstream Boutique of Aberdeen
jfischbach@mainstreamboutique.com
605-262-3046

Julie was born in Faulkton, SD, attended Faulkton Grade & High School, and graduated from Northern State University with a Business Management Degree. She is married to Greg Fischbach who has been a self-employed farmer since 1997. They have twin daughters, Keeley & Ashley Fischbach, who are juniors at Warner High School – where they currently live. Julie has been working since she was in the 6th grade. She worked in Corporate American for 20-some years in retail, banking, and pharmaceuticals. In 2014 Julie opened Mainstream Boutique of Aberdeen. Another location was opened in Sioux Falls East in 2015, then another in Brookings this last year. She is currently a fellow with the Dakota Resources (Dakota Rising) Program and is serving her 2nd term with the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce. Julie’s free time consists of her daughters’ sporting events, reading self-help / motivational books, and researching new ways to market business. She would love to be a small business coach someday.


Jennifer Deutsch

Jennifer Deutsch
Next Generation Performance Center
info@nextgymnastics.com
605-725-6398

I started my love for gymnastics as a HS gymnast for Britton, SD from 1991-1996. After graduating HS I went to college at Southwest State University in Marshall, MN. I was the Marshall High School assistant gymnastics coach from 1996-2000. During this time I was fortunate to go on a trip July 1998 to Budapest, Hungary. There I attended gymnastics facilities and met Henrietta Onodi who was a 1992 Olympic Gold and Silver medalist on Vault and Floor for Hungary. This experience was once in a life time and started my drive to continue to be involved in the sport of gymnastics and operate my own gym some day. After graduating college with an Art Education degree I moved to Aberdeen, SD and became an Art teacher at Aberdeen Central High School where I taught for 12 years. I found out there was a youth program called the Aberdeen Gymnastics Association (AGA). I became the AGA Director in 2001. I soon found myself drawn back to the HS level gymnasts. I became an assistant coach for CHS in 2001 and took over for the Varsity gymnastics team in 2003. I chose to leave teaching in 2012 and coaching HS gymnastics in 2014 to pursue my dream to own a gymnastics facility. I continued to focus on the AGA youth program until August of 2015. I made the decision to leave the AGA to open the Next Generation Performance Center. NGPC provides gymnastics instruction to ages 3-12, Next Ninja boys class, open gyms for ages 18 months - 12, birthday parties and a safe, fun space for other groups to come explore! The current location in the Aberdeen Mall is a stepping stone for hopefully a larger facility that will provide competitive gymnastics, cheer and dance, along with many other fitness programs for Aberdeen and the surrounding area! My wonderful, supportive husband, Aaron, and I have two children who love to have fun in the Next Generation Performance Center!


Candace Briscoe

Candace Briscoe
Profiling Beauty
candace@profilingbeauty.com
605-262-0405

Candace Briscoe graduated from Northern State University with a BS in Biology, Chemistry and Computer Science. In 2004, She created Profiling Beauty that featured natural cosmetics and body care products. In 2006, She began formulating skin care for people considered hypersensitive and unable to take perfumes, contaminants, essential oils and preservatives. In 2010, in response to growing regulations with regard for formulating skin care, her laboratory was created in a building that now houses Profiling Beauty. In 2012, a store featuring products that meet the strictest guidelines in the industry was opened allowing local residents access to personal care products free of harmful chemicals like acrylates, Quaternium, Sodium Benzoate, Glycols, Parabens, Sulfates, Carbomer, PEG’s, Nickel contamination and much more. A room with no exterior walls presented a wonderful opportunity to provide Hot Yoga to Aberdeen, with Candace going through 200RYT training in Colorado at Core Power. Since that time she has trained with big names in Yoga like Baron Baptiste and Kiersten Mooeny for Athletes Yoga, Judith Lasseter and Bo Forbes for Restorative Yoga, Aadil Palkhivala and Darma Mittra for Pranayama Yoga, and Jane Austin for Prenatal Yoga. With additional training in courses in Tibetan Yoga, Anti-aging Yoga, Qi Gong Basics, Thai Massage, Kids Yoga, and Ayurvedic Basic Principles –she has tried to pull from many fields to offer the most for the customers and pass knowledge to an amazing set of Yoga instructors. The three businesses have melded together into a Health and Wellness center that focuses on natural based healing and self care with a deep respect for scientific method and principles.

Grand Prizes


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Total Package Sampler

1 Hour skin complexion analysis and consultation

1 Session of Botox--$455 value

1 Hydrafacial w/ Dermaplane--$215 value

1 Zone of Coolsculpting--$850 value

 

 

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