Jim Jensen Receives Siouxland Chamber’s Deming Award

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Great West Casualty CEO Recognized After 47-Year Career

SIOUXLAND, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota – At their 36th annual fundraising dinner held at the Sioux City Convention Center on Thursday evening, the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce presented its most prestigious recognition, the W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership and Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, to Jim Jensen of Great West Casualty Company. Jensen, who recently celebrated 47 years of employment with the South Sioux City, Nebraska-based insurance company, was lauded for his corporate, community, and Chamber leadership.

Speaking to a sold-out Sioux City Convention Center, Jensen, who served for 15 years as Great West’s chief executive officer, fondly recalled his local roots, acknowledged the opportunities the company afforded him, and thanked his fellow employees and the community for their unparalleled support. Jensen stated, “I am so grateful for my employment with Great West which began just after I graduated from high school. It continued through college and included leadership assignments in Denver and Boise, before culminating with my role as the chief executive officer of this outstanding organization.” Jensen continued, “I am humbled by this recognition, and indebted to Great West’s remarkably dedicated employees and unbelievably loyal customers. Carla and I owe a significant debt of gratitude to Siouxland, and we have done our level best to make sure that we give back to this community, which has sustained us, both personally and professionally, for nearly five decades.”

Jensen’s relationship with the nation’s leading over-the-road semi-tractor/trailer insurance company began when, as a seventeen-year-old high school student, he was retained to mow lawns for the company. His employment with Great West continued when, as a college student at Briar Cliff, Jensen spent nights at the company’s corporate headquarters working as a dispatcher answering emergency phone calls. Joining the company’s underwriting department after graduating from college, his career eventually took him to leadership roles in Colorado and Idaho before returning to South Sioux City in 2007 to lead the organization as CEO. Over the course of Jensen’s career with Great West, the company’s revenues grew from $12 million to a staggering $1.2 billion annually.

Rich Waller, who, while CEO of Security National Bank, served with Jensen on the board of The Siouxland Initiative, asserted that Jensen was an excellent selection and a welcome addition to the exceptional Siouxland leaders who have received the award over the years. “Jim is most deserving of the Deming Award and his legacy of leadership in Siouxland is one I am proud to affirm. His subtle contributions, critical thinking, and bold vision for what his company and this community can be, have made a profoundly positive difference for both.”  

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce president Chris McGowan echoed Waller’s sentiments and explained that Jensen’s years of service on the boards of directors of Briar Cliff University and UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s, as well as the boards of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and The Siouxland Initiative, both of which he served as chair, coupled with his role serving as the honorary chair of the Boys and Girls Home and Family Services tailgating fundraiser for kids, were all factors in his selection for this year’s Deming Award. McGowan said, “Since returning to Siouxland, Jim has distinguished himself as one of the key advocates for our community. While he can be a very vocal and outspoken leader, he has most often chosen to quietly lead by example, which I believe is the gold-standard for servant leadership.”

The Deming Award is presented annually to an outstanding business executive and exceptional community leader in the tri-state region. Jensen joins a notable list of past recipients who have been recognized for their entrepreneurial success, business leadership, and commitment to Siouxland. This year marks the 31st time the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce has presented the Deming Award dating back to 1991.

The W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership & Entrepreneurial Excellence Award is presented in honor of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a Sioux City native and world-renowned statistician, philosopher, and educator. This award is designed to recognize local business executives who have exhibited outstanding leadership and corporate citizenship, within the Siouxland community, as well as originality, quality, productivity, and performance within the realm of their business.

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Dr. W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership &

Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

Award Criteria: The W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership & Entrepreneurial Excellence Award is presented in honor of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a Sioux City native and world-renowned statistician, philosopher, and educator. This award is designed to recognize local business executives who have exhibited outstanding leadership and corporate citizenship, within the Siouxland community, as well as originality, quality, productivity, and performance within the realm of their business.

 Recipients

  1. Ted Waitt, Gateway
  2. Wrede Smith, American Pop Corn Company
  3. Harold Bomgaars, Bomgaars
  4. Fred Davenport, Davenport Companies
  5. William Dible, Terra Industries Inc.
  6. Byron Brower, Brower Construction Company
  7. Sam Bernstein, State Steel Supply Company
  8. Robert Williams, Williams and Company
  9. Roland Junck, Prince Manufacturing
  10. William Metz, Metz Baking Company
  11. Robert Peterson, IBP, Inc.
  12. Eldon Roth, Beef Products, Inc.
  13. Chuck Long, Long Lines
  14. Irving F. Jensen, Jr., Irving F. Jensen Company
  15. Pat Boeshart, Lite-Form Technologies LLC
  16. Ken Ackerman, K & B Transportation
  17. Leonard Gill, LP Gill, Inc.
  18. Allen Mahaney, Soo Tractor Sweeprake Company
  19. Mike Bennett, Terra Industries
  20. Roger and Jane Bomgaars, Bomgaars
  21. James Yanney, Guarantee Roofing & Siding
  22. Steve Schneider, Gerkin Windows and Doors
  23. Mike Wells, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
  24. Garrett Smith, American Pop Corn Company
  25. Regina Roth, BPI
  26. Richard Waller, Security National Bank
  27. Bev and Jim Wharton, Briar Cliff University / City of Sioux City
  28. Douglas Palmer, Tegra Corporation, Palmer Candy Company
  29. John Gleeson, Klinger Companies, Inc.
  30. No Award Presented Due to COVID-19 Global Pandemic
  31. John Reynders, Morningside University
  32. Jim Jensen, Great West Casualty Company

Nature Calls Event Features Craft Beer Tasting and More

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For Release August 25, 2022

Nature Calls Event Features Craft Beer Tasting and More

Sioux City, IA—Sample craft beers, bid on unique auction items, and visit with artists about their work at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s “Nature Calls” fundraiser Saturday, September 24th beginning at 6 p.m. at the Sioux City Convention Center. Free parking is available in the city parking ramps.

The “blue jeans casual” evening includes nature art, beer tasting, food, raffles, silent auctions, and a live auction. Guests can sample more than 70 craft beers, including some from your local favorite brewers.  In addition, there will be IPAs, ciders, lagers, seltzers, beer alternatives and some local wines to sample at the event. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and delicious food will also be available throughout the evening. Sampling will conclude at 9:15 p.m. when the Live Auction begins.

“Nature Calls is our only fundraising event and it’s vital funding for our programs. People look forward to it because of the relaxed atmosphere and unique combination of artists, beers, and auction items,” said Dawn Snyder, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center Education Programs Director. “Our goal is to raise funds for conservation education programs and exhibits,” continued Snyder.

The Nature Calls event attributes its success to numerous sponsors and local donors and has become a fun and profitable evening for the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s special projects such as the Nature Center indoor exhibits, the Raptor House, and the very popular Discovery Forest Nature Playscape.

A highlight of the event is the Live Auction which includes hotel stays; fine jewelry; original artwork; overnight cabin stays; and much more. In addition, more than 70 Silent Auction Items have been donated for the event. There will be raffles, including a few gun raffles.

Ten area artisans and nature-themed vendors will exhibit their items available for purchase at the September 24 event. Hand-crafted items include fused glass, natural-edge wood slab furniture, pine needle baskets, jewelry, and garden art. Artists include Julia & Peter Licht from Artery of Sioux City; Marit Westrich from MW Glass & Other Works of Sioux City; Lela Heineman from H & H Design Company of Pender; Doug Johnson from Johnson’s Mill of Sioux City; Jana Peterson from Autumn Prairie Designs Jewelry of Anthon; Susan McCulley from S. McCulley Wildlife Art of Sioux City; Lynn Jarvis from Snowflake Woodcrafts of Hornick; Sonya Sexton (baskets) of Danbury; Connie Smith (greeting cards & photography) of Sioux City; and Loess Hills Wild Ones with garden art.

Advance tickets only this year. Purchase tickets online at https://woodburyparks.org/ or call the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center at 712-258-0838. Sales end September 23.

For more information on contact Dawn Snyder at 712-258-0838. View more auction items, sponsors, artists, and beers featured at the event at https://www.facebook.com/DorothyPecautNatureCenter or  https://woodburyparks.org/.

Guest Blog: Leadership Siouxland Taking Applications Until August 31st

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As an alumnus, past board member, and current Executive Director of Leadership Siouxland, I see firsthand the value this program provides to class participants and the Siouxland community. We provide a low-cost, time efficient way for class participants to develop the unique leadership skills needed for success in these challenging times, and networking opportunities that are unprecedented. I hope that you will consider participating in our upcoming class or sponsoring a participant from your organization.

Leadership Siouxland was formed 38 years ago. Over 1,100 Siouxlanders have graduated from the program. The 9-month curriculum is designed to allow participants to enhance their leadership skills; learn more about themselves and their strengths and talents; gain knowledge about our community and form a great network of professionals. 36 professionals from various businesses and industries in the tri-state Siouxland area graduated in May from our 2021-2022 class. Our program continues to evolve into unique experiences for each individual professional. The responses and feedback from class participants is inspiring. Some of the comments we hear are:

“It was an amazing experience!”
“The session on diversity and inclusiveness opened my eyes so I can understand different perspectives.”
“I am a better person and a better leader because of this program.”
“I learned how to be more authentic and to self-reflect; and how to step out of my comfort zone.”

“I made life-long friends and professional connections I can count on to help me navigate through
issues.”

The curriculum includes learnings on Emotional Intelligence; Change Management; Gallup Strength Finder; IDEA (Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, Access/Accessibility); Difficult Conversations; and the following areas of education about our communities: Economic Development, Public Safety, Mission Driven Organizations, and more.

The class is formed into Connection Circles, allowing for deeper and more personal conversations around the session topics. Orientation is held 8:30 AM to 4 PM the last Thursday of September. Monthly class sessions are held the first Thursday of each month October through May from 5:30 to 9 PM. Meals are provided, and the total cost of the programs is $675. A limited number of scholarships (up to 1/2 the full tuition) are available. We work with companies and individuals on payment arrangements if requested; otherwise, payment is expected by orientation. The program offers a dynamic opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and men and women of various career levels and industries.

Thank you in advance for your interest in participating or sponsoring a participant in our upcoming program. We are constantly refreshing the content, class locations and activities, so each new class has a fresh, new experience. Click here to download an application. More information is available on Facebook at Leadership Siouxland. You can also reach out to Peggy Smith, Executive Director via e-mail at pesmith@bluebunny.com or call 712.898.8594.

Leadership Siouxland develops diverse, passionate leaders who positively impact our community for today and tomorrow.

Guest Blog: CEO Jeana Goosmann Featured in “The Science of Getting Rich for Women”

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Goosmann Law Firm CEO Jeana Goosmann is featured in a new book inspiring women around the world to make a comeback after the pandemic setback. Today only, June 9th, you can download a FREE advance copy of The Science of Getting Rich for Women.  For every download, a partner organization is donating $1 to United Nations Women. Please share this and help us in our mission to create a global economic rise and miracles for women around the world.


Goosmann Law Firm is honored to announce that CEO & Managing Partner Jeana Goosmann is featured in a new book The Science of Getting Rich for Women by Sara Connell officially launching on June 14th, 2022. Jeana Goosmann’s inspirational story is one of 25 self-made women millionaires featured in the book.

A special drive to benefit United Nations Women is taking place on Thursday, June 9th where you can download a FREE advanced copy of the book and for each download a partner organization will donate $1 to UN Women. For every copy downloaded between 10am and 11am CT, they will double that donation. To download a FREE copy to benefit UN Women on June 9th visit https://www.amazon.com/Science-Getting-Rich-Women-Millions-ebook/dp/B0B3254Z9F/.

In 2009, Jeana Goosmann started the Goosmann Law Firm with a passion to run a business when leading in the law wasn’t available to female lawyers. Over the years Goosmann’s success has been built on her values of culture, quality, positivity, productivity, and growth. Since starting the firm, Goosmann has been on a mission to promote and empower other women leaders. In 2021, she won the Enterprising Women of the Year Award for her leadership of the largest Women Owned Law Firm in the Midwest. She is the author of the Amazon Bestseller Worth It: Business Leaders Ready Execute Deliver. She brings her RED Mentality to her leadership of the firm and to deliver on her client’s goals.

Goosmann says, “I’m honored to be featured in this incredible book that shares stories from top women leaders who have defied risks and overcome challenges to get where they are today. As a woman lawyer and business owner, my favorite part of representing women is that I have a unique understanding of how to navigate the role, its benefits, and its opportunities. We have the power to be agents of change helping women lead successful careers while fulfilling their passion for life.”

About the book – The Science of Getting Rich for Women by Sara Connell

The Science of Getting Rich for Women aims to be an antidote to the global financial gap and a catalyst for women’s financial freedom and empowerment. In 1 year, women globally lost $800 Billion in income during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mission of this book is to create a global economic rise for women around the world to make a comeback after the pandemic setback. Author Sara Connell shares the exact journey she took to go from struggling to make $20,000 a year as a writer and coach to making over $1,000,000 in one year as an author, speaker, and coach. You’ll also read the stories of 25 women who started without investors, capital-or in many cases, anyone believing in them-and became millionaires. By the end of this book, you will have a toolkit to create millions, while changing lives and having a positive impact on our planet. To learn more about the book visit www.thescienceofgettingrichforwomen.com.

About Goosmann Law Firm

Goosmann Law Firm is the largest woman-owned law firm in the Midwest for trailblazers leading the way. They are one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States with locations in Omaha, Nebraska, Sioux City, Iowa, Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Their clients range from local businesses to multinational Fortune 100 companies. Their areas of practice include Business, Estates, Employment, Disputes and Trials. Goosmann Law Firm is a proud member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms. To learn more about the Goosmann Law Firm, visit their website at www.GoosmannLaw.com or call (855) 843-4531.

#MemberMonday – Art SUX Gallery

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How many years has the Art SUX Gallery been in Siouxland? We have been in business since 2019.

What services do you offer? Art SUX Gallery is located at 515 4th Street. We have over 20 artist studios and have a main gallery space for monthly and bimonthly exhibits as well as shows. We also have office space for a few photography, web design and interior design businesses.

Inside the building we created a space for Art SUX for kids (the left store front). This is where we hold events for kids to do craft and art projects for free. On the other side of the building store front is Hardline Coffee Co.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been a member for almost two years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? I think what I have enjoyed most about being a Chamber member are the Chamber employees. From support, ideas, opportunities and everything in between, I feel like everyone is rooting for us and making our success their success as well.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? My favorite Chamber event, for selfish reasons, was our ribbon cutting. I had dreamt about that day for 11+ years. It was one of the best days/events of my life.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? I’d say our name, Art SUX Gallery, is itself interesting. I named it in homage to our airport code as well as a tongue and cheek reply to some people’s artistic views and tastes. Whether you pronounce it “Soo” or “Sucks”, the idea it embodies is still the same.

Property Taxes on Multi-Unit Residential Dwellings

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Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Member,

Eager to address the State of Iowa’s 22% “equalization order,” which increases property taxes on multi-unit residential dwellings in Sioux City (this includes apartments, town-homes, assisted living centers, nursing homes, etc.), on Monday, October 24, 2021, Mayor Bob Scott, Siouxland Chamber President Chris McGowan, and Chamber Executive Vice President Barbara Sloniker traveled to Des Moines to meet with the Iowa Department of Revenue leadership at the state capitol.  This delegation from Sioux City met with the Director of the Iowa Department of Revenue, Kraig Paulsen, as well the Department’s legal counsel and policy advisor.

While Sioux City leaders will continue to explore all options to resolve this situation, there is no guaranteed outcome, so we urge local property owners to preserve their rights and file their appeals before the imminent deadline.  The only real estate affected by this equalization order are properties located within Sioux City and classified as multi residential.  Affected taxpayers would have received mailed notice of an increase of their valuation prior to October 8, 2021.

The deadline for Sioux City property owners to file their appeals is this Monday, November 1, 2021, and appeals must be received or postmarked that day.  Protests may filed by mail, in person, or by electronic mail.  To assist in the process, the Sioux City Assessor has put into action an appeal program located on its Beacon website.  Go to http://siouxcityassessor.com and click on Online Appeal Program tab.  There, the property to be appealed can be looked up, and at the bottom of the screen the Sioux City Board of Review Petition is located with a blue box directly below it that can be clicked on.  Taxpayers can fill out the appeal form, attach additional documents (including income and expense forms) and pictures, and then transmit the information to the Board of Review in one step.  Emailed submissions will be also accepted at SCBOR@sioux-city.org.  Taxpayers are encouraged to providing supporting information for with their protests, which may include income and expense information.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to multi-unit residential property owners with properties within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Sioux City.

Guest Blog: Frank Koekkoek Jr. Joins Seaboard Triumph Foods as Vice President & General Manager

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Seaboard Triumph Foods (STF) is excited to welcome Frank Koekkoek Jr. as the new Vice President & General Manager to lead STF.

He holds over 21 years of experience in leadership, operations, food safety, business development, and improvement in the protein industry. Frank is a detail-oriented, high-energy, and driven leader.

In his recent positions, Frank served as the Director of Operations for Perdue in Lewiston, North Carolina, and as the Complex Manager for Butterball in Raeford, North Carolina.

“We will continue to enhance our core values of safety, people first, and food safety, At STF, our foundation must be built on people first as we continue to focus our efforts on making STF the company of choice,” said Frank.

His passion for the protein industry started young as his father, Frank Koekkoek Sr., worked in the industry for 54 years, retiring as the Vice President of Operations at Michigan Turkey Producers (MTP).

Frank is relocating to Sioux City with his wife, and five children, Carleigh, Kamdyn, Kyndall, Kailyn and Konner. In his free time he enjoys football, the outdoors, and spending time with this family.

Kick Off the Holidays at Booth 117

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Kick Off to the Holidays at Booth 117

October 9, 2021
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
144 Gaul Drive

Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

Shop for all the upcoming holidays! 🎃 🦃 🎄

Drinks and snacks provided. 🍷
Giveaways!! 🛍️


Come check out the reveal of all the new holiday decor!

Learn more here.

#MemberMonday: Ability Tech

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What services do you offer? We custom build adaptive technology for individuals with limitation. We modify toys or other devices to be switch adapted. We also run ChairAbility which allows other individuals or organizations to donate unneeded equipment or supplies and we donate them back to individuals, families, or organizations that are in need.


How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? This is our first year as a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.


What is the best part about being a Chamber member? Being such a small business, the Chamber has allowed us to network with other local businesses and owners to help us grow and find answers to problems that they have already gone through.


What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? Ability Tech was started and still operates out of our basement, but some aspects have grown into Grandpa’s garage. Another interesting fact is that Ability Tech started with an idea to help our son Kayden play baseball more independently and that has turned into “how can we help everyone else” that feels left behind in the adaptive technology community. We put the benefit of our customers before the benefit of Ability Tech, we are “Adapting for Change”.