FEH Design’s Toi Sullivan Named Vice President


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Toi Sullivan

Sioux City, Iowa: The stockholders of FEH Design recently named Toi Sullivan, AIA a Vice President. Toi is the first female vice president in the firm’s 120+ year history.

Toi Sullivan, who joined FEH in 1999, is a licensed architect in the firm’s Sioux City office. As Vice President, Toi’s role will expand to include executive board leadership along with overseeing the marketing department. She will continue to be a principal designer for the firm’s educational, corporate, and religious work.

Toi graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota where she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1992. After college, she worked in marketing and sales before pursuing a career in architecture.

“When I graduated, there were no architecture jobs available. After several years in another career, being an architect was a distant memory,” said Toi. “Then I landed an interview with FEH, and they took a leap of faith on me. I connected with a group of women and together, we studied for our architect licensure. Every year during my performance review, management would ask me about my future career plans, and I always said I wanted to be in leadership.”

Toi has been involved in many impactful projects in the Siouxland area including Terrace View Events Center, Camp High Hopes, Spirit Lake Community Schools, Le Mars Public Library, Rock Valley Community Schools, June E. Nylen Cancer Center, Henjes, Conner & Williams PC, Siouxland PACE, and the restoration of the Davidson Building and Warrior Hotel.

Toi’s passions include preserving historical architecture and supporting Siouxland leadership, having served on Sioux City’s Historic Preservation Commission, a past president of Leadership Siouxland, and a Women Lead Change volunteer.

Toi’s advice to young professionals: “Don’t wait for someone else to move your mountains.”

She is currently working on design projects for Telco Triad Community Credit Union, Sioux City Endodontics, and Gehlen Catholic School.

Toi resides in Sioux City with her husband, Brad. The couple have two daughters, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren.

FEH Design is a community of architects, engineers, interior and graphic designers with a passion to create. Operating at offices in Sioux City, Des Moines, Dubuque (IA) and Oconomowoc (WI), FEH provides design services for public and private use projects in the Midwest. FEH clients receive a high level of personalized service and are involved in the entire design process.


#MemberMonday: Stifel


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L-R Back Row: Pat Corey (Senior Vice President/Branch Manager), Korey Kletschke, CFP, ChFC (Financial Advisor); Rick Kneip (Financial Advisor); Rob Schultz (Financial Advisor). Front Row: Cindy Agnes (Vice President/Investments) and Kim Cleaver Kletschke (First Vice President/Investments). Not Pictured: Dennis Dashner (Vice President/Investments)

What services do you offer? Stifel is a full-service wealth management firm providing a wide variety of investment products, financial services and financial advice including financial planning, retirement planning, employer sponsored retirement plans, and life insurance. We work with individual investors, businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? Proudly since 1970 we have been a member of the Siouxland Chamber! That includes previous predecessor firms that Stifel acquired.

What is the best part about being a Chamber member? Being a part of the Siouxland Chamber brings credibility to our business and demonstrates commitment to our community. We feel a sense of duty to work together with other Siouxland businesses and our Chamber to support a vibrant business community which benefits our tri-state area.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? We are one of the oldest investment firms in the area. Our office origins date back to 1952 when our office was called TC Henderson and was located in the Badgerow Building, across the street from our current location on 4th and Jackson.

#MemberMonday: United Way of Siouxland


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What services do you offer? United Way improves lives by uniting the caring power of our community. We do this by working with local businesses, community volunteers, and donors who help us invest in local programs that advance the health, education and financial stability of every person across our Siouxland Community.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? We have been a member of the Siouxland Chamber for 43 years!

What is the best part about being a Chamber member? The people at the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce are THE BEST. This organization really does take the lead in building our community by involving businesses from the entire Siouxland area. They care about this community and the dedicated staff and volunteer leadership groups of the Chamber really do make a difference.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your organization? United Way of Siouxland is 99 years old, and the United Way movement was started in 1887 in Denver by a woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi.

#MemberMonday: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland


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What services do you offer? Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles) ages 5 through young adulthood in the Siouxland area.

How many years has your organization been a Chamber member? We have been a member of the Siouxland Chamber for 19 years!

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? There are many amazing benefits of being a Chamber member! We have enjoyed being a part of Connect 101 and have loved getting to connect with and learn from all of the other leaders. We love how supportive the Chamber is of our organization. They are always willing to help promote and broadcast any special events or job openings we may have. We are very proud to be a 19-year Chamber member!

What is a fun or surprising fact about your organization? Many people think that Bigs can only be individual adults, but you can actually sign up to be a Big Couple or a Big Family as well! Big Couples and Big Families are for people who are in a committed relationship that get matched with a Little Brother or Sister and show them what a household of love and support looks like.

#MemberMonday: Great Southern Bank


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What services do you offer? Great Southern Bank offers a variety of financial products and services, including checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposits, loans, and more, to meet the needs of personal and business customers.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? We have been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce for 11 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? The best part about being a Siouxland Chamber member is the availability to extensive resources that they provide for member businesses through networking, educational roundtable events and legislative advocacy at the state and federal level.

Their continued efforts to advocate for the Siouxland community; its families and businesses, match closely with Great Southern Bank’s core values of teamwork, mutual respect, and understanding what really matters:

  • Commitment to make our community a better place to live, work and do business
  • Commitment to provide services and capital to help our community grow and prosper
  • Commitment to encourage our associates to actively participate and be involved in our community
  • Commitment to supporting our local businesses and agencies through charitable giving

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? While we pride ourselves on providing personalized service with a hometown feel, Great Southern Bank operates more than 100 offices across 11 states, including 95 banking centers, six loan production offices, and one home loan office.

#MemberMonday: Theodore’s Academy


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What services do you offer? We offer preschool and childcare services for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? Our business opened in March 2020 and has been a Siouxland Chamber member since December 2019.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? The best part about being a Siouxland Chamber member is knowing we have additional support from our business community. We also love all the connections and resources the Chamber provides its members.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? Our center is build around the idea that the natural exploration of the great outdoors is a priority. Our age groups are categorized by a garden theme, seedlings, sprouts, blossoms, and little gardeners. We incorporate nature into at least one lesson plan a day per age group and do as many outdoor activities as possible. We have bird baths and bird feeders at the windows of the classrooms. The children have experienced toads, birds, bugs, wildflowers, crops and more.

#MemberMonday: Woodbury County Fair Association


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What services do you offer? We are the home of the Woodbury County Fair which services 4-H, FFA, youth and adult open class participants. We also provide building and ground use for events.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We are in our first year of Chamber membership.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy learning about all the opportunities our membership can provide to help our association. The staff and volunteers are wonderful to work with and we enjoy meeting other Chamber members.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business?
Fun Fact: Country singer, Kenny Chesney performed at the Woodbury County Fair when he was just starting out. Also, the Woodbury County Fair is 2nd in the state for 4-H participation and we are the 3rd largest county fair in the state.

#MemberMonday: Heidman Law Firm


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What services do you offer? Our firm is a general practice firm and we maintain a strong client base representing individuals and businesses, as well as companies who provide liability, worker’s compensation, professional liability, health, and life insurance. During the past 40 years, we have expanded our areas of practice and legal expertise to include business, real estate, estate planning and probate, agriculture, family, health care, employment, municipal, personal injury, tribal law, and all forms of litigation.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? We have been members of the Siouxland Chamber for 51 years, since January 1970.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? The best part of being a Chamber member is that they provide many networking committees, educational opportunities and events to participate in which helps business owners and managers connect and prosper. Also, if you are needing help in resolving a business problem, you can ask the Chamber and they will do their best to connect you with someone that can help.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? Fun Fact: Heidman Law Firm, PLLC., is located at 1128 Historic 4th St., in the Evans Block Building. The firm traces its roots back to George Conway, who began practicing law in Sioux City in 1891 – just one year after the Evans Block Building was built.

Despite Pandemic, Siouxland Retains Title – Ranks First in the Nation for Economic Development


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SIOUX CITY (Iowa) – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which adversely affected global, national, and local economic activity, the Sioux City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has retained the top spot for populations under 200,000 in Site Selection magazine’s annual economic development rankings. 

After finishing third in 2018 and first in 2019, the Siouxland tri-state MSA held on to the top spot in its population category for January through December 2020 according to results released by Site Selection located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. 

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, who was in Sioux City to announce the national award at a 9:00 AM press conference, was joined by Mike Wells, the President and CEO of Wells Enterprises in Le Mars, Iowa.  Wells currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of The Siouxland Initiative (TSI), a not-for-profit economic development organization focused on increasing and enhancing employment opportunities throughout the tri-state region.

Addressing a gathering of local business executives, community leaders, and elected officials at the brand new $15 million Siouxland Expo Center in downtown Sioux City, Governor Reynolds stated, “This is welcome news and serves to confirm that, in spite of the challenges presented by the coronavirus, when it comes to economic development, communities throughout Iowa continue to be among the very best in the nation.”  Reynolds added, “I am thankful for the entrepreneurs and executives who have elected to grow their businesses in Iowa, and I am especially grateful for the jobs they have created and the capital they have invested in this particularly demanding year.”

Site Selection’s Managing Editor, Adam Bruns, who has journeyed to Siouxland to present this award on several occasions in the past but was unable to do so this year due to safety-based travel restrictions, released a statement which read, “I feel like I know Siouxland’s economy like the back of my hand.  So I know what a struggle this past year has been, especially for an area with such prominent food-processing employers.  It must be gratifying to area leaders to see the metro area finish No. 1 among Tier 3 again. But this year’s rankings carry extra good news, as Siouxland also ranks as the Tier-3 No. 1 when the numbers are examined on a per-capita basis.  Truly outstanding results for a standout region.”

In his first year of a two-year term as TSI’s Chair, Wells reflected, “No one really knew what to expect from the first global pandemic in over a century, but it is reassuring to learn that despite enormous obstacles, our economy continued to perform well relative to similarly-sized communities throughout the United States.”  Wells went on to explain that he is acutely aware of and sensitive to the ongoing struggles faced by many businesses and individuals adding, “As a native of Siouxland, I am always proud of the way our community comes together in a crisis and that is certainly what we observed in the past year.  TSI is indebted to the numerous local businesses that chose to expand right here in Siouxland, and we remain deeply appreciative of the many thousands of citizens who have focused on supporting our locally owned and operated businesses during the unprecedented difficulties brought about by COVID-19.”

TSI President, Chris McGowan pointed out that the metro had qualifying projects in all three Siouxland states contributing to the fact that Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota currently have the lowest unemployment rates in the country.  Highlighted by Sabre Industries’ August announcement of a $25 million expansion, which is projected to create 76 new jobs, the Sioux City metro had 17 qualifying projects in 2020.  Said McGowan, “With leaders like Governor Reynolds and Mr. Wells, I have every confidence that the cooperation between the public and private sectors, which is essential to robust economic development, will continue for many years to come.”

In addition to Sioux City’s top ranking, the Council Bluffs-Omaha MSA also appeared in the “Top-Ten,” finishing ninth in the tier-two category representing communities with populations between 200,000 and one million.  While visiting western Iowa, Governor Reynolds, took a moment to call attention to several eastern Iowa communities which were listed in Site Selection’s annual rankings.  Citing the magazine’s inclusion of Clinton, Dubuque, and Davenport, along with Sioux City and Council Bluffs, Governor Reynolds expressed, “Iowa’s collective performance in economic development this past year, is a testament to the determination and productivity of the exceptional people of Iowa.”  In the “Mississippi River Corridor” rankings, Clinton ranked first and Dubuque finished second for the number of qualified economic development projects per capita based on the 18 months concluding December 31, 2020.  That same analysis has Davenport joining those two eastern Iowa cities in the magazine’s Top-Ten cumulative rankings, with Davenport finishing sixth, Dubuque seventh, and Clinton ninth among Mississippi River communities.  The Governor expressed her belief that the Site Selection rankings corroborate Iowa’s classification as the state, along with Utah, to have the lowest risk and highest resiliency in recovering from COVID-19.[1]  

Each March, Site Selection magazine publishes its annual rankings.  The publication specifies, “Qualifying projects are those meeting one or more of Site Selection’s criteria for inclusion in the Conway Projects Database: a minimum investment of $1 million, creation of 20 or more new jobs or 20,000 square feet or more of new space.”

The 2020 ranking marks the ninth time since 2007 that the Sioux City metro has ranked first in the nation in its population category by Site Selection.  The Sioux City MSA was also recognized as the top economic development community for populations under 200,000 in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019.  The Siouxland metro ranked second in both 2009 and 2014 and finished third in 2006 and 2018.  The metro region has ranked in the top three nationally in its population category a remarkable thirteen of the last fifteen years. 


[1] COVID-19: Fiscal Impact to States and Strategies for Recovery, A Report by the Council of State Governments https://web.csg.org/covid19/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/07/fiscal-impact.pdf