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Century Business Products is proud to announce that Craig Doeden has won the “Best Technician in the Country” contest for Kyocera. This competition was open to any dealer in the country selling Kyocera products. There are roughly 2,000 technicians eligible to compete in the three-stage process. The national competition was held in Dallas, Texas on December 18. Contestants had to qualify from a regional contest that was held in Chicago in November. Century is part of the Midwest’s thirteen-state region.

“The competition consists of repairing multiple, intentionally bugged machines, a written test and verbal questioning from a five-member Kyocera judging panel,” said Doeden. “To make the competition a little more strenuous and help with a possible tie breaker, all segments were timed.”

Doeden receives a cash reward and an all-expense paid trip to Japan and China. His travels will include sightseeing along with touring Kyocera’s corporate office and production facilities. Doeden won the first contest Kyocera had in 2009.

Century Business products has had three Kyocera national winners and a top five finish every year but one since the inception of the contest. This is a true testament to Century Business Products’ vision “To be the leading office equipment provider in the area by providing innovative office solutions and ensuring complete customer confidence through performing quality service, support and training with dedicated employees who are proactive and focused on surpassing our clients’ needs and expectations.”  This vision focuses on our customers’ complete satisfaction as well as our employees’ successes.

The Board of Directors of The Co-op Natural Foods recently elected officers for 2016. Four incumbents were re-elected. The officers are:

  • President: Alex Halbach, a partner at Cutler Law Firm LLP in Sioux Falls. He is also an instructor at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping and an owner of Ideal Weigh Inc. The native of Lyle, Minn. has a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, and MBA and law degrees from the University of South Dakota.
  • Vice President: Dan Doyle, a partner at Cutler Law Firm LLP in Sioux Falls. The Sioux Falls native has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and MBA and law degrees from the University of South Dakota.
  • Treasurer: Jill McManus, a senior IT project manager at CNA Surety in Sioux Falls. She is also an instructor at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping. The Tripp, S.D. native earned a bachelor’s degree from Augustana University and MBA from Colorado Technical University.
  • Secretary: Cory Myers is the consumer experience director for Argus Leader Media in Sioux Falls. The San Diego, Calif. native earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Montana.

The four officers helped the Co-op get successfully established at its new store at 410 W. 18th St. after its store on South Duluth Avenue was largely destroyed by fire nearly two years ago, General Manager Molly Langley said.


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