Corey Stapleton, a former Republican state senator from Billings and a 40 Under Forty winner, was sworn in as Montana’s newest Secretary of State in January. Stapleton was one of three Republicans to capture the state’s top elected offices. Stapleton served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years and has been a financial planner in addition to his service in politics.
DeDe Stoner, a 2012 winner, is now the vice president and manager of the Home Loan Center of First Federal Bank and Trust, located at 1605 Shiloh Road. Stoner has more than 21 years of experience in banking and mortgage lending.
Angela Klein Hughes, a 2009 awardee, is serving as president of the Billings Association of Realtors. Her brother, Daniel Klein, was the association’s president in 2013.
Damian Forrester, a 2008 winner, has changed jobs in his real estate career. He’s now a broker with eXP Realty in Billings.
Erika Willis, a 2009 honoree, recently took over as executive director of Tumbleweed, a non-profit organization that provides emergency services for youth in crisis. Willis previously worked for Tumbleweed as a crisis counselor.
Nina Hernandez, a 2012 honoree, is now development director of Youth Dynamics, a nonprofit that helps youth with mental illness.
Clark Marten Photography, where 2015 honoree Rudi Marten works, received the Billings Gazette's 2016 Readers' Choice Awards
The family business has been operating for 30 years. Photographer Clark Marten, Rudi's dad, moved his studio from his home outside of Columbus to a building on historic Montana Avenue several years ago. Clark and Rudi work together.
“Our work has a lot of depth plus an artistic edge blurring the lines between photography and art,” Rudi said.
Dr. Kris French, a 2016 honoree, has launched an interactive website, www.mdexplain.com. French is partnered with another physician, Dr. Ben Sickler. They strive to answer their customers’ medical questions quickly and accurately, using their own extensive training.
Tina Stinson, a 2015 winner, sold her downtown baby boutique and photo studio, Ca-Layla, to Becky Salyer, this year's winner. Salyer has since renamed the store to Bumps 'n Bundles and moved it to Shiloh Crossing. Stinson has moved to Bozeman, where she still operates her photography studio, http://www.tinastinsonphotography.com.
Mac Fogelsong, vice president and chief operating officer at Sanderson Stewart, was recently elected to the firm’s board of directors. In his role as COO, Fogelsong oversees project delivery and operations. He is a 2009 40 Under Forty honoree.