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Maria Christiaens and Steve Markovich have been accepted into partnership at Eide Bailly, a regional consulting and certified public accounting firm. Christiaens, CPA, serves on the firm's Employee Benefits Committee and participates in the interoffice inspection team. Markovich, CPA and Billings partner, provides budgeting and accounting assistance, as well as financial forecasting services.


LaRell Carter, sales manager, at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana, has been awarded the Certified Hospitality Sales Professional designation by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The CHSP designation is one of the highest achievements awarded by the Educational Institute.


Chrissy Welp has joined The Billings Gazette Marketing Team. She will continue to be the Co-op Coordinator adding co-op opportunities to customer proposals and presenting co-op information on sales calls. Additionally, Welp will work with the team to produce marketing materials and oversee special promotional projects.


New York Life Insurance Company agent Kyle Frank, of the company's Montana General Office, recently attended Career Development Conference in Dallas, Texas. Career Development Conference is a five-day educational workshop held for successful New York Life agents from across the country. Frank can be reached at 255-6335.


joe Degel has been named an assistant vice president in Business Banking at Wells Fargo in Billings. Degel joined Wells Fargo in 1997 and moved to the Business Banking Department in 2000 as a business banking associate. (Photo) Tyler Nose has been named a business banking officer at Wells Fargo. He was previously a banking associate with Business Banking.

Velma Pretty On Top-Holeman, executive director of the Native American Development Corporation, has been appointed to the Community Board of Directors of Wells Fargo.


John J. Michelotti, president of Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, was recently installed as vice president for the 2003-04 term of the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. Michelotti is a member of the Montana State Board of Funeral Service, and is the founder of Montana Chapter of National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Project Lifesaver.


Brianne Scott, cosmetologist, has joined Custom Cut, 1410 Lake Elmo Drive. Scott was previously with Little Noggins. She can be reached at 252-2503.


Patty Williams from Senior High School has been nominated as Billings Classified Employees Association Education Support Professional of the month.


The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates have announced Prudential Floberg Realtors of Billings placed in the top three award winning offices in the Western Region for the first quarter of 2003.


Matt Zimmerman, sales manager for The Schwan Food Company's local sales team in Billings, recently attended the national Schwan's Home Service leadership convention in Reno, Nev.


Anthony D. Miller, CFP, has been awarded Financial Advisor of the Year by the Southeastern Montana Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. This is his third consecutive year to receive this award. Miller can be reached at 294-7526.

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