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Sunday, February 13, 2005

Gregg Ceaser, David Kelley and Veronica Kuzma, financial consultants in RBC Dain Rauscher's Billings office, were recently named to the firm's President's Council. The President's Council award annually recognizes employees for outstanding performance and professional growth, and demonstrating leadership in client service.

Rev. Michael Obenauer, Billings, has been appointed to the Intermountain Children's Home and Services Board of Directors. Obenauer is the associate conference minister of the Montana-Northern Wyoming Conference, of the United Church of Christ. He has served as a pastor and teacher in the United Church of Christ setting for 27 years.

Intermountain Children's Home and Services is a nationally recognized, non-profit organization that provides treatment programs dedicated to children suffering from moderate to severe emotional disturbances. Joint Commission accredited, Intermountain offers highly integrated therapeutic and educational services for children ages 4-11. For more information, go to

Suzanne Bronson of the American Business Appraisers of MT/WY has been conferred the certified business appraiser designation by the Institute of Business Appraisers, and is among 500 appraisers in the United States holding this certification. Bronson can be reached at 655-4241.

Scott Scovel recently joined CTA Architects Engineers as a senior architectural project manager. Scovel holds a bachelor's of architecture from MSU and has over 20 years experience in the architecture field.

Caleb Jobes recently joined CTA Architects Engineers as a structure engineer. Jones is a 2004 graduate of South Dakota State University with a bachelor's of science in engineering and civil engineering.

Steve Swanke recently joined CTA Architects Engineers as a structural steel detailer. Swanke holds an associate's degree in applied science from MSU-Billings College of Technology and has five years CADD drafting experience.

Michelle Burtell recently joined CTA Architects Engineers as a CADD drafter. Burtell holds an associate's degree in drafting technology and has six years experience.

Marcie Lardy has joined CTA Architects Engineers as a receptionist.

Jeff Nitzschke has joined CTA Architects Engineers as a mechanical engineer. Nitzschke holds a bachelor's of science in mechanical engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and has over six years of experience as a mechanical consulting engineer.

Jack Auzqui has been promoted to senior vice president and manager of the new Indirect Buy Center at First Interstate Bank. Auzqui transferred from the Casper, Wyo., branch, where he held a similar position for 18 years.

Melanie Good has been promoted to loan officer at First Interstate Bank's Indirect Buy Center. Good transferred to the Indirect Buy Center from the credit card division, and previously worked at the downtown Billings branch for 10 years in underwriting and collections.

Elli Skiles has been promoted to loan officer at First Interstate Bank's Indirect Buy Center. Skiles joined the Indirect Buy Center in September. She previously held management positions with TranSouth Financial and Autoville USA in Columbus, Ohio.

Jan Longen has been promoted to loan officer at First Interstate Bank's Indirect Buy Center. Longen joined the Indirect Buy Center in September after 21 years with Billings Ford Motor Credit as dealer services supervisor.

Sharon Hansen has been promoted to loan officer at First Interstate Bank's Indirect Buy Center. Hanson joined the Indirect Buy Center in August after holding similar positions over the past 14 years with Wells Fargo Bank and Norwest Bank.

David Ruff has relocated from Casper to join First Interstate Bank's Indirect Buy Center as a loan officer. He held a similar position at First Interstate's Casper branch for eight years.

Janice Jensen has been promoted to assistant vice president at First Interstate Bank's Indirect Buy Center. Jensen, the Billings market sales representative, joined First Interstate in August, after holding a similar position with GMAC for 18 years.

Terry Riley of Billings recently earned top honors for lia sophia's Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers. Riley has earned this accomplishment in her first 15 weeks by attaining certain sales levels and by sharing lia sophia with other new advisors.

Clark and Rachel Marten of Clark Marten Photography of Columbus recently taught at the 12th Annual convention of "Senior Photographers International," held in St. Petersberg, Fla., in January. The Martens spoke on keeping up to date on the latest trends in photographing high school seniors.

They also taught one of the extra seminars on sales.

The Billings office of Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co., P.C. (AZ & Company) announces the addition of two professionals to its team.

Donna Hjelm is a graduate of MSU-B with a bachelor's degree in business administration with an accounting option. As a staff consultant, Hjelm is involved in tax preparation and general accounting services. Prior to joining AZ & Company, Hjelm worked as a tax preparer and donated her time and services to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Rachel Christoferson has joined AZ & Company as a staff consultant and will graduate in May with her bachelor's degree in business administration with accounting and finance options at MSU-B, where she is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Collegiate Honor Society and president of the Accounting Club.

Tim and Roxie Shilhanek are the new owners of the Billings Maaco collision repair facility. The Billings Maaco center is located at 2475 Enterprise Ave. Call 406-652-4022 for more information.

American Mortgage of Montana, Inc. announces the addition of senior loan consultants Robin Hanel and Nate Royer, to our team of loan experts. Hanel and Royer bring a combined 32 years of financial/banking experience, and Hanel has been one of the state's top mortgage producers for more than 10 years. American Mortgage of Montana, Inc. is locally owned and managed by Steven Tucker.

The American Association of Collegiate Registrar's and Admissions Officers President-elect has named Montana Tech Registrar Ed Johnson as program committee chair for the organization's 2006 annual meeting, to be held in San Diego. Johnson is currently a three-year member of the AACRAO Annual Program Committee, and served previously as Chair and Member of the Small College Issues Committee, and as a delegate to the AACRAO Small College Summit, held in Washington, D.C., in 2000.

Additionally, Johnson is one of 14 AACRAO members to be nominated for a position on the 2005-2006 AACRAO Nominations & Elections Committee. The Nominations & Elections Committee selects those AACRAO members who will lead the organization into the future.

Johnson has served Montana Tech as Registrar and Director of Summer School since 1994. For more information, contact Ray Rogers, director of college relations and marketing at Montana Tech, at (406) 496-4614.

Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Solution has awarded Kevin Puett, Prudential Floberg REALTORS, the eCertificated designation for demonstrating superior expertise in the use of the Internet for communication and eCommerce.

Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Solution has awarded Bob Kreiner, Prudential Floberg REALTORS, the eCertificated designation for demonstrating superior expertise in the use of the Internet for communication and eCommerce.

Janice Gill has joined Prudential Floberg REALTORS as a sales associate, specializing in residential properties.

Reese Puckett of Puckett Tax & Insurance, in Flaxville, has been chosen by John Deere Risk Protection, as the managing general agent of crop insurance for Westfield Insurance, as an authorized crop insurance representative. As part of a select group of agents, Puckett will provide federally reinsured crop insurance to local growers starting with the spring 2005 season. Puckett has served producers with risk management and crop insurance solutions for 23 years and is a member of the National Association of Crop Insurance Agents.

In November, Puckett attended a national conference sponsored by John Deere Risk Protection. Held in Johnston, Iowa, this four-day seminar focused on strategies to help producers fully utilize risk management tools and technology, and featured sessions with USDA officials, risk management technology experts, economic advisors and growers.

Dr. Michael W. Stuart and Dental Team, of Billings, have returned from attending Dental Boot Kamp in Louisville, Ky. The three-day course educates dentist and their dental team members on the most effective ways to assess and be sensitive to the needs and wants of patients. In addition to training in people skills, Stuart and his dental team were taught organizational skills that will help them work more effectively together in serving patients. They also received training that will help them relate better to family and friends. For more information, call 248-2669.

Mike Schaub has joined A&E Architects, P.C., as a construction administrator for A&E's construction services department. He is providing contract administration for the new Regional Emergency and Trauma Center at Deaconess Billings Clinic. Schaub has over 25 years of construction experience on large commercial and industrial projects around the world.

Jennifer Jeanotte has joined the staff of TLC Laser Eye Centers-Billings as an ophthalmic rechnician. She has a bachelor's degree in nursing from Montana State University and two years of experience in direct patient care. Jeanotte is also a sales consultant and district manager for Arbonne International, a nutrition and skin care products company. At TLC, Jeanotte will perform ophthalmic testing on laser vision correction candidates, calibrate and program the VISX S4 laser, as well as assist in refractive surgical procedures.

Western Security Bank announces that Stacy Muir has been promoted to branch operations manager of the Lockwood Branch of Western Security Bank. She can be reached at 247-8434.

Kaycee Aberle, formerly of Wells Fargo, has joined Western Security Bank as a consumer lender. Aberle is located at the Grand Avenue location of Western Security Bank and can be reached at 238-8852.

The Billings Chapter of SCORE has announced that attorney David L. Johnson will chair the organization during 2004-05 fiscal year. Other officers are Paul Hickman, vice chair, and Barry Nolan, secretary-treasurer.

SCORE is a national organization of business executives who volunteer their time and expertise to assist persons who wish to start a new business or upgrade an existing one. The organization is sponsored by the Small Business Administration and has more than 3,000 chapters nationally. There are nine chapters in Montana. The Billings SCORE office, located at the Billings area Chamber of Commerce at 815 S. 27th St., is open daily from 1 to 3 p.m. and at other times by appointment. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Chamber of Commerce office at 245-4111.

Nick Purchio has joined Farm Bureau Financial Services. Purchio was previously with the U.S. Postal Service. His office is located at 2501 St. Johns Ave., Suite B, and he can be reached at 652-4844.

Tony Smith of Tony Smith Photography recently received the Photographer of the Year Award from the Professional Photographers of America at the national convention held in New Orleans. All four images submitted received merits and were accepted into the Imaging USA Photographic Exhibition. Smith also represented the State of Montana as its PPA councilor at the annual meeting.

The Society for Range Management has elected Dennis Phillippi of Bozeman to second vice-president of the Society. He will become president of SRM in February 2007. Phillippi is senior consultant and president of Natural Resource Options in Bozeman.

Bill Moore, sales professional with xpedx, a division of International Paper Company in Montana, was recently recognized for outstanding achievement at the annual company sales meeting. Moore received the PAR award for exceeding his territory goal for 2004.

David A. Kelleher, general manager, and (Photo) Nancy Schieno, administrative manager, with xpedx, were recently recognized for outstanding divisional performance at the annual company meeting. The Billings xpedx division was recognized as one of the top performing xpedx divisions in the country.

Darla Card has joined OneEighty Communications as its customer experience manager. Her responsibilities include overall service delivery processes, promoting and upselling new and existing products and management of the customer care team.

Carmen Leach, broker-owner of DualagentS Real Estate Services has been awarded the certified residential specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialists. Realtors who receive the CRS designation have completed advanced courses and demonstrated professional expertise in residential real estate. Only four percent of Realtors nationwide have earned the CRS credential. Leach can be reached at 670-5862, or 1901 Broadwater Ave., Suite 7.

The Montana General Office of New York Life Insurance Company announces the promotion of Joshoa Q. Gardner to the position of partner. Along with his current duties, Gardner will be responsible for the recruitment and development of new sales associates. He can be reached in Billings at 255-6300.

Ryan Rittal, EI, has joined Engineering, Inc. in the position of staff engineer. A graduate of the School of Engineering at Montana State University, Rittal received the degree of bachelor's of science in civil engineering in 2004. Rittal passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in April of 2004 and will begin work toward becoming licensed as a professional engineer. Rittal has worked as a Survey Party Chief and Construction Inspector in Bozeman during the past few summers and will join Engineering, Inc.'s Bozeman office to assist with field operations and residential and commercial site civil development.

David Capser, EI, has joined Engineering, Inc. in the position of staff engineer. Capser graduated in 2004 from the School of Engineering at Montana State University, with a bachelor's of science degree in civil engineering. Capser has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam as administered by the State of Montana and will begin work toward his professional engineer's license. Capser will primarily be involved in residential and commercial site development projects in Engineering, Inc.'s Billings office. Engineering, Inc. can be reached in Billings at 656-5255 or on the Web at


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