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STOCKMAN ASSET MGT.

HIRES NEW PRESIDENT

Ron O'Donnell has been named president and CEO of Stockman Asset Management Inc. His responsibilities include the oversight of the equity and fixed-income strategies, portfolio management, business development and direct customer service.

O'Donnell brings 19 years of investment experience to the position with a mutual fund company, Investment Management Group and Stockman Asset Management. He has attained the designation of chartered financial analyst through the CFA institute and holds a Series 65 license.

DAVIDSON HONORS

LOCAL MANAGER

D. A. Davidson & Co. has honored Todd Preston - vice president, financial consultant and branch manager of the Billings office - and the Billings office with the 2008 Marketing Achievement Award.

The award was established to recognize the branch that consistently demonstrates exemplary work achievements and skillful leadership in marketing. For years the Billings office has donated packages for the annual Cat/Griz football game that includes dinner for two, overnight lodging and tickets to the game. These packages have been used for fundraising projects for the Billings Food Bank and the Flakesgiving meal promotion held by a local radio station.

PRUDENTIAL EXEC

ATTENDS CONFERENCE

Lacey Kraft, a financial services associate with the Prudential Financial Inc.'s Tri-State Agency, 175 N. 27th St., recently attended a conference on leadership and diversity for women hosted by the Prudential Insurance Company of America in Newark, N.J. Kraft can be reached at lacey.kraft@prudential.com or 252-7692, ext. 7263.

GOVERNOR MAKES

APPOINTMENTS

Local residents were recently appointed to the following boards and councils by Gov. Brian Schweitzer:

Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors: Linda Crummett, Billings (chair), clinical social worker in private practice and also employed by Montana State University Billings; Henry Pretty On Top, Lodge Grass, licensed social worker.

Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists: Tina Hoagland, Billings, audiologist with MSUB.

Transportation Commission: Barb Skelton, Billings, resident of District 5 (Democrat), owner and operator of the Hardenbrook Ranch Inc. in Stanford.

Carol Gibson, Billings, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Outfitters. Gibson is a former state legislator who served on the Fish, Wildlife and Parks committee.

DAVDISON PROMOTES

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Chris Molvig, financial consultant in the D.A. Davidson & Co. Billings branch, has been named senior financial consultant in recognition of the high quality of service to his clients and the growth of his business. Molvig joined D.A. Davidson & Co. in November 1996. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Carroll College.

ENGINEERING FIRM

MAKES PROMOTIONS

Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, a local engineering, surveying, planning and asset development firm, promoted Craig Canfield to office manager. Canfield has been with KL&J for three years and has overseen numerous projects for local, county, state and federal clients. Canfield earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University and is a registered engineer in Montana and Wyoming.

Mike Wamboldt has been promoted to energy group leader at Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson. Wamboldt has been with KL&J for 12 years and will lead all corporate energy-related project development. Wamboldt earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Concordia College and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University. He is a registered engineer in Montana and Wyoming.

NEW REALTY

OFFICE OPENS

Liz Miller recently started Granite Realty LLC at 2815 Montana Ave. Miller, the 2008 Reader's Choice winner, is broker/owner. She can be reached at 860-1032. The following agents and staff have joined her at Granite Realty: Liz Cheryl Buscho, sales associate, 698-6007; Eileen Shelton, sales associate, 698-6468; Kim Redding, sales associate, 661-1818; Tracy Koski, office manager and licensed sales associate, 670-6963.

For more information, call the main office number, 839-2202, or go to www.graniterealtymt.com.

MSUB FOUNDATION

OFFICERS ELECTED

The Montana State University Billings Foundation Board of Trustees recently elected officers and new trustees.

Officers are: chair - Sharon Peterson, associate director, Leadership Montana; vice-chair - Joe McClure, CEO, Advanced Care Hospital of Montana; immediate past chair - Dave Warne, independent business owner; secretary - Joel Guthals, president, Guthals Hunnes & Reuss, PC; treasurer - Don Allen, retired CPA, Anderson Zurmuehlen & CO PC.

New foundation trustees elected are: Bernie Harrington, owner, EZ Money Check Cashing; Jon Ness, chief operating officer, Billings Clinic; Darryl Rensmon, president, Morrison-Maierle Systems Corp.; Steve Wahrlich, owner, Best Western Clock Tower Inn; Jeremy Vanatta, marketing manager, Rimrock Mall; Dr. Tim Wilkinson, associate professor of marketing, MSU Billings.

BIG SKY SENIOR SERVICES

ELECTS NEW BOARD

Big Sky Senior Services Inc. has elected its new board of directors. Denise Armstrong, president, has been on the BSSS board of directors since 1994. She most recently served as the board president for the Prevention of Elder Abuse chairing the Representative Payee program and the Financial Institutions Task Force, which created a statewide training program to assist financial employees to identify and report financial exploitation of the elderly. Armstrong is the vice president, marketing director of Stockman Bank.

REALTOR RECEIVES

BROKER'S LICENSE

Damian Forrester of Century 21 Hometown Brokers has recently received his broker's license. Forrester handles residential, investment and commercial real estate. He can be reached at 697-3282.

DIRECTOR JOINS

SCHOOL FOUNDATION

Janyce Haider has joined the staff of the Billings Catholic Schools Foundation as the executive director. She had been employed by Easter Seals Goodwill for nearly 27 years as a development officer. She holds a master's degree in business administration from California Coast University. Haider can be reached at 252-0252.

STYLIST OPENS

NEW SALON

Kathy Hedges, a former Redken educator and hairdresser for 13 years, has opened Aqua Studio and Salon, 3429 Central Ave., Suite D. Hair and nails services are currently offered, with pedicure, yoga and Pilates services planned for the future. Hedges can be reached at 655-0720.

Val Lich, formerly of Salon Avalon, has joined Aqua Studio and Salon at 3429 Central Ave., Suite D. A licensed cosmetologist with 25 years of experience, she specializes in colors and cuts. She can be reached at 655-0270.

REHAB PROFESSIONALS

RECEIVE HONORS

Jan Ronning and Gregg Hafner were honored at the 2008 Montana Association for Rehabilitation Montana State conference held in Kalispell in October. Ronning received the Rehabilitation Award of the Year for her contribution to the improvement of life of persons with disabilities. Ronning works as an employment specialist at the Career Guidance Center. Hafner received the Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his years of service and leadership to the MAR organization. He has served on the MAR Board of Directors for the past 11 years.

DIRECTORS NAMED

AT BOYS, GIRLS RANCH

The following have been named to the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch board of directors for their first two-year terms: Ronald Sexton, Montana State University Billings; and Debbie Gilliland, Bank of the Rockies-Livingston. Lynette Scott, of Apostles Lutheran Preschool, Billings, has been named for a final two-year term. YBGR board members in current terms are: Kenneth Frazier of Felt, Martin, Frazier & Jacobs PC; Michael Follett, Reporter Big Sky Office; John Cote, Independent Financial Consultant; Gini Jones, retired; Bill Toner, First Interstate Bank; and Bill Thomas of Hobson, retired.

ABT COMMITTEE

ANNOUNCED

The Alberta Bair Theater introduces its executive committee: Paige Spalding, Merrill Lynch, immediate past president; Bill Cole, Cole Law Firm PLLC, president; Wayne Hirsh, U.S. Bank, president-elect; Alice Gordon, Civic Leader, treasurer; Chris Dorr, civic leader, secretary. The additional board members are Jennifer Corning, Sharon Weatherwax-Ripley, Lynn Fox, John Jacobsen, Hewes Agnew, Leslie Pitman, Doug Jenkins, Jan Dietrich, Laverne Royer, Chuck Tooley, Carolyn Ennis and Laurence Martin.

HI MOUNTAIN

ADDS NEW STAFF

Hi Mountain Recreation has added two full-time employees for the winter riding season.

David Knox has joined the sales team as a full-time sales associate. He has previous sales experience, coming from a position where he worked in home security sales. Kurtis Grow has accepted a full time shipping/receiving parts and accessories position. Grow graduated from Louisiana State with a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture.

The dealership operates out of a state-of-the-art showroom located at 7175 Trade Center Ave. in Billings. For more information, go to www.HiMountainRec.com.

BEARTOOTH HARLEY

HIRES ACCOUNTANT

Katie Almanza has joined Beartooth Harley-Davidson/Buell, 6900 S. Frontage Road, as a full-time staff accountant accounts payable. Almanza previously held a position as an accounting technician at Community Counseling and Correctional Services. She graduated Montana Tech in Butte with a bachelor's degree in business.

For more information, go to www.BeartoothHarley.com.

FWP EMPLOYEES

RECEIVE HONORS

Six Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks employees from Billings recently received a 2008 Governor's Award for Excellence in Performance. The six were part of a team of nine people who won the annual award for their work in acquiring the Yellowstone Wildlife Management Area and Yellowstone River State Park 30 miles east of Billings. Recipients from Billings are: Ray Mule', regional wildlife program manager; Doug Habermann, regional parks program manager; Harold Guse, warden captain; Allison Puchniak, native species biologist; Bob Gibson, regional communication and education program manager; Carillon Steorts, recently retired from the regional office staff.

Other members of the team were Rebecca Cooper of Helena, FWP federal aid specialist; Hugh Zackheim of Helena, FWP lands bureau chief, and Bruce Bugbee of The Conservation Fund in Missoula.

The team, as well as Regional Supervisor Gary Hammond and Regional Fisheries Program Manager Jim Darling, both of Billings, also won a 2008 FWP director's award for their efforts.

AIDS PROJECT

GIVES AWARDS

Yellowstone AIDS Project announces its 2008 Award Recipients, selected for their contributions to HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in our Community:

Ron Seibel is the co-founder of Billings' AIDS Support Network in the early 1980s; this organization was later developed into the Yellowstone AIDS Project. Seibel has been a leader in the HIV movement for 25 years, and his goals have included working with both individuals and families who are affected by AIDS. He has also been instrumental in coordinating HIV testing in the community.

Becky Bey has volunteered in the battle against AIDS since the mid-'90s, including serving as the associate director of Programs for YAP. During this time, Bey developed programs that are still a fundamental part of YAP and its continuing educational and outreach efforts. As board president for two years, from 1999 to 2001, she helped lead YAP into a new century.

Vince Fender has devoted countless hours to YAP over the past few years, working daily in the YAP office. He has been invaluable in completing a variety of projects, including important mailings. For his efforts, he is being awarded the 2008 Mark Ackerman Award, named in honor of a prior volunteer who benefited YAP with exceptional service.

WESTERN SECURITY

PROMOTES MANAGER

Katie Gallogly has been selected as the customer service manager at the Grand and Rehberg Branch of Western Security Bank. Gallogly has been with Western Security Bank since 2004 and can be reached at 371-8312.

RIMROCK OPERA

ADDS STAFF

Rimrock Opera Chorus for Kids has recently hired two new employees.

ROCK's new Dolce choir director, Erin Cade Small, graduated from Montana State University in 2007 with a degree in music education. She currently teaches at Riverside Middle School and Newman and Burlington Elementary Schools. She is a member of the High Plains Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Steven Hart.

Kendra Hertz, Dolce accompanist, is an original season member of ROCK. As a junior at Senior High, she participates in the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Varsity Choir and Bel Canto Choir. She also sings with the Contemporary Choir and Senior Choir, and cantors and accompanies as a flutist at American Lutheran Church.

NEW SUBWAY

STORE OPENS

Kevin Perreault, a franchisee for Subway, opens his 12th location in December in the Shiloh Crossing development next to Kohl's. At this year's Subway convention held in Las Vegas, Perreault was recognized as one of North America's top multiunit owners for Subway restaurants.

TRAVEL CAFÃ… JOINS

MARKETING GROUP

Travel Cafe in Billings was recently selected to be a member of one of 50 Travelsavers Elite travel agencies, a coalition of travel agencies. Travelsavers is an international marketing organization with a retail chain of more than 3,000 independently owned full-service travel agencies in 14 countries. Headquartered in Oyster Bay, N.Y., Travelsavers offers a range of products and support services to help its agencies maximize sales through a select group of travel suppliers.

MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR

JOINS BANK STAFF

Katie Truscott has joined Rocky Mountain Bank as a mortgage originator at its Billings office, 2615 King Ave. W. She will primarily educate customers, process applications and qualify buyers for purchase, refinance and construction home loans. Truscott is a member of the Homebuilders Association and affiliate member of the Billings Realtors Association. She can be reached at 655-5131 or ktruscott@rmbank.com.

TECHNICIANS

CERTIFIED

Patty Barnes and Ryan Hatfield recently passed their Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge and skills required to successfully install, operate and troubleshoot a small branch office network. Barnes and Hatfield are employees at i_Tech Corp.

PACIUGO OWNERS

AT ANNUAL MEETING

John and Kathy Haigh, co-owners of Paciugo Italian Gelato & Café, recently attended the franchise's annual meeting in Dallas. They received instruction on several new product lines, including Gelato Pie. Their store is located at 3429 Central Ave., Suite F. For more information, go to www.paciugo.com.

AGENT JOINS

ELITE REALTY

Nikki Zimmer has joined Elite Realty as a real estate salesperson. Formerly of Century 21 Hometown Brokers, Zimmer will continue to specialize in residential buying and selling. She can be reached at 671-0848 or nikki.eliterealty@yahoo.com.

MORTGAGE CONSULTANT

RECEIVES HONOR

Jill Young, mortgage consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, recently received an Outstanding Sales and Top 10 Percent Producer Award. Young originates conventional, FHA and VA loans for residential real estate purchases and refinancing options. She can be reached at 655-6129 or jill.p.young@wellsfargo.com. Her office is located in Wells Fargo Bank's Homestead Branch at 2235 Grant Road.

REALTOR HONORED

BY RE/MAX

Phyllis Webster, a farm and ranch specialist with Re/Max Premier Properties in Red Lodge, has achieved her third recognition this year as "No. 2 in Real Estate Sales for the State of Montana." October's "Make it Happen" Award was presented to Phyllis by Joe Bush, director of franchise development from Re/Max International in Denver.

CELLULAR PLUS

HIRES, PROMOTES

Dave Ducharme of Cellular Plus has been promoted to store manager at the Rimrock Mall location. Ducharme has been with Cellular Plus since November 2007 and was previously a wireless-sales consultant at the Lockwood store. He can be reached at 655-7878.

Shelley Pierce is the new marketing and human resources assistant for Cellular Plus. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to the Human Resources department and assisting with branding, public relations and marketing. Pierce is located at the Corporate Headquarters at 2501 St. John's Ave. Call her at 655-4858.

ENGINEERING FIRM

PROMOTES STAFF

John A. Shoff, PE, has been promoted to the position of Eastern Montana region manager with DOWL HKM. Shoff will be responsible for corporate project assignments and business operations in the Billings and Miles City offices for the regional engineering firm, which provides civil engineering and planning services to clients throughout the western United States and Alaska. Shoff previously served as transportation division director for the Billings office of DOWL HKM and will continue to serve clients in that discipline.

Todd G. Cormier, PE, has been promoted to become transportation division director for the Billings office of DOWL HKM. Since joining the firm in 2002, Cormier has managed a number of transportation projects, including current projects for the Aronson Avenue Extension and Rimrock Road Reconstruction. Cormier will continue to manage transportation projects while focusing on client relations.

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