Nordlund joins BIRD

Marty Connell, president of the board for the Billings Industrial Revitalization District, announces that the board has added Patty Nordlund to the BIRD staff on a part-time basis to assist with increasing workload. Nordlund, director of operations, joins Tax Increment Finance district coordinator Steve Zeier in working with the board and property owners to advance the revitalization efforts in the East Billings Urban Renewal District.

Nordlund retired from Big Sky Economic Development Authority, where she was director of community development. Her leadership was fundamental to the successful development of both the East Billings Urban Renewal District Master Plan and the Exposition Gateway Plan, both of which are in the implementation stages.

The BIRD office is located in the East Billings Urban Renewal District, at 1413 Fourth Ave. N., Suite C, phone 272-4321. Nordlund’s office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., while Zeier can be reached at 670-6969, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Eaton, Frost take honors

At the AlphaGraphics Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn., AlphaGraphics of Billings owners Jake Eaton and Dustin Frost received the AlphaGraphics 2013 Top 10 Sales Award, recognizing the locally owned center’s annual sales volume as 10th-highest among the nearly 300 AlphaGraphics business centers worldwide.

“Since 1970, the AlphaGraphics network has grown to include nearly 300 independently owned business centers in 30 states and seven countries,” said Art Coley, president of AlphaGraphics. “For the team in Billings to have grown their annual sales volume to this level truly shows what their customers have known for nearly two decades — AlphaGraphics of Billings is a world-class leader in the print communications industry.”

AlphaGraphics of Billings, a full-service print communications company, is locally owned and operated by Eaton and Frost. Founded in 1994, the firm offers a full range of design services, digital and offset printing, document services, signs, banners, vehicle graphics, finishing, direct marketing and mailing services.

AlphaGraphics franchises are located in the United States, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Saudia Arabia and the United Kingdom.


AlphaGraphics hires O’Tremba

AlphaGraphics has hired Lindsey O’Tremba as the newest graphic designer in the Billings-based print communications firm’s Design Services department.

O’Tremba, who received her associate of applied arts degree in graphic design from The Art Institute of Portland in 2008, joins prepress tech Tom Watson and designers Dan Rickman and Kevin Nichols in the AlphaGraphics Design Services department overseen by Design and Large Format Manager Heather Kelly.

O’Tremba, a native of Billings and a graduate of West High, previously worked as a graphics coordinator at Cabela’s and as a graphic designer/administrative assistant at Axiom International.


Local gin a winner

Healy’s gin, produced by Trailhead Spirits of Billings, received a bronze medal in the 2013 Spirits International Prestige contest held in Las Vegas.

Seventy judges tasted and ranked 306 entries from around the world.

In its fifth year, the SIP awards attracted new and established brands.

Trailhead Spirits is located in the former Beanery building at 2314 Montana Ave. Healy’s gin, introduced this year, is named after Mike Healy, owner of the Radio Bar in Butte and great grandfather of Casey McGowan, who owns Trailhead Spirits with his wife, Steffanie.

Trailhead Spirits also produces Great North vodka.


Vin Diest joins Galusha firm

Kirsten Van Diest has joined the full-time staff in the Billings office of Galusha, Higgins & Galusha, PC, where she interned during 2012. She will focus on tax preparation, audits of governments, nonprofits and commercial enterprises and financial statement review and compilations. Van Diest is a graduate of Montana State University Billings.


Wood rejoins High Tech

Kevin Wood has rejoined High Tech Construction/Dick Anderson Construction in Billings as a project estimator/manager and is working on projects for Fallon County 911 Dispatch Center, Fallon County Sheriff and Nightingale Nursing.


Hospital names new CEO

Diana Parker was named the chief executive officer of Advanced Care Hospital of Montana, a 40-bed, freestanding facility providing long-term acute care and critical care services for patients recovering from serious illnesses or injuries. Parker has more than 20 years of extensive healthcare experience in operations management, strategic planning and marketing. She had served as director of cardiovascular services within a regional not-for-profit health care organization that serves 40 counties in Montana and Wyoming. In addition, she has served in various leadership positions within the cardiovascular service line and as chief nursing officer with hospitals in New Mexico, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and a master’s degree in business administration from Gardner Webb University in Shelby, N.C. Parker is a member of the American College of Cardiology Association and volunteers for the United Way and the American Heart Association.


First Interstate promotes lender

Brandon Dwyer has been promoted to commercial lender at First Interstate Bank’s Heights location. Dwyer, who earned a degree in business management from the University of Montana, has been part of the First Interstate team for five years. He may be reached at 255-5828.


Jonathan Moor hired by BLM

The Bureau of Land Management has hired Jonathan Moor as the new public affairs specialist for the Central Montana and Hi-Line Districts. The position, formerly occupied by Craig Flentie, has been vacant for the past year. Moor is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and spent four years in the infantry before changing military occupational specialties to public affairs. Moor has served in a variety of public affairs positions over the past 16 years. Most recently he was the public affairs chief for the 4th Marine Corps District covering Washington, D.C., and 10 states across the South and Midwest.

He has also held the positions of public affairs officer for the Department of Defense in the Republic of Georgia; press chief at Marine Corps Air Stations Beaufort, S.C. and Cherry Point, N.C.; marketing and public affairs specialist for western New York state; and writer and editor at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga. Moor holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, psychology and religion from Liberty University.

The Central and Hi-Line districts cover central and northern Montana including the Havre, Malta, Glasgow Lewistown and Great Falls field offices and is home to the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Moor may be reached at 538-1943, or by email at jmoor@blm.gov.


Scott named to advisory board

Jon Scott, Underriner Motors' e-commerce manager, was selected for the Dealer Advisory Board for the Driving Sales Executive Summit in Las Vegas. Scott is one of just 12 dealers from across the country to be on the Advisory Board.


Tyson adds credential

The Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau and Billings Tourism Business Improvement District announces that CVB/TBID executive director Alex Tyson has graduated from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management, a professional development program. Tyson is now recognized as "Alex Tyson, IOM." Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course work in nonprofit management. Tyson began working toward the IOM in 2010 completing her instruction at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles this month.

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and stakeholders, and to become strong business advocates. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, board governance, marketing, finance and membership, institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

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