Marc Dean has come a long way since his first job, loading hay for a penny a bale. Dean left a decade-long career in teaching to join the real estate profession. This 2009 40 Under 40 winner received the Rookie of the Year award and numerous other honors at Prudential Floberg Realtors, which he joined in 2006.
Last year Dean decided to strike out on his own, founding Patriot Realty. Dean used to be in the U.S. Marine Corps, so the name shouldn't come as a surprise.
Dean said the decision to go out on his own wasn't anything personal, he just wanted to take on the challenge of running his own business.
"It was just another step in my career. I'm evolving," Dean said. "With me being the owner, I'll be able to provide more services to my customers."
Doug McIsaac has always been an early adopter when it comes to technology. Long before many people had heard of Facebook or MySpace, he recognized social media's impact on marketing.
McIsaac, principal of mcisaacventures.com, is a 2002 40 Under 40 winner. He helps clients improve their online marketing through the use of search engine optimization, branding strategies and by using social networking. McIsaac has started several companies over the years, including RMTG, a software consulting firm.
He credits his interest in entrepreneurship to his participation in Junior Achievement while attending high school in Billings. McIsaac is a board member and volunteer for Junior Achievement, which provides business-oriented curriculum and instruction to school students in many grade levels.
Jason Sholley will always remember 2010 as a year in which severe weather kept him busy. A June 20 tornado tore the roof off the MetraPark arena and damaged more than a dozen Heights businesses.
The storm resulted in numerous claims for Montana Claims Service, for which Sholley is president.
"In the 16 years I've been an adjuster, I've never seen it as busy as this year," said Sholley, a 2010 honoree.
Sholley is thankful his Heights business wasn't damaged when the tornado hit.
Insurance adjusters had just begun catching up with the tornado-related claims when severe weather returned a couple of months later.
"It was crazy in August," Sholley said. "We ended up hiring a lot of part-time people to help us out. It's been a busy year, thanks to the weather."
But the weather gods weren't done yet. Six weeks of pleasant fall weather was followed by a big snow dump in November.
The deep snow created lots of fender benders. But, it also gave Sholley's snow-obsessed family a head start on their winter pastime.
"The kids got their snowmobiles out and raced around in the yard," Sholley said.
During her time at the Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau, Alex Tyson always took on additional work and more responsibilities. In 2010, the Chamber recognized that commitment by naming Tyson the organization's first vice president.
In addition to increased administrative duties, Tyson continues as Community Relations Director, which includes member and community communications, membership sales and services and overseeing a department of four team members. Tyson has been on the Chamber/CVB team since the summer of 2007. She was named a 40 Under 40 winner in 2008.
Prior to working at the Chamber/CVB, Tyson worked for Evening Post Publishing Co. for 13 years as a photographer, reporter, producer and anchor at KTVQ in Billings and KRTV in Great Falls. She taught Broadcasting 101 at MSU Billings, helping to mold a new generation of local communications students.
Tyson is a graduate of Montana State University Billings and serves as president of the MSU Billings Alumni Advisory Board as well as on the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee.
Tyson and her husband, Calvin, have two boys.
Kelly Jo Cogley Gallinger
Kelly Jo Cogley Gallinger is hopeful that more Montana veterans may be getting the services they need.
Beginning in 2010, forms used by the Bureau of Probation and Parole include a question on whether the offender is a veteran. In many cases, that can shed light on whether the offender may also be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other service-related issues that might affect their legal case. Gallinger, a partner in the Brown Law Firm, has been actively involved in efforts to connect veterans with the services they need.
"In a nutshell, Probation and Parole can note when offenders have a military background and have concurrent PTSD issues," she said. "This gives the court a tool to ask questions and follow up on it."
Previously, Probation officers might not have realized that a defendant's problems with drugs or alcohol were linked to suffering from PTSD while serving their country, said Gallinger, a 2010 winner.
Many soldiers have a warrior mentality. Rather than asking for help, they may try to deal with the issue on their own, she said. Fortunately, the community has become more aware of issues affecting veterans. "I think we're making progress," she said.
Chris Duncan, president of Replica Business Solutions, was married in 2009, the same year he was honored in 40 Under 40.
Duncan studied neuroscience in college with the idea of going into the medical field, and he still reads science-oriented books. But he opted for a sales-oriented career after graduating from college.
Hard work and determination make a business tick. Duncan said 2010 was the best year he has had since starting Replica Business Solutions. He's excited about what's in store for 2011.
"I can't say a lot about it now, but we're going to expand our products and services," Duncan said.
Financial markets started to make a comeback during 2010 after a couple of rough years. Lee Humphrey, a financial adviser for Edward Jones, said 2010 was the best year he's had since moving to his downtown office.
Humphrey continued to be stay active in other business-oriented pursuits. He was named president of the Premiere Professionals Network. The network is a non-profit, professional, social, and civic-minded organization that actively pursues improvement in quality of life and business in the Billings area. He also joined the board of the Montana State University Billings Alumni Association.
Heidi Williams transferred to the new Underriner Motors store at 3643 Pierce Parkway after it opened last spring. Williams is a 2010 winner.
"Things are going really well. Business has picked up and we had a great month in December," said Williams, who is business manager for Underriner Motors. The building makes good use of natural light and has many other energy saving features.
The building was designed by CTA Architects Engineers to meet criteria for designation as an environmentally responsible building. The rating is known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).