New associates

Carol Lipp has returned to U.S. Bank Missoula Southside, 2801 Brooks St. Lipp will be serving as wealth management assistant banker. She can be reached at 406-523-2363.

Keller Williams Western Montana announced the team of Kim Kahle and Kathy Kinney. Together they have over 35 years of experience in customer service and real estate. Kahle has been selling real estate for 15 years and has an extensive background in new construction, real estate development and operated her own real estate loan processing business. 

Peggy Swartz has joined Karl Tyler’s Missoula Volkswagen as service adviser for the service team.

Tara Mitchell has joined Karl Tyler Chevrolet as customer contact specialist for the service team.


The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce announced its 2017-2018 officers and board of directors. Officers are John Horner, First Interstate Bank, chairman; Will Johnson, Will Johnson and Associates, Farm Bureau Financial Services, chairman-elect; Jan Schweitzer, Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. P.C., past chairman; Ron Hooper, Neptune Aviation, vice chairperson; Paula Short, University of Montana, vice chairperson; Ben Sokoloski, Market on Front, vice chairperson; Barb Callaghan, First Security Bank, treasurer; Ron Bender, Worden Thane P.C., legal counsel; Kim Latrielle, president/CEO. Board of directors include Barb Callaghan, First Security Bank; Mark Hayden, Missoula Electric Co-op; Ron Hooper, Neptune Aviation; John Horner, First Interstate Bank; Julie Gemar Williams, JGW Consulting; Ben Sokoloski, Market on Front; Jeff Avgeris, Missoulian; Steve Clawson, NorthWestern Energy; James Grunke, Missoula Economic Partnership; Linda Abreu, LC Staffing; Jan Schweitzer, Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. P.C.; Brent Small, WizBang Hats; Paula Crews, Real Deals on Home Décor; Will Johnson, Will Johnson and Associates, Farm Bureau Financial Services; Jason Rice, Territorial Landworks; Colleen Rudio, Cascadia Business Development; Paula Short, University of Montana; Kirk Treece, Fish Window Cleaning. Outgoing directors are Joe Fanguy, University of Montana and Mary Windecker, individual member. 


The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. announced that Anton W. Johnson has achieved All-American status as a Post commander. Johnson, commander of Post 209 in Missoula, is one of only 279 VFW Post commanders worldwide to earn the title of All-American Commander. To achieve this honor, Post commanders must meet strict requirements in their role to include exceptional leadership, authentic accomplishment in membership growth and strong support of VFW core programs.

Amy Johnson was the top residential producer at Properties 2000 for the month of July. Johnson is a sales associate of Properties 2000 and specializes in residential sales.

Jill Valley of KPAX TV was awarded “Broadcaster of the Year” at the recent Montana Broadcasters Association awards ceremony and Erin Yost was runner-up in the “Weathercaster of the Year” category. The KPAX News Team also won an E.B. Craney award in the “Breaking News” category for their coverage of last year’s Roaring Lion fire.

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives awarded the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitor Bureau The Best in Show award in Communications Excellence in the advertising and marketing mid-sized chamber category. The advertising campaign, to attract San Francisco travelers and increase seats on new direct air service, was created by the Missoula based marketing agency PartnersCreative.