New business

Steve Ramer has purchased Missoula Septic Service and started his own business Missoula Septic and drain cleaning. This business has served the Missoula community for over 50 years. Ramer began his septic career in 1975 learning the business with his father from the ground up. He has also ran his own drain cleaning business for 10 years and served in the Army for four years.

God Shot Espresso Bar, a specialty coffee shop, has opened at The Source Health Club, 255 S. Russell St. In addition to its Slayer espresso machine and hand-picked baristas, the location will feature smoothies, protein shakes and protein-packed "grab and go" foods. God Shot Espresso Bar was founded by current University of Montana students Natalie and Gunnar Boose. Phone 406-261-6934. 

New associates

Jason Kiely has joined Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation as Director of HomeNow, the nonprofit organization’s new program that helps more working Montanans become homeowners by covering their down payment. Kiely will be responsible for product and market development, strategy and sales, and will work closely with Realtors, mortgage lenders and buyers across the state of Montana. Jason previously served as Sales Director at Rivertop Renewables Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and serves on the board of Missoula International School.

Tawnya Cazier, MSW, SWLC, has joined Winds of Change Mental Health Center in Missoula as a therapist. Cazier has six years’ experience in the field of rape trauma and domestic violence crisis response. Her work focuses on maintaining client-centered, trauma-informed care, while using the following types of therapy: CBT, DBT and Narrative Therapy. She attended the University of Montana School of Social Work Graduate Program. Winds of Change, with locations in Missoula and Bozeman, offers recovery-oriented mental health services such as case management, community-based psychiatric and rehabilitation services, adult group homes (currently in Missoula, with future plans for Bozeman), peer support, and recovery mall. Services are tailored to youth and adults who may be experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, autism, Asperger’s, or self-harming behaviors. Winds of Change was founded in 2006 in Missoula and is an affiliate of The Wellness Institute of Montana, managed by Jennings Management of Missoula. Call 541-HOPE (4673) or visit wellnessMT.com.

Susan Cuff has joined Make-A-Wish Montana as operations coordinator. She comes to Make-A-Wish after 10 years with the University of Montana Office of Alumni Relations. Make-A-Wish Montana grants the wishes of Montana children with life-threatening illnesses.


Rebecca Stancil, RS Consulting and Family Self Sufficiency Program Director with Missoula Housing Authority, was elected president of Montana Chapter of International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) and serves as the district director of IAWP, which includes all Pacific Northwestern States. IAWP is a worldwide educational association providing its workforce members with professional development opportunities that help them better serve their clients. Rebecca has over 12 years experience working with clients, whose focus is completing job training/obtaining a degree, securing employment, improving their credit score, and stabilizing their housing.


Nora Templer was top producer for the month of July at RE/MAX All Stars in Missoula. Templer has been a full time licensed Broker for 18 years and specializes in Residential and Commercial Real Estate. She can be reached at 880-7508.

Julissa Benica-Hensel, Employment Specialist with Missoula Job Service, was recognized with the Workforce Customer Services Award from the Montana Chapter of International Association of Workforce Professionals. Her creativity and innovation in solidifying her workforce development work with Missoula County Public Schools, and surrounding areas has set her apart from others in her field. She has created the employment focused workshops in area high school that are tailored to help young workers. Benica-Hensel is a co-chair of Montana IAWP Education Committee and has the distinction of a Certified Workforce Professional.

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.

The ERA Lambros Top Producers for the month of July were the McQuirk team (Barb, Bill, Mark and Tiffany McQuirk) for commercial, Tory Dailey for residential, Catherine Taylor for the Hamilton office, Karen Nalley for the Libby office, Jodie Hooker for the Polson office and Tono Lippy for the Florence office.

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