New business

Maren Lorenz has started Bean-An-Ti, a handmade clog business. Bean-An-Ti specializes in wood-bottom clogs with hand-dyed leather uppers in a variety of styles and colors. Lorenz was one of 32 entrepreneurs and small-business owners in Montana to receive a loan from the Missoula-based nonprofit Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation in 2016. Each pair of Bean-An-Ti handmade clogs takes about three days to complete, including drying time. They are now available online and in select boutiques, including Betty’s Divine. Lorenz plans to begin donating a portion of the proceeds from each pair of clogs she sells to a local nonprofit. For more information about Bean-An-Ti, visit bean-an-ti.com/ or call 808-782-5863.

New associates

Jordan Thomas is an intern with Advanced Technology Group’s Software and Quality Solutions team. His skillset includes data analytics, systems analysis and design, and information infrastructures. Prior to joining ATG, Thomas was a marketing intern at Chicago Music Library where he ran all social media platforms for the company. Thomas is a junior at the University of Montana, where he is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Management Information Systems and International Business and a Data Analytics Certificate.

Lane Colyer is a managed services analyst with ATG’s Missoula Solution Center. His background is in data analysis, data mining, marketing analytics, consumer behavior and business intelligence. Prior to joining ATG, Colyer worked for onXmaps and Bob Ward and Sons. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in business analytics from the University of Montana.

Meagan Damrow is the talent acquisition specialist for ATG’s Missoula Solution Center. Her background is in recruitment, human resources, customer service and employee training. Prior to joining ATG, Damrow worked for Community Medical Center, Allegiant Travel Company and Barclaycard. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in HR management from Goldey Beacom College in Delaware.

Susie Carr joins the respite and homemaking services team at Missoula Aging Services as a housekeeping assistant. She brings many years of experience serving the public, most recently at Providence Center. The Respite and Homemaking staff provides in-home assistance, including housekeeping, to give family caregivers a break from their caregiving responsibilities.

Kevin Tompkins became a faculty member at the University of Montana School of Journalism. Tompkins just finished a 30-year career as an award-winning director and producer at KREM-TV in Spokane. Before that, he worked for four years at KRDO-TV in his hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1982 with a communications degree in radio, television and film. The School of Journalism hired Tompkins to teach intermediate videography/editing and intermediate television directing.

Promotions

Dusty Eaton has been promoted from partner to CEO with A&E Architects, P.C., a regional firm with offices located in Billings, Bozeman and Missoula.    

Recognition

Jennifer Peacock was salesperson for the month of April at RE/MAX All Stars in Missoula. Peacock has been a full time licensed Realtor for 12 years and specializes in residential real estate. She can be reached at 406-546-6343.

Greg Lukasik, PE of Great West Engineering has been selected as the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Fuller Award winner. Located in Great West’s Billings office, Lukasik has over 19 years of professional engineering experience in water and wastewater services. The George Warren Fuller Award is presented annually by the AWWA to selected members for their distinguished service to the water supply field. Great West Engineering, Inc. multidisciplinary civil engineering and consulting firm with offices in Helena, Billings, Missoula and Boise, Idaho. 

Kris Hawkins was the top producer for the month of April. Hawkins specializes in residential real estate. She has been licensed since 2002 and is a Broker/Owner of Properties 2000.

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