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New associates

Priscilla Toliver, broker, has joined EXIT Realty Bitterroot Valley.

Ginger Petersen, an experienced financial professional, has joined D.A. Davidson Trust Company as trust officer in Missoula. Petersen is responsible for assisting clients with the development and implementation of trusts and estate plans, including goal identification, long-term plan administration and integrating wealth management strategies. She specializes in offering personalized service based on each client’s unique circumstances. Petersen has more than 14 years of experience in the financial and insurance industries. She previously was with Estep & Weber Capital Management Inc., PayneWest Insurance and Nationwide Insurance. Petersen works from the D.A. Davidson Companies office at 283 W. Front St.  

Mikayla Midtlyng is the new office assistant with Advanced Technology Group's Missoula Solution Center. Midtlyng works alongside the director of operations and employee services to create a positive office atmosphere and lifestyle for ATG employees. She also supports, coordinates and facilitates office and employee focused events. Prior to joining ATG, she worked for Allegiance Benefit Plan Management in Missoula. She is working toward her bachelor’s degree in photo journalism from the University of Montana.

Jaiden Nisbet is now a a Managed Services Analyst with ATG's Missoula Solution Center. Her background is in risk assurance, marketing, community relations and management information systems. Prior to joining ATG, Nisbet completed internships with Rocky Mountain Biologicals, Inc., PwC, and the University of Montana athletics department. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in MIS from the University of Montana.

Promotions

Claude Sammoury is now the vice president of Sales, Business Development and Partner Channels for Advanced Technology Group. Previously, he was the executive director of Partner and Channel Alliances, developing ATG client and partners, working extensively with their senior management and sales teams, and driving relationships and engagement opportunities for ATG. Sammoury started his career with ATG in November, 2012, as a consultant for the Missoula Solutions Center of ATG. In March 2014, he advanced into the ATG sales organization as a sales director, then senior sales director, and then to his previous role of executive director of Partner and Channel Alliances. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration management with an emphasis in MIS.

Tom Stergios is now the senior vice president of Strategy and Corporate Development for Advanced Technology Group and General Manager of ATG’s Missoula Solution Center. Previously, he was vice president of Delivery and leader of ATG’s Quote-to-Cash practice. He has more than 27 years of experience working with service providers in the Quote-to-Cash space. In his new role, he will lead corporate strategic planning processes, marketing strategy, yearly organizational objectives and intellectual property development, in addition to a host of other strategic activities for ATG. Stergios has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Santa Clara University.

Recognition

Cherie T. Hansen of RE/MAX of Bigfork was recognized by RE/MAX International with the Chairman award putting her in the top 6 percent in sales internationally. RE/MAX only honored 748 highly successful agents with this award around the world. Hansen has been working in the real estate industry in Bigfork for more than 38 years and has experience in residential, waterfront, vacant land, town homes, condos, resort living and investment properties. Among Hansen’s achievements are Montana Association of Realtors Salesperson of the Year, RE/MAX Prestigious Hall of Fame Inductee, and RE/MAX Top 1 percent of all agents in Pacific Northwest region.

The University of Montana School of Business Administration honored 2017 Outstanding Alumnus Craig K. Anderson and Outstanding Alumna Stefanie Henderson Strack. The annual awards recognize School of Business Administration alumni for outstanding career achievement. Anderson, a native of Billings, is a fifth-generation Montanan. In 1976, he was honored with an appointment to the University’s senior honor society, Silent Sentinel, and graduated from the business school with a degree in accounting before passing the CPA exam. In 1984, after working for the global accounting firm KPMG and Caterpillar dealership Tractor and Equipment Co., Anderson began his career in financial advising as a wealth management adviser with the Merrill Lynch office in Billings. Anderson also is among a select number of Merrill Lynch advisers to hold the title of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Institutional Consultant, which enables him to provide institutional consulting services to organizations throughout Montana. From 2009 to 2015, Barron’s magazine recognized Anderson on its nationwide Barron’s Top 1000 Financial Advisor list, honoring him as the top financial adviser in the state four times. 

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Strack moved to Missoula in 2000 to attend UM and pursue her passion for soccer. After graduating from the School of Business Administration in 2004 with a degree in international business and minor in media arts, Strack began her fast-paced career with Nike as an associate merchandising manager at the company’s Bologna, Italy, office. After spending a year in Italy, she moved to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, where she spent three years as a product line manager in Global Football (Soccer) Footwear. In this position, Strack was responsible for connecting with Nike’s top athletes and consumers and helping inspire the design and development of future product lines. Over the next several years, she continued to explore different functional roles at Nike, holding positions such as merchandising director in Emerging Markets, category sales director for Jordan and Nike Sportswear, strategic planning director for Global Running and general manager of Nike Training. After 12 years of successfully leading teams at Nike across various functions and geographies, Strack currently is general manager for Nike SB (skateboarding) in North America.  

Elected

Lynnette Robinson of Red Carpet Realty has been installed as the 2017 president of the Missoula Organization of REALTORS® (MOR). The Missoula Organization of REALTORS® is a trade association dedicated to providing valuable programs, products and services to members, to affiliate members and the community. 

Joyce Dombrouski, Sheila Stearns, and Jason Williams were appointed to the the Missoula Economic Partnership's board of directors. Dombrouski is chief executive of Providence Health Services’ Western Montana Service Area. She has been with Providence St. Patrick since 1995, and served as chief acute services officer from 2011-2016 before stepping into her current role. She has worn many hats, and the Partnership looks forward to her leadership and guidance as a member of its board. Stearns is the interim president of the University of Montana. Prior to becoming president, Stearns served in a variety of senior administrative positions in higher education, including vice president of the University of Montana, chancellor of the University of Montana Western, president of Wayne State College in Nebraska, and commissioner of higher education for Montana. She is a highly respected advocate for educational opportunity. Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of Blackfoot, where he is responsible for the overall strategy, including its regulated and competitive affiliates. He serves as a Director of VisionNet, Inc., Syringa Networks, and the United Way of Missoula County, as well as Secretary of US Telecom’s Leadership Committee and is a Member of WTA-Advocates for Rural Broadband’s Public Policy Committee.

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