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PayneWest Insurance, Inc., an independent, employee-owned, insurance agency in the Northwest, finalized the acquisition of Stieg & Associates Insurance and its operating companies in Billings, Great Falls and Missoula, as well as Yakima, Washington. Stieg & Associates Insurance is an independent agency focused on the transportation industry. Stieg was started by Walt Stieg in 1981 in Baker. Since its inception, Stieg & Associates has built its business by providing insurance-based solutions with the transportation industry. In 1995 Stieg & Associates formed Continental Owner Operators, Ltd. (COOL) and Continental Owner Operator Insurance Services (COOIS) to further develop a specialty insurance program for independently-leased owner operators. PayneWest Insurance will continue to operate the new division using the Stieg name: Stieg Insurance, a division of PayneWest.

New associates

Darci Matovich has joined Farm Bureau Financial Services as an agent in Missoula. Farm Bureau offers home, auto, life and investments. Matovich is a graduate of the University of Montana with a degree in Business Marketing. She is located at 2813 Connery Way and can be reached at 406-728-6811.

Kelin Johnson has joined Stockman Insurance in Missoula as an insurance agent. His responsibilities include developing and servicing new client relationships and assisting them with their insurance needs. Stockman Insurance, an affiliate of Stockman Bank of Montana, is a full service insurance agency offering multiple lines of insurance. Johnson earned his bachelor of science in finance from the University of Montana. Johnson is active in the community serving as the vice president of Missoula Habitat for Humanity. He is also a member of the Habitat for Humanity board and serves on the Finance, Executive, and ReStore committees. Stockman Insurance is located at 1243 Burlington Ave. Johnson can be reached at 406-258-1420 or 888-441-8485. 

Amy Schott has joined Stockman Insurance in Missoula as a account manager. Her responsibilities include account management to all existing and new insurance clients. Schott brings over three years of insurance experience to the position, which includes account management and processing client requests. She is active in the community serving as the cheerleading coach at Big Sky High School in Missoula. Stockman Insurance is located at 1243 Burlington Ave. Schott can be reached at 406-258-1420 or 888-441-8485.


Megan Hermann with Kembel, Kosena and Company, Inc. has earned her Certified General Appraiser license with the State of Montana. Kembel, Kosena and Company is a full service commercial real estate appraisal company in Missoula, serving clients throughout the state.  


Two employees of Missoula, Montana-based Adventure Life have been selected for Travel + Leisure Magazine’s A-List of the world’s best travel agents and destination specialists. The magazine’s editors selected company founder and CEO Brian Morgan for the Galápagos and Ecuador, and Mary Curry for Adventure Cruises. Morgan has been selected for the A-List every year since 2011; this is Curry’s first selection.  

Carole Erickson received the Award of Merit from the The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) at its annual meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. As a public member of the Montana Board of Medical Examiners for more than a decade, Erickson has been a catalyst for positive change for the board, its stakeholders and the state’s citizens. Erickson worked with board staff to identify inefficiencies in the physician application process, resulting in a streamlined system that significantly reduced application times. She also led the formation of the board’s Outreach Committee, and served as its liaison to external groups. Erickson worked for the Western Montana Clinic then the International Heart Institute at St. Patrick Hospital over the past three plus decades. After retiring from the Heart Institute she volunteered to serve on the Montana Board of Medical Advisors.

Kim Brown was the July Top Producer at EXIT Realty Missoula. She can be reached at 406-218-8617.

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