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Darvin Rush has joined First Interstate Bank as the Retail Branch Manager for the Missoula South office at 3502 Brooks St.  

Kevin Haveron is the National Sales Manager at Xplorer Maps. Before joining Xplorer Maps, Haveron served as the vice president of sales at Planetary Design in Missoula. He also worked as a business development manager at Coca Cola for five years and managed the first Irish Pub in Tokyo, Japan.  

Todd Siedel joined Elite One Source ® Nutritional Services as Client Services Account Manager. Siedel brings more than 10 years of leadership experience from various positions in the business sector including, financial advising, client services and operations.  

Shannon Hicks joined Boyle, Deveny & Meyer, P.C. as a Certified Public Accountant. Hicks received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Montana and has been practicing in Missoula since 2010. In addition to his CPA license, he has earned credentials in fraud examination and financial forensics. His experience covers business and individual taxation, financial statement preparation, business management, and fraud consulting. Hicks is currently serving on the Accounting and Finance Advisory Board for the University of Montana School of Business Administration.


Josh Gimpelson has been promoted to Missoula Branch Director at RBC Wealth Management. Gimpelson and his partner Kim Shappee run a full service wealth planning and investment advisory business. He has over 15 years of experience in assisting clients with comprehensive investment management services and professional wealth management. Gimpelson's previous work experience includes investment management at Oppenheimer & Company, Smith Barney, and UBS Financial Services. He is a graduate of George Washington University.


The Kiwanis Club of Missoula installed the following new officers and members of its board of directors for the 2017-18 year: Brandon Tintzman, president; Kristy Edwards, president-elect; Joe Featherly, vice-president; Brian Dirnberger, treasurer; Marcia Holland, secretary; and Leila Haack, immediate past president. Joining current board members Vickie Mikelsons, Sharon Woldstad, Ray Risho, Brett Weber, and Rob Erickson are new board members Andrea Stanley and Laura Henning. During the installation luncheon, outdoing board members Will Johnson, Brandon Knudson and Dirk Williams were recognized. Brian Dirnberger received the Kiwanis Rookie of the Year Award and Marcia Holland received the Kiwanian of the Year Award.


Missoula Aging Services (MAS) has been named a “2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits. MAS serves older adults, their families and caregivers in Missoula County through a variety of programs, including Meals on Wheels, Respite & Homemaking Services, Medicare and Medicaid counseling, educational opportunities and classes, Senior Corps volunteer programs and more.

Mike Kaptur was Top Producer for the month of September at RE/MAX All Stars in Missoula. Kaptur has been a full time licensed agent for 10 years and specializes in multi-family and residential real estate. He can be reached at 406-546-6579.

Janice Jacobson was Employee of the month for September at First Interstate Bank.

Toastmasters Division A held two speech contests in Columbia Falls - Table Topics and Humorous Speech. The Table Topics winners were  Tricia Parks, Bitterroot Toastmasters, Hamilton, first place; Wayne O’Brien, City of Gold Toastmasters, Helena, second place; Elizabeth Depke, Kalispell Toastmasters, Kalispell, third place. The Humorous Speech winners were Neal Blossom, City of Gold Toastmasters, Helena, first place; Wayne O’Brien, City of Gold Toastmasters, Helena, second place; Dixon Rice, Kalispell Toastmasters, Kalispell, third place. The Division represents western Montana. Winners progress to the District Competition held in Helena on Oct. 27-28. The District represents Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and parts of Minnesota and Wyoming.

Philipsburg Brewing Company received a bronze medal at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, a repeat award from the 2016 competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States.  

DISH designated Eagle Satellite as a “Premier Local Retailer,” the company’s highest honor for businesses that demonstrate excellence in performance and customer experience. Eagle Satellite is a local business that provides TV & Internet service. The owner, Pat Gordon, a Missoula resident, said he has been serving residents of the Missoula and surrounding valleys since 1980 when he used to sell big 12 foot dishes to ranches throughout the Missoula Area. Visit

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