New owner

Dave Adler is now part owner and administrative manager of A&M Mobility, 1323 W. Broadway. A&M Mobility provides wheelchair accessible van sales, rental, accessories and services.

New business

Grow Well Now focuses on helping organizations and individuals be their best throughout the West. The company helps organizations identify and develop the unique talents and potential of its people, improve relationships and communication, build more effective teams, reduce turnover and encourage leadership and creativity. Grow Well Now services include a free assessment that helps clients identify goals, strengths and challenges. James Grossman is CEO and has more than 20 years of experience in organizational development, counseling and marketing communications. Call  (406) 451-9826 or visit

Rick Bice and Jamie Baughman  have opened  Signs Now, located at 225 N. Higgins Ave. The business works to create multiple solutions for outdoor and indoor signage, banners, window and vehicle graphics, exhibit and trade show graphics, ADA signage, dimensional letters, directional systems and other visual communications tools. In addition, Signs Now also offers large format digital services for their customers. Call 728-7446 or visit

New associates

Doug Lyons joined Farmers State Bank in the Victor main branch as chief credit officer. Lyons attended Principia College as an undergraduate before pursuing a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  He brings more than 30 years of experience in banking and finance to the position. Call (406) 642-2230.

Chris Thompson rejoined the Spa at the PEAK, 5000 Blue Mountain Road. Call 251-8200.



MM Employees Federal Credit Union moved its office from the Macy’s Department Store at 110 N. Higgins to 2000 S. Russell, Suite 6. Call 541-6628.


Brent L. Christopherson was appointed to assistant chief of operations for the Missoula Rural Fire District. Christopherson has been in the fire service  for 27 years throughout Montana. He has a degree in fire science and graduated from the Executive Fire Officer Program in 2004. Christopherson is president of the Montana Career Fire Chiefs Organization and the Montana Firefighters Testing Consortium. He is also a member of the Montana State Fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Arson Investigators, Montana International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association.

 Adelia German, a habilitation assistant from Missoula Development Service Corp., has been promoted to assistant manager at one of the group homes. MDSC provides services to adults with developmental disabilities. With this promotion, German will provide her staff leadership while continuing to provide direct care to clients. 


The Montana Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association elected the following  officers and board members: Beth Ikeda, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, associate professor of physical therapy in the University of Montana School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, was elected president;  Jim McLean, PT, DPT, CSCS, owner and practitioner at Frenchtown Physical Therapy, was elected vice president; Brace Hayden, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, of Alpine Physical Therapy in Missoula, was elected to the board of directors; Rita Prinkki, PT, DPT of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, was elected to the nominating committee.


Sandi Nelson was named Employee of the Month for February at the Doubletree Hotel.

Kim Storment was named 2009 Doubletree Hotel Employee of the Year.

Kevin Leavell, an agent with Farm Bureau Financial Services, won the Blue Vase award. This honor is given to Farm Bureau agents who have excelled in providing excellent service and production during their first 90 days as an agent, and indicates a new agent’s success in helping to provide financial security to members of their community.

D.A. Davidson & Co. named Jim Moerkerke, senior vice president and financial consultant, and Ray Round, senior vice president and financial consultant, to the Chairman’s Council, which recognizes top financial consultants for their client-first focus, and involves them in the direction and philosophy of the company. 

Long-time Glacier National Park employee Jack Polzin was the recipient of the National Park Service Intermountain Region’s 2008-2009 Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Stewardship through Maintenance.  This annual award recognizes excellence in cultural resource stewardship. Polzin has worked at Glacier for nearly four decades, and has been in charge of preserving historic structures since 1994, when he was chosen to oversee the restoration of the park’s National Historic Landmark backcountry chalets, Granite Park and Sperry.  Since then he has overseen rehabilitation of more than forty buildings in the park.

Child Care Resources and homeWORD received Assessment Awards from the Montana Nonprofit Connections program of the Big Sky Institute for the advancement of nonprofits. The goal of this award is to help build each organization’s capacity to better achieve their missions. The board and staff of each organization will work with nonprofit consultants to determine each organization’s capacities, needs and priorities for improvement. Once the assessment process is completed, both Child Care Resources and homeWORD will be eligible to apply for an MNC project grant of up to $5,000.

Jim and Diane Day were top producers for the month of February for Prudential Missoula Properties.

Spark Creative, an advertising agency owned by Chris Johnson, Danika Sandoz and Rebecca Morgan, received two Montana ADDY Awards at its annual competition.  The awards were for a 30 second TV spot and a special effects scene.  

Two University of Montana administrators earned awards for outstanding leadership during the Montana Ambassadors annual meeting and conference held Feb. 25 in Great Falls. Bill Johnston, director of UM’s Office of Alumni Relations, received the 2009 Montana Ambassador of the Year Award. David Forbes, dean of UM’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, was named the Montana Ambassadors 2009 Michael P. Malone Educator of the Year. 

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