New business

Gregg Lundin opened Big Sky Glass and Detail at 1323 W. Broadway. Big Sky Glass and Detail is a locally owned and operated full-service glass, detail and repair facility.

New associates

Kristi Moore, MSPT, has joined Alpine Physical Therapy at the north location. Moore received her Master of Science in physical therapy from Regis University in Denver in 1997. Her treatment interests include general orthopedics, sports medicine and running injuries. Call 541-2323.

Kay Grissom-Kiely was hired as development and membership director of the Missoula Art Museum.

Kim LaPierre joined the First Security Bank team as a real estate loan officer at the Great Northern Branch. LaPierre has more than 25 years of experience in all phases of real estate lending in Missoula and the surrounding area. 

Clinton Warner, certified massage therapist, joined Health Options Clinic on Russell Street. He is experienced in deep tissue and Swedish massage therapy.


Capt. Paul P. Finlay was promoted to deputy chief/fire marshall of the Missoula Rural Fire District. Finlay has worked with the Missoula Rural Fire District for more than 10 years and has a background in building construction and fire science. He was awarded the Missoula Rural Fire District Fire Chief Award for 2009 and the VFW Post 209 Firefighter of the Year for 2009. Finlay will be in charge of the fire and life safety division and will oversee fire inspection and investigation, fuel mitigation, prevention, education, subdivision review, fire and sprinkler plan review, pre-planning and certificate of occupancy, including code compliance.

Rocky Mountain Bank announced the promotion of Lisa Fried de Reyes of Plains and Terry O’Neal of Stevensville to personal banker II. This position is responsible for customer relationship management, development and retention.


The Missoula Art Museum board of directors elected the following board members: Sharon Snavely, president; Betsy Bach, vice president; C. Norman Williamson, treasurer; Mae Nan Ellingson, secretary. The following were elected as members of the board: Pat Aresty, Betsy Bach, Beth Brennan, Liz Dybdal, Chris Eyer, Bobbie McKibbin, Joseph Sample and Brian Sippey.

United Way of Missoula County elected board members and officers, and honored two past presidents at its annual meeting March 16. The following were re-elected to the board:  Lynda Brown, Tamarack Management, and Janice Schweitzer, Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co.  Schweitzer was also elected United Way treasurer. Other officers elected were John Horner, First Interstate Bank, president; Daniel Kiely, Merrill Lynch, vice president; Scott Stearns, Boone Karlberg PC, immediate past president. Elected to first terms on the United Way board were Kayla Clark, Lambros Realty/ERA (who serves ex- officio as president of the United Way of Ravalli County advisory board); Lynne Foland, Missoula Independent; Janna Lundquist, First Security Bank; Melissa Matassa-Stone, WGM Group; Jim McGowan, Missoulian; Bill St. John, Missoula Federal Credit Union; Susan Tiede, DDS, Missoula Pediatric Dentistry. Honored for outstanding service were two former board presidents, Bob Homer, Bitterroot Motors; and Rich Huffman, Thomas Cuisine Management.



Sheila Mischke, broker, ABC Property Management, was certified with Montana Board of Realty Regulation to teach the real estate sales person 60 hour licensing class.

David Loewenwarter of Fill THE Gap received his Level I Thermography, Certificate of Achievement from the Snell Group. The certification is a 34-hour course addressing building and commercial building sciences.

Dr. Cheryl Minnick, internship coordinator and career adviser at the University of Montana, earned the Nationally Certified Professional Resume Writer professional designation.  She is the only professionally certified resume writer in Montana and one of only 32 in the nation.


Child Care Resources announced that Lolo Preschool was accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


 Katie Van Dorn had the top multi-family sales for Properties 2000 in February. 

Western Montana Lighting, Missoula, was presented with first place honors for lighting showrooms during the 21st Annual Arts Awards Gala. Carolyn Overman, owner, accepted the award on behalf of the entire showroom team.  The award was presented by the Accessories Resource Team, a trade association that represents the decorative accessory industry. Western Montana Lighting is located at 3250 S. Reserve St.

New members

The following are new members of the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce: Jackson Contractor Group Inc., Kamut International, Montana Wilderness Association, New Era Plumbing & Heating, Northwest Industrial Supply, Staycations Light Therapy Inc., Transformation Chiropractic and USTA – Montana Tennis Association.

Contract awarded

Nomad GCS, based in Kalispell  has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build up to nine 45-foot Mobile Command Vehicles.  These vehicles will be utilized by the Corps throughout the United States to support their mission of providing vital public engineering services directly after disasters.

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