HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock, in conjunction with the co-chairs of his Main Street Montana Project, Bill Johnstone and Larry Simkins, has appointed a number of Montana business leaders to be co-chairs of Key Industry Networks to implement the business plan.
Johnstone, who lives in Bozeman, is president and CEO of Davidson Cos., while Simkins, who is from Missoula, is president and CEO of the Washington Cos.
The co-chairs, working with Bullock, Johnstone and Simkins, in turn, will appoint members of each of the Key Industry Networks. Each network will have between 10 and 12 members, although some may be larger.
Here are the co-chairs, by network:
- Energy and utilities: Niles Hushka, Missoula, president and CEO of KLJ; and Bob Rowe, Helena, president and CEO of NorthWestern Energy.
- Financial services: Kay Clevidence, Victor, president of Farmers State Bank; and William Coffee, Billings, CEO and chairman of the board of Stockman Financial Corp. and Stockman Bank.
- Food and agriculture: Jim Peterson, Buffalo, owner and manager of farming and ranching operation, and a state senator; and Greg Thayer, Great Falls, president and CEO of Montana Milling.
- Health and wellness: Rick Haraldson, Sidney, CEO at Sidney Health Center; and Larry White, Missoula, retired president and CEO of St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center who now is an associate professor in the school of Public Health and Community Health Services at the University of Montana.
- Housing and construction: Dick Anderson, Helena, CEO of Dick Anderson Construction Inc.; and brothers Brad and Greg McCall, Billings, co-owners of McCall Homes.
- Innovation and technology: Donald Beeman, Bozeman, retired CEO of LigoCyte, a biotech company in Bozeman now known as Takeda Vaccines; and Jason Corbally, Missoula, president of Edulog, a company that develops and sells products for the student transportation industry.
- Interconnectivity/telecommunications: Rob Ferris, Great Falls, CEO of Vision Net, which offers advanced telecommunications solutions; and Bill Squires, Missoula, CEO of Blackfoot Telecommunications Group.
- Manufacturing: Brothers Bert and Mike Robbins, Butte and Seattle, vice president and president, respectively, and co-founders of SeaCast Inc., with Mike Robbins also president of Montana Precision Products; and K.C. Walsh, Bozeman, president of Simms Fishing Products.
- Natural resources: Todd Myers, Denver, vice president, business development, for Cloud Peak Energy; and Loren Rose, Seeley Lake, chief operating officer at Pyramid Mountain Lumber,
- Small business/downtown: Sara Calhoun, White Sulphur Springs, owner of Red Ants Pants, which makes work pants for women; and Scott Brown, Billings, owner of the Base Camp outdoor stores in Helena and Billings.
- Tourism: Rhonda Fitzgerald, Whitefish, owner and operator of the Garden Wall Inn; and Taylor Middleton, Big Sky, president and general manager of Big Sky.
- Transportation: Jason Matheny, Missoula, chairman and CEO of Davis Transport Inc.; and Thomas Walsh, president and CEO of Montana Rail Link Inc.