D.A. Davidson Chief Operations & Information Officer Tim Austin (center) and team hosted 50 leaders in high-tech and manufacturing at their modern meeting space in downtown Great Falls for the Montana High Tech Business Alliance’s reception and CEO Roundtable on April 20, 2017. Photos by Ndigena.
Dana Leach (left) and Ariel Jones (center), IT Systems Administrator for Loenbro in Great Falls, were among the local business leaders who attended.
From left to right: Brett Doney, President/CEO of Great Falls Development Authority, Jeremiah Johnson, Owner, Front Brewing Company, and Adrian Doucette, President – North Central Montana, Stockman Bank, chat at the Great Falls reception. Tim Austin and D.A. Davidson arranged for a fantastic menu of hors d’ oeuvres and wine. Front Brewing provided complementary craft beer for the event.
CONNECT: Montana Executives Share Best Practices for Employee Onboarding
More than a dozen executives in high-tech and manufacturing from five cities across Montana – Great Falls, Helena, Missoula, Bozeman, and Lewistown – gathered for a CEO Roundtable discussion of best practices for onboarding new talent at the D.A. Davidson board room in Great Falls April 20, 2017. Watch for takeaways from the conversation in future newsletters.
PROMOTE: Brothers Built Loenbro on Montana Work Ethic and Values, Created 500+ Jobs
Brothers Paul and Jon Leach honed their entrepreneurial skills growing up on a family farm 20 miles west of Great Falls. After attending Lincoln Welding School in Cleveland, Paul and Jon set themselves apart from other welders at the oil refinery in Great Falls who only wanted to weld by tackling any challenge they were offered. In 2001, Paul and Jon went into business together and hired good people who shared their core values:
- We Take Action
- We Do What We Say
- We Lead By Example
- We Do The Right Thing
- We Practice Stewardship
More than 15 years later, Loenbro has grown to employ more than 500 people and includes multiple companies and services under one name, including Industrial Construction, Inspection Services, Insulation, Pipeline, Oilfield Services,and Plumbing and Heating. In addition to its 30,000+ square foot facility in Great Falls, MT, Loenbro has offices in Epping, ND, Casper, WY, and Midland TX, bringing their Montana values and work ethic to other markets around the country.
ACCELERATE: Alliance Releases Montana Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Study
In Great Falls the Alliance also featured the case study “A New Frontier: Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana” funded by the Kauffman Foundation that was released April 17 and 18 in Missoula and Bozeman. Stay tuned for photos and details of the launch events in upcoming newsletters. Read the full report and research summary here. Thanks to Shannon Furniss at Market Interactives for her excellent design and PR work for the report.
Christina Quick Henderson is executive director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, a statewide membership organization made up of more than 320 high tech and manufacturing firms and affiliates. Search for Montana career opportunities at MTHighTech.org/jobs.