Names and faces

SMA Architects, with offices in Helena and Bozeman, recently appointed Ali Martin an associate architect.  Martin has been with SMA for five years. She previously worked at firms in Washington, D.C. and Phoenix before relocating back to her home state of Montana. She is a 2008 graduate of Montana State University’s School of Architecture, an active member of Exchange Club and an executive board member of AIA Montana.


Tompkins & Peters CPAs, P.C. has announced that Mary Jennifer (MJ) Huffman and Beau D. Johnson have been admitted as stockholders.

Huffman, a certified public accountant in Montana and Nevada, has been with Tompkins & Peters CPAs, P.C. since 2007 and was promoted to tax manager in 2013. Huffman focuses on providing tax compliance, planning and preparation services for clients internationally and nationwide. She holds professional memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants, Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Johnson is a certified public accountant in Montana and Nevada and has been with Tompkins & Peters CPAs, P.C. since 2009. He was promoted to accounting and auditing manager in 2015. Johnson also holds the certified valuation analyst (CVA) credential. Johnson's focus is developing independent valuations of closely-held businesses, ranging in issues from sales of business interests, gifting, divorce, litigation support, and various other taxation and accounting considerations.

He holds professional memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants, Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

For more information about Tompkins & Peters CPAs, P.C., visit or call 449-4272.

News and notes 

Helena Industries discontinues e-recycling program

Effective immediately, Helena Industries’ Vocation Campus on Helena Avenue, and the Helena Industries Thrift Store at 2109 N. Last Chance Gulch, will no longer provide the collection of electronics through its recently developed Big Sky E-Recycling program. While the program developed well organized processes and offered opportunities for employment, it was still requiring investment outlay from the company. The board of directors made the decision looking at the uncertainty in the future global commodity prices, the political climate, including pending cuts at the state and federal level for all programs and where to focus resources.

Recycling for most computer-related electronic items in Helena is provided at the City of Helena Transfer Station, 1975 N. Benton Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily with the exception of holidays and Pacific Steel & Recycling, 1530 National Ave., Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. These locations do not include recycling for older style tube televisions or monitors. 


Accounting firm expands, holds open house

JCCS, a regional accounting firm with locations in Great Falls, Hamilton, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula and Whitefish, has announced that it acquired the Helena firm Lopach & Carparelli. 

Clients of Lopach & Carparelli will now have access to JCCS’ additional services from an expanded team of professionals.

The Helena office of JCCS at 3060 Cabernet Drive, Suite 2, will be hosting an open house on Nov. 8 from 4-7 p.m.

Awards and honors

St. Peter’s Hospital, employees recognized

St. Peter’s Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital nurse administrators, Deborah Fry, RN and Debbie Cronin, RN, received recognition from LifeCenter Northwest, a nonprofit dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation. Fry and Cronin received the LifeSaver Award, which honors those who demonstrate commitment to improving organ and tissue donation outcomes and/or culture through their actions, time and energy. They were selected from nominated peers in LifeCenter Northwest’s service area, which includes Alaska, Washington, northern Idaho and Montana. 

St. Peter’s Hospital was also awarded an Organ Donation Achievement Award to recognize the hospital’s organ and tissue donation efforts in 2016. 


Rob Martin, owner of Great Divide Home Builders a residential construction company based in Helena, was recently name the Montana Builder of the Year by the Montana Building Industry Association (MBIA). The award, which honors the most active and professional builder in the state of Montana was presented during the MBIA State board meeting in Bozeman on Oct. 19.

Martin has been a member of the Montana Building Industry Association for 12 years. He has sat on the board of the MBIA for the last eight years and attends every quarterly board meeting. He has participated in the Membership Committee as well as the Government Affairs Committee. While serving at president of the Helena Building Industry Association, Martin served on the MBIA Executive Committee. He is also involved the Helena Building Industry Association (HBIA) and was instrumental in creating the HBIA Helping Hands Committee.


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