Great West Engineering award

Great West Engineering has won the 2020 ACEC Engineering Excellence Award for their part in the wastewater treatment plant in Cut Bank.

Names and faces

Andy Shirtliff has joined Anderson ZurMuehlen Technology Services, a division of Anderson ZurMuehlen, a top 200 accounting, business consulting and advisory firm. Shirtliff acts as account executive with AZTS and focuses on developing technology engagements for personal and business clients across the state and country.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana and has a background with the state of Montana, having served as a policy adviser and small business advocate. Shirtliff co-founded Montana Young Professionals, Capital City Kiwanis, and is a former Leadership Montana graduate and member of Montana Ambassadors.

Shirtliff has more than 10 years’ experience working with businesses.

Jason Schaller recently joined Anderson ZurMuehlen Technology Services, a division of Anderson ZurMuehlen, a top 200 accounting, business consulting, and advisory firm. Schaller acts as the director of security services and brings more than 22 years of information technology, cybersecurity and leadership experience to his role.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity and information assurance and maintains his CISSP, CISA and CRISC certifications. He is currently an active member of the FBI’s Infragard Program, ISC2, and ISACA and has been part of running and securing 24x7  environments in government, healthcare and banking.


Sarah Siderius has joined Allied Investment Advisors as director of client relations and marketing. Her areas of responsibility will include the firm’s client experience strategy, marketing and communications, and developing and fostering client relationships.

Siderius has worked more than 26 years in the financial services and investment industry. A Montana native, she graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management. She also holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation.

Call Siderius at 406-601-1316.


Cheryl Fenhaus as been appointed an associate at SMA Architects. Fenhaus has been with SMA since 2011, and has served as office manager, handling the behind the scenes work including employee benefits, payroll, billing, reporting and project guidelines.

Fenhaus works with owners on firm financial management, and leads in efforts to streamline firm processes, project management and staff development. Fenhaus is an instrumental leader to SMA’s growth and success.

Currently working remotely from Billings, Fenhaus makes frequent trips to Bozeman and Helena to participate in office activities and support in-house work.

Charley Franklin has been appointed to the position of principal at SMA Architects. As a firm leader, Franklin has been with SMA for five years, and is the director of the growing team in the Bozeman office. 

Franklin is a 2009 graduate of Montana State University’s School of Architecture and a 2002 graduate of University of Montana’s Anthropology program. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the City of Bozeman’s Excellence in Historic Residential Preservation for the Mistretta Residence in 2015, and the Excellence in Historic Preservation award from the City of Bozeman for the Schnee’s Downtown Bozeman storefront renovation and redesign.

His recent projects include Montana State University’s newest residence hall, Hyalite Hall, slated to open for the fall semester 2020. Franklin has also been instrumental in many recent downtown projects, including, The Merin, One 11, and South Central Lofts in Bozeman’s growing city core.

Franklin is a Bozeman native.

News and notes

St. Peter’s Health to host community forum

Community members are invited to attend the St. Peter’s Health Fall Community Forum at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Regional Medical Center (hospital), 2475 Broadway. St. Peter’s Health will share the latest information on its progress and work.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback. All are welcome and no RSVP is required. For questions, call 447-2847 or email website@sphealth.org.

Awards and honors

Great West Engineering wins 2020 ACEC award

The Wastewater Treatment Plant project in Cut Bank has been selected by the American Council of Engineering Companies for the 2020 Engineering Excellence Award in the Waste and Storm Water category.

Led by Great West Engineering, the project consists of a state-of-the-art three-stage BNR wastewater treatment plant. The new plant will remove ammonia, nitrogen and phosphorus allowing the city to meet current and future permit limits. The project improves effluent quality laying the groundwork for the city to be more responsive to population and economic growth.




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