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Business briefcase published Nov. 24, 2019

Business briefcase published Nov. 24, 2019

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Names and faces

Ryan Kendall has joined the team at Stahly Engineering & Associates as a staff engineer in the Site Development Department. Kendall received his degree in civil engineering from the University of Central Florida and has been practicing engineering professionally in Illinois and Florida for the past six years. 

Founded in 1970, Stahly Engineering & Associates has offices in Helena, Bozeman and Billings.


Chris Hardan, PE, has joined the Helena office of Robert Peccia and Associates as a project manager in the Streets, Highway and  Drainage Group. Hardan brings over 18 years of combined experience as a structural engineer and project manager leading bridge replacement and rehabilitation projects for the Montana Department of Transportation Bridge Bureau. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Carroll College and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He serves on the Carroll College Engineering Advisory Board and was the former chair of the Western Bridge Preservation Partnership. 

Derek Flinders has joined the Helena office of Robert Peccia and Associates as a CAD operator/designer. He holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in architectural design and building construction from the Mitchell Technical Institute. Flinders has 10 years of drafting and design experience and provides excellent technical drawings through a multitude of Computer Aided Drafting platforms. He is working on record drawings for the Mission Field and Fort Benton Airports, preparing exhibits for the Montana Aeronautics Grant and Loan Program application process and plan and profile sheets, details and earthwork grading design for the Ennis Big Sky Airport.


Stephen Walter, the business relationship manager at Wells Fargo in Helena, is the new chairman of the Montana Red Cross board of directors.

Walter spent several years in the banking industry in Indiana before moving to Montana in 2016. As a Wells Fargo business relationship manager, Walter works with those that do business here in Montana and across the country to make sure they have tools, information and services they need to succeed.

Walter joined the Montana Red Cross board in 2017 and is also active with the United Way in Helena.

Walter graduated from Purdue University in 2010 with a background in organizational leadership, entrepreneurship and homeland security and got his Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2015.

He takes the reins from previous Red Cross board chairman Tom Wozniak. Wozniak remains on the Red Cross board and was recently presented an award for his service.

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The following individuals have completed a 16-hour ServSafe manager’s certification class offered by Lewis and Clark Public Health. The class trains workers in how to store, prepare, and serve food safely to the public.

Ron Bola, Faith Linguista, and Vince Saccheri, Sleeping Giant Lanes; Maykel Brogan, Town Pump; Stefani Cooper, Taco Treat; James Craig, Bushwackers Steakhouse and Saloon, Lincoln; Will Hartford, The Breakfast Club; Justin Knapp, Rocky Mountain Development Council; Thomas Moody, The Rib Shack; Michelle Olds, East Helena Public Schools; and Michelle VanderMars, Real Food Market and Deli;

Awards and honors

Big Sky Cycling named one of America’s Best Bike Shops

The National Bicycle Dealers Association has certified Big Sky Cycling as being among the top local bicycle retailers in the United States and only one of two in Montana to receive the award. Fewer than 200 qualified for this honor.

This is also the seventh year in a row that Big Sky Cycling has won the award.

Key to certification is a lengthy application survey that quantifies key elements found in successful retail operations of all kinds. Mystery shoppers then evaluated dealers through phone and email contacts, website appeal and accuracy, and an in-store visit with detailed breakdown of their experience, from a customer’s perspective, provided to all shops participating.

The process of going through the application and the outside perspective of the mystery shopper have created a program in which every shop has the opportunity to recognize their strengths and weaknesses and become the very best retailer they can be.

America’s Best Bike Shops certification requires not only great shopping experiences and expert staff, but also support for local cycling and national cycling advocacy.

Big Sky Cycling and Fitness is located at 801 N. Last Chance Gulch. Call 442-4644.

The National Bicycle Dealers Association is a nonprofit organization promoting the interests of cycling and specialty bicycle retail since 1946.


Dick Anderson Construction employees graduate apprentice program

On Oct. 30, five Dick Anderson Construction employees were recognized for the completion of a state apprenticeship.

More than four years ago, Dick Anderson Construction asked Great Falls College-MSU to help them upskill their employees through a customized training program. This program was designed specifically for Dick Anderson Construction and started with eight employees in Helena. During the program, Great Falls College-MSU provided the related instruction, labs, instructors and administrative support.

In 2018, the customized training program became a state recognized apprenticeship program. The five who completed the first state apprenticeship requirements are Jacob Cole Morse, Buddy Lervold, Nate Nelson, Jack Mueller and Tony Gavaghan. They were part of the original training.

Each apprentice has completed over 144 hours of related instruction, over 2,500 hours of on-the-job training and shown competency in a wide range of carpentry skills.

The apprenticeship consists of four levels and takes approximately three years to complete. At the completion of each level, the apprentice is reviewed by Dick Anderson Construction. Those who have completed the level move on to the next level and receive a wage increase.

News and notes

East Helena gets new U-Haul location at Duke’s Consulting

U-Haul Company of Montana, Inc. has announced that Duke’s Consulting has signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the East Helena community.

Duke’s Consulting at 619 E. Main St. will offer U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.

Normal business hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 406-443-8063 or visiting


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