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Deitra Pester has joined Great West Engineering as the marketing coordinator/graphic designer. She will be based out of the Helena office. A graduate of Montana State University, Pester holds a BFA in graphic design. She has eight-plus years of professional graphic design experience. Through her work experience, she has gained knowledge in both small scale and large scale printing processes, multi-media design, promotional branding, online ad management and marketing. Pester is a native of Moore, Montana.

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Emily Flemming, CFRE, recently joined the Helena Area Community Foundation as executive director. Flemming is a Helena native and has spent over a decade working in the field in outreach, grant writing, fundraising, operations and membership. She has a master’s degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. Flemming comes to the HACF from the Montana Nonprofit Association, where she served as the membership and resource development director.

The Helena Area Community Foundation awards grants to local nonprofits for projects that provide critical needs and offer a positive impact for the residents of Helena and the surrounding community. In addition to providing funding, HACF supports organizations that seek training to further their causes. For more information, or to donate, contact Flemming at 406-441-4955.

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Sharon Nichols has been promoted to senior corporate branch operations officer for Stockman Bank and its 34 statewide locations. She was previously the operations officer for Stockman Bank Helena.

She brings over 19 years of banking experience to the position and has been with the bank since 2012. Her experience ranges from branch operations and customer service, to consumer and commercial lending.

Nichols is located at 3094 N. Sanders St., and can be reached at 406-447-9025.

Rex Walsh has been promoted to vice president, operations officer for Stockman Bank Helena. He was previously the vice president, branch loan officer for Stockman Bank Helena.

He brings over 16 years of banking experience to the position and has been with the bank since 2012. His responsibilities will include coordinating, overseeing and supervising all operational related functions for the bank, as well as providing supervision and guidance to the teller and customer service areas, loan support and administrative staff.

Walsh is located at 3094 N. Sanders St., and can be reached at 406-447-9004.

Katie Lawler has been promoted to vice president, real estate market manager. She was previously a real estate loan officer for Stockman Bank Helena.

She brings over 16 years of banking experience to the position and has been with the bank since 2015. Her responsibilities will include developing and overseeing our real estate department and construction loans, and assisting clients with their lending and credit needs.

Lawler is located at 3094 N. Sanders St., and can be reached at 406-447-9006.

Dean Mogstad has recently joined Stockman Bank as a real estate loan officer for our Helena Sanders bank. His responsibilities include assisting clients with their goal of becoming a homeowner or refinancing to consolidate debt, lower current monthly payments, or utilize their home as a tool for further investment in real estate.

Mogstad brings over 32 years of customer service experience to the position. His past experience will be an asset to Stockman Bank Helena. Mogstad earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Montana. 

He is located at 3094 N. Sanders St., and can be reached at 406-447-9016.

News and notes

Opportunity Bank CEO elected to ICBA delegate board

The Independent Community Bankers of America® announced that Peter J. Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Opportunity Bank of Montana (NASDAQ: EBMT), has been appointed to serve as the Montana delegate to the ICBA federal delegate board.

ICBA is dedicated to promoting the interests of locally-operated community banks. Johnson will help shape and advocate ICBA’s national policy positions and programs and serve as a liaison between independent community bankers in Montana and ICBA staff and leadership in Washington. He will also work to increase membership of banks in ICBA.

As president and CEO of Opportunity Bank of Montana, Johnson provides leadership for all functional areas of the bank and has overall responsibility for directing the bank toward its strategic plans, vision and mission. He started his career at Opportunity Bank in 1981 and has been president and CEO since 2007.

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