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Davis Business Machines honored

David Business Machines was honored with the “Revenue Growth of Mid-Market Dealers” from Ricoh USA. From left, Tim Vellek, senior vice president Ricoh Marketing; Mark LaFave, Helena branch manager; Amanda Byrne, Great Falls branch manager; and Steven Burger, vice president and general manager of Ricoh International. 

Names and faces 

Morrison-Maierle has hired Brandon Graff in its Helena office as a Transportation Market Group Engineer Intern. He will be working on the Toston Structures, Baxter/Love Lane Safety Improvement project, and the Madison Street Bridge Rehab project. A native of Chester, Brandon received his bachelor's degree from Carroll College in civil engineering. Prior to joining Morrison-Maierle, he worked for the Montana Department of Transportation as a summer intern in 2015.


SMA Architects, located in Helena and Bozeman, has announced three promotions.

Klint Fisher, AIA, NCARB will now be serving as a principal with the firm. Fisher holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design, and Master of Architecture; both from Montana State University. He serves on the City of Helena Board of Adjustments, and is the Immediate Past President for AIA Montana. Licensed in Montana and Washington, Fisher is also NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) certified.

Mark Ophus, AIA, LEED® AP, NCARB will now be serving as an associate. Ophus holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design and Master of Architecture; both from Montana State University. He is a licensed architect in Montana, and also NCARB certified.

Charley Franklin, AIA, NCARB, is the Director of the Bozeman office and has been promoted to an associate. Franklin holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, and a Master of Architecture; both from Montana State University. He is a member of the Design Review Board for the City of Bozeman. Licensed in Montana, Franklin is also a two-time City of Bozeman Beautification Award winner for Excellence in Historic Preservation (2012 for Story Block Building) and “Remarkable Renovated Residence” (2016 for N. Black Residence).


Dr. Roger L. Kiesling has been elected vice president of finance of the American Dental Association Foundation. The American Dental Association Foundation’s core missions are centered around improving access to dental care domestically and internationally, dental research, dental scholarships for minority dental students, and charitable assistance for those in need in the dental community.

The not-for-profit American Dental Association Foundation is headquartered in Chicago and represents over 160,000 member dentists. Kiesling formerly served on the American Dental Association Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2014, and subsequently was elected to serve on the American Dental Association Foundation Board of Directors in 2015. His term on the ADAF Board runs through 2019.

Kiesling has practiced general dentistry in Helena, MT since 1979, and is currently a partner with Associated Dental Care of Helena, PLLC.


Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, The Montana Coalition, Inc. (HMHB) has announced the hiring of Katie McLain, director of fundraising and programs and Sarah Corbally, director of operations and government relations. HMHB endeavors to improve the safety, health, and well-being of Montana babies and their caretakers.

McLain and Corbally bring with them a diverse skill set that will allow the organization to grow its programs related to the prevention of adverse childhood experiences, coalition building, and help HMHB expand its focus to include improving maternal mental health in Montana moms. McLain has served as a federal grant manager for large programs focused on juvenile crime prevention and Corbally has a background in law and social work, with an emphasis on children’s rights. Both will serve part-time in their roles.


Awards and honors

DBM honored for revenue growth

Davis Business Machines, Inc. has received the national top honor for “Revenue Growth of Mid-Market Dealers” from Ricoh USA, which was based on fiscal year revenues ending in March 2016.

Great Falls territory manager, Amanda Byrne, and Helena territory manager, Mark LaFave, were present to accept the award on behalf of DBM at the annual Convergence meeting that was held in Las Vegas the final week of October. Byrne and her team were instrumental in securing the comprehensive management plan for printers, copiers and fax units for Benefis Healthcare Systems in Great Falls by bringing the best over-all solutions for their needs. LaFave's team was able to address the high-capacity requirements of the Helena School District with two production print systems as well as one similar unit going to the state of Montana Print and Mail Services. 


News and notes

Montana Taxpayers Association meeting set

The Montana Taxpayers Association will be holding its 95th annual Meeting, Dec. 7. The meeting will be headquartered at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena. The agenda filled with topics for the upcoming legislative session.

Governor Steve Bullock will be the speaker at the noon luncheon.

The agenda topics following lunch will include:

  • economic outlook for Montana;
  • discussion panel on local option sales tax;
  • report from the infrastructure coalition;
  • presentation of the upcoming state budget and fiscal issues facing the Legislature;
  • and a panel of the legislative caucus leadership outlining their goals for the 2017 session.

The meeting will wrap up with a reception and refreshments about 5 p.m.

Pre-registration is now open – register at or call 442-2130. To attend, registration has to be in by Dec. 1.



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