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The Vancleeve family of Billings was on hand at the Family Business Day celebration to accept an award for their business, Pine Cove Consulting, as an outstanding family business in the small business category (10-29 employees).
Rick Vancleeve founded Pine Cove Consulting in 1993. Prior to Pine Cove, Rick received his degree in Education from MSU in 1980, just one year after his wife Cindy graduated. Participating in college football taught Rick "not only how to compete and win, but how to do it the right way."
Following a career of teaching and coaching at Rocky Mountain College and in Thermopolis, Wyo., Rick started his own business in 1993. It was his goal to help individual schools in Montana and Wyoming by providing technology assistance in the global technology context of their district. Such remains the goal of Pine Cove Consulting.
The family of Dexter and Karla Buck of Chinook were preoccupied on Family Business Day welcoming a new grandchild – it was also "sale day." Every Friday is "sale day" for this vertically integrated livestock business, Bear Paw Livestock, which was heralded for its achievements with a Family Business award in the "very small category" (fewer than 10 employees).
Not only have the Bucks developed a "tremendously successful business that has retained the family values that are at its core," said Webb Brown, President of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, who presented their award at the Family Business Day luncheon in Bozeman, but they are doing so in an industry that has concerns about retaining younger generations.
Peak Recording of Bozeman was the recipient of a special Family Business Award, during a luncheon ceremony, which recognized a number of family-owned businesses in Montana.
It's a company that "connects Bozeman with the rest of the world," said Karen Vinton, former director of the Family Business Program at Montana State University's College of Business. Peak Recording has been recognized by peers in their industry with the five Emmy nominations, said Vinton, who nominated the company for a Family Business award.
Air Controls of Billings was recognized as a Family Business of the Year in the Medium Category (30-50 employees.
Owned by the Schaff Family the company was founded in 1972 by Al Schaff, collateralized by his mother, who, 40 years later, is still receiving weekly dividends on her investment. In addition she has the joy of witnessing the company advance to the involvement of a third generation of the Schaff family. "Grandma" Schaff worked in the business until the 1980s, when she retired.
The company's success stems from a strong focus on pleasing its customers, to the extent that they keep coming back. According to Al's son Chris, who now manages Air Controls, 95 percent of their business is repeat customers.
Kagy Korner of Bozeman received a special award during the College of Business State Farm Insurance Family Business Day program, an award that recognized the Tschache Family's perseverance to establish a neighborhood business that is now recognized as a significant asset to the community.
Kagy Korner is "a small business that my Dad fought for. He struggled to get it built and we are here because of people like you," said Rhett Tschache, "people who supported us and loyal customers."
Payne Financial Group and Western States Insurance, announced a historic agreement to form one, new employee-owned company to serve the greater Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions. The joining of the two companies marks one of the biggest brokerage combinations of private firms in the history of the insurance industry.
“This is a watershed moment for our clients, our employees and the insurance industry as a whole,” said Brian Donahue, President & CEO of Payne Financial Group.
Throngs of people gathered at MetraPark in Billings, last week, for Coal Appreciation Day, sponsored by Count on Coal Montana.
Local officials and political candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, were on hand to voice their support of coal, in this election year. Speakers included U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, State Auditor Monica Lindeen, Republican candidate for governor Rick Hill, Yellowstone County Commissioners John Ostlund and Bill Kennedy.
Billings Mayor Tom Hanel welcomed everyone and underscored the potential for coal in Montana saying the state has more reserves than any other state in the US, and the US has more coal reserves than any other nation.
Gregg Kamas, a national leader in employer-based wellness and clinical management programs, has joined EBMS as chief health officer, a new executive committee position with oversight over all care coordination, health management, pharmacy benefit management, and onsite clinic programs.
His responsibilities will include: CareLink, EBMS' comprehensive care coordination program, which forms an inter-connective link between members, providers and their health plans; EBMS Rx and miRx mail order prescriptions, EBMS' proprietary pharmacy benefit management programs; and, miCare, which administers employer-sponsored medical clinics.
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