A Business Plan for Montana by Montanans

For Montana by Montanans
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An essential component of the Implementation of the Main Street Montana Project is the establishment of Key Industry Networks (KINs).

Each of the KINs is comprised of leading business persons within that sector, from throughout the state.  Using the Project's five pillars as the frame of reference, the Kins are tasked with identifying the priorities that are most essential to the success of the businesses within their sector.  In addition to identifying priorities and providing guidance relating to the goals, objectives and tasks identified in the report, each KIN will have the discretion and authority to recommend additional initiatives and steps to grow their businesses and increase jobs and wages.

The 13 Key Industry Networks and the corresponding KIN Co-Chairs are:

Energy & Utilities

  • Niles Hushka, President/CEO, KLJ Engineering
  • Bob Rowe, President/CEO, Northwestern Energy

Financial Services

  • Kay Clevidence, President, Farmers State Bank, Victor
  • William Coffee, CEO/Chairman of the Board, Stockman Financial Corp., Stockman Bank, Billings

Food & Agriculture

  • Jim Peterson, Owner/Manager, Peterson Ranch, Buffalo
  • Greg Thayer, President/CEO, Montana Milling, Great Falls

Health & Wellness

  • Rick Haraldson, CEO Sidney Health Center, Sidney
  • Larry White, Assoc. Professor, School of Public Health and Community Health Service, University of Montana, Missoula

Housing & Construction

  • Dick Anderson, CEO, Dick Anderson Construction, Inc., Helena
  • Brad McCall, Co-Owner, McCall Homes, Billings
  • Greg McCall, Co-Owner, McCall Homes, Billings

Innovation & Technology

  • Donald Beeman, Retired, Former CEO of LigCyte (now Takeda Vaccines), Bozeman
  • Jason Corbally, President, Edulog, Missoula

Interconnectivity & Telecommunications

  • Rob Ferris, CEO, Vision Net, Great Falls
  • Bill Squires, CEO, Blackfoot Telecommunications Group, Missoula


  • Mike Robbins, President/Co-Founder, SeaCase, Inc. and Montana Precision Products, Seattle
  • Bert Robbins, Vice President/Co-Founder, SeaCast, Inc., Butte
  • K.C. Walsh, President, Simms Fishing Products, Bozeman

Natural Resources

  • Todd Myers, Vice President, Business Development, Cloud Peak Energy, Denver
  • Loran Rose, COO, Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Seeley Lake


  • Liz Moore, Executive Director, Montana Nonprofit Association
  • Bob Wilmouth, President, Rocky Mountain College

Small Business & Downtown

  • Sarah Calhoun, Owner, Red Ants Pants, White Sulpher Springs
  • Scott Brown, Owner, Base Camp, Billings


  • Rhonda Fitzgerald, Owner/Operator, Garden Wall Inn, Whitefish
  • Taylor Middleton, President/General Manager, Big Sky Resort, Big Sky


  • Jason Matheny, Chairman/CEO, Davis Transport, Inc., Missoula
  • Thomas Walsh, President/CEO, Montana Rail Link, Inc., Missoula