Board Spotlight - Jim Ness


Jim was born and raised in Havre, Montana. Graduating from Havre High School in 1982 and from Northern Montana College in 1987, he received a bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in
information technology.

His banking career began at US Bank in Havre in 1979, and after college, at Three Rivers Bank in
Kalispell as a junior lender. He continued in the banking industry working his way up to executive
vice president of Big Sky Western Bank in Bozeman in 2013 followed by a promotion to president
in March of 2014. Last June, Big Sky Western Bank merged with First Security Bank and Jim is now
the president/CEO of First Security Bank.

Jim’s volunteer and community work dates back to his time in Kalispell where he was board chair of
the Kalispell Area Chamber of Commerce and also served as president of the Kalispell Downtown
Association. He served on the board of the Gateway Community Center and the Kalispell Police
Commission as secretary. Jim was also board chair for two years while serving on the board of the Samaritan House, the local homeless shelter.

Jim’s involvement in the Bozeman community currently includes serving on the board of the Bozeman Health Foundation as treasurer, and chair of the Finance Committee. He also serves on the Finance Committee of the YMCA, and is board chair for the Prospera board of directors. He is a member of the Gallatin College Advisory Board, Sunrise Rotary Club, and a past board member for Bozeman Fiber.

He and his wife Lori have one daughter, Jaymie, who is married and lives in Kalispell. In his free time, Jim enjoys golfing, skiing, racquetball, running, biking, ping pong, playing guitar, and spending time with his family.