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
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.