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Gieseke joins Rocky Bank

STEVENSVILLE – Bob Gieseke has joined Rocky Mountain bank as the new manager of the Stevensville branch.

Gieseke, originally from Litchfield, Minn., is a graduate of Montana State University with a degree in business marketing and management. As a resident of Corvallis the past five years, he has been involved in the community as past-president of Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis, a board member of United Way of Ravalli County and a Relay for Life team leader.

He has a background in commercial real estate sales and development and has been a commercial banker in Hamilton since 2008.

In addition, Rocky Mountain Bank promoted Jeff Fuller to vice president, retail sales manager.

Mr. Fuller joined Rocky Mountain Bank as vice president and business development officer in 2007 in the Stevensville office. His new responsibilities include leadership, sales management and business development for all 10 offices and communities that the bank serves.

Rocky Mountain Bank is a state-chartered banking group with more than $466 million in assets. Headquarters are at 2615 King Ave. W. in Billings. Visit for information.

EBMS names CEO

EBMS has named Thomas Partlow as the company’s new CEO, effective immediately.

For the past 25 years, Partlow has worked in the self-insurance/group health marketplace. He previously served as president of Delta Health Systems, a California-based service provider for self-funded health plan management, where he was instrumental in the development of a suite of wellness and disease management programs.

He also was instrumental in the development of an Accountable Care Organization-based network in the Southern California region, comprising more than 4,000 physicians and 20 hospitals. During Partlow’s presidency, Delta’s revenue grew to greater than $30 million.

Partlow said he is excited to bring his broad scope of experience to EBMS. “Throughout my long tenure in this industry, I have watched and admired the Larson family as they built EBMS into a national industry powerhouse that is widely respected throughout the country and beyond,” said Partlow.

“To be able to join a company of this stature truly is the pinnacle of my career, and I am honored to be a part of such a talented and innovative team of professionals. I look forward to building on an established foundation of success as we work together to grow and expand EBMS to be of ever-increasing value in the healthcare marketplace.”

Y names finance director

The Billings Family YMCA has welcomed Jennifer Schroeder as the new finance director.

Schroeder graduated from Billings Senior High School in 2002 and graduated from Seattle University in 2007 with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. She worked at Ernst & Young in Seattle as an auditor and upon returning to Billings in October 2011, worked at Underriner Motors.

A longtime, active Y member, she said, “there are not many organizations in Billings where I’d rather be working; the Y is a fun, exciting and healthy place to be.”

Scam targets employers

HELENA – The Montana Department of Labor and Industry is warning employers of a second scam targeting Montana employers. The Department has taken calls from employers who have received a letter allegedly from the Department of Labor requesting banking information noting that automatic withdrawals begin March 1, 2013. Neither the U.S. Department of Labor, or the Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s Unemployment Insurance Division have sent letters asking for banking information.

“This is the third time in less than six months that a scam asking for information has targeted Montana businesses. What makes this even more frustrating is the scammers are posing as the Department of Labor, and employers naturally want to comply with the information request”, said Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. Bucy recommends that any Montana employer receiving this fraudulent request not reply with any information and call the Montana UID fraud investigator at (406) 444-1709.

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