MIB Officers


Tom Christnacht (shrunk)

Tom Christnacht, First Security Bank of Deer Lodge
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Tom became President of the MIB in 2017.  Tom is a graduate of Montana State University, Bozeman.  Tom has worked for First Security Bank of Deer Lodge for over 30 years.  He is proud of the bank, and is equally proud to call Deer Lodge home.  




Andy West, Eagle Bank, Polson

Andrew West joined Eagle Bank in January of 2015, and became the President/CEO upon Martin Olsen’s retirement.  Andrew graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. in Business, emphasis in Accounting.   He worked for Wells Fargo for two years before joining Valley Bank of Ronan as the Branch Manager of Valley Bank of Arlee.   He remained with Valley Bank of Arlee for 10 years.  During this time he attended and graduated from Pacific Coast School of Banking.  In April of 2012, Andrew went to work for Community Bank, Inc. in Missoula, Montana as a Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer.   He worked there until joining us at Eagle Bank.   Andrew lives in Arlee, Montana and has one daughter.  He is an avid horseman and outdoorsman in his free time.  Email Jeff.


Adam McQuiston,
 First Montana Bank, Missoula

Adam McQuiston is Executive Vice President at First Montana Bank in Missoula.  He was born and raised in Billings, and has fifteen years of banking experience.  He started with First Montana Bank in June of 2002 as a VP/Commercial Loan Officer, then took over as Missoula Market President in 2007, managing the Missoula locations.  In 2012, he was promoted to Executive Vice President/Senior Lender, and now directly oversees the branches statewide.  Adam is a Graduate of the University of Montana, with a Bachelors Degree in Management and Marketing, and a Graduate of The Pacific Coast Banking School.  Adam’s wife of 13 years is Keli and his children are Kane (6) and Ella (4).  His favorite activities are family time, golf, and Griz athletics.  Email Adam.


Kenny Martin, First Montana Bank, Helena

Kenny Martin graduated from William and Mary in 1983, and worked with Chase Manhattan Mortgage in Virginia for 17 years. He moved to Montana in 1999, and in May of 2003 joined First Bank of Lincoln.  In 2017, Kenny joined First Montana Bank to help form its Helena branch.  Kenny enjoys the small community banking environment and helping his community develop economically.  Kenny is married to Staci, and they have three children and two step children.  In an area of Montana famous for its outdoor pursuits, he enjoys horse riding, hunting and fishing.  Email Kenny.


MIB Staff

James E. Brown,
 Montana Independent Bankers

James Brown worked for six years in Washington D.C. as a congressional aide, prior to earning a master of laws degree in taxation while clerking for the Washington Supreme Court.  He returned to Montana to practice over five years with the Helena law firm Doney Crowley Payne & Bloomquist, P.C., before starting his own practice, The James Brown Law Office, PLLC in the fall of 2012.  During this time he also lobbied for a number of clients.  With this background, Jim brings more than ten years of legislative and lobbying experience and over five years of legal expertise to the Montana Independent Bankers Association. Mr. Brown, a native of Dillon, is a fourth-generation Montanan who has worked in the hay fields and in the halls of Congress. He has interests in politics and international travel, and also enjoys back country hiking and fishing, and rooting for the Redskins and the Mariners.  Email Jim.

Terri James, Montana Independent Bankers

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Terri James was born and raised in Butte, Montana and a third-generation graduate of Butte Central High School.

She is married to her best friend, Mark James. For over 34 years Terri and her husband Mark have owned and operated businesses in uptown Butte. Terri’s parents also were self-employed, teaching her the strong work ethic she presents to every task and project.

A highly respected and involved member of her community, Terri served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Mainstreet Uptown Butte, a 34-year member of the Butte Chamber of Commerce, Founding Board Member of the Uptown Butte Christmas Stroll, and President of Evel Knievel Days.

According to Terri, her greatest achievements are raising of her two children (Austin and Taylor) and being married to her best friend.  She now lives in Beaverhead County near the beautiful Big Hole River.