Amy Quarles, First Security Bank of Helena
Amy is Chief Financial Officer at First Security Bank of Helena, which is a family owned bank started by Amy’s grandfather Paul Caruso, Sr. in 1970. Amy attended the University of Montana where she studied finance and business management. Upon graduation, Amy attended Willamette University where she earned her Master of Business Administration degree. After working at Seattle for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for five years, Amy returned to the family bank in 2005. Outside of work Amy enjoys golfing, skiing, and traveling with her husband and daughter. Email Amy.
Tom Christnacht, First Security Bank of Deer Lodge
Jeff is the Chief Credit Officer for First Security Bank, Bozeman, where he has worked for 28 years. He graduated from Montana State University with a degree in business finance. He is also a graduate of The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. He was born and raised in Glasgow. Interests outside of banking include hunting, fishing, camping, golf and playing pool. Email Jeff.
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.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Kenny Martin, First Bank of Lincoln
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, where he enjoys the small community banking environment. 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.
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.
MEMBER SERVICES DIRECTOR / CONVENTION COORDINATOR
Laura Welker, Montana Independent Bankers
Laura Welker grew up on a fourth-generation wheat farm near Shelby, where her great-grandparents started the Welker homestead with loans from long-time MIB member First State Bank. She has worked in a variety of professions such as 911 and state highway patrol dispatcher, administrative assistant, ethnomusicologist in Africa, adjunct faculty for a Canadian college, and now as a legal secretary in Helena. Laura was valedictorian of her college and gained her Masters degree in Saskatchewan with top honors before returning to Montana to work for Doney Crowley Payne Bloomquist, P.C., and then the James Brown Law Office, PLLC, as a legal secretary. Laura is delighted to contribute her energy and varied experience toward supporting the family-friendly banks of the Montana communities she loves. She enjoys playing her Celtic harp, teaching music, horse riding, sapphire hunting, studying Greek, and drinking in Montana’s exquisite outdoors. Email Laura.