Guest host Jessica Sena will interview Democratic candidate for U.S. House, Rob Quist, co-founder of Mission Mountain Wood Band.Source: www.robquistformontana.comRob was appointed by two governors and served three four year terms as a member of the Montana Arts Council. During which time he successfully lobbied both parties to keep funding for music, drama and art programs in our public schools, believing they are an integral part of a balanced education. He also developed an anti-bullying curriculum that has been widely adopted by schools across the state and declared a success. Rob was chosen by the Montana Dept. of Commerce as the state's cultural ambassador and visited Japan several times in that capacity. He is also the spokesman and fundraiser for the Montana Food Bank Network and has brought his musical talents to benefit their yearly food drive. Last year he created a school program designed to teach students about "native traditions" and the heritage of indigenous peoples and toured classrooms across the state with Mariah Gladstone.Rob Quist is the son of a Montana rancher and dry-land wheat farmer who grew up on a ranch north of Cut Bank, Mt. His family is still on the family farm, giving Rob an intimate understanding of the challenges faced by farm and ranch families in the state.Rob graduated from Cut Bank High school as Student Body President and co-captain of the State Championship Class B basketball team and went on to play basketball for the University of Montana. While attending the University of Montana, he co-founded the Mission Mountain Wood Band and toured nationwide for 12 years performing at colleges and concert venues across the country, appearing on National Television numerous times and charting original songs on Billboard’s top 100 songs.Rob returned to the state full time, married Bonni Willows Quist, settling on a horse ranch in Creston, Montana to raise his two children, Guthrie Quist and Halladay Quist. Determined to base his entertainment business in Montana, Quist opened his RQGN headquarters in Kalispell. As a small business owner, he has continually provided employment for up to 15 Montanans at any given time and is keenly aware of the challenges faced by small business owners in the state.He has used his platform as an entertainer to work tirelessly to enhance and strengthen his ties with Montana’s native people, co-producing “Western Harmony” with Blackfeet writer and entertainer, Jack Gladstone, with a message of hope and cooperation between cultures, “Spiritual Brothers of a Different Color”. The show received a production grant from the University of Montana’s Fine Arts Department and toured Montana during the State’s Centennial Celebration, celebrating Montana’s centennial with over 200 communities in our state.The Quist Family has long been involved with volunteer work in the state. Rob has served for many years as a spokesman for the Montana Food Bank as well as serving on the board of the Montana Arts Council, working with the Office of Public Instruction on school programs and the Department of Commerce on Cultural Exchange Programs. Bonni has worked as a teacher in the Flathead school system and served on the board of Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center promoting outdoor activities for our youth. Halladay is currently on the Board of the Share Your Voice Foundation dedicated to helping young people find, cultivate, believe in, and share their voices in society through artistic programs. Guthrie and Halladay have shared their talent doing fundraisers to raise money for the Montana Food Bank to help provide for Montana families over the holidays. Montana has provided a lifetime of experiences and memories for the Quist Family and has been the inspiration for Rob’s muse for many years.
Montana's 65th Legislative Assembly--Live Special Report From Helena
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We update you on the very latest from Helena with special news maker guests.
Dave McEwen--President of the Montana Wool Growers Association
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The domestic sheep industry in conjunction with the Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks and the Wild Sheep Association held a symposium in Helena recently. Discussed was bighorn and domestic sheep management and interaction. Dave Mcewen of the MWGA will give us all an update on this timely issue.
Jessica Sena--Broadcasting Live from Sidney, Montana
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Jessica will be broadcasting Live from Sidney, Mt
Kevin Riley-CEO & President First Interstate Bank
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Kevin Riley has been the President/CEO of First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. for a very short time. He’s excited to be making the rounds throughout Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota to meet our dedicated customers and employees. In the meantime, we thought we’d share a short video that provides a little deeper insight into our new leader.Mr. Riley has 27 years of banking experience, most recently serving as our Chief Financial Officer before his appointment as President/CEO in September of this year. Prior to that, Mr. Riley served in a number of executive-level positions for several institutions, including Berkshire Hills Bancorp, a $5.3 billion financial holding company headquartered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and KeyCorp, a $90 billion bank holding company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Riley graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.
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