Staff

Richard B. Deming, CIC

President
Commercial Account Executive
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Rich Deming, CIC has been in the insurance industry for 37 years, 25 of those at First West. He is a shareholder, President and member of the Board of Directors of First West, Inc. He is a Commercial Lines Producer with expertise in construction, technology and surety. Rich is a graduate of Montana State University, a past president of the Montana Independent Agent’s Association and is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bozeman Health Foundation. Rich and his wife Julie have four children.

Bryan Hall, CIC

Vice President
Commercial Account Executive
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Bryan Hall is a commercial producer with over 16 years of experience delivering customized commercial insurance programs to a variety of industry sectors including: construction, healthcare, hotels, restaurants, breweries and distributors. Bryan joined First West Insurance as a commercial insurance producer in 2006 before becoming a shareholder two years later. Bryan currently serves on the Board of Directors of First West as Vice President.  Bryan and his wife Johnna have three great sons.

Bernadette Stough, CIC

Secretary-Treasurer
Personal Account Executive
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Bernadette Stough, CIC, CPIW is a shareholder, a member of the management team and the First West Board of Directors. She is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and has been in the insurance industry for 28 years, all of which have been with First West. When not at work she enjoys travel, coercing her husband into the next home improvement project and spending time with their spirited Boston Terriers.

Julie Bennett, CIC

Vice President of Finance
Commerical Account Manager
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A third generation insurance agent, Julie’s insurance career began in 1992 at First West, Inc. as a commercial lines customer service representative.   In 1996 she became a partner in the agency and her duties now include responsibility for managing a book of commercial insurance and surety accounts, overseeing the commercial lines customer service representatives, providing training, commercial lines hiring and personnel management.  She holds a Certified Insurance Counselor designation and is a graduate of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers Level II School. 

Tyler Delaney, CIC

Commercial Account Executive
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Tyler Delaney, CIC is a Commercial Lines Account Executive and Shareholder at First West, Inc. Tyler has been with First West since 1998. He is a graduate of the University of Montana and owned and operated an orthodontic/dental laboratory in Bellevue, WA from 1984-1996 before entering the insurance business. Tyler and his wife, Jodi have two children, Alex and Luke.

Mark Collins, ARM, CRIS

Commercial Account Executive
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Mark joined First West Inc. in April of 2003. Prior to that he worked at Acordia NW in Seattle, WA as a Commercial Insurance Broker in the Construction and Surety Department. Mark became a shareholder at First West in 2005 and specializes in all aspects of commercial insurance from construction, transportation, manufacturing, and hospitality. He currently holds Associate in Risk Management and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist designations. Mark is a member of the Bozeman Noon Rotary and volunteers as a youth soccer coach for the Bozeman Blitz and youth basketball coach for the Gallatin Valley YMCA. Mark is married and has two kids, Riley and Olivia. In between chasing his kids across the state to cross country meets, soccer and basketball games, and the occasional geography bee, you can find him outdoors enjoying all the amazing recreational opportunities SW Montana has to offer.

Greg Neil, CIC

Personal Account Executive
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Greg Neil has been a Personal Lines Account Executive since 2003 and joined First West in 2005. He became a shareholder in 2007 and earned his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2009. Greg coaches many youth sports throughout the year including soccer and basketball and also sits on the Bozeman United Methodist Church Board of Trustees. Greg and his wife Kara have four young children.

Aaron Odegard

Commercial Account Executive
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Aaron is a Commercial Lines Account Executive in the Farm and Ranch Department.  He started his insurance career with First West in 2011 and became a shareholder in 2014. Aaron attended Dawson Community College in Glendive, where he played basketball, and Montana State University in Bozeman. While no longer competing in rodeo as much as he would like, he is still heavily involved in the rodeo community. Aaron is President of the Bozeman Stampede and on the Board of Directors for MSU Bobcat Rodeo. He and his wife, Sunny, have three beautiful children.

Dan Cramer

Commercial Account Executive
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Dan Cramer, Commercial Lines Account Executive in the Farm and Ranch Department, joined First West in August of 2014. He began his insurance career as a Commercial Account Executive with Wells Fargo Insurance Services in 2007. In 2010 he opened his own Farmers insurance agency in Denver, until his love for fishing and disdain for traffic brought him back to Montana. Dan’s experience as a business owner gives him perspective of his client’s needs. Dan and his wife Jody have two children Riley and Coy.

Matt Brownlow

Commercial Account Executive
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Matt Brownlow is a Commercial Lines Account Executive.  Matt graduated in May of 2017 from Montana State University.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing/Management, with a minor in Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  Throughout Matt’s collegiate career, he was involved in many extracurricular activities.  He was a student representative with the Bozeman Area Community Foundation, interned for several local companies and was an active member of the Montana State University football team for the past four years.  He is most excited to have been given the opportunity to stay in Bozeman and establish his career.  Matt enjoys attempting to fly fish, traveling, meeting new people, listening to music and cooking. 

Kevin Babcock

Loss Control
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Kevin Babcock is the Loss Control Consultant at First West, Inc. Kevin has been with First West since 2004 and is a shareholder. Prior to joining First West Kevin held the position of safety director/human resources consultant for several firms – Barnard Construction Company, Town Pump and Montana Resources. He has extensive experience and knowledge in all areas of safety and is valuable asset to First West.

Tiffany Obie, CIC, CISR

Commercial Account Manager
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Tiffany Obie, CIC, CISR is a commercial lines account manager. She started in the insurance industry in 2004 and has been with First West since 2011. Tiffany is a graduate of Carroll College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies and Business Administration. Tiffany enjoys golfing. skiing, and all that the Gallatin Valley has to offer with her two boys.  

Sue Howard, CISR

Commercial Account Manager
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Susan Howard, CISR is a Commercial Lines Account Manager.  Sue has been in the insurance industry for 19 years.  She began her career working for an Equine Insurance agency located in NJ.  She moved to Montana in 2000 and joined the First West Commercial Lines Department in September of 2002. In her free time she enjoys gardening, dancing and spending time with her horse and dog.

Jodi Neville, AFIS

Commercial Account Manager
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Jodi Neville began her insurance career with First West in 1998.  She is a Commercial Lines Account Manager in our Farm and Ranch Department.  When she’s not at work Jodi enjoys spending time with her family. If you have the opportunity to meet Jodi ask her about her fascinating genealogy research.  We think she should write a book.

Marci Stoppel

Commercial Account Manager
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Marci Stoppel, Commercial Lines Account Manager began her career in 2013 and joined First West in 2015.  Marci is also our Surety Account Manager servicing the bonding needs of our clients.  She graduated from MSU with a BS in Business Management. Marci is from Bozeman.  She is an avid skier, hiker, and is learning to fly fish.

Julie Nygren, CIC, CRIS

Commercial Account Manager
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Julie Nygren, CIC, CRIS, began her commercial insurance career in 1997 and has gained experience in many insurance specialties, including construction, real estate development, nonprofits, technology, manufacturing and retail. Julie joined the First West Insurance team in 2016.  Having grown up in the Gallatin Valley and graduating from Montana State University, she and her husband, Chris, were thrilled to return to Bozeman in 2012. She enjoys singing in the Symphony Choir, playing the piano, and appreciating and contributing to the activities and outdoors that this community has to offer. They have two grown sons and a Gordon Setter.

Jamie Kirk

Commercial Account Manager
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After ending her adventure as a zookeeper in the bird department of Sedgwick County Zoo, Jamie started her insurance career in 2005 at IMA, Inc in Wichita, Kansas. Ready for another adventure, Jamie and her family moved to Montana in 2012. Jamie, her husband and two children are happy to call Livingston, Montana home.  We welcomed her to First West in 2016.

Shannon Lubick, CIC, CISR

Commercial Account Manager
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Shannon Lubick, CIC, CISR is a commercial account manager.  She has been with First West for 10 of her 16 years in the insurance industry.  Shannon obtained her CISR designation in 2005 and her CIC designation in 2011.  Shannon is married with young children, and she & her husband are both life-long Montanans.

Shauna Diehl, CISR

Commercial Account Manager
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Shauna Diehl, Commercial Lines and Farm & Ranch Account Manager, started her insurance career with First West in 2010 and obtained her CISR designation in 2015.  Before joining First West she attended Montana State University in Bozeman, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science and worked in the construction industry as administrative support to estimators and project managers as well as doing contract administration. 

Heather Enigl, CISR

Commercial Account Manager
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Heather Enigl, CISR, Commercial Lines Account Manager and Training Coordinator began her insurance career with First West in 2010.  Heather graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2008 and she and her husband Rob moved to Bozeman in 2010 to enjoy all the wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities SW Montana has to offer.  They share their love of the outdoors with their two young children.

Alex Gepner, CISR

Commercial Account Manager
Select Business Unit
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Alex Gepner, CISR, is the Team Leader for the Select Business Unit.  Alex started her insurance career in 2004 and has been with First West Insurance since 2012.  Alex specializes in Small Business and strives very hard to help her clients feel comfortable and knowledgeable about their coverage.   Alex and her husband Kurt have one daughter, Melia.  She is actively involved in school sports, skiing Bridger Bowl in the winter, and camping and fishing in our mountains in the summer.

Heather Dahl

Commercial Account Manager
Select Business Unit
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Heather began her 10 year insurance career in the Pacific Northwest after graduating from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota with a degree in Business Management. Then she took what she thought was going to be a “break” to stay home with her three children.  After a little over a decade of herding cats, she decided to reenter the work force. Heather has been with First West since January of 2014, she is a Commercial Account Manager in our Select Business Unit.  When not at work Heather keeps busy with her husband, her three teenage children and their lazy Bernese Mountain Dog.

Kelly Stedman

Commercial Account Manager
Select Business Unit
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A Commercial Lines Account Manager in the Select Business Unit. Kelly started her insurance career with First West in the Spring of 2014 after graduating from Portland State University.  When Kelly is not busy giving exceptional service, with a hint of humor, she can be found outdoors enjoying all the incredible recreational opportunities Montana has to offer with her two dogs, Lily and Rolo.

Rob Deming

Commercial Account Manager
Select Business Unit
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Rob started with First West Inc. as a summer intern in 2009.  In January of 2016 he joined the agency full-time as a Commercial Account Manager in our Select Business Unit. Rob holds a degree in business and has completed a six month commercial account manager training program. In his free time he is a volunteer hockey coach with the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association.

Vicki Juhl

Front Office Coordinator
Commercial Claims
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Vicki moved to Bozeman and started with First West in 2012. She was the third generation owner of her family’s Independent Insurance Agency in Illinois  for over 30 years but sold it and moved to Bozeman when her two daughters, MSU grads said they were staying in Montana.  She’s passionate about providing exceptional service knowing that insurance is very important in protecting the assets of individuals and businesses. When not at work she enjoys skiing, camping, water sports and spending time with her menagerie of animals as well as volunteering at local animal shelters.

Patty Moore, CISR

Personal Account Manager
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Patty has been with First West since 2002 and in the insurance industry for 35 years.  Patty works as a Personal Lines account manager and claims manager.  She has 3 grown children and six grandchildren.

Nicole Christensen, CISR

Personal Account Manager
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Nicole Christensen is a personal lines account manager.  She started her insurance career with First West in 2010 and obtained her CISR designation in 2015. She is an amazing cook and has recently rekindled her love of running. Nicole and her husband Todd have four wonderful children.

Amy Benson

Personal Account Manager
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Amy Benson recently joined First West Insurance as a Personal Lines Account Manager. She is currently working toward her CISR designation. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University and her previous experience includes process improvement and customer service management positions. In her spare time she enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, cooking and spending time with her Yellow Lab Trigger.

Jody Verwolf

Personal Account Manager
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Jody Verwolf recently joined First West Insurance as a Personal Lines Account Manager. Jody, a Bozeman native, obtained her bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in 2003.  Her past experience includes working with employee benefits in health and life insurance. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, photography, camping, refurbishing furniture and rummaging for antiques.

Jessica Zobel

Personal Lines Account Manager
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Jessica Zobel is a Personal Lines Account Manager.  Jess holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Montana State University.  She previously worked as a Cloud Deal Specialist/Contracts Administrator for Oracle, an Associate Financial Representative and as a technical writer.  Jess enjoys cross country skiing, swimming, music, bike riding, hot springs and exploring the outdoors with her young son Elliott.

Gina Shroyer-Weaver

Front Office Coordinator
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Before joining the First West Front Desk team in 2014, Gina graduated from Montana State University and taught elementary school in Clyde Park, Montana.  Gina loves hiking, skiing, reading, camping and being outdoors.  Gina recently wrote an article on her memories of growing up in Bozeman that will be published in the winter issue of Gallatin History Magazine. Gina is learning all about stem cell transplants and likes to hang out with students from Be the Match on Campus #notadatingsite, a group that helps sign-up 18 to 44 year-olds to be stem cell donors for people fighting certain cancers.

Maynard McQuiston, LUTCF

Life & Health Account Executive
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Maynard McQuiston, LUTCF, has been in the Insurance Industry for 35 years and has been with First West for the last 13 years. Maynard is a Life, Health and Disability Account Executive with expertise in Business Life Insurance.  He is a past president of the Local Life Underwriters Association and past member of the Agents Advisory Council for BC/BS of Montana and has achieved the Million Dollar Roundtable Status.  Maynard and wife Carol have two children.  

Terri Jallings

Life & Health Account Manager
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Terri Jallings joined First West as a Health and Life Account Manager in 2014. She was born and raised in Great Falls, MT but has spent the last 30 years raising her family and enjoying the beauty of Southwest Montana. She has 10 years of experience in the Health and Life insurance business.

Darcy Quinnell

Accounting & Commercial Lines Assistant
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Darcy Quinnell, Accounting and Commercial Lines Assistant, joined the team in May 2016. She graduated from Montana State with a double major in Accounting and Finance in December 2015. She is eager to learn more about the insurance world and further her knowledge of accounting.

 
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