The College of Business Advisory Board is designed to foster a working relationship between the College and the community. The needs of business professionals in the community is a primary focus for the College of Business. We feel those individuals operating in local, national, and global markets will know best what business needs. The Business Advisory Board is a key asset in helping our students succeed in business.

Advisory Board Members 


Ed Garding

Executive Vice President and CEO

First Interstate BancSystem (retired, January 2016)

Ed Garding was former chairman of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. He has served on the boards of both the Billings and Sheridan, Wyoming, YMCA's, the Sheridan College Foundation board, and Ducks Unlimited in both Sheridan, WY and Hardin, MT (also chair). He was President of the Wyoming Bankers Association and has been a member of the American Bankers Association Government Relations Council. He also served as lobbyist for the Montana Bankers Association. Ed served on the MSUB Foundation Board of Trustees and since 1997 he serves on the College of Business Advisory Board. He received the award for the MSUB Outstanding Alumni in 2004.


Luke Kobold

Billings Clinic, Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing

Luke holds a bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Systems from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Regis University.


Billie Ruff

CEO, Travel Café

Billie has served Montana State University Billings is a number of capacities: Alumni Board Member (Vice President and President), Chair of the Golf Tournament, Outreach Committee, Wine Festival (Chair, Cooking Schools Co-chair, and volunteer), Outstanding Alumni Awards Final Selection Committee, Foundation Board member, Committee on Directors, Annual Fund Committee, and Committee on Trustees. She was awarded the Alumni Medallion in 2002 by the MSUB Alumni Association.


Dr. Michael Schaer

Founder, Computers Unlimited. Owner, McCormick Café, Café Italia, and Log Cabin Bakery

Computers Unlimited, founded in 1978, is an industry leader offering software solutions to Industrial Gas Business, Home Care Medical Distributors, and Audiology Office Management Software throughout the entire world. In 1995, Mike started Internet Montana, offering phone line hookups to the just-born World Wide Web. Mike owns many Montana Avenue properties between North 26th and 23th streets. Mike has been a generous supporter of the MSU Billings College of Business and the MSU Billings Foundation Wine Festival. He is a member of the First Interstate Bank Advisory Council, and past member of the Billings Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Billings Clinic Board of Directors, and the Billings Business Improvement District board of directors. Among his awards and recognitions are the 2003 "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Montana Ambassadors, 2009 Roche Jaune Award for Business Excellence - Business Person of the Year, 2012 Roche Jaune Lifetime Achievement Award, and 2014 Montana Business Hall of Fame.


Toni Schneider

CTA Architects Engineers, Director of Marketing

Toni currently leads a team of 12 people with the common goal of driving value for CTA’s clients nationally and internationally in addition to assisting their 17 office, 400 employee organization.  Her past experience includes management for the Billings NBC affiliate (KULR). She serves the community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Billings Depot, is a graduate of Leadership Billings (2014) and Leadership Montana (2016).


Dave Warne

Dave taught English and coached competitive speech at Billings West and Senior Highs for 8 years. He worked for 28 years in sales and then as District Manager for a chemical distribution company, Brentag Pacific, from which he retired in 2008.

Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in mathematics from MSU Billings (EMC). He also worked on a Master's degree from Washington State University in Rhetoric and Communications. Dave was involved in a number of extra-curricular activities while a student at EMC, including student government officer, soccer team member and captain, and president of Intercollegiate Knights. He graduated as Outstanding Senior with high honors. In 2010 he was named an Outstanding Alumni Award winner, receiving the Alumni Merit Medallion. He has remained a loyal fan of the Yellowjackets and has continued to serve the university through his involvement with MSUB Foundation: MSUB Foundation Board of Trustees, Chair 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2016-2018; Vice Chair Board 2014-2016; Immediate Past Chair, 2007-2009; Annual Fund Committee 2005-09; Committee on Trustees 2004-06, 2013-2016; Fiscal Affairs 2001-09, 2013-2016; Real Estate 2005-07, 2013-2016; Executive Committee 2005-09. He was involved in all three MSUB Foundation campaigns: NCLC; People, Pride and Promise; and Opportunity Scholarship Campaign.