March 28, 2018


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Montana Business Hall of Fame Calls for Nominations

Deadline to submit nominations is April 27



University Communications and Marketing, 657-2266


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Montana State University Billings (MSUB), the College of Business at MSUB, and the MSUB Foundation are pleased to announce the fifth annual call for nominations for the statewide Montana Business Hall of Fame. All are invited to nominate a business leader they believe is worthy of recognition. Because many people are deserving of recognition, previous nominations may be re-submitted.


This year's ceremony will be held on Oct. 11, 2018, at The Northern Hotel in Billings, Mont.


The Montana Business Hall of Fame recognizes business leaders who have been successful in private enterprise in Montana. By identifying outstanding examples of business leadership, the Hall of Fame recognizes, shares, and documents stories of success and innovation. The Hall of Fame creates an awareness and appreciation of Montana's rich heritage of business leadership.


Business leaders who are selected for the Montana Business Hall of Fame are recognized for their contributions to Montana within the past 25 years. Posthumous nominations are welcome. The criteria for acceptance into the Montana Business Hall of Fame include:

  • Outstanding business performance
  • High standard of ethics
  • Willingness to take risks
  • Concern for the customer and for the well-being of employees
  • Innovative business ventures
  • Contributions to their local communities and the state

Last year's class included these outstanding business leaders: Bill Coffee, Nicki and Rick Larson, and Bill Johnstone. These individuals were honored at the Montana Business Hall of Fame Banquet on Sept. 29, 2017.


The 2016 class consisted of Dr. Nicholas Wolter, Karen Fagg, and Terry Payne. These individuals were recognized during an Evening with Henry Winkler dinner event on Oct. 11, 2016.


The 2015 class included several business leaders: Greg Gianforte, Don and Marilyn Floberg, and Tom Scott. They were recognized at the Montana Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony featuring Terry Bradshaw on Sept. 10, 2015.


The 2014 class included: Mike Schaer, Chris Nelson, Ian Davidson, Bill Oftedal, and Sam McDonald. They were honored at the induction ceremony featuring Rudy Giuliani on Oct. 2, 2014.


Anyone interested in acknowledging the outstanding contributions of Montana business leaders may submit a nomination to the MSUB College of Business. Those selected for the honor will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony held this fall.

You may submit your nomination at or you may mail your nomination to Dr. Diane Duin, interim dean of College of Business, Montana State University Billings, Billings, MT 59101 or email it to The deadline for nominations is April 27, 2018.


Include in your nomination:

  • Name of person
  • Name of the person's business
  • Why you think this person deserves this recognition
For more information, contact Diane Duin at or at 657-2213.