Max A. Hansen, CES, Program Co-Chair, is Executive VP of Accruit LLC and a Certified Exchange Specialist™. He joined Accruit after 27 years as President and CEO of American Equity Exchange, Inc., one of the first Section 1031 qualified intermediary companies in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Gage Hart Zobell, Program Co-Chair, is an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney LLP. His practice encompasses multiple areas of energy, real estate, environmental compliance, and natural resource law. He provides legal counsel to clients ranging from local ranchers to international corporations.
Powell Becker is Branch President for Stockman Bank in Stanford, Montana. In addition to being a member of the Montana Ag Bankers Committee, he is a current board member and secretary of the CM Russell Stampede Club, current board member and president of the Judith Basin Stockgrowers.
Christian Dietrich serves as General Counsel to the Montana Land Reliance (MLR). He previously worked in a small law firm in Helena, where he specialized in conservation and nonprofit law. He is the current Chair of the Nonprofit Law Section of the State Bar and speaks frequently on conservation easements.
Colleen M. Dowdall is an attorney at law in Missoula, Montana. Her many successes representing clients in land use, access and easement disputes, have revolved around her breadth of knowledge and experience working both in a governmental role and in private practice throughout her career.
Jennifer L. Farve is an attorney at Cusick Farve Mattick & Refling PC specializing in land and water law-related matters. Additional areas of focus include easements, leases, subdivision law, land use planning, construction contracts, small business matters, homeowners’ associations, wills and estates.
Malcolm H. Goodrich is a partner with Goodrich & Reely PLLC. He focuses his practice on commercial transactions, foreclosures, alcoholic beverage licensing and bankruptcies. He represents clients in workouts and reorganizations, commercial transactions, and bankruptcy chapter matters.
Breeann M. Johnson is a managing partner at Western Roots Law PLLC. Her practice focuses on water rights, agricultural law, land, oil and gas, Indian law, and civil litigation. She is a member of the Montana State Bar’s Technology Committee and involved in updating the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Rachel K. Meredith is an attorney at Doney Crowley PC. Her practice focuses on natural resources, agriculture, property rights, water rights adjudication and permitting. She also lobbies Montana government on matters of fish and wildlife management and livestock disease regulation.
Scott L. Pogh is a Senior Vice President – Western Montana, for Northwest Farm Credit Services, a financial cooperative and is based in Bozeman. His role includes supervising a lending team. He has been in the banking/finance industry for the past 35 years, including 8 years as a bank president.
Liesel Shoquist is a shareholder at Milodragovich Dale & Steinbrenner PC. She has assisted individual clients, corporations and government entities in cases involving personal injury, real property disputes, employment conflicts, insurance law, medical negligence, toxic torts and commercial transactions.
Joel E. Silverman is the founder of Silverman Law Office PLLC. He focuses on assisting individuals and businesses with business law, tax, succession planning, employment issues, mergers and acquisitions, wills, trusts, property transactions, liquor and gambling law, and oil and natural gas law.
Michael S. Swan is the Owner & Managing Broker at Swan Land Company. He is one of the premier ranch brokers in the Rocky Mountain region and has established a reputation for representing multifaceted ranching and farming operations throughout MT, NE, WY, & NM.
Laura E. Walker leads Browning Kaleczyc Berry & Hoven PC’s Trusts and Estates Group. She assists individuals and businesses in drafting and negotiating contracts, purchase and sale agreements, real estate sales documents, shareholder and operating agreements, easements and leases.