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Flathead Business Newsmakers

| November 20, 2022 12:00 AM

West Glacier KOA wins awards at annual conference

West Glacier KOA Resort Campground has won the 2023 KOA President’s Award and the KOA Founder’s Award. These awards were presented on Nov.16 at Kampgrounds of America, Inc.’s Annual International Convention.

The KOA Founder’s Award is named for Dave Drum, who founded KOA on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Mont. in 1962. The Founder’s Award is KOA’s highest service award, given for achievement in customer service and quality.

The KOA President’s Award is presented to campgrounds that receive high customer service scores on surveys of their camping guests.

Stonehouse joins Stockman Insurance

Dakota Stonehouse has been hired as an insurance agent for Stockman Insurance.

Stonehouse, a licensed insurance agent, will be responsible for developing and servicing new client relationships and assisting them with both their business and personal insurance needs.

Stonehouse has more than six years of insurance experience and has obtained his Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designation. He graduated from Carroll College in 2014 where he was a two-year starting quarterback and two-time team captain for the Fighting Saints.

Stockman Insurance is a full service insurance agency specializing in agribusiness, commercial and personal insurance.

“We are very excited to expand into the Flathead Valley and have Dakota join us as an insurance agent,” comments KC Keith, Stockman Insurance Vice President and General Manager. “Dakota’s leadership skills and positive energy will be an asset in the continued growth of Stockman Insurance, benefitting both the customer and our staff.”

Sonja Burgard awarded Engel & Völkers private office designation

Sonja Burgard has been officially inducted into the Engel & Völkers Private Office network, successfully passing the company’s vetting and nomination process for inclusion.

The distinction recognizes extraordinary business results supported by the highest levels of competency and excellent client service. Out of more than 16,300 real estate professionals who represent the Engel & Völkers brand in more than 30 countries, Burgard is among only 270 advisors worldwide who have been selected to carry the title of Private Office advisor.

“Engel & Völkers continues to attract the strongest talent in our markets across the globe, and Sonja Burgard consistently exceeds our highest of standards,” said Anthony Hitt, president & CEO, Engel & Völkers Americas.

To qualify for Private Office, advisors within the Engel & Völkers network must be nominated by their broker and show consistency in significant year-over-year production numbers. Nominees are then submitted to a global selection committee that determines the final designees.

“It is an honor to have been inducted into Private Office,” said Burgard. “I’m thankful for my community and clients for their ongoing support.”

Title Financial Corporation subsidiaries rebrand

Title Financial Corporation (TFC) has announced that its subsidiaries, First American Title Company, Laramie County Abstract & Title Co., and Gillette Title Services, are now Flying S Title & Escrow (FSTE).

Beginning in 1905, TFC has been a family-owned and independent company growing its operations to multiple counties throughout Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

As a long-time independent agent, their First American Title Company subsidiary has been confused with direct operations based in Santa Ana, California. TFC hopes this rebrand will set them apart and better represent their company and culture.

Flying S Title & Escrow stems from a cattle brand that originated with the company founder's son, Dwain H. Stufflebeam. Stationed at the Air Force Base in Amarillo, Texas, Stufflebeam created and used the brand in his ranching operation in Southeast Idaho. The "S" stands for Stufflebeam, and the wings on each side of the "S'' represent his love of flying.

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