Advocating for agricultural conservation and sustainable development, Rick Ladzinski attended the Montana Summit on Agricultural Finance organized by FarmLink Montana. Ladzinski is founder and managing member of Organic Forces LLC, a startup consulting and real estate firm guiding clients toward smarter real estate choices, smart growth principles and more sustainable agricultural alternatives. Participants supported alternatives like organic farms, conservation easements, creative seller financing and formation of co-ops and real estate investment clubs. Ladzinski has 25 years of real estate experience and can be reached at rick@organicforces.com to discuss alternatives for both sellers and buyers of small farms, acreage or ranch properties.

The Springs Living has promoted Brenda Connelly to chief quality officer. Connelly ensures the company’s high standards of care and services are continually practiced in its senior living communities throughout Montana and Oregon and that continuous improvements are in place to strengthen the foundation and consistency of outcomes. Connelly’s background in direct care nursing and organizational leadership have helped The Springs Living consistently deliver the essential values of senior care. A bachelor of science in nursing graduate of North Dakota State University, Connelly will graduate from Duke University with a master’s of quantitative management–health analytics next year.

The Bozeman office of Stahly Engineering & Associates welcomes Jared Fabian to the team as a civil staff engineer. A native of Stillwater, Minnesota, he received his degree in civil engineering from Montana State University. After working as a water resource engineer in St. Paul, Minnesota, he has relocated back to Bozeman where he enjoys the outdoor lifestyle. Founded in 1970, Stahly Engineering & Associates is a multi-disciplinary engineering and surveying firm with offices in Helena, Bozeman and Billings.

U.S. Bank welcomes Emily Kennedy to its mortgage lending team. Kennedy has been with U.S. Bank for three years, transferring to the area from Nebraska. Kennedy brings six years of mortgage experience, a passion for helping first-time homebuyers and a 24/7/365 approach to customer service. Kennedy is known for her tenacity, optimism and sense of humor. In her spare time, Kennedy can be found with her husband, daughter and twin boys hiking, snowshoeing, camping and enjoying everything this beautiful landscape can offer. Emily can be reached at mortgage.usbank.com/emily-kennedy-bozeman-mt or 406-522-3282. NMLS #1400287. Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC.

Sarah O’Neil has joined PureWest Christie’s International Real Estate as a licensed real estate agent. She is so pleased to be starting her new career and to be working on a team with Trecie Wheat Hughes, Jackie Wickens, Barbara Do Amaral and Sharon Stachlowski.

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Abby Lynes covers business and the economy for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.