June 5 Business Briefs

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Stockman Bank hires new Chief Information Officer

BILLINGS — Kevin Guenthner has joined Stockman Bank as Chief Information Officer (CIO). In his new position, based in Billings, Guenthner will lead information technology strategic planning and implement support of strategic technologies and business processes for all 34 Stockman Bank locations, a bank news release said. Stockman Bank CEO Bill Coffee said he is pleased to welcome Guenthner to the Stockman team. “Stockman Bank has experienced tremendous growth for many years. At the same time, operations and technology have continued to evolve,” Coffee said. “Kevin will serve a key role in strategic planning to ensure the best in customer service delivery and employee work processes.” Guenthner has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, serving most recently as CIO for a large, publicly-traded bank. “He brings a broad range of skills and expertise, including audit, technology, operations and running a bank service center,” the news release said. Guenther is eager to get started. “This is an exciting time of growth for Stockman Bank,” Guenthner said. “I am looking forward to working with leadership and a great team to take Stockman’s technology services to the next level.” He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Montana State University – Bozeman and is an honors graduate of the Pacific Coast Graduate School of Banking. His office is in the Stockman Bank King Avenue Branch in Billings. He can be reached at 406-655-2480.

— by Star Staff

Trump prefers separate deals with Canada, Mexico to NAFTA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser says the president now prefers to negotiate separately with Canada and Mexico over their threecountry trade deal. Still, Larry Kudlow told “Fox & Friends” that Trump isn’t going to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Kudlow says Trump is “just going to try a different approach.” Trump recently floated the idea of negotiating separately with Canada and Mexico. Kudlow says Trump and his other economic advisers met several times Monday and that Trump asked Kudlow to convey his new preference. Trump’s desire for a new approach may further complicate already tense talks that have been underway for months on renegotiating NAFTA. Trump maintains the landmark free-trade deal is a “disaster” that has killed U.S. jobs and hurt manufacturing.

Officials: Designer Kate Spade found dead in apartment

NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment Tuesday in an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials said. The officials said housekeeping staff found her hanging inside her Park Avenue apartment at about 10:20 a.m. They said she left a note at the scene. The officials were not authorized to divulge details of an ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The officials didn’t know what the note said. Spade, who was 55, created a line of sleek handbags in the early 1990s that created a smash. Her company, Kate Spade New York, has over 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the U.S. and more than 175 shops internationally.

Trump appealing ruling that bars blocking of Twitter critics

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking an appeals court to restore his power to block critics on Twitter. Trump’s lawyers gave notice Monday that they’re appealing a federal judge’s ruling that says blocking people from the @realDonaldTrump account is a violation of the First Amendment. The lawyers did not immediately respond to messages. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald (rees BUHK’-wahld) ruled last month that Trump was violating the First Amendment . She made clear that people have a right to reply directly to politicians who use their accounts as public forums to conduct official business. The ruling stopped short of ordering Trump to unblock users, but one user who sued Trump tweeted that her access had been restored.