BSED 2023 Annual Meeting

Join us for the 2023 Big Sky Economic Development Annual Meeting, Be Remarkable Billings on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at the Northern Hotel at 11:30 am – 1:15 pm (lunch provided).
Billings is more than a city; it’s a tapestry of industries that create a remarkable way of life and form Montana’s largest and most diverse economy. A community made up of strong industries – agriculture, finance, healthcare, construction, hospitality, transportation and distribution, a growing manufacturing sector, and an innovative energy hub, and an emerging entrepreneur scene. All of these industries represent what makes us Billings, Montana’s City.
Our 2023 BSED Annual Meeting will remind us of what makes Billings, Montana a unique and thriving place, and what goes in to being Montana’s largest and most diverse economy. We will learn about the industry trends and opportunities that shape our economy today and, in the future, and what it means to Be remarkable Billings.


Jen Alderfer, MBA, MHA, FACHE, serves as the Market President of Intermountain Health’s Montana | Wyoming Market as well as the President of St. Vincent Healthcare. Jen joined the Montana | Wyoming and St. Vincent teams in November 2021 and has been with the organization, formerly SCL Health, for six years.

Before SCL Health and Intermountain Health merged in April 2022 and prior to moving into her role in Montana, Jen served as SCL Health’s System Transformation Officer and President of Good Samaritan Medical Center, based in Lafayette, Colorado.

Prior to joining SCL Health, Jen spent nearly 18 years of her career in leadership roles for HCA, which included 11 years as the President and CEO of North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, CO.

Jen is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). She earned a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in Spanish from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Jen served as a Regent for the state of Colorado for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) from 2013 to 2016 and then as a member of the ACHE Higher Education Committee. She is currently serving on the ACHE Nominating Committee, the Montana Hospital Association Board of Directors, Big Sky Care Connect Board of Directors, Billings Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the University of Colorado at Denver’s Health Administration Advisory Board, and the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation Board.

Jen and her husband Troy have three children, Sydney, Cavin and Lily. Outside of work, and when her children’s work and college schedules allow, she and her family enjoy traveling, going to concerts, and spending time together outdoors camping, boating and walking their dog Lucy.

After obtaining a degree in Economics from Montana State University at Billings,  Mike Nelson married and moved to Las Vegas, where he resided and worked for 28 years.  During his time working in the hotel-resorts of Las Vegas, Mike worked in several disciplines.  He was employed as Human Resources Director, Administrative Director, and was also responsible for Operations in major strip hotels.

From 1986 to 2008, he worked at the director level at the Imperial Palace (3000 rooms, 2700 employees), Sam’s Town (600 rooms, 3000 employees), The New Frontier (1000 rooms and 1100 employees) and finally at Harrah’s Ballys/Paris complex (5700 rooms, approximately 7,000 employees).  He was responsible to direct the Administrative and Human Resources effort at all of his assignments.  At the Imperial Palace, he managed every department in the hotel and casino.  At The New Frontier, his areas of responsibility included Food and Beverage Operations (eight food and two beverage outlets) and also Hotel Operations.  When combined, the two produced $40 million per year in revenue.  Further, he served on the Executive, Operations, and Marketing Committees.

In addition to his experience managing hotels, he assisted in the development and subsequent staffing of three hotel towers at the Imperial Palace (approximately 500 rooms each).  Also while employed at the Imperial Palace, he consulted in the design and development of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and acted as their first Director of Human Resources.  At The New Frontier he worked on the design and subsequent staffing of Gilley’s Dance Hall and Barbeque (a restaurant/nightclub inside the New Frontier, which produced annual revenue of $6 million) , and consulted to the design team for the Trump/Ruffin partnership’s design team on the Trump Tower located in Las Vegas.

Mr. Nelson lead the design and development effort of Billing’s Northern Hotel.  He served as Vice President of Zoot Construction, the Nelson family construction company which performed assessment and demolition of the Northern’s existing interiors and mechanical systems.  He was resident manager of the facility during the construction period.  He selected and hired the opening management team, and oversaw the logistics of planning and finally executing the opening of Billings’ first four star hotel.  Since opening, he has served as General Manager of the property.

Kim Jakub serves as the Vice President and Refinery Manager at the Par Montana refinery in Lockwood. A Chemical Engineer originally from Nebraska, Kim has lived in numerous cities throughout the country and has resided in Billings for 5 years.

Kim and her family moved from Houston to Billings in 2018 with ExxonMobil as a desire to live in a Northern climate and smaller community. They have enjoyed exploring Montana, have fallen in love with Billings and began to grow roots. Earlier in 2023, Kim began her career with Par Pacific (the parent company of Par Montana) with the acquisition of the refinery and associated Rockies businesses.

Kim enjoys working in refining/manufacturing for the variety of challenges the industry brings – from daily optimization opportunities to navigating broad business and regulatory environments. She is proud to lead a team of ~300 highly capable employees that safely and reliably provide the fuel for both business and adventure across the Rockies region.

Kim is also actively involved in the community, serving a the EDC Chair of Big Sky Economic Development.

Kim and her husband Bryce have two children, Isaac and Hayden. As a family, they enjoy being outdoors, travelling and spending time as a family.

Dr. Seger joined Billings Clinic in 2008 as a board-certified Family Medicine physician in our Cody, WY branch clinic. Additionally, Dr. Seger provided hospitalist service at West Park Hospital, also located in Cody. He served as Chief Medical Officer of our Montana, Wyoming, and Western Dakotas region beginning in 2015. Under his leadership, Billings Clinic’s regional presence grew to include 18 Critical Access Hospital affiliates and 22 total regional partnerships. He was named Interim CEO in August 2022 and then became CEO in March 2023. Dr. Seger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MD degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington.

Kate Vogel grew up in eastern Colorado, in the small town of Elbert. Her childhood consisted of playing in fields, helping their neighbors brand calves, and participating in 4-H. This is where she discovered her passion for agriculture. She attended Colorado State University where she studied the benefits of reducing fallow in dryland cropping rotations. Since her arrival in Montana,  Kate has become a known leader across the state when it comes to the topic of soil health and regenerative agriculture.  In 2014, Kate joined her husband Marcus to share their knowledge with the ag community through selling seed and consulting. She continues to actively work with clients and guide North 40 Ag’s growth as well as day to day operations.

Marcy D. Mutch has been First Interstate BancSystem, Inc.’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since September 2015. Prior to her current role, Ms. Mutch served as the Bank’s Investor Relations Officer from 2010 to 2015 and as Vice President of Corporate Tax from 2006 to 2010. Ms. Mutch contributes over 30 years of financial industry experience and expertise to First Interstate. Prior to joining the Bank, she served in tax and finance positions with Citizens Development Company and as a tax manager for Eide Bailly, LLP. Ms. Mutch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Montana State University in Billings, Montana.

Bryce Terpstra is the President and Principal at Jones Construction, Inc. with over 17 years of experience in commercial construction. His journey to leadership began at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, and continued at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, where he honed his skills and served as an Aviation Safety Officer in the United States Air Force.

He is an active member of his community, serving as a dedicated BSED EDA Board Member and further contributes his expertise on the Executive Committee with the Billings Chamber Board of Directors. Bryce Terpstra’s commitment to excellence and leadership is evident in his extensive professional background and community involvement.

Linda is the owner of SOMETHINGchic, a women’s clothing boutique that has been in business for over 4 years. Prior to owning her own business, Linda’s career was in nursing, where she still works per diem as a CVOR RN at Billings Clinic. With no kids, she and her husband Dan get to spoil their two mini dachshunds, Harrison and Winston.