Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Principal Executive Officers

Edward Garding
President & Chief Executive Officer
Ed Garding has been our chief executive officer since April 2012, our chief operating officer from August 2010 and served as an executive vice president of ours since January 2004. He has served as a director of ours since 2012. Mr. Garding served as our chief credit officer from 1999 to August 2010, senior vice president from 1996 through 2003, president of First Interstate Bank from 1998 to 2001 and president of the Sheridan branch of First Interstate Bank from 1988 to 1996. In addition, Mr. Garding has served as a director of First Interstate Bank since 1998 and a director of First Western Bank and The First Western Bank of Sturgis from January 2008 to September 2009. Prior to joining our management team in 1996, Mr. Garding served in various positions within our company since 1971. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Montana State University-Billings. Mr. Garding serves on the board of the Billings YMCA and is a member of the Montana State University- Billings School of Business. Mr. Garding served as chairman of the Montana Bankers Association, served as chairman of the Wyoming Bankers Association and is past chairman and board member of the Pacific Coast Banking School.
Kevin P. Riley
Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Riley has 27 years of banking experience, most recently serving as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Financial Officer of Berkshire Hills Bancorp, a $5.3 billion financial holding company headquartered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Prior to this, Mr. Riley served in various executive-level positions over 21 years with KeyCorp, a $90 billion bank holding company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. His positions with KeyCorp included the EVP, Chief Financial Officer of Keybank National Association, a $65 billion retail banking business and EVP, Client Information and Relationship Management. Mr. Riley graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.

Michael G. Huston
Executive VP and Chief Banking Officer
Michael G. Huston has been our executive vice president and chief banking officer since March 2012. Prior to his current position, Mr. Huston served as a regional president of First Interstate Bank from 2010 to 2012, market president from 2008 to 2010, and in various lending positions within our Company since 1990. Mr. Huston currently serves as president of the United Way of Natrona County board, president of the Casper Board of Public Utilities, vice chairman of the Amoco Reuse Joint Powers board, and serves on the boards of the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance, Casper College Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming. Mr. Huston received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Arizona State University and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.
Robert M. Cerkovnik
Senior VP & Chief Credit Officer
Robert Cerkovnik has been a Senior Vice President with First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. since February 2008 and has served as a Senior Credit Officer and Credit Department Manager since February 2003. Prior to joining the Company's management team, Mr. Cerkovnik worked in various credit-related positions at First Interstate Bank since September 1996. Mr. Cerkovnik has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, previously serving as a bank examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency and in credit and lending positions with two national banks.
Kevin J. Guenthner
Senior VP and Chief Information Officer
Kevin J. Guenthner has been a senior vice president and chief information officer of ours since March of 2003. In addition, Mr. Guenthner has served on the board of First Interstate Bank since March 2012. Prior to his current position, Mr. Guenthner served as our vice president and general auditor from September 1996 to March 2003, and in various internal audit positions from January 1991 to September 1996. Prior to employment with us, Mr. Guenthner was employed as a bank examiner for the State of Montana from January 1989 to January 1991. Mr. Guenthner has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an Accounting major from Montana State University and is an honors graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

Board of Directors

Thomas W. Scott
Chairman
Thomas W. Scott has served as Chairman of the First Interstate BancSystem, Inc.’s Board since January 2004 and a Director since 1971. Mr. Scott served as Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1978 through 2003. In addition, Mr. Scott has been Chairman of the Board of First Interstate Bank since January 2002. Mr. Scott has also served as a Director of First Interstate BancSystem Foundation since 1990 and has been a Member of the Federal Reserve Bank Board of Minneapolis since 2007.
James R. Scott
Executive Vice Chairman
James R. Scott has been a Director of First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. since 1971 and the Vice Chairman of the Board since 1990. He has served as a Director of First Interstate Bank since 2007. In addition, Mr. Scott had been a Director of First Western Bank and The First Western Bank Sturgis until they were merged into Bank in the third quarter of 2009. Mr. Scott is Chairman of the Padlock Ranch Corporation, Managing Partner of J.S. Investments, Trustee of the Homer and Mildred Scott Foundation, Board Member of the Foundation for Community Vitality and President and Board Member of the Fountain Valley School. Mr. Scott served as Chairman of First Interstate BancSystem Foundation from 1990 to 2006.
Steven J. Corning
Steven J. Corning has served as a Director of First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. since 2008. Mr. Corning has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Corning Companies and has been the Owner, President and Broker of Corning Companies Commercial Real Estate Services since 1979.
David H. Crum
David H. Crum has served as a Director of the First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. since 2001. Mr. Crum founded Crum Electric Supply Co., Inc. in 1976 and has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Crum Electric Supply Co., since its inception. Mr. Crum has also been a Director of IDEA, Inc. since 2004.
William B. Ebzery
William B. Ebzery has served as a Director of the First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. since 2001. Mr. Ebzery is a Certified Public Accountant, and registered Investment Advisor. Mr. Ebzery has been the Owner of Cypress Capital Management, LLC since 2004. Prior to Cypress Capital Management, LLC, Mr. Ebzery was a Partner in the certified public accounting firm of Pradere, Ebzery, Mohatt & Rinaldo since 1975.
Dana L. Filip-Crandall
Ms. Filip-Crandall became a director of ours in May 2014. She has over 25 years of experience in executive management and global operations. She has been Vice President—Service Delivery of Comcast, a public company with more than 120,000 employees, since December 2013. Prior to that, Ms. Filip-Crandall was a managing director and chief information officer of British Telecom from 2009 to 2013, Vice President—Network Strategy and Call Center Operations at Qwest Communications from 2005 to 2009, and served in various other executive-level positions with Qwest Communications from 1992 to 2005. Ms. Filip-Crandall received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Denver in 1987 and her Master in Business Administration degree from Northwestern University—Kellogg School of Management in 2001.
Edward Garding
Ed Garding has been our chief executive officer since April 2012, our chief operating officer from August 2010 and served as an executive vice president of ours since January 2004. He has served as a director of ours since 2012. Mr. Garding served as our chief credit officer from 1999 to August 2010, senior vice president from 1996 through 2003, president of First Interstate Bank from 1998 to 2001 and president of the Sheridan branch of First Interstate Bank from 1988 to 1996. In addition, Mr. Garding has served as a director of First Interstate Bank since 1998 and a director of First Western Bank and The First Western Bank of Sturgis from January 2008 to September 2009. Prior to joining our management team in 1996, Mr. Garding served in various positions within our company since 1971. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Montana State University-Billings. Mr. Garding serves on the board of the Billings YMCA and is a member of the Montana State University- Billings School of Business. Mr. Garding served as chairman of the Montana Bankers Association, served as chairman of the Wyoming Bankers Association and is past chairman and board member of the Pacific Coast Banking School.
Charles E. Hart
Charles E. Hart has served as a Director of First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. since 2008. Dr. Hart has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Regional Health, Inc., a not-for-profit healthcare system serving western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming since 2003. Dr. Hart serves as a Director of the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care, as a member of the Governor’s South Dakota Health Care Commission, as a Board Member of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, and as a Member of the Black Hills State University Advisory Board. Dr. Hart is also a faculty member of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.
Charles M. Heyneman
Charles M. Heyneman is a director of ours since 2011. Mr. Heyneman has served as Lead Enterprise Architect for First Interstate Bank since 2006. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Heyneman was an IT project manager and application developer for i_Tech Corporation, a former nonbank subsidiary of ours, from 2000 to 2004 and held loan review officer and credit analyst positions with First Interstate Bank from 1993 to 2003. Mr. Heyneman received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Government from Oberlin College and his Masters of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Heyneman is a director of First Interstate BancSystem Foundation.
John M. Heyneman Jr.
John M. Heyneman, Jr. has been a director of ours since May 2010. Mr. Heyneman is based in Sheridan, Wyoming as a project manager for the Partnership for Wyoming’s Future, which is a program of the Sonoran Institute, a non-profit organization based in Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Heyneman has served in this capacity since November 2009. From 2005 to November 2009, Mr. Heyneman served as the General Manager of North Rim Ranch, LLC, a large cattle ranch in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Prior to this position, from 1998 to 2005, Mr. Heyneman served as an Assistant Manager at Padlock Ranch, in Dayton, Wyoming. Mr. Heyneman served as a director of ours from 1998 to 2004, and also as a trustee of the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Heyneman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Carleton College.
David L. Jahnke
Mr. Jahnke has been a director of ours since July 2011. Mr. Jahnke is a certified public accountant. In 2010, Mr. Janhke completed a 35 year career as a partner with KPMG with a focus on global clients, especially in the financial services industry. He currently serves as a director to Swiss Re America Holding Corporation and the primary US operating companies, a multi-billion dollar insurance and reinsurance company.
Ross E. Leckie
Ross E. Leckie has served as Director of First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. since May 2009. Mr. Leckie is a Certified Public Accountant. Although recently retired, he continues to provide advisory services on a selective basis for global and domestic financial services companies. In October 2008, Mr. Leckie completed a 27 year career as a Partner with KPMG. During that time, his focus was on public companies and clients within the financial services sector. Since 2000, Mr. Leckie has been based in Germany, where, most recently, he served as the Lead Partner for a major global investment/universal bank. In addition, he had been serving as a KPMG Senior Technical and Quality Review Partner for a major global investment/universal bank based in Switzerland.
Teresa A. Taylor
Teresa A. Taylor has been a director of ours since January 2012. Ms. Taylor has more than 24 years of experience in technology, media and the telecom sector. From 1988 to 2011, Ms. Taylor worked for Qwest Communications in Denver, Colorado, where she most recently served as chief operating officer, leading daily operations and a senior management team responsible for 30,000 employees in field support, technical development, sales, marketing, customer support and IT systems. Previous positions at Qwest include executive vice president – Business Marketing Group, executive vice president and chief administrative officer – Wholesale Markets and executive vice president – Product and Pricing.
Michael J. Sullivan
Lead Independent Director
Michael J. Sullivan has served as a Director of First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. since 2003. Mr. Sullivan has been a Partner of the Denver, Colorado law firm of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, LLP since 2003, practicing in Casper Wyoming, and was Special Counsel from 2001 to 2003. Prior to 2001, Mr. Sullivan practiced law with a Wyoming firm since 1964, taking leave to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland from 1998 to 2001 and as Governor of the State of Wyoming from 1986 through 1994. Mr. Sullivan was Director of Allied Irish Bank, PLC in Dublin, Ireland from 2001 to May 2009. Mr. Sullivan has been a Director of Cimarex Energy Co. and Sletten Construction, Inc. since 2002 and Kerry Group PLC since 2004.
Jonathan R. Scott
Jonathan R. Scott was previously a director of ours from 2006 to 2011. Mr. Scott currently serves as President of our Jackson branch and has served in that position since 2011. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Scott served in various management and other positions within our company, including serving as community development officer of First Interstate Bank from 2008 to 2011, President of FIB CT, LLC, dba Crytech, a related non-banking subsidiary of ours, from 2004 to 2008, and an employee of our Financial Services and Marketing Divisions from 1998 to 2004.
Randall I. Scott
Mr. Scott was previously a director of ours from 1993 to 2002 and from 2003 to 2011. Mr. Scott is a certified financial planner and has been the managing general partner of Nbar5 Limited Partnership since 1994. In addition, Mr. Scott has served as a director of First Interstate BancSystem Foundation since 1999, serving as chairman since 2006. Mr. Scott has also served as vice chair of Scott Family Services since 2003. Previously, Mr. Scott worked in various capacities for our company over a period of 19 years including as a trust officer of First Interstate Bank from 1991 through 1996 and as a consultant from 1996 through 1998. Mr. Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Rocky Mountain College.
Theodore H. Williams
Theodore H. Williams has been a developer and manager of the Thompson Creek Unit, an enhanced oil recovery project in northeastern Wyoming, since 1998. Additionally, Mr. Williams has acquired and managed multiple oil and gas properties located throughout the Rocky Mountain region of the United States since 1988. Prior to that time, Mr. Williams was self-employed as an oil and gas lease broker from 1979 to 1987 and served as a field and service representative for Haliburton Company from 1976 to 1978. Mr. Williams serves as a director of a regional independent oil and gas company with interests in more than 2,500 wells located primarily in Utah and Wyoming.