Meerkatz Named New President of Montana West Economic Development

Flathead High School graduate has more than 35 years of management experience

By Beacon Staff

Jerry Meerkatz, a graduate of Flathead High School and longtime community member, was appointed the president and CEO of Montana West Economic Development, the organization announced Thursday.

Meerkatz will replace Kellie Danielson, who is stepping down later this month after seven years leading the local nonprofit economic development organization. Meerkatz will assume responsibilities on Aug. 22.

Meerkatz, a 1976 graduate of Flathead High School, has more than 35 years of management experience, including a sprawling career in the technology sector. He graduated from DeVry University in Arizona with an engineering degree. He previously worked for Compaq Computer Corporation, Hewlett Packard Company and Infowave Software, Inc.

“After intensive review of candidates from throughout the United States, including many very qualified local individuals, we were pleased to offer the position of President to Jerry Meerkatz,” stated Rick Weaver, chairman of the MWED Board of Directors and a member of the hiring committee.

“We are very confident that Jerry will lead the MWED team to the next level and be a very competent replacement for Kellie, who did a great job leading MWED over the past seven years.”

As a not-for-profit economic development organization, MWED has worked to stimulate a diversified, sustainable business base through loan and grant programs, consulting, market analyses and regional marketing campaigns.

In recent years, MWED has dished out roughly $4.4 million through a revolving loan fund, helping local businesses make improvements or expand. MWED collaborates with government units, developers, business professionals, and community organizations to strengthen the region’s business and lifestyle assets.

Among the organization’s most prominent projects, MWED has spearheaded the development of an industrial rail park in Kalispell.

For more information about MWED, visit here.

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