Episode 17: Jim Bliss - Leadership Montana
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June 2, 2021
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June 30, 2021


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Episode 17: Jim Bliss

In this episode, Eric sits down with Jim Bliss in Kalispell, MT. They talk about Jim’s story of founding and growing multiple businesses, and how Leadership Montana transformed his approach to relationships both personally and professionally. Jim also details why he wants to be remembered as a champion of kindness, along with his vision for securing the future of Montana.

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Eric Halverson


Eric, a graduate of Leadership Montana Class of 2016 and Masters Class 2019, leads this project with an unmatched curiosity and thirst for learning how each interviewee leans into leading. Eric magically brings to life the story underneath the words and weaves together a series that perfectly illustrates the meaning and value of listening deeply. Originally from Billings, Eric currently resides in Missoula where he serves as the Communications and Development Administrator for Partnership Health Center.


Jim Bliss


Jim Bliss is the President/CEO of TriState Restaurant Supply and lives in Kalispell. He is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Montana’s flagship class and the 2019 Masters Class. Jim received the 2020 Leadership Montana Alumni Service Award for his dedication and loyalty to the organization.