Billings Man Educates Hundreds of Montana Seniors

csimt 2014, Press Release, Securities

Lindeen honors Al Ward with Montana Consumer Investor Protection Award

HELENA, Mont. – A Billings retiree who spent the last year educating hundreds of Montana senior citizens about the signs of investment fraud was awarded today a Montana Consumer Investor Protection Award.

Montana Securities Commissioner Monica Lindeen is honoring Alex Ward with the award in Polson today during one of the free fraud awareness presentations Ward has organized throughout the state. Chief Legal Counsel Jesse Laslovich will present Ward with his plaque.

“Al brings boundless energy, a spirit of giving and his own enormous talents to the important work of investor education,” Lindeen said. “As a volunteer, he has reached hundreds of Montanans, turning potential victims into savvy consumers. I can’t think of anyone in Montana more deserving of this honor.”

Ward spent more than two decades as a police officer in Washington State. He is a former outreach director with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), an organization for which he has volunteered since 2009.

As a one-man volunteer, Ward applied for and won a grant to offer free investor education presentations to seniors across Montana. Those presentations began this spring. The final presentation is Thursday in Polson.

Nearly one thousand Montanans have attended one of Ward’s presentations, which include experts from the Montana Attorney General’s office, the Office of Banking and Financial Institutions – as well as investment experts from Lindeen’s office.

Although Ward has been a longstanding AARP volunteer, he organized and executed the investment fraud prevention series completely on his own.