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John Brewer

John Brewer

  • CAE, President/CEO
    Billings Chamber/Visit Billings

John Brewer is President/CEO of the Billings Chamber of Commerce. A 5-Star Accredited Chamber and national 2015 Chamber of the Year Finalist, the Billings Chamber represents 1,176 businesses that employ over 44,000 people in our region. The total annual budget oversight is $4.5 million. The Billings Chamber developed and manages the Billings Tourism Business Improvement District and Visit Southeast Montana (a tourism region consisting of 13 counties and two Indian reservations). Brewer and the Chamber are active in initiatives ranging from improving our workforce talent pool; air service to Billings, K-12 education; non-motorized trails; public policy; community branding; small business support and community safety awareness. Before moving to Billings, Brewer was the President/CEO of the Spokane (Washington) Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was part of the leadership team that successfully developed and secured resources to expand Spokane’s convention facilities by $96 million. He has a B.A. degree in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida.

Bill Cole

Bill Cole

  • Owner
    Cole Law Firm

Bill Cole is chairperson of the Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site Committee. Bill is passionate about community development and Montana history. He is head of the Billings Chamber of Commerce Trails Committee and chair-elect of the Chamber’s board of directors. In his spare time Bill practices real estate and commercial law at Cole Law Firm in Billings.

Chris Dimock

Chris Dimock

  • Co-Founder & Operational Leader
    Elation

Chris’s passion is in designing and implementing practices and technologies to enrich people’s lives, with a particular emphasis on improving their professional life. He has most recently founded a company called Elation to deliver transformative mindset training to people and companies in the United States and abroad. A strong emphasis of Elation is to use an integrative facilitation process as well the company’s own proprietary micro-learning app, called Edagio®, to effectively deliver the tools that people need to achieve success in their lives and careers. Prior to co-founding Elation, Chris and his wife Michaele started one of Montana’s first Internet Service Providers, Western Technology Partners, Inc (WTP) in 1995. He grew the company through successive stages of growth, eventually selling the company which was by then called OneEighty Communications. Chris’s background has been in high technology, building artificial intelligence systems at Digital Equipment Corporation and participating in the design and implementation of one of the first Intranets in the world. He has worked for Fidelity Investments and Boston College in a variety of technical and management positions.

Karen Sanford Gall

Karen Sanford Gall

  • Executive Director
    Big Sky State Games

Karen Sanford Gall is the executive director of Montana Amateur Sports, Inc. DBA Big Sky State Games. The State Games’ healthy lifestyle programming also includes Shape Up Montana, Big Sky Fit Kids, Fit Kids Clubs, the Yellowstone Elementary School Cross Country Meet and management of the Heart and Sole Run. Karen serves on the board of the Montana Women’s Run and Midland Roundtable. She is co-chair of the Billings Chamber Trails Committee and a past Chair for the Billings Chamber. She currently serves on the Billings Public Schools - School Health Advisory Committee and Billings Action for Healthy Kids. Karen is a 4-time Olympic Trials Qualifier in the Marathon. She earned her BS in Journalism at the University of Wyoming

Patrick Parker

Patrick Parker

  • Principal | Owner
    Beartooth Design Co.

Patrick Parker (Beartooth Design Co.) jumped at a chance to get involved with the Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site. This is a dream project for a landscape architect and Patrick was responsible for much of the conceptual design work at the site. Patrick, an avid outdoorsman, shares a deep appreciation of the history of Montana with the rest of the steering committee. He particularly gravitates towards Yellowstone Kelly because of his connection with the great outdoors and desire to explore. Patrick, along with Kevin Kooistra, co-chairs our Design and Construction Committee and will primarily focus on the visitor experience. In addition to that role, Patrick also manages our social media to help resurrect Yellowstone Kelly’s persona and keep the public updated on the evolution of the Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site.