BIG SKY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

BIG SKY – During its third organization meeting on Feb. 7, Visit Big Sky, the newly formed destination-marketing arm for the community of Big Sky, elected a group of 13 to serve as its inaugural board members. The board will oversee finances, policies and practices, strategic planning and advertising for both winter and summer.

VBS was born out of a necessity to streamline efforts for community summer and winter advertising programs.

“The process has been seamless,” said Catherine Gilb, chair-elect for the organization. “We had our first meeting in November and at that time everyone made a commitment to work together with the understanding that beginnings are most important. We are off to a great start.”

The board of directors was elected to a one-year term. Each made a commitment to help with organizational matters, near-term marketing plans and recommendations for seating a final board, with staggered terms in 2014.

VBS advisory committees, also newly appointed, will execute projects initiated by the board to help drive marketing and strategic planning. VBS is encouraging community members to join the committees. Interested parties can send a letter of interest to info@bigskychamber.com.

Executive Committee

Chairman: Catherine Gilb, Director of Marketing Big Sky Luxury Rentals, Shuttle to Big Sky and Taxi, Yellowstone Luxury Tours, Alpine Property Management

Vice-Chairman: Ennion Williams, General Manager, Big Sky Vacation Rentals

Treasurer: John Richardson, General Manager, 320 Guest Ranch

Secretary: Ryan Hamilton, Project Manager, Big Sky Town Center

Board of Directors

Bob Foster; General Manager, Lone Mountain Ranch

Steven Rager; River Rock Lodge

Karen Lum; Director of Sales and Marketing, Moonlight Basin

Dan Martin; General Manager/Owner, Karst Stage, Inc.

John Cramp; General Manager, Montana Whitewater

Lyndsey Owens; Marketing Manager, Big Sky Resort

Brandon Bang; Director of Sales and Marketing, Big Sky Resort

Katie Morrison; Operations Director, Outlaw Partners

Jeremy Fatarous; General Manager, The Lodge at Big Sky

Advisory Committees

Partnership Committee Chairman: Brandon Bang, Director of Sales and Marketing, Big Sky Resort

Consumer Advertising Implementation Committee Chairman: Lyndsey Owens, Marketing Manager, Big Sky Resort

Marketing Plan Committee Chairman: Catherine Gilb, Big Sky Luxury Rentals, Shuttle to Big Sky and Taxi, Yellowstone Luxury Tours, Alpine Property Management

Website Development and Maintenance Chairman: Karen Lum, Moonlight Basin

Interim Procedural and By-Laws Committee Chairman: John Richardson, 320 Guest Ranch