Schedule of Events: Missoula, September 4, 2019

3pm - Business for Montana's Outdoors Welcome, Headwaters Economics to              release research on the economic impact of Montana's public lands 

            Wilma Theater


3:30 - 4:30pm - Montana Jobs & the Outdoors Panel Discussion

             Moderated by U.S. Senator Jon Tester

             Wilma Theater

5-8pm - Live Music featuring Russ Nasset & the Revelators along with Jackson Holte                & the Highway Patrol   

              Vendors, Food Trucks, and a Montana Craft Beer Garden

              Caras Park

5:30pm - Keynote Speaker Jim Stone and Senator Jon Tester

               Caras Park 

6-8pm - Live music continues

               Caras Park




September 4, 2019  |  Missoula, MT








Senator Jon Tester

Senator Jon Tester is a third-generation dirt farmer and former school teacher from Big Sandy, Montana who has deep roots in hard work, responsibility and accountability. Jon was first elected to the United States Senate in 2006, and was re-elected in 2012 and again in 2018.

In the U.S. Senate, Jon is an outspoken voice for rural America. He is a strong advocate for Montana’s outdoor way of life, and has fought relentlessly against attacks on the environment and our public lands. His Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act  is a collaborative effort between local ranchers, timber, recreation, conservation, and wildlife groups who live and work in the Blackfoot River watershed. The bill would create jobs and boost the local economy while protecting some of the last untouched landscapes in the lower 48.

Jim Stone

Jim is a third generation cattle rancher from Ovando, Montana.  Jim and his son, Brady, work together on their cow/calf operation to provide a stable and energetic vision to maintaining a valuable and picturesque landscape.  The Stones believe in a strong tradition of rural communicates, land ethics, and working together to foster change that will benefit generations to come.  The ranch operates on the premise that people are our most valuable asset; partnerships are critical to the daily operations and the ability to leverage knowledge and science to achieve mutual goals.  


Jim is actively involved in the Blackfoot Challenge, a local watershed organization, the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited, North Powell Conservation District, Ovando School Board and the Ovando Fire Department. He also serves as the Chair of Partners for Conservation.  

Keynote Speakers

Welcome Remarks

John Engen

Missoula native John Engen is serving his fourth term as Missoula’s 50th mayor. Under his leadership, from zoning code to riverfront trails, Missoula has become known as one of the country’s best places to live. The city is known for its thriving economy, appropriate economic development and great quality of life. Mayor Engen’s accomplishments include a courageous six-year effort to acquire Missoula’s water system for its people. Mayor Engen earned a degree from the University of Montana School of Journalism and is known for his volunteer work for charitable organizations.

Montana Jobs & the Outdoors Panel Discussion:

Highlighting the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act


Connie Long

Connie grew up as a farmer’s daughter on a farming and cattle ranch. This was her first introduction to the importance of taking care of the land and its importance to the economy not only personally for her family, but also the community. Since moving to Montana 35 years ago, Connie has developed a strong passion for the wilderness and is a strong wilderness advocate for all wilderness lands but in particular an advocate for the Bob Marshall Wilderness. 

Along with her husband, Mack and two grandsons, Connie owns and operates Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters, which specializes in traditional horseback family vacations and fair chase wilderness elk and mule deer hunts. Connie is a recent past state chairman and the first woman state chairman for Montana Back Country Horsemen. 

Brent Campbell

Brent Campbell has more than 30 years of experience in business leadership, project management, engineering, community planning and infrastructure finance.  As the CEO of WGM Group, he has extensive experience in management, finance, strategy, and entrepreneurship, and is owner and investor in several small established or start-up companies.


He currently serves on several economic development boards, and has a long history of community board service and leadership.  Brent has extensive project development experience in urban master planning, land redevelopment, land planning, facility planning, project finance, and infrastructure delivery.  


Brent enjoys river floating, fly fishing, hiking, camping, skiing and getting outdoors. 

Nici Holt Cline

A fourth generation Montanan raising a fifth, Nici Holt Cline is founder and owner of Dig This Chick, a Missoula-based brand that inspires connection, adventure and experience — on the homefront and in the wild. Through her award-winning blog, social channels, educational classes and online marketplace, Nici inspires people to get outside with their kids, embrace dirt under their fingernails, make pie, love nature, invest in art and plant beets.


Nici currently serves on the board of Mountain Mamas and volunteers in her daughters’ schools teaching art. She uses her voice to advocate for environmental conservation, women’s rights and gun control. She would like to teach everybody how to make and can jam.

Todd Frank

Todd Frank is the owner of specialty retail shop The Trail Head in Missoula, Montana. He purchased the business in 2000, after serving as its manager, and runs his business based on the understanding that the outdoors are important to the people who live in and around Missoula. The Trail Head’s mission is "to create a retail environment based on trust, and to enhance the opportunity for the community and the Trail Head team to pursue our passion for the outdoors. We strive to provide superior outdoor equipment, clothing, informational resources, and customer service in our region." Frank serves on the board of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, and has been a supporting member of Business for Montana’s Outdoors since its inception.

Marne Hayes

Marne Hayes has lived in Big Sky, Montana since the early 1990s after a move out west during college to work in Yellowstone National Park turned into a permanent relocation.  She spent more than a decade as the director of the Chamber of Commerce and CVB in Big Sky, moving on from that position in 2012 to start Business for Montana’s Outdoors, a statewide coalition of over 200 businesses that advocates for the economic value of the landscapes and outdoor recreation opportunities in Montana.  When not fighting good fights on behalf of our public lands, Marne can be found out enjoying them, chasing her 2 dogs and her husband around the trails of SW Montana.  

Evan Tipton

Evan Tipton is the founder and CEO of TOMIS.


Evan has spent the last 10 years in the travel and tourism industry with experience spanning from raft guiding at a young age in Tennessee to undergraduate and master’s tourism research, a travel startup in Silicon Valley including going through Stanford’s StartX business incubator program, served as President of Yosemite’s leading guide service to owning his own digital marketing agency for tour operators.

Get there early before our complimentary Last Best Outdoors Fest stainless steel cups run out!