Board Information and Meetings

Board Information and Meetings

Monthly Board Meeting

Destination Missoula/Tourism Business Improvement District Board meetings are held the second Thursday of the month from 3-5 pm. Meetings are held at the PaddleHeads Post Conference Room located upstairs at 101 E. Main St. Meetings are open to Destination Missoula partners as well as the general public.  Please note: No board meetings are held in the months of August and December. 

Annual Meeting

Our July Board Meeting acts as our annual meeting. During this meeting we take care of  the necessary business that needs to be addressed each year. This includes welcoming and voting in our new officers and board of directors for the year. 

Destination Missoula Board of Directors FY 2021-2022 

Officers

Stephen Simpson | President | Ecology Project International

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you?

DM is important to me because it gives me the opportunity to work with a board and staff that is comprised of the most compelling, intelligent, and exceptional people I have ever had the privilege of meeting.

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

My favorite thing to do in Missoula is exploring the endless miles of public land we have access to right out of our doorsteps!


Chuck Maes | President Elect | Grizzly Athletics-University of Montana

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you?

Destination Missoula is important be me because I believe it is one of the driving forces that attracts out of town visitors to Missoula, creating a tremendous opportunity of economic success and growth for many Missoula and the surrounding area local businesses. This in turn, enhances the quality of life for all of us who call Missoula home. 

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

Such a hard question, there is so much to do!  Which is probably my favorite thing about Missoula.

A few of my favorites are: Hitting Missoula’s craft breweries with friends and family. (So many great beers and so little time ); Enjoying a night out at one of Missoula’s amazing restaurants. (I love to eat ); Griz Game Day… (Surprise!); Hiking and picking huckleberries in the mountains surrounding Missoula. (Yep food again…The hiking helps offset the love of eating).


Layne Rolston | Past President | Individual

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you?

Missoula's a fantastic place to visit -- and our visitors contribute to making it a fantastic place to live. There's a synergy that happens with a strong visitor economy -- our fabulous restaurants and breweries depend on both the locals and visitors, as do our concert and arts venues, our retailers, gas stations and more.   Destination Missoula not only promotes that visitor economy, but its evolution as a tourism stewardship organization will be vital in helping the community identify and manage the challenges that come with Missoula's emergence as one of the most popular visitor destinations -- and places to live -- in the Northwest.  Destination Missoula plays an important role in keeping Zoo Town the kind of place I want to call home. 

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

My perfect day in Missoula includes a hike on one of the dozens of trails surrounding the city, then stopping for a local beer and food truck fare at one of terrific breweries before heading out to the KettleHouse Amphitheater for a show or over to the University of Montana for a game.


Brenda Peyton | Treasurer | JCCS Accounting 

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you?

Tourism is a leading industry in our community and Destination Missoula goes above and beyond to ensure the continued growth and success.    

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

My favorite thing to do in Missoula is enjoying a local performance at the Missoula Community Theater.


Erin McCrady | Counsel | Dorsey & Whitney LLC

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you? 

Destination Missoula’s objective of sustainable tourism aligns with my values and vision for Missoula.  I love introducing friends, family, clients, and business partners to Missoula.  This an amazing place to live, work, and recreate, and balancing tourism with resident life is essential for the long-term health of our community.  I am proud to be a party of that effort.

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

Cold weather—nighttime x-country skiing on the UM golf course; Warm weather—anything on the Clark Fork River.

Matt Ellis | Secretary | Missoula PaddleHeads

Ex Officio

Airport Representative | Missoula International Airport

Directors 

Leslie Dallapiazza | First Interstate Bank

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you? 

Destination Missoula is important to me because I love our town and want to be part of the team putting our best foot forward to show it off to visitors.

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

Not fair to ask for one thing!  SOME of my favorite things to do include:  Shakespeare in the Parks – the comedy; Big Sky Documentary Film Festival; Hiking up Pengelly Ridge – OMG it is sooooo steep! And, having food and libations in our many fine eateries whether they be downtown, Westside/Northside, in mid-town, or up on the south hill. 

Rachel Gregg | Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you?

Missoula is an unparalleled and extraordinary place, a small city nestled in the mountains where a strong sense of community and responsibility is cultivated amongst the remarkable people who choose to live here. I believe that is what is meaningful for those who visit our town, and I am proud of the work DM and TBID do to make that an accessible and memorable experience for visitors, fostering what is special and unique about our community while sharing it with others. 

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

I love that I can paddle board the Clark Fork on summer nights after work with time to spare for heading to a show at the Love Boat Paddle Co.

Mimi Gustafson | Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you?

I’m passionate about Destination Missoula and the TBID’s mission, our industry, and the positive impact it has on local small businesses and our community overall.

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

 My favorite thing about Missoula is the vast variety of things to do… It’s too hard to choose just one! From the outdoor recreation, arts and culture, live music, fun local breweries, distilleries, and culinary options, to the farmer’s market and so much more.  I’m grateful to live in such a vibrant community with so much to do.

David Herrera | Gay Health Task Force

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you?

As a Destination Missoula board member, I believe that having an organization working to promote our amazing community and surrounding areas in a thoughtful and sustainable way becomes paramount in order to preserve all the things that we love about Missoula.  As a member of various communities here in Missoula, including the LGBTQ+ community, I'm excited to lend my voice to the board and its commitment to working to ensure that Missoula remains a destination welcome to all.

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

Wow, this is a tough one since there is so much to do in Missoula, especially during the summertime.  Everything from hiking the many trails and taking in the beauty of the mountains and outdoors to enjoying a delicious dinner at one of my favorite restaurants.  However, as an avid tennis player, I'd have to say that one of my absolute favorite things is the ability to play outdoor tennis and take in the beauty that Missoula has to offer with its big skies and surrounding mountains. 

Ben Horan | Five Valleys Land Trust

Lauren Poppen | Southgate Mall

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you?

I am honored to serve on the Destination Missoula board for many reasons. DM is on the forefront of building relationships with Missoula businesses in order to bring tourism, conventions, and businesses to our city. The DM team has adopted curated and strategic technologies and data usage that make their efforts strong and effective.

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

Eat! There are countless great restaurants and breweries in Missoula and I love attempting to try them all.

Terri Raugland | Blackfoot River Outfitters

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you?

Destination Missoula is important to me because my business and personal life are so wrapped up in our town and surrounding areas.  My outfitting business would not survive if folks did not know about Missoula and the rivers we have here.  My husband and I moved here 30 years ago because of the fishing and hunting opportunities in our area....we made this decision after visiting Missoula for our spring break.  Destination Missoula, I believe, has done a great job in getting tourists to visit and businesses to host events here - now we need to decide how to manage all the growth we've seen in the past 2 years.  I'm excited to see how we do this and be a part of that process.

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

My favorite thing to do in Missoula is fly fish, followed closely by hiking all of our area trails with my dogs. 

Scott Richman | Townsquare Media

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you? 

DM is important to me because of the work we do to spread our love for Missoula and the surrounding area to visitors, businesses, friends and family from around the world.  This is a special place, and it takes authentic and real story-telling to let people know about the excellent recreation, food, art, music and culture that Missoula offers.   I am thrilled to work with DM and its members on sharing those stories. 

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula? 

Favorite thing about Missoula is the outdoors and the recreation.   Accessible, affordable and abundant.

Raz Schneider | Second Set Bistro

Karen Schlatter | MT Event Services-University of Montana

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you? 

Destination Missoula and TBID provide financial and logistical assistance to the community that is invaluable.  This is what drew me to join this board.  I love hearing about sponsored tournaments or fun programs that help make Missoula the vibrant community it is.

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula? 

Too many things to pick one.  Hike, bike, camp, ski, get outside with my family!

Kim Sawyer | Wingate by Wyndham 

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you?

DM and TBID promote a tremendously important part of Missoula that many people think just happens.  The responsible promotion of tourism in Missoula is a vital part of our financial health and it truly helps drive the energy and vibrancy of our community.

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

I don’t think I can name just one favorite thing, which is what is so great about Missoula.  Whether your thing is mountain biking, fly fishing, musicals, theatrical productions, hiking, strolling, painting, dancing, running, eating, drinking, spectating, playing….whatever your thing is, you can do it right here, and find a whole bunch of other great friends to join with!

Molly Stockdale | Travelers’ Rest Connection

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you?

Although I did not grow up in Missoula, it quickly became my hometown. Destination Missoula helps to ensure that visitors have a great experience here, while respecting the unique culture of our community. These visitors boost our economy and bring their own perspectives to share. Tourism ensures that Missoula puts its best foot forward while continuing to offer more to its residents and visitors. I am proud to be a part of that.

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

I am an arts junkie - I love to wander downtown during First Friday, see a show at Missoula Community Theater or a movie at The Roxy, or listen to the Missoula Symphony or String Orchestra of the Rockies.

Tourism Business Improvement District Board of Directors FY 2021-2022 

Whitney Bergmann | President | Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you? 

Serving on the TBID board allows me to work to ensure that the interests and needs of the hospitality community and Missoula at large are represented

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

My favorite thing to do in Missoula is hike the surrounding mountains and hills

Jim McLeod | DoubleTree Missoula Edgewater

Why is Destination Missoula and/or the Missoula TBID important to you? 

The Missoula Tourism Business Improvement District is important to me because it promotes the identity of our city. It plays a vital role in the city's economic engine by attracting tourism and visitors to our beautiful community. 

What is your favorite thing to do in Missoula?

I enjoy all outdoor activities surrounding us, from hiking, fly fishing, or attending the farmers market.  There’s no reason ever to be bored when you live in our community.

Kim Sawyer | Wingate by Wyndham

Mimi Gustafson | Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown