Michelle VanDyke, Board President

Michelle VanDyke

Board President
Montana Ranch Properties
Twin Bridges

I was born right here in the Ruby Valley in Sheridan, Montana. After graduating from Twin Bridges High School, I attended Montana State University-Bozeman on a welding scholarship and graduated with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. My husband, Jim, and I ranched in the Gallatin Valley for 10 years before moving back to the Ruby Valley to continue the family ranching tradition of raising registered Angus cattle. We also raised one beautiful daughter who now resides in Bozeman, Montana.

I joined the real estate profession in 1997 bringing a vast knowledge of the local area and a background of land stewardship which I try to pass on to my contacts. My specialty is ranch and recreational properties but I pride myself on a broad base of knowledge to represent all buyers. If I am not in the office I am on a horse pursuing my passion of riding cutting horses. No better place to reside than the Ruby Valley.

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Ray Marxer, Ruby Valley Chamber Director

Ray Marxer

Vice-President
Ranch Services West
(406) 925-9320

Matador Cattle Co, Dillon, MT 1974-2011, 20 years as General Manager. Numerous years of various State and local concensus council work. 2 terms Montana Stock Grower Director, 20 yrs. Beaverhead County Fair Board, still Arena Director, active 30-yr. church member. Moved to own place near Sheridan in 2011 and started “Ranch Services West” along with wife Sue. We offer ranch management consulting, A.I. services, and herdwork as well as range monitoring and photography-related services and presentations.

We love the friendly atmosphere and individual personalities of the different towns in Ruby Valley and do what we can to help promote the economies of our important main-street businesses, ranches, and small independent or home-based businesses. Our 3 children are grown and gone, but we’re fortunate to spend a lot of time with our 2 grandkids. It is our sincere desire that the agricultural roots of this country remain sustainable economically as well as environmentally, so those two little kids will someday have the same or better opportunities as we have enjoyed.

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Julie Ward, Sheridan, Montana

Julie Ward

Secretary / Treasurer
Julie Ward, CPA, PC
Clover Meadows, LLC

Resident of the Ruby Valley for 25 years. Owner of Julie Ward, CPA,PC since 1994. Co-owner of Clover Meadows, LLC, an angus cattle and targhee sheep ranch outside Sheridan.

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Karen Town, Public Relations

Karen Walsh Town

Public Relations
Ruby Valley National Bank

I am a graduate of Twin Bridges High School and Montana State University. After living and working in California for 20 years, I am glad to be calling Montana home again. My husband, Fred, and I enjoy camping and working on projects around the house and yard. What amazes me the most about our rural communities is the huge variety of business services and products that we have available to us locally. In addition to our Main Street businesses, there are so many home based enterprises that can provide products and services that are equal, if not better than the metropolitan areas. Check the business directory and you will find a new shopping experience right here at home. There is a tremendous amount of talent in the Ruby Valley.

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Paul Marsh, Director Ruby Valley Chamber

Paul D. Marsh

Chamber Affiliates
Wisconsin Creek Cabin Creations

Wisconsin Creek Cabin Creations, a home based business in Montana’s Ruby Valley. Retired in 2003, started my hobby business in 2004. Born and raised in Sheridan, graduated from Montana State University, spent 5 years in the Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot. Married 30 years to my Wife Carla, no kids 2 dogs-Patti & Lucy. Involved in other community groups:Jacksons Garden, Madison County Nursing Homes Foundation, American Legion Post 89, Main Street Improvement Team, Madison County Tax Appeal Board & Southwest Montana Country. Love being retired and living in God’s country!

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bob

BoB Reimard

Community Projects
Alamo Aviation Art
Sheridan

Retired US Air Force veteran with a passion for history, aircraft, and art. Selling aviation art for over the past 30 years incorporated those passions. Responsible for organizing the annual Buy Local Expo.

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Scott Payne, Director Ruby Valley Chamber

Scott Payne

Membership
Scott M. Payne, PH.D., P.G.
KirK Engineering & Natural Resources, Inc., Sheridan
406-842-7224

28 years of experience as a professional hydrogeologist, hydrologist, and environmental consultant. Teaching professor at Montana State University Land Resources Environmental Science Department. Extensive planning, project management, environmental and conservation planning. Has supported, managed, and led numerous economic development projects in the west from concept, feasibility study, design, funding, and staffing. Currently Professional Geologist in Wyoming and California, a Private Pilot, Sheridan Main Street Program Member, National AWRA member Madison County Airport Board member, WTC Environmental Engineering Consortium President (2008 – 2011) Montana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2014.

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Sue Marxer, Webmaster

Sue Marxer

Web / IT
Saddlescenes Photography & Design
Twin Bridges

Semi-retired ranch-wife, mom, and gramma, partner in Ranch Services West with husband Ray. 30+ years freelance photographer specializing in ranch documentary. Published in several books, magazines and calendars including “Annual Best of Photography”, Western Horseman, Country, and others. Tour Director for World Wide Country Tours for 20 years. Web design since 2008. Western Montana BLM RAC member /chair for 6 years.

As lifelong Montana residents, Ray and I are thrilled with the choice we made to settle in the Ruby Valley in 2011. We love the communities and the classic western Montana vistas and outdoor opportunities. I’m excited about our new website promoting Chamber businesses and the real gem of Ruby Valley — our communities. Healthy, prosperous local businesses make for healthy, prosperous communities.

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Chris Noon

Agriculture

 

 

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