About Us

Visit Big Sky (VBS) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit membership organization

Our Vision

Big Sky's confluence of nature, culture, people and preservation is so inspiring that one visit makes you want to stay for a lifetime.

Our Mission

As the Big Sky community's official destination marketing and management organization, Visit Big Sky leads the development and promotion of authentic tourism experiences through research and stakeholder collaboration to grow Big Sky's economy while balancing the need to sustain quality of life for its residents.

Big Sky is Montana Aware

Safety First, Adventure Second

Visit Big Sky Board Meeting Materials

Visit Big Sky's Board of Directors is made up of eleven members who meet once a month on the third Thursday at 8:30 AM unless otherwise noted.

Tourism Stakeholders

A Visit Big Sky stakeholder is defined as any business located in our BSRAD and 20 miles north or south of Big Sky.

Request for Proposals

FY21 Board of Directors

Visit Big Sky's, up to 11- member, Board of Directors meets every third Thursday monthly at 8:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) via GoTo Meeting until further notice due to the impact of COVID-19.

Officers

  • Tim Drain, President – General Manager, Natural Retreats
  • Stacie Mesuda, Vice President - Public Relations Manager, Big Sky Resort
  • Chris Dunkerson, Secretary/Treasurer - Residential Services Manager, Yellowstone Club

Directors

  • Justin Bain - Vice President, Cross Harbor Capital Partners
  • Kirsten King - Owner, Big Sky Vacation Rentals
  • Shea Shaughnessy - Director of Operations, Lone Mountain Ranch
  • Jim Hagar – Creative Director, Lone Mountain Land Co.
  • Kate Tompkins - Owner, Trove West
  • Vacant (3)

Brad Niva | CEO

With a degree from Western Washington University in public relations Brad has kept his focus on the outdoor recreation industry throughout his career. Previous experiences in ski area marketing, outdoor retail and most recently owning three tourism based companies in Oregon, Brad brings many years of experience to Big Sky. Understanding the challenges of the tourism economy as well as the cash flow cycles in a resort community are all too familiar. At the same time, Brad’s mantra of  “being of service” and “getting shit done” have been hallmarks of his career.  In his new leadership role at the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce and Visit Big Sky, Brad is focused on community engagement and facilitating meaningful problem solving for the community as well as the businesses that make up the Big Sky economy. Brad’s favorite activity is working with business owners and supporting them and their businesses. “So often a business owner is alone and doesn’t have a resource just to talk things out. I hope in my new role I can be a friend, an advocate and a sounding board to our business community”.

Brad Niva, CEO

Nicole Hom | Marketing and Creative Manager

Nicole brings with her over a decade of adventuring and creating in the southwest Montana region. A fine arts graduate of Bethany College she completed her masters degree in Museum Exhibition Design through Johns Hopkins University. Her work in the arts industry has encompassed editorial and publication design, gallery management, museum exhibition design, and freelance graphic design and marketing.

Nicole Hom Headshot

Lori Wetzel | Compliance Manager

Lori graduated from MSU Billings with an accounting degree and passed the CPA exam that same year. She is a Montana native, spending most of her life in the Billings area. After a couple of years in Arizona, she and her husband have returned to their home in the mountains and look forward to enjoying the big blue skies, clean air, beautiful white snow and abundant wildlife.

Lori Wetzel | Compliance Manager

Big Sky & Yellowstone Visitor Information Center

Located in the heart of Town Center, the Big Sky & Yellowstone Visitor Information Center (VIC) and its staff are here to provide you with a variety of travel information. Located at 88 Ousel Falls Road Unit A1, the VIC is here for any questions you may have!

Our experienced travel counselors are more than happy to help you plan your trip. If you have questions before your stay, please call us at (406) 995-3000, email us at info@visitbigskymt.com.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM

Big Sky Resort Area District

Visit Big Sky is made possible through the generous support of the collected tax dollars of the Big Sky Resort Area District

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