About

mission statement

The Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce, representing its membership, advocates economic vitality, high quality of life and preservation of the free enterprise system through leadership, vision, and communication.

about the chamber

Since 1910, the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce has helped businesses grow and prosper. After 100 years of service to the Bozeman Community, it is one of the largest and most aggressive business organizations in the state of Montana. On top of business and economic support, we serve Bozeman tourism by promoting the stunning landscapes, vibrant community, endless events and the people that live, work and play in Bozeman.

Guy Sperry

Guy Sperry, known as “Mr. Bozeman,” served as Chamber Executive for 20 years. His moto, “Build a Better Bozeman,” was the foundation for community-wide efforts to enhance opportunities for all residents. Community involvement has long been inspired by Mr. Sperry’s oft-repeated admonition: “Those of us who enjoy the benefits should not just pick up the apples, but should help to shake the trees!”

The Sperry Award

Since 1981, the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce annually selects an individual to receive the prestigious Sperry Award. The award is the Chamber's highest recognition of service to the community and excellence in business.

nominate the 2019 sperry award

download the nomination Form


recipients of the bozeman area chamber of commerce

sperry award

Deceased*

Larry Aasheim

2018

John Parkes

2017

Tony Wastcoat

2016

Doug Alexander

2015

Ron Ostermiller

2014

Carl Lehrkind III

2013

John Murdoch

2012

Robyn Erlenbush

2011

Jim Drummond

2010

Steve Johnson

2009

Steve Schnee

2008

Jerry Cashman

2007

Sue Johnson

2006

Carroll Henderson*

2005

Dick Walter

2004

Dan Rust

2003

Steve Sparks

2002

Connie Vanderjagt

2001

Ed Hanson

2000

Ed Hanson

2000

Gary Tschache*

1999

John Dorn

1998

Sue Leighand

1997

Harvey Larson*

1996

Al Bertelsen*

1995

John Mandeville*

1994

Bill Rolfe*

1993

Norm Wallin*

1992

Don Langohr Jr

1991

Helen Johnson*

1990

Howard Nelson*

1989

Isabel Haynes*

1988

Torlief Aasheim*

1987

Pete Waite*

1986

Dorothy Aasheim*

1985

Lou Spain Sr

1984

Wayne Gibson

1983

chamber green coat ambassador

The Green Coats are the official ambassadors of the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce and promote goodwill while spreading awareness of Chamber activities. Green Coat Ambassadors are chosen for their contributions to the Chamber and dedication to the community. You can spot them at events by the nice green jackets they don!

misson

The mission of the Green Coats is to serve as the official ambassadors between the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bozeman area for the promotion of goodwill and community awareness of the many activities of the chamber.

green coat ambassador requirements

  • Attend at least 8 regular meetings during the calendar year (generally once a month), unless excused in advance, and special meetings as may be required;
  • Attend Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings. Members will sign up and find a replacement if they find they can’t attend the function
  • Attend “Business After Hours,” luncheons, socials, and other special functions and events. Members will sign up and find a replacement if they find they can’t attend that function
  • Enter into full discussion and participate in decisions affecting the Green Coats and the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Accept responsibility for committee assignments
  • Offer suggestions that may occur to me on possible Green Coat programs or operational improvements
  • Make themselves available for greater responsibility in the programs/activities and structure of the Green Coats
  • Have fun and enjoy being part of a great and prestigious organization.

green coat ambassadors

Honorary Member (H)

Katherine Atteberry

Retired

Jon Ayres

First Security Bank

Jim Bangs

Stifel Nicolaus

Kevin Black

Gene Cook Real Estate

Rina Donaldson

Express Employment Professionals

John Dorn

Retired

Matt Ekstrom

Morrison-Maierle, Inc.

Brian Gertiser

Bridger Heating & Cooling

Wayne Gibson (H)

Retired

Bruce Grubbs

Retired

Ed Hanson

Retired

Dan Himsworth

Retired

Patty Hinds

Retired

Matt Johnson

Stockman Bank

Steve Johnson

Bozeman School District

Sue Johnson

Bozeman Broker Group

Vonda Laird

J&V Restaurant Supply & Refrigeration

Sue Leigland

Retired

Greg Metzger

Bozeman Fiber

Mike Money

Big Sky Western Bank

Ron Ostermiller

Retired

Vance Paulson

House in Order

Dan Rust

State Farm Insurance

Tom Shea

Retired

Brian Sprenger

Gallatin Airport Authority

Dennis Springer

Bozeman Trophy

Melanie Stocks

MSU Sports Facility

Vern Veltkamp

Veltkamp Agency, Inc.

Tony Wastcoat

Retired

Penelope Stiff-Watkins

Bozeman Lodge

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