Chris Naumann became the Executive Director of the Downtown Bozeman Partnership in May of 2007. Previously, he served as a member of the downtown Tax Increment Finance board from 2005 to 2007. From 1995 to 2009, Chris and his wife, Laura, owned and operated Barrel Mountaineering, an outdoor store located on Main Street in historic downtown Bozeman. Born in Evanston, Illinois and raised in Jefferson City, Missouri, Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geologic Sciences in 1991 from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. After several mountain adventures in Asia, Chris settled in Bozeman back in 1993.
In 2018, Chris was awarded the International Downtown Association's Emerging Leaders Fellowship and spent a week in New York City with 30 cohorts immersed in professional development training and urban placemaking field work.
Ellie Staley has been the Program Director for the Downtown Bozeman Partnership and Director of the Downtown Bozeman Association since February of 2006. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and moved to Bozeman in 2000. Her past experience in event coordinating, sales and management has included working at the following local businesses, Gallatin Gateway Inn, Boodles, and West Paw Design. She has a deep love for the downtown Bozeman community, and plans to raise her family and reside in Bozeman with her husband John and daughter Maren for years to come.
Emily Cope grew up moving around the country and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University. She moved to Bozeman in 2014 to manage the opening of the city’s first purpose-built off-campus student housing community. Since then she also gained property management experience working in downtown Bozeman at Mountain Home Vacation Rentals. Her experience in property management have included oversight of maintenance, marketing, and customer service. Emily and her husband Matt have fallen in love with Bozeman since moving to the area and enjoy spending their free time outdoors. She looks forward to fulfilling the new role of District Manager for the Downtown Bozeman Partnership.
Mike Grant has been with the Business Improvement District since May of 2015 working as the general maintenance employee. Originally from Butte, Mike moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Mike’s love of the outdoors and recreational opportunities around Bozeman kept him here. Mike has worked for First Security Bank, Louisiana Pacific and most recently as the property manager for the Downtowner Building. Mike joined the Business Improvement District for the opportunity to spend more time working outdoors and helping beautify the downtown area. It also gives him more time to pursue his true passions, mountain biking, and skiing. Mike also works as a bike mechanic at Rad Bikes and as a lift operator at Bridger Bowl.
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