I am the owner/operator of Montana International, LLC. My background is in hospitality, public relations, fundraising and politics! I’ve been the assistant bar manager at The Four Seasons Toronto, the front office manager at The Prince of Wales in Niagara on the Lake, Development Coordinator for Women’s Place, a shelter for abused women and children, in St. Catharines, Fundraising & Public Relations Officer for Brock University and Assistant to the Town Supervisor on Grand Island. I have started and built multiple small businesses with my husband including BeerHats and Grand Island Limousine. And in February 2019, I signed a 20 year contract with the State of New York to manage all guest services at all State Parks on Grand Island which includes a golf course and small restaurant, two marinas, a beach concessions, a special event center, a brand new outdoor restaurant and eventually a campground.
I am hoping my diverse professional background, my work ethic as a Canadian farmer’s daughter, my love for customer service and my passion for Grand Island will bolster my dream to bring life back to Beaver Island State Park. Another goal is to make the three State Parks on Grand Island the jewel in the crown for Grand Island as they develop this area as an Eco-Tourism destination. I moved to Grand Island in 2005 from Canada and have been married since 2002 to Pete, a third generation Islander. We have two amazing teenagers, Kaylee and Jaxen! I have found my forever home!
I’ve known Sam since she was a kid! She has worked for me in different capacities from house cleaner to bartender to bar manager over the years and you will not find a more trustworthy or harder worker! Her role as Facilities Coordinator is absolutely perfect for her OCD riddled and incredibly organized mind!! We have multiple buildings with massive infrastructures to maintain and Sam is in charge of that as well as security and building access, inventory management, cleaning protocols and maintenance schedules among other things. She keeps us all on track!! I had the pleasure of officiating at the marriage of Sam and her awesome partner Joe last year. Joe should be named an honorary MI team member because he is always helping Sam out at work! And they just welcomed, Tonya Jo, their first human baby to their already big fur baby family at the end of 2020! Congratulations! I’ve always been lucky to have Sam working with me, but I have a feeling she will also play an integral part in building this company!