Montana Office of Tourism

2013 Montana Governor's Conference
on Tourism and Recreation


2013 Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation
Dates: March 24-26, 2013
Location: Helena Colonial Hotel Red Lion, 2301 Colonial Drive, Helena, MT 59601, 406-443-2100, http://www.redlion.com/our-hotels/montana/helena/

Person of the Year

Montana Tourism Awards

The Montana Tourism Awards celebrate Montana’s communities, partnerships, events and individuals who make positive contributions through tourism and recreation that create economic and social well-being for Montana and its people.
Nomination Form

Here are the 2013 nomination forms (PDF, WORD) for the Montana Tourism Person, Community, Event and Partnership Awards. Application deadline is February 8, 2013. 

If you have questions, contact:
Carmen Levick, Executive Assistant
MT Office of Tourism
406-841-2873
clevick@mt.gov 

2012 Montana Tourism Awards 
Lt Governor John Bohlinger and Tourism Advisory Council Chair Rhonda Fitzgerald announced the 2012 Montana Tourism Awards at the Thursday night banquet of the 2012 tourism conference. Here are the 2012 Award Winners:

  • Tourism Person of the Year – Meg O’Leary, Big Sky
  • Tourism Community of the Year – Big Sky
  • Tourism Event of the Year – 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Beartooth Highway All American Road
  • Tourism Partnerships of the Year – Kids N Snow Program, West Yellowstone, and the Great Falls Museum Consortium

Montana Tourism Award Hall of Fame 

2011 Montana Tourism Awards 

  • Tourism Person of the Year – Dan Thyer, Virginia City
  • Tourism Event of the Year – The Missoula Marathon
  • Tourism Partnership of the Year – Glacier National Park Centennial Committee
2010

  • Tourism Person of the Year – Lee Holmes, Helena
  • Tourism Community of the Year – Butte, MT
  • Tourism Event of the Year – 71st National Folk Festival in Butte
  • Tourism Partnership of the Year – Helena Institute

2009

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Bill and Ramona Holt
  • Tourism Person of the Year – Rhonda Fitzgerald
  • Tourism Event of the Year – Missoula’s River City Roots Festival
  • Tourism Partnership of the Year — Crown of the Continent Geotourism Council

2008

  • Tourism Person of the Year – Marysue Costello
  • Tourism Event of the Year – Fort Benton Summer Celebration
  • Tourism Partnership of the Year – West Yellowstone Winter Trails

2007

  • Tourism Person of the Year – Mike Scholz
  • Tourism Community of the Year – Roundup
  • Tourism Event of the Year – 75th Anniversary Montana State Fair – MT Expo Park, Great Falls, MT
  • Tourism Partnership of the Year – Montana Dinosaur Trail: Carter County Museum, Ekalaka, MT; Makoshika Dinosaur Museum and Makoshika State Park, Glendive, MT; Garfield County Museum, Jordan, MT; Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Fort Peck Field Station of Paleontology, Fort Peck, MT; Phillips County Museum and Dinosaur Field Station, Malta, MT; Blaine County Museum, Chinook, MT; H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum, Havre, MT; Depot Museum, Rudyard, MT; Upper Musselshell Museum, Harlowton, MT; Two Medicine Dinosaur Center, Bynum, MT; Old Trail Museum, Choteau, MT; Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT; Custer Country; Missouri River Country; Russell Country; Yellowstone Country; Bozeman CVB; Malta Chamber of Commerce; Parks Division, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Montana BLM; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Fort Peck Lake; Travel Montana

2006

  • Tourism Person of the Year- Jay Robson
  • Tourism Community of the Year- Fort Benton
  • Tourism Event of the Year- Lady Cameron Heritage Celebration & PBS Premiere, Terry, MT
  • Tourism Partnership of the Year- Cooke City, Friends of the Beartooth All American Road, City of Red lodge and Red Lodge Chamber of Commerce

2005

  • Tourism Person of the Year- Dr. Joesph Medicine Crow
  • Tourism Community of the Year- Livingston
  • Tourism Event of the Year- Augusta American Legion Rodeo
  • Tourism Partnership of the Year- Great Falls CVB & Russell Country

2004

  • Tourism Person of the Year- Christopher Kortlander
  • Tourism Community of the Year- Malta
  • Tourism Event of the Year- 36th Annual C.M. Russell Auction of Original Western Art
  • Tourism Parntership of the Year- 2003 Fire Season Media Task Force

2003

  • Volunteer Person of the Year - Diane Brandt, Glasgow
  • Tourism Industry Person of the Year - Linda Anderson, Glacier Country, Bigfork
  • Tourism Community of the Year - Bigfork
  • Tourism Event of the Year - "What the Hay" Contest, Utica
  • Tourism Partnership of the Year - Half Moon Ranch Cattle Drive & MT Farm Bureau

2002

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Don Sorensen, Virgelle
  • Regional Award - Terry Zee Lee, Billings
  • Community of the Year - Hardin

2001

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Gayle Fisher, Great Falls
  • Community of the Year - Lewistown
  • Special Recognition Award - Jack Clarkson, West Yellowstone; Roy Snyder, Fort Peck

2000

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Lisa Perry, Billings; Connie Kenney, Butte
  • Regional Awards - Mike Art, Pray; Stan Meyer, Great Falls; Rich Pittsley, Billings; Jeri Mae Rowley, Kalispell
  • Community of the Year - Billings
  • Special Recognition Award - Carl Kochman, Great Falls

1999

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Jim VanArsdale, Billings
  • Regional Awards - Dr. Arnold "Arnie" Olsen, Helena; John "Jack" Lepley, Fort Benton; Mary Tietjen, Great Falls
  • Community of the Year - Broadus
  • Joan Gentri Award - Edythe McCleary, Hardin

1998

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Gloria Wester, Laurel
  • Regional Awards - Eric Heyn, Eureka; Shirley Beck & Dale Siegford, Philipsburg; Tim Prather, Red Lodge; Jane Weber, Great Falls
  • Community of the Year - Philipsburg
  • Joan Gentri Award - Lorri Reeder

1997

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Maureen Averill, Bigfork
  • Regional Awards - Edgar Richardson, Scobey; John Trangmoe, Glendive; Antionette (Toni) Haegner, Havre

1996

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Mike Labriola, Great Falls
  • Regional Awards - Bill Bolt, Kalispell; Gerry Walter, Butte; Marge Wanner, West Yellowstone; Betty Stone, Glasgow; Sandra Hawke, Billings

1995

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Nancy Menning, ITRR
  • Regional Awards- Randy Gayner, West Glacier; Vince Yannone, Helena; Stan Meyer, Great Falls; Mike Scholz, Big Sky; Shirley Legg, Malta; Joe Wilson, Forsyth

1994

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Garry Wunderwald
  • Regional Awards - Sherry Billehus, Scobey; Jim Court, Hardin; Otis & Jean Robbins, Kalispell; Carl Kochman, Great Falls; Daryl Todd, Big Timber; Connie Clarke, Miles City (Superhost Recognition Award)

1993

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Elmer Frame
  • Regional Awards - Jeanne French, Plentywood; Curly Bear Wagner, Browning; Henry Gehl, Lewistown; Carl Rowan, Butte; Bob McCurdy, Broadus; Patrick Gubbins, Helena

1992

  • Tourism Person of the Year- Greg Bryan
  • Regional Awards- Bill Howell, West Yellowstone; Frank de Rosa, Havre; Diane Brandt, Glasgow; John Claypool, Ennis; Edythe McCleary, Hardin

1991

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Ken Hickel

1990

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Larry McRae

1989

  • Tourism Person of the Year - Herb Leuprecht