Kim Latrielle started work with the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce pretty soon after graduating from Missoula’s Hellgate High School. She answered the phones and greeted visitors. Having worked her way up the ranks –and through national Chamber of Commerce educational and professional development programs – Latrielle has been president and CEO since 1996.
“It’s my job to make sure that the strategic initiatives and policies of the board of directors are effectively implemented,” she said. A nonvoting member of the Chamber executive committee, she advises the board concerning policies, programs and other key initiatives. And, Latrielle – along with the board chairperson – is the public face of the Chamber, working with constituencies throughout Missoula’s public and private sectors to promote the Chamber’s goals and priorities for the area business community.
While she works toward consensus during office hours, Latrielle does her own thing after work: she’s a serious amateur photographer and painter (acrylics and oil).
Director of Membership
"As the Director of Membership for the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce, it is my job to help individuals and businesses connect. I have a passion for building and utilizing effective networks. For the past 11 years, I have been helping business people refine their talents and build cooperative networks. During my time as a business trainer, I taught marketing strategies, leadership skills, soft skills, team building, international cooperation, and negotiation skills."
Margit is responsible for member engagement, retention, and recruitment. In addition to member relations and business development, Margit heads the advertising division of the chamber.
Prior to joining the Missoula Chamber team, Margit was the Membership Development Manager for the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce. Before entering the Chamber World, Margit traveled the country as a Member Representative for the National Federation of Independent Business. She earned her Masters degree in Political Science - International Relations while living in Germany. During this time abroad, she worked as a Berlitz Business Seminar Trainer.
As a board member for the Flathead Community Foundation and other nonprofit work, Margit is very active in the nonprofit community. In her spare time, Margit volunteers at major events including the Dragon Boat Festival, Pond Hockey, the Spartan Race, and Whitefish Oktoberfest.
Future aspirations include further developing her business mentor role and positively impacting the nonprofit community.