Kim 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).
Phone: (406) 543-6623
Director of Finance
An MBA whose job title reads “bean counter,” Frank Cudia is not your average bean counter. Actually he hates to count the beans – he’d much rather spend his focused energy on the big picture, the profit and loss ledger lines that tell whether key projects can get done and a business prospers. “I’m not one to worry about minutia,” he said. “I worry about the big numbers.”
But as head of finance for the Chamber of Commerce,everything financial goes through him.
Throughout his adult years, Frank Cudia has been in many professional positions that involved leadership, creativity, adherence to rules and other pieces crucial to starting, growing and maintaining a solid business. From the U.S. Air Force to electronics / computer technology* to securities and insurance, Cudia has shared his business development mentality with the Chamber since 2007 as the Director of Finance and Retention.
Phone: (406) 215-1325
Director of Operations
Looking at it on paper, Kimberly Hannon’s undergrad degrees in theater performance and anthropology and master’s in political science don’t fit neatly, predictably together. However, meet her, listen to her, and it’s totally clear.
A person who thrives on working collaboratively and in an environment of “organized chaos,” Hannon seeks out the “little details,” the stories, the small pieces of events and folklore that make a person or a regional culture. A traveler since birth (she was born in Thailand and raised in Tucson), “I pay attention to the details of the local people and what they’re doing,” she said. “People have a story to tell and most often don’t have somebody to really listen to them. I find it fascinating to learn the small details of a person, to see how that piece made them who they are.”
“I want to ensure that all members are being touched in a positive way by Chamber programs. And I try to guarantee that Chamber staff have what they need to be successful. In five years I envision the Chamber as a leading community resource that can assess business needs and, through individuals who are Chamber members, can proactively provide and implement business solutions.”
Phone: (406) 215-1326
Director of Government Affairs
Clint Burson grew up in Boulder, CO and earned a degree in Communication before moving to Montana and adding a Master’s Degree in Public Relations. He has spent the past 9 years as the Copyeditor at the Ravalli Republic in Hamilton.
Clint’s interest in public policy/government affairs began as a policy debater in college and has continued to grow ever since. He is passionate about finding solutions that help businesses and communities grow and improve together. He enjoys working with Chamber members to help them stay up-to-date with government issues affecting their business and being their voice in the halls of government.
When not focused on the details of current and proposed policy, Clint enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica and son Jaxson, as well as spending time in the outdoors - skiing and hiking - as well as photography.
Phone: (406) 215-1323
Director of Member Engagement
Originally hailing from Seattle, WA, Vangie moved to Missoula in the year 2000. She graduated from Hellgate High School and studied at University of Montana with a special focus on Project Management before earning certification with the Project Management Institute.
Vangie spent the last ten years of her career working for a global company specializing in banking services as the Manager of Customer Development and Project Manager. She has also enjoyed volunteering at Missoula Community Theater productions for the last five years. Joining the Chamber in 2019, Vangie works with all our members, helping them find ways to engage and maximize their benefits. As the coordinator for most Chamber events, she enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with members year round, contributing the to vibrant business community in Missoula.
When she is not working with members or at an event she can be found travelling with her husband or enjoying the Missoula outdoors.
Phone: (406) 215-1322
Director of Membership
The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to have Mark Losh as its Director of Membership.
Growing up raising Angus in a farming community outside of Deer Park, WA when he was young, Mark is very much at home in the Missoula area. With over 35 years of sales and marketing experience, ranging from ownership and start-ups to expanding existing companies, Mark has gained a vast and varied amount of experience that he is ready to share and pass on to our membership.
“There is an inner peace that comes from being where you belong, doing what you love with the people you respect in the community that is truly your home,” he said.
As one member shared with us, “If you have not sat down and talked with Mark, you are missing out, his help, support and knowledge was a key to our success in Missoula”.
Fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with family keeps him busy year around.
Phone: (406) 215-1209