MEET THE Event Producers
Partner at Marketplace Events
Linda Baumann, is the founder and co-owner of Marketplace Media and Events,.
Linda has worked in the media world for 30+ years and has worked hard to earn positions in management such as Publisher and General Manager at radio and television stations and newspapers for some of the largest media companies in the country. She has also worked with some of the largest advertising agencies such as McCan Ericson, BBDO and J Walter Thompson.
Linda received the 2012 Businesswoman of the Year award from the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network. The MBN Missoula Business Woman of the Year Award recognizes women who excel by promoting professional excellence for women, being an outstanding personal or business leader, promoting participation in MBN, and who participate in community, civic, or other charitable organizations.
Linda has been a community volunteer years in Missoula since 1993. She has served on the boards of the Missoula City/County Animal Control, March of Dimes, YWCA and American Cancer Society. Community and giving back are important to Linda and her business partner and daughter, Megan. Together, they were the 2015/16 Chairs of the Missoula County Relay for Life and are volunteers for countless community non-profit events.
Linda recently received the 2020 Flying High award from the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network. This prestigious award celebrates two extraordinary women each year who have made significant contributions to the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network and the Missoula community.
Partner at Marketplace Events
Megan Pfaff is the co-owner of Marketplace Media and Events.
Megan attended Hellgate High School and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Psychology. She began Rock Against Racism while in college as a community volunteer program, raising funds and awareness for the YWCA. She also did volunteer work in the Dominican Republic teaching English to children and building homes with Habitat for Humanity. She’s involved with the Missoula Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Association as well as numerous non-profit organizations.
Giving back are important to Megan and her business partner and mom, Linda. Together, they were the 2015/16 Chairs of the Missoula County Relay for Life and are volunteers for countless community non-profit events.
She received the 2019 Flying High award from the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network. This prestigious award celebrates two extraordinary women each year who have made significant contributions to the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network and society.
Each recipient has helped raise the standards and level of professionalism in business, while inspiring and mentoring future generations, laying the groundwork that encourages all women to strive for excellence.
Megan has been a Partner at Marketplace Media and Events since 2006. Megan has lived in Missoula since 1993 and is raising two girls, Bailie 7 and Charlie 4, with her husband Matt. They love living in Missoula and relaxing at their family cabin in Seeley Lake.
MEET THE Host and Moderator
Owner of BFK Presents
Meet Logan Foret, your Host and Moderator for Beast Your Biz! He's fun, creative and super intelligent and we promise there will not be a dull moment! He is no stranger to entrepreneurship and can be described as fearless and relentless when it comes to business.
Logan once turned an old department store in the mall into an escape for Missoulians. The Giggle Box was safe and accessible, providing an experience people may not be comfortable experiencing otherwise. Especially as people were practicing social distancing and trying to avoid cabin fever.
Logan also owns BFK Presents, a single solution agency for brand amplification, consumer immersion through experiential installation, and bespoke events. Ranging from complete turnkey music and cultural festivals to pop up speakeasy-style art galleries to from-scratch builds at mega-conventions and trade shows
MEET THE Event Speakers and Panelists
Realtor with Engel & Volkers in Missoula
A second generation realtor and graduate of the University of Montana, Danni brings to real estate seven years of experience in the hospitality business along with most recently assisting several top producing agents while expanding her own real estate business.
Transitioning to real estate seemed natural for Danni because of her entrepreneurial spirit, passion for Western Montana and most of all, her natural ability to connect with her clients.
Effectively working with clients with the utmost confidentiality and professionalism reflects in her recent successful transactions with buyers, sellers and investors.
Danni's commitment to her clients and their lifestyle needs, along with her extensive market knowledge and exclusive level of service translate effectively into successful results.
Executive Director of Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC)
Kia Liszak has been the Executive Director of the Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) for ten years.
She spearheaded and led the visionary process and multimillion dollar campaign efforts to bring the ZACC downtown and triple its size and ability to build community through accessible arts experiences for all.
She was recognized by the Missoulian in June, 2013, as one of Western Montana's top 20 business leaders under 40 years old to have made a positive impact through exceptional entrepreneurship, leadership, creative vision, innovation and dedication to the community, and recognized by the Missoula Downtown Association in 2019 as the Downtowner of the Year.
She has served as a volunteer on many committees including The Missoula Public Art Committee and on Missoula's Community Arts Team to implement the Kennedy Center’s support of the SPARK arts program. She was able to travel to Thailand and Laos to enrich her work through the YSEALI professional fellows program in 2017 and subsequently invited to participate in the US State Department’s seminar, “Art, Culture, and Transforming Conflict" in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She is extremely passionate about empowering people of all ages through the arts and creative community building.
CEO of United Way of Missoula County
Susan Hay Patrick has served as chief executive officer of United Way of Missoula County since 2006. Under her leadership, United Way directs a number of community-wide collaborations focused on kindergarten readiness and student success, preventing suicide, ending homelessness, reducing substance abuse, improving family health and health equity, preventing catastrophic fire damage in the wildland-urban interface, and strengthening the local nonprofit sector.
Susan’s past experience includes serving as deputy director of Feeding America, one of the nation’s 10-largest nonprofits; working as a lobbyist in Washington, DC; serving as executive director of a national foundation; and operating her own independent consulting business, specializing in nonprofits and small businesses.
Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, she was a reporter for a daily newspaper and a corporate communications writer for a Fortune 500 company.
Susan is a past president of the board of directors of City Club Missoula, and a past president and current member of Missoula Sunrise Rotary. She is also on the boards of the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce and the Glacier National Park Conservancy. She is a Montana Ambassador, appointed by the governor to serve as an ambassador for economic development in Montana.
In 2015, Susan chaired a citizens’ committee that worked successfully to pass two bonds totaling $158 million – the largest in Montana history – to improve the facilities and technology at all Missoula County Public Schools.
Susan has won local, state and national awards for service, including, in 2019, being named the U.S. winner of the State Department’s Professional Fellows Alumni Impact Award and the Missoula Downtown Association’s “Downtowner of the Year.” She writes and speaks locally, nationally, and internationally on board governance, strategic planning, and leadership.
A Connecticut native, Susan graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English and a double minor in French and Journalism from Castleton University in Vermont.
Owner of Missoula Bookkeeper
Amy is the owner and founder of Missoula Bookkeeper. She has built a career around creatively solving problems, taking an inkling of an idea and bringing it to life. She brings creativity, attention to detail, an innate desire to watch ideas flourish and thrives in an environment of collaboration, brainstorming and growth.
As small business owners, you are calling the shots and making the important choices, but it helps to have an ally that can see problem areas, offer unbiased advice and help you make choices that will lead to the most growth and fulfillment in your career.
Amy recognizes that for small business owners, business is personal and she wants to help you make smart choices for success in both areas. And when she’s not helping small business owners, she’s building her own tiny empire, spending time in the sunshine with her two on-the-go kiddos and scheming her next big thing.
Hi, I’m Micah.
I’m a marketing guide for women business owners who want to support their households without feeling icky or inauthentic about selling their stuff.
And, if you’d told me about 10 years ago that this is what I’d be doing, I’d have been pretty darn surprised.
I also would’ve been, like: “Whose kid is THAT?”
Because, back then, I was folding thongs and selling bras part-time at Victoria’s Secret and getting ready to publish social science research on how to influence people to have safe sex.
I know … it’s an interesting combo.
I never thought I’d have kids of my own, and I was going to either get my PhD in persuasion research or work for the CIA.
I didn’t do either of those things. Instead, I:
wrote speeches in the Texas House of Representatives
I donated my eggs and helped a couple I didn’t know have a baby I’d never meet
packed up my Master’s degree and hopped on the back of a handsome, tattooed doctor’s motorcycle to move to the middle of nowhere, Wyoming
started a business doing political and public speaking consulting
And, eventually, that tattooed doctor and I had a baby of our own, and not without complications. I spent more than a month in the hospital, and then, the NICU, with “Biscuit.”
All those things taught me some really important lessons:
there are some really effective ways to get people to buy into your business without ever having to “sell” or feel pushy
women often carry a heavy burden and sacrifice a lot for others
working moms need to have a lot of flexibility if they’re going to support their families
… And, in a nutshell, that’s how I ended up here.
I teach women like you exactly what to say to get their ideal customers to book and buy at their small businesses so they can get off the high-low income rollercoaster, and do the meaningful stuff that makes them feel fulfilled.
Regional Sales - EW Scripps Montana TV Stations
Leslie Stoll-O’Neill holds the current position of Regional Sales with the EW Scripps television stations in Montana. Her sales career began in fifth grade when she was charged to sell shares in her tomato crop, and she made her first $50.
Since that first taste of success, she’s sold radio, television, real estate and donuts. Her philosophy is to make a relationship first and a sale second, and to work hard to pair her product with the actual needs of buyers. Research and data are her friends in making real connections for real world results.
Musician, Educator and Activist
Andre Floyd is a musician, educator, human rights activist. He grew up in Great Falls and is a graduate of CM Russell High School. He is an alumni of The U of M and served on ASUM Senate.
Andre has been a part of Montana’s music scene for 40 of the last 50 years. With 10 in Chicago learning his craft with players like Corky Siegel, Taj Mahal. Gil-Scott Heron, Edgar Winter, Suzanne Vega….. and so many others. Not to mention Chicago’s best new Talent choice of 1986 … with his funk band Voodoobutter.
After returning to Missoula in 1992, Andre along with Al Carrigan started Missoula’s Tapas Recording Studio and Record Label releasing and distributing the early albums of his band Andre Floyd with Mood Iguana (Lapis, Without Boundaries and Project 2012) Cory Heydon (A Million Different Places) and Chris Hiatt’s self titled debut. After 7 successful years at Tapas he decided to join forces with Kevin Head and Brad Martins ( of the Rhinoceros) as the talent buyer for Missoula’s Blue Heron Bar. In 2003 Andre left the Blue Heron to begin work on his 3rd CD Project 2012.
After a brief stint in the Flathead Valley teaching at Kalispell Montessori School and Summit Boarding School he returned and is again calling Missoula home. For the last 10 years Andre has been teaching guitar and working on his 4th CD at his home studio here in Missoula.
Owner of Frame of Mind Framing and Art Gallery
Realtor with Lambros ERA Real Estate
Bob Zimorino owned and operated the restaurant Red Pies over Montana in downtown Missoula for decades. He describes himself as a dad, husband, real estate agent, musician, chef, writer, photographer and occasional nice guy. Bob has been a Realtor with Lambros ERA Real Estate for almost 15 years.
His over thirty years in the restaurant business have taught him many skills. He is a customer service specialist that understands the needs of businesses. As a songwriter and retired chef he has learned to be creative in his thinking and his approach to negotiating deals. His years as a guitarist have taught him that the learning only stops when you stop it.