Ms. Good has been a long-time member of the Big Sky community. Her and her husband bought a Skycrest condo in early 1990. They later purchased property and built their home in the Cascade subdivision. Since then, they have purchased several more lots, showing a strong investment to this community. Ms. Good brings to the Board extensive experience in finance and strategic planning. She has served on numerous non-profits Boards, as well as having held the position of Chairperson in most of these organizations. In her business life, Ms. Good is experienced in management consulting, restructuring and corporate finance. By continuing to serve on the Board of the BSOA, she hopes to continue to contribute to the strategic growth of the community, being sensitive to the reasons we all enjoy Big Sky. With the growth Big Sky is experiencing, strong stewardship is critical to mapping the best path forward.
What do you believe you can contribute to the Board and the Association? I have been on the Board for over six years. During that time, I have served as Treasurer, Secretary and led a number of committees. I also served on the Madison County Planning Board. I am committed to working diligently to assist the BSOA meet the challenges of our growing community.
If elected, what do you hope to achieve during your three-year term? There are many issues facing Big Sky today and I hope to be part of the effort to address and solve those situations. At the top of my list is sustainability. Protecting wildlife and providing guidance for environmental health in our community are top priorities.
What was your most notable success in your career? I started my own consulting business in 1988. It came to become a nationally-recognized business for helping distressed companies in need. Through hard work and attention to detail, my company helped numerous businesses transform into profitable entities.
Mr. Brennecke and his wife, Christine, along with their children Billy & Tucker made Big Sky home a few years ago following years of frequent family trips to the area. Will is from Boston where he started and manages an investment firm that is 15 years old and still running. Will is an avid skier and golfer. Will has prior board experience and would like to contribute to the community that has offered his family so much.
What do you believe you can contribute to the Board and the Association? Having served as an interim BSOA Board Member along with other prior board service gives me confidence that I can offer strong stewardship to preserve the aspects of Big Sky that we all love while it grows.
If elected, what do you hope to achieve during your three-year term? Maintain the aspects of Big Sky that attracted my family here in the context of all of its growth. What was your most notable success in your career? Founding the investment firm that is 15 years old and still running strong.
Mr. Chappell was born in Jasper, Alberta, Canada (gorgeous mountain town) and lived in both Calgary and Edmonton for school and university. After a few years in the oil industry, he made a career change to technology and moved to Houston, Texas where he lived for 15 years. Mr. Chappell started his company there and relocated to Nashville, TN where he met his wife of 20 years, Amanda, and with whom he had three boys (19, 17, 15). Mr. Chappell enjoys the peaceful, outdoor oriented, yet vibrant lifestyle in Big Sky and aims to protect that.
What do you believe you can contribute to the Board and the Association? I believe my contribution to the board and the association will be utilizing my experience garnered from twenty one years of experience as board of Trustee for a private university around governance and dealing with challenging situations resulting from changes in higher education, financial challenges and evolving the institution for long term viability. I bring a strong sense of process and fact based decision making that I think will be useful. Similarly, I have extensive experience in the technology space as a founder a market leading technology company serving the Agribusiness sector. Particularly the last five years where our technology has had to evolve to help farmers with the three critical areas: Agronomic viability (grow more food on the same acre), Economic (make sure they are profitable and financially viable) and Environmental (take care of the land, water and environment for long terms sustainability). Maybe in summary a mindset of finding solutions to problems using a fact-based approach.
If elected, what do you hope to achieve during your three-year term? I’ve been attending board meetings each month since February to become grounded in initiatives in flight. Though only a homeowner for a couple years I believe I can bring a useful perspective to bear on the many topics facing the association. We’re faced with real challenges that need thoughtful, community involved dialog around how we both protect and preserve the environment and lifestyle, while also coping with growth and changes outside our control. Facing them head on, understanding and exploring options and seeking consensus seems like the best path forward, which I’m committed to doing if elected.
What was your most notable success in your career? I think my most notable success has been assembling and retaining a team of over a hundred and forty people in my Agribusiness technology company. Success in the sense of having great culture to where half of the company are considered long service, and where many of them came right out of college. This was done over a thirty-five year period since I founded the company. Even though I sold the company in 2021 the success was really in the difference we made with the technology the employees built, touching over 200,000 farms in the USA. Summary version: making a difference in hundreds of families lives in an indirect fashion.
Vanessa has been coming to Big Sky since 2012, has been a BSOA homeowner since 2016, and moved to Big Sky full time with her family in 2019. She began her career in real estate finance with JP Morgan in New York City and advanced to a private real estate consultancy in London UK. She returned to the US to pursue a PhD in City Planning at UPenn, where she focused on Public Private Development. Vanessa graduated from Wellesley College, where she majored in Architecture and Economics, earned a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and also holds an MBA from Columbia University. She now spends as much time as she can with her three growing children, husband, dog and two cats, while trying to contribute as much as possible to the community that has been so welcoming to her family. She enjoys alpine and Nordic skiing, hiking, yoga, qigong, and reading.
What do you believe you can contribute to the Board and the Association? I believe I can contribute a balanced and reasonable perspective that reflects both my experience of raising kids in Big Sky as well as my deep love for the place. My educational background in Urban and Regional Planning gives me a knowledgeable foundation to consider and protect the long term health of an area experiencing the pressures and opportunities of growth. My previous work in real estate finance provides an understanding of the realistic factors at play in such growth.
If elected, what do you hope to achieve during your three-year term? If elected, I hope to bring my background and perspectives into healthy and productive discussions around the important decisions and priorities for which BSOA is responsible.
What was your most notable success in your career? My early career was characterized by opportunity, advancement, and a lot of collaboration and luck. Once I had a family, my career shifted to focus on multitasking, finding balance, and distilling meaning from what I would engage in. Eventually I left the professional and academic worlds to be full time with my family, during which I have been able to selectively pursue valuable volunteer and philanthropic endeavors within my community. I have been deeply grateful for each phase.