We are pleased to introduce the people that have dedicated their professional lives to providing and improving the business community of Missoula. Please take a moment to get to know our staff, as we welcome and encourage you to call or email any of us with your suggestions and concerns - or just to say hello. Our chamber is a reflection of our community, and it's important that we get to know the members, organizations and residents of the community that we represent.
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 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.
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.”
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 where he lives with his wife Jessica, son Jaxson and their pets.
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 the outdoors - skiing and hiking - as well as photography.
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. She enjoys collaborating with members on many different projects and events such as Business After Hours, Missoula Young Professionals, the Chamber Education Series, Ribbon Cuttings and more.
When she is not working with members or at an event she can be found travelling with her husband or at home in Missoula with their two cats.