Meet the Big Sky Chamber staff and learn more about who is working for better business in Big Sky.


Candace new Big SkyCandace Carr Strauss, CEO

Candace is a brand-raiser in the EXPERIENCE Economy: she has spent twenty five years curating memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for individuals, brands, and organizations by promoting purpose with passion, forging connections, building relationships that enable deeper engagement, providing stewardship and ultimately creating loyal fans, customers, and donors. She most recently conducted a funding study for Wonderful Copenhagen, the official Destination Marketing Organization for Denmark’s capital region. Other past experience includes work as Director of Development at Bozeman’s Museum of the Rockies from 2008-2014 and Director of Corporate Relations at the Houston Symphony.

margo-magnant-headshot-new-cropped-300x295Margo Magnant, Membership Director

Born and raised in Bozeman, MT, Margo is thrilled to bring her love of the area to the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce. She is a 2008 graduate of Georgetown University where she studied Government and English and was a member of the university’s rowing team.

Margo brings her prior sales & marketing and event planning experience to the Membership Director position. She has skied at Big Sky Resort her entire life and has lived full time in Big Sky for several years with her husband and black lab. In her free time she enjoys exploring Montana’s beautiful mountains and rivers and listening to bluegrass music. She volunteers her time with Thrive, the Big Sky Community Organization, the Custer Gallatin National Forest Working Group and is the founder of the Big Sky Young Professionals Group. Margo is also currently pursuing her MBA from the University of Montana.

Lori Wetzel, Compliance Manager

Lori graduated from MSU Billings with an accounting degree and passed the CPA exam that same year. She is a Montana native, spending most of her life in the Billings area. After a couple of years in Arizona, she and her husband have returned to their home in the mountains and look forward to enjoying the big blue skies, clean air, beautiful white snow and abundant wildlife.

Heather Gottschalk, Marketing Director

Heather was born and raised a mountain girl, in Fort Collins, Colorado (Go Broncos!) She pursued her higher education overseas in Lugano, Switzerland. She received her Bachelor Degrees in Marketing and Communication from the USA and Swiss accredited school, Franklin University Switzerland. Post-Graduation, her professional career and development was at the Walt Disney World Resort bringing the magic of Disney Stories to life for guests from all over the world. Her experience in the hospitality industry is what brought her to Montana to act as a story teller and brand ambassador for Adventures by Disney. She worked with several of the local businesses in Big Sky, West Yellowstone and Bozeman who assisted her in introducing guests to the magic and wonder of Montana. She loves adventures of any kind, dancing, live music and snow!

Caitlin Lundin, Marketing & Visitor Services Manager

Caitlin graduated in 2011 from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in communication. While in Austin, she worked on large scale event management for the University of Texas’s Parking and Transportation Services. In the winter of 2015, she moved to Big Sky to pursue a more hospitality focused career path and learn how to ski. She has embraced this community as her home and has enjoyed exploring it and learning all of the new things that come with mountains, snow, and blue ribbon trout fishing. She is excited to share her love of Big Sky with a more global community and welcome people to the Visitor Center with warm hospitality and a head full of information.