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Eric Ladd

ERIC LADD

Chief Executive Officer

eric@theoutlawpartners.com

Megan Paulson

Megan Paulson

Chief Operating Officer

megan@theoutlawpartners.com

EJ Daws

EJ Daws

Executive Director, Sales & Marketing

ej@theoutlawpartners.com

Alexis Deaton

Alexis Deaton

Executive Director, Finance & Administration

alexis@theoutlawpartners.com

Doug Hare

Doug Hare

Distribution Coordinator

doug@theoutlawpartners.com

 
 
 

INTERN WALL OF FAME

Rachel Anderson
Gabrielle Gasser
Hayden Zelson
Renae Counter
Alex Sidun
Lauren Rieschel
Maria Wyllie
Taylor Ann Smith
Taylor Anderson
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Eric Ladd

ERIC LADD

Chief Executive Officer

eric@theoutlawpartners.com

Founder and CEO of Outlaw Partners, Eric brings over 20 years of experience in real estate sales and development, marketing, restaurant management, resort operations and expedition guiding – holding senior positions with industry leaders Vail Resorts, Yellowstone Club and Everlands.

Ranked as one of the Top 10 real estate sales people in the United States in 2006 & 2007, Eric’s role as senior sales representative led Yellowstone Club to achieve over 1 billion in sales – one of the most successful runs in real estate in the last decade. Joining forces in 2009, Eric and team formed Outlaw Partners LLC, continuing this success within inspiring local, national and international business arenas.

Megan Paulson

Megan Paulson

Chief Operating Officer

megan@theoutlawpartners.com

Megan oversees all aspects of the Outlaw Partners team – from marketing, media, creative and strategic planning efforts to project management, operations and client relations. Megan has over 13 years of experience in marketing and sales capacities within the high-end private club and resort communities and the outdoor industry.

Prior to co-founding Outlaw, Megan served as marketing director at Yellowstone Club and Barefoot Resort, in addition to roles with Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and AFRC Europe – Garmish-Partenkirchen.

Joe O'Connor

JOSEPH O’CONNOR

Editor/Executive Director, Media

joe@theoutlawpartners.com

Joseph is Managing Editor for Outlaw Partners’ publications, including Mountain Outlaw magazine and the Explore Big Sky newspaper. He brings to Outlaw Partners an extensive background in multimedia, specifically writing and editing, and broadcast journalism. Joseph graduated with a degree in English from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. and came to Outlaw in October 2012 after taking graduate journalism courses at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

With a penchant for thorough reporting and attention to detail, Joseph has published work in Newsweek magazine, Skiing magazine, online and in newspapers from Virginia to Colorado and California.

Tyler Allen

Tyler Allen

Managing Editor

tyler@theoutlawpartners.com

Tyler joined the Outlaw team in September 2012 and is managing editor for the company’s dynamic, award-winning publications. He believes journalism can positively affect the world and recognizes that compelling stories are found everywhere, if you know how to look.

Tyler earned a bachelor’s in forestry and minor degree in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont and has a strong curiosity for the natural world. A resident of southwest Montana since 2008, he is equally inquisitive about the fascinating people who make the Greater Yellowstone region an inspiring community of thinkers and mountain enthusiasts. When he’s not writing, editing or reading, Tyler can be found seeking solitude and rejuvenation in the high peaks of Montana and beyond.

EJ Daws

EJ Daws

Executive Director, Sales & Marketing

ej@theoutlawpartners.com

As Outlaw’s Director of Business Development, EJ’s goal is not only to help grow client’s presence through tactical and creative marketing approaches, but also spread the word about Outlaw and it’s media outlets.

With a background in marketing management and advertising, EJ’s 7 years of experience includes marketing and sales management with a Fortune 500 company, as well as smaller marketing start-ups giving him a well-rounded approach to ideas, and budgets. His strengths lie in his ability to build the relationships that help our clients grow their businesses and their bottom lines.

He was awarded the title of Senior Field Specialist in his time with State Farm Insurance, helping Michigan State Farm agents with training, planning, and budgeting to reach corporate marketing and sales goals. His marketing experience also includes time with the Savy Agency in Bend, OR where he helped lead Savy to new highs in gross sales volume, and new projects.

Amanda Eggert

Amanda Eggert

Associate Editor

amanda@theoutlawpartners.com

After earning a B.A. in print journalism from the University of Montana, Amanda put her reporting and writing skills to work for Outdoor Writers Association of America in Missoula, Montana, and Outside magazine in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

A native of Billings, Montana, Amanda loves travel – particularly if mountains and rivers are involved – and a good story, well told. Insatiably curious by nature, she’s made a habit of writing regularly since primary school. Since joining Outlaw Partners in late 2015, Amanda has enjoyed covering the people, policies, boards and organizations that make Big Sky tick. On occasion, she trades her pen for a camera to tell stories from a different angle.

Amy Delgrande

Amy Delgrande

Marketing Coordinator

amy@theoutlawpartners.com

Amy was born and raised in Connecticut where she completed her Associates in Film & Animation, and later made her way to the west coast where she earned a degree in Advertising from the Art Institute of California – Orange County.

Prior to joining Outlaw, Amy served as art director for KIN Los Angeles, where she primarily focused on managing the KIN brand, photography, post-production, website and public relations coordination. Amy’s work has brought her to see over a dozen countries around the world; she credits love of traveling and experiencing new cultures as the key inspiration in her field of advertising and marketing.

Ersin Ozer

Ersin Ozer

Media and Events Director

ersin@theoutlawpartners.com

Ersin grew up in Montana and graduated from Montana State University with studies focusing on marketing, entrepreneurship, and small business management.

As Media and Events Director, Ersin brings 10 years of events and marketing experience to the Outlaw team, ranging from being an independent concert promoter and freelance media consultant while in college, heading up event sponsorship sales as a veteran of the Moonlight Basin Ski Resort marketing team, to managing promotions and live events for a cluster of nine radio stations in southwest Montana; Ersin has a few tricks up his sleeve to make your business shine on-site, online, and in print.

As an avid outdoorsman, explorer and traveler – Ersin can be found slashing pow on his s-board in tight tree routes that have yet to be named, attempting to hook a trout with a dry fly in the Gallatin River, and driving his Jeep around to lesser-explored parts of the state in order to find the goods.

Ersin’s true passions are the people he interacts with on a day-to-day basis, his friends and family but also his clients, their stories, and their brand’s development.

Alexis Deaton

Alexis Deaton

Executive Director, Finance & Administration

alexis@theoutlawpartners.com

Bio coming soon.

Wes Overvold

Wes Overvold

Video Director

wes@theoutlawpartners.com

Wes is an experienced videographer and photographer with a strong passion for the outdoors and discovering the stories of the people he meets. He has been involved in media production for 10 years, including working with various outdoor recreation organizations in media and marketing roles. In that time, Wes has integrated his desire to share stories and the outdoors with others through various forms of digital media.

After growing up exploring and capturing images around the mountains and coastlines of the southeast US, Wes made the move out to Montana to join Outlaw. Originally from Savannah, Georgia and graduating from Appalachian State University in 2014 with degrees in Marketing and Media Studies, Wes brings a strong passion for discovering and sharing the stories of the people and places he encounters throughout his travels.

Carie Birkmeier

Carie Birkmeier

Lead Designer

carie@theoutlawpartners.com

Though born and raised in Northwest Ohio, Carie spent most of her time growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. While earning her B.A. in Graphic Communications from Northern Michigan University, she worked as a graphic design intern for the University prior to making the move to Montana.

Carie enjoys working on all aspects of projects from logo creation and web design to producing marketing plans and social media campaigns. When she’s not behind a computer, you’ll find Carie in the kitchen, trading in her computer for a spatula as she explores a different creative passion.

Doug Hare

Doug Hare

Distribution Coordinator

doug@theoutlawpartners.com

Doug joined the Outlaw team in February 2016 to help with the distribution efforts of Outlaw publications throughout the Greater Yellowstone region. Given his academic background, and love for the outdoors and literature, the editorial staff soon tapped him as a contributor to the Explore Big Sky newspaper.

Doug grew up in Virginia, earned his bachelor’s in religious studies from Princeton University, and studied the philosophy of religion at Harvard Divinity School. Doug has skied throughout the western U.S. but enjoys the unique experience Big Sky offers. He also makes the most out of the short Montana summers playing softball, coaching and playing soccer, and is always looking for a good game of chess.

Ryan Weaver

Ryan Weaver

Senior Video Editor

ryan@theoutlawpartners.com

Ryan is passionate about using video as a platform for storytelling; he intentionally crafts messages worthy of being shared. This helps clients to connect with their current consumer’s on a more personable level, while also bringing brand awareness to a whole new audience through the viral nature of social media.

Twenty years ago, Ryan developed a lasting passion for the outdoors while swinging pick axes into the earth as part of his first job working on a seasonal hiking trail construction crew. He spent that entire summer’s pay on his first digital video camera and editing system, which was an emerging trend replacing the analogue equipment he’d started on. He helped solve a mob murder that year (yeah seriously, ask him about it) and continued to self-learn the art of video. He studied the transformative power of film as a projectionist at a movie theater, delved into a deep understanding of technology while learning to release videos on the internet before there was a YouTube; all before graduating high school and going on to get his bachelors in video production and editing.

Since then, Ryan has had the pleasure of working in all roles of video production with a wide variety of clients including global giants like Pepsi and Wendy’s through his work at larger advertising agencies, to philanthropic work for local non-profit’s who are just working with video for the first time He’s spent years cutting television commercials and crafting long form videos for all manner of organizations. He’s produced documentary and narrative films, and enjoys competing in the 48 hour film festival. Throughout it all, he brings his passion for storytelling and the desire to share the wonderful experience of life with others.

Sarah Gianelli

Sarah Gianelli

Associate Editor

sarah@theoutlawpartners.com

Sarah’s lifelong appreciation of literature and art naturally evolved into a career defined by writing about theater, books, visual art and the people who create them. After earning an undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, Sarah worked in the Broadway theater industry in New York’s Times Square before high-tailing it out of the city for the West Coast. She hasn’t looked back since.

Sarah worked her way up the ranks of The Portland Oregonian newsroom from the obit desk to the book review department, amassing the clips that would get her accepted into the University of Oregon’s graduate program in journalism.

The rain—and her inveterate love of dramatic change—eventually drove her to the Southwest, where in addition to hosting an underground supper club and making wine, she was the editor of a Northern Arizona arts and culture magazine.

Sarah landed in Big Sky in 2015 after extended travels in Europe. Elated to be among the mountains, rivers and trees again, with professional pen in hand, what was going to be a four-month stay continues to be one of life’s best surprises yet.

Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

Editorial Assistant

Rachel Anderson grew up in La Crosse, Wis. where she completed an Associate’s of Applied Science degree in marketing. Soon after, she discovered a passion for the mountains while spending a summer working in Alaska. Seasonal work, in the hospitality industry, then led her to Grand Targhee, Wyo. where she spent two years snowboarding in the Tetons. In 2009, Anderson packed her car and headed north to Big Sky, where a hometown friend showed her the ropes. She quickly fell in love with Lone Mountain, and has remained a part of the Big Sky community several more years. Rachel is currently attending school at Montana State University in Bozeman, where she is completing an undergraduate degree in liberal studies. She loves fried cheese curds like any true Wisconsinite.

Lauren Rieschel

Lauren Rieschel

Editorial

A boarding student at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif., Lauren Rieschel plans to utilize her experience at Outlaw to help with her high school newspaper. Writing has always been a passion for Rieschel, who has lived in Shanghai, China, most of her life. Writing for Explore Big Sky was her first foray into journalism. Rieschel has also collected data from reefs in Thailand for marine biologists and organized events at her school.

Gabrielle Gasser

Gabrielle Gasser

Editorial Assistant

Gabrielle Gasser, a junior at Lone Peak High School, worked as an editorial intern for Explore Big Sky in spring 2014. Gasser was born in Indiana and grew up 45 minutes outside of Chicago, Ill in Chesterton, Ind. When she was in pre-school, her parents discovered Big Sky. Gasser then spent her kindergarten year at Ophir, and from first through seventh grade she spent the first half of the year in Indiana, and the second half in Big Sky. Her family moved full time to Big Sky when she was in eighth grade. Part of the basketball team in Big Sky since she was in fourth grade, Gasser has also been a member of the varsity golf and volleyball teams since her freshman year of high school. Her other interests include reading, skiing and traveling. Currently, Gasser is the secretary of the LPHS Student Council and a member of the National Honor Society. She is involved in her school through sports and other leadership opportunities, like emceeing the Veteran’s Day Assembly, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Hayden Zelson

Hayden Zelson

Editorial

Hayden Zelson, a rising junior from Choate Rosemary Hall, had written for several of his school newspapers, including The News at Choate. With Outlaw, he was looking to gain experience with a real newspaper. A part time Big Sky resident, Zelson has been visiting the area since 2005 and spends the remainder of his time in Wallingford, Conn. He loves to hike with his dog Rocco and is a self-proclaimed expert on movies, willing to watch anytime.

Renae Counter

Renae Counter

Editorial

Bio coming soon.

Alex Sidun

Alex Sidun

Design

Alex Sidun fell in love with Big Sky in 1998 and has returned every opportunity since. At Outlaw, she worked on some important projects and saw the design workflow in a place she described as doing “some pretty inspirational work.” That experience, she said, is priceless. “To see how everything I learned in school is actually applied, I had to roll up my sleeves and get dirty with a real agency.” A student at James Madison University in Virginia, Sidun took her experiences back east for her senior year.

Maria Wyllie

Maria Wyllie

Associate Editor/Account Coordinator

Maria graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Media Studies from the University of Virginia in 2011, bringing strong writing skills and an understanding of how media can be used to reach audiences effectively.

As an account coordinator, she assists the sales director in organizing and managing sales accounts, ensuring organizational effectiveness and efficiency, and related client satisfaction. Having worked in a wide range of industries – from restaurant hospitality, to hotel and tourism, to retail and health services – she brings a dynamic, open-minded approach to the Outlaw team. On the editorial front, Maria helps manage social media sites and takes photographs and writes articles for the Mountain Outlaw magazine, Explore Big Sky newspaper and explorebigsky.com.

Taylor Ann Smith

Taylor-Ann Smith

Graphic Designer

For Taylor-Ann, Graphic Design is her creative outlet through which she speaks, envisions, and executes. As Outlaw’s Graphic Designer, she has 5+ years of software experience and 2+ years of professional design experience.

Her skills range from publication design, brand identity, website development, social media, creative thinking, and illustration. All these are platforms for innovation that allow her to meet business goals, transform brands, and make life a little easier for both client and consumer alike. Born and raised in Montana, Taylor-Ann sees the mountains she grew up within as her ultimate inspiration for ascension in all aspects of her creative career.

Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson

Editorial

As Outlaw’s first intern, Taylor Anderson tied some pretty big shoes for others to follow in. After toiling all summer in our offices, he chose to take a year off from the University of Montana School of Journalism and go to work full time as an Assistant Editor for Outlaw. He’s since graduated from UM and continued building his journalism career at publications around the West.

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