Billings' Male Movers & Shakers 5

Meet Five Local Men Making a Difference in the Community

 

Jeremiah Young, Creative Director of Kibler & Kirch and Owner/Gallerist of Stapleton Gallery

Jeremiah Young is an interior designer, art curator and champion of the talented design community in Billings.

His impact

I like to think I’m bringing a world-class design mentality to Billings. There are seriously creative and brilliant people, artists, etc., working in Montana but they perhaps don’t get the recognition they deserve locally. I feel like we’re on the cusp of making our city relevant to a much larger audience, culturally. The future is bright.

Favorite place to visit in Billings

You can often find me at the Burger Dive, which just might make the best burger in the U.S.

 

Andy Austin, Professional Adventurer and Travel Photographer

Andy Austin is an award-winning landscape and adventure photographer based out of Montana.

His impact

Billings isn’t known for its outdoor opportunities, but I’ve been working to highlight some of the unique landscapes and beauty we have here and share it with my audiences on social media. A video I produced called “One Week in Billings” was the catalyst for Billings to win Outside magazine’s 2016 Best Town award.

Favorite place to visit in Billings

Zimmerman Park has been my playground since I was a kid and eventually became my go-to spot in high school to get some fresh air and think about life.

 

Chris Smith, Faith Chapel Creative Arts Director

Chris Smith is a musician, singer and songwriter.

His impact

One of my main missions in life is to encourage people through music. I try to do that every weekend leading the music at Faith Chapel, though the songs about life that I write/record, and whenever I have a chance to do concerts in town. I truly believe hope is a gift from God and is the very best of things.

Favorite place to visit in Billings

I live in Josephine Crossing, so I love heading over to Norm’s Island as much as possible, whether on my bike or on a walk with my wife and kids.

 

Ty Nelson, Owner of Ty Nelson Design and Remodel

Ty Nelson is the owner and general manager of a design and remodel business, building home possibilities.

His impact

At the end of a project, I take pride in knowing my team’s devoted efforts are transforming houses into homes and leaving places better than we found them.

I believe small, locally owned businesses are an integral part of the community. These establishments benefit our local economy, encouraging community relationships and help build the community. Part of our company philosophy involves sponsoring programs for our youth, participating in charity events and contributing to local nonprofits.

Favorite place to visit in Billings

If the location involves golf or biking, I’m happy.

 

Jeremy Engebretson, Executive Chef/Proprietor of Lilac and General Manager of Billings Petroleum Club

His impact

We provide quality, from scratch, approachable dining to Billings and the surrounding areas while also providing meaningful employment to food and beverage professionals. We are also big supporters of community outreach programs—Tumbleweed, Boys and Girls Ranch, art museum, Boys and Girls Club, to name a few.

Favorite place to visit in Billings

My favorite restaurant outside of my own is J P Kitchen. My favorite outdoors place in Billings is probably just a walk along the river.