In this episode, Eric talks with Billings business owner and community builder Kris Carpenter about her love of place, community, joy, and fly fishing. Kris shares with us some keys to successful business ownership and management, along with her ideas for building a better Billings, but don’t expect to learn the locations of her favorite fishing spots.
Eric, a graduate of Leadership Montana Class of 2016 and Masters Class 2019, leads this project with an unmatched curiosity and thirst for learning how each interviewee leans into leading. Eric magically brings to life the story underneath the words and weaves together a series that perfectly illustrates the meaning and value of listening deeply. Originally from Billings, Eric currently resides in Missoula where he serves as the Communications and Development Administrator for Partnership Health Center.
Kris Carpenter’s perfect day is being on any stream in Montana with a fly rod in hand. She loves to learn and continue to seek out new products, new ideas, and inspiration to bring back home to Billings. Her passions are her family (daughter Kinsey, son Rob, and daughter-in-law Mariah), fly-fishing, community service, and business. Her businesses include: Sanctuary Spa & Salon (1998), The Joy of Living (gift store) west end Billings (2010), and the newest project with her son and daughter-in-law, Black Dog Coffee House (2017). Kris was born and raised in Billings. She loves Billings because it’s a community full of so many people who come together to get things done. She enjoys being a part of these organizations and helping them make a difference in her city! Kris was a member of the Leadership Montana Class of 2018 and 2019 Masters Class.