Big Sky Economic Development News

Meet Ryan! Our newest team member!

Jun 01, 2021

Joining our Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) as the Training Manager/Business Advisor is Ryan Luchau. Ryan will be based in our Helena Office.

He answered a few questions to help us get to know him, check them out below! Please join us in welcoming Ryan to the team!


What town do you now call home? 

Helena, MT

 

Where did you grow up? 

Helena/Missoula

 

Career background before joining the BSED team? 

I have served (just retired) in the Montana Army National Guard for 21 years in several roles (Battalion Chaplain, State Resilience Coordinator, Yellow Ribbon Program Outreach Program Coordinator), worked in the VAs Homeless Veteran Recovery Program as a Community Employment Coordinator, lead the Montana Joining Community Forces Career Key Service Area, have founded, or have been a part of the creation, of three Military/Veteran support non-profits (Impact Montana, Uniform in Christ, and Montana Joining Community Forces), and have two deployments (Iraq/Afghanistan) on the resume.

 

What is something most people don’t know about you? 

I just finished writing a book called Chasing Impact, which will be published in June 2021.

What’s your favorite snack? 

Runa Tea and Justin’s organic white chocolate peanut butter cups.

 

What was your first job?

Personal trainer (really it was a glorified equipment cleaner) at Crossroads Sports and Fitness Health Club.

 

How do you prefer to start your day?

Bible Reading, a morning daily devotion, saying good morning to our horse Moonshine, and then a one-and-half-mile morning walk to the mailbox and back to our house.

 

What led you to this career field?

It was an attractive opportunity to share my knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new environment and hopefully impact some lives in Montana, Wyoming, and Utah through the VBOC training and connections made with Service members, Veterans, and their Spouses.