Property Rights Conference

United Property Owners of Montana will hold the UPOM Annual Meeting & Property Rights Conference August 14-15 in Billings at the Northern Hotel. 

 The Conference will run the afternoon of August 14 and conclude at noon on August 15.  We're working on an engaging agenda for the meeting, and are excited to have two of the top property rights attorneys in the country lined up to give presentations. 

The program will include workshops on a variety of property rights issues, guest speakers from across the country, as well as valuable information and resources for private property owners.

 

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UPOM Leadership

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Mark & Deanna Robbins
Mark and Deanna Robbins both grew up in Central Montana.  They are third generation Montanans whose family homesteaded in northeast Fergus County in 1917.  They live near Roy, where they run a cow/calf operation and a big game outfitting business. They've been married 29 years and have two sons.
 
 
 
Toby & Jody Dahl
Toby Dahl, a fifth generation rancher, married Jody, a former teacher, in 1998. They are raising the sixth generation (Brigem age 7 and Colton age 1) on the family ranch outside Roundup.  Together they have diversified the family cattle ranch into a working guest ranch (Runamuk Guest Ranch) and offer hunting services in the fall. They also raise speed-bred quarter horses. Believing in the motto "sustainability through holistic diversification", they are working toward building a ranch that will help nurture the ecological value of the land until the next generation is ready to run Runamuk. 
 
 
 
Don Proue
Don Proue has spent his life in central and eastern Montana.  He and his wife Betty have been married over 36 years and have a son and a daughter. Don and Betty currently lease a ranch in the Bull Mountains, southeast of Roundup, and run a yearling cattle operation.  They also own and operate Betty’s family homestead, a farm and ranch operation at Jordan. Don has been an active member of the Musselshell Valley Stockgrower’s Association, and is a former Secretary/Treasurer for that organization.  He is also a former state director for the Montana High School Rodeo Association.
 
Dave & Cindy Abel
Dave & Cindy operate a 105 year old family ranch with their son Toby, his wife Jennifer and their family.  They run a cow/calf and yearling operation and also raise Hancock/ Driftwood Quarter Horses.
 
 
Chuck Denowh
Chuck Denowh is UPOM's policy director. He's worked in nonprofit management, grassroots development, and public advocacy in Montana for a decade. He grew up on his family's ranch in Sidney. His wife, Barbara, was raised on a ranch near Grant in Beaverhead County. They live in Helena.
 
Shelby DeMars
Shelby is one of UPOM's lobbyists and the tech-nerd of the bunch. She grew up on a ranch in Dillon, MT and now lives in Helena.