Who Are We?

Who Are We?

We are Montanans, just like you.  Every single one of our team members has a young family at home, and we work every day to balance work and home life, just like you.  Some of us are involved in agriculture, some of us are married to railroaders, for some of us this is our only income.  We are Montanans, just like you.  So we take our work and your business advertising very seriously, because we know how it important it is to you and your employees and your families.  We value our readers, because they’re a lot like us.

Our mission says we strive to help our communities.  We live here, too.  And we’re thankful to live here.

Thank you for helping us help you.  It’s an important job you have.

Jamie JonesJamie joined us in 2012.  She’s a bit outnumbered at her house in Malta with five VERY active boys at home, led by their dad, Matt.  In spite of their busy lives, Jamie manages to keep everyone on track and moving forward while working full time as an Advertiser Advocate for Tricia’s Trader.  Her clients know her by her quick smile and contagious sense of humor.

Marshall and MelissaMarshall and Melissa joined the Tricia’s Trader team in July of 2015 when they moved “back to their roots” to the central Montana area.  Having spent their whole lives in Wyoming, Marshall answered the call to get back to his family’s home state, and he and his fiancé Melissa and his three children have enjoyed the warm Montana welcome they’ve received from their new clients, neighbors and friends (who are all the same people, you know).

Amy SkryjaAmy is a lifelong Milk River Valley girl, and now lives the dream with her husband and two busy youngsters in Havre.  Married to a railroader, Amy enjoys the flexibility of her Tricia’s Trader schedule, and is really our Jill-Of-All-Trades.  She’s truly done it ALL in her tenure with us since 2011, but her current agenda includes implementing our online systems and managing distribution and circulation…a huge job.

Laurie HarveyLaurie brings a library of knowledge with her to the Tricia’s Trader table.  Having spent time in advertising previous to joining us from Gildford in 2011, she has a keen grasp on the skills and knowledge that are required in our business, and she’s invaluable as a mentor and trainer for our team.  We depend on her to keep us all on track!

Lindsey SteyeeLindsey is one of several behind the scenes women who make our advertisers look amazing.  With a degree in Photography, she came on board in 2009 bringing with her a vibrant sense of what it takes to build a stellar ad.  Lindsey and her husband Jimmy both grew up in Chinook, and we were fortunate to keep her on as an Ad Designer even when Jimmy’s work in D.C. called them away.  She’s miles from us now, but her heart, not to mention tons of family, is here in Montana.

Janee SampleDesigners KNOW other good designers, and lucky for us, Lindsey connected us with Janée who lives just down the road from her.  Janée works not only as one of our two fabulous ad designers, but also handles a large share of our online enhancement process, including SEO keywording, web design and more.  Janeé was looking for something she could do while staying home with her two young children…boy, did she ever get “something to do”!  She executes it well.

Heather DePriestSpeaking of web design, our website would be nothing without Heather DePriest at Montana Grafix.  What you see here—yup, it’s nothing short of amazing.  (She also happens to be Tricia’s sister.  See, siblings CAN get along!)

Renata StraussWe rely on another talented designer for many of the sales fliers and custom print projects that you see from our office.  Renata’s work and talent is beyond description.  We are fortunate to have her.

Valerie Van VoastAnd Tricia’s Trader would not come together so smoothly if it weren’t for Ms. Valerie.  Valerie began working with Tricia in 2010, truly “behind the scenes”.  Valerie does much of the preliminary work of layout before the final editing process begins.  Valerie’s roots run deep in northern Montana, having grown up in the Bear Paw Mountains AND the Big Flat, and like most of us, has lots of family nearby, having remained in the area for her married life.

Crystal ZellmerLastly, we’re all excited to initiate a new team member on board this coming summer to work in the Main Office… welcome to the Tricia’s Trader family, Crystal!  We know you’ll love our crew and our wonderful clients.

We often hear folks comment in amazement just how “far” Tricia’s Trader goes.  I’m here to tell you, it is no small feat to get all those papers brought from the printer and disseminated across the northern tier of Montana in one day.  Our dedicated couriers and delivery people get a ton of credit for this, as they’re out delivering come rain, snow, sleet or hail (or worse).  The list of individuals who make this all come together is extensive, and we could not make it happen without each one of them.

~ Tricia

Our history


Tricia’s Trader launched in March at the Montana Seed Show.  The first issue was 8 pages, distributed to Harlem, Chinook, Turner, and Havre.


Tricia’s Trader moved to a tabloid format on newsprint, thus moving the in-house printing to a commercial printer.


Tricia hired her first employees.  Up until then, the printing, ad design, layout, sales and billing were all being done in-house by her alone.


Tricia’s Trader launches online.


Tricia’s Trader launches a Mobile App, and Premium Online Enhancements!