Stacy Violett

Utility Billing Software Development Lead

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

   – Wayne Gretsky

Location:

Polson, Montana

Biography:

Stacy started  his working career on a farm-ranch, building a good work ethic and a respect for hard work. During those years, he also became intrigued with the game of golf as a family activity.  This led to his first non-farmhand position: after graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio, he became an apprentice to John Kinsey, a golf pro in Bozeman, MT.  Stacy’s life course took a turn off the golf course while having dinner one evening with David Morton, the first Black Mountain Software employee. Not long after that dinner in 1993, Stacy became Black Mountain’s third employee. Throughout his career with Black Mountain Software,  Stacy’s duties have  varied greatly as the company has grown.

Currently, Stacy’s duties focus on the development of Utility Billing products.  Stacy is a lifelong learner and natural teacher – which explains why he loves being employed in the ever-changing technology field, and also why he can often be spotted wearing a coach’s jersey with pint-sized youth huddled around him. Whether at work or play, Stacy says he continues to “learn new things daily as technologies and situations change.” Over the years, he has appreciated opportunities to learn the ropes of developing BMS software alongside its founders, attend leading-edge conferences as a member of the Black Mountain Software development team, and to participate in a large community of software developers across the world. And he has also learned the ropes of moving: Stacy has physically worked at every location Black Mountain Software has called home – including the original garage offices!

Optimism and persistence are key attitudes for Stacy. Those are just two of the traits that make him a great developer, co-worker, coach, and father to his three young children.

Small Town Story:

Stacy grew up on a farm and ranch on Montana’s north-central highline, between the towns of Chester and Shelby. Although small (population around 900), Chester provided Stacy many excellent opportunities in education, sports, and music, which took him to Montana State University in Bozeman and then on to finish his degree in San Antonio. Stacy is no longer surprised when during his travels across the state with Black Mountain Software, he runs into people in the most unlikely places who have ties back to the small farming community where he grew up. He has discovered that small town roots run deep across Montana.

Community Service:

  • Lake County Search and Rescue: Volunteer employee for the Sheriff of Lake County as a boat operator, officer and crew member in service on Flathead Lake
  • Joel Hardin Professional Tracking Systems: Certified Basic Tracker and Trainer
  • Polson Youth Sports: Volunteer Coach for softball, baseball and soccer

Education:

  • BBA in Management Science, University of Texas at San Antonio  (Go Roadrunners)

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