Matt Mellott is the owner and lead commercial real estate advisor with the Sterling Group, which includes Sterling Commercial Real Estate Advisors, Sterling Commercial Management Group and Sterling Capital Investment Group. He is also a partner with Renewal Real Estate Services which builds modern, sustainable and affordable homes inside the city limits of Missoula. Mellott specializes in commercial realty and affordable housing development.
Originally from Lancaster, Penn., Mellott has a B.A. in Real Estate from Penn State University. After starting a career in commercial real estate in Atlanta, GA and Harrisburg, PA, he served with the United States Marine Corps. He spent twelve years on active duty flying F/A-18 Hornets and then moved with his family to Missoula where he returned to the world of commercial real estate.
Matt and his wife have five children. Together they have a deep appreciation for the Missoula lifestyle.
Zach Millar and his wife, Sarah, founded The Dram Shop – Montana’s first-ever, stand-alone growler fill station - in 2015. Prior to that, Millar was a member of the staff at Big Sky Brewing Company for 11 years, working his way up from tap room manager to distribution manager.
A native of Andover, New Hampshire, Millar earned his B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Montana in 1999. As a talented musician, he also played music professionally for 15 years.
Zach and his wife, Sarah - who works at the Montana Natural History Center - have two daughters.
Heidi Starrett is an Advertising Executive at Missoula Broadcasting Company, a locally-owned and operated radio company. Prior to that she was the advertising sales manager at the Missoula Independent from 2014-2016, and she owned her own business, Computer Central, from 2005-2014.
Starrett has been a board member since 2011 and has served as chair on the Out Lunch Committee since that time. She was the Board President in 2015 and has held three vice president positions: VP of Marketing in 2013, VP of Membership in 2014, and VP of Advocacy in the latter half of 2017.Since getting involved with the MDA in 2006, Starrett has served a role on nearly every committee, plus she volunteers for almost every MDA event.
Originally from Massachusetts, Starrett has a B.A. in Interior Design from Endicott College. She moved to Missoula in 2004 after falling in love with the Garden City.
In addition to MDA, Starrett serves on the Arts Missoula and City Club Missoula boards. In her free time, she helps with the Milltown Garden Patch and enjoys hiking, biking, cross country skiing and attending a plethora of Downtown events.
Corey Aldridge has been the General Manager of Mountain Line since February 2015. Prior to that he ran the River Cities Transit System in Longview, Wash., for four years and served as the Operations Manager for Link Public Transit in The Dalles, Ore., for four years.
Aldridge earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2003.
He is married to Brooke Cox, and they have seven children.