Everyone, every business, every brand has a story.

The Outlaw Partners provide a fully integrated world of marketing and media - offering clients resources for building and enhancing their brands and sharing them with the world. The Outlaws do this through a strategic combination of services that are all based in-house. The boutique environment allows maximum attention to our clients and projects.

From cutting edge video, design, marketing, consulting, strategic planning, event production, PR, photography, and web development to producing editorial content and design for three Outlaw-owned media publications, there is nothing the Outlaws can’t do.

Why Outlaw?

The Outlaw Partners represent the foremost brand visionary, development consultancy, and marketer of lifestyle brands and resort properties in the western United States. Outlaw’s principals have envisioned, designed, marketed and sold over $1 billion of property in the last decade.

What we do.

We envision, design, and execute complete development, marketing and sales services for lifestyle brands and resorts. We deliver this integrated set of services through our design consultancy, marketing agency, and full-service licensed real estate brokerage. Enhancing our execution, and differentiating us from all competitors, is our ownership of an expanding media company that communicates to a global audience of over 1 million affluent adventure lifestyle participants each year. We own and control the creation, delivery, marketing and sales results of your brand.

Who can benefit from Outlaw services?

Everyone. From small businesses, large resorts, lifestyle adventure brands, and non-profit organizations, to real estate firms, corporate leaders, restaurants, and everything in-between; there is no project too big or small.

Simple, timeless principles like those of the cowboy code.

Code of the West, Jim Owen

The Outlaws

Eric Ladd

Chief Executive Officer


Founder and CEO of Outlaw Partners, Eric brings over 20 years of experience in real estate sales and development, marketing, restaurant management, resort operations and expedition guiding – holding senior positions with industry leaders Vail Resorts, Yellowstone Club and Everlands. Ranked as one of the Top 10 real estate sales people in the United States in 2006 & 2007, Eric’s role as senior sales representative led Yellowstone Club to achieve over 1 billion in sales – one of the most successful runs in real estate in the last decade. Joining forces in 2009, Eric and team formed Outlaw Partners LLC, continuing this success within inspiring local, national and international business arenas.

Megan Paulson

Chief Operating Officer


Megan oversees all aspects of the Outlaw Partners team – from marketing, media, creative and strategic planning efforts to project management, operations and client relations. Megan has over 13 years of experience in marketing and sales capacities within the high-end private club and resort communities and the outdoor industry. Prior to co-founding Outlaw, Megan served as marketing director at Yellowstone Club and Barefoot Resort, in addition to roles with Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and AFRC Europe – Garmish-Partenkirchen.

Mike Martins

Creative Director


Mike leads the Outlaw Partners creative team, overseeing and directing print, web, multimedia and electronic design. Mike has worked as a design professional for the past 15 years. Co-founder of Outlaw, his core focus includes developing renewable, innovative marketing solutions for the industry while piloting branding platforms and design standards for specific consumer profiles. Mike holds a double degree in Visual Communication Design and Art Education from Purdue University.

Brian Niles

Director of Video Production


Brian has always had a desire for life, adventure, and creativity through the eye of a lens. As director of video production for Outlaw Partners, Brian has over 12 years of video and editing experience ranging from high-end promotional, and TV commercial spots, to luxury real estate marketing and adventure travel.

He takes pride in being cutting edge, and is passionate about telling our client’s stories through visually and emotionally moving images.

Based out of Bend, Oregon, Brian has traveled to the far reaches of the world and is not afraid to get dirty when it comes to getting a shot.

Emily Stifler

Managing Editor


Emily is the managing editor of Outlaw Partners' print and web publications: Mountain Outlaw, the Big Sky Weekly, and ExploreBigSky.com. Since earning a degree in English and creative writing from Colorado College, she has written and edited for local and national magazines like Powder, Skiing, Rock and Ice, Climbing, Men's Journal, Backpacker and Montana Quarterly.

Emily's passion for rock climbing recently took her to northern Canada's Cirque of the Unclimbables, where she and two women friends established a free ascent of the crux pitches on the 1963 Original Route on Mount Proboscis.

Katie Morrison

Director of Operations


Katie Morrison is a Montana native with a passion for travel. Her home base is in Big Sky, where she resides with her husband Erik and dog Diva. She worked with CEO Eric Ladd at the Yellowstone Club, Everlands, and as the Exec. Director of the non-profit Big Sky Community Corporation, which provides parks, trails, and recreation in Big Sky, prior to joining the Outlaw team. In joining the team, she has been able to combine her skills and interests in the outdoor active lifestyle along with her philanthropic spirit. Her shoe collection favorites are running shoes, red patent leather mary janes, 4 inch platform heels, ski boots, and cowgirl flip flops.

Kelsey Dzintars

Senior Graphic Designer


At 9 years old, Kelsey produced and published her first newspaper, The Neighborhood Scoop, and sold subscriptions for 25 cents. The thrill of production eventually led her to pursue a BFA in Graphic Design at Montana State University, which landed her in Big Sky as senior graphic designer for the Outlaw Partners in 2010.

Kelsey leads the design of Outlaw’s award-winning publications and works with clients to create effective, fresh and tailored solutions to take their brand to the next level. Her experience designing for a wide range of industries as well as her developed background in illustration and fine art provide a strong arsenal for attacking any design brief.

As much as she loves all things Adobe and Mac, she tends to gain her greatest creative inspiration from painting in her backyard, snowboarding (almost in her backyard) or booty blocking on the roller derby flat track.

Joe O'Connor

Senior Editor


Joseph is Senior Editor for Outlaw Partners’ publications, including the Big Sky Weekly, Mountain Outlaw magazine and explorebigsky.com. He brings to Outlaw Partners an extensive background in multimedia, specifically television, writing and editing. Joseph graduated with a degree in English from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. and came to Outlaw in October 2012 after taking graduate journalism courses at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

With a penchant for thorough journalism and attention to detail, Joseph has published work in Newsweek magazine, Skiing magazine, online and in newspapers from Virginia to Colorado and California.

Tyler Allen

Distribution Director/Staff Writer


Tyler joined the Outlaw team as Distribution Director and staff writer in September 2012. He works strategically to reach the readers of Outlaw’s publications throughout the Greater Yellowstone and subscribers around the country, and as a member of the editorial team has comprehensive knowledge of the content and scope of each issue. He believes journalism can positively affect the world and knows the strength of networking to influence a broad readership.

Tyler earned his B.S. in Forestry and minor degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont and, prior to joining Outlaw Partners, worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater raft guide and rock climbing instructor in the Pacific Northwest. Tyler has a curiosity in the natural world and sees the commute from his home in Bozeman to Big Sky as an opportunity to fish the riffles and climb the rocks in Gallatin Canyon.

EJ Daws

Director of Business Development


As Outlaw's Director of Business Development, EJ's goal is not only to help grow client's presence through tactical and creative marketing approaches, but also spread the word about Outlaw and it's media outlets.

With a background in marketing management and advertising, EJ's 7 years of experience includes marketing and sales management with a Fortune 500 company, as well as smaller marketing start-ups giving him a well-rounded approach to ideas, and budgets. His strengths lie in his ability to build the relationships that help our clients grow their businesses and their bottom lines. He was awarded the title of Senior Field Specialist in his time with State Farm Insurance, helping Michigan State Farm agents with training, planning, and budgeting to reach corporate marketing and sales goals. His marketing experience also includes time with the Savy Agency in Bend, OR where he helped lead Savy to new highs in gross sales volume, and new projects.

Kurt Erickson

Director of Business Development // Pacific Northwest


As Outlaw's Director of Business Development in the Pacific Northwest region, Kurt's goal is not only to help grow your company through tactical and creative marketing approaches, but to spread the Outlaw message using all available media outlets.

With a background in Wine Appreciation, Food Science and International Affairs, Kurt's pursuits have taken him from the vineyards of North America and Europe to the mountains of Afghanistan with a multitude of stops in between. Kurt now resides in the Seattle, Washington area and his strengths include Wine/Beer/Spirits evaluation, sales and distribution, public speaking, linguistics, event coordination, military tactics, and leadership.

Maria Wyllie

Account Coordinator and Associate Editor


Maria graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Media Studies from the University of Virginia in 2011, bringing strong writing skills and an understanding of how media can be used to reach audiences effectively.

As an account coordinator, she assists the sales director in organizing and managing sales accounts, ensuring organizational effectiveness and efficiency, and related client satisfaction. Having worked in a wide range of industries – from restaurant hospitality, to hotel and tourism, to retail and health services – she brings a dynamic, open-minded approach to the Outlaw team.

On the editorial front, Maria helps manage social media sites and takes photographs and writes articles for the Mountain Outlaw magazine, Explore Big Sky newspaper and explorebigsky.com

Organizations that we support

Yellowstone Club Community Foundation

Big Sky Community Corporation

Spanish Peaks Community Foundation

Yellowstone Park Foundation

Our Services

In-house services & marketing channels

  • Strategic planning, development of comprehensive marketing strategies including internal and external visioning sessions
  • • Branding, messaging, copywriting, design & creative – development of comprehensive branding campaigns, year-round, seasonal, internal and external audiences
  • • Local, regional, national and international print and web advertising
  • • Social media management – ex: Facebook, Twitter, update postings, video and photography content, campaigns to drive traffic, contests, reporting and analytics
  • • Video production – filming, editing, production, high definition films, documentaries, aerial
  • • National and international campaigns – identification of target markets, creation and execution of plans; agency services, events, direct mail and/or PR initiatives
  • • Website development, design and programming
  • • SEO programs – maintenance of current and/or creation of an SEO plan including identification of keywords and timing for implementation.
  • • Email campaigns – design, production, distribution and tracking for time-sensitive materials and brand
  • • Photography - comprehensive photo shoots with imagery cataloged for print and web collateral
  • • Public Relations and outreach campaigns – management, press release generation, distribution, networking and media tour organization
  • • Print advertising and editorial content development in Outlaw-owned publications: The Big Sky Weekly newspaper, Mountain Outlaw magazine, explorebigsky.com
  • • Membership promotions, community events, fundraisers, charity auctions
  • • Event planning and execution
  • • Consulting and sales – real estate, product, brand, project development, planning
  • • Internal database network of 20,000+ top tier business leaders and clientele


Contact Us

Interested in learning more about our marketing and media services?
Drop us a line, give us a call, or stop by if you’re in Big Sky country.


11 Lone Peak Drive Unit #104
PO Box 160250
Big Sky, Montana 59716

Careers | Internships | Intern Wall Of Fame


Outlaw Partners is always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our ever-growing and dynamic team. While we aren't currently hiring at this time for a specific position, please feel free to submit your resume and/or portfolio to media@theoutlawpartners.com. Check back to this site often for any updates.


Outlaw Partners offers both editorial and design internships. Our interns must have strong writing and/or design skills and be organized, enthusiastic, hard working and able to commit approximately 20 hours per week.

Explore Big Sky is a full color, local and regional news and lifestyle newspaper, produced and distributed every two weeks in more than 150 locations across southwest Montana. Mountain Outlaw magazine is a vivid, full-color glossy magazine exploring lifestyle, land and culture in the Yellowstone region and beyond. Published twice a year, it features world-class photography and quality editorial content. Our news website, explorebigsky.com, is updated daily.


  • Post stories on explorebigsky.com daily.
  • Put together events calendar for Explore Big Sky.
  • Report on local meetings and events.
  • Pitch, research, write and photograph stories for online and print.
  • Edit, fact check and revise other writers’ work for accuracy, content, grammar and style.
  • Assist with planning for Explore Big Sky and, Mountain Outlaw
  • Work with other members of Outlaw Partners editorial and creative teams.

Internship Wall of Fame

Listed below are many of Outlaw’s past interns, in all departments. Interested in joining the team? Check out explorebigsky.com, and then send a resume and writing/design samples to media@theoutlawpartners.com.

Hayden Zelson (August 2013)


Hayden Zelson, a rising junior from Choate Rosemary Hall, had written for several of his school newspapers, including The News at Choate. With Outlaw, he was looking to gain experience with a real newspaper. A part time Big Sky resident, Zelson has been visiting the area since 2005 and spends the remainder of his time in Wallingford, Conn. He loves to hike with his dog Rocco and is a self-proclaimed expert on movies, willing to watch anytime.

Alexandra Sidun (May-August 2013)


Alex Sidun fell in love with Big Sky in 1998 and has returned every opportunity since. At Outlaw, she worked on some important projects and saw the design workflow in a place she described as doing “some pretty inspirational work.” That experience, she said, is priceless. “To see how everything I learned in school is actually applied, I had to roll up my sleeves and get dirty with a real agency.” A student at James Madison University in Virginia, Sidun took her experiences back east for her senior year.

Matt Hudson (June-July 2013)


Matt Hudson was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana, where his middle school basketball team won the city title two years in a row. At Outlaw, he reported and wrote stories for publication and contributed to company meetings and discussions. Upon leaving Big Sky, Hudson resumed his senior year at the University of Montana School of Journalism. His professional aspirations lie in the continued practice of writing, while his other interests include domestic sedans, the Minnesota Vikings, golf and Americana.

Lauren Rieschel


A boarding student at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif., Lauren Rieschel plans to utilize her experience at Outlaw to help with her high school newspaper. Writing has always been a passion for Rieschel, who has lived in Shanghai, China, most of her life. Writing for Explore Big Sky was her first foray into journalism. Rieschel has also collected data from reefs in Thailand for marine biologists and organized events at her school.

Maria Wyllie (November 2012-April 2013)


A Virginia native, Maria came to Big Sky by way of Jackson, Wyoming, where she spent a year playing in the Tetons. Highlights from her Outlaw internship include mornings skiing powder, an appearance as an extra in Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride, and dinner with renowned Native American artist Kevin Red Star. Maria had so much fun we couldn’t get rid of her; she continues to write in-house for Outlaw publications and also helps with event planning and special projects.

Taylor Anderson (summers 2011, 2012)


As Outlaw’s first intern, Taylor Anderson tied some pretty big shoes for others to follow in. After toiling all summer in our offices, he chose to take a year off from the University of Montana School of Journalism and go to work full time as an Assistant Editor for Outlaw. He’s since graduated from UM and continued building his journalism career at publications around the West.