Governor Bullock appointed O'Leary as the Director of the Montana Department of Commerce in January 2013. During her tenure, she dedicated time to building Montana's economy and creating well-paying jobs by promoting the state as an unparalleled place to do business and as a world class tourism destination. Upon Meg's departure from this role, Governor Bullock said, “Meg's efforts over the last four years as the Commerce Director will leave a lasting impression on my administration and on the state for years to come. Modernizing trade and Commerce is key for our future, you not only understood that, you did that.”
Highlights of her work as Commerce Director include; leading the first official international trade mission in fifteen years to China followed a year later by Taiwan and South Korea. Each mission included a qualified Montana business delegation that promoted their products or services resulting in new business opportunities for each business. As a member of the implementation team for The Main Street Montana Project – a dynamic private/public partnership to build a business plan for the state- her efforts helped change the way government interacts with the private sector and made meaningful change.
Prior to her government experience, O'Leary was the Director of Sales and Marketing at Big Sky Resort. For twenty four years she held operations as well as sales and marketing rolls all focused on growing revenue and visitation to Big Sky Resort and the mountain community. She built, managed and lead a close-knit team of thirteen professionals responsible for the strategic marketing vision. One particularly important highlight of her career is the dedication to securing more direct flights from major hubs and positioning Big Sky, as a world-class vacation destination. A key figure on the team that secured flights from Newark, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and Los Angeles to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.
Meg spends a considerable amount of time honing leadership skills. As a graduate of both Leadership Montana and The Henry Toll Fellowship Program, she is able to apply those experiences to drive more revenues for businesses. Her keen relationship building skills provide fertile ground to grow teams and encourage creative thinking.
A Montana native now living in Big Sky, Meg loves to travel the world with her husband and is an avid mountain biker, skier and recent kite surfing student.