UMOWA Board

John Smigaj, Secretary

My name is John T. Smigaj IV. I am a fifth generation Helena, MT native and have been finding ways to enjoy the incredible outdoor resources that Montana offers my entire life. I am very proud of and grateful for my Montana heritage and have a passion (read, “obsession”) for fly fishing and archery hunting.
Professionally, I am a Mechanical Engineer (BSME, MSME) and have been fortunate to work in a vast array of industries designing products from electron microscopes and other research instruments to construction tools and equipment, to complete locomotives for the Machu Picchu rail line.
I lived and worked in Olympia, WA for about 15 years before finally moving back to Helena. I am the co-founder and current CEO of the outdoor product company Trxstle as well as an acting partner at Oak Avenue Engineering.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of UMOWA. I’m excited to help raise awareness for this organization through local and national campaigns and believe that this group will continue to make a huge impact on the preservation and improvement of the Upper Missouri River Watershed.

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