BOZEMAN, MT – Ellen Beck has been hired as the full-time Government Affairs Director (GAD) for both the Gallatin Association of REATORS® (GAR) and the Big Sky Country MLS (BSCMLS). Beck started work on July 10. In her new role, she oversees government affairs, strategic government relations and social policy for the 868 GAR members and 1,068 BCMLS members.

Prior to joining GAR/BCMLS, Beck worked as Marketing Director for Buffalo Restoration, Inc. She brings over 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations and public policy to GAR/BSCMLS and has a proven track record of fulfilling key leadership roles in public relations campaigns for recognizable brands, including Kellogg, Pepsi and Marriott. She has also coordinated and managed media campaigns for Bell Atlantic, Anheuser-Busch and Ralston-Purina. Beck brings three years of experience as a major-market TV reporter and producer in the Washington D.C. area.

“Ellen Beck is an enthusiastic, experienced public relations leader who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team,” said GAR Director Steve Candler. “Her unique, diverse combination of skills and knowledge will strengthen our ability to advocate on behalf of our members and serve as the voice of real estate in the Gallatin area.”

Beck will lead the association’s bipartisan efforts to formulate policy and coordinate with federal, state, regional and local legislatures and governments to protect the interests of association members regarding local and regional real estate matters.