Meet the Leadership Series | Brenda “Bre” Ochs
I was born and raised in Great Falls. My grandparents are the original owners of this beautiful ranch in which I live on and operate with my family.
After graduating high school, I graduated secondary college for Business; continued on with my education by graduating and receiving my Cosmetology license. I was an active Independent Cosmetologist for 12+ years. In 2002 I became a co-owner of Oak Tree Constructions, Inc. and shortly after that, I began my own Bookkeeping services, Future Contractors, Inc., in which I operate both currently.
2 years ago I decided to really go after my real dream of taking over the ranch from my parents. Now starting year 3, I am living that dream! I live a crazy professional/business life most days, but I have been truly blessed with 2 beautiful girls’ ages 18 & 12, and a very supportive family.
Independent Administrator /Bookkeeper (Owner of Future Contractors Inc.) Owner of Indian Hammer Ranch, LLC – Home of the “Montana Wine Beef”, Mother and a Caregiver for my parent(s).
What sparked your interest in agriculture?
Growing up on this ranch with cows, pigs, horses, and chickens, always seemed so much fun! My parents, well especially my mom in this case, would always freak out when I came up missing. Needless to say, they didn’t have to look far because they would usually find me with the animals. During summer months I was on the tractor with my father or stacking hay bales. With all that 1st hand experience and education, who wouldn’t be interested in agriculture………
What makes a great leader?
I feel a great leader is an individual who not only walks with the people, is confident to lead when needed. A leader also takes accountability, good communication skills, empathy, and be able to inspire with optimism.
If you could learn to do anything what would it be?
I would love to learn how to fly a helicopter! The thrill of soaring in the sky like a free bird who is fearless.
Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
In 5 years my goal is to have “Montana Wine Beef” sold nationally while keeping the overall best quality of products and customer service. Even more a successful replacement heifer program with the highest success Artificial Insemination pregnancy rate. While adding to my diversity of my ranch by beginning a Rent-A –Bull program.
What do you hope to gain from the leadership series?
I hope to gain better communication with people and inspire others with optimism. Improve delegating jobs to my support team instead of feeling I need to do it all.