Helena Business Improvement District hires new executive director

John Dendy

John Dendy has been named executive director of the Helena Business Improvement District.

He has worked as operations manager for Helena Food Share and for DNV, an energy services company.

“I love downtown Helena,” Dendy said in an interview Wednesday. “I’m excited to get started with an organization dedicated to downtown.”

Dendy grew up in Alabama and was introduced to the West by working in Yellowstone National Park beginning in 1995. He moved to Helena in 2002.

He has experience in engineering, training, marketing, project and personnel management, and event organization.

His degrees are in chemical engineering and philosophy. Dendy is a songwriter, band leader, and upright bass player and performs with local bands.

“He’s been in Helena for quite a while. It’s nice having a local guy in the position,” BID Board of Trustees Chairman Rex Seeley said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s been an easy transition.”

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Dendy replaces outgoing Executive Director Micky Zurcher, who stepped down from the role to take another job.

Seeley said the BID has much work ahead of it

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