'Well you surprised me': Kelly Cresswell named Boss of the Year

The Helena Area Chamber of Commerce surprised Kelly Cresswell, the director of Reach Higher Montana with the Boss of the Year Award Thursday at the Power Block Building.

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When you mix hard work with graceful leadership, you get  Kelly Cresswell, the executive director of Reach Higher Montana.

The Helena Area Chamber of Commerce presented its Boss of the Year award along with flowers, wine and other goodies on Thursday morning to Cresswell.

“Well, you surprised me,” she stated as people clapped when she walked into the room. “Wow, thank you so much.”

Cresswell has been the executive director for about six and a half years now.

“I could not ask for a better team of people to get to work with, be with and dream with,” said Cresswell. “… It’s a great team environment, and I have so much respect for each and every one of them and what they do for students each and every day. It’s great work. It can be a lot of fun. It can be hard, and they show up everyday with a smile on

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