Monte grew up in Westby, Montana and graduated from high school in 1975. He then graduated with a BA in Business Finance from the University of Montana in Missoula. Starla was raised in several rural communities across Montana. She graduated from Browning High School in 1975 and earned her elementary education degree from the University of Montana in 1980.
Monte and Starla were married in 1977 and raised their three children, Jamie, Ty and Scot here in Central Montana. Monte has been the owner of the agency since 1981 and now runs the agency with his son Scot. Starla joined the agency in 2004 after retiring from her previous career as an elementary teacher.