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 owned and operated the agency from 1981-2018. He sold the agency to Scot in 2018, and has stayed on staff, primarily serving as a Commercial Lines Producer. Starla joined the agency in 2004 after retiring from her previous career as an elementary teacher and now enjoys her time with her six grandkids.