THE MEAT MAN
As co-owner of C&K Meats - Montana Western Flavors, he was the inspiration for the business from the beginning, in 1996. The colorful one of the crew, his creativity comes through in his meat product development, creating his own recipes with a focus on the smokehouse. He's the head cheese, chief of operations and mastermind of the business.
In 1980, Curt graduated with an Agriculture Business Bachelor's degree from Spokane State University. After graduation he returned to his family's ranch south of Forsyth, Montana. Curt has been married for 29 years to his business partner and wife, Karla. Outside of working at the meat shop, he enjoys spending time with his family, trips to the lake, and keeping up with current events.
Karla grew up on a large ranch in Eastern Montana and started riding horses at a young age. Her natural talent horseback led to college rodeo for Miles Community College and Montana State University in Bozeman while she pursued her higher education. Karla keeps the business going – from bookkeeping to customer relations and more, she does it all. But don't think she's stuck in the office all day – she can run a knife with the best of them.
Karla is proud to be business and life partners with Curt; together they have four adult children. She immensely enjoys spending time with her kids and family.Socials with friends and family, as well as taking care of the family home—including dogs Stinky and Annie—occupies her time when she isn't at the family business.
THE WORKFORCE VETERAN
The employee who's been on staff longest, Jeanette began working at C&K Meats - Montana Western Flavors in the early 2000's. She is the head of processing and labeling. Jeanette is a loyal employee with keen attention to detail, and thanks to her the storefront is always neat and decorated for the season.
She and her husband Omer live on a farm northwest of Forsyth where they raise POA horses and Jeanette is actively involved with the POA association.
Tracy fulfills the roles of meat wrapper and product procurement. She entertains the crew with her stories and is a strong and dedicated worker. Tracy is capable and can learn most any job assigned. She joined C&K Meats - Montana Western Flavors in the early 2000's.
She enjoys spending time with her husband Kyle and daughter Jordan; attending Jordan's many activities and fishing as a family.
A meat cutter who works at a steady pace, Lance is dependable and serious. He joined the crew in August of 2012. Lance got his start in the meat industry from Skip's Critter Cutting.
In his downtime, he's a handy carpenter who enjoys having a cold one and fishing with friends. He has an adult daughter and became a grandfather in 2015.
THE YOUNG GUN
Trey is the quiet one of the crew and the youngest full-time employee on staff, but don't equate youth with inexperience. He always looks to improve processes and make things easier in the processing room. His primary duties include curing, assisting with the smokehouse and boning out meat.
Trey loves the outdoors, spending as much time as he can in nature, including hunting, fishing, and treeing with his coon dogs. He is a 2011 graduate of Forsyth High School.
MEAT MAN JR.
Tanner is the son of Curt and Karla. He is an MSU - Bozeman graduate where he also threw Javelin for the Bobcats. Tanner aspires to become a second generation owner to eventually take the reins of C&K Meats/Montana Western Flavors. He will be learning all aspects of the meat industry, from meat processing to smokehouse production. Tanner likes experimenting with new flavors and seasonings', like his Father, and is looking forward to getting his ideas into production.
A native of Mount Angel, Oregon, Stephanie came to Montana on a track scholarship from the University of Montana. She recently graduated from University of Montana with a degree in Communication Studies. Her agriculture roots and appreciation for small town life run deep and she looks forward to brainstorming new flavors and products for customers to enjoy.
Outside of school and track, Stephanie likes spending time with family and friends, she is adventurous and wants to be the best at whatever life throws her!