Anna Fabatz, 38, returned home to Montana after coaching collegiate basketball in Missouri, where her responsibilities also included work as student housing director.
She's now employed at Butte's Hampton Inn as assistant general manager and sales director, a position that allows her to promote Butte through her work as well as many volunteer activities and organizations.
Those include the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce, the Silver Bow Hospitality Association, Advantage Butte, and others.
"I've gotten myself involved quite a bit, which I absolutely love," Fabatz said. "I'm in a completely different industry that I never thought I'd be in."
Fabatz believes in her hometown, and the hospitality industry that helps sell the community.
"The biggest part of it is just giving back to the community where I was raised," she said of her efforts. "There are so many good people here who help me to where I am today. Butte is home. I was gone a long time, I accomplished coaching collegiate basketball and fulfilled a dream, but I missed the mountains."
Fabatz, who is single, is the daughter of Jim and Patsy Fabatz, also of Butte. Her family also includes brother Kevin Fabatz, 36, manager of the Montana Club in Butte, and her twin sister Jami, a teacher in Missoula.
She graduated from Butte High, MSU Northern in Havre, and Southeast Missouri State, and holds a master's in higher education administration.
Her nomination to 20 Under 40 was a surprise.
"I'm shocked," she said. "I'm honored and blessed and I'm wearing a smile from ear to ear."
But she shies away from taking credit for efforts to promote her hometown by attracting, organizing and hosting events.
"It's such a great group. We have a team here, I'm not the only one," she said. "There's a great group as a whole that really step up to the plate."
A favorite event Fabatz promotes as co-chair is the Butte 100 Mountain Bike Race. That event that began with a handful of locals riding on back roads has evolved into an event that attracts world-class athletes, according to their website.
"It's one of the largest in the country, so it's really neat," Fabatz said. "And it's right back here in our own back yard. There are just so many great things going on in our community."