Desiree Shogren

Desiree Shogren has been the general manager of the Butte Comfort Inn for the last eight years.

Desiree Shogren, 34, has worked as general manager of the Butte Comfort Inn for eight years.

Despite the demands of management, Shogren still finds time to participate in volunteerism, support civic activities and manage her active family of four.

Shogren began her career with Town Pump nearly 20 years ago, and the job allowed for growth.

"I've worked for Town Pump Hotels my whole life," she said. "I started in housekeeping, and worked my way up. It's a good company with good people. It's a team."

Born in Glendive, Shogren grew up mainly in Butte. She attended Western Montana College in Dillon, where she earned a degree in elementary education.

She lives in Butte with her husband, Nate Shogren, and their two children, aged 8 and 2.

The challenges that come with the job — mainly staffing and being available to meet the needs all of the employees — are the very things that provide Shogren the most satisfaction in her work.

"Being there for everyone is challenging, but it's also one of the most rewarding things," she said.

"Without the staff, we don't have jobs, and that's what keeps me motivated. That, and my kiddoes. That's what absolutely keeps me motivated."

Shogren credits Town Pump's philosophies for her personal advancement within the company.

"You really do have that potential to grow yourself and become a leader," she said.

"The hospitality industry is a really tight support group. You're always meeting people and sharing their stories. It's just a neat industry."

Team building comes naturally to Shogren, who enjoys meeting and exceeding the expectations of guests.

To that end, the hotel will soon undergo a major interior renovation project, with full remakes of rooms and revamped public areas.

"It will be pretty awesome experience for all of our guests," she said.

Shogren says she's humbled and thrilled at her nomination, and coming from colleague Dorea Wilmoth made it even more special.

On the nomination application, Wilmoth wrote, (Desiree) has been active on the chamber board, Silver Bow Kiwanis, and Advantage Butte. She is always willing to step up or lend a hand."

Shogren also admires the accomplishments of the other nominees. "It's just kind of neat to be put alongside all of them."

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