Jeff Welch

Entrepreneur, writer, speaker and leader, Jeff is a founding partner of three different companies specializing in tourism and outdoor recreation including the marketing agency, MercuryCSC; his film production company, Distill Productions; and his newest venture, Wide Open West Adventures. Wide Open West specializes in bringing independent Chinese travelers to the Northern Rockies for stays of 7 to 14 days.

Jeff moved to Montana in 1993 and launched Mercury in 1997 which rapidly became the largest agency in Montana. MercuryCSC is nationally known for award winning work connecting brands such as Montana Office of Tourism, Vasque Footwear and Orvis with people who value travel, the outdoors and sense of place. Jeff’s triple-bottom-line approach to doing business and widely awarded creative work have landed MercuryCSC in Outside Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” for four consecutive years including the #3 spot in 2013.

A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jeff is a passionate advocate for outdoor recreation, rural landscapes and travel, serving on several boards including Montana State Parks, Sustainable Travel International and Voices of Montana Tourism. When not in the office, you can likely find him paddling or fishing one of Montana’s many blue-ribbon streams, wading saltwater flats in Central America or at home with his wife and daughters on their small farm in Montana’s Shields Valley.