Monty Lesh was raised on a ranch located in Montana’s historic Custer County.
That first sentence pretty much tells the story of Monty: he is deeply rooted in the land; he knows farming and ranching; he has an honest, energetic, diligent work ethic; he’s a true Montana man. But when you’re selecting someone to work with closely, while you make the crucial decisions regarding real estate purchasing or sales, it’s important to know everything.
Monty’s earliest years guided him down a path of farming and ranching, and, like other young Montana men of his ilk, left him with a strong desire to serve his country. So he signed up for a tour in the United States Navy.
After his military service was completed, Monty weighed his options and decided to add to his practical farming and ranching experience with some formal education. A few short years later, he graduated from Montana State University with a BS Degree in Agricultural Business. It was this agricultural degree that fleshed-out Monty’s perception, and allowed him to clearly define his career path.
Studying the actual business of farm and ranch operations showed Monty the paramount importance of real estate. He spent the next 21 years helping people acquire real estate loans as both a senior lender and a bank president. As a result of spending over two decades in the real estate finance business, he became proficient in all of the various, often complex, processes of real estate acquisition and sales. To enhance his ability to serve his clients, Monty attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Monty’s extensive real estate banking experiences directly led to the founding of Lesh & Company Real Estate, LLC. Monty knew that good real estate financing was critical, but he also knew that finding and purchasing the right real estate was just as critical: whether it was a small home, an investment property or a vast farm or ranch. He also knew that the proper marketing and sale of real estate was an equally important part of his personal real estate mantra: “A good deal is good for everyone!”
Now that you know a bit more about Monty, maybe you’ll have a new understanding of his favorite catchphrase: “You get more with Lesh.” The fact is, you do get more – you get Monty Lesh. Monty is clearly a lot more than simply a licensed Real Estate Broker.
Monty is involved with many community, civic and professional organizations including: the School Board, the Miles City Chamber of Commerce, the Montana History Foundation, the Southeastern MT Development Corporation, the MSU Ag Experiment Station Advisory Board, NAR, MAR, the Montana Stockgrowers Association and the Methodist Church.
Monty prefers to spend his precious free time with his family – especially following the activities of his kids, but he also enjoys playing contract bridge, fishing, hunting and the occasional round of golf.
Monty and his wife, Sherry, have raised their four children (Megan, Katie, Shayla and Wyatt) in Miles City, Montana. Over the years, Sherry, who is a teacher in Miles City, has become an invaluable asset to Lesh & Company and serves the needs of the organization in myriad ways.
For more than 30 years Rob Fraser has been immersed in every facet of the cattle industry, including ranching, Rob’s experience speaks for itself. Having traveled the backroads of Montana and extensively Eastern Montana, Rob has a good feel for ranch real estate. He is an excellent resource for buying or selling land and cattle.
Heather (Stricker) Altenhofen was born in Hardin, MT on Spring Hill Farms, but grew up and graduated from Laurel High School in 2003. She attended the University of Montana on an ROTC scholarship, and graduated in 2007 with a BA in Political Science and History with a Social Sciences teaching endorsement.
Upon graduation from college, Heather was commissioned into the Montana Army National Guard. She taught eighth grade history in Hamilton, MT before leaving to the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Sill, OK. She then moved to Ft. Lee, VA to attend Quartermaster School. Heather returned to Montana and accepted an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) job with the MTARNG in Billings, MT, where she served as the battalion supply officer (S4) with the 190th CSSB for five years.
Heather married her college sweetheart, Luke Altenhofen of Miles City, MT in 2010. While starting a family, Heather was able to complete her Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Montana State University-Billings in 2013, after which she decided to pursue her passion for Real Estate.
She followed her mother/Broker, Vicky Stricker for over 20 years, learning the ins-and-outs of the business and fostering a great love for helping people find homes. She completed the Connole-Morton School of Real Estate and received her real estate license in 2014. Heather has been helping friends and family buy and sell homes, investment properties, ranchettes and townhomes for many years. Heather specializes in residential properties and takes great pride in helping fellow Veterans navigate the complexities of the VA home buying process.
Heather, her husband Luke, son Connor, daughter Evelyn, son Rhett, and all of their pets moved to Miles City in January of 2018. The family is currently working to restore the 130-year old William Harmon House, more commonly known as the Rivenes House by locals. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, horseback riding, looking at houses, gardening, cooking and decorating.
Katie Lesh grew up in Miles City where she graduated from CCDHS in 2012. After high school, Katie studied at Montana State University in Bozeman where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2015. Katie then completed a bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of North Dakota in 2020.
After fulfilling all of the necessary requirements, Katie passed the Montana’s exam and became a licensed Montana real estate agent in 2020.
Katie has work experience in child welfare, social work, children’s mental health, legal assistance, retail and the restaurant industry. Katie’s education and work experience allow her to be flexible and accommodating – and she is always ready to go the extra mile while assisting her clients.
Katie is the daughter of Monty and Sherry Lesh and grew up learning how to put in a hard day’s work. Katie enjoys spending her spare time reading, cooking, golfing and spending time with her dog Snoopy. Katie is also committed to working on transforming her black thumb into a green one.
Pat Graham is a ranch-raised eastern Montana native. He and his spouse, Lanette, who retired after a 42-year career as a registered nurse, reside in Terry, MT, where they have been for the past 20-years. Pat and Lanette only live about 20-minutes from their son, David, who is a western artist. Just as close-by is Pat’s daughter, Jennifer, who is the mother of two and works the farm/ranch with her husband Will Nielsen.
Pat recently retired from Stockman Bank, where he was a vice-president and agriculture lender. He not only has previous experience in ranching and farm/ranch management, he has 15 years of experience in agricultural lending here in Montana. This unique combination of skills and experience make him ideal for helping locate land and agricultural properties. Pat’s education includes a BS in Ag Economics and a MS in Applied Economics from Montana State University. Pat spends all of his precious spare time with his family, and also enjoys any opportunity to spend some time on horseback.