My name is Myles, but my friends call me Dude. I'm a licensed real estate agent in Montana specializing in commercial real estate. I'm also a business broker and member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA), so I help clients buy and sell businesses. I'm also more than happy to lend a hand as a business and brand consultant.
It's not much of a secret, that I specialize in working with the cannabis industry, but my background in craft beer, the food and beverage industry, as well as the hospitality industry, give me the kind of broad experience and expertise that make me a dude to know if you're a current or soon-to-be business owner.
I was born and raised in the Carolinas, but I'm a long way from home these days. I've done a lot over the years. I graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in professional writing and spent my early career covering events and writing satire pieces for a newspaper in Charleston, SC. After covering the local comedy scene, my love of both writing and performing took me on stage which eventually prompted a move to the Windy City where I trained in comedy writing and performance at the world-famous Second City Theatre Training Center.
Performing landed me a gig as the first tour guide of Lagunitas Brewing Company's Chicago location, which at the time of opening was the largest craft brewing facility in America. During my time at Lagunitas, the brewery was the fastest growing in the country which gave me a master class in brand building and sales. In my time at Lagunitas, I wrote and developed a brewery tour that was named "Top 10 Brewery Tours in America" by USA Today and Orbitz.com. I also met my wife, Madeline and fell head-over-heels in love with her.
That success catapulted me into the marketing and sales departments of several craft breweries over the next several years where I honed my skills of how to build brands that matter as well as long-lasting relationships with clients and consumers. I spent several years helping do market research on craft beer consumers for one of the largest alcohol brands in the world and spent several years doing large-scale brewery events like the Great American Beer Festival and Taste of Chicago.
In 2020, I began my journey into real estate and got married in Paradise Valley. It was on that trip that my wife and I decided to relocate to Montana to be closer to her family. At that time, I began working in the cannabis industry and spent my next few years as a budtender and dispensary manager while starting my real estate business. Seeing the lack of agents focusing on helping the cannabis industry, I set out to become the foremost name in cannabis real estate in the state of Montana. The Dude Abodes was born.
I started my real estate career with an interest in helping first-time homebuyers, but I quickly realized that my true passion was with working with small-business owners and entrepreneurs. I made the switch to commercial real estate and became a business broker mostly because of my fascination with the young cannabis industry. As a member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA), I now help clients buy and sell real estate as well as businesses. I also am the publisher of The Dude's Stoners' Atlas as well as the creator of Burny Bison.
I've always been a sucker for old-school cool. It's one of the main reasons I chose for the iconic Pendleton Westerly sweater as the inspiration for my brand and logos. One of my favorite past-times is hitting antique stores looking for treasure. I've accumulated quite the collection of old bar mirrors, and sports memorabilia over the years.
I have a 1984 Grand Wagoneer that I lovingly refer to as "The Abider." It may not be the prettiest thing on the road, but I love cruising around the mountains with the windows down and the radio playing.
In my spare time, I love to travel, explore and eat good food. I'm an adventurous soul who loves going places I've never been and doing things I've never done. I believe experience is life's greatest teacher, and I like to think I've acquired a decent education over the years.
I love what I do, and I'm always excited to meet new and interesting people. I'm quick with a joke and think a sense of humor is the most valuable thing a person can have.
I live my life by the golden rule; treat everyone the way you'd like to be treated. Since moving west, I've come to love "The Code of the West, or as some call it, "The Cowboy Code."
Live each day with courage.
Have respect for everyone you meet.
Be confident in your self, and your dreams.
Always do what's right.
Take pride in your work.
Talk less and say more.
Know where to draw the line.
Always finish what you start.
Be tough, but always fair.