Neal Baggett was born in eastern North Carolina where he grew up spending most of his days outside; surfing, skateboarding, golfing, playing tennis and fishing. He moved out to Montana for college and picked up rock-climbing, snow-boarding and fly-fishing along the way. In his late 20s, Neal decided to go for his master’s degree in architecture at MSU. Around this time, Neal met and married his wife, Ann, a Bozeman native. Neal and Ann have a son, Jackson, who is now 15 and starting his freshman year at Bozeman High School. Neal, Ann and Jackson love to spend time together with family and friends, at home and traveling.
Over a decade ago, Neal was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder. As Neal lost his ability to walk, he looked for support to get back to the activities that brought him to Montana. He came to Eagle Mount at a vulnerable time of his life where he learned to sit-ski. After a few years gaining confidence with the ski program, he started volunteering teaching others to sit-ski. As his confidence grew he explored other activities such as paragliding with Project Airtime in Draper, UT. These early years with Eagle Mount and Project Airtime have been integral in Neal’s growth and life moving forward in a positive direction.
In 2015, Neal founded ThomBagg Architects with fellow-architect Jeff Thompson, and they have been leading design-build projects in the community ever since. Neal particularly enjoys building teams and helping direct projects of complexity and scale. A natural people-person, Neal enjoys and respects the people he works with and always feels he has something to learn from working with others. Neal is grateful to be rejoining the board and to be part of Eagle Mount’s planning for the future. This will be Neal’s second term on the Eagle Mount board; he finds that serving on the board is an enjoyable way to give back to the community and to Eagle Mount, in particular.