09.10.20

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week Virgil Gust of Sweet Grass County

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Virgil Gust of Sweet Grass County for his commitment to raising entrepreneurial spirits.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: HERE.

The following is a statement submitted to the Congressional Record: 

                                                   TRIBUTE TO VIRGIL GUST

Mr. DAINES.  Mr. President, this week I have the honor of recognizing Virgil Gust of Sweet Grass County for his commitment to keeping entrepreneurial spirits high during these trying times.

The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted the lives of all Montanans and has proven to be a significant challenge for small business owners.  Over the past few months, local business owners have faced tremendous financial hardships as a result of the pandemic, making it difficult to maintain a sense of hope and positivity.

Virgil Gust, the founder of Gusts of Big Timber, opened the store in 1947 and has worked there for over 70 years.  A World War II veteran, Virgil celebrated his 95th birthday this year, and still approaches his work with the same enthusiasm and dedication as the beginning of his career.    

It is my honor to recognize Virgil for fostering the values of positivity and hard work in his community during these difficult times. As both a veteran and a small business owner, Virgil brings a unique entrepreneurial perspective to the table and is a truly exceptional role model to Montanans from all walks of life.