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Five Under 35: Rory Schulte

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Growing up hanging around a convenience store was the norm for now 29-year-old Rory Schulte. Growing up hanging around a convenience store was the norm for now 29-year-old Rory Schulte.

Growing up hanging around a convenience store was the norm for now 29-year-old Rory Schulte. 

“Fun upbringing, having this place,” reflects Rory. 

His parents bought what would become Schulte’s 38th Street Store and Coffeehouse when Rory was just one year old. Fast forward to today, and Rory still hangs around the business, but now with his own office as an owner and manager.

Working at his parent’s store isn’t something Rory always had in mind.

The 2006 Great Falls High School graduate, earned a degree in film from Montana State University and moved to Los Angeles for a few years to pursue an acting career. While he did find some success, he decided Great Falls is where he and his then girlfriend, now wife, Holli needed to be. 

“When we looked at raising a family, when we looked at owning a home and basically having a life, we wanted to do that in Great Falls.  We thought Great Falls was a good fit for that.  It was a place we could get involved in our community, it was a place we could have good income and own a home.  Really it was about this community where I was raised, I wanted to be in the place that gave me so much,” explained Rory. 

Now the father of nine month old twin girls, Rory is giving back to the community that helped make him who he is today.  Outside of the workplace, he help coach football for Great Falls High School.  He is also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish Catholic fraternal organization.  Inside the workplace, his heart for generosity can be witnessed in all the organizations, youth groups and events he supports.

“I choose to be involved in them because that’s where my mentors came from, so hopefully I can be that for somebody, but also it keeps that full circle for the community as far as people want things to do, support and believe in and I think those are great things to believe in.”

As a business owner and a Great Falls citizen, Rory is a big believer in shopping local. He has a goal for himself of being a better patron of locally owned businesses. Rory believes by helping those businesses, we help our entire community.

“We should be able to support them (local businesses) enough that they can be open whenever they want to be open.”

When looking at other ways to better the community, Rory says sometimes we need to give ourselves a break and remember what’s already great about Great Falls.

Rory said, “Great Falls in general we sometimes have to give ourselves a break because we try to push so hard to make things happen, but really we have a lot going on here and I think if we let things progress differently and maybe just not always focus on we have to get this and we have to get things done right now, that things will progress and things will always be getting better.”

Four years ago, KRTV anchor Shannon Newth started the "Five Under 35" awards as a way to encourage the community through recognizing those whose attitudes and actions are helping Great Falls grow and improve. As journalists, we want to be part of facilitating change and finding solutions for community issues, one of those being attracting and retaining young professionals. 

More than 50 people submitted nominations this year. A committee narrowed the nominees down to the final five who not only are doing great things, but also have an infectious spirit and positive attitude about living and working in Great Falls.

Our first recipient this year was Nichole Griffith, the director of Victim-Witness Assistance Services (click here for article/video).

Our second recipient was Kellie Pierce of the Downtown Great Falls Association (click here for article/video).

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