founder and president
It is not hard to understand why Josh has such a deep desire to honor the military. With family ties to the JSOC community, McCain saw a growing, unmet need and decided to do something about it. He knew that the mountains of Montana offered endless adventure, and could show these adrenaline-fueled warriors how to find excitement and enjoy life at home instead of feeling bored and yearning to get back in the action. Although most of America’s troops have pulled out of the Middle East, thousands of Special-Operations Forces (SOF) remain, and after multiple deployments, returning stateside takes adjustment. Josh's desire is to help with this transition and with that epiphany, Big Sky Bravery was born. Josh quit his job and set up shop in Bozeman, MT. As Josh states," I am not a veteran, but a patriot with an emptiness to serve our country's elite." Although meeting success at an early age in the business world in NYC, Josh could not ignore a growing desire within him to fulfill a greater purpose, "I have worked for many companies in the past and succeeded, but it was never enough."
“I just knew it had to be done,” McCain says. “And I knew this was the place to do it.” As those who live in MT know, he explains, “there’s plenty of action all around us—who could be bored here?” With programs ranging from fly-fishing to backcountry skiing, McCain keeps these elite soldiers on their feet and on the edge of their seats. “Although they may not know what they’re getting into,” he says, “we guarantee they’ll have a great time.” And it’s these exciting, challenging experiences, he notes, that help them maintain healthy relationships at home while recharging them for their next deployment. Which, of course, is exactly what leave is supposed to do."
From an early age, Josh's father (retired USMC) taught him what it means to love our country, respect our freedom, and to sacrifice for the benefit of others. "Big Sky Bravery was founded in honor of my brother-in-law, Jeremy, who recently returned from his 18th combat deployment against the war on terror. "Jeremy is the bravest man I have ever met and has served as a door kicker in SOF since 2001. A man I will always look up to and be ready to learn from. With that being said, it's time as civilians we damn sure do our part to support a group of individuals who never ask for anything and deserve all we have to offer. We're here because they are. I'm all in to support men who do great things to bad people." - Josh McCain
Director of operations
Susan Ferrin, a Bozeman resident for 15 years, earned a degree in Finance and Spanish from San Diego State University. Shortly thereafter, she began her career as a financial analyst in the aerospace industry, eventually moving into cross-border financial services for American companies expanding into Mexico. After several successful years, she moved into venture capital where she participated in evaluating and valuation of prospective investments in biotechnology. Having moved to Napa Valley by this time, she eventually set up shop as a financial and marketing consultant for numerous family-owned and operated wineries.
Susan is excited to be part of the team of Big Sky Bravery to help take the organization to the next level of growth so that Big Sky Bravery can satisfy the increasing demand the organization is seeing on a daily basis. After attending the Tribute Dinner she was committed to the mission and asked how to volunteer. One thing led to another and her desire to make a bigger impact led to a position as Director of Operations.
Director of programs
After 21 years of service in the US Army and 14 overseas combat deployments, I made the decision to retire in 2019. During my military career, I spent 18 years in the Special Operations community. 8 of those years were spent in 1st Ranger Battalion in Savannah, Georgia. 11 years were spent in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in the United States Army Special Operations Command. My last 2 years of active duty were spent educating our Army’s future officers at Montana State University's Army ROTC program in Bozeman, Montana.
After retirement, I wanted to begin a new chapter that provided a way to work with and help the finest American soldiers we have serving our great country. For this sole reason, I knew that Big Sky Bravery was the perfect fit. Witnessing these soldiers arriving in desperate need of much deserved decompression, and sending them home as better husbands, fathers, and warriors is something I am honored to witness firsthand. With a similar background, I consistently reap the same benefits as these fine individuals.
I believe whole-heartedly in what Big Sky Bravery is accomplishing, and look forward to many more years working with the professional crew that makes up this essential organization.
I am the husband of an incredible wife, Kristen, and the father to 4 wonderful children: Benjamin, Mason, Kate, and Scarlett.
We are grateful every day to live in such a beautiful place, and are looking forward to our new adventure.