A note from our editor, Elizabeth MacBride:

I had to sit in a quiet place, away from the hurly-burly of this crazy summer, to write this editor’s note. This week, we learned of the death of Mick Cheff, the patriarch of a Montana ranching and outfitting company that I have gotten to know over the past decade or more.

Mick’s son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren are featured in The New Builders, as small business owners who have devoted their lives to a passion and a cause, the wilderness. But before I knew the younger generation, I interviewed Karen and Mick. I’ve included that original interview, below. Yes, there really are still cowboys and cowgirls in the world, and yes, there really are people who will tell a rich developer waving a blank check to get off the porch.

I loved doing that interview in part because I recognized that Mick Cheff had embraced the wisdom of time. The way you feel today is not always the way you’ll feel tomorrow, and a family business that sustains people over generations is has a higher value than a million dollars in the bank.

The audio version of The New Builders is out today!

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A business journalist for 20 years, am the founder of Times of Entrepreneurship and the co-author of The New Builders.