Meet Jon Wick

Master of Technical Communications '12
5518 Designs, Owner

Jon WickOriginally from Wisconsin, Jon Wick made his way to Montana as a fifth-grade teacher and coach in Philipsburg. While teaching in Montana he met his wife Cassie at Georgetown Lake.

In 2009, Jon and Cassie traveled to South Korea where they taught English and he began sharing his travels through journals of his writing and photography online.

A year later Jon and Cassie returned home to Montana and Jon enrolled in Montana Tech’s Technical Communication department to stoke his creative side.

Speaking to his Montana Tech education Jon shared, "What I learned at Tech fine-tuned skills that I didn’t really know were useful. Tech gave me the foundation to use creativity for a purpose and the confidence to put that work out into the world. It opened up a life path that I'm so grateful for."

In 2012, Jon started 5518 Designs, a branding, graphics, and print design company proudly based in Butte. He developed a unique 5518 style of graphics that emerged out of his love of traveling, adventure, and the inspiration gained from time spent exploring.

Jon was diagnosed with Rectal Cancer at 33 years old. That experience reinforced his creative direction to both escape society’s complexity and encourage others to find their passions and see
value in life’s simplest forms.

In 2016, 5518 Designs expanded into a retail location at 27 N. Main Street in the heart of uptown Butte, offering their brand of outdoor and recreation-inspired apparel, custom merchandising packages, and creative business solutions. The business has taken off in a short time and is a popular destination for both locals and visitors. The summer of 2021 saw the expansion of 5518 to a location in Anaconda.

Jon and Cassie WickJon shared, "Every day I work a 5518, I'm using skills that I was introduced to and developed at Tech. Everything I learned had a lean towards practical, useful knowledge I could immediately take into the real world and hit the ground running."

In addition to running the business, Jon and Cassie Wick are very active in the community and have hosted and sponsored many causes and fundraisers for those in need.

The Wicks and 5518 have been long-time supporters of the Butte Endowed scholarship donating a portion of the monies earned from the sale of their Montana Tech merchandise.

According to Jon, "The ripple effects of Montana Tech through Butte and SW Montana are vast. Aside from providing our neighbors a world-class education, the students inject energy and vibrancy into our community."

Jon has spent time as the Executive Director of Mariah’s Challenge, a presenter at the Innovate Montana Symposium, and a board member of the St. James Foundation and the Butte Parks and Trails Foundation.

Jon has been awarded the 2013 Butte-Silver Bow Moving Mountains Award and received a Montana Tech Alumni Recognition Award in 2015. Jon was honored with the 2016 BLDC Young Professional of the Year award and 2018 Montana Standard 20 under 40 recipient. This August, Jon and Cassie were awarded the Montana Entrepreneurs of the year from the Montana Ambassador program.