Hal was born and raised in Bozeman. With a strong love of the outdoors, he spent much of his time camping, backpacking, hunting, and fishing. During High School, he worked for farms and ranches including the Flying D. Hal graduated from the US Air Force Academy where he was on the Ski Team and competed in NCAA Championships. After serving in the Air Force and graduating from UCLA with a Masters in Finance, he spent most of his career in corporate finance positions at technology firms in Silicon Valley. He came back to Bozeman part-time starting in 1999. He has two grown,children, a four year old daughter, who is keeping him young, and three grandchildren.