Eduardo Garcia

Eduardo Garcia is a chef by trade. He runs Montana Mex, a Mexican food company, right here in Bozeman. He's also survived being shocked with 2,400 volts of electricity, alone, in the middle of Montana's backcountry. 

Garcia is the subject of the feature-length documentary "Charged," which shows his years of recovery and rehabilitation, learning to use his prosthetic arm in the kitchen, and his ascent to an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. 

"It's cathartic and empowering [to share]," Garcia said. "Being able to discuss and share tha event and hear positive feedback and affirmations from others is actually very encouraging." 

Garcia, 38, was raised in Park County. He started cooking as just a job, and that turned in to him cooking professionally for the past 24 years. 

"I was just looking for money as a teenage kid, and that was really it," he said. "I just needed a way to buy those tickets to Bridger Bowl." 

Garcia said he hopes the biggest lesson people learn from seeing "Charged" is to just keep going. 

"One thing is for certain, that if your heart is beating and you're still alive, you have the opportunity to affect what you do with your life," he said. Garcia's company donates a portion of its sales to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, a California charity supporting differently-abled athletes. 

Garcia will be a keynote speaker at The Confluence, a conference on leadership put on by Leadership Montana, on September 18 at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture. The "Charged" documentary will begin at 6:00 p.m., and Eduardo's speech is to follow. Tickets and more information can be found on Leadership Montana's website, leadershipmontana.org