‘Gentle’ leader honored
July 22, 2011
Main Street merchant Monty Coates is this year’s recipient of the Myles Rademan Spirit of Hospitality Award. It was presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the Park City Chamber/Bureau Wednesday at The Yarrow.
The award, named after its first recipient, recognizes committed service to the Chamber/Bureau and the Park City hospitality community.
Chamber/Bureau President and CEO Bill Malone said Coates was chosen for his relentless willingness to serve.
"He never says no to the Chamber/Bureau," Malone said. "He’s devoted countless hours."
But it isn’t just his time his colleagues appreciate, Malone said; it is his leadership style.
"He’s low key and has an unassuming manner," Malone said. "When he stakes out a position, it’s because he sees it as benefiting the greatest number while having the biggest impact on the Park City economy."
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Andy Beerman from the Treasure Mountain Inn has worked with Coates on many projects, including several for Main Street’s business association. He described Coates’ leadership style as "giving a gentle, but reliable push."
"It is appropriate for him to receive this award during this season of civility," Beerman said.
In harmony with Malone’s comments, Beerman said he once witnessed Coates vote for a measure at a Main Street association meeting he had earlier expressed opposition for.
"Afterwards I asked him why, and he said it was because he thought it was the best thing for the street," Beerman said.
Tonja Hanson, who has served with Coates on several boards, said Coates is admirable in all aspects of his life. The father of three children, he has been married for 25 years. He and his wife opened Southwestern Expressions 21 years ago in the Main Street Mall and have been business partners ever since. Today they own three businesses on Main Street.