JANS owners honored by community
Jan and Amanda Peterson have lived in Park City for more than four decades, but that’s not the reason the Park City Chamber/Bureau awarded the couple this year’s 2012 Myles Rademan Spirit of Hospitality Award. The Petersons have done more in the community than own a home, raise a family or go to work.
According to the Park City Chamber/Bureau, Jan and Amanda received the annual award because of their "outstanding dedication to the community and vision for a successful resort economy," meaning that the two have had their unique influence all around Park City, from serving the Chamber/Bureau to creating nonprofits to creating a business powerhouse.
"Everything we’ve done has been for everyone else," Jan said. "It’s a very nice honor to get (this award), we’ve just been involved in the community for so long in so many capacities. It’s a nice thank you. That’s really what it is."
Wednesday, during the Chamber/Bureau Annual Meeting, the award’s namesake Myles Rademan introduced the Petersons to a crowded banquet hall. Now in its tenth year, previous honorees have included such Parkites as Hans Fuegi, Nick Badami, Teri Orr and Stein Eriksen.
"To just be in the company of these honorees has really added luster to my life," Rademan, the award’s first recipient, said. " I like to remember what some people did when this wasn’t the tourist Mecca it is today, when it was just the glimmer in the eyes of a fading mining town and people said we need to pull together and put businesses in here and start the chamber, do the things that will make this place."
Following Rademan, friends of the couple stood to speak on their behalf, listing the contributions the two have made in Park City. The list was not short.
The couple opened JANS Mountain Outfitters, a staple among Park City’s retailers, in 1980, nine years after first moving into town. Amanda was the first paid Chamber/Bureau president, furthering the organization to where it is today. She went on to work on Park City’s trail system eventually helping to establish and lead the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District. She even organized groups of teachers to help Park City schools.
Jan helped to develop the Park City Handicap Sports Association which eventually evolved into the nationally recognized National Ability Center. He also created and hosted the now annual event, the Winter Welcome, which is the longest running fundraiser in Park City.
"Everybody helped in this community in the beginning," Jan said. "So many people were involved in all these different aspects of Park City."
Amanda added to his thought.
"It’s been a great ride," she said, "working with the Chamber and the people from the early days, that has prepared me for the many wonderful things to follow."
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