New board members, new blood
The Historic Park City Alliance board member elections have come to a close, with six Park City business owners taking up their positions to serve Main Street interests. The new members include Jessica Davis of the Washington School House, Monty Coates of Southwestern Expression and Pine, Stephanie Johnston of Marriott’s Summit Watch, Charles Mudd of Mudd Law Office, Maren Mullin of Gallery MAR and Jesse Shetler of Butchers Chop House and Bar and the No Name Saloon.
The board is comprised of 15 members, and each serves a three year term with a maximum of two consecutive terms. After two terms, members must take a three-year break before running again.
"The board really represents different areas of the business sector," said Alison Butz, the executive director of the HPCA. "There’s a person for nightly lodging and restaurants and retail and professional services." "They make all the decisions for the organization," she added. "The board is in charge of determining how we spend finances, our policies and they direct discussions." From website redesigns to marketing efforts, the board allocates funds and determines future goals for the area. Recently, the board has been partnering more closely with the city in efforts to obtain funding for $10 million worth of improvements to Main Street.
Jessica Davis, the general manager of the Washington School House located on Park Avenue, is serving her first term with the board. Originally from the United Kingdom, Davis has lived in Park City for the past 6 years.
"I believe the HPCA is truly achieving the goals of enhancing a beneficial business environment for its membership and the community at large," Davis said in a press release. "I have been honored to serve on the board of directors for the last few months of a vacated term and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute more if reelected to the board."
Davis went on to say her specific interests are in developing an active Main Street district year-round by encouraging use of the street during the typically slower seasons in the spring and fall. Monty Coates, originally from Moab, owns the Main Street retail Southwestern Expression and Pine with his wife. He was elected into his first term but has served in the past as a board member and as board president. Coates is currently a member of the Park City Chamber of Commerce Marketing Council and chairperson for the Summit County Restaurant Tax Grant Committee.
"I’ve always been interested in what goes on downtown," Coates said. " It’s a very important organization, gives collective voice on what happens downtown. It’s important for all types of businesses to have a voice. We need that wide cross-section."
Marriott’s Summit Watch general manager Stephanie Johnston was elected to her second term on the board. Johnston attends Park City Council meetings and has worked to develop a working relationship with city representatives, a press release stated. Johnston was elected to the Executive Board of the HPCA and is serving as the organization’s vice president. She has also served on the Park Silly Sunday Market board, was a member of the Park City Ambassadors for three years and is an active member of the Lodging Association.
Charles Mudd of Mudd Law Office was elected into his first term with the HPCA board. He came to Park City for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and fell in love with the area. Mudd opened his first law firm in 2001, and became licensed to practice law in Utah in 2007. Not long after, he opened a virtual office in Park City, but opened a physical location on Main Street in 2010.
"It was a good opportunity to participate in the discussions that are going on about Park City," Mudd said, "and lend a voice. Not only did I want to contribute time or effort but also to lend a perspective on the issues of the area."
Maren Mullin, owner of Gallery MAR, became the organization president after Andy Beerman of Treasure Mountain Inn stepped down to join the City Council. Mullin is also president of the Park City Young Professionals, an organization for anyone 30 and under in the business community.
"I believe that we can never rest on our laurels, nor become complacent," she said in a press release. " Communication between our Board and our members, the City, and the Press has never been better (nor more important) as we move forward with infrastructure improvements for our district."
Owner of Butchers Chop House and Bar and the no Name Saloon, Jesse Shetler, was also elected to the board. Shelter has lived in Park City since 1982 and began by working at a little Main Street bar. He has served on the board in the past and said he felt the timing was right to come back.
For more information on Historic Park City Business Alliance, visit the web at http://www.historicparkcityutah.com.
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