Resort chief takes the corduroy to hall of fame |

Resort chief takes the corduroy to hall of fame

True to form, Deer Valley President Bob Wheaton deflected the credit for his accomplishments as he was inducted into the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame on Friday. The award was announced during the Utah Office of Tourism’s three-day conference at the Canyons on Friday.

Bill Malone, president of the Chamber Bureau presented Wheaton with the award, which signifies more than 35 years of service and leadership in the hospitality industry along with Wheaton’s involvement in the community, Malone explained.

"Under Bob’s leadership, Deer Valley has been recognized for the past three years by Skier’s Magazine as the No. 1 ski resort in the area," Malone said.

Malone described Wheaton as a "modest, honest and down-to-earth employer."

"Deer Valley employees say they love their job and their boss," Malone said.

Originally from Michigan, Wheaton moved to Utah more than 30 years ago and lives in Woodland with his wife Marion.

Wheaton explained that Utah has scenery and great buildings, but it’s because of the tourism industry and organizations working together that make Utah a great place.

Honored and humbled to be included with past recipients of the award, Wheaton said, "the credit goes to everyone I get to come to work with every day."

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