Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley Resort's President and General Manager, is the 2014 S. Joseph Quinney Award Honoree from the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library.
Named for the late Utah lawyer, businessman, state legislator, ski visionary and founder of Alta Ski Resort, who is often referred to as “the father of Utah's ski industry,” the Quinney Award is presented each year to an individual or organization exhibiting the same public-spirited attributes and contributions to winter sports as its namesake.
Wheaton joined Deer Valley Resort in 1980 and worked his way up to resort president in 1997.
“To receive the S. Joseph Quinney Award, that pays homage to a man I revere, and be included among peers who have all played a vital role in furthering Utah's ski history, is such an honor,” said Wheaton. “For the past 45 years, the ski industry has been a cornerstone of my life. I will continue to do what I can to keep it a mainstay of Utah's future.”
Wheaton's extensive public service work and contributions to winter sports are aligned with Quinney’s legacy. He is a past president of the board of directors of both the Park City Chamber and Visitor's Bureau and the Intermountain Ski Areas Association.
Currently, he serves on Ski Utah's executive committee and is a two-time past president and has served on the board of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Wheaton is also on the boards of the Utah Symphony and Opera, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and the National Ski Area Operators Association.
Wheaton received the Quinney Award at the 24th annual Ski Affair, a fun- and nostalgia-filled fundraising dinner presented by the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library's Ski Archives, held at Little America in downtown Salt Lake City Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. The Ski Archives house the largest cache of skiing and snow sports history in the country.
Photo: Deer Valley President Bob Wheaton receives S. Joseph Quinney Award from University of Utah Marriott Library. (Deer Valley)