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Andy Beerman for Mayor
PO Box 1570
Park City, UT 84060
There is a sense of urgency in town
Why I’m running for Mayor
More Park, Less City: Open Space
Traffic Mitigation, Regionalism
Keep Park City Real: Housing
Keep Park City Fun: Lower Intensity
Critical Priorities: why are they critical
How Did I Get Here?
Ever find yourself wondering ‘how did I get here?’ I’m a fun-hog and accidental entrepreneur, but I never would have guessed that I’d be campaigning in 2017 for the Mayor’s job in Park City. Twenty-three years ago I moved here in an old VW van with barely enough cash for rent. I spent my first morning, a soggy April one, mingling with locals at the Morning Ray. It felt like I had found my home.
I was born in 1969–the summer of Woodstock--and raised in a quiet suburb of Columbus, Ohio. My heritage is German/Swiss/English with a Mennonite influence. My father managed a computer center and my mother was a prolific community volunteer. Rapid growth-spurts put me a head taller than the other kids, which likely defined me as an early leader among peers.
I attended college at Miami University in Oxford Ohio and spent my summers in Alaska working for the
National Outdoor Leadership School. Upon graduation I moved West to became one of the youngest instructors for NOLS—guiding, teaching leadership and minimal impact living skills.
In 1991 I arrived in Utah looking for work that didn’t require carrying all my possessions on my back. I was drawn to small business management, which was a lot like guiding: both require organizational skills, a can-do attitude, and the ability to lead and inspire. Before long, I was recruited to help run White Pine Touring. A few years later I took another job on Main Street, managing a struggling hotel called Treasure Mountain Inn. This role did come with a complication: I had a crush on the boss’s daughter, Thea Leonard. A few years later, Thea and I were married, and formed a new partnership in life and in the hotel business.
Re-imaging Treasure Mountain Inn took collaboration and innovation. The first challenge was resolving
decades of in-fighting among the condo owners. As the HOA chairman, I focused on building consensus,
which eventually led to peace. It was my first taste of politics as an endurance sport. Innovation at the hotel was also critical because we had no capital. We were early adopters of Internet marketing, niche clientele, and eco-friendly business practices—all advantages that created a thriving business. Under our tenure, Treasure Mountain Inn had a series of notable firsts: first to recycle, first hotel website, first eco-hotel in Utah, and one of the first US hotels to use 100% renewable energy (2008).
Once I realized the health of our business is tied to the health of our community, it was a natural progression to serve as the President of the downtown business alliance (HPCA). I advocated for local business and again focused on consensus building and setting a firm course. For several years I was a regular at City meetings, and as the saying goes, "we are led by those that show up." My participation led to recruitment, and eventual election to City Council in 2011.
I’m currently serving my second term on the Park City Council. It has been a great privilege, a lot of work, and incredibly gratifying. I’ve been amazed by the depth and complexity of our community. On Council, I have been a strong advocate for purchasing open space, renewable energy, protecting our small and local businesses, addressing traffic/congestion, building an inclusive and complete community, and affordable housing. I serve on multiple boards and committees both locally and regionally including two statewide committees (Utah League of Cities and Towns Board, Central Wasatch Commission) and one Federal Board (EPA Local Government Advisory Board).
On May 1st, 2017 Thea and I sold the operations side of Treasure Mountain Inn to pursue new endeavors. When contemplating my next career—it was easy--I would pursue the best job in Park City: to serve as its next Mayor. The rest is TBD!
Your Vote of Confidence
In 48 years, my life has taken many wonderful twists from playground leader to guide, manager, entrepreneur, peace-maker, advocate, Councilman, and hopefully Mayor of Park City. I may ask myself, "how did I get here?", but it really doesn’t matter: I’m exactly where I want to be. Park City is an amazing place where one can still enjoy a small town sheltered from an ever-sprawling world. I ask for your support because I hope to use my skills and experience to help guide us into the future while preserving the essence of this wonderful place we call home.
Dear Park City
Paul Zane Pilzer
Councilmembers for Andy
Mayors for Andy
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Park City has had excellent Mayors and I have been fortunate to learn
from four of them. ˜˚˛˝˙˚ˆ˛ˇ˘˝ ˝was an a˜able cowboy,
realtor, and a skepticŠlater turned championŠof City Hall. He once told
me ‚there wasn™t an issue in Park City that I couldn™t resolve over a
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businessman, strategist, and visionary who pioneered for open space,
brought us the Olympics, and ushered in Park City™s modern era. ˚ ˚˝
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was an activist who re-booted City Hall,
emphasized sustainability and presided over unprecedented growth.
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navigating Park City through increasingly sophisticated challenges,
and an advocate for our underserved population. Each was a good ˚t
for his time.
The job of Mayor is a relay race. The Mayor should take the baton
and run with great passion, hoping to build a strong lead for the
our town evolves, the Mayor™s role demands fresh ideas and
energetic leadership. We need a leader with a plan to address
in˛uences that threaten to overwhelm. It will require a focus on
community and preserving our sense of place. A strong community
is the critical counter-balance to the pressures we face.
Park City needs a Mayor with a community-driven and proactive
vision. The Mayor must be able to build strong coalitions both in,
and outside, our town. This requires a deep understanding of City
processes, ˚nancial tools, our business community, and our
residents. An old-timer once told me, ‚all the easy challenges were
solved a long time ago.™ Today™s Council is left with tough choices.
It needs leadership that encourages creativity, innovation, and a
touch of daring. The Mayor should act as a convener and engage
the community to seek out ideas, solutions and support. It is a big
job, that should be undertaken as service, not for notoriety or gain.
Our next Mayor must be able to see the big picture and strengthen
the connections between people, place, and action. As Mayor, I will
wake up each day looking for ways to make Park City stronger,
seamless and more sustainable; to build a complete community, to
push back against ‚growth for growth™s sake™ and to stand up for
every one of our residents. I'm ready to go to workŠfor all of us!
Dear Park City—
What does a Mayor do?