Mary & Charlie Wintzer Awarded 6th Annual Leadership Park City “Community Leadership Award”

Leadership Park City is pleased to honor Mary & Charlie Wintzer as the joint recipients of its sixth annual “Community Leadership Award.” This award recognizes outstanding citizens of the Park City community who, through sustained community involvement, commitment and leadership, have made significant contributions to the greater Park City community.


It has been said that “The greatest vision without action is simply hallucination.”


The Community Leadership Award honors those who persevere and act; who make good things happen with the help of others.


Mary & Charlie exemplify the sustained leadership necessary to strengthen community institutions, the initiative to champion new and worthwhile programs, and the spirit to help define the public good.


Mary and Charlie Wintzer have been Park City residents for almost 40 years. During that time they raised their two children, started several successful businesses and immersed themselves in the life of the community while working  quietly and effectively to support and build Park City into the caring community it is.


They have never sought the limelight but instead have chosen to work in ways that have effected us all. They epitomize the motto of "service above self".


From his first days as a ski patrolman at Park City, Charlie worked to help create our ski economy. His efforts culminated during the 90's with his work on the Winter Sports Authority Board. This was the Board that planned and built the Olympic Sports Park which helped to make our quest for the Olympics successful. His knowledge as a builder was invaluable and his ability to analyze problems and create solutions is the touchstone of all his work, public and private.


His construction company helped to build the largest free-standing bleacher ever erected for an Olympics site at Deer Valley.


His expertise was also given to the Park City Board of Education as it began its growth explosion during the late 80's and 90's.


In 1998, he became a member of the Board for the newly created People's Health Clinic and now serves as its Co-chairman.  Again his construction and building experience is being contributed to the building of the new County/People’s Health Clinic facility.


In 2006, Charlie was appointed to the Park City Planning Commission on which he now serves.


Additionally, Charlie is an avid skier and fly fisherman and if not on the river, he will be in the Daly Chutes of Deer Valley on a Saturday morning skiing the powder.


Mary Wintzer's list of community activities is no less daunting. 18 years of service on PTA and school committees while her children attended Park City Schools; Cub Scout Den Mother and Pack Master; Park City Small Business Woman of the Year; mentor to many of the small businesses renting space at their complex on Ironhorse Drive; member of Park City Board of Adjustment; member of the committees to rewrite the Land Management Code to create a low density zone in the Rossi Hill area of Old Town and the General Plan for city development. She is an ardent defender of the Historic preservation of Old Town, and an election poll worker for 10 years. She is also a member of a Salt Lake City group - "Speaking of Women's Health" – which advocates for women's access to adequate health care.


Mary and Charlie have been quiet supporters of many non-profits in Park City, both financially and with their time and talent. These  non-profits include KPCW, The People's Health Clinic and the Christian Center. They have been proud supporters of KPCW since its first days on the air.


Mary and Charlie are truly representative of all that is good about Park City - hard working small business owners who have brought their time, talents and energy to everything they have supported. They truly have had a love affair with their community!


Their tireless leadership efforts have earned them tremendous community respect and admiration, and the tenacity with which they approach community problems is an inspiration for us all.


Mary & Charlie are among Park City’s ‘leadership heroes’, and Leadership Park City is honored to bestow its sixth annual Community Leadership Award  on them. They join previous award recipients, Candy Erickson, Bob Richer, Sally Elliott, Jan Wilking and Meeche White as leadership role models for our community.


The Community Leadership Award

The Community Leadership Award is presented annually at the Leadership Park City reception and final banquet in October. The award is positive recognition of the dedication needed to build a strong and successful Park City community.


Now in its 15th year, Leadership Park City is an award-winning, community-based leadership program designed to provide emerging leaders with new and additional skills and networking opportunities helping them make positive and lasting contributions to Park City and Summit County.


The program is supported by a wide variety of public and private sponsors sharing a faith in building strong communities and community leaders. The program now has over 375 participants and alumni.