MEET THE PEOPLE
Thin Air speakers and panelists have proven backgrounds in leading change and driving performance across a wide mix of industries. They’re big on being open and honest about sharing stories of success and failure. As conference partners and attendees share experiences and brainstorm, you will see new ideas and connections actually do come out of Thin Air.
Speaker submissions for Thin Air 2017 are now closed. Please contact us if you or anyone from your partnering Event Conference is interested in sharing the stage in 2018 (Apr 4-6, 2018).
Shannon Bahrke was born and raised in Lake Tahoe, CA and moved to Salt Lake City, UT in 1998 to pursue her dreams of making the U.S. Ski Team and ultimately compete for the USA at the Winter Olympic Games. She made the U.S. Ski Team that very same year and had continued success for the next twelve years. She competed on 6 World Championship Teams, 3 Olympic Teams, brought home 2 Olympic Medals, 7 World Cup Wins, 1 Overall World Cup Title and 6 National Titles.
Since her retirement in 2010 she and her husband, Matt, started up and in 2013 sold their first company, Silver Bean Coffee. She now has her plate full again with a 3 year old little girl named Zoe, working as a Ski Champion for Deer Valley and has recently launched a corporate team building and inspiration company called Team Empower Hour!
Karey first developed the concept for Cross Creek in 2004 while managing Wasatch Advisors' Small Cap Ultra Growth portfolios. As a public equity money manager, she saw a need to develop expertise in the private equity markets to better understand emerging themes and competition. She formed the Cross Creek group inside of Wasatch Advisors in 2006 and managed the Cross Creek team inside of Wasatch Advisors until 2012. In 2013, Cross Creek became a separate entity from Wasatch.
Prior to Cross Creek, Karey was a portfolio manager for Wasatch Small Cap Ultra Growth portfolios for nearly 16 years. She joined Wasatch Advisors in 1989 and served in a variety of roles including as a member of the Wasatch Advisors Board of Directors from 1995 through 2012.
Ashley Caldwell is a freestyle skier who has competed since 2008. Caldwell was named to the US team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in January 2010. The youngest in the event, she reached the finals of the Aerials. Caldwell competed in the World Cup aerials event in the United States in January 2011. She competed again in Beijing in December 2014 winning gold, alongside her 19-year-old teammate Kiley McKinnon, who won silver.
S.J. Camarata is a director of ESRI. He focuses on the company’s global corporate strategies. He also currently serves on a number of boards—both for profit and nonprofit organizations—and has held a number of other board seats over the years. He has been a founder and co-founder of several companies in the GIS, technology, and mobile medical industries. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Utah and an M.L.A. degree from Utah State University.
- Blake is the founder of Park City Labs, a consulting firm that helps venture firms assess technology & business model disruptions. Blake has over 20 years of leadership experience spanning two public companies (Emerson Electric, Avocent) and four start-ups (Commerce, Soronti, Red Hat & VeriSign), including Chief Executive Officer, General Manager & Vice President positions. He holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins. While not at work, Blake enjoys serving as a high performance driving instructor, and following his son around the world in pursuit of an alpine ski racing career.
Anna is a co-founder and leads operations at Upstart. Previously, she led Gmail Consumer Operations for 5 years as it scaled from 150 million to 450 million users and launched the global Enterprise Customer Programs team. She also held a variety of operations roles at McMaster Carr and several other startups. Anna graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University with a BA in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Anna received a White House Champion of Change award and was recognized as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's 40 under 40.
Katie brings a passion for retail and entrepreneurship to Store No 8. From sitting in on conference calls starting at age 8 with her retail executive dad, to early days in merchandising with J.Crew, to co-founding an innovative retail tech startup, Katie has always had a passion for retail and building.
Prior to the formation of Store No 8, Katie was Head of Corp Dev, IR and Strategy for Jet, reporting directly to CEO Marc Lore. Katie joined Jet in 2014 with the acquisition of Hukkster, the retail tech start-up she co-founded in 2012. The transition from a strategic role at Jet to a leadership role at Store No 8 is a natural progression for Katie.
A recent transplant to San Francisco from NYC, you'll find Katie cruising around town in her powder blue 1980 International Scout with her sidekick, Gormley (a puppy Cavalier). Katie holds an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Finance from Duke University. A proud Colgate alum, Katie is a founding chair of the Colgate Entrepreneurship Network, recipient of the Ann Yao ’80 Alumni award and 2015 recipient of the Maroon Citation.
Aaron is an experienced Internet executive that has a track record of success in both start-ups and established companies. His passion is building great products that change people’s lives. Over his 15 years in the software he has lead many functions (Product, Marketing, Engineering, Business Development and Customer Service), he has worked with multiple business models (enterprise, marketplace & advertising) across different industries. He has lead startups to successful exits and operated large business units in even larger companies.
After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Aaron joined at Kana Communications, a CRM start-up. Aaron held the title of Product Manager but did many jobs. Everything from selling, implementing, supporting and managing the evolution of Kana's products gave Aaron a deep understanding of how Kana's clients (companies like eBay and Ford) used CRM to manage their businesses. In his time Kana grew from twenty employees to over one thousand and in 1999 went public.
After Kana Aaron joined another startup, Half.com. Half.com, a Philadelphia based person-to-person marketplace, was acquired by eBay Inc. in 2002. Over 5+ years Aaron held several leadership positions at Half / eBay Inc. with responsible for Product strategy, Design and Product Development.
In 2007 Aaron left eBay Inc. to become VP of Product at Mint.com. Aaron was responsible for Product Management, Design, Customer Service and Analytics. When he joined, Mint.com was pre-launch but soon won TechCrunch 40. Over the next two years Mint.com grew dramatically, inspiring Intuit Inc. to acquire the company in 2009. Aaron stayed on with Intuit through July 2012, serving for the last year as Vice President & General Manager of Personal Finance. As GM he oversaw Product, Engineering, Marketing and Business Development across Quicken and Mint.com.
A veteran public affairs and political professional with more than 20 years’ experience, Reed has been involved in politics, government and business at the highest levels. Since 2011, Galen has been the owner of Jedburghs, LLC – a full-service public affairs, public relations and political consultancy that focuses on providing boutique service to its clients.
Galen has spent the last eight years servicing major corporate clients and political campaigns, advising Fortune 50, 100 and 1000 companies in need of high-level counsel in the fields of strategic communications, procurement and legislation. In addition to his private sector work, Reed has managed several high-profile ballot measure campaigns in California, Texas and Colorado – directing all aspects of message development and voter contact.
Before moving to the private sector, Reed served as Deputy Campaign Manager for John McCain’s presidential campaign and Deputy Campaign Manager for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful 2006 re-election campaign.
Prior to his move to California, Galen worked on both the 2000 and 2004 campaigns of President George W. Bush’s. Between campaigns, Galen spent a year at the White House and served the Bush Administration at both the US Department of the Treasury and the Department of Homeland Security.Since 2015, Reed began writing a weekly column on the 2016 presidential race, the American
Since 2015, Reed began writing a weekly column on the 2016 presidential race, the American Singularity. Drawing on his long experience and excellent connections with top-tier campaigns, Galen keeps his readers up to date with the latest insights from his contacts in politics and the media and enjoys a readership of top tier reporters and operatives.In January 2017, he released his first book, compilation of essays from the presidential
In January 2017, he released his first book, compilation of essays from the presidential campaign: The American Singularity – A Guided Tour of Campaign 2016.Reed has had his work published in such outlets as The Orange County Register,
Reed has had his work published in such outlets as The Orange County Register, RealClearPolitics and Politico and is regularly an expert voice on California and national politics and is regularly featured on the NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio and in outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.Reed attended the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Park City, Utah with his wife
Reed attended the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Park City, Utah with his wife Lindsay, and their daughters, Dylan and Tessa.
William Hagstrom is the founder and CEO of Octave Bioscience, an early stage molecular diagnostics company focused on neurodegenerative diseases and conditions. In 2007, Mr. Hagstrom secured financing for Crescendo Bioscience, a specialty diagnostics company focused on autoimmune and inflammatory diseases managed by rheumatologists. Serving as president and chief executive officer, he led the development of the company's product pipeline, operations infrastructure and commercial strategy. In 2014, Crescendo was acquired by Myriad Genetics as a wholly owned subsidiary. Prior to founding Crescendo Bioscience, Mr. Hagstrom was president of Alpha BioPartners, a strategic consulting firm for early stage biotechnology companies. While at Alpha, Mr. Hagstrom co-founded Biolytx Pharmaceuticals and Altheus Therapuetics. Mr. Hagstrom also served as interim CEO of Selexys Pharmaceuticals and Inoveon. Previous to this he was Chairman and CEO of UroCor, a specialty diagnostics company focused on urological cancers and complex diseases. Under Mr. Hagstrom's leadership, the company was an Inc. 500 company from 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995, before becoming public in 1996. Previously, Mr. Hagstrom held executive positions at some of the largest multinational healthcare companies in the world, including Becton Dickinson, American Hospital Supply and Baxter International, where he served as vice president of the company's billion-dollar scientific products division. Mr. Hagstrom serves on a number of Boards including NAViCAN, Genalyte, CareDx and Biolytx.
Matt Huray is a Managing Director in the Global Healthcare Group at Bank of America. He is responsible for executing corporate finance and strategic advisory assignments in Healthcare Services.
Matt joined Merrill Lynch's Global Healthcare Group in 2007. His investment banking experience includes extensive work with both private as well as publicly-listed firms on mergers & acquisitions, equity offerings (both initial public offerings as well as follow on offerings), acquisition financings, and debt financings. Matt holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Additionally, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Matt is also a member of the advisory board for the not-for-profit Ben's Friends (www.bensfriends.org)
Laura Jamer is based out of New York City and covers North America, the Middle East and Europe in her role as Director of Global Partnerships with DIRTT Environmental Solutions. DIRTT, which stands for Doing It Right This Time, is a clean tech construction company that uses video game technology to build flexible interior construction rapidly, cost effectively and sustainably— Think construction for the 21st century. Laura and her team are responsible for more than 700 stakeholders, across 9 countries and 105 companies; generating nearly $270M in annual revenue.
Last year, in the United States alone, construction and demolition waste accounted for nearly 532 million tons of entirely avoidable landfill contributions— That’s roughly twice the estimated weight of the entire populated island of Manhattan. By challenging the commonplace acceptance of today's construction process, Ms. Jamer, an international speaker and industry thought leader, advocates for shifting today's sustainable construction paradigm away from a model riddled with 100-year-old technologies and the inherent waste produced in the process.
As co-founder and CEO of OrderUp, Jeffery drives the growth, vision and strategy of the company while overseeing the technological innovation that makes OrderUp one of the fastest growing online and mobile food ordering and delivery marketplaces in the country. OrderUp was acquired by Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) in July 2015; Jeffery remains on the team, leading OrderUp's expansion efforts nationwide.
Prior to founding OrderUp, Jeffery attended Pennsylvania State University, where he handled sales and marketing for LionMenus, his first foray into the online ordering business. (LionMenus is now OrderUp State College.) He is also an acting board member for Penn State Outreach and Online Education
With over 12 years of on-demand software experience, including 6 years working in the eCommerce space and 4 1/2 years working on the Oracle eBusiness Suite, Jon is able to combine large company experience to help drive the success of an innovative new company dedicated to revolutionizing cloud computing for online retailers.
He is also a LinkedIn Influencer - with over half a million followers - who focuses on personal development and bringing out talent in others.
Bruce is the author of How to Self-Promote without Being a Jerk, which shows people who hate to self-promote how to do it anyway.
Dr. Jeremy Koenig was a national caliber varsity track athlete while simultaneously completing his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Following graduate school, Dr. Koenig pursued Postdoctoral training in genetics at Cornell University. He was a Professor of Nutrigenomics before moving to the biomedical industry focussing on genomics-based health solutions. Throughout his formal training and athletic endeavors, Dr. Koenig worked as a high-performance coach to some the world's top athletes. He founded Athletigen in 2013 in an effort to combine his passion for sport performance with his formal training in genetics. Accordingly, Athletigen's product offering was discovered through extensive collaboration with the world's top performing athletes and the health experts who coach them. Since its inception, Athletigen has been committed to involving the athlete community in the genesis of a game-changing DNA-based training and discovery tool designed to push the artificial boundaries of human performance.
Mike Kreaden has helped hundreds of startups get to market during his 15 years at Salesforce. Mike was one of the original product managers at Salesforce, where he helped manage the first public API and the first platform brand (Sforce). He conceived of and developed the first Salesforce business app marketplace (On Demand Marketplace), and then helped to seed the AppExchange with its initial apps by forming the technical evangelist team. He went on to serve as the Managing Director of the AppExchange Incubator from 2006–2008, and is currently managing The Incubator at Salesforce, as its Executive-in-Residence. Mike got his startup mojo going in 1987, as the co-founder of Honeybee Software, a Canadian business software company that successfully IPO’d in 1998. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering, in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University.
Parker Kuncl is an award winning product designer. He has led teams within some of the most respected design studios world-wide at Samsung, PayPal, and T-Mobile. Now at Uber, Parker visually demonstrates the value that Uber creates for their riders and drivers.
Over the course of his career, he has observed the need to communicate the value of a design quickly to gain buy-in, but also, to gain rapid feedback as part of an iterative process. Pushing the iteration cycle faster has led him to develop wizard-of-oz prototyping skills which revolutionize the discovery phase of projects.
In his rapid prototyping workshops, he replaces the paper prototype with a toolbox that turns every team member into an effective product manager, designer, and builder. His quick interactive models and wizard-of-oz techniques capitalize on nascent technology, embedded sensors, and more productive ways to share visionary concepts.
Mike currently leads the product team at Airbnb for Business in San Francisco. Prior to Airbnb, Mike co-founded Kapost, the leader content marketing platform for B2B marketers. Prior to Kapost, Mike co-founded Qloud, an on-demand streaming music service that had over 20 million monthly users and was acquired by SpinMedia in 2009. Mike holds a degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.
Tom is the Founding Partner and President of Love Communications, a 42-personfull-service marketing firm based in Salt Lake City. Founded in 1999, Love has grown to become on of the most respected communications and public relations firms in the Intermountain region, with approximately $45 MM in capitalized billings and a client list featuring many of the premier brands in the west.
Active in the community, Tom is the immediate Past Chair of United Way of Salt Lake Board of Directors (three terms), and former President of the Utah Advertising Federation. Tom has also served on the boards of the Pioneer Theater Company, the Alta Club, and the University of Utah College of Fine Arts. Tom attended both Pomona College and the University of Utah, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
For financial institutions that want to become true advocates for their account holders, MX developed a revolutionary category of data-driven money management that combines a world-class user experience with the power of analytics.
Liz Maida is the Co-Founder and CEO of Uplevel Security. Prior to founding Uplevel, Liz was a Senior Director at Akamai Technologies and served in multiple executive roles focused on technology strategy and new product development. She played a lead role in Akamai’s initial efforts in DDoS mitigation, fraud detection, and mobile authentication, as well as security products including Akamai’s web application firewall and an analytical engine that leveraged Akamai’s visibility into almost 30% of Internet traffic to assess the security risk of end user requests. Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Princeton University and dual Masters degrees in Computer Science and Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her graduate school research examined the application of graph theory to network interconnection.
Brint Markle is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mountain Hub. Mountain Hub is the first social and information network for the outdoors, a "Waze for the outdoors". Mountain Hub's mission is to inspire safe exploration and a culture of contribution in the outdoors and is used across 50 countries around the world. Prior to Mountain Hub, Brint completed his MBA at MIT Sloan where he was an Anderson Fellow. Before MIT, Brint worked at Bain & Company across the US and Europe on a variety of consulting, private equity, and non-profit projects. Brint also formerly founded Rival Magazine, the first intercollegiate publication between Duke & UNC. Brint is an avid outdoorsman and ski mountaineer with extensive experience spanning the Himalaya, Switzerland, Canada, South America and the US. He is Level III certified by the American Avalanche Institute and graduated cum laude from Duke University where he studied Public Policy & Economics.
Nickolas Mark currently serves as Intermountain Ventures Director at Intermountain Healthcare. In his role he is focused on enabling innovation and transformation within the healthcare industry though new ventures, investments, and strategic partnerships. Intermountain Innovations capitalizes on Intermountain’s forty years of experience leading transformational healthcare initiatives to ensure life-saving medical advancements become beneficial realities for physicians and patients.
Nickolas specializes in venture capital, business development, asset management, strategic growth, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. He has held leadership positions in a variety of settings and industries. Previously, he served as a director for an investment management firm responsible for managing $10 billion in assets. Prior to that, Nickolas held leadership positions at several leading management consulting firms where he was instrumental in helping global organizations and fortune 500 companies implement transformational and innovative solutions.
Nickolas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.
Steve Mesler is the co-founder, President, and CEO of Classroom Champions, an international award-winning education and mentorship organization. A three-time American Olympian, Steve led his team to gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 4-man bobsleigh. This was the U.S.’s first gold medal in the event in 62 years. Steve is now a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee.
Under Steve’s vision and leadership, Classroom Champions has grown from Steve being the only athlete involved in the pilot, working with 200 students, to now more than 80 Olympians and Paralympians who have mentored more than 17,000 students across the U.S., Canada, Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, and Costa Rica in less than five years.
Steve was formerly a leadership development and employee engagement consultant supporting companies with assets over a billions dollars on improving productivity and performance in Western Canada and the U.S. As a finalist for the International Champion for Peace award, Steve was also named one of Sports Illustrated's “Athletes Who Care”.
Eric Miller is co-founder and CEO of Avi-on Labs and CEO of SCVsoft.
Avi-on is a turnkey lighting and home controls platform that makes smart lighting easy to install, easy to change, and easy to life with. Avi-on provides residential and commercial solutions in partnership with major lighting companies to retail and professional markets.
SCVsoft is a software development firm that creates leading edge mobile, server, and analytic software for the energy, big data analytics, and internet of things markets.
Eric is an entrepreneur and leader in the energy efficiency, home and commercial energy control area for over 25 years. Eric has held a number of senior management positions with leading companies including Trilliant, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Itron, Silicon Energy, Foresight Energy, Kenetech, and AES.
Mr. Miller has testified before the U.S. Congress, California Legislature, and Public Utility Commissions Nationwide. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Colorado College and a Master in Engineering from Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering.
Kurt Nicoll is a former professional motocross racer from England. Nicoll was one of the top riders in the Motocross Grand Prix World Championships during the late 1980s and 1990s, finishing as the runner up four times in the F.I.M. 500cc World Championships. Nicoll was a member of the victorious British 1994 Motocross des Nations team. In 2004 and 2009 Nicoll won the AMA Supermoto Championship, and also multiple World Vet Championships in Motocross and Endurocross in the past 5 years.
Previous to his current role at Nitro Circus, Nicoll was the Chief Operating Officer of Godfrey Entertainment, and a key player in securing the global distribution rights agreement with Universal for the Nitro Circus 3D Movie. Prior to working on the Nitro Circus brand he was the Global Director of Racing for KTM Sportmotorcycle AG.
Nicoll currently leads the team routing all Nitro Circus Live tours around the World and oversees the negotiation of deals with international promoter partners and buyers of the show. He was instrumental in bringing the highly acclaimed Nitro World Games to Salt Lake City in 2016.
Aimee is the Executive Director of the Youth Sports Alliance, a Park City nonprofit, providing kids the opportunity to participate in Sports. Her work includes after school introductory sports programming, scholarships for those in financial need, and support to Competitive Programs developing athletes all the way to the highest levels of competition. Her goals are to inspire all kids to be active and healthy, to teach life lessons through sport, and to assist those following their dreams in becoming the best they can be.
Aimee attended the University of Utah on a full ride gymnastics scholarship. Her 4 years on the team culminated in 3 National Championship Team Titles while being awarded 13 Individual All-American awards. University of Utah gymnastics is and was the top attended women's sports program in the country, routinely competing for crowds' averaging over 14,000 fans. Post career, she was named one of the University of Utah's top 25 Female Athletes of all time and inducted into the Hall of Fame. After graduating with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a M.S. in Sports Administration she joined the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Organizing Committee's Sport Department, taking on a key role in organizing one of the most successful Winter Olympic Games in history.
Having been on the elite athletic stage and also behind the scenes setting the stage, she takes pride in her current position creating opportunities for youth athletes at every ability level to participate in sports. She enjoys living in Park City with her husband, sitting in the stands cheering on her 3 teenagers, while spending her free time outdoors with her 2 dogs.
Shaun Ritchie is co-founder and CEO of Teem Technologies Inc., the creator of tools that dramatically improve the productivity, efficiency and happiness of organizations by providing the platform to optimize how people, places, and technology work together. Teems initial product, EventBoard has been adopted by 2000 companies worldwide and has become the standard for meeting room management.
Jerry Ropelato is founder and CEO of WhiteClouds, a cloud-based 3D Printing company. Mr. Ropelato has over 30 years of technology and internet media experience. Prior to founding WhiteClouds, Mr. Ropelato served as the Founder and CEO of Purch, an Internet Technology Media Company. He has been involved with 14 company acquisitions and has founded 8 startups.
Dr. William A. Sands is currently a Sport Technologist at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. Dr. Sands is a former professor at East Tennessee State University. He recently served as the Director of Education for the National Strength and Conditioning Association in Colorado Springs, CO. He has served as the Director of the Monfort Family Human Performance Research Laboratory at Colorado Mesa University. At the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, he was
At the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, he was Recovery Center Leader, Head of Sport Biomechanics, and Engineering and Senior Physiologist. He has nearly 50 years of experience in Olympic sports. Dr. Sands has served as an associate professor at the University of Utah’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science and Co-Director of the Motor Behavior Research Laboratory with adjunct appointments in Bioengineering and Physical Therapy.
He was the Department Chair of Exercise Science & Sports Medicine at California Lutheran University and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory. Other positions include: Director of Research and Development for USA Gymnastics, Scientific Commission of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), and Chair of the United States Elite Coaches Association for Women’s Gymnastics. He has written 11 books, received over $¼ million in grants and contracts, published over 300 articles on sport performance, and received 35 professional awards. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, was certified as an Athlete Recovery Specialist, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Wilderness EMT, and has several certifications in emergency communications, emergency medicine, and search and rescue. Dr. Sands is a former All- American, MVP, Co-Captain, and NAIA Gymnast of the Year. He was also a World Championship coach in gymnastics and produced several Olympians, more than a dozen national team members, and several World Championship Team members. His primary service and research interests involve athlete recovery, high-performance training, strength and power performance.
Bob Wheaton brings over 45 years of ski industry expertise to his position as president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah. Wheaton joined Deer Valley in 1981 and has held a variety of positions with the resort, being appointed general manager in 1988, vice-president of operations in 1989 and president in 1997.
In addition to his responsibilities at the Resort, Wheaton is very active in community organizations, including being a past member and president of the Board of Directors for the Park City Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau, as well as president of the Intermountain Ski Areas Association Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee and president of the Utah Ski Association and has served on the Board of Governors for the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Utah Symphony and Opera. Bob received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Intermountain Ski Areas Association and was awarded Park City Rotary Club’s Professional Citizen of the Year. In 2011, Bob was inducted into the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame. As Deer Valley was a venue site for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, he worked closely with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee to ensure all facets of the events were carried out with the highest standards. Wheaton now serves on the Olympic Legacy Board.
Originally from Michigan, Wheaton is a graduate of Macomb College and has been a certified ski instructor since 1976. He currently resides just outside of Park City in Woodland with his wife Marion. His son Cody recently retired from the United States Army as a Captain in the 75th Ranger Battalion and his daughter Emily is currently in the U.S. Air Force playing in the Air Force Band and stationed at Yokota Air Base just North of Tokyo. His favorite activities include skiing, fly fishing, horseback riding, and camping.