Our 2014 Stellar Award recipient is Tom Pollard, Town of Alta Mayor
Tom was born and grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After graduating, Tom left the arid desert and headed to the Wasatch Mountains to fulfill a dream to spend the winter skiing. Tom arrived in Alta in September of 1981 and never left. Tom started working as the night auditor at the Rustler Lodge and six years later, in 1987, became the General Manager. That same year Tom was convinced to run for Town Council by two then town council members, David Houghton and Tim Evenden. Tom won the election and has been involved in the Town of Alta Government ever since.
Over the years Tom has felt strongly about wanting to give back to the community that he has grown to love. In 1990, Tom was married to Kate Arnold and made Alta home. They have 2 children, Andrew, 19, and Jacqueline, 16, who believe that Alta is a special place. Tom strives to preserve that viewpoint for his children. In 2006, after former mayor Bill Leavitt decided to no longer run for office, Tom ran for the office of Mayor and subsequently won. Tom is currently serving his third term as the Town of Alta Mayor. Tom remains dedicated to preserving the mystique that is Alta, while striving to maintain a sustainable community from an economic and environmental perspective.
Over the years Tom has developed a deep appreciation for the efforts of the town’s nonprofits. Tom applauds the Alta Historical Society’s efforts to preserve and tell the story of our rich past, Alta Community Enrichment’s support and development of community programming, and Friends of Alta’s dedication to the stewardship and protection of our environment. Tom feels that these three nonprofits add a dimension of community diversity that is unprecedented in small resort towns. Tom looks forward to working with these nonprofits and the rest of the community as Alta moves into the future.
2013 Stellar Award recipient: Connie Marshall
Connie has been in Alta since 1974 and has dedicated her years here to Alta Ski Area and our local community.
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2012 Stellar Award Recipients: Jaeann Tschiffely & John Guldner.
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|Jaeann Tschiffely has been the school teacher at Alta's one room public school since inception in 2002.||John Guldner has worked for the Town of Alta since 1982.|
"Since the creation of the Alta School, Jaeann has provided
a great asset to our community, education for our children. Through her
enthusiasm and guidance our unique “One Room Schoolhouse” has been an amazing
success. Being a parent of 2 children who were in her classroom, it was refreshing
to watch how her efforts enhanced and expanded the education experience each
year. Both of my children feel she played a pivotal role in helping them become
“More than any person past or present, John Guldner is a
walking Alta encyclopedia. If he does not know something, he knows where
to look or whom to ask. His friendly manner has earned him respect and
friendship of many. The fact that he has few detractors is remarkable
considering the range of personalities, egos, and projects he has sheparded
through the years.”