If there were such a thing as an “Are you a Parkite?” checklist, Chris Lawing would tick a lot of the boxes. Outgoing, caring, active, and busy with family, the Sales and Marketing Director at Pendry Park City values education, community, and the outdoors while nurturing a soft spot for rescue dogs.

"I've loved Park City since I interviewed here in 2010," says the long-time Virginian, who, along with his wife Amanda, hails from a Navy family. "I wanted to live in the mountains and enjoy a different pace," he says. "I've enjoyed expanding my friendships along the way."

With his dad posted at the Pentagon, Chris graduated from James Madison University, as did Amanda. "If you see a purple and gold JMU Sticker on a car, there's a 99 percent chance it's a Lawing," Chris laughs. "Even though we moved, our two children went there, too."

Chris helped open Montage Deer Valley as Director of Catering and Conference Services, reconnecting with old friend Christopher Hamaway, now with Montage International. The camaraderie he found here attracted him to community service. "Parkites embrace many causes," he notes. "I learned so much in the early years, and now at the Pendry, I always look for ways we can be great community stewards."

"The people who live in our mountain town are different," he observes. "They want to be here, to be outdoors. They embrace the long winters and enjoy everything."

At home with their two rescue Newfoundlands, Chris and Amanda are excited about upcoming graduations as their daughter finishes a University of Utah graduate program and their son completes his JMU undergrad. Amanda teaches at Parkside Elementary, and Chris continues expanding his community presence. Recently elected to the Chamber board, he says he is eyeing the next Park City Leadership program. “Class 31, here I come,“ he laughs. "I am really looking forward to what the next ten years will bring.”