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Faces of Sandy

Locals Who are Passionate about the City They Call Home

Hilary Ingoldsby Whitesides

October 1, 2011

Nestled among the Wasatch Mountains, the city of Sandy stands out as one of Utah’s most popular cities. Sandy, however, is more than just a city. It’s a community—one many people love and work hard at maintaining. The following three citizens in particular have dedicated themselves to preserving what they love most about Sandy and are proving that a city is as good as its citizens. Here’s why.



Sylvia Andersen:
Building a Caring Community

According to Sylvia Andersen, there is no better place in the world to shop, eat, recreate, work and live than Sandy. And she should know. As the CEO of N.E.C. Group, Inc., Andersen has lived in Sandy for years and has also traveled extensively. Regardless of where her business and travels take her, Andersen is always happy to come home to Sandy.

“[Sandy] is business friendly, family oriented, clean, safe and healthy. I rarely go outside of Sandy for any services or entertainment. Everything I need is here in Sandy,” she says.

And that’s just the beginning of Andersen’s love and appreciation for Sandy. Andersen has always been impressed with the sense of community in Sandy and has sought to enrich it by serving as a community coordinator in Sandy since 1996. In this capacity Andersen serves as a connection between community residents and the mayor and helps plan neighborhood activities such as a highly successful Easter egg hunt.

Andersen has also served Sandy on the Sandy City Public Utilities Commission, where she helped the city deal with water issues during her fives years of service. From 2006-2008, she also served in the District 48 Utah State House of Representatives, where she became even more convinced that Utah is one of the best-run states in the country and that Sandy is one of its best cities.

“I love that we are the best-run state in the U.S. I love that Sandy is among the lowest in crime rates. I love that the South Towne Expo Center is lovely, clean, well-managed, convenient to where our attendees live, and offers free parking. I love that my office spaces are convenient to the Expo Center; I love that they are affordable and well maintained. I love that I know the city officials and that they are honorable people who truly care about keeping Sandy an awesome place to live,” Andersen says.

Andersen’s crowning achievement, however, is likely her company’s production of the Annual Home Remodeling & Decorating Shows and CAO, The Mountain West Contractors and Apartment Owners Trade Show. Businesses come from all over the nation to participate in the highly successful shows and Andersen is always anxious to tell them about Utah’s economic stability and inviting business atmosphere.

“I am a salesperson by trade—I eat, sleep and live sales. So naturally, I sell to others what I love, and I love Sandy,” Andersen says.  

 

Jennifer George:
Shining a Spotlight on Sandy

Jennifer George has lived in Portland, Ore. and Ann Arbor, Mich., but happily calls Sandy, Utah home.

George moved to Utah as a teenager and started working in Sandy in the hotel industry in 1991. She has stayed in the hotel industry for 20 years, an experience that gives her a first-hand perspective and interest in Sandy tourism.

As George began to see all that Sandy has to offer, she become more involved in the community. She volunteered as the international chair in the Sandy Rotary Club and helped organize and carry out service projects in Sandy’s sister city, Piedras Negras, Mexico.

George was also instrumental in organizing the Sandy Tourism Committee, which combined the tourism efforts of local hotels, the Sandy Chamber of Commerce, Sandy City and the Salt Lake Conventions and Visitors Bureau. The group experienced early success partnering with Intermountain Volleyball to host the JV Girls Championship in Sandy as well as partnering with local ski resorts and starting to market Sandy as the great ski destination that it is.

“Many people outside of the state may recognize Salt Lake City, but are unaware of what Sandy has to offer. I live, work, shop and play in Sandy. We’ve elected to raise a family here. There is a sense of community here that is a rare thing to find. I think that it’s one of the best places for a family to visit, and we’ve heard that very sentiment again and again from hotel clients and guests over the years,” George says.

It’s hard to imagine George had any free time with everything on her plate, but she also still found time to volunteer with the Sandy Chamber’s Women in Business board. George has volunteered twice with the organization because she is passionate about empowering women to be successful.

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