Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Tara Weaver
It took leaving town for college and traveling the world for a while for Tara Weaver, 33, to realize how much she loves Steamboat Springs. The daughter of Mary and Curt Weiss, Weaver was born and raised in Steamboat, before graduating from Iowa’s Drake University and traipsing and working abroad.
Now married to husband, Ben, and working as operations director for her family’s Central Park Management, she’s doing everything she can to give back, using her work skills to help support the community.
“I don’t think I appreciated Steamboat as much as I should have as a kid,” she says. “Leaving for school and then traveling around the world made me appreciated it here more than I ever would have imagined.”
Most of her philanthropic efforts are geared toward the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs, where she has chaired such fundraisers as the Community Barn Dance and Ski Town Classic, leading to record proceeds. She serves on 10 different Rotary committees, bringing her ceaseless energy to each one.
“We grew up with Rotary as a family, so I’ve always been involved with it,” she says. “It’s my way to serve the community. I love its networking opportunities and people, and feel that as a group we can do more than I ever could as an individual. It’s a way to serve the community in a larger way.”
And she still finds time to give even more. This fall, she’ll help teach the high school’s new CEO entrepreneurship program, and she’s also on the fundraising committee for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association.
“Tara gives 150 percent of herself in everything she does,” says her mom, Mary. “She’s a total team player at the office, and in her personal life she’s committed to her family, friends and the town. She truly loves this community and always makes time to put the needs of others first.”
In whatever spare time she can muster, you’ll find her hiking and camping with her trusty silver lab Josie, or fishing, kayaking and paddleboarding area waterways. “I love the mountains and community feel here,” she says. “It’s amazing to be a part of.”
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