Jay Kemmerer, the co-owner of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, responded Friday to the Patagonia boycott of the resort in a staff email obtained by the Jackson Hole News&Guide.
In the letter, Kemmerer defends his right to "personal beliefs and values" while making a renewed commitment to "reducing environmental impact," at the resort.
"I have always kept my personal views separate from my leadership at the Resort and will continue to do so. I would never impose my values on others," Kemmerer said in the statement.
He also tried to rally morale, saying he never intended to draw media attention for "personal actions," and that staff should be "united" in caring for the mountain, protecting the environment, and providing guest services.
On Aug. 17, the international sportswear company Patagonia announced it would pull all its merchandise from the resort, its largest single customer in Jackson Hole.
The decision was made after Kemmerer co-hosted an Aug. 5 fundraiser for the right-wing House Freedom Caucus. The Spring Creek Ranch event featured Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Jacksonites protested the event, calling out Greene for supporting conspiracy theories and denying climate change. Others criticized Kemmerer for supporting her, and threatened to boycott the resort.
So far, no other companies have announced plans to follow Patagonia’s boycott, which drew national attention in media outlets like the Washington Post and Business Insider.
In his response, Kemmerer told staff he was "saddened and troubled" that his personal political contributions had a negative impact, but he stopped short of issuing an apology.
Instead, he emphasized that the resort did not co-host the fundraiser and does not support any political candidates or political causes.
"The contributions I make are what I believe are in the best interests of America, a Country I love with all my heart,” the co-owner said.
On the environmental front, he described the Resort's use of 100% Green Power for all electricity needs, veggie oil-run vehicles, and partnership with Protect Our Winters.
In a statement to WyoFile, resort president Mary Kate Buckley described initiatives to reduce energy consumption, recycle consumables, and "treat the spectacular natural habitat which surrounds us with vision and care.”
Members of the resort’s board of directors have taken a similar tack.