Hot Tub for a Hero 2023

Operations Sergeant Major Pete Amis Named Hot Tub for a Hero Recipient

The Georgia Spa Gives Back program has named Operations Sergeant Major Pete Amis a Hot Tub for a Hero recipient.

Amis, recently retired after serving 27 years in the Armed Forces, was surprised with the announcement while out to lunch with his family in their hometown of Winder, Ga. Lauren, his wife helped arrange the surprise and was one of four people who nominated Pete for this recognition.

"He truly believes and lives by the Soldier's Creed," said Lauren. "Since moving to Winder four years ago with the Georgia Army National Guard almost every weekend of the first two years was spent serving and supervising all aspects of Covid operations locally and through the state."

Amis service began with the Army in 1987 and included stations at Fort Benning in Georgia, Fort Hood in Text, Fort Stewart in Georgia and deployments to Southwest Asia and Somalia. After his Army service, Amis attended Georgia Southern University and Valdosta State University earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Adult and Career Education. For the next 10 years, Amis taught Construction Technology at Bradwell Institute in Hainesville, Ga. In 2004, Amis continued his service enlisting in the Georgia Army National Guard.

Georgia Spa Gives Back's 2023 Hot Tub for a Hero recipient Pete Amis with his wife Lauren.

"He is also a devoted husband, father and friend," added Lauren. "He has a servant heart and spends his free time making our dreams come true on the homestead."

In a nomination received from his mother-in-law, April Drury, she stated, "Pete is truly one of the most dedicated soldiers I know, and he has earned many awards throughout his career. He is not only a hero as a soldier, but also to his family. He puts his heart and soul into everything he does, looks out for, and takes care of everyone but himself."

Nominations for Amis were also received from friends Brooke Lewis-Slamkova and Mark Lewallen. Their nominations furthered sentiment of Amis being a soldier who "always puts his duty and honor above all else" and that he "deserves time to relax" in retirement.

The Georgia Spa Gives Back program is proud to help welcome Amis into retirement and hopes the new hot tub will provide relaxation, relief, and a way to connect with friends and family in his newest chapter of life.

The 2023 Hot Tub for a Hero nominations received were more than double any previous years, and after a very rigorous review process Amis was chosen as the fifth Hot Tub for a Hero recipient from Georgia Spa Company. He joins military veterans, Command Sergeant Major Joshua Coble and Captain Jonathan Davis of the United States Army, who were recognized in 2019 and 2021, respectively. In 2020, nurse Tori Mendelsohn was acknowledged for being a hero as a frontline worker in the healthcare industry, and in 2022, Officer Michael O'Brien of the Kennesaw Police Department was awarded a spa for his efforts as a Public Safety Worker.

Georgia Spa Company Executive Vice President David Baker and Vice President of Sales Adam Eubanks (right) with 2023 Hot Tub for a Hero recipient Pete Amis and his family.
Operations Sergeant Major Pete Amis and his two sons visit our Athens Showroom to check out the spas with Sales Professionals Leo Arsenault (Left) and Christy Showley (right)

Operations Sergeant Major Pete Amis (third from the right) received his Hot Spring Spa from members of the Georgia Spa leadership team. Pictured L-R: Ashley Steed, Adam Eubanks, Merritt Athon, Pete Amis, Chris Johnson and Mike Brown.

The Georgia Spa Gives Back program is a charitable giving initiative focused on giving back to different organizations and deserving individuals around the state of Georgia. Through the program, Georgia Spa selects a charity or cause to sponsor and donates a portion of our proceeds from a given month or quarter to that organization or individual.

An initiative of the Gives Back program, Hot Tub for a Hero is also supported by partnerships with Hot Springs Spas, Gravitt Electric and Spain & Sons Construction.