Andy Wirth: Not the Average CEO

 

Andy Wirth is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which includes the ski resorts of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in Olympic Valley, California. Before taking the reigns at the Squaw Valley Ski Holdings in 2010, Wirth got his professional experience working for Steamboat Springs Resort in Colorado. He began working for Steamboat Springs out of college in 1986 and worked his way up to executive vice president and chief marketing officer. In addition to being a businessman, Wirth is also a member of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board, an athlete, and a philanthropist.

According to the story on The Sierra Sun News, Andy Wirth was appointed as Chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board in July of 2015. Wirth was appointed because of his international resort experience. Wirth is hoping, along with the new board members, to help revitalize the Reno-Tahoe Airport in order to bring in more visitors yearly. Enhancing the services provided at the airport will only help to enhance the community, local businesses, and the ski industry in the area. When appointed as Chairman, Wirth said that he was excited to take on the challenge.

Andy Wirth is also an athlete and a lover of extreme sports. A few years ago he fell in love with skydiving but suffered a life-changing accident in 2013. Out for a routine jump in Lodi, California with some friends, the winds shifted and Wirth missed his drop zone. Instead of landing safely, he came down into a vineyard where his right arm got caught on a metal fence post. While waiting for help to arrive, Wirth was able to slow down his bleeding and keep himself calm. After nearly 50 surgeries, he has regained the use of his right arm. Through his recovery he has had the support of many, however a chance meeting with a group of Navy SEALs has pushed him to do more. He has assembled a team for the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Tahoe race to support the Navy SEAL Foundation. Through Crowdwise, Wirth and his Special Warfare Warrior Team are taking donations to support their cause.

Andy Wirth is also a major supporter of environmental causes and finding a clean, renewable energy source. He frequently volunteers and contributes to causes such as the Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee, The McConkey Foundation, the Truckee River Watershed Council, and many others in the area.

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