Andrew Wirth, The Man Behind Squaw’s upgrade

In the world of hotel industry and mountain resorts, Andrew Wirth’s name does not fall short of receiving praises. Wirth has worked in the hotel and mountain resort industry for at least twenty five years with his career beginning at Teamboat Springs Resort back in 1986. Presently, Wirth is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings since 2010. Before joining Squaw, Wirth had worked for Intrawest, which is a company that later acquired Steamboat Springs in 2007. The CEO whose has won numerous accolades holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University. He also attended the Edinburgh University in Scotland. During the time that he worked at Steamboat, Wirth served on various marketing positions that further enriched his understanding of the business.

Another initiative that this executive boats of overseeing was the founding of Mountain Village Partnership in 2009. MVP is a business that focuses on marketing promotion for local business, a Steamboat sponsored initiative. He served as the President of the board of directors that were in charge of operations at the organization. Squaw Valley underwent various upgrades under the leadership of Wirth that totaled a cost of $70 million in the areas of infrastructure. The need to improve on infrastructure resulted from the desire to improve customer experience so as to achieve customer satisfaction. In 2010, Squaw expressed interest in acquiring Alpine Meadows ski resorts and did so making Wirth to be the CEO of both resorts. Through his efforts, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has become one of the top tourist attraction sites in the world.

Andrew is also the chairperson at the board of the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees that runs the Reno Stead and Reno-Tahoe International Airports. In an op-ed published through the Reno Gazette-Journal,, Wirth passionately writes about the Clean Power Plan initiative. Clean power solutions is this CEO’s area of passion as he mostly speaks about why societies should take up this initiative. He applauded the Reno Tahoe board of trustees for their decision to take up the Clean Power Plan and advises other companies to do so. The desire by the Clean Power Plan is to help in reducing carbon pollution that comes from existing power plants in the US that contribute greatly to carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Wirth discourages the burning of coal for energy, but instead urges companies to take up green energy solutions that are more sustainable.

Other being a successful business executive, this CEO engages in philanthropic and community service activities that are majorly in the areas of environmental conservation. He is member of the Tahoe Fund Founder’s Circle, the Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee, and The McConkey Foundation among a list of other organizations. Despite the challenges and setbacks he has faced in life, Andy Wirth has continued to make a foot print in the areas of business and environmental preservation.

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