The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is one of the most historic in the U.S., and has been at the center of major redevelopment plans over the last few decades. Squaw Valley CEO, Andy Wirth, has published an article in the Auburn Journalto help explain the plans that have been developed for the resort to take it into the future. There have been a number of options considered and discussed in more than 500 community meetings that have been completed in a bid to create the perfect plan for Squaw Valley, and to assist the growth of the local economy.
Andy Wirth and his colleagues at Squaw Valley have developed a plan that will not only increase revenues, but will also protect the environment to maintain the natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe area. The expansion plans include the development of 82 acres of asphalt parking lots to increase the size and reach of the Village at Squaw Valley, which will provide an annual tax revenue increase for the area of around $25 million. The 1,400 jobs created by the development plan will increase tax revenues to a level that should allow roads and public services to be increased to higher levels.
The Squaw Valley CEO is a well known figure in the resort management industry after his work in North America and the Caribbean. Wirth’s work at Squaw Valley was interrupted by a life threatening skydiving accident that required a long period of rehabilitation on a serious arm injury. After returning to Squaw Valley, Andy Wirth has become even more involved in the local community than ever before; returning to fitness and good health after his injury saw Wirth complete a triathlon to benefit members of the special forces returning to the U.S. The need to focus on environmental issues for Andy Wirth is seen in the changes made to the Village at Squaw Valley plan, which include alterations to the height of buildings to be constructed as part of the plan.
Andy Wirth has been the CEO and president of Squaw Valley Ski Resort for the past five years. The 52-year-old is the grandson of Conrad Wirth who was National Parks Director from 1951-1964. CEO Wirth’s great-grandfather, Theodore Wirth, helped design the Minneapolis system of parks. In his own right, Andy Wirth brings a lot to his job as Squaw Valley CEO, including 25 years of hotel and resort experience. In 1986, Wirth held several marketing positions with Steamboat Springs Resort. By 2007, Andy Wirth was appointed CEO and vice president of Intrawest. Intrawest had taken over Steamboat Springs in 2007. In 2010, he resigned his position with Irawest to run Squaw Valley Ski Resort where he is in charge of all the marketing decisions. Born in Neubrucke, West Germany, Wirth earned of Bachelor of Science degree at Colorado State University and has attended Edinburgh University, located in Scotland. Prior to his work in hotel industry, Wirth was a ranger in Rocky Mountain National Parks and San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area. Wirth’s wife Karen is a real estate lawyer. He has three children from a previous marriage. The Truckee, California resident is an avid sportsman as well. Andy Wirth loved going skydiving.
In 2011, Andy Wirth became a certified skydiver in Perris, California. On October 12, 2013, Wirth had a skydiving accident that nearly ended his life. Wirth joined his friend, JT Holmes, a mountain athlete, and others for a day of skydiving in Davis, California. On October 13, 2013, Wirth realized that the pilot had not dropped him near the drop zone. Having to deal with power lines , strong winds, and a vineyard, the CEO decided it was safer to land in the vineyard. Trying to slow down his parachute, he ended up veering to the right, and so, with his right arm he grabbed on to a nearby pole. The pole had torn off his right arm from the shoulder on down to his middle fore arm. He had to have his arm surgically attached. Wirth thinks the cause of the accident was because the pilot did not drop the CEO down at the drop zone, and Wirth descended at 2500 feet instead of 4000 feet. The surgery to reattach Mr. Wirth’s arm lasted 12 hours and required 12 units of blood. Since the accident, Andy Wirth is involved Disability Sports, an organization for physically and intellectually disabled people.
The University of Notre Dame is globally recognized as a prestigious academic university as well as a premiere research institution. For students that pursue athletics along with their education, an extra layer of challenge and complexity is added to their studies. However, this allows students who excel to truly shine. For the men’s lacrosse team, many players on the team have managed to find the perfect balance of student and athlete.
Well before joining the ACC in 2012, the Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse team was a club sport. In 1981, the Fighting Irish team officially became a varsity program and competed as part of the Midwest Lacrosse Association for the next 12 years. In 1994 the Fighting Irish team became a member of the Great Western Lacrosse League which was an NCAA Division I college conference. During the next 15 years, the Fighting Irish would make 11 NCAA Tournament Appearances and five NCAA Tournament Final Fours. In 2010 they became a member of the Big East men’s lacrosse conference which was a newly established NCAA Division I conference. In 2012, the men’s lacrosse team joined the ACC which is the highest level of competition for collegiate sports. In 2014, they made it to the NCAA Finals, losing to Duke in the final round.
The current roster for the Fighting Irish lacrosse team is filled with notable student athletes. As many senior level players are focusing on leading on the lacrosse field, they are also pursuing their future off the field. Seventeen players sacrificed having a fun-filled summer and headed to the corporate world instead. Using Notre Dame’s extensive corporate alumni network and career resources, these players completed internships at top companies. These internship opportunities ranged from General Electric to The Riverside Company to Morgan Stanley.
Among these notable student athletes is Matt Landis, who completed his internship at The Riverside Company. In addition to this prestigious accomplishment, Landis also works part-time while managing a full time course load with the School of Business. His 3.6 GPA within this rigorous program makes him a remarkable student in and of itself.
As a starter for Notre Dame, Landis’ athletic schedule is 30 hours per week at a minimum dedicated to the team. He is a two-time monogram winner with Notre Dame and won the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week in 2015.