Andy Wirth Shaping Squaw Valley’s Future

Squaw Valley is one of the most known mountain destinations marketplaces. Activities such as Ice Bar at Alpine Meadows, dawn patrol, snowshoe dinner tours, the north face mountain guides, scenic aerial tram ride, winterwondergrass, and snoventures attract many. Visitations slow during some times of the year like spring even though the snowfall is adequate. Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://www.powder.com/tag/andy-wirth/

The CEO of Squaw Valley, Andy Wirth, together with the community have developed a plan that is aimed at making Squaw Valley competitive. They were are organizing activities all year-round and resort amenities to survive. A plan consistent with the region’s core values, environmental friendly and preserving the mountain resort culture has been under development.

The plan is anticipated to create new jobs and keep the natives and neighbors employed. After more than 500 community meetings to collect ideas, reach a consensus and things to be compromised, the project was reduced substantially and the result will then be reviewed by the Placer County Board of Supervisors for evaluation. Read more: Just Breathe: Andy Wirth on the Upswing in Tahoe

Some of the modifications made include, protecting mountain views by reducing tall structures or eliminating them. Contributions to environmental initiatives. Having recreational opportunities throughout the year by offering educational experiences and miles of new hiking and biking trails, mountain adventure camping.

The resort leds the industry with its wage scale but it’s anticipating to create more 1400 new jobs. The project will also generate over $25 million in annual tax revenue to benefit the entire area in terms of good roads, snow removal, environmental initiatives, transit services, schools and hospitals.

Andy Wirth has worked diligently to make the area one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Wirth has received many awards like Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award from the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees, Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year Award. Made the HSMAI Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing list. Read more: Andy Wirth — KCRW

In Oct, 2013 unfortunately Andy Wirth was involved in a skydiving accident in Lodi, California where his right arm was torn off but was replaced by a medical doctor. In 2014, he was recognized as Citizen of the Year by Disabled Sports USA and received the Community Five Award.

Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://www.sierrasun.com/news/business/17254546-113/squaw-valleys-andy-wirth-appointed-chair-of-reno

Stephen Murray: A Man to Remember for All Times

It has been two months since the death of Stephen Murray, but it has still shaken many people to their core and hit them hard.  He, of course, was was a private equity investor and philanthropist.

While those are two very different things, they show what kind of human being that Stephen Murray was and why he is still remembered to this day and will be for quite some time.  As an investor, he was someone with great foresight on the future.

He knew what to expect before it would happen sometimes.  He had his pulse on private equity and knew when to invest.  This helped him help others.  He was a well-known philanthropist and it takes a special kind of person to do that.  These days, so many people are only interested in their own money and things they can buy with it.

They don’t even think of others or how they can help them, guide them, or be there for them.  That is not the case with Stephen.  He was always looking to help others as much as possible.  That, more than anything, is the legacy of Stephen for  me.

He was someone that was aware of others, cared about others, and wanted to do that all that he could to help them.  In addition to that, he was the president and chief executive officer of CCMP Capital, a private equity firm which helps with buyouts and growth equity transactions.  What this tells me is he that Stephen Murray is a versatile individual that is not afraid of any challenge that is put in front of him.  Nothing is too big or too small for him.

He can handle it all with flying colors and then some.  While others might say, why me?  He says bring it on, and I can handle this.  He was the kind of person that embraced change and embraced challenges.  He never shied away from them. Read more: http://observer.com/2015/02/this-old-thing-private-equity-honcho-drops-little-place-uptown-for-11m/

Stephen still had a lot to accomplish and he was gone from us far too soon.  However, his legacy will remain forever, and that is something that no one can take away from him.  His accomplishments in both his career and in his life will remain forever. Read more: http://culturebytes.org/the-exponential-growth-of-ccmp-capital-under-stephen-murrays-leadership/

He was a rare, one-of-a-kind individual and someone we should always remember and cherish.  As the expression goes, people forget what you do, but they never forget how you make them feel.  Stephen made a lot of people feel very good.

Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/realestate/west-village-townhouse-for-17-million.html?_r=0
https://www.pehub.com/2007/10/5-questions-with-stephen-murray/