Philanthropic CEO Andy Wirth is an Inspiration and Example of True Grit

Avid cyclist, runner, triathlete and skydiver, Andy Wirth, is more than just President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings in Lake Tahoe, California. Wirth, who was appointed as chairman to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board in July 2015, has shown how hard work and true grit can accomplish anything. After a major skydiving accident severed his arm, he recovered from a three month hospital stay combined with months of rehabilitation. He found motivation and was inspired when a Navy Seal team arrived in Lake Tahoe for combat training. After befriending one of the Seals, he co-founded a team to compete in the Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe in 2014. Proceeds from the race were raised to benefit the Naval Seal Foundation, which benefits families of service men who have lost limbs from combat.

Wirth continues to strive to make the Olympic Valley ski area one of the top ski destinations in the world. Squaw Valley Ski Resort was not only USA Today readers’ number one picks for the top 10 best ski resorts in North America, it was also a Winter Olympics destination. Andy Wirth works very hard improving the Lake Tahoe area for the communities as well as focusing on efforts for environmental preservation. In January of this year, Wirth was elected Chairman and President of the Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation, known as RASC, to promote air service into the area which will help grow the economy. These efforts also hope to bridge private business with public organizations thus boosting tourism in the area.

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