It’s not an understatement to say Andy Wirth has seen a few things. After all, he once had his right arm surgically reattached after an injury that resulted from a skydiving accident. Andy Wirth was also a back country ranger and part of fire crews in his youth. Today he can be found managing affairs as Squaw Valley Ski Holdings President and CEO.
Born in Neubrucke, West Germany in 1963, Wirth attended school both in the United States and Europe. From there he spent 20 years with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation. Starting as an intern, Wirth was able to work his way up and was named executive vice president of sales and marketing in 2007.
In 2010, Wirth moved on to become President and CEO of Squaw Valley ski resort. During his time at the resort he has overseen huge improvements. Customer satisfaction has improved dramatically thanks to changes to infrastructure, facilities, and lodging under his guidance. Wirth was also instrumental in the 2011 merger with Alpine Meadows ski resort and is now President and CEO in both places. In 2013 Wirth appeared on CBS’s show “Undercover Boss” showcasing the two locations.
Wirth recently was appointed to the board of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board. He will be serving as chairman of the board and will continue his work at Squaw Valley.
Away from work, Wirth continues to recover his fitness from the skydiving accident that nearly took his arm. As part of his recovery, he formed an Ironman 70.3 relay team with a former Navy Seal and college friend. The team is raising money for the Navy Seal Foundation to help those who lost limbs, or worse while serving.
From intern to CEO and board member, Wirth is a great example for anyone to follow. More inspiring however is his fundraising and recovery efforts after his near death experience. He simply won’t quit.