Andy Wirth: The Ironman CEO

As of September 2015, The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board appointed Andy Wirth as the new Chairman. He was appointed by the Reno-Sparks Convention and will be chairing the board that has nine members. The Board was expressed faith that the new board would bring on board unique ideas that would play a very integral role in taking the airport up to a better level when matters related to better performance are concerned. Accepting the appointment, Wirth said that they would add very talented and experienced individuals who are willing to make sure that the airport enhances travel in the region.

Wirth has a lot of experience in matters related to managing resorts and has previously worked in conjunction with different airlines in a bid to bring on much regular and better flights for the resorts in Canada, Colorado, and Utah. When he was a board member, he played a very integral role in acting as a link between the Reno region and Lake Tahoe. Wirth said that he was humbled to represent the authority and also to serve in an area that is critical to the regional economy’s growth. He also said that improving air service is important to the overall tourism industry, to the business community and gaming and said that he was looking forward to attracting more flight activity to the region.

On his regular skydiving escapades a few months back, Andy was involved in a nearly fatal accident that made him come close to bleeding to death after making a rough landing in a vineyard. He considers himself lucky to have survived the accident and attributes windy conditions as the cause of the landing error. When his parachute opened, he became disoriented and missed his intended approach and found himself landing in a vineyard that had steel posts and wires that did a lot of damage to his right arm.

In Summer of 2010, he left Steamboat where he was working for more than 24 years and went ahead to accept a position as Chief Executive Officer and President of Squaw Valley USA. He had to endure more than 21 surgeries on his right arm by spending not less than 50 days in hospital. At the time he resumed work, the arm was recovering well and he had successfully resumed doing many of his normal activities including playing the guitar. During the accident, he had to look for very many ways to distract himself from the pain including singing one of his favorite songs.

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