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.

Tips for Falling Asleep Faster and Staying Asleep Longer

According to the Amen Clinics, a good night of sleep is essential for good physical and mental health. Loss a few hours of sleep one night and the following day will be miserable for you and everyone around you. Loss of sleep makes us irritable and feel terrible. If the loss of sleep continues, it can lead to lower IQ and obesity, plus a variety of other health problems. Use these tips for falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer so you can look and feel your best.

* Start and stick with a bedtime routine. Same time, same place each night.
* Make your bedroom comfortable. No noise, no lights and cool temperature.
* Don’t drink alcohol before going to bed.
* Drink a glass of warm milk just before bedtime.
* Get a few minutes of sun exposure early in the day to keep your internal clock on track.
* Don’t use cell phone as alarm clock. Texting and calling is too tempting.
* Stretch and breath deeply before or after lying down to relax the muscles and release stress.
* Count backwards from 100 to occupy your mind and let go of the thoughts of the day.
* Get out of bed if you can’t sleep. Lying there wide awake causes you to be stressed, which further delays sleep.
* Move the alarm clock away from you so you won’t be able to watch the clock and stress out over how late it is getting.

General Mills To Stop Misleading “Natural” Labeling

By definition alone, most of our food products are organic because somewhere along the line they originated from a living organism. Foods are considered to be reasonably healthy by comparison if they are cooked at home rather than handed out the drive-thru window at the local fast food joint. Unfortunately, consumers want to know more about the foods they are putting in their bodies and are demanding that manufacturers clearly and accurately label all food items.

General Mills and other companies are learning the hard way that truth in advertising means, well…truth in advertising. After multiple accusations and more than a few lawsuits were brought forward, companies were investigated and informed that they must stop labeling their food products with certain popular branding words. Unless items strictly meet the federal and consumer group guidelines, they cannot be marketed as ‘healthy’ or ‘organic’. Even seemingly benign titles like all-natural have been eradicated from some packaging. While many companies jumped on the health kick bandwagon, most have fallen off for failure to comply with appropriate regulations. After a hefty payout and potential fines and penalties, these major companies will also have to shell out some big bucks to redesign their packaging on many products. Health advocate Zeca Oliveira thinks this is a step in the right direction for our national food production. A lesson well learned.

Chop House Overcharges Customers Thousands for Meals

Eating out can be expensive, especially for dozens of people who recently dined at the Chop House in Knoxville, Tennessee. They were reportedly charged between $8,000-$99,000 for their meals due to a computer glitch in the system. One customer reported being charged $27,000 for chicken and beer.

While this may seem outrageous, electronic forms of payment, while convenient, can experience electronic glitches when systems are being updated, maintenance is being run, or processors are otherwise malfunctioning. The Tennessee restaurant is not the first to experience a computer glitch and overcharge customers. Del Taco in Santa Paula, California, recently charged 150 customers thousands for tacos and sodas, due to a computer glitch in the system regarding credit cards and ATM purchases.

The problem with overcharges at Chop House also affects debit and credit card payments, as the glitch is in the credit card and debit card processor. The overcharges are restricted to the Chop House at the Knoxville, Tennessee location and Bloomberg has stated that it does not affect all restaurants, so you don’t have to worry about that Sam Tabar. The restaurant is currently working to resolve the issue, refund customer’s money, and assist with bank overdraft fees for affected consumers.