CEO and Philanthropist Andy Wirth

Andrew “Andy” Wirth is not only an avid partaker in both philanthropy and community service, but also the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He’s been at it in the mountain resort and lodging industry for over 25 years. And, as the grandson of former US National Park Service director Conrad Wirth, you could say the field and the likes of it run through his veins.

Wirth was born on July 25th, 1963 in the army base town of Nuebrucke, West Germany. His career path really shifted into gear when he decided to begin schooling at Colorado State University. From there, he would further his industry studies at Scotland’s iconic Edinburgh University.

While receiving his education, Andy Wirth acquired valuable experience serving as a ranger for Rocky Mountain National Parks as well as San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area. Post college and post forest ranger duties, he took on an internship and eventually began working at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation in 2006.

During his time, he took on a variety of marketing and management roles, and was eventually promoted to the status of Mountain Village Partnership’s president. He stayed with this company until 2010.

It was this year that the role of CEO at Squaw Valley ski resort was passed from former director Nancy Cushing to Andy Wirth himself. Almost immediately into his administration, Andy Wirth put into place a a $70 million upgrade to the resort, ultimately enhancing the winter sport haven, and elevating it to the same standards as competing skiing areas.

After just one year, the efforts paid off, and the resort was placed in the top 20 percent of the skiing industry. In addition, under Wirth’s watch the company came to be merged with Alpine Meadows Ski resort, thus allowing guests to purchase a single ticket with admittance to both properties.

The extensively accommodating hideaway offers everything from spas and yoga, to aerial tram rides, camps for the kids, and at nature’s providing, the stunning mountaintop view to take it all in from.

While synchronously juggling his CEO oversights of not one, but now two resorts, Wirth has somehow managed to maintain time for something crucial, supportive, and community-bettering: service and philanthropy.

With a nod to his park ranger roots, Andy Wirth is a major contributor to local environmental organizations, as well as community service organizations in the Tahoe area.

He was the Fall 2014 commencement speaker for Colorado State University’s College of Natural Resources graduation ceremony, and most recently, in January of 2016, was named Chairman and President of the Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation.

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Town Residential Is At The Center Of An NYC Real Estate Boom

New York City is consistently the epicenter of one grand real estate deal after the other. Just when it seems like the city’s real estate scene cannot possibly impress people more, something new arrives to send shockwaves across the landscape. 10 amazing new real estate projects are looming on the horizon. The Real Deal has the full story on the developments.

A project at 28-10 Queens Plaza South, Queens will be made possible through a $640 million construction loan. 22 Chapel Street, Brooklyn is slated to become a new home to 150,000+ of squared-footed rental spaces. 827 Broadway, Manhattan is going to experience a multi-million dollar overhaul and become a new retail location in the heart of the Big Apple. The other projects listed in the article are equally impressive and prove an undeniable truth: the real estate market in New York is growing and will continue to grow. Barring a major downturn in the economy, New York commercial and residential real estate should continue to do strong.

Real estate deals, especially complicated ones, require a host of careful hands to guide the buying, selling, and leasing. This is where the experienced staff of Town Residential may prove incredibly helpful. Although Town Residential has only been on the NYC scene for about five years, the company has been able to make a huge and impressive name for itself. The firm’s success is impossible to ignore.

The experienced staff of Town Residential contributed greatly to the company’s overall track record for success with NYC properties. By bringing together outstanding professionals in the field, Town Residential is perfectly primed to be a part of all the big things in the real estate industry. Clients who work with Town Residential are then able to share in the firm’s success.

Kyle Bass: By the Company He Keeps

The onetime-wunderkind has a special spot in Argentine ruler Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s kitchen cabinet. Bass doesn’t miss a chance to stand up for Kirchner’s most ill-advised actions. After defaulting on foreign debt a second time in only thirteen years, Bass would hear no criticism of the economic skills of the Argentine despot. What’s in it for him?

What was in it for Bass when he stood up for his favored buy-and-hold play General Motors during their recall controversy, insisting victims were somehow to blame for non-deploying airbags, faulty ignition switches and failed power steering units?

One could answer this by simply saying “money,” but that wouldn’t tell the whole story. Kyle Bass was right once – at one point in time. He called the sub-prime mortgage bubble for what it was. He gets credit for seeing the upcoming disaster. But that one insight set Kyle up with a reputation as a mastermind he’s fought hard to justify in the time since.

One way to seem like you have a rare talent for prognostication: Make things happen that ordinarily wouldn’t. Bass has shown he’s not above shorting pharmaceutical companies, then suing them. Win or lose in court, he still profits. He knows to the minute when those stocks are going to tank. He and his parter Erich Spangenberg have the legal paperwork ready to go through a front organization called – ironically – the Coalition for Affordable Drugs. There’s nothing about patent trolling that makes drugs more affordable for anyone.

But Bass gets to say he called top on those pharma stocks. Wunderkind is right again.

Judge Bass by his actions, but know him by the company he keeps: People like Kirchner and Spangenberg in particular.

CEO Bob Reina Continues to Develop New Philanthropic Opportunities


Changing the world and making it a better place for all is something that many people dream of accomplishing. One CEO is doing more than dreaming about change, but is using his own corporation to assist non-profit organizations around the world. Talk Fusion is a marketing company that helps their customers to improve their sales through professional video marketing campaigns and video communication services. Led by founder Bob Reina, the company has become one of the leading marketing services in the world since it opened its doors in 2007.

However, it is not just profit that Reina strives for in his career. The philanthropist has given generously to numerous causes including the Tampa Bay Humane Society and an Indonesian orphanage, among others. To help encourage greater giving he has now launched a program at his business to raise funds for other groups. Through this new program every associate at Talk Fusion is able to donate a free account to a charity they choose. The accounts allow the chosen non-profits to design professional branding and create their own free marketing campaign.

By providing this opportunity, Bob Reina and his numerous associates are able to help non-profit organizations draw more attention to their cause without using the money in their own limited budgets. Talk Fusions associates are not only able to actively participate in this philanthropic gesture, but are also encouraged to contribute their time and efforts to assisting others around the world. Some offer financial donations and many others participate in fundraising drives and in volunteer roles serving people in need.

Reina has spent over 20 years in the marketing industry and has used his unique and creative ideas to help others develop methods of advertising and selling their brand. He uses this same innovation and creativity to find ways to go beyond basic donations or volunteering in an effort to aid as many people as possible. Even his method of operating his business is an example of encouraging others to do well and reap the rewards. Associates are given training to enable them to build their own customer base and are rewarded with compensation plans, commissions and extras like luxury gifts and vacations.


Philanthropist Sanjay Shah Gives Interview On Business And Charity

Solo Capital’s founder Sanjay Shah recently spoke on radio about his company an d about his philanthropy. He is the founder of Autism Rocks, a charity organization dedicated to solving the mystery of Autism. Autism is a neurological disorder that afflicted Sanjay’s son Nikhil. The interview was hosted by, and in it he covered the bases of his breakthrough company and the charity he started.

His love of music went together with his love for his son in creating Autism Rocks. With it, he partners with the music industry to present celebrations that also serve as a funding stream for research into this heartbreaking disorder.

Before his son became ill, however, he had successfully launched Solo Capital. The company is a boutique financial services firm located in London, and is fully licensed and regulated to operate there. It focuses in proprietary trading, consulting and professional sports investments.

The company is only one of many companies Shah owns, that do business as far away as the Cayman Islands. In terms of business advice, Sanjay said in the interview that one should “never underestimate” the amount of money one will need to start. He also added that one should not “assume that you can actually do all of the work yourself.” This counsel is backed by a track record of successes, that would indicate that Shah is worth listening to.

It is ironic that Sanjay wound up as a major philanthropist for a medical condition, as he had originally studied medicine. He later took up accounting and business. Autism Rocks stemmed naturally from his love of music, when he was able to connect with the famous rapper Snoop Dogg. In putting together concerts that raise awareness and money, Shah has been able to make a difference in research. He has also contributed significant amounts of his own capital. For more about Autism Rocks, you can read the Friday magazine article that came out in April, 2016.

It is clear from the interview and his charity that Mr. Shah is truly a remarkable man. To get more information about him, take a look at some of the information available on the web.

Securus upgrades its “Big data” Analytical tool for Correctional Facilities

Securus Technologies is the market leader in the provision of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for investigation, public safety corrections and inmate communication monitoring, have announced the release of THREADS 3.1. This upgrade, in my opinion, is by far the most advanced “big data” analytical equipment available to Corrections markets in the United States.

Securus have upgraded their cornerstone Investigative Solutions product. The first upgrade I noted was their user interface was updated to match the latest web-based technologies while still preserving their powerful analysis ability we are all accustomed to. This update has made easier to use THREADS and enhanced the performance of its systems.

Kelly Solid, Securus’ General Manager of Business Management, stated that they streamlined their user interface, eliminated unnecessary system actions, enhanced navigation, and introduced a search function and record loading on video visitation streaming. I believe these actions will lead to an improved user experience. 

THREADS 3.1 received an upgrade from Silverlight to HTML 5 software platform. This update allows direct integration with other Securus’ products. In my opinion, the easy to use interface gives investigators proactive tool that assists in their investigations.

Other key features I noted in THREADS 3.1 can listen to inmate phone calls in the Secure Call Platform (SCP) that are within the THREADS, customize mapping and printing, and guide real time analysis. I consider THREADS the gold standard in analytical solutions that aid in identifying, detecting, and reporting suspicious calling patterns, correlations communications, fraternization, and associations. The new system will improve Securus to become the platinum standard in inmate communication security.

The best part about the Launch of THREADS 3.1 is all existing customers will receive a free upgrade. I view this as an effort to remain a market in the future. 

About Securus Technologies

Securus Technologies has its headquarters in Dallas Texas. They serve about 3450 law enforcement, public safety and correctional agencies which house about 1,200,000 inmates in North America. They are committed to serving and connecting these institutions through the provision of emergency response, public information, inmate self-service, biometric analysis, incident management, communication, investigation, information management, monitoring products and services with an aim of making the world a better place to live. The company’s services have enabled convenient access and visits to incarcerated loved ones from the comfort of a computer.