Andy Wirth is an intriguing executive, contributor, and survivor of a terrible accident that happened in October 2013 in an isolated region of Lodi, California. Wirth is the chief executive officer and president of Squaw Valley Ski properties, conglomerate of Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows Resorts. Just recently, Sierra Sun reported he was chosen as the Chairman of Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board in July 2015, which he considers an honor to share his expertise in the local economy. Earlier this year, Andy appeared in a popular show, Undercover Boss, aired on the CBS Television Network in March. As co-founder of Wounded Warrior Support, Wirth has helped raised thousands of dollars to help the Navy Seal Foundation.
In October of 2013, Andy experienced a horrific skydiving accident, causing severe damages to his right arm. He described his ordeal in Steamboat Today as traumatic injuries, requiring 21 surgeries. The things that kept him conscience and literally helped him to overcome going into shock was the song lyrics to “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam, repeated over and over in his mind.
After recovering in the hospital for nearly 3 months, Mr. Wirth received support of two remarkable friends, Navy Seal Team, Andrew Messick and a cyclist friend. The three men organized a relay team that tested his athletic abilities and organized Ironman team, Wounded Warrior Support. The organization raises funds to help support surviving families of warriors who lost their lives and to honor injured warriors. Crowdrise is running a campaign for the trio team members of an event to be held in September 2015 to honor a team for the 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe.
In 2015, he was appointed as Chairman of Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board and continues to run one of the top ski resorts over the world. As a contributor, he raises funds to support the Navy Seal Foundation and contributes to environmental and community service organizations in Lake Tahoe. After receiving much support from friends, co-workers, and families, Andy became a conqueror of injuries and continues business as usual. Since the accident, he has appeared on CBS’s Undercover Boss and co-founded the Wounded Warrior Support Ironman Team.