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Discovering Andy Wirth


For some time now, Andy Wirth has been performing his duties at the mountain resort and hotel industry. He is until now the chief executive officer of a firm known as Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Andy has spent many years gaining experience, and he is working hard at his current place of work to make sure he has transformed the place to be one of the popular places to pay a visit for tourists from all over the world during the winter. Andy was born and raised up in West Germany. He attended his university education at the Colorado state University and the Edinburgh University. He has gained a lot of technical know-how while working as a ranger in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness area and the Rocky Mountain National Parks. His grandfather used to work as director of national parks, something that make Andy develop an immersed interest in parks.

When he finally completed his education, Andy Wirth got a job at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation. He worked there for a long period in mostly the marketing department until he moved to the Intrawest. The company merged with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation and fortunately for Andy, he was made the chief marketing officer. He was also to perform his work as the deputy president of the sales and marketing department. His primary functions included the management of the marketing tricks in the domestic and the global markets for various businesses that are owned by the company. He worked as the leader of the mountain village Partnership, whose aim was in support of the local businesses. Not long ago, he was appointed to be the chairperson of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority board.

In 2010, he took over the management of the company from Nancy Cushing, who had acted as the leader of the company for more than 16 years. One of his major achievements was to oversee the company in its expansion project that used more than $70 million. The development was greatly advantageous to the firm because it was able to compete favorably with other competitors in the market. In only one year, the company was able to post impressive results concerning customer satisfaction. Squaw Valley later merged with Alpine Meadows Ski Results, something that led to a boost in business because customers were able to obtain a single ticket when they wanted to be admitted in any of the resorts.

Companies That Will Lose out in a World of Self-Driving Cars

Driverless cars portend a wonderful future for so many people. Those who cannot drive due to some disability and are stuck having to pay for expensive cab rides or wait for a bus will finally have a more convenient option in the future. One big benefit of these cars is that they should be much safer than cars that we easily distracted human beings drive. This is an extremely good thing for everyone. Well, a good thing for almost everyone. If you are an insurance company, you depend on people buying your product in the event of an accident. However, if self-driving cars don’t get into accidents, the bottom lines of large insurance companies that depend on the auto insurance market for their financial viability will take a beating.

Self-driving cars becoming a commonplace fixture on our roads is still a long way off, but insurance companies already being worried at what they portend indicates they may arrive sooner than we expect. Zeca Oliveira knows that whenever new technology comes along that revolutionizes or ends a particular industry, it has the potential to negatively affect related industries. When cars came along, I have to think farmers who specialized in growing hay for horses had to expand their choice of crops really fast or face starvation. We can only hope that the advent of this automotive technology is not slowed by businesses that would lose out lobbying against their introduction and penetration into the market as self-driving cars would be a good thing for so many people.

The Standard of Excellence

Ernest Hemingway once said “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world…and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” Fine wine, like art and literature, feeds the soul as much as it does the senses as it is an amalgamation of culture, history, and man’s attention to the beauty and pleasures of the natural world.
Drawn by the dream of selling something enjoyable to his customers, former life insurance salesman Stephen Williams founded The Antique Wine Company in 1982. Since then, AWC has risen to the pinnacle of fine and rare wine merchants in the world, trading strictly only in the highest quality wines. Once referred to as the “Sherlock Holmes of Wine,” Stephen Williams, now CEO, has led his company into a prestigious reputation of acquiring some of the best wines in the world while offering outstanding customer service.
In the last 33 years, AWC has collected over 10,000 luxury wine bottles in their cellars and boasts over 20,000 clients in 70 different countries from private collectors to hotels, restaurants and the network of worldwide wine trading. Operating centrally from London, England, they also have two offices in Hong Kong and Manila, Philippines. AWC is a record-breaking institution having sold the most valuable bottle of wine in history, an 1811 Chateau d’Yquem for $117,000, to a former sommelier who plans to enjoy his purchase as the winemakers had intended. This transaction was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011. In 1995, AWC handled the transaction of an entire collection of Chateau d’Yquem was purchased by the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera for $1.5 million.
In addition to selling luxury wines, AWC is available to design private wine-storage cabinets and cellars for clients. The company offers advice and support to private collectors and collections in places such as chateaus, palaces, and grand hotels. Still more impressive is the AWC Wine Academy, launched in 2011, which holds wine master-classes, wine courses, and hosts private events for aspiring wine connoisseurs.
The Antique Wine Company’s attention to detail and its employees’ passionate exemplification of the wine trade has been polled and reported as “outstanding.”