Things Are Looking Up For Olympic Valley


Over the last four years Olympic Valley has had its share of some pretty tough times. First a drought came along that was so epic, businesses were forced to remain closed during their most profitable months of the year. As you can imagine, this had a negative impact on the community as a whole.

But that wasn’t the only problem brewing in the Lake Tahoe community. Incorporation Drive, an organization run by Fred Ilfield, decided they wanted to come in and incorporate the city.

Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC, wasn’t too fond of the idea. He believed incorporating the area would be a recipe for fiscal disaster. He referred to it as a threat that could lead to big problems for both businesses and residents in the area.

In an article published in the Reno-Gazette Journal, Wirth was quoted as saying, “This was a fundamental long term threat to operating a business, whether it be a wine bar or a ski area in this valley.”

He also said such a move would lead to higher taxes and a decrease in services people in the community depend on such as road maintenance and snow plowing.

To help prevent this from happening, Wirth’s company Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight the organization trying to incorporate Olympic Valley.

Luckily, Wirth and the community of Lake Tahoe came out on top. Eventually incorporation backers decided to withdraw their efforts and move on.

But that wasn’t the only good news the Lake Tahoe community received. Mother Nature showed up and blessed them with some really great weather. It was so great in fact, businesses were able to open a few months earlier than usual. This allowed them the opportunity to recoup some of the money they lost due to the drought.

While incorporation backers feel Wirth acted out of selfishness, Wirth made it clear his objective was, and will always be, to help the community as a whole.

About Andy Wirth

Since 2010 Andy Wirth has been serving as CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Over the last six years he has worked tirelessly to bring it up to par with other competing ski resorts. After just one year on the job, Wirth managed to rebuild the resorts reputation and help it climb into the top 20 percent of the skiing industry.

Original article: Squaw-Alpine boss looks to turn page on ‘divisive’ fight

The Accomplishments Of Kevin Seawright


Kevin Seawright the Chief Financial Officer and also Executive Vice President of Newark Community Economic Development Corporation has a very busy schedule since graduating from college, he has held jobs in private and public companies. He now works for the city of Newark and, does so with pride, while working closely with the Mayor Ras Baraka. Seawright’s main interest is the growth of Newark and, improving the lives of the people who call the city home. So far he has done a phenomenal job.

He told World Class magazine that it was his parents who instilled helping others in him when he was twelve years old, while living in Philadelphia. He called his parents his role model. Seawright stresses the value of a good education, because this is something that no one can take away from you. He associate himself with groups that will help build the Newark community. Success to him centers around family. His extended family also plays a role in his success. His pride and joy is his daughter.

Helping other is also another form of success. He felt pleased when he was able to give a business person a loan, after the banks denied her. This is one of the services that the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation does. They will hand out loans to businesses, that may not be able to secure a loan through a bank. He is all about making the economy better, this way the lives of the people in Newark can improve.

Before he came to Newark he held various jobs. One of them was Chief Financial and Facilities Officer for Maryland’s largest Departments of Parks and Recreation. He prides himself in knowing that he reduced the budget by $600,000 in one year. Seawright received an award for this accomplishment, he was then propelled to be the Fiscal Operator of the year. From there he moved on to education. He made sure that Maryland’s school was conducive to learning and built properly. With a $600 million he that there were new buildings, and also did improvements on the existing building.

Tito Contractors, Inc in Washington, D.C was also a part of his journey. At Tito’s he handled the budget, guaranteed efficiency and improved the quality of the work. Then at Collington Life Care Community where he served as director, he improved the lives of it’s five hundred residents. Seawright was also involved in a $5 million for operations and construction. His enjoys basketball but, states that he loves football too, insisting he rarely watches much sports because of his busy schedule, but he does tweet when he can. He still wishes that the Redskins, his favorite team would make it to the playoffs.