Andy Wirth King of the Mountain at Squaw Valley

Andy Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings that owns and operates Squaw Valley and the adjacent Alpine Meadows ski resorts. He had his hands full defeating a challenge from a group wanting to incorporate Squaw Valley into the local community, taking control away from Wirth and adversely affecting the ski business.

Wirth has been an accomplished juggler, balancing the wishes of employees and business owners at Squaw Valley against the year-round residents and property owners living in this idyllic community where expansion is usually frowned on by residents but demanded by those working at the resort. He has proven to be an effective arbiter and spokesman for the resort and the residents. Skiers, employees, business owners and workers, and even residents respect his judgment in matters concerning Squaw Valley. Wirth was recently named chair of The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board. He, also, has to be a meteorologist to handle the periodic droughts affecting the southern California area. As snowfall levels decrease and days skied become less with each passing year, Wirth must entertain new recreational ideas that include hosting of meetings and concerts on the grounds of Squaw Valley.

Wirth, recently, added a near death experience to his resume. He does everything with gusto whether in business or in his sport of skydiving. On one day off, he and friends were disappointed to learn that their local airstrip had closed for take-offs due to high winds. Not wanting to have to cancel plans they traveled to another area that was allowing flights. It was windy, but Wirth and friends were not to be dissuaded. Unfortunately, tragedy was lurking and being blown off his intended course Wirth found himself having to make a lethal choice. He could try to land close to a power line and chance electrocution or to land in a local vineyard. He chose the vineyard, crashing into the tightly strung wires supporting grape vines severing his arm from his body in the accident. He survived, his arm was reattached, and Wirth has now promised his wife and children that there will be no more skydiving. He has enough to do at work.

Brazil’s RBS Media Group Is Profiting From The Country’s New Found Fame According To CEO Duda Melzer

When Duda Melzer heard that Brazil was hosting the Summer Olympics, he immediately went to work. He notified all the TV and radio stations in the RBS Group to start covering pre-Olympic stories, so Brazilians would be tuned into his stations before the games got underway. Melzer sent out the same directive when Dilma Rousseff was accused of manipulating funds to hide the real information about the health of the economy. Rousseff has been on Melzer’s radar for months, and now that the trial is in progress and coming to a close, he is looking at the media ratings and smiling. The RBS Group has profited from Brazil’s new found fame, and Melzer is smiling all the way to the bank. That’s not easy to do in Brazil these days, but Duda thinks things will change after the trial.

Duda Melzer is a member of the Sirotsky family. The Sirotsky family started the RBS Group in the 1950s in the city of Porto Alegre. Duda’s grandfather, Mauricio Sirotsky Sobrinho actually founded the company, but it was Duda’s uncle, Nelson Pacheco Sirotsky that expanded the reach of the company by buying TV and radio stations in the South of Brazil. While his uncle was running the RBS Group, Melzer was busy getting a Harvard Masters degree. He also went to work for an American media group in New York. Duda learned how the American media business operates, and he brought that knowledge back to Brazil. He joined the family business, and he worked his way through the company, and eventually took over as president and CEO.

Melzer is considered a versatile executive. He is constantly asked to speak about the media industry, and he travels extensively to promote good news reporting. Duda is involved with several charitable organizations, and he is a well-respected for his marketing and financial knowledge.