In an article from the Reno Gazette-Journal it is reported that the Lake Tahoe area is suffering from a seriouss drought. This is causing a lot of hardship for winter resorts and small business in this area that need favorable weather conditions for successful business. Not only is the weather threatening this area; the area is also faced with a political challenge.
The beautiful Olympic Valley, home to Squaw Valley Resort and other winter sports teams were being challenged from an incorporation battle. There is; however, some relief in sight says, Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. It has been a hard four years, say Wirth, but they are receiving some help from Mother Nature in the form of early season storms.
Wirth works in the mountain resort and hotel industry, and is currently President of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He has a long history in this area as his grandfather had been director of the US National Park Service. Wirth himself has been in the mountain resort industry for over 25 years.
Andy Wirth, born in West Germany, begain with the Steamboat Ski Corp. in 1986. He served them in many different marketing areas for ownership groups involved in the ski resort industry for over 20 years. In 2007 he was promoted to their parent company, Intrawest. There, Wirth managed domestic and global marketing strategies which led to the formation of the Mountain Village Partnership. He was appointed President of Squaw Valley ski resort in 2010.
Wirth considered incorporation efforts a threat to the businesses in the area. It was also considered a threat to the civic climate; however, relief has come this week when they withdrew their efforts to incorporate Olympic Valley. In Wirth’s opinion the efforts were a recipe for disaster and a long term threat to operating a business in the area.
Backers of the incorporation say the company had plans to improve real estate with more residential and commercial development. They had planned to build a gondola to connect Squaw Valley with Alpine Meadows, two ski areas. One drive organizer feels the opposition was due to Ski Holdings wanting to influence the Placer County supervisors and not having local influence of the local residents.
Wirth rejects this interpretation and says now they can work on transportation and other issues as a community. He feels everyone will come to agree on what they all love about this area and also agree on what it needs to continue to grow and succeed. He sees the aborted efforts to incorporate as a chance for the area to heal.
Brian Mulligan has dabbled in the field of media, sports, entertainment and business. He is the current CEO of Brooknol Advisors. This company engages in media activities, sports and entertainment advisory services. In addition to his CEO role, Brian holds the position of Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Over his 30 year career, Brian Mulligan has held a number of roles. He has been a chief executive officer, a chairman, chief operating officer and even a chief financial officer for a number of media and entertainment companies. He has held managerial positions in Universal Pictures, Universal Television, Fox broadcasting and cable and Boston Consulting.
As an Executive Officer at the Joseph E Seagram and Sons Company, Mr. Mulligan was tasked with the corporate, financial and strategic business functions. He moved to Cerbus Capital management in 2004 where he was made the Senior Executive Adviser for media and entertainment. Mulligan played the role of Executive adviser at Boston Consulting Group where he worked for a short stint. The BCG Company engages in management and consultations.
His thirst for media was quenched at Universal Studios where he was the financial controller before becoming the executive vice president. He proceeded to work at Fox Television where he served as the chairman and consultant in the division of the news corporation Limited. From his position, he was able to manage the television stations of Fox Group, Fox sports, the Fox Cable Network Group and the rest of the business operations for the network. His experience in the media industry enabled him to establish the universal Partners, a group that was formed for the sole purpose of acquiring Universal Entertainment.
Brian attributes all his success to his hard work, studies and his strong character. He also claims that the skills he acquired in his various positions prepared him for the roles he currently plays. He has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Brian received his masters in Business Administration degree from John E Anderson Graduate School of Management in Los Angeles.
Mr. Mulligan involves himself in charity causes that are aimed at the social development of the community. He has been involved in A Better LA, which helps raise money for schools. In addition, he is a huge supporter of arts, media and entertainment sector. Mr. Mulligan is also an author and has a blog that he frequently uses to inspire and inform his readers.