Andy Wirth on wsj is a business owner, philanthropist and athlete. Among his favorite activities is skydiving. He in fact goes on multiple skydives on a daily basis. However, there was one day when it unfortunate accident occurred where he suffered an injury that almost cost him his life. Andy Wirth fell into the vineyard and ripped his arm almost completely off. He then spent the next significant period of his life in the hospital recovering. Andy Wirth describes it as his close call. He has also went on a journey on crunchbase.com which has given him a new found appreciation for life.
One thing that helped him survive his encounter was his experience as a backcountry ranger. Andy Wirth has gained plenty of experience when it comes to trauma. One thing that he has learned from his experience was to keep the shock from occurring. He used a song by Pearl Jam to calm him down. Then he spent three months in the hospital on http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=36030954&privcapId=7911768 and then began his healing process where he met with plenty of interesting people including a Navy Seal team which helped and encouraged him with their struggles in the battlefield.
Andy Wirth on kcrw is currently CEO of Squaw Valley Ski. When he took over, he sent the company through an upgrade that was worth $70 million. Squaw Valley underwent improvements which included changes being made to the mountain design, renovations being made to various areas, funds were put to lodging and other areas by KSL Capital Partners, and plenty of other upgrades were made to the company. As a result, the resort has jumped very high in rankings. Because of the upgrades, Squaw Valley became one of the top 20% of the resorts when it came to customer satisfaction.