Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth is one of the most successful resort administrators in the U.S. Just a few short years ago, he took over fledgling Squaw Valley and built it into a powerhouse. He initiated a multimillion dollar upgrade, made some administrative changes and added a number of perks to upgrade employee morale. He has earned a great deal of respect from his staff, visitors and members of the community.
His hands-on approach has done nothing but good for Squaw Valley. When he took over for the outgoing CEO Nancy Cushing, visitation had dropped to an all-time low. “There was no doubt that many badly needed changes were in order,” says Wirth. Not only did he do it, he did it in record time. He already had over 2 decades in the industry, having worked for Steamboat Springs Resort. That was his platform into something better.
Iron Man reported that shortly after Andy Wirth graduated from Colorado State University, Wirth started working with the Rocky Mountain Forest Service. Wirth has received many awards for excellence. He is one of the leading proponents of green initiatives in the state of Colorado.
Andy Wirth is an avid sportsman and athlete. However, his life took a turn last year when he lost an arm in a skydiving accident. “I landed in a vineyard and watch a pole rip my arm off,” says Wirth. It was a miracle that he was found so soon and airlifted to a local hospital. His arm was reattached, but the journey back has been a bumpy, arduous ride.
According to CrowdRise, Andy Wirth says he thanks his lucky stars for being given a second chance. He is also doing well enough to compete in the upcoming Ironman Triathlon. His long-term goal is to get back to his former self. People who know Wirth best say don’t bet against him. When he sets he mind to something, he usually gets it done.
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SWball April 28, 2016
Posted In: Andy Wirth, Colorado State University, Squaw Valley
Men and women have been wearing sandals for centuries. Someone once said sandals are the perfect foot covering even though they don’t cover much of the foot. Sandal styles haven’t changed much over the years. The basic thong, toe ring, ankle strap and cross band have been tweaked using different materials, accessories and heel heights over the years. The major shoe brands depend on sandal sales every year. Most shoe companies would have a tough time making their projected sales figures if sandal sales dropped out of the sales volume forecast. But that happens from time-to-time. Consumers that get bored with the latest tweaks on the basic silhouettes wear last year’s styles. Shoe companies go back to their product development drawing boards, and they try to reinvent a style or styles that was popular in another century.
Dolce & Gabbana has built a reputation selling fashion clothing and shoes. Sandals have been a big part of their product line. The Italians take pride in the fact that they know more about sandals than other cultures, but that’s not really true. Dolce & Gabbana came under fire recently when they introduced another version of the gladiator sandal and called it a “Slave Sandal,” according to an article originally posted by Footwear News and the SydneyMorningHerald.com. This new version of a pom-pom covered gladiator that retailed for more than $3,255. But the critics didn’t like the new name and Dolce & Gabbana pulled the sandal from their product mix.
JustFab, the online fashion house, likes to offer consumers unique gladiator styles that other retail and online stores don’t offer. The designers at JustFab play close attention to the latest looks in Europe and other parts of the world and develop a fashion line that combines trends, reasonable prices, and an easy online shopping experience.
The Los Angeles-based JustFab on retailmenot has a product development department that searches the world for clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories that are unique, timely and personal. Shipping is always free, and their personalized shopper mindset and direct from the manufacturer approach is the key to finding styles that are worth more than the price.
SWball April 21, 2016
Posted In: Fashion Company
Over the years, Beneful has become a widely celebrated brand of dog food products, beloved by canine owners everywhere. They are known for their diverse variety of foods, and have earned a well deserved reputation for their choice chow. In fact, the Nestle PurinaStore Petcare Beneful brand has not only generated billions in revenues, but has climbed to the top of of the dog food totem pole. Beneful established itself through marketing that revolved around proper animal nutrition. Their exceptional products include wet food, as well as dry and canned food, along with a slew of healthy doggie snacks and other treats. In early aughts Beneful launched ‘The Beneful Healthy Harvest’ line, premium dry food that substituted meat based protein with soy. Additionally, Beneful Prepared Meals emerged a year later, offering innovative resealable, multipurpose packaging that doubles as a food bowl. One of Beneful’s most popular offerings is their ‘Healthy Weight with Real Chicken Dog Food’, an especially healthy alternative designed to help adult dogs maintain a healthy weight while getting all the nutrition they need. This selection is comprised of both soft and crunchy bits beloved all kinds of canines. It’s part of Beneful’s Purposeful Recipe line which revolves around healthy grub with a great taste. Another popular choice is ‘Beneful IncrediBites with Real Beef’, another healthy selection perfect for smaller dogs. It is made up of tinier bites, that like all of Beneful’s products doesn’t sacrifice flavor, while remaining nutritious. It’s notably great for pickier dogs who aren’t always keen on dry food. For dogs suffering from dental problems there’s ‘Beneful Healthy Smile Twists’, a savory snack that also serves to rid canine mouths of plaque and tartar buildup, and includes parsley to further help keep your dog’s mouth clean and disease free. Finally, one of their most lauded products is ‘Beneful Healthy Puppy’, a calcium rich blend with DHA which helps ensure strong teeth and bones and contributes to healthy vision and brain function. At the end of the day, if you’re a dog lover you probably love Beneful, a brand that truly cares about your puppy’s health.
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SWball April 20, 2016
Posted In: Canine Premium Products
Slyce is one of the most innovative new technologies in terms of bridging the gap between consumers and retailers. They bridge this gap by providing a reliable application for searching for products through visual search recognition software. The software that runs the application searches for products based on images that the consumer picks out. The consumer can use a variety of images to conduct their search. They can actually take a picture of a product that they see in their environment in order to search for it in Slyce’s market place, which is probably the most convenient way to conduct a search through Slyce. However, the user also has the option to take a picture of a picture, or they can use QR codes or barcodes to conduct their search on Slyce.
New Partnerships Between Slyce And Major Retailers
One of the latest partnerships that Slyce is proud to announce is the agreement with Shoe Carnival Inc. that will bring high quality footwear to a virtual search market place located on every consumer’s smart phone. Slyce announced in an article from Market Wired that they will be presenting products from Shoe Carnival, and they officially signed this agreement in October of 2015, so users are excited to finally get closer to the products offered by this valued retailer in major brands of footwear.
Shoe Carnival offers footwear options to men, women and children, and they have the best national and regional name brands to offer to consumers. They offer their products at affordable prices, and they have 400 stores across the US. With all their retail space and a new connection with Slyce’s virtual market place it appears that Shoe Carnival will be gaining more recognition as a reliable retailer in shoe sales.
SLyce has made several interesting partnerships over the last year. They have partnered with Neiman Marcus, Urban Outfitters, Tilly’s and others, so their users have many options to choose from when they want quality products. Users get the advantage of not having to go to a store, and they don’t have to conduct lengthy searches online by using Slyce to do all their online shopping. Slyce is easy to use, and the app is free to download. If you haven’t already started downloading it, then you should check out this article from Market Wired.
SWball April 5, 2016
Posted In: Service Agreement
Middlesex County Improvement Authority is in arrears and has failed to meet its financial obligations to Reinvestment Development Authority. It had received a loan totaling to 20 million dollars from the casino. The loan enabled it construct the Heldrich which performs as a hotel and a conference center. The hotel is appropriated by New Brunswick Development Corp which is a nonprofit organization.
Devco has been applauded severally with the latest recognition coming from Senate President Stephen Sweeney. The Brunswick was used as the pilot program to test for the viability of Atlantic City Development Corp that is set to direct over 200 million dollars in addition to 19.5 million dollars in form of CRDA money.
Posting a 63.5% occupancy level at this financial shaky climate is no easy fit. The Heldrich which boasts 235 rooms is a darling to many including its largest client Johnson & Johnson. DEVCO is committed to the hotel bailing it out when it lacks funds. The original version was posted by Atlantic City.
DEVCO is committed to paying the money owed and has already repaid some bond owners. Christopher Paladino who heads DEVCO has acknowledged that the money owed to CRDA will be repaid. Atlantic City Development Corp has learnt a lot from the Heldrich and will not suffer the same financial crisis. CRDA representatives are confident that the DEVCO will make good its payment. John Palmeri who is the CEO of CRDA further added that they knew they would be paid last as per the agreement.
DEVCO was founded in the late 1970s to oversee developments in Middlesex County. The development authority has constructed several buildings over the years and is responsible for the turnaround in the county. The corporation which is nonprofit in nature has seen the development of schools and hospitals. Its developments such as the Heldrich hotel have provided employment opportunities to many people. DEVCO has carried out many development projects and has set it eyes to newer areas that will promote the local economy.
SWball April 1, 2016
Posted In: Real Estate Development