Andy Wirth and the Risk of Olympic Valley Incorporation

The people of Lake Tahoe’s northern shores have endured quite a rough ride over the course of the last several years. They experienced a severe drought that hurt local winter resorts and many smaller businesses, for example. They also had to deal with a significant political dilemma that involved potentially incorporating Olympic Valley. Olympic Valley is noteworthy due to being Squaw Valley Ski Resort’s location.
Andy Wirth is Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC’s Chief Executive Officer and president. His future may just be starting to look brighter than it did before. He noted that the last four years have been particularly taxing and difficult. Squaw Valley and nearby resorts, however, had a good luck charm on their sides toward the beginning of the season.

Colder temperatures and storms allowed resorts to begin operations much earlier than usual. Incorporation supporters also have recently opted to extract their requests. Wirth was not a fan of the incorporation request from the start.

He thought that incorporation could be seriously detrimental to local civic and business matters. Wirth believes strongly that incorporation could have caused negative consequences including steeper taxes. He states that incorporation could have meant financial problems for the people of the area for a long time to come. This information appeared on the Reno Gazette Journal.

Andy (short for “Andrew) Wirth originally comes from Germany. He was born in the Western European nation toward the end of July 1963. His father was named Conrad L. Wirth. The elder Wirth was a United States citizen who also happened to be a leading conservationist, park service head and architect.

He worked for the National Park Service as its director from 1951 to 1964. The younger Wirth has yet another family tie in the same exact field. His grandfather was Theodore Wirth, a Swiss man who worked in the park design industry. He designed many parks located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Although Wirth’s life began in Europe, he enrolled at Colorado State University to get his Bachelor of Science degree. He temporarily returned to the European continent for a while to go to Edinburgh University in Scotland after that, too.

Wirth was named the Squaw Valley Ski Resort’s head in 2010. He keeps busy with running the famed resort. He also keeps busy with his philanthropic interests. He concentrates a lot on community service groups located in the Lake Tahoe region.

He also concentrates heavily on environmental causes. His general objective is to enhance the region for all of its residents regardless of their age groups. He wants to make Squaw Valley a more beloved destination for all. Wirth is happily married to Karen, an attorney in real estate. They both live in the city of Truckee, California.

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400 Arrested in Venezuela Over Looting

400 people in Venezuela have been arrested for looting and rioting due to the food shortages. It is said that over 100 shops in Cumana were hit by the looters and one person died during the looting and riots. Venezuela is known the have inflation rates of 0, the highest in the world. Venezuelans are typically forced to wait in line for hours in order to get food. Opposing politicians blame the government for the shortage of food, but the government claims that the shortages are caused by the economic war to drive the current president out of office. Congresswoman Norka Luque claims that the shops were looted for food, however only optician and clothing shops were targeted. Luque says protestors are agitated by the lack of food and medicine and have been known to have made around 10 attempts of looting a day in Cumana.

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ClassDojo: A New and Innovative Tool of Learning

They were developed due to the need to eradicate the fear of the learning system by students. Through it, students can look at learning as something they can conquer. This is the type of ideology that most teachers would want to associate with. It makes learning much exciting for the learner and easier on the side of the teacher to pass knowledge. But, since the research is not well developed it will take a considerable amount of time for teachers to be able to weave a growth ideology on the learners.

In consideration of the above, Stanford`s Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) Center is teaming up with classDojo to help come up with resources that will aid in giving students a growth mindset they are doing this through a series of those classDojo animated characters that most learners can relate with. The research is trying to correlate what the students are learning plus how such changes after using the video.

Ideologically classDojo was a tool for behavior management; teachers could award learners points if they behaved well or demonstrated a new skill. Through various innovations, it is now possible for teachers to share videos, photos and also text messages with parents on how their children are faring on at school. Due to such innovations classDojo has become teachers’ favorite with half of all U.S. schools using it and other 180 countries across the globe.

The growth in popularity of classDojo has brought great excitement to Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) executive director Dave Paunesku. His team has mad the collaboration to ascertain how well classDojo works. This is done by analyzing the reaction of those teachers and learners who use the tool before and after they started using it.

The idea is not to just basically analyze how the video influences growth on learning PERTS is going an extra mile to ascertain the individual ability of a teacher to influence growth on a learner; this is done in order come up with the most effective tool that will be effective for growth in learners. They will look at what the teacher does and how what he/she changes as a result of incorporating the video. This research will also be able to ascertain the workability of classDojo.

classDojo has produced five additional videos that are readily available to learners and teachers freely. PERTS hopes to release the data of their research by March.

 

Learn more about Class Dojo:

https://twitter.com/classdojo?lang=en

https://classdojo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/200185275-For-teachers

Reinvention Makes the World a Better Place

They say that necessity is the mother of all inventions, but they also say if you want to invent something really good, take something that everyone already likes and make it better. That is exactly what Bernardo Chua did with healthy beverages, and what he hopes to do with Tea, Coffee, and other beverages.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Bernardo learned early on the value of hard work. His dedication and ability to work hard helped him build a multi-million dollar international company. Not only did he learn hard work early on, but also he learned the valuable health benefits of the herb ganoderma lucidium. With the addition of the herb, drinkers have seen greater levels of wellness, balance and prosperity.

Bernardo saw the benefits of the ganoderma lucidium herb and was able to reinvent beverages that people liked to make the drinks even better and healthier. In creating and developing his multi-million dollar company, he started with only three employees to get his start-up Organo Gold going. Now Organo Gold operates in 35 countries and employs thousands.

Bernardo and his company have won many awards because of the amazing health benefits of adding ganoderma lucidium to different drinks. He has also won the prestigious Dangal ng Bayan award several years in a row. Bernardo has also won the Direct Sales Company Executive of the Year at least half a dozen times.

He and his company through a foundation started by Organo Gold called the OG Cares Foundation sponsor enriching the lives of young men and women everywhere and how they can improve their lives and prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow. Through speeches and mentoring the OG Cares Foundation teaches hard work, determination, and business skills, the same traits Bernardo learned growing up in the Phillipines.

Before Bernardo started his own company Organo Gold, he came to the United States in California to run Gano Excel USA in 2003. By 2008 he had started building Organo Gold, and in a few short years has built it into the international company that it is now.  Read more about Bernardo on LinkedIn, and be BitsyLink has a great story on the man for further reading.

Desiree Perez Turns Tidal Around

In the beginning it seemed like Tidal was headed nowhere fast. Jay-Z spend a fortune trying to get the label off the ground, but there were so many doubters. People did not think that he would become very profitable because there were already so many players in the music streaming business. It seemed very unlikely that he would be able to take on Pandora and Spotify. This didn’t stop him though. He was persistent with his vision.

In the midst of all of this, there were top executives that jumped shipped and left Jay-Z stranded. He had to look for someone else to push the buttons behind the scenes as a top executive. This is where Desiree Perez – also known as Des Perez with music industry insiders – steps into the picture and starts to take care of business.

She is a businesswoman that is good with numbers. She knows how to formulate strategies, and this is why she is the best woman for the job right now. Tidal is getting a lot of more customers, and Des Perez is certainly the one that is making this happen. She is a tough business woman, and she has been able to put co-owners like Beyoncé and Rihanna into better positions as well.

This move forward with Des Perez has proven that Jay-Z has the ability to pick some great people to run the company. He has totally stepped away from the music and dedicated his time and energy to the business that he has invested in. That is a lot to take on when Spotify is already grounded with catalogs, but Jay-z has the ability to get customers with new material from new artists.

Beyoncé had a huge hit with the mysterious “Lemonade” album. The visual album covered many topics, and fans wondered if Jay-Z and Beyoncé were calling it quits after seeing this compilation of videos. That certainly has not been the case, but the marketing behind this was devised by Des Perez. She also made the deal for the “Formation” tour. It shows that she knows how to get customers excited.

If Jay-Z is lucky, Perez may be able to get involved with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and get access to songs in the vault that Prince left behind. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were close friends with Prince, and Prince was close with Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

Cambridge Publishing Recognizes Brian Bonar as 2010 Who’s Who Executive

Brian Bonar, Chief Executive Officer of Dalrada Financial Corporation received the 2010 Who’s Who Executive of the Year Award from Cambridge Publishing. Dalrada Financial provides services to businesses for employee benefits and management of insurance, promotion, and finances. To receive such an honorary award, recipients must demonstrate excellent leadership skills and professional & academic accomplishments. Mr. Bonar has nearly 32 years of experience in engineering and global business development. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dalrada since 1999.

After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Strathclyde University, Mr. Bonar joined QMS Inc. as the Executive Director of the Engineering Department. He worked at the company for almost four years before obtaining employment with Rastek Corporation. For two years, Brian Bonar served as vice-president of sales and marketing. Throughout his professional career, Brian has served as chief operating officer, director of technology sales, president, and chief financial officer for over five businesses. He holds executive positions for various companies, including Dalrada, Amanda Company, Allegiant, and Trucept.

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All About Brian Bonar, Leader and Executive

Cambridge Publishing considered Brian Bonar educational accomplishments before he was named Who’s Who Executive of the Year. He received a bachelor’s degree for Strathclyde and master’s & doctrine degrees from Staffordshire University. Not only did he lead Dalrada to success, but he also contributed to the successes of other financial businesses. Bonar helped Trucept to increase its assets by nearly $2 million and revenue by $1 million, in 2015. Trucept Inc. provides financial services for human resource support, including employee benefits, payroll processing, and workers′ compensation insurance & payroll reporting.

Financial services at Dalrada has variety of benefits for international clients. Small and medium-sized businesses are able to save thousands of dollars a year on administrative and human resource responsibilities and duties. Dalrada announced the Who’s Who Executive of the Year Award to PR Newswire, in July 2010. Five years later, Mr. Brian Bonar announced wonderful news about the success of Trucept, Inc. He was thrilled about the results of the company’s 2015 first quarter report.

Prior to working with Dalrada and Trucept, Brian Bonar worked with IBM in Asia, Europe, and the United States for approximately 18 years. He founded AMS Outsourcing in 2007 and expanded the company to markets in Mexico and Czech Republic. From 2004 until 2009, he served as a board of director member for the Greater San Diego Boys & Girls Club, American Marine, and Alliance National Insurance Company.

Cambridge Publishing recognition of Dalrada, Inc. and Brian Bonar is one of the best things that has happened in his career. Mr. Bonar was honored to received such an elite award. He continues to run and manage successful financial outsourcing businesses in the U.S. and U.K.

Learn more about Brian Bonar:
http://xrepublic.net/2015/09/03/brian-bonar-trains-his-employees-in-exceptional-customer-service/

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/brian-bonar-receives-professional-networking-communitys-highest-honor-98913914.html

Andy Wirth’s Approach to Sustainability at Squaw Valley

The North Lake Tahoe area has been long recognized as a ski destination for decades, yet the unique economy is dependent on year-round tourism. When setting out to improve Squaw Valley to improve the area’s tourist attraction, Andy Wirth met with his community and discovered what the area needed most.

Preserving Squaw Valley’s Olympic History

More than just a pristine ski destination, Squaw Valley was home to all events for the 1960 winter Olympics. This history holds firm as a key tourist drawing point for visitors of all stripes. Wirth had a vision to expand around Squaw Valley’s legacy, and so met with locals and the community to share his vision. Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://www.sierrasun.com/news/business/17254546-113/squaw-valleys-andy-wirth-appointed-chair-of-reno and https://www.crowdrise.com/wwsupport

The Community Speaks Out

Andy Wirth detailed the community’s response to his plans in his op-ed that appeared in the Auburn Journal in October of 2015. While they were all for seeing their valley home flourish, they wanted to preserve the natural beauty and wonder of the mountains that tucked in around them.

Reducing the Project’s Original Impact

According to Andy Wirth, the result of these meetings was a “…substantial reduction of the project…”. While the project to expand Squaw Valley would still include adding new jobs, a new focus was now placed on sustainability and preserving the natural land that the resort was home to. But what exactly does that mean?

  • The original size of the expansion has been reduced by up to 50%. This includes vertical space as well as land space, preserving areal views and land as well.
  • Currently, there are 82 acres of existing asphalt parking lot that will be reused for 90% of new building sites.
  • Squaw Creek will be restored, including enhanced floodplain and wetlands.

Who Is Andy Wirth?

Since taking the reins at Squaw Valley in 2010, Andy Wirth has polished this iconic ski resort and turned it into one of the top ski destinations for adventurers of all degrees. Read more: Andy Wirth — KCRW and andy wirth | POWDER Magazine

Having survived a ski-diving accident where his right arm was severed and later reattached, Wirth devotes much of his time and energy to improving the Lake Tahoe area for all who fall in love with its charm.

Talk Fusion: Building Your Business With Video Marketing

One of the best ways to promote your business is through the use of video marketing. When a customer is shopping online and deciding between several different products, being able to watch a video presentation can be more compelling than reading a description.

Bob Reina, the founder and CEO of Talk Fusion, encountered the same issue. One day Reina toured a house and wanted to send a video of the residence to his family instead of a written description. However, he encountered numerous problems when he attempted to send the email. It was at this moment that the idea for Talk Fusion was born.

Talk Fusion is revolutionizing the way businesses build relationships by offering a line of state-of-the-art video marketing products. These include video emailing, video newsletters, live meetings, sign up forms, and video chat. Using a video adds personality to your emails and newsletters and can increase your product purchase rates by 85 percent. In addition, Talk Fusion offers templates not only for business contacts but also for charity mailings and personal announcements. Instead of sending a picture of your new baby to friends and relatives, you can include them in the emotion and joy of the day by sending a message with a video of your new addition.

Talk Fusion offers a variety of packages to meet your budgeting and marketing needs. They offer a free 30 day trial to allow you to experience all of the benefits of video marketing without any obligation. Talk Fusion is confident that you will love their line of marketing tools. They offer tracking services and technical support to guide you in achieving the maximum return on your investment. Talk Fusion’s motto is “It’s our business to grow your business.”

Yeonmi Park: One Brave Girl

The story of survival is a story that many hear about whether in newspapers, magazines, and even movies. One such survival story shows the true strength of a young Yeonmi Park. She was subjected to abuse and was living a life in constant fear and wondering when her next meal would come. No longer able to stand this, Yeonmi and her mother began a traumatic years-long journey to escape the cruelty and tragedy of North Korea when she was only thirteen-years-old. She never knew what freedom was until she took her first steps outside North Korea in March 2007. (https://reason.com/blog/2015/11/15/yeonmi-parks-north-korean-defector-story)
In her autobiography, In Order to Live, Yeonmi tells readers about her tragic childhood in North Korea where she was subjected to trafficking. While writing this book, Yeonmi mentions that she has never heard of post-traumatic stress disorder and did not think she would have it. She gathered her own thoughts and memories for her book while also drawing upon the memories and stories from her mother and others she had escaped with. At first she was hesitant to write this book because she wanted to forget these traumatic memories and move on with her life. Now, she is glad that she was able to get her story out there and can even share her story with her grandkids to show what she has been through.

Yeonmi strongly believes in the strength of family and that family is everything. Her family was what helped her stay alive and what kept her moving forward, no matter how bad the situation became. Her family is the reason why she is able to live in freedom today. Yeonmi is still adjusting to living in the free world, especially when dealing with not worrying about running out of food. She mentions that in North Korea when you are hungry, that means death. Yeonmi hopes that when people read her book, they understand that even in the darkest of times there is a light at the end of the tunnel, even if it is really small. Yeonmi currently studying criminal justice in South Korea and is working as an activist.

Examining Qnet’s Role in Direct Selling

Qnet has been in the direct selling business for only 16 years but is has competed favorably against hitherto established business rivals. What was started by a group of young friends has gone on to become a colossus in direct selling. At the beginning, their vision was to market products for the sake of promoting healthier lifestyles. Over the years, it has been acclaimed for its provision of customer-oriented products and services. These include skincare products, luxury watches and jewelry. Ethical business practices have warranted the perpetuation of the firm in the competitive world of direct selling.

Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles

The marketer has a vigorous testing process, for new products before they start selling them. This is done to ensure that they are of good quality and meet the highest ethical requirements. The new products must also meet standards set by the firm before they start being sold on its platform. Qnet has been opposed to cruelty against animals and the dilapidation of nature. This explains why it has endeavored to stick to a vegan philosophy. Meals that are served at events held by the firm are strictly lacto-vegetarian. This is often done to promote meat-free diet as a healthy lifestyle choice.

Qnet has made efforts to raise awareness among the general population about ailments such as obesity, heart diseases, diabetes and many other degenerative disorders. In this regard, it has continually ensured that the food products that it markets have less sugar, non-natural sweeteners and other harmful chemicals. These have been the major causes of degenerative illnesses. The company believes that by limiting the sugar and chemical content in the products sold, most of these diseases will be controlled.

Qnet’s Philanthropic Activities

Qnet has become renowned for its philanthropic activities. With the immense business success that it has experienced, the firm decided to strengthen its corporate social responsibility activities. Its charity has a global outlook because it supports noble initiatives all over the world. It has relentlessly ensured that the needs of local and global communities are met through various community programs.

Qnet has been adherent in its support to the Rashid Center, which runs programs aimed at benefiting children with special needs by advocating their rights. Guided by its CSR mantra We Care, Qnet’s benevolence has extended to numerous other causes. Its partnership with the Lions Clubs International in particular has seen it make donate a Kidney Dialysis machine to Shirdi Hospital in Bangalore. It has also contributed water treatment and storage equipment to schools in rural India.