Monthly Archive: October 2015

Andy Wirth Says Just Breathe

Andy Wirth used Just Breathe, the song by Pearl Jam, as a mantra that quite possibly saved his life. Wirth was skydiving, a sport he had recently taken up and became passionate about when a series of circumstances caused him to experience a near-fatal accident.

The winds had kicked up that afternoon and the pilot overshot the landing zone. While freefalling Wirth had to chose between trying to put down around a set of high-tension power lines or in a vineyard. Choosing the vineyard, another gust of wind pushed Wirth into a metal pole holding up the wires the vines anchored on. The pole tore nearly all of his right bicep off and severed the brachial artery. Wirth, who had at one time been a backcountry guide and medic, understood that the loss of blood could kill him. Tearing off a piece of cloth, he was able to slow the flow until help arrived. He kept himself calm and coherent by singing the words of Just Breathe. After forty surgeries and fifty days in the hospital, doctors were able to save Wirth’s arm.

Wirth is currently the president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. The resort is one of the top ski destinations in the world hosting some 600,000 guest a year. Wirth took over from the Cushing family that had owned and managed the resort since its inception in the 1940’s. Wirth was able to reinvest $70 million in the resort rebuilding and improving the facilities reestablishing it as a top resort. Wirth was also instrumental in the merger of the neighboring Alpine Meadows resort.

Starting out as a graduate of Colorado State Univeristy, Wirth began his career working as an intern for Steamboat Springs Resort. Over his twenty year career with Steamboat and their buyout from Intrawest, Wirth left as the chief marketing officer when offered the position at Squaw Valley.

In addition to his work at Squaw Valley, Wirth serves as the chairperson of the Reno-Tahoe Regional Airport Authority and Lake Tahoe Winter Olympics Committee. Recently Wirth published an op-ed piece in the Reno News-Gazette coming out in strong support of the Reno City Council’s resolution encouraging the green power initiative.

While undergoing rehab for his arm, Wirth meant a group of Navy SEALs also in rehab for injuries suffered in combat. He started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for their medical expenses and to enable them to field a team for the Tahoe Ironman.

James Dondero, Successful Entrepreneur with a Midas touch on Investments

James Dondero has had a successful career that he continues to build by the day. He boasts of experience spanning more than 30 years as an investment banker. James Dondero has been an active player in the credit markets having started his career with the popular Morgan Guaranty training program. He has had unmatched success in the equity and credit markets. James has specialized in high yielding and distressed markets.

James Dondero attended the prestigious University of Virginia where he undertook his undergraduate degree. He graduated with top honors in accounting and finance. After his graduation, James Dondero joined the Morgan Guaranty training program before securing a job with the American Express. He worked at the American Express as a corporate bond analyst and portfolio manager. Due to his competence and experience, James Dondero was employed by the GIC to serve as its chief investment officer. GIC is a branch of Protect Life, a large insurance company. Within a period of five years, James Dondero developed the subsidiary by starting it from scratch and developing the company to have an asset base of over $2 billion.

After registering success at GIC, James Dondero opted to establish his own venture. In 1993, he co-founded Highland Capital Management. This investment company has successfully pioneered a number of initiatives within the investment sector. In addition, the firm has been coming up with creative strategies aimed at providing sound investments. Highland Capital Management broke new ground with the collateralized loan obligations. Its core business is offering solutions to retail as well as institutional clients around the globe. The registered offices of the company are located in Dallas. Owing to the dynamism of its service, Highland Capital Management has managed to expand its operations through its new offices in Singapore, London, and New York. Highland Capital Management is a leading alternative investment management company that runs hedge funds, distressed investments, and structured investments. The company has over $18 billion worth of assets under its management.

James Dondero is the current chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare and Nexbank among many other organizations. Over the years, he has been appointed in the boards of different organizations. Some of these organizations are the MGM Studios, NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc as well as the American Banknote. James Dondero is an active supporter of charity organizations that anchors their efforts on educational matters, public policies, and veteran affairs. He has donated millions of his cash towards these courses.

In his successful career, James Dondero has won many awards and accolades particularly concerning his exemplary management style. In 2014, he was awarded the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities. He also received a 5 star award for Global Allocation.

James Dondero is known to have a Midas touch when it comes to investments. He is a sure bet in making profits and this rare ability makes him standout from other investment bankers. His knowledge on investment has not only fetched high returns to clients but has also boosted his net worth. James Dondero is a Certified Management Accountant and a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst.

Is Your House Holiday Ready?

Halloween is upon us. Thanksgiving decorations are already lining the shelves. Stores are offering free lay-away for Christmas. Face it- the holidays are upon us.

This year, instead of trying to do everything yourself, why not hire some help? After all, you are going to be so busy with meal planning, gift shopping and holiday parties. Why add house cleaning to your already burgeoning list of to-do’s? Handy Home Cleaning Services can have your home holiday ready in no time.

What’s that? The thought of hiring someone to clean your home is daunting to you? You are awkward doing personal interviews. You hate calling strangers to check out personal references. What if they are lying for the person? How will you know? Background checks- how in the world are you supposed to do a background check? We understand. That’s why Handy Home Cleaning Services has handled all of this for you.

When our professional shows up to clean your home you can expect a quality cleaning. Our cleaners have been background checked. Their references have been called and verified. We guarantee our work. If anything is damaged, we will pay for it. You can relax and let us help you this year.

Instead of spending your afternoons trying to chase dust-bunnies from under the beds and sweep cobwebs from corners, go shopping. Find the perfect gift for your mother-in-law. Head over to that natural foods market that you’ve been wanting to check out. Attend the office holiday party. While you are doing the fun stuff, our people will be cleaning your home. Sheets will be ironed and curtains washed and hung. Silverware will be polished and toilets will sparkle. No need to worry about Aunt Helen finding dust on your curio cabinets.

You can have the whole family gather at your house for a Thanksgiving dinner and never worry about the house being dirty. Think of it! This is so good that you may even decide to have the Christmas party at your place. Gone are the days of stressing over getting everything done in time. This year, a vacation can be just that- a vacation. You can relax on the sofa with a cup of hot tea. Put your feet up while we vacuum under them.

When the job is finished you will not have to haggle with the cleaner for a fair price. The price was up front. Just tap your smartphone and the cleaner is paid. Everyone is happy. How does Handy Home do it?

Handy Home allows cleaners to choose their jobs. Starting times, areas and rooms to be cleaned are shown up front as well as the pay. No secrecy means the cleaners know exactly what is going on. They can choose the job that fits their needs. When the job is finished, they swipe an app on their smartphone and the money is there.

This platform is a win/win for both clients and cleaners. Handy Home Cleaning Services is ready for your home.

From Childhood Fan To Superstar

Every child dreams of becoming someone and that was how Sergio Cortes started his career. It was many years ago as he was born in 1971. This was when the Jackson five were quite famous and often on television. In fact many kids loved watching the singer and his family. They were from a different country but that was the uniqueness of Michael Jackson he was just as popular in Brazil, Barcelona and China has he was in America. He was a kindred soul, to many people all over the world. It was Sergio that decided to be one of Michael’s biggest fan and not much later people around the globe would be one of his fans.

It is quite neat when what Sergio dreamed as a child became reality. He went from watching someone he adored to later becoming just like that person. He had a goal to become great like that little boy he once watched on the tube. First he animated his moves to be similar to Jackson. Then he later realized that he enjoyed the limelight. He was good at dancing, at singing and at doing his very best to be like who would later be considered the King of Pop. At first he danced and sang in front of his family. He honed in his skills and improved.

He also started to do what he needed to do to work on looking like Michael himself. Today he looks exactly like Michael Jackson it couldn’t be any closer. Sergio can move just as smooth as the superstar but not without years of watching, practicing to the point that he perfected his moves. He carries himself just like the star. It is quite something to watch the way his mannerisms are similar to Jackson. It is something he has worked incredibly hard for where he is now. It is often easy for many to want to discredit look a likes but in many respect it is almost much more difficult. He is crafting himself to be exactly like the King of pop. It is a challenge to become as good as the famous person. It is then another skill to be so good that people become interested in following. Now that once little boy in Brazil is famous not only because he is like Michael but because he can stir up a crowd just as well.

Andy Wirth Supports Clean Power Plan And Wants More Action

Prominent businessman and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resorts, Andy Wirth is ecstatic that the Reno City council has voted in favor of the Clean Power Plan. The plan’s goal is to create an economy in the United States that is built on and powered by clean energy. The city council has come on board as a proponent of the Clean Power Plan, joining powerful companies in the Reno-Tahoe area of Nevada and California as the latest backer of the plan. Together the council and major businesses in the area can push local utilities and citizens towards cleaner energy and a better future. Mr. Wirth applauds the actions of these companies and government council and sees it as a stepping stone forward in bringing renewable energy to the Reno-Tahoe region.

Mr. Wirth firmly believes that renewable energy is needed right now, and the sooner the better. “We can’t wait for clean energy to come to our area at some distant time in the future” Wirth states. “It should be developed here right now” he goes on. Andry Wirth is a firm believer that creating renewable, clean energy will stimulate the local economy and create jobs. Major companies are backing renewable energy projects all over the country, and going along with their lead can only speed up the process of creating reliable clean energy infrastructure in Reno-Tahoe where Wirth resides. The full article on Andy Wirth’s opinion on clean energy and its effects was published in the Reno Gazette-Journal and can be seen there.

Andry Wirth is a major business figure in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada. He runs Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, a company that includes multiple top ski resorts of Olympic caliber in the mountains of California. Wirth is also a chairman of the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority Board, a council dedicated to promoting travel to the region. Wirth is an avid supporter of bringing clean energy to his place of residence and supports wounded warriors who served their country abroad.

Getting The Best London Vacation Rentals

LondonEscape ranks as one of the oldest-serving booking agency for hotels, apartments and other accommodation solutions in London. It caters for all budget sizes and provides everything from a simple budget to an entire house in the capital’s top areas. Most bookings on properties can be done online in a quick and secure manner with your reservations being confirmed immediately through an email that contains all your required details.

Prior to the growth of internet, hotels used to have a monopoly on accommodations that were short term. This often led to poor services, shoddy rooms and exaggerated prices. London was not an exception to this. The internet has today enabled an explosion in the London Vacation Rentals market. Small businesses and private owners are currently competing at par with the hotel industry through offering serviced apartments on day-to-day basis within London area.

Booking a Vacation Rental

Prioritize your rental and know what you want. You are definitely going to find yourself spending more on certain things. It is really wise to decide on what is important to you. Ensure that you spend within your budget as spending all your money on the rental property may make you not to afford groceries. Also, ensure that you find a comfortable place that is not all that classy as this will ensure that you save on some few bucks.

Find out what you are renting. It just goes without saying that observing due diligence on your rental is a prudent step. Most guests at times get too focused on attaining a great deal that they forget to pay attention on acquiring important information or authentication the property. Authenticating can be done by looking at every available piece of information including the websites of the agents, rental site, and online reviews. Ensure that the property is in ideal shape and is not in foreclosure.

London is known to have world’s best eateries but, for most people, an important feature of serviced apartment is having an individual kitchen. Eating out may have a serious impact on your wallet as well as your waistline not forgetting the time you will spend looking for a good, affordable joint to get your meals. Outsourcing LondonEscape agency will save you from all these hustles.

Choosing LondonEscape for your accommodation issues will provide various benefits. Based in the center of London, you can be assured of their massive knowledge about the city thus helping you get an ideal apartment. The firm is strictly customer-focused and it ensures that the client comes first, and if they do a great job, the clients will refer their friends and families. Most clients come back again as the services are unmatched.

Andy Wirth – Fights For The Clean Power Plan

The environment is finally becoming an important topic for politicians, and the way to change how big industries affect the environment is through law and policies that create rules that need to be followed in order to prevent further pollution. One such plan is the Clean Power Plan whose purpose is to move us away from the dependence on dirty coal power toward clean and renewable power sources.

As a major supporter and contributor to environmental and community service organizations, including the Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee, The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Community House, High Fives and others, Andy Wirth spoke about his views on the Clean Power plan in a recent op-ed for the Reno Gazette-Journal. He states how it is important to act now and not wait until some distant point in the future. Furthermore, he holds the view that the subject of clean energy is apolitical, and that it is on us to change how we treat our surroundings. Despite the fact that the region has access to some of the best solar and geothermal energy in the nation, coal is still being used to make electricity at the Valmy coal plant.

Andy Wirth is well-known for his work at mountain resort and hotel industry. He is currently the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which is the parent company of Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski resorts in Olympic Valley, CA. But most notably, he is known for all the work he has done for the community and his fight for clean energy sources. This actually led him to be a recipient of multiple community service and professional awards.

In 2012, Wirth was awarded the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award from the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees. In 2009, he was granted a spot on the HSMAI’S Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing list. Later in 2014, he was named Citizen of the Year by Disabled Sports USA and received the Community Five Award.

This is how it begins: region by region, state by state. The process of change is long and hard, and people like Andy Wirth are very important to the cause. In fact, we need more people like him: people who are successful at what they do but also fight for their community and try to improve the world we live in.

The Success of James Dondero

The University of Virginia graduate (1984) James Dondero is currently co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, which is based in Dallas, Texas. James was a dual major in Accounting and Finance at the McIntire School of Commerce at UVA, where he graduated with the highest honors of Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi. Upon graduating from UVA Mr. Dondero completed financial training at JP Morgan. He work at American Express from 1985-1989. His job there was to work with the income funds, in which he lead the department to over $1 billion in profits. The transition from American Express in 1989 to working at Protective Life’s GIC.
James worked from 1989-1993 as a chief investment officer at Protective Life’s GIC. There he was able to help the company grow to a $2 billion company with financial investments. In 1993 James, along with Mark Okada, founded Highland Capital Management in Dallas, Texas. Highland Capital Management is a credit management company that has offices in New York, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Seoul. The beginning of Highland Capital Management started as from Protective Life Insurance Company. The Protective Life Insurance venture became the Protective Asset Management Company, which then became Ranger Asset Management, LP. Later James and Mark renamed the company to Highland Capital Management L.P.
Highland Capital Management currently works with hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, separate accounts, CLOs, REITs, and ETF accounts. Mr. Dondero developed collateralized obligation loan markets at Highland Capital, as well as determining and ensuring the execution of strategic investments and operational initiatives. James has also been involved in several other companies such as being chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare Group, CCS Medical, and NexBank. Mr. Dondero is on the board of directors of American Banknote and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
Under the his direction the Highland Capital Management has made several investments in the company and the employees that at the company. They also provide a number of volunteer opportunities for themselves such as Uplift Education, Snowball Express, Perot, JDRF, American Heart Association, Capital For Kids, the Dallas Zoo, and many more. Mr. Dondero has been busy in the investment and accounting industry. He has supported investors, individuals, and companies with growing their businesses. James has used his Commerce degree to his advantage here in the United States and worldwide. Mr. Dondero has would be a role model for the up and coming investors and accountants entering college and the business world.

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Coming Out on Top With Handy Cleaning Services

When it comes to cleaning services Handy Cleaning Services may be the best solution for homeowners. It has become a profitable company in a short amount of time because it frees up a lot of time for the busy homeowner. People that do not really have the time to effectively clean your homes can simply go online and schedule an appointment for a professional cleaner to get the home back in shape. People that outsource their cleaning are really coming out on top when it comes to maximizing their time. Many home owners do not have the time to clean their rooms on a regular basis. I was one of these people. When I discovered Handy Cleaning Services I found a new reason to set aside money. I decided to save money in order pay for outsourced cleaning services. It has been the best solution to organizing my life and making the most of my time.

Andy cleaning services has been around for a while and they have managed to become a great asset to many homeowners around the world. The key to success may be embedded within the fact that this company does more than cleaning. There are professionals on standby to help homeowners with plumbing needs as well as any air-conditioning work that needs to be done. Even a lot of people that are unable to assemble furniture may also rely on Handy to get the job done. This vast array of services has allowed this company to become one of the fastest-growing cleaning services in the United States and abroad.

Another key to success may be linked to the fact that this company has locations around the world. There are Handy Cleaning Services in 37 locations throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. I have lived in Toronto and I experienced great service with this company when it came to cleaning. When I moved into a home in the Miami area I also discovered great cleaning services from Handy during my stay in the Florida area. I have even lived in L.A. and Chicago, and I experienced the same great service when I stayed in these areas as well. This leads me to believe that even though these professional around the world are in different places they all abide to the same rules. They are all linked to the same motto. This is what has allowed the company to thrive and survive as other companies fold in their midst.

I believe that Handy Cleaning Services will continue to grow and reach even greater heights as their staff continues to do professional work. This company has continued to have great revenue streams down through the years. All of this is because there is a dedicated staff that knows exactly what they need to do. These are trained professionals that go out and handle the task of cleaning with great pride. People that take pride in their work will never have to worry about losing customers.

The Best of Beneful Dog Food Products

My dogs have been quite excited about Beneful. Over the years this has become one of the best possible solutions for people that have pets. I have three dogs, and I have tried the other brands. I know now that this was just a waste of time. From the three different dogs that I have I haven’t see them respond to other brands the way they respond to Beneful. This is one of the best brands of dog foods around. If my pets could talk I am sure that this is what they would praise this brand. I have always been impressed with the brand because there are so many choices available.

There is a lot of talk about the new types of dog food that are on the market, but Beneful has continued to be the brand that I trust. These creators behind this dog food are innovative and interested in the overall healthcare of animals. This is a rare thing to find with a dog food brand. That is why it is such a wonderful type of product for those that want access to variety.

I have managed to become a loyal customer to Beneful because this brand has so many options to consider. There are dog treats along with dry and wet dog food. Whether consumers want it in the can or the bags there are bountiful options available for dog food owners to consider. I appreciate all of this because it gives my dogs something new to try at all times. It is like being able to give my dogs treats when they do something good.

The most popular foods for my dogs are the chopped blends. These have become special favorites for my dogs. My biggest dog is particularly fond of the chicken, carrots, beans and wild rice combination. There are also wild salmon, carrots and tomato blends. All of this makes it easy for me to buy my dogs different meals throughout the evening. I know that dogs will eat the same thing over and over again, but I sort of feel like they need that variety. It can be something that they look forward to. It also helps me develop a list of the foods that they like or dislike.

When it comes to the dry dog food there is some playful life food that my dogs seem to favor. This is beef and egg. This is one of the more popular flavors for my dogs. I know as a human that I would not be that fond of a beef and egg combination, but my dogs cannot get enough of it. I purchased it on a whim, but I have not been disappointed. It has proven to actually be a big staple for my pets. When I put this beef and egg dry food blend into the dog food bowl I can look for it to go very quickly. It must be delicious because my dogs like this option very much.