Founder of Nine9 Anthony Toma Discusses Success in Business

In a recent interview with IdeaMensch, Anthony Toma, founder and CEO of Nine9, a new kind of entertainment firm that calls itself an “UnAgency,” talked about his successes and failures in the business world. According to Toma, he was inspired to start up Nine9 as a result of his experiences in the food retailing. It was during this stint in the grocery business that he first got involved in entertainment, becoming a franchisee of an Orlando-based outfit and opening locations all over the country.

With the knowledge he gained as a franchisee, Toma set out to build a new option for budding actors and models. His concept was an “UnAgency,” a business that puts the client first and that was dedicated to investing in the development of the 99% of talent that isn’t represented by agencies. Toma realized that a lot great talent was never making it to audiences because of the outdated and money-oriented culture at most agencies. By founding Nine9, he sought to build a business around by using cutting-edge technology to help find the untapped potential in that other 99%.

One key to Anthony Toma’s success is that believes in lifelong learning. A big part of this is his belief that the number one business skill is the ability to listen carefully. Unfortunately, listening is a skill that aspiring entrepreneurs often gloss over, but according to Toma, it’s just as important as being an effective communicator and learn more about Nine9.

Another piece of advise that Toma offers those who want to be successful in business is not to fear failure. Unfortunately, most people are so fazed by the experience of failure that they don’t learn from it. Toma believes that it has been his ability to learn and grow as a result of repeated failures that has led to the success of Nine9.

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Andy Wirth Continues Community Leadership and Involvment in Tahoe

Andy Wirth was recently named as the Chairman and President of the Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation (RASC). Wirth, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, is also the Chairman of the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees. As the leader of RASC, Wirth will be working to promote air service into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and identify prospects for additional flights.

Since taking over as the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings in 2010, Wirth put tremendous effort revitalizing his resort. The facility underwent a $70 million upgrade, which included changes to mountain design, lodging, food service, and customer service. Read more: Rather Than Hit the Road, He Hits the Trails

The changes were successful according to Wirth, who cites that Squaw Valley moved from being in the bottom 20 percent of ski resorts into the top 20 percent in a year in the category of customer satisfaction. In 2011, Wirth led the effort to acquire Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, and he is now the President and CEO of both resorts.

In addition to his business endeavors, Andy Wirth is also heavily involved with environmental and community service organizations in Lake Tahoe. One of these endeavors is his Ironman team, Wounded Warrior Support, which was birthed to honor Navy SEALs by raising money for the Navy Seal Foundation.

According to SteamBoatToday, Andy Wirth is also a supporter of other organizations such as the Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee, The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Community House, the Truckee River Watershed Council, and others. Additionally, he has served as a leader and board member with other organizations such as the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, the Yampa Valley Regional Airport Advisory Board, the and North Routt Fire Protection District.

Wirth has been acknowledged for both his service to the community and his professional success. Among the awards that he has received are the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award from the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees, the Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year Award, and the Community Five Award. He was also recognized by the Disabled Sports USA as a Citizen of the Year.