ARDA Fall Conference Update
From Howard Nusbaum
November 15, 2011
This year’s Fall Conference left me more “fired up” about the timeshare industry than ever. The enthusiasm of the attendees was contagious, and we all left with a renewed sense of commitment of working together to promote and grow this industry we all love.
The agenda was too full to recap in this blog, so I’m including just a few highlights. We did manage to capture some special moments on camera.
Wednesday, November 9, was a full day of committee meetings where we laid the groundwork of activities and discussions for our next meeting during ARDA WORLD in Las Vegas. We concluded that day with catching up with old friends at Interval International’s Welcome Reception. Then ARDA Trustees enjoyed a real treat….dinner at The Embassy of France!
Thursday started early with a meeting of the ARDA Board of Directors. Speakers included Josh Holmes, Chief of Staff to the Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who spoke to us about what is happening in the Senate. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), provided us with a legislative landscape of several issues, including the Visa Waiver initiative.
We were treated to a fascinating speech at the Legislative Luncheon by Congressman Michael Grimm from Staten Island, who also served in the U.S. Marine Corps and as an FBI undercover agent.
Next was the ARDA Town Hall on the State of the Secondary Market, where we heard from ARDA Chairman Don Harrill, ARDA-ROC Chairman Ken McKelvey, and AIF Chairman Bob Miller as well as audience participants.
Our Keynote Speaker was Dr. Peter Morici, a nationally recognized expert and commentator on economic policy and international politics. His National Economic Forecast presentation was insightful (and rather sobering).
The Closing Night Reception, sponsored by RCI, gave us a chance to network and relax a bit after two packed days of meetings, presentations, and business discussions.
We wrapped up Friday morning with our Chairman’s League Breakfast, featuring Tucker Carlson, contributor to FOX News and editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller news site. He offered us his witty and entertaining comments on the presidential candidates.
I think I speak for all ARDA staff when I say that we left The Fairmont Hotel with renewed energy, optimism, and dedication to our members and the industry. That is born partly out of a great Fall Conference program but also out of the various developer and stakeholder meetings where the real deals are made. Stay tuned for more…….