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AIF Convention Preview

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AIF Convention Preview 

 As an integral part of the industry, the ARDA International Foundation (AIF) has a full slate of activities planned for the 2017 ARDA World Convention.  With a new location, this year in New Orleans, Louisiana, it is the perfect time for AIF to try some new and exciting ideas at convention.

First, we’ll be recording
the Fundamental Timeshare Sessions to refresh the on-line “Timeshare 101” education offering now available at www. aifeducates.org. So, for the industry professionals who can’t attend Convention, they will now have access to this great information that will aid in their professional development and career advancement.

In addition, we have a few events planned:

        On Sunday, March 26, the current LEAPS (Leadership Education Action Progression and Service) class will graduate at an invitation-only reception. The incoming LEAPS class members will also make their debut at this reception and ARDA LEAPS alumni, who now number more than 60, are also invited. The 2016-2017 LEAPS class will be presented during one of the general sessions, and their class project was also a new idea: a video showcasing the vacation ownership industry as a great place to begin and spend a career

         An important area of focus for the AIF is education, and at the Reimagining the Sales Process Forum on Monday, March 27 (9:30am-11:00am), students from
the University of Central Florida who received scholarships to attend convention will present their research on the topic to attendees.
    Begun just a few years ago, the Leadership Luncheon—open only to those who have earned ARP or RRP status—has quickly become an ARDA World favorite. Each year an industry leader, sponsored by Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp, inspires attendees to remain leaders and grow in their careers. This year, the Luncheon will feature travel powerhouse Roger Dow (president of U.S. Travel), and will take place on Monday March 27, 11:30am-1:00pm. A can't-miss!
    One event that’s not new (but very popular) is Interval International’s Party with a Cause (PWAC), a ticketed event to be held Tuesday,
March 28 at 9:00pm. Featuring top-name entertainment (it’s always a welcome surprise), the event is a benefit for the AIF and has helped raise nearly $425,000 over the years. 

Make sure to plan to attend as many AIF events as possible at this year’s ARDA World Convention, you’ll get to experience some new things while also participating in some of your old favorites.