Timeshare Industry Leaders Recognized for Top Achievements

ARDA Announces 2011 Circle of Excellence (ACE) and ARDY Winners 

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WASHINGTON, DC, April 4, 2011—The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) recognized their top industry leaders at the annual Awards Gala of the 2011 Convention & Exposition held in Orlando, Florida. The evening event, sponsored by Holiday Systems International (HSI), showcases the outstanding accomplishments among individuals, teams, resorts, and companies in a variety of categories.

“It’s about recognizing the ‘best of the best’ in the vacation ownership industry,” said Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA. “We shine the spotlight on those individuals whose peers have nominated them for the impact and perseverance they have shown in their professional lives.”

The ACE Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual whose leadership, professionalism, creativity, reliability and quality standards and ethics are demonstrated in an outstanding body of work. This year’s recipient, Bill Ingersoll, has been working on his vision of timeshare since the 1960s. Ingersoll helped to form the American Land Development Association (ALDA) which eventually became ARDA and later signed on as ARDA’s General Counsel, and since then has been influential in every significant legal landmark ARDA has achieved.

The Ace Project of Excellence is given to a successful project that represents months and years of cooperation between all parties involved and is considered a success not only by investors but by the owners and the local community. This year’s winner, Starwood Vacation Ownership, took home the prize for their successful timeshare project, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, which symbolizes the first introduction of the world-class Westin brand and a deluxe vacation ownership product to the North Shore of Kaua’i in Hawaii.

The ACE Community Service Award recognizes outstanding community contributions by an ARDA member individual or organization. This year, the award was given to Winter Park Construction (WPC). Although WPC is active in a variety of service projects, it was the Home At Last Project that won the prize—a special program that provides combat-wounded U.S. veterans of military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan with custom-built, mortgage-free homes.

The ACE Women on their Way Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of women who continue to excel and advance in the industry. This year’s winner, Breckenridge Grand Vacations’ Kimberly Johnston-Tramontana, RRP, has proven herself to be “a woman on her way” since the very beginning, and she shows no signs of slowing down. Johnston-Tramontana has grown the director of owner relations position in many directions while always safeguarding the delicate yet vital balance of sales and service.

The ACE Philanthropic Award recognizes the outstanding philanthropic effort for a humanitarian cause by an individual or company. For the first time ever, this year’s award was a tie between both Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI) and Orange Lake Resorts/Holiday Inn Club Vacations (HCV). MVCI provided underwriting support to the Children’s Miracle Network as it first corporate sponsor, and has raised more than $71 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network over the last 25+ years. Orange Lake Resorts’ flagship property in Orlando has fostered lasting relationships with several worldwide organizations committed to assisting people in need, as well as with local community partners, for more than 25 years.

The ACE Innovator Award recognizes those who have successfully implemented a groundbreaking product, service or concept. The 2011 winner, RCI, was recognized for its Weeks Enhancement program, a comprehensive plan to develop RCI’s Exchange membership programs and online customer experience.

The ACE Spirit of Hospitality Award (formerly known as the Employee Award) recognizes an outstanding employee who has demonstrated commitment, loyalty, superior performance, and the willingness to go above and beyond. Known for her hard work, dedication, constant commitment and resolve in contributing to the success of Park Plaza Resort, Janeth Olachea is this year’s winner.

The ACE Employer of the Year Award recognizes an employer that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to its employees. For 35 years of providing its staff with innumerable opportunities for growth, Interval International is this year’s ACE Employer Award recipient. The company has a history of encouraging employee involvement in activities that promote the growth of the shared ownership industry, including playing active roles in trade associations around the globe.

The ACE Volunteer Award is given to a member of ARDA who consistently gives his/her time, energy, creativity, and talents to further ARDA’s goals and objectives. Tom Bell, this year’s winner, has been actively involved in the timeshare industry for nearly 30 years. Throughout that time, he has been an influential voice in the direction of the industry. From the beginning, Bell has been a powerful advocate for strong and balanced timeshare legislation around the country—and around the world.

In addition to the ACE Awards, ARDA awarded ARDY’s to finalists in sales and marketing; management and administration; advertising and promotion; and resort design categories. For a list of winners and finalists, please visit www.ARDA.org/awards.


 

The American Resort Development Association is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Established in 1969, ARDA today has over 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate. The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC).