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Just as the rep promised last year when the Johnson family became new members the airport pickup was waiting right outside the terminal.

…though for some strange reason Bob and Mary were under the impression it was supposed to be a private limo that would whisk them off to the resort.

 


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As a sales or marketing rep in the timeshare industry are you one of the minority who, globally speaking, has an employer-sponsored retirement plan worth the paper it’s printed on? Lucky you, then. But even if you do and even if you’re making the big bucks today, there are some things you should take into consideration to make sure your retirement years are comfortable.

If you think $1 Million is a nice nest egg to have set aside, then if you live to be 80 years old you would need to save about $34 each and every day for all 29,200 days every single day of your life, from the delivery room to your 80th birthday, to have that ‘cool mill’.

So what’s the Scoop? Since you won’t start working from the day of your birth, what are the stats you need to know for a successful retirement? Find out at Scoop du Jour: Life of Leisure


Members of timeshare exchange company DAE have been voting for the UK resort at which they have most enjoyed holidaying and DAE has now announced the top favorites:

In third place, Seasons at Clowance Estate & Country Club in Camborne, Cornwall. Members felt that the resort has tastefully furnished apartments, coach houses and secluded lodges, and their leisure and recreation facilities were excellent.

In second place is The Osborne Club, near Torquay, in Devon. DAE members said The Osborne Club’s apartments are furnished to a very high standard and praised its two restaurants, as well as access to the Hesketh Health Club.

Interestingly, there was a tie for first place:

Barnsdale Hall & Country Club in Rutland. DAE members enthused about the views over Rutland Water, as well as the quality of the holiday cottages, which include suites in the resort’s old hunting lodge and original stables.

Loch Rannoch Highland Club, located in Kinloch Rannoch, in Perthshire, Scotland, was praised for its variety of properties ranging from studio apartments to Highland lodges. And all have views of Loch Rannoch and the mountains beyond.

How do those stack up to your own preferences?


TWEET OF THE WEEK:

Where are you going this year?


 

Here’s a Country Western treat for you: Grammy-winning Little Big Town performing “Girl Crush” live at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

There’s something about this group that is vaguely reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac. Is it the harmonies? Scratching Head

What are you listening to tonight?


The Weekly Juke Box aims to feature good music/good fun regardless of era or genre. Send in your own favorite and if I can find a good version on YouTube I’ll post it for you! What would you like to see or hear?



It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

FORT LAUDERDALE: Back in December 2014 a federal jury found BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc (now known as BBX Capital) and its CEO Alan Levan guilty of defrauding investors in 2007, early in the U.S. financial crisis. In a six-week trial instigated by the SEC, BBX and Levan were found liable for securities fraud and accounting fraud.

Naturally BBX and Levan promptly filed a motion for summary judgment seeking to overturn the jury’s decision. In case that didn’t work they also sought a motion for a new trial, based on what they believe are flaws in the SEC’s case.

On March 10, 2015 the judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles, said “No” to both requests, putting BBX and Levan on the hook for as-yet-undetermined penalties.

The SEC has a pending motion before the court asking the judge to impose penalties of $5.2 million against BBX and $1.56 million against Levan. They also want Levan banned from serving as an officer or director of a public company and to remove Levan as head of BFC Financial Corp. which owns the majority of BBX and timeshare developer Bluegreen Corp.

The lawsuit, filed in 2012, stemmed from loans BankAtlantic made on large tracts of land in Florida intended for the development of single-family homes and condominiums. Among other charges the SEC maintains that BankAtlantic and Levan made misleading statements to investors during BankAtlantic’s 2007 second quarter earnings conference call to hide the deteriorating state of its real estate portfolio.

The SEC also contended the company and Levan committed accounting fraud by scheming to minimize BankAtlantic’s losses.

But in a statement Levan argued, “BBX was one of the first companies to recognize the severity of the housing market crash and accept the losses most others ignored for many months. If this part of the verdict is allowed to stand, no officer of any public company could ever again safely participate in earnings conference calls.”

BBX/Levan’s attorney Eugene Stearns said, “We will now brief and argue the penalty phase of the case and, following that, an appeal will be filed challenging the outcome, which we believe to be manifestly incorrect.”

So nothing is over yet. Stay tuned.




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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> WESTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

BRECKENRIDGE: Global Connections, Inc. isn’t wasting any time in dealing with its newest resort acquisition Skier’s Edge Lodge. Having already completely renovated the two story lobby the company has now rechristened the resort with a more elegant name to fit its new persona: Lodge By The Blue, referring to its location overlooking the Blue River.

The renovations to the lobby include the addition of all new distressed wood flooring; antique-style gas lantern wall scones, a multi-tiered elk antler chandelier and an authentic Navajo rug laid in front of the vintage open-faced stone fireplace with an Elk trophy mount to enhance the ski chalet atmosphere.

The lobby walls have been redecorated with teal and jute, and the après ski wine bar now sports granite counter tops. In addition, GCI has created a game and book lending library for guests as well as a convenience mart with sundries, snacks and outdoor supplies.

In addition, the resort features include a heated indoor swimming pool, 10-person hot tub, and fitness center. Guests can choose from a number of spacious room sizes from suites to one-two bedrooms, and studios.

I still don’t know if any of the timeshare owners received any compensation from the sale of the resort though.



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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse >> WESTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

DALLAS: Texas has taken 8 Florida residents into custody, charging each of them with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and telemarketing fraud and seven substantive counts of mail fraud, telemarketing fraud, and aiding and abetting. The charges are all related to alleged timeshare resale fraud via a telemarketing scheme.

The eight defendants are:

  • Max Joseph Chilson, 36, of Lake Mary, Florida.
  • Gunner Dell Jenkins, 36, of Orlando, Florida.
  • Antonio Enrique Martinez, 43, of Kissimmee, Florida.
  • Richard Mendez, 44, of Kissimmee, Florida.
  • Victor Sanchez, 45, of Hollywood, Florida.
  • Angelina Laboy Smith, 37, of Orlando, Florida.
  • Harold Eugene Smith, a/k/a H.E. Smith, 72, of Kissimmee, Florida.
  • Jonathon Edward Warren, 32, of Winter Garden, Florida.

Company names apparently used by the alleged scammers include:

Resorts Condos Management;
Timeshare Goldline;
JAMS Management;
Vision Ventures Inc.;
Timeshare Services Today;
Vacation Equity Marketing, Inc.;
Maximum Properties;
Universal Processing Services of Wisconsin, LLC, also known as Newtek Merchant Solutions;
HES Merchant Services, Inc.;
Interval Equity Marketing, Inc.;
Vacations And Resorts; and
Visionary Investments, LLC.

If convicted, the conspiracy count carries a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in federal prison, a mandatory 10-year penalty and a $1 million fine. Each of the seven remaining substantive counts carries a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a mandatory 10-year penalty and up to a $250,000 fine. Restitution could also be ordered.

For details of how their scam worked, visit this link.

bye-byeIf any of them are convicted, those mandatory sentences make it pretty clear that they are, in the words of a profane old acquaintance, “f***ed rats”.



“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> WESTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

PARK CITY: In the Getting BIGGER category, back in December 2014 we learned that Vail Resorts intended to make $50 million in upgrades to Park City Mountain Resort for the 2015-2016 ski season, one of the most ambitious and impactful capital programs in U.S. ski industry history.

Now we learn that Park City has given Vail the go ahead for that project, but that’s not all. Vail also has been given the green light to combine PCMR and Canyons, creating the largest single ski area in the country with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain and completing a number of critical upgrades to the infrastructure of both resorts. Park City’s approvals follow approvals from Summit County, Utah’s Synderville Basin Planning Commission in February.

Components of the $50-million capital plan include:

  • The Interconnect Gondola. An eight-passenger, high-speed two-way gondola from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. The gondola will also have an unload at the top of Pine Cone Ridge to allow skiers and riders the opportunity to ski into Thaynes Canyons at Park City via gated ski access or to the Iron Mountain area at Canyons through new trails that will be created from Pine Cone Ridge. This will mark the first gondola at Park City Mountain Resort since “The Gondola” was dismantled in 1997.
  • Upgrade of King Con and Motherlode Lifts at Park City. The King Con Lift will be upgraded from a four-person to a six-person, high-speed detachable chairlift and will increase lift capacity to this very popular ski pod. The Motherlode Lift will be upgraded from a fixed-grip triple to a four-person, high-speed detachable chairlift, also increasing lift capacity. Both upgrades will reduce crowding, lift lines and improve the guest experience.
  • New Snow Hut Restaurant, upgrades to Summit House Restaurant at Park City and expansion of Red Pine Lodge Restaurant at Canyons. The plan calls for building a completely new Snow Hut restaurant at the base of the Silverlode Lift and next to the Park City terminal for the Interconnect Gondola, with 500 indoor seats and a top-of-the-line kitchen and culinary experience. The plan also includes an upgrade to the “scramble” area inside the Summit House restaurant to improve the flow of diners and increase seats. At Canyons, the Red Pine Restaurant will be renovated to accommodate an additional 250 indoor seats. This upgrade follows the recent renovation and increase of 150 seats to the Cloud Dine restaurant at Canyons.
  • Snowmaking and other improvements. The plan features additional snowmaking on two trails in the Iron Mountain area of Canyons which will become increasingly central ski terrain given its proximity to the Interconnect Gondola. The plan also includes almost $5 million of “catch up” maintenance and upgrades at Park City, given the lack of spending at the resort over the past few years. This “catch up” maintenance spending is in addition to the normal annual maintenance capital for the two resorts of $5 million, which will be undertaken this year as well.

For the 2015-2016 ski season, the company intends to operate the two resorts as one unified branded experience under the name “Park City Mountain Resort”. The Canyons base area will be renamed “Canyons at Park City”. The company will continue to maintain the unique history and atmosphere of the two base areas with differentiated marketing for the diverse hotel and hospitality experiences.

They’re going to need more timeshare… shocked



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scam warning >> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS

EVERYWHERE: This week’s exposé is about Riverside Travel Services and Chatham Escrow, which I’ve covered before. But to help future potential victims avoid their trap, one of their victims has given permission to share his experience with you (of course I’ve redacted his identity to protect his privacy). He said, “Feel free to use my story. I wish I would have known about your website before this got started. I made the mistake of trusting the BBB for my research. I also wanted to unload this timeshare so badly that I didn’t trust my gut feelings about the legitimacy of this deal.”

Here, in detail, is how these scam companies steal money from you. Pay attention and remember that though the companies you’re dealing with might have different names they’re running the same identical scam! They’ll start by assuring you that no upfront money is involved — but here’s how that ends up:

On September 2nd 2014 I received the GUARANTEED ESCROW/PURCHASE/SALE AGREEMENT #555555 and was informed that there were no fee obligations to the seller and we would be closing soon. “Once we have both the signed and executed contract along with all the documentation above, I will be able to provide you with an estimated closing date, usually between 30 to 45 days thereafter.” This obligation was met.

  • On September the 17th Ronald Miller wrote “I would like to inform you that your closing has been scheduled for October 23, 2014.”
  • On September 23rd I was informed that I now had to pay Transfer Fees of $ 567.00 U.S. and Administration Fees of $900.00 U.S. On 10/12/14 these fees were paid.
  • On October 21st I was told I now needed to register as a Foreign Investor for a fee of $1,160.00 U.S. On 10/23/14 these fees were paid.
  • On October 27th I was again misinformed, “They have given us a Revised Closing of November 4, 2014.”
  • On October 31st I was told that I now needed to pay 16% Mexican IVA Tax for $ 2,320.00 U.S. On 11/7/14 these fees were paid.
  • On November 13th I was then told I must pay 11% State Tax for $ 1,595.00 U.S. On 11/24/14 these fees were paid.
  • On December 3rd I was again misrepresented about the contract and I was told “I had previously been informed Closing would be taking place 5 to 7 days business days after Receipt of this document.”
  • On December 4th I was told I must pay a 7% City Tax for $ 1,015.04 U.S. and Erasure of the Records fees for 1,480.00 U.S. On 12/5/14 these fees were paid.
  • On December 9th again misrepresentation: “I have been looking into that very matter and have been informed that we are looking at 5 to 7 business days to close on this sale.”
  • On December 16th I was told that I must pay Removal of Liens for $ 1,230.77 U.S. and Transfer of Ownership for $ 1,461.54 U.S. On 12/19/14 these fees were paid
  • On January 7th I was now told now I must pay 29% Capital Gains for $ 2,560.70 U.S.

At this point I started doing some more investigating.

IF you would like more information I have all the emails and documents.

Attached is the letter I sent them to terminate the contract.

I have filed complaints with the IC3, The State Attorney Generals Office, My Local Police and The [local] Division of the FBI. No one seems to be able to help.

Thanks
D

Mr. D. understands that he has been well and truly screwed and he’s sick about it, as I’m sure you can understand. It’s not much consolation that he is far from being alone as a victim of those con artists. He did the right thing by reporting it, though it probably doesn’t seem like it, because the only chance any of these victims have is that enough money has been lost by enough people that government entities will investigate and quietly put together a case (or several cases) against the people involved.

These things always take a long time, so just because there seems to be nothing going on doesn’t necessarily mean investigations aren’t under way. I don’t mean to offer false hope, but the possibility does exist that some of the thieves might at least see some jail time even if you never see any of your money again. They took down Keith Kosco, Julie Duffield, Brendan Hawkins, Michael Kelly and a few others (though their scams were of different types); they might also get the crooks who stole from you.

While there’s life, there’s hope. ;)

As a quick aside, I was recently asked if I’d heard anything more about the whereabouts of Frank and/or Matthew Devellano and what they might be doing nowadays. The answer is “No”, and frankly I hadn’t given them much thought in quite a while. I idly gave them a quick google, though, and came up with a decision by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) filed by Daniel Chavez/Grupo Vidanta against Matthew Devellano, which Chavez won. I’ve mentioned this before, but the down and dirty of it is that Matthew registered a domain name using the word “vida” and Chavez objected to it strenuously (with the help of Holland & Knight) as being an infringement on his trademarks, among other things.

What was Matthew doing with that domain name? Check out WIPO’s conclusion (emphasis provided by me):

The Panel finds that the conclusion it has reached under “rights or legitimate interests” above are also indicative of bad faith on the part of the Respondent.

Moreover, this Panel considers the fact that Respondent [Devellano], either by itself of through its client – as Respondent argued in his first response to the Center – is sending emails to Complainant’s [Chavez's] clients using the an email address @vivagroupresorts.com [sic], the Domain Name, asking for payments, offering discounts for early payments and even contacting customers by phone to discuss payments is a grave case of fraud and evidence bad faith. This Panel further investigated Complainant’s fraud claim, and found that “Trubaesc Mexico, S.A. de C.V.”, one of the companies whose bank information is forwarded to Complainant’s customers via the @vivagroupresorts.com [sic] email address, for customers to deposit certain amounts of money (along with “Global Consulting B1791, S.A. de C.V.”), has been involved in this timeshare fraud before, as seen on the website “www.justanswer.com/law/63wkc-contacted-resort-development-consultants-purchase.html”.

The Panel finds that, by Respondent’s use of the Domain Name, Respondent is intentionally attempting to attract Internet users who intend to access a website operated or endorsed by Complainant to Respondent’s pay-per-click website and that the Respondent must have had the Complainant in mind when registering the Domain Name. Further, Respondent is taking unfair advantage of Complainant’s goodwill by diverting those Internet users to websites including those operated by the Complainant’s competitors.

The Panel therefore concludes accordingly that the Domain Name was registered and is being used in bad faith.

(Note the typos above: vidagroup was mis-typed vivagroup.)

So what ARE the Devellanos up to these days? Keeping a low profile, for one thing. As for anything else your guess is as good as mine, but if past is prologue…

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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse >> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS

BUENA VISTA: I had pretty much tucked El Cid Resorts’ plans for a huge project on Baja California Sur’s famed East Cape snugly into the back of my mind a couple of years ago, pretty much convinced it would never happen. But perhaps I tucked too soon.

It has come to my attention that as of early last year Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) had granted Baja Norte’s Governor, Francisco “Kiko” Vega de la Madrid a concession to build a small craft marina on 99 acres at the East Cape with a capacity for over 500 boats and mega yachts of 200 feet. The new $55 million facility will be built in a partnership with Anhelo Resorts SA de CV (Desire Resorts), the developers of Mazatlan-based El Cid Resorts and the East Cape’s Van Wormer Resorts.

El Anhelo Resort Master PlanThe El Anhelo Resort & Marina, to be located midway between Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort and Rancho Leonero Resort, will also contain two hotels, residential lots, condominiums, townhouses overlooking the marina and the golf course and a championship golf course with 18 holes, among other “amenities”. And timeshare of course, in the form of El Cid Vacation Club. Assuming it does actually get built, here’s a rendering of the resort’s proposed master plan; note that the timeshare buildings and hotels will be located in the purple sections next to the Sea of Cortez. (Click for bigger)

On the positive side, both El Cid’s website and Van Wormer Real Estate’s website conintue to show El Anhelo, which I think is more than an oopsie of forgetting to remove it. So it would appear that the resort is still a go at some level. On the negative side, I haven’t found any indication that construction has really started on the marina. Who has current information about that?

By the way, the East Cape region starts just north of San Jose del Cabo and extends to the fringes of La Paz, with several small communities along the way. Former WWF wrestling star, former Minnesota Governor, current conspiracy theorist and all around colorful guy Jesse “The Body” Ventura has a home there.

For a bit more info on this project check out the Mexico portion of this 2012 International News blog post.



“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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This week’s timeshare sales tip:

Change:

REMEMBER: If you ever want to know how difficult it is to ‘change’ (e.g.) a person’s habit or lifestyle, etc. first try to ‘change’ yourself and then you’ll understand and appreciate the difficulty.

Most people hate and fight ‘change’ all their lives and are dragged into the ‘future’ kicking all the way. That is why it is important to explain to each new prospect that although what they will be previewing (today) may seem new, the fact of the matter is it is not; it is only a much better approach to travel and vacationing that is enjoyed and used by millions (just like them) worldwide!

The rep should also explain that the last thing he/she is going to ask the sales guest to do is ‘change’ the way they like (or want) to vacation and travel, but instead will simply demonstrate a proven system that will ease and enhance their overall experience.

Letting each prospect know that today they’ll preview a system that simply improves something they are likely already doing anyway will put them more at ease, and the more that happens the more the savvy TS Pro will laugh all the way to the bank!




Join us for a pithy morning meeting timeshare sales tip of the week, originally published in InsideTheGate.com, to help you to greater success in selling timeshare. Brief and to the point, these sales training tips are designed to get you thinking, to expand your knowledge, to help you to become all that you can be in the timeshare sales arena.

Whether you’re an industry veteran or a green pea, it never hurts to brush up on your skills!

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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouseQUOTABLE QUOTES: “Now, my story begins in nineteen-dickety-two. We had to say “dickety” because the Kaiser had stolen our word “twenty”. -Grampa Simpson, The Simpsons


So having failed to get a law on the books banning same sex marriage, Indiana’s government tried a different tack, codifying the right for businesses to turn away LGBT customers (and by extension other minorities) in the name of “religious freedom” when it quietly passed its controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Governor Pence signed it into law in a private ceremony, denying any intent for the law to legalize bigotry, but the act has drawn immediate and harsh criticism from a variety of sources.

No sooner had the ink dried on the paper than the Republican Mayor of Indianapolis very publicly objected to it, saying it will put his city’s economy at risk and it looks like he may be right. Already tech giant Salesforce has said it will halt its plans for expansion in the state (which means millions of $$$ and thousands of jobs lost statewide, a good portion of them in Indianapolis), tweeting “Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination.” Joining Salesforce in its boycott threat are Cummins, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eli Lily & Co, Gen Con (a $50 million annual gaming convention), Pat McAfee, Eskenazi Health and many others.

And the biggest threat of all: The NCAA is considering its options for pulling out of the state, saying the organization, which is based in Indianapolis, will “closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce.” (In other words, they’re gonna hang until they see which way the wind blows and/or they can find a reasonable way to do nothing.)

It occurs to me that timeshare exchange giant RCI’s North American membership office is in Carmel, IN, immediately north of Indianapolis. I would guess that there’s a significant population of LGBT timeshare owners who use RCI for exchange purposes and there are almost certainly LGBT employees working for RCI and parent company Wyndham has supported the LGBT community (it’s very good for business) — so I wonder if company bigwigs are bold enough to reveal which side of the new law they support?

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, tweeted this, using the hashtag #boycottindiana: “Have you asked your company’s CEO how they are responding to the Indiana discrimination bill now?”

Should Geoffrey A. Ballotti, RCI’s CEO, make a statement or just keep his mouth shut?


“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> TIMESHARE PEOPLE ON THE MOVE:

Thailand’s Anantara Vacation Club has made several changes to its executive personnel in Bangkok, Thailand recently.

Manuel Garcia has been appointed Vice President of Sales. In his new role, Manuel Garcia oversees all sales operations for Anantara Vacation Club. Often referred to fondly as “Manny”, his rich career profile of nearly 15 years includes impressive achievements in sales, marketing, branding, leadership, new business and customer service. Most recently, Manny worked independently as an entrepreneur, supporting business leaders in realizing their vision and achieving goals through implementation of important strategies, programs and processes.

Previously, Manny held key positions for nearly a decade at Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando, Florida, a Starwood property.

David Davis has been promoted to Vice President of Call Centers. Davis has taken the reins of call centre operations for the company, while simultaneously handling marketing efforts at Anantara Vacation Club Sanya in China. David joined the Anantara Vacation Club team nearly four years ago where he excelled as Area Director of Marketing. Prior to that, he worked for both Starwood Hotels & Resorts and WyndhamHotels & Resorts’ Vacation Ownership divisions.

Gary Lewis has been promoted Regional Director of Marketing for Voyager. With his promotion, Lewis handles all regional marketing initiatives for the Voyager program. At his most recent position with Anantara Vacation Club for nearly two years, Lewis strengthened Voyager to a multimillion dollar program that continues to grow every day. He successfully built a foundation for the future of the business and has excelled at implementing and managing what is, and will continue to be, a key channel to support the company.

Prior to Anantara Vacation Club, Gary worked in the exit program in Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Vacation Ownership sector, and practiced law at Colling Gilbert Wright and Carter.

Scott Bender has been promoted Director of Owner Enhancement and Special Projects at Anantara Vacation Club in Bangkok. Scott is now charged with overseeing the Owner Enhancement and Special Projects teams, where he’ll curate and organize owner events. Scott joined Anantara Vacation Club in March 2014 as a sales manager on the Owner Enhancement team, and was quickly promoted to Senior Sales Manager. Since that time, he has ensured that the division consistently achieves its monthly budgeted revenue targets, a testament to his guidance and leadership.

Prior to joining Anantara Vacation Club, Scott worked in various sales positions for more than 10 years with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and other properties in the Northwest region of the U.S.




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I’ve got several KUDOS to show you this week so let’s get right to it.

 KUDOS go out this week to:

The Porches of Steamboat, a neighborhood of spacious luxury townhomes located in the base area of the ski mountain in Steamboat Springs, CO, was recently notified they have earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, given to outstanding hospitality businesses that have received praise and recognition in reviews by TripAdvisor travelers. The Porches of Steamboat offers three styles of townhomes for whole ownership, fractional ownership and as luxury rentals.

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Denarau Island has qualified as a 2015 Interval International Premier Resort. This annual distinction identifies the property as significantly exceeding Interval International’s high affiliation standards and delivering outstanding vacation experiences.

Red Wolf Lodge at Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley, CA has earned the prestigious RCI Gold Crown Resort® designation by RCI. Managed by Grand Pacific Resorts, Red Wolf consistently receives glowing reviews from owners and guests.

Brand Tango, a Deerfield Beach, FL-based marketing, design and technology company cemented their swept the American Advertising Federation of Greater Fort Lauderdale Addy™ Awards. Eleven of their clients, from seven different industries, topped 108 other agencies by taking home ten out of twenty-three Professional Gold Awards, nineteen out of ninety-nine Professional Silver Awards and an astonishing four out of nine Judges Awards.

KUDOS and a tip of the hat to you all! whoopie!

Is there any truth to the rumor— that Richard Franken’s controversial travel club operation on St. Thomas, USVI is closed? Word on the street is he couldn’t pay his employees; he can’t go back to Florida, because the State wants him; and now he’s on the hook for two leased office properties that he can’t pay for.

He’s reportedly been seen at Lindbergh Beach, hanging out with his girlfriend. That beach lies at the Southwest corner of St. Thomas, at the end of Airport Rd., and is used extensively by locals.

What do you suppose he’ll do next?



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honeymooners
“Oh Johnny, I’m so excited. We finally made it! Wasn’t it nice of my daddy to give us this honeymoon trip to romantic Cabo San Lucas?

Oh, look sweetheart, there’s a tourist Information booth over there, ah, and one there, and there and there, too. Let’s stop at one of them sweetheart and ask how we get to our hotel.”

 


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