Sunday, October 7, 2012
Author: Jason Tremblay | Topics: ARDA, timeshare news, vacation ownership
The ARDA West Regional Meeting 2012 was held Thursday and Friday, October 4-5, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California. This meeting afforded the perfect time for timeshare, timeshare resale, and vacation ownership leaders to come together and exchange ideas, problem solve, and network.
John Gruenwald, JCG Human Resource Group kicked off the sessions looking at the topic, “Creating the Future You Want.” As John explains, “We live in volatile times and having the tools to navigate an ever-changing world is more critical than ever before.” His presentation examined the leadership skills necessary for the future, including individual core motivation, and the motives that drive others in your organization. Learning how to use your understanding of motivation is a key to creating the future you really want.
Another important topic was that of balance. We are all challenged to find, and more importantly, to maintain, a balance in our work lives and our ‘real’ lives. Research conducted on 50,000 employees worldwide by the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) shows that the work-life balance is one of the strongest drivers and employee attraction and commitment factors, second only to compensation.
This insight is highly consistent with everything statistics tell us about the values of Gen X and Millennials, but how do you bring this to your workplace? Knowing that employees who feel they have a better work-life balance typically work 21 percent harder than do those who do not, finding and nurturing a balance is critical information for employers. Shutopa Das of Welk Resorts spoke on this top in a session presented by WIN and sponsored by RCI.
Time to Focus on Timeshare Resale
In the session, “HOA Challenges and Solutions Follow-up,” speakers Kit Armour of Breckenridge Grand Vacations; Tom O’Brien of VRI; and Clark Rowley of SmartChoice Timeshare Resales hashed out critical topics as part of a panel moderated by Dave Waller of Baker and Hostetler. They looked at the challenges and solutions around association maintenance fee increasing delinquencies, methods for HOAs to find replacement owners; and what HOAs can do about timeshare weeks now being transferred into trusts, clubs or to individuals who have no intention of paying the fees. This important session was sponsored by Travel To Go.
Other hot topics addressed included “Connecting with Owners and Reigniting the Spark of their Ownership,” with the afternoon wrapping up with a look at brainstorming other key industry topics.
ARDA regional events help the timeshare and vacation ownership industry work more effectively together and respond in more relevant ways to a changing world in which the objectives and values of consumers, employees, and vendors are changing too. Be sure to part of the final ARDA Regional Meeting of 2012, scheduled for November 1-2 in Orlando, Florida. Find out more information about that meeting here: ARDA Southeast Regional Meeting.
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