ARDA West Regional Timeshare Meeting Underway

It’s great to be at the ARDA West Regional Meeting (American Resort Developers Association) here at the  Westin Denver Downtown.

Yesterday’s activities got underway with ARDA-WIN Programming and event registration. It was my honor to be part of a panel that addressed, “HOA Challenges and Solutions: Postcard and Rescue Companies, Resales, and Rentals.”

John Funk, Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, was Moderator of the panel that included: John Lee of Christie Lodge; R. Scott MacGregor of InnSeason Resorts; and me, Jason Tremblay of Sell My Timeshare NOW and Timeshare Broker Services.

We looked at some of the timeshare industry’s significant challenges and ways to solve these challenges. Questions raised included:

  • With association maintenance fee delinquencies increasing what are positive methods for HOAs to find replacement owners?
  • What can HOAs do about weeks being transferred into trusts, clubs or to individuals who have no intention of paying the fees?
  • The current challenge that is putting the reputation of timeshare resales on the line.

Thursday evening’s activities included the Opening Reception with Product Showcase, and time for networking.

Friday’s Schedule at the ARDA West Regional Meeting

The Friday schedule for today is  busy with an  8:05 AM Breakfast and ARDA Updates, including information from and regarding  ARDA-ROC, AIF Research and State Legislative Issues.

Speakers are Kevin Riley, ARDA-ROC; Chris Stewart, ARDA State Affairs; and Darla Zanini, ARDA International Foundation.

Morning sessions include:

  • “Retaining Owners Loyalty” moderated by Clark Rowley, Scottsdale Camelback Resort, with speakers: Jeff Andrews, East West Resorts and  Kimberly Tramontana, Breckenridge Grand Vacations.
  • “New ADA Requirements”  moderated by Amy Bellman, Baker & Hostetler LLP, with speakers: Jessie Creighton, Ballard Spahr LLP and John Farrow, FARROW Commercial Construction
  • HOA Board/ “Ask the Attorney” moderated by Gary Kujawski, Christie Lodge Owners Association with speakers: Candyce Cavanagh, Orten, Cavanagh, Richmond & Holmes LLC; and Jennifer Hayes, Foley & Lardner LLP

Lunch with Guest Speaker Aaron Acker, HOA Information Officer, Colorado Department of Regulatory Affairs, will bring an outside perspective on the latest and hottest regulatory and legislative issues in the HOA and Timeshare industries.

Thank you ARDA for offering these informative and important meetings and to all the sponsors who help make them possible. Special thanks to: ARDA-ROC; Epsilon Targeting; First American Title Insurance Company; RCI, HD Supply, and Interval International.