Change in the Works at Orange Lake Resorts Executive

Tom Nelson, new President and COO, Orange Lake Resort
Tom Nelson, new President and COO, Orange Lake Resort

Last week Orange Lake Resorts, home to the Holiday Inn Club Vacations®brand, announced changes and new appointments to its executive leadership team. The timeshare and vacation ownership company has been in a growth mode in recent years, seeing expansion in its resorts, revenues, and brand recognition. The reorganization of the company’s executive leadership will support and enhance the growth and momentum that has come to be identified with Orange Lake Resorts.

Tom Nelson has been announced as the new president and chief operating officer, effective immediately of Orange Lakes Resort. He will continue leading Orange Lake Resorts’ financial and technology areas and will now oversee the resort operations, club operations and human resources divisions. Nelson has been with the company since 2003, most recently serving in the role of executive vice president and chief financial officer. He was the top winner in the CFO category for the 2012 Orlando Business Journal’s  C-Level Awards.

Sonya Dixon has been announced as the new chief financial officer of Orange Lake Resorts, effective July 1, 2013. She has served as the principal partner with Orange Lake Resorts’ financial auditor, Grant Thornton, for 13 years. With more than 17 years experience in public accounting, most recently in the role of assistant audit practice leader, Florida, for Grant Thornton and prior to that with Arthur Andersen. Dixon’s experience includes partnering with major companies within the timeshare industry to provide large-scale auditing services.

Don Harrill will continue to serve in the role of chief executive officer, providing leadership to the legal and product development, sales and marketing and corporate communications and brand services divisions.

Harill says, “It’s an exciting time to work for Orange Lake Resorts. Right now, we’re positioning ourselves for future growth and opportunities. I’m pleased that we can nurture the talent within our organization and also with a long-time external partner to support this momentum. The changes we are making in our executive leadership team will provide laser focus on our people, products and services to create an even better company to work for and even greater owner and guest vacation experiences.”

For more information on career opportunities with Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts, visit the Orange Lake Resorts page on LinkedIn.

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