ARDA Timeshare Regional Meeting, Last Day for Early Registration

ARDA Timeshare Regional Meeting, Last Day for Early Registration

Site of Next ARDA timeshare Regional Meeting- Portsmouth Haborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Site of Next ARDA timeshare Regional Meeting- Portsmouth Haborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The next ARDA Timeshare Northeast Regional Meeting will be here before you know it. Scheduled for June 3-4, 2013, at the Sheraton Portsmouth Haborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, TODAY is the last day to early register and save. (See ARDA registeration online for more information.) For the vacation ownership industry ARDA timeshare regional meetings are extremely important. They keep our industry connected between annual conference events. ARDA timeshare regional meetings allow us to connect as an industry in smaller groups and more intimate settings. But perhaps most importantly, these meetings serve as an opportunity to unify vacation ownership and timeshares across a diverse industry represented by developers, timeshare management, timeshare resales companies, vendors, and so many others.

Monday, June 3, the schedule begins with the ARDA New England Executive Committee Meeting, after which Registration officially begins. Monday evening’s speaker will be Lori Harnois, Director of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. Lori will be looking at the topic of “Travel and Tourism in the New England Region.”

Monday evening’s activities will include the Opening Reception with Product Showcase,co-sponsored by First American Title and GCG Law.

Tuesday, June 4, includes continued Registration, breakfast and AIF Research Updates, sponsored by RCI and the first session: “Attracting the Next Generation Part 1: As Industry Professionals,” with speaker Paul Carney, Regional VP, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc.

The second session, which begins at 9:15 AM will be, “Attracting the Next Generation Part 2: As an Owner, ” with speaker, Julia Geffner, Senior Director of Marketing, RCI.

10:15 AM,  “Communicating with Your Owner: An Interactive Workshop,” with speakers Sandra Florentin, Director of CRM and Online Marketing, Interval International and Simon Jaworski, Sr. Vice President, The Research Intelligence Group.

Leading into lunchtime on Tuesday, the next topic is, “Resorts at a Crossroads,” with speakers John Funk, Attorney, Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell and Rich Muller, Senior VP Resort Operations, Vacation Resorts International.

Lunch break (12:15 PM-1:30 PM) includes Northeast Region Legislative and ARDA-ROC Updates with speaker, Keith Stephenson, Director State Government Affairs, ARDA, sponsored by Interval International.

Thanks to all of the event sponsors who make this meeting possible, including: ARDA ROC; First American Title; Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell; Interval International; RCI; Blackwell Recovery; Colebrook Financial Company, LLC; Continental Central Credit, Inc.; Dial An Exchange L.L.C.; GScf; Lodging Kit Company; MasterCorp Inc.; Meridian Financial Services; and the Timeshare Advisor.

Dial An Exchange Timeshare Appoints New Business Dev. Manager-Egypt

Dial An Exchange Timeshare Appoints New Business Dev. Manager-Egypt

Dial An Exchange timeshare
Dial An Exchange timeshare

Dial An Exchange (DAE) timeshare exchange has announced the appointment of Ahmed Adel Saleh as the company’s new Business Development Manager for Egypt. Recognized as the largest privately held timeshare exchange company in the world, Dial An Exchange (DAE) continues to grow its business in aggressive ways and exciting directions.

Francis Taylor, CEO of Dial An Exchange timeshare says, “We wanted the right person to help us develop our business in Egypt and north east Africa. Ahmed brings to DAE the right skills and professionalism, along with a real passion for customer service. This helps ensure that we are able to provide a quality exchange alternative for the growing shared vacation ownership industry in this important geographic region of the world.”

Ahmed Adel Saleh has more than 20 years of experience in fractional ownership real estate. Starting his career in sales and marketing, he moved quickly into management. During his career, Ahmed Adel has held management and director level positions for various companies. He holds a B.Sc. of law from Cairo University in Giza, Egypt.

Dial An Exchange timeshare  has more than 90,000 timeshare units in Europe and the Middle East, within nearly 1400 timeshare resorts. In recent months we have reported on the opening of new DAE offices all around the globe. Included among those is the new Dial An Exchange timeshare office in Munich, Germany, which serves DAE members in Eastern Europe, including Russia, Greece and Turkey.

Other Dial An Exchange timeshare office locations include: United Kingdom, Italy, United States, China, India, South Africa, Thailand, and New Zealand, as well as the company’s corporate headquarters on the Gold Coast of Australia.

More news from Dial An Exchange Timeshare:

DAE Timeshare Exchange Expanding Opportunities for Gold Advantage Members

DAE Timeshare Exchange Expanding Opportunities for Gold Advantage Members


 DAE Timeshare Exchange expanding options for Australian timeshare owners
DAE Timeshare Exchange expanding options for Australian timeshare owners.

One of the many things that Dial An Exchange (DAE) timeshare exchange members love is that the benefits of DAE membership just keep getting better and better. Now DAE timeshare exchange is expanding its exclusive Gold Advantage Program in Australia to include the addition of discounted tour opportunities as well as the many holiday and vacation options already offered.

If you are an Australian member of the Dial An Exchange Gold Advantage Program, you are now eligible to receive a discount valued at AU$1,000 per couple on the price of booking with two of Australia’s leading tour operators, AAT Kings and Insight Vacations.

DAE CEO Francis Taylor explains, “We understand that flexibility is very important to our members since they want as many travel options as possible. Some may want to go on an extended tour rather than elect to stay at a resort and this is a way we can give them tangible value in return for that choice.”

To take advantage of this bonus, Australian members of Dial An Exchange timeshare exchange should go to the tour operator’s website (either Insight Vacations or AAT Kings), choose their tour, and then contact DAE with the tour details at the time they deposit a one week timeshare ownership interval. Additional exchange fees as well as certain discounts may also apply.

Benefits of Timeshare Exchange with Dial An Exchange

  • All timeshare owners are eligible to be members of Dial An Exchange.
  • Dial An Exchange’s program is available with no cost or upfront fee for depositing timeshare, banking timeshare, or for requesting resort availability.
  • Regular membership includes a three-year credit to exchange a banked timeshare week.
  • Owners who are members of other timeshare exchange programs are not restricted from also becoming DAE members.
  • Once a DAE basic account (no fee to join) is established, all regular membership benefits become available to the owner.
  • The DAE Gold Advantage membership program, which does charge certain fees, also provides additional benefits in the form of discounts on exchange fees, discounts on bonus weeks, 14-day advance access to newly deposited weeks, and special car rental rates with Thrifty.
David Siegel, Founder of Westgate Resorts, Featured Speaker

David Siegel, Founder of Westgate Resorts, Featured Speaker

Westgate Resorts CEO, David Siegel
Westgate Resorts CEO, David Siegel

Among the guest speakers and panelists at GNEX 2013 will be David Siegel President and Chairman of the Board Westgate Resorts  and Central Florida Investments and high visibility timeshare and vacation ownership industry pioneer. Siegel, who has spent more than 30 years in timeshares, now runs the largest single-site vacation ownership resort in the world — Westgate Vacation Villas and is founder and CEO of the largest privately owned company in Central Florida. His diversity of business accomplishments includes timeshare, travel services, hotel and apartment management, real estate, construction, tele-communications, citrus, insurance, transportation, retail, and much more.

GNEX 2013 is an opportunity for the innovators and thought leaders of timeshare to come together to share ideas, debate key issues, and lay critical groundwork for the future of timeshare, fractionals, and vacation ownership. This year’s 3rd annual Global Meeting of Minds (GNEX 2013) will be held at the luxurious Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California. Event dates are February 3-6, 2013.

David Siegel founder of Westgate Resorts Timeshare

In addition to his accomplishments in business in founding Westgate Resorts timeshare, David Siegel has been honored as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” for construction and real estate in Central Florida and finished second in the “Entrepreneur of the Year” national competition. He holds an honorary doctorate from Florida A&M University for his work in community service, and the National Community Service Award from ARDA, the American Resort Development Association. On the committee for the 2012 Olympics, David Siegel also sits on the board of directors for many charitable and civic organizations. He is Chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society (representing the United Way’s highest level of contributors). David Siegel will be joined as a speaker, panelist, and forum member at GNEX 2013 by other noteworthy timeshare industry leaders including the following, with more timeshare innovators still to be announced:

  • Barry Robinson – CEO & Managing Director, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific
  • Bruce L. Thompson – CEO, Gold Key / Professional Hospitality Resources
  • Bryan Lunt – Chairman & CEO, Absolute World Group
  • Bryan Ten Broek – Senior Vice President, Resort Sales and Business Development North America, Interval International
  • Craig Morganson – President & CEO, Holiday Systems International
  • Dimitris Manikis – Managing Director, RCI South Africa & Vice President, Business Development, RCI Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Erika Garcia – CEO, Marketing 4 Sunset Group & Premier Cancun Vacations
  • Fermin Cruz – VP North American Business Operations Dial An Exchange, USA
  • Francis Taylor – CEO, Dial An Exchange
  • Gordon Gurnik – President, RCI
  • Gregg Anderson – Global Vice President, The Registry Collection
  • Harold Derrah – CEO, Anantara Vacation Club
  • Harry Taylor – Executive Chairman, TATOC
  • Howard C. Nusbaum – President & CEO, American Resort Development Association
  • James M. Casey – Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Commercial and Specialty Finance, Capital One Bank
  • Jim Whitteron – Director of Marketing & Sales Solutions, HVS Shared Ownership Services
  • John “Roger” Burk – Attorney, John Rogers Burk, A Law Corporation
  • John Spence – Chairman & Owner, Karma Royal Group
  • Marcia Rowley – Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE)
  • Marcos Agostini – Senior Vice President, Resort Sales and Business Development Latin America, Interval International
  • Mark Carney – Marketing & Sales Director, Royal Resorts
  • Mark Waltrip – COO, Westgate Resorts / Central Florida Investments
  • Mel Grant – President & CEO, SFX Preferred Resorts
  • Nico March – Senior Vice President, Investments, The March Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Ramy Filo – CEO, Classic Group
  • Richard L. Ragatz, PH.D. – President, Ragatz Associates
  • Robert A. Kobek – President and CEO, Mobius Vendor Partners and CustomerCount℠
  • Robert J. Webb – Partner, Baker Hostetler
  • Steve Tassler – Principal, Xeputu
  • Stuart Lamont – Executive Chairman, Club Leisure Group
  • Tommy Middaugh – Executive Vice President, Travel To Go