June 24, 2011 — While recently strolling down the world famous Las Vegas Blvd one evening and pondering the future of this wonderful industry, I glanced up and saw the PH Towers by Westgate and my very first thought was ‘what a ride’ we’ve all been on for the past several decades!
Then, while gazing at all the other properties in the area, my attention once again returned to the Westgate resort and while looking up at the company name lit atop the Tower I thought about what a journey David A. Siegel has been on since he started his company (CFI) from the garage of his home in the 1970’s.
And in the very next instance I realized that though many of us have been around the business for a long time, few people seized the opportunity as did Mr. Siegel and he, for all his vision, time, energy, and efforts, etc. should be acknowledged, saluted, applauded and celebrated for his success and accomplishments as well as what he contributed to this industry.
Mr. Siegel’s ‘story’ of course is not the only one to be praised. There are other equally impressive successes such as Daniel Chavez (Grupo Vidanta) who also began his timeshare journey from humble beginnings in the 1970’s in Mazatlan Mexico, and Deborah Linden’s (Island One Resorts) success and accomplishments that began in the early 1980’s…
I thought of those dynamic industry folks and others who, unlike the ‘Brands’, put it all on the line and how they are the ones responsible for building an awesome industry. And then it dawned on me that somewhere out there today there must be ‘others’ like them, perhaps working out of their homes at this very moment, who will contribute to and forge the future of this great industry.
And yes, there are ‘challenging’ times ahead but whoever these people are you can bet your last buck that like their predecessors they, too, will achieve enormous success regardless of the nay-saying, skeptical, cynical, pessimistic risk-nothing, negative ‘crowd’ that always looks first for why ‘something’ can’t be done!
But also be assured that as the future unfolds those dubious, cynical, wanna-be, Johnny-come-lately to the ‘party’ types, having passed up tremendous opportunities right before their very eyes, will come out of the woodwork and their parasitical nature will overwhelm and posses them while they scramble to find a method to feed off the carcass.
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