Harrisonburg, VA (June 23, 2015) — Established in 1985, the Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers (C.A.R.E.) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2015. The non-profit trade association recently hosted its 60th Semi-Annual Conference at the Westin Annapolis in Maryland from May 2-5, 2015 with a grand celebration. The conference began with attendees volunteering at Clagett Farm, a part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which uses truly sustainable farming methods – both economically and environmentally. Their efforts are used to provide free or reduced priced fresh produce to people living in poverty and near poverty in Washington, D.C.
The first order of official conference business was to celebrate the C.A.R.E. Member Sponsors who collectively contributed over $45,000 to the anniversary conference (reception sponsored by CondoWarehouse.com) and an evening dinner with a Live/Silent Auction that raised nearly $15,000 for the marketing efforts of C.A.R.E.
The first full conference day was packed with media marketplace presentations by members, C.A.R.E.’s famous “Roll Call”; as well as an engaging Keynote Session presented by Colonel Arthur J. Athens, USMCR (Ret.) – Back to the Basics of Extraordinary Leadership. If that wasn’t enough for the day…RTX-Resort Travel and Xchange hosted an always energetic Speed Networking Session and TAN-Travel Advantage Network hosted the evening awards night dinner aboard a private yacht, the Catherine Marie, that sailed the Chesapeake Bay at sunset.
The conference continued the next day with another full agenda that included two break-out sessions…the first was moderated by Jeff Ingram of Carefree Journey’s on the Basics of Direct Exchange along with panelists Spence Witten, Carol Demler and Corina Violette. Simultaneously, Paul Mattimoe of the Perspective Group moderated a discussion on Facebook Marketing in Four Easy Steps.
Endless Vacation Rentals and Global Connections sponsored a D.C. City Tour and dinner at Buca di Beppo to close an amazing conference of C.A.R.E. members learning, networking and growing their businesses.
Official C.A.R.E. business was last on the agenda with the voting and selection of the 2016 Fall Conference site which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada from October 22-25, 2016. In addition, several Board of Directors were elected to new terms. Linda Mayhugh of Advantage Travel (Accommodations Unlimited) was elected as C.A.R.E. President with other executive positions being filled by incumbents Debbie Sansom for Secretary (I.C.S. Management) and Vikki Lessard for Treasurer (Club Resort Intervals). Incumbent Jim Wehrle with CTC Travel was re-elected to a three-year Vice Presidency position. Tina Hill, Resort Inventory Group, was also elected to a three-year term. Torie Quakenbush of VacationCondos.com was elected to fill Mayhugh’s remaining one year Vice President Term.
Alain Carr with American Resorts International and Dave Dawson of Global Connections were both recognized by the Board of Directors and attendees for their years of service and dedication as a C.A.R.E. Board Members. Both having served two three-year terms brought invaluable knowledge, input and growth to the C.A.R.E. organization. While Dave decided not to seek re-election, he will no doubt remain involved as will Alain Carr who will act in an advisory capacity as Past President to the Board. The contributions and service of both Dave and Alain are greatly appreciated.
C.A.R.E. (www.care-online.org), established in 1985, is the vacation industry’s premier trade association. Its member companies, comprised of Resort Developers, Management and Exchange companies, HOA’s, Travel Clubs and Wholesalers, provide each other with opportunities for vacation fulfillment, exchanges and revenue enhancement through increased inventory utilization and yield management. C.A.R.E. members are required to comply with a strict Code of Standards and Ethics and benefit from outstanding professional and personal development opportunities at their semi-annual conferences.
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Bonnie Kosco, 800-636-5646