Weekly Wisecrack: December 2, 2017

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While conducting his first morning meeting the new sales manager let everyone know exactly where he stood on a variety of issues including what will happen when anyone, for any reason, is even just one-minute late to his daily motivational sessions. He then concluded the meeting by telling the entire staff, “And if any of you don’t like the way I’m going to run things then you can hit the bricks. It’s my way or the highway people!”

“Now, stay positive and get out there, make it happen or face the consequences!”



The Weekly Wisecrack is primarily (but not always) a snarky look inside the workings of the timeshare industry, usually from the viewpoint of sales and marketing representatives. Do you have a different point of view? Leave your own caption in the Comments if you’re so inclined…
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Timeshare Odds and Ends: December 2, 2017

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You’ve got MAIL! I’ve got mail; all God’s chillun got MAIL! …Ev’rybody talkin’ ’bout heab’n ain’t goin’ dere/Heab’n, Heab’n/I’m goin’ to mail all ovah God’s Heab’n… ♪♪ (with apologies to that beautiful old hymn)

Scoop gets mail, too, and many times it’s from green peas looking for information about the business and what they can do to improve their skills or understand what’s going on.

I don’t know if Scoop will be goin’ to heab’n or not (I’m not even sure about myself) but I’d bet he always does his best to provide good information.

So what’s the Scoop?. This time it’s all about percentages, and Scoop responded with what he calls The 100-Tour Story Read it, and maybe you’ll go to heab’n… 😉



Why don’t sales managers at many resorts have business cards, you ask? Simple. Management positions are very insecure: First in, first out. In today, out tomorrow. See ya, `bye.

As for sales reps without business cards, well they tend to be pretty mobile. And then there are the heat merchants who don’t want anyone to remember their names or to know how they can be reached…

It ain’t rocket science, Boopsie. 😉




TWEET OF THE WEEK:

Have you seen the world yet?

Where are YOU going this year?

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Weekly Jukebox: December 2, 2017

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It doesn’t get much better than this lovely rendition of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, sung by Idina Menzel & Michael Bublé but lip sinced and performed by an entire cast of very professional and entirely adorable children.

Directed by Brett Sullivan, the video is designed like an old-school ’30s film musical number. The stars of the video are Emily Carey and Harry Collett, portraying Menzel and Bublé as children.

This video is as charming as it gets! 😀

What are YOU listening to tonight? And what would you like to see here?



The Weekly Juke Box aims to feature good music/good fun regardless of era or genre. Send in your own favorite and if I can find a good version on YouTube I’ll post it for you! What would you like to see or hear? gatekeeper@insidethegate.com

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Timeshare Financial News: December 2, 2017

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Silver Lake Resort, a timeshare development company located just outside the gates of Walt Disney World in Kissimmee, FL, has been on the receiving end of an extension of a loan from Wellington Financial, the exclusive Resort Finance lending correspondent for Liberty Bank.

The deal is for a two-year extension of their $30 million receivables loan, in addition to refinancing and extending a $4.5 million inventory loan.

“Liberty Bank started working with Silver Lake in 2009,” said Liberty Bank Vice President David Brede. “Initially, we helped build a receivables hypothecation and cash management facility. Most recently we’ve assisted with a construction and inventory facility to support their growth over the last eight years. We look forward to expanding on our valuable partnership with Silver Lake and its management team well into the future.”

Silver Lake is one of those timeshare developments that seems to studiously avoid even the appearance of promoting itself. Seriously, when’s the last time they issued a press release? When is the last time you ever even heard of Silver Lake? Even their website calls it “Orlando’s best-kept secret”.

Why would you want your business to be a secret, especially if you’re in active sales? Scratching Head



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Florida USA Timeshare News: December 2, 2017

>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:
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ORLANDO: Westgate Towers LLC has found itself in hot water. The company is facing a lawsuit filed in Orange County Circuit Court by Cordarell R. and Kelsey M. Grider, a San Diego couple who attended a Westgate Towers’ timeshare sales presentation in Las Vegas on Jan. 16, 2016.

The couple alleges that Westgate breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing and as a result the Griders have sustained financial loss, including the principal amount, installment payments and maintenance fees paid under the timeshare purchase agreement for property in Florida.

According to court documents, the Griders allege Westgate misrepresented the nature of the timeshare by telling them it was a real estate investment that would increase in value over time, that there was a significant resale and rental opportunities and that the Griders would profit.

Really? Sales reps are still pushing rental and investment in the USA in 2017? Can’t Westgate find anyone with actual sales talent to work for them? Sheesh.

Anyhow, the Griders figured out they were (allegedly) lied to and they seek trial by jury, actual damages of more than $15,000, injunction, rescission, civil penalty, attorney fees and all relief as justice requires. They are represented by attorney Brendan A. Sweeney of Sweeney Law PA in Fort Lauderdale.

Orange County Circuit Court case number 17-CA-9904

Stay tuned.



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New Jersey USA Timeshare News: December 2, 2017

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

CAMDEN: Since I haven’t updated you about the Adam Lacerda, Ian Resnick and Genevieve Manzoni appeal related to their conviction in the notorious VO Group/VO Financial timeshare fraud case since July, I thought I’d better take a look and report back to you.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much to report. Since I last informed you there have been a few joint motions filed by the appellants for 60-day extensions to file briefs, etc., followed by a “no more extensions” notice which was quickly followed by another extension.

Most recently we have this:

11/15/2017 Open Document ECF FILER: MOTION by Appellant Genevieve Manzoni in No. 15-4023 Requesting Sixty (60) Day Extension of Time to File Briefs and Joint Appendix for All Appellants, filed. Certificate of Service dated 11/15/2017 by ECF. [15-2812, 15-4023, 16-2220]–[Edited 11/16/2017 by CJG]–[Edited 11/16/2017 by CJG] (RLT)
11/22/2017 Open Document ORDER (RESTREPO, Circuit Judge) The motion by Appellant Genevieve in No. 15-4023 for 60 day extension of time for all Appellants to file briefs and joint appendix is granted, filed. Panel No.: BCO-018. Restrepo, Authoring Judge. [15-2812, 15-4023, 16-2220] (CJG)

If you need to be reminded: Scam ringleader Adam Lacerda was eventually sentenced to 324 months (27 years) in federal prison; Ashley Lacerda was sentenced to 32 months (she served her term and has been released; Ian Resnick was sentenced to 216 months (18 years); and Genevieve Manzoni was sentenced to 42 months (3.5 years).

Adam Lacerda, Ian Resnick and Genevieve Manzoni separately appealed their convictions and sentences, but Lacerda filed a request to consolidate the three related appeals for purposes of scheduling, filing a joint appendix, Appellee’s brief and, to the extent not already consolidated for disposition, to formally consolidate the cases for disposition.

All three are currently in prison while they await the appeals process. Manzoni is at Miami RRM with a release date of 01/28/2018, which would seem to imply that she’ll be released before the appeal is determined. shrug

Lacerda is at Danbury CI with a release date of 02/20/2037.

Resnick is at Coleman Low FCI with a release date of 02/28/2029.

And that’s where we stand.



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Tennessee USA Timeshare News: December 2, 2017

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse >> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

NASHVILLE: Guess what? Margaritaville Nashville Hotel has announced that it will be the latest property to feature a proposed Margaritaville Vacation Club® by Wyndham element, as the relationship between Margaritaville and Wyndham continues to evolve. When it opens in Summer 2019 in Nashville’s thriving “SoBro” district, the hotel anticipates featuring 52 condominium-style timeshare units.

Darby Campbell, owner and president of Safe Harbor Development, developer of Margaritaville Nashville Hotel, said “We are excited to build on Margaritaville’s relationship with Wyndham here in Nashville, giving fans of the Margaritaville lifestyle – and this incredible destination – a chance to visit more often, and stay longer.”

When completed, the hotel will feature 217 guestrooms in total – including the 52 Margaritaville Vacation Club® units – along with a variety of unique amenities that include a rooftop relaxation and entertainment area with a pool, sundeck, firepits, live entertainment and FINS Beach Bar. Guests will also enjoy a fitness center, more than 10,000 square feet of function space, Starbucks coffee shop, and new Margaritaville dining concept, JWB Grill.

The hotel joins a growing list of Margaritaville hotels and resorts offering Margaritaville Vacation Club® by Wyndham, including those in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; St. Thomas, USVI and Rio Mar, Puerto Rico.

Hmmm. Getting BIGGER!



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Idle Timeshare Thoughts: December 2, 2017

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QUOTABLE QUOTES: “There are only two true facts about points programs, the first being that the value of the points is totally controlled by the provider and second, the system is designed to create the necessity for the members to purchase, accumulate, or rent, more and more points to fulfill their needs.” —Jerry Sikes



 

Hey look: It’s none of my business if you use drugs on your own time, or which ones you use. Likewise I don’t care if you get drunk as a skunk every day, I don’t care if you are having affairs – extra marital or otherwise – with someone(s) at work. In fact, I think what you do with your personal life is your own darned business, though I might certainly think less of you if you are indulging in such activities.

But I DO care if you are hurting others by indulging in those and similarly unethical activities, I DO care if you are opening your resort to lawsuits as a result of your activities, I DO care if consumers are being treated poorly as a result of your activities, I DO care if your ancillary activities involve fraud, theft, bullying, poor management and various means of cheating either the public or your co-workers, I DO care if what you are doing is helping to darken that bruise that’s already around the eye of timeshare.

So you are on notice. If you do those things and I find out about it, well, I won’t keep it to myself. Know what I mean?

Just sayin’.
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And part two is this bit contributed by a reader, who apparently has been following the news about the plea agreement of General Mike Flynn and the implications thereof.

Don’t blame me, I’m just the messenger:

“I’ll bet,” says our reader, “that Ivanka, Jarrod, Don Jr. and Eric (well, maybe not Eric) are all really pissed off at their father. I mean, there they all were, going along their merry way, minding their own businesses, making money and living their lives, when suddenly Daddy decided he wanted to be President.

“And NOW look where they’re at!” Groucho



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Getting BIGGER: December 2, 2017

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse 

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific is stepping outside its normal milieu by adding two WorldMark South Pacific Club properties in Princeville, Kauai.

WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham Bali Hai Villas and WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham Ka ‘Eo Kai, will be available to timeshare owners in the WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham starting January 2018.

Gee, could they make the names of the resorts any longer? 😛

WorldMark Bali Hai Villas is adjacent to the Makai Golf Club and boasts two outdoor swimming pools, three outdoor hot tubs, a volleyball court and barbecue area. The resort has one-, two-, and three-bedroom resort suites that sleep four to eight guests and range from 871 to 1,668 square feet. Each suite features one or two master bedrooms with one king or one queen bed, guest rooms with one queen or two double beds and a full sofa sleeper in the living area. You will appreciate the privacy of separate bedrooms, a full kitchen, and the convenience of a washer/dryer in each suite. Plus, a separate living/dining area, private lanai.

WorldMark Ka ‘Eo Kai features one- and two-bedroom suites appointed with full kitchens, dining areas, living rooms, and washer & dryer combinations. Property amenities include two pools, a putting green, jogging trails, and a BBQ area. It is located between the number 3 fairway of the Makai Golf Course and Princeville’s historic tree lane.



Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club is expanding into Mexico with the new Sea Adventure by Lifestyle Resort, located on 1,300 feet of white sandy beaches on the North side of Cancun at the tip of Puerto Juarez, the gateway to Isla Mujeres. On-site sales, member reservations and stays are already underway.

Amenities at this all-inclusive resort include a full-service kids club for ages 4 to 10, a thrilling water park with water slides, waterfalls and other fun rides, three restaurants, four bars, fitness center, a large ocean-front swimming pool with three inset Jacuzzis, shaded palapas and sun bed, a 13-hole mini-golf course, and a ballroom-theater for dinner shows. The on-site activities team arranges a wide variety of activities for the entire family, such as beach volleyball, soccer, water polo and ping-pong. Paddleboats and kayaks are also available.

Said Markus Wischenbart, President of Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, “We plan to continue our expansion into Mexico and the Cancun area by next year, and will have more exciting news to share soon.”



Banyan Tree and UAE-based developer Sweid & Sweid have partnered up to deliver the first Banyan Tree Residences in the Middle East.

To be called Banyan Tree Residences, Hillside Dubai, the resort will be located on a large island site where DMCC, the Montgomerie Golf Course, The Emirates Golf Course and Emirates Hills intersect on Al Telal Street.

The residential tower’s 244 residences will stretch over 32 storeys will include one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments, duplex apartments with private outdoor gardens, and three full-floor penthouses crowning the building. The penthouses offer large terraces featuring cantilevered swimming pools overlooking the spectacular views.

The official launch of sales is planned for Q1 of 2018, in conjunction with the completion of the on-site sales center and show apartment. Completion of the project is scheduled for Q3 of 2019, with construction having commenced at the start of 2017.

Among other amenities, owners will receive access to the Banyan Tree Private Collection, an exclusive destination club with a portfolio of villas in stunning locations around the world.



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