Harrisonburg, VA (November 25, 2014) — C.A.R.E.’s 59th Semi-Annual Conference was held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Washington State from October 18-21, 2014. Fall conference attendees experienced a great venue with intimate meeting spaces beneficial to session and networking needs, one of a kind meals throughout the weekend event, a spirited Speed Networking Session (sponsored by RTX), an Entertaining Halloween Party and a Seattle City Tour (sponsored by CondoWarehouse.com).
C.A.R.E. kicked off the conference on Saturday morning by participating in “Duwamish Alive” hosted by EarthCorps. In effort to transform the West Duwamish Greenbelt into a magnificent and healthy habitat, 15 C.A.R.E. volunteers joined a group of 500 to remove over a quarter acre of blackberry bushes, plant 465 native plants and mulch 4,400 square feet. C.A.R.E. volunteers were actually responsible for approximately 20% of the planting and mulching even though their group was less than 5% of the workforce!
The C.A.R.E. Board of Directors welcomed conference attendees on Saturday evening with a Sponsor Appreciation Reception in recognition of sponsors that contributed over $30,000 in support for the conference. During the welcome dinner that followed, attendees participated in the popular 50/50 raffle drawing as well as C.A.R.E.’s Super Raffle that included lots of great prizes such as vacation weeks, future conference perks, industry advertising opportunities and the Grand Prize 60” HDTV donated by Travel To Go and Wow Services Group.
Educational sessions included the panel discussion titled “Making the Most of Your C.A.R.E. Membership” and the keynote session “Servicing the Over-Informed Travel Consumer” presented by Doug Kennedy, Kennedy Training Group. EBusiness Director for Sunset World Resorts, Jim Wehrle and Paul Mattimoe, CEO of the Perspective Group presented an informational session on social media.
The conference concluded with the selection of the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC as the site of the 2016 spring conference and the nominations for several Board of Directors positions. Nominations included Linda Mayhugh, Advantage Travel for President, Deborah Sansom, ICS Management for Secretary, and Vikki Lessard, Club Resort Intervals, LLC for Treasurer. Tina Hill, Global Connections, Jim Wehrle, CTC Travel, and J. Michael Martinez, Timeshare Recyclers, LLC were nominated for Vice President. Elections will be held at C.A.R.E.’s 60th Semi-Annual Conference in Annapolis, MD May 2-5, 2015.
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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