ORLANDO, Fla., April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world's largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), won the ACE Community Service Award, along with 13 other prestigious industry awards at the annual American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Awards Gala at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, April 15. The ARDA Awards celebrate the best and brightest in the vacation ownership industry in more than 60 categories.
The ACE Community Service Award recognizes the company's integral role in last year's Give Kids the World (GKTW) "Extreme Village Makeover" where 88 villas underwent renovations at the GKTW Village, a 70-acre, non-profit "storybook" resort in Kissimmee, Florida for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. In January 2014, more than 400 WVO employees volunteered at the Village adding new paint, flooring, kitchens and baths, furniture, electrical, recycling materials and more. Through the effort of all the volunteers, the villas were completely renovated in order to serve as a beautiful "home away from home" for all the deserving families who visit the GKTW Village.
"We are extremely proud to receive the ACE Community Service Award this year," said Franz Hanning, president and chief executive officer, WVO. "At the heart of every organization are its people, and our associates truly came together in the spirit of giving back to make these beautiful renovations a reality at the Give Kids the World Village. This project in particular is close to many people's hearts, and our passionate associates truly exemplify what it means to live our company's core values and Count On Me! service philosophy. We hope the children and families who visit the Give Kids the World Village will enjoy these villas for years to come."
WVO was also recognized with the following awards:
- Alliance Partner Marketing Program: Margaritaville Vacation Club
- Marketing Management Executive: Tanya O'Neal
- Marketing Manager: Ariel Rodriguez
- Marketing Program: Universal Agent Program
- Project Team: Specialist Presenter Program
- Sales Management Executive: David Lee
- Salesperson In-house: Tullika Deswal
- Sales Team: Star Island Super Team
- Communications / PR Professional or Team: WVO Corporate Communications Team
- Amenities: Wyndham Bali Hai Villas Clubhouse
- Refurbishment: Common Area: Wyndham Ocean Boulevard Lobby
- Training and Development Manager or Team: Sales, Marketing and Consumer Finance Learning & Development Team – SERVE Program
- Call Center: WVO Inbound Call Center Team
ARDA is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.
About Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Wyndham Vacation Ownership, a member of Wyndham Worldwide's (NYSE: WYN) family of companies, is the world's largest vacation ownership business, as measured by the number of vacation ownership resorts, individual vacation ownership units and owners of vacation ownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its five primary consumer brands, CLUB WYNDHAM, WorldMark by Wyndham, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, Shell Vacations Club and Margaritaville Vacation Club®. As of December 31, 2013, we have developed or acquired more than 190 vacation ownership resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific that represent more than 23,000 individual vacation ownership units and more than 900,000 owners of vacation ownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership is headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and is supported by more than 16,000 associates globally.
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