ATHOC 20th Annual National Awards Night Is A Big Success

by Laura Younger, General Manager,

The 20th Annual & Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC) National Awards night was held at Gold Coast Arts Centre on Friday 22nd July 2011. With over 270 people in the room, the energy was high and the applause for the winners loud.

With 16 awards up for grabs, you could feel the anticipation, competition and friendly rivalry between the companies as it spread across the room.

 A special congratulations goes to Joe Hickman of who took home the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry.

Joe’s immense contribution to the industry spans more than 2 decades and has contributed to the growth and success of the timeshare industry in and New Zealand. Joe has focused on providing the highest quality service to developers, marketers, prospects, owners and members. He has also demonstrated a tremendous commitment to the industry education of media, government and consumers in general. He has consistently sat on the board of directors for numerous shared ownership industry trade bodies, including his current position on the ATHOC Board, spoken at regional and global conferences, and worked with governments, media and consumer groups to provide reliable information and advice and to resolve issues that may well have had a negative impact on the sustainable growth of our industry. Joe is very deserving of this award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry. [member]

The awards were well spread across the industry, to the delight of many CEO’s, but a special mention should go to the Maintenance Team at the Independent Mariner Shores Resort for giving the larger companies a run for their money. Well done!

The 2011 Resort Managers of the year was taken out by, and very well deserved by, Warren and Julie Lee from Cedar Lakes Resort, a Classic Holiday managed property.

The industry innovation award certainly took a green leaning with the judge unable to make a decision and two awards being presented – Both Green initiatives!

Congratulations goes to Pacific Palms Resort (Classic Holidays Managed Property) Activities Program with their new Junior Discover Tours. The program included specific topics such as:  “Whose Poo’s that?” , Dangerous Marine Creatures! Where the Forest & Sea Collide, Wild Wild World of Sea Grasses & Sandy Shores and many more topics to choose from. This innovative program made children aware of the potential danger to the native wildlife and marine creatures who depend on this generation for their survival.

Wyndham’s Wynnie the Wallaby’s Green Adventure is a fun and informative innovation created to promote and encourage recycling and reusing, innovation, energy conservation and weather conservation amongst owners, guest and staff.

saw a clean sweep in the Sales Category, winning Sales Performer, Sales Team and Sales Manager of the Year.

Charisse Cox, Managing Director, Asia Pacific was thrilled to see the team pick up awards in both marketing and the Corporate Manager – it was a double whammy to have President of Gordon Gurnick and other international visitors in town to enjoy and celebrate the night with.

Accor’s CEO, Craig Wood, took the team to celebrate further after winning awards in in the Resort, Marketing, Corporate and Whole of Industry Categories.

The support from our local and state politicians shows the respect that the industry in Australia has at a pivotal time of growth. Special Guests included John Paul Langbroek – State Member for Surfers Paradise, Jann Stuckey – State Member for Currumbin, Alexander Douglas, State Member for Gaven, Cr Susie Douglas – Surfers Paradise snd Daniel Gschwind – CEO Queensland Tourism and Industry Council.

The awards demonstrated the continued dedication and commitment of industry employees to their companies and the timeshare industry overall.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated by their companies. In their eyes, you are their star performers – well done.

25 Years + Continuous Industry Service

It was noted by the ATHOC Board that there are a number of people who have worked tirelessly over more than 25 years serving the timeshare industry. Some have spent this time with the same company, some have worked with a number of different companies and a number have evolved into opening their own business in the industry. As a new segment of each year’s national awards, ATHOC will also acknowledge the people that have 25 or more continuous year’s contribution to the Timeshare Industry.

Betty Fitzgerald – Royale Timeshare Resales

Di Sharp – ICE Asia Pacific

Brenda Bannon – Kalbarri Beach Resort

Carole Smith – Classic Holidays

Charisse Cox – RCI

Chris Wilson – The Holiday Club

Dan Wilson – The Moorings

Derek Feldman – Club Noosa

Gordon Duthie – RCI

Jo Smith – One Step Further

Kerry Stephenson – Boambee Bay Resort

Kevin Sharp – ICE Asia Pacific

Margie Gartner – Royale Timeshare Resales

Mark Allison – Classic Holiday Club

Mark Stephenson – Classic Holiday Club

Pam McIntyre – The Holiday Club

Peter Weekes – The Moorings

Peter Vanderhorst – @ Work International

Stan Shaw – Boambee Bay Resort ­

Stuart Ockenden – ICE Asia Pacific

Susie Feldmann – Club Noosa Resort

Veronica Yates – Club Noosa Resort [/member]

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