C.A.R.E. Names Award Recipients, New Vice Presidents At 52nd Semiannual Conference

. (The Cooperative Association of , Inc.) held its 52nd Semi-Annual Conference in Deerfield Beach, FL in May.  During the conference, C.A.R.E.’s prestigious Pinnacle and Richard Gallardo awards were presented, two Vice Presidents were re-elected and an industry leader was a guest speaker.

The Pinnacle award, presented bi-annually to an individual who has attained the highest level of excellence in the vacation industry for their achievement, contribution and positive impact on the direction and standards of the C.A.R.E. organization, was presented to Linda Mayhugh,

Linda has been involved in the vacation industry since 1987 and is an active member of C.A.R.E., currently serving on numerous committees and has served on the Board of Directors since 2009.  Throughout the years, Linda has maintained the highest ethical standards within the vacation industry and volunteers in various community awareness activities and fundraising efforts. [member]

Tina Stafford, also from Accommodations Unlimited, was selected to receive the Richard Gallardo Award.  Presented each year at C.A.R.E.’s spring conference, the award is given in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to the organization.  According to Alain Carr, President,“ This award represents the heart and soul of the work ethic that our organization strives to promote and no one could exemplify  this ideal more than Tina Stafford  of  Accommodations Unlimited.Tina attacks her work with such dedication, and energy.  You just know when she is involved the job is going to get done. It is an honor to present her with this award. “

During the conference, two Vice Presidents were re-elected.  Jeanette Bunn, , and Tina Hill, the , LLC were each re-elected for three-year terms.   All C.A.R.E. Board of Directors members are volunteers.

Conference attendees were honored to welcome , RRP, President and CEO, as a special guest speaker.  Mr. Nusbaum opened with a grateful acknowledgement to C.A.R.E. member companies for “making a real difference” in the and vacation ownership industry.   He gave a brief explanation of the evolution of and defined today’s industry for 2011 and beyond.  He concluded by speaking of the ways C.A.R.E. and could work together and thanked C.A.R.E. member companies and representatives for their day to day efforts toward ensuring the continued success and viability of the vacation ownership industry.

C.A.R.E. is an international,  not-for-profit trade association founded in 1985.  Its goal is to offer its members the tools to provide outstanding vacation services while remaining committed to the highest standards and ethics.    Resort developers, property management firms, exchange organizations, travel clubs and industry service providers are members of C.A.R.E.

Diverse entities join C.A.R.E. to increase revenue, fully utilize inventory and enhance owner/member vacation experiences.  C.A.R.E. members are located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia and Asia.  Its member companies  own or control over 2,500 vacation properties and service over a million vacation owners and members.  For more information, please go to www.care-online.org. [/member]

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