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The opening reception, sponsored by RTX brought together industry executives from Canada, US and Mexico for an evening of Buddy Bingo. In this new twist on networking, players “work the room” finding people to sign designated squares and retrieve business cards. The icebreaking event was a huge success for the participants.
According to Jon Zwickel, CEO and President of CVOA, “Buddy Bingo was created in keeping with our goal to support networking with special activities and events that encourage our industry executives to think outside the box. We hope that many new professional relationships and business ties will be forged this week at our exclusive, intimate event.”
The events for Wednesday morning included informative panel discussions. During The Directors’ View, members of the CVOA Board discussed the Canadian vacation ownership from the perspective of their various companies. Participants are engaged in HOA management, resort operations, exchange, and development. The HOA Toolkit Panels featured industry experts offering practical best practices in relevant areas such as resort operations, reserve fund accounting, rentals and sales.
One of VO-Con’s highlights for Thursday, will be the announcement of the coveted Cornerstone Award. Three finalists, selected by a panel of VO-Con judges, will present their entries to all the attendees of VO-Con. The winner will be selected by the judges following the presentations. The Award goes to any company, HOA, Individual or vacation ownership project currently active in the industry. Broad nomination categories included Project Excellence, Transaction Excellence, Innovation, HOA/Owner Relations, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing and Sales, Rental Programs, Green/Sustainable Programs and Community Service and Philanthropy.
CVOA extends its thanks to these Sponsors for making VO-Con possible: Beaver Boards, Booking.com, BuyaTimeshare.com, CustomerCount™, Cyria Group, DAE, Diamond Resorts International®, Eagle Eye Networks, Fiesta Americana, GBG & Associates, Genescy, Intuition, Holiday Systems International, LaTour Hotels & Resorts, NTOA, Newton Group Transfers, Redstamp, Resort Management Services, RTX, SaveOnResorts.com and VacationCondos.com.
the Canadian Vacation Ownership Association (CVOA)