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Contributors


Jeanette Bunn is president at Travel To Go and Vice President of C.A.R.E. (Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers). Jeanette can be reached at 800-477-6331, ext. 108.


Features Dec 2011


8 Leaders share their ideas about the current state of the timeshare industry by Sharon B. Drechsler-Scott, RRP


10 Stimulating our brains with good, old-fashioned generosity by Jason Tremblay


12 Vibes Interactive offers SaaS platform: Vacation Storebuilder by Brian Welch


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14 Alyson Robbins, vice president, sales and marketing, Timeshare University, a Levitin Group product by Sharon B. Drechsler-Scott, RRP


18 The Windy City takes C.A.R.E. by surprise Auction and super raffle raises record-breaking amount by Jeanette Bunn


20 Blue Ridge Village: ‘Beyond beautiful, the perfect getaway’ by Brian Welch


22 13th Annual Shared Ownership Investment Conference: Leaders ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ in industry with “Golden Days Ahead” by Alan N. Schlaifer


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4 Publisher’s Corner 6 Events 26 TradesPost Classifieds 27 Partners 28 Members Directory


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The Resort Trades is published monthly as an Industry Information Source and Buying Guide. Our philosophy is to produce the lowest cost advertising available while maintaining a high distribution into the targeted market. The market is specifically the Resort Professional in all the United States. By utilizing strict cost control and printing on plain web paper, we allow the small and medium sized companies to compete and display their products to the national mar- ket. Our national advertising rates are lower than most local newspaper rates, and we enjoy a high advertiser retention and satisfaction. Most advertisers participate in our highly discounted repetitive contract program, and are monthly customers. To sum our philosophy: Low Cost, Repetitive, Consistent Exposure, and Highly Targeted Distribution.


Respectfully, Tim Wilson Publisher


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Monthly publications are The Resort Trades, The Golf Course Trades, The Park & Recreation Trades. Bi-monthly publication is Resort Trades Management & Operations. All are published by The Trades Publishing Company, Inc., 20 Our Way Dr., Crossville, TN 38555. Nothing in these publications shall constitute an endorsement by The Trades Publishing Company, Inc. These publications disclaim any liability with respect to the use reliance on any such information. Copyright © 2011 by The Trades Publishing Co., Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of material appearing in The Trades is strictly forbidden without written permission. All advertising is subject to Publisher’s approval and acceptance without recourse. The advertising herein that is typeset and/or designed by The Trades Publishing Co., Inc. is the property of The Trades Publishing Co., Inc. and not that of the advertiser. The advertiser has purchased the right of reproduction in The Trades only and does not have the right to reproduce the ad in any other place of publication.


Resort Trades’ Contributing Editor Sharon Drechsler- Scott, RRP, owns PR and marketing firm, Drechsler


Communications Incorporated and can be reached at 1-310- 923-1269 (direct), on SKYPE at Sharon.Drechsler or by


email: Sharon@DrechslerCommunications.com.


Alan N. Schlaifer is principal, law offices of Alan N. Schlaifer, P.C., Washington, D.C. His focus on the vacation and leisure industry includes counseling, federal and state investigations and litigation, legislation, and regulation on varied federal, state and international legal and business issues. If you have further questions on any of the topics discussed, feel free to contact Mr. Schlaifer by phone (301-365-8999); by fax (301-365-0486); or by email at ANSchlaifer@aol.com.


Jason Tremblay is the founder and CEO of Vacation Hotdeal Companies, Inc; SellMyTimeshareNOW. com LLC; and Timeshare Broker Services, a leader in online resales and rentals,


offering by-owner timeshare advertising, broker resales and developer assistance for timeshare on the secondary market. An Inc 500 and 5000 company for two consecutive years, at SellMyTimeshareNOW.com, buyer leads consistently outnumber seller leads


Brian Welch is staff writer, copy editor and video producer for The Trades Publishing Company. He has more than 25 years of media experience, including print, radio, television and new media. Brian can be reached at brian@thetrades.com.


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