As RCI continues to meet or exceed the needs of affiliates and members, our efforts were noticed. Our leadership in the industry resulted in many accolades in 2009. Here are some of the most notable recognition:
RCI honored as American Resort and Development Association’s (ARDA) 2009 Employer of the Year. The ARDA awards honour those who have attained the highest level of excellence in their fields, or have demonstrated a commitment to the betterment of the industry as a whole. The Employer of the Year award recognised RCI’s efforts to help its staff develop and grow their personal and professional experiences in rewarding careers with the business. The award highlighted RCI’s “CATALYST” programme which focuses on identifying, developing and retaining the best possible leadership talent available by combining innovative techniques to keep the energy high and the leadership learning impactful.
RCI placed in the top 30 of the 2009 Best Places to Work in Indiana, USA. The awards are presented to those Hoosier companies that have built strong workplace environments and atmospheres that value and reward employees. The honourees are determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys. The programme is managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and presented in partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The Best Companies Group handles the selection process.
RCI placed in the top 30 of the 2009 Best Places to Work in Mexico. The main objectives of the rankings from the Great Place to Work® Institute of Mexico are to facilitate knowledge management and sharing of experiences among all organisations. Participation in the rankings is to help measure and improve the workplace. Determining a great place to work is based on assessing employees trust in the people they work for, the pride they have in what they do, and whether they enjoy the people they work with. Assessment is made through the use of employee surveys.
Gordon Gurnik, President, RCI North America, recognised by Lodging Magazine as an “Innovator” for “easing the holiday exchange process.” Lodging Magazine said, “Gordon Gurnik has been at the helm of several projects in the last 10 years that have helped change the paradigm of the (holiday-exchange) industry. Innovations such as RCI’s points-based exchange programme and inventory valuation system have helped make the holiday exchange market flexible and able to grow.”
RCI Pacific recognised as the 2009 Innovative Employer of the Year by One Step Further, an Australia-based hospitality and tourism institute. The honour was given in recognition of the company’s commitment to providing a supportive and engaging workplace and for providing employee development opportunities. In addition to receiving the company award, a number of RCI staff members received personal recognition. Of the 180 graduates from the timeshare industry, 20 were RCI staff members who assembled to receive their recently completed qualifications in Certificate III of Diploma in Tourism.
RCI’s parent company named to Fortune’s ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ list. There is probably no greater praise a company can receive than having the respect of colleagues and competitors. Wyndham Worldwide, parent of RCI, received high marks in several categories that led the company to be listed by Fortune as one of the most admired. These include: Innovation, People Management, Use of corporate assets, Social responsibility, Quality of management, financial soundness, Long-term investment, and Quality of products and services.
The Registry Collection programme wins prestigious Overseas Property Professional (OPP) industry award in the Best Fractional Service category. The award was recognition of the The Registry Collection’s value in helping developers to grow their businesses, as well as the fractional industry as a whole. Being bestowed on the company by OPP, an organisation of international standing, represented recognition on the widest of property stages.
Representatives from ICREA, AIPP, NAEA International and the Florida Association of Realtors were among the judges, who agreed the standard of entrants was much higher than previously.
The feedback from the judges on The Registry Collection was: “The size, scale and expertise of this international company protects the buyer and its growing specialist knowledge creates value for a wide variety of developers.”
The Registry Collection wins prestigious Fractional Life accolade in The Services to the Industry Award category to recognise the organisation that has done the most to help grow the fractional industry from a business and/or consumer point of view. The Fractional Life expert judging panel was comprised of fractional property experts, editors and industry professionals. Chairman of the judges’ panel and founder of Fractional Life, Piers Brown, said “When it came to this award, the judges were unanimous in naming The Registry Collection programme the deserving winner. As the first programme to offer fractional developers the attractive option of luxury leisure property exchange, The Registry Collection programme is a slick, smart and a savvy way to help both developers and fractional owners.”