American Resort Development Association Honors 18 Industry Professionals with Designations

Eighteen experienced industry professionals were honored this year by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), the national trade association representing the vacation ownership industry.

ARDA For their professional standards and commitment to excellence, Bernard Barber, David Combs, David Dawson, David Evans Esq, Robert Gibbs, Shannon Johnson, Lynn Hall, Lani Kane-Hanan, Stephen Lin, Robert McGrath, Kenneth Miller, Amy Morris, Michael Petrasko, Martin Reese, Richard Rodriguez, Barry Sands, Derek Tarries and Ryan Williams all earned the title of Registered Resort Professional (RRP). This recognition awarded by ARDA, the RRP designation is given to those industry leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to high ethical and professional standards through long-term participation in educational and industry-related activities. Sponsored by the ARDA International Foundation's education programming, the RRP program promotes professional awareness, enhances workplace performance and fosters self-esteem among professionals of the vacation ownership industry.

A prerequisite for all individuals seeking the RRP designation is active ARDA Advantage membership, a minimum of five years of full-time industry employment, and a total of 10 education credits. Candidates must also pass the ARDA Qualification Test (AQT) which examines a person's knowledge of the industry, including the ARDA Code of Standards & Ethics and the laws affecting the industry. Credits for the RRP program are earned through participation in educational and industry-related activities, professional tenure in the vacation ownership industry, the receipt of industry awards, formal education and certification by accredited institutions of higher learning, participation in industry workshops, seminars and self-study courses, and by writing articles for Developments, the industry magazine published by ARDA.

“Participation in educational programs of the ARDA International Foundation indicates that a company and its team of vacation ownership professionals strive for the highest standard of industry knowledge, ethics and professionalism,” said ARDA President Howard Nusbaum. “Each year, as more of our talented professionals earn the RRP designation, the expectations and standards of excellence within the vacation ownership industry are raised that much higher, translating to improved quality and innovation in the products, services, and experiences we offer vacation owners.”

As the professional association of the recreational real estate, resort and vacation ownership industry, ARDA represents over 5,000 resorts, including second-home resorts, community development properties, vacation timeshare resorts and fractional interests. The ARDA International Foundation (AIF) serves the professional, educational and research needs of the resort industry. AIF also offers publications covering the industry's ethical, legal, regulatory and operational intricacies, study courses, all leading to the test that assesses industry knowledge.

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