He takes the reins from Tony Genth, president of Alton Leisure Industries, who completed his two year tenure. George Aguel, senior vice president of Disney Vacation Development Inc., was voted by the Board as chairman-elect and will succeed Mr. Burlingame in 2005.
As chairman, Mr. Burlingame will work closely with ARDA’s president, Howard Nusbaum, and staff to ensure that the timeshare industry’s critical matters are identified and addressed, and that its voice is heard at the state and local levels where those issues are debated. He will also focus on member concerns and on developing the proper public profile for vacation ownership.
“I’m delighted to take on the responsibilities of this important position at a time when timeshare is in the spotlight on so many fronts. I’m also proud that the industry in which I’ve spent my professional life entrusts this leadership role to me,” Mr. Burlingame said.
Among the issues facing the timeshare sector, are the potential impact of new accounting guidelines, shrinking state budgets and tax matters, sources of capital needed for future development, and numerous marketing concerns.
“John Burlingame is the perfect choice to help lead our industry at a time of rapid and radical change,” said Mr. Nusbaum. “His entire career has been spent in the hospitality business where he has been involved in all aspects of hotel development and responsible for identifying new opportunities and markets. He also has deep knowledge of the timeshare business through his roles in the formation of Hyatt Vacation Club, Inc. and the Hyatt Vacation Club.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with John through ARDA’s Board. His depth of knowledge about the lodging industry development coupled with his success with Hyatt Vacation Ownership will serve him well in his new assignment and I’m looking forward to working closely with him in his new role,” said Mr. Nusbaum.
Mr. Burlingame has been with Hyatt since 1982, in assignments of increasing responsibility within its hotel business and he played a significant role in its entrance into the timeshare sector. Prior to joining Hyatt, he was associated with a major hospitality consulting firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and earned his MBA at the University of Chicago.
The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is a non-profit trade association located in Washington, D.C. ARDA represents the interests of resort developers and managers, including second home resorts, vacation timeshare developers, fractional interests as well as timeshare homeowners' associations and individual timeshare owners across the country.
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