Travel + Leisure Co. Takes Home 18 ARDA Awards at Annual Conference, Including Prestigious ACE Employee of the Year Award

Global membership and leisure travel company leads the vacation ownership industry in award wins for the second consecutive year

At the annual American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Timeshare Together conference, Travel + Leisure Co. (NYSE:TNL) was honored with a total of 18 awards, including the prestigious ARDA ACE Employee of the Year Award for Scott Cavanaugh, vice president, Strategic Partnerships and Licensing.

In his 22 years with Travel + Leisure Co., Cavanaugh has played an instrumental role in furthering the company’s commitment to the communities in which it operates. One standout example of his dedicated efforts to drive philanthropy is the Stars & Pars Golf Tournament and Gala, an annual event supporting the Central Florida nonprofit Give Kids the World Village, which he helped grow into a fundraiser that raised more than $2.5 million since its inception.

“The Annual ARDA Conference is an exciting time to come together as an industry to celebrate our collective opportunities and successes, as well as the tremendous work of our teams and individual associates,” said Michael Brown, president and CEO of Travel + Leisure Co. “As the world’s leading membership travel company, we’re proud to lead the way in ARDA Award wins again this year. Each of our winners, along with our 57 finalists, deserve a round of applause for the unique role they play in helping us further our mission to put the world on vacation while promoting hospitality with heart.”

The company received the Integrated Marketing Campaign or Program Award for the September 2023 launch of its partnership with Sports Illustrated Resorts — a trailblazing concept to develop the ultimate sports-themed and active lifestyle resort network in leading U.S. college towns and leisure destinations.

Travel + Leisure Co. was also awarded the Activities Program Team Award, bestowed to associates at The Moab Resort, an affiliate of the WorldMark by Wyndham vacation club. This innovative team developed an on-property bat conservation program to help protect the local bat population, while educating guests of all ages about the important role bats play in the local ecosystem. This celebrated program was also recently highlighted in an article from Bat Conservation International.

Additional ARDA Awards were presented to top teams, projects and individuals representing the company’s Vacation Ownership and Travel and Membership segments:

  • Employee Engagement Campaign or Event: CORPRO Rewards Redemption Campaign
  • Legal and Regulatory Team: International Legal Team
  • Marketing Management Leader: Erika Mixon, VP, Marketing, Southern California Marketing Region
  • New Products: Discovery+
  • Owner/Customer Relations Team: Consumer Finance Call Center
  • Owner/Guest/Customer Engagement or Communications Campaign: Club Wyndham and WorldMark Freeze the Moment Photo Contest
  • Resort Assistant Manager: Rafaela Bortolameolli, Assistant General Manager, Club Wyndham Desert Blue
  • Sales Management Leader: Frederich Becker, VP, Sales, South Pacific Region
  • Sales Trainer/Training Team: Mark Plavnicky, Trainer, Sales, Club Wyndham Dye Villas
  • Salesperson Specialty Sales: Oluwafemi Jesufowokan, Representative, Sales Discovery, WorldMark Las Vegas – Boulevard
  • Salesperson Traditional Line: Guillermo Bello Piza, Senior Representative, Sales Frontline, WorldMark Seaside
  • Special Event Owner/Guest: Club Wyndham Connections Event
  • Special Event Sales and Marketing Incentive Event: President’s Club Sales Recognition Event
  • Talent Acquisition Team: Employer Brand Team
  • Technology Project Professional: Vengal Rao Pachhava, Director, Applications Delivery, Travel + Leisure Co.

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About Travel + Leisure Co.

As the world’s leading membership and leisure travel company, Travel + Leisure Co. (NYSE:TNL) transformed the way families vacation with the introduction of the most dynamic points-based vacation ownership program at Club Wyndham, and the first vacation exchange network, RCI. The company delivers more than six million vacations each year at 245+ timeshare resorts worldwide, through tailored travel and membership products, and via Travel + Leisure GO - the signature subscription travel club inspired by the pages of Travel + Leisure magazine. With hospitality and responsible tourism at the heart of all we do, our 19,500+ dedicated associates bring out the best in people and places around the globe. We put the world on vacation. Learn more at


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