NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — Sundance Vacations was honored with a 2016 Silver Stevie Award for Employer of the Year in the Hospitality and Leisure category during the first annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers that were presented on Friday, September 30.
Now, with 25 years of business experience in the travel industry, Sundance Vacations has again proven itself a viable mainstay in the spotlight by attaining this prestigious award. The announcement comes on the heels of the company receiving a Pennsylvania State Senate Citation for achieving the 25 year milestone.
Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Sundance Vacations will now be celebrating its 25 year anniversary with a, rather appropriate, silver award in their trophy case.
“It is an amazing opportunity to receive this award as it is also our silver anniversary of 25 years in business,” said Candy Bednar, Sundance Vacations Vice President Business Development. “Personally, it has been rewarding to have been with a company with such great employees. [Those] employees are what make the company great.”
The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.
Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
More than 250 nominations from organizations around the world were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of HR-related categories, including Achievement in Workplace Safety & Compliance, Employer of the Year, Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year, Human Resources Team of the Year and Employee Relations Solution Provider of the Year, among others.
More than 50 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.
“The judges were extremely impressed with the quality of entries we received in the first Stevie Award for Great Employers. The dedication these Stevie-winning organizations have to making great workplaces for employees was evident in every nomination,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.
Earlier in the year it was announced that Sundance Vacations had qualified as a finalist for the Awards for Great Employers thanks to votes from the public as well as a various judges appointed by the Stevie Awards committee.
About Sundance Vacations
Sundance Vacations is a national travel company that specializes in destination-based vacation accommodations. The company is headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and maintains multiple offices in New Jersey, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. Sundance Vacations placed in the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania by Best Companies Group for four consecutive years and the company’s CEO, John Dowd, was named as one of the Top 10 Best Small Business CEOs in all of North America by Glassdoor in 2015. The company has been honored as one of the Fastest-Growing Travel Companies in Pennsylvania by Inc. 500/5000 multiple times and has won numerous awards for its charity and community involvement.
About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.
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It was exciting to be able to receive this amazing award as we were also celebrating our silver anniversary of 25 years in business this year. I have been lucky enough to have been with Sundance Vacations for 23 of those 25 years, and watching it grow from a small startup business into the industry leader that it is today has been rewarding. I was proud to bring home the silver to our company cofounders John and Tina Dowd and for the entire Sundance Vacations family for truly making this a great place to work!