Sundance Vacations Recognized as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in the United States
January 17, 2014, WILKES-BARRE, PA. – Sundance Vacations today announces its recognition as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in the United States. This annual award recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces.
“The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces understand that employee engagement is not just a buzz word, but that engaged employees provide businesses with a unique competitive advantage. Companies that focus on employee success have better engagement and alignment with business objectives and company values,” said Achievers CEO, Patrick D. Quirk. “These companies serve as role models for other businesses to engage their own employees and build success.”
The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Awards panel of judges evaluated each applicant based on the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement: Communication, Leadership, Culture, Rewards & Recognition, Professional & Personal Growth, Accountability & Performance, Vision & Values and Corporate Social Responsibility.
The panel of 14 judges included various academics and thought leaders on employee engagement, and included representation from organizations such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), and Human Capital Institute (HCI) and Northern California HR Association.
Denise Miller, the General Marketing Manager at Sundance Vacations who played a huge role in the award, had a few words after hearing the news: “We are truly honored to win this award. I think it’s a testament to all the effort that everyone in the company puts in to make this such an engaging environment. It’s so wonderful for the company to be recognized. Not just that, but we also have a lot of fun getting involved! We say it often, but selling vacations doesn’t always feel like a ‘job’ and it shows.”
Sundance Vacations will be honored alongside other recipients of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Award at the awards gala on April 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
Achievers delivers the only true cloud-based Employee Success Platform™ that enables remarkable business success. Designed specifically to meet the complex needs of today’s changing, modern workplace, it is the most engaging software specifically designed to engage, align and recognize employees. It is software employees love to use every day in over 110 countries. Achievers is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco. Learn how your company can change the world works at www.achievers.com.
About Sundance Vacations:
Not only does Sundance Vacations
offer life changing programs for its employees, it also offers vacation getaway packages for just about everyone. Sundance stays true to its Mission Statement: “We share the common goal of enriching the lives of our customers and each other by helping people experience quality vacations through caring and professional service.” Whether you are dreaming of the beach, yearning to get away deep in the mountains, or looking for adventure with Mickey in Disney World, Sundance has a package for you.
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Tina Dowd co-founded Sundance Vacations in 1991 with her partner and husband John Dowd. In her 20 years with the company, Tina grew Sundance Vacations from a small start-up telemarketing office to a leading provider of affordable wholesale vacations, with over 700 employees and over 80,000 travelers nationwide. Tina’s award winning vision has guided the growth of the company straight to the Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies List. Mrs. Dowd accepted a Stevie Award for Employer of the Year in 2010 for Women in Business and several awards from the Best Places to Work Group in more recent years.
Tina is a graduate from Kutztown University with a BS in Education. In addition to her change leadership Tina also enjoys serving as the Chief Editor of the company’s corporate newsletter, “The Owl”. She shares her extensive travel experience and advice on both the Sundance Vacations blog and Facebook on a regular basis.
Although her schedule is sometimes jam packed with family activities she still finds opportunities to volunteer her time and leadership to various charities. She currently serves as Vice President for Family Promise of Carbon County, an organization serving homeless children and their families in that area. She also chairs the Fund Development team for that organization and plans several major fundraising events each year. The Dowd family generously supports many charities including St. Vincent DePaul Soup kitchen, Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, Volunteers of America, the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and many others. She is a member of the Luzerne Foundation Millennium Circle. Tina is also a former board member for the Northeast Pennsylvania Better Business Bureau and the Lehighton Area School District. Mrs. Dowd loves traveling, and her favorite vacation destination is where she and husband John Dowd spent their honeymoon, Maui, Hawaii.
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