Wilkes-Barre, PA (October 15, 2009) – Two Sundance Vacations executives were selected as finalists for the Sixth Annual Women in Business Awards. Sundance Vacations Founder Tina Dowd is a finalist for Best Entrepreneur and Sundance Vacations Assistant General Manager Denise Miller is a finalist for Best Executive.


The international competition recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, business owners, and the organizations they run. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards. The Stevie’s are widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards.


“To be recognized by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business is quite an honor following our Inc. 500/5000 placement. According to Inc. 500/5000 Sundance Vacations is the Fastest Growing Travel Company in Pennsylvania for 2009. Obviously, it’s been a great year for Sundance Vacations and I’m proud to lead the team into 2010 with such momentum,” said Sundance Vacations Founder Tina Dowd.

The final results of the 6th annual competition will be announced at an awards dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Friday, November 13. More than 1,100 nominations were submitted this year for consideration in 54 categories by organizations in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.A. For a complete list of Finalists by category, visit: www.stevieawards.com/women.

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Tina Dowd

Co-Founder and Owner at Sundance Vacations
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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