Wilkes-Barre, Pa (September 2, 2009) Sundance Vacations was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in PA for the third consecutive year in a row. Hundreds of employees anonymously participated in the survey process. Last year (2008) Sundance Vacations placed #12 in the competition.

 

The awards program, created in 2000, is a public/private partnership of Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Chamber of Business and Industry and the Central Penn Business Journal. “The program is valuable to Sundance Vacations because we are able to execute improvements based on the Best Places to Work employee feedback survey every year. We’re honored to be considered as one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania for a third year in a row,” said Sundance Vacations President John Dowd.

 

This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses.  The Best Places to Work in PA list is made up of 100 companies split into two groups: 50 medium-sized companies (25-250 employees) and 50 large-sized companies (251 or more employees).  Sundance Vacations was named one of the Best Places to Work in the large category.

 

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

-Have at least 25 employees in Pennsylvania;

-Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business;

-Be a publicly or privately held business;

-Have a facility in Pennsylvania; and

-Be in good standing with Commonwealth agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction.

 

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation.


The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process.

 

Sundance Vacations will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in PA evening awards ceremony on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center.  The final rankings will be revealed at the ceremony.

 

About Sundance Vacations:

Sundance Vacations is a national travel company that specializes in wholesale vacation accommodations. The company is headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and maintains offices in six other locations including; Rockaway, NJ; Princeton, NJ; King of Prussia, PA; Harrisburg, PA; Downers Grove, IL, and Brookfield, WI. Sundance Vacations is a highly rated member of the better business bureau, rated 12th Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania by Best Companies Group, and 17th Best Place to Work out of 30 finalist companies from the Best Place to Work Illinois program. The company was recently honored as one of the Fastest-Growing Travel Companies in Pennsylvania by Inc 500/5000.

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Tina Dowd

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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