Wilkes-Barre, Pa (September 7, 2010) Sundance Vacations was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for the fourth consecutive year in a row. Hundreds of employees anonymously participated in the survey process. Last year in the 2009 Best Places to Work in PA program, Sundance Vacations finished among the top 30 in the statewide employee poll for large-sized companies (251 or more employees).

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places to be employed in Pennsylvania, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses.

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.

The combined score of a two-part process determined the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The first part of this process, worth 25%, evaluated company policies, practices and demographics while the second part, worth 75%, was a survey taken anonymously by employees of the applying companies.

“In a year that was full of uncertainly we’re proud to have kept our focus on our people,” said Sundance Vacations President John Dowd.  “As a result of that focus our employees have honored us as one of the Best Places to Work in Pa for the fourth year in a row.“

Sundance Vacations will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in PA evening awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA. 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, placed in the Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania by Best Companies Group for four consecutive years, and 17th Best Place to Work out of 30 finalist companies from the Best Place to Work Illinois program. The company was recently honored for the second time as one of the Fastest-Growing Travel Companies in Pennsylvania by Inc 500/5000.

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http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/handful-of-northeast-pennsylvania-companies-named-among-the-100-best-places-to-work-1.1045422

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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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