Sundance Vacations Lands on the Inc.500/5000 list with a 72% Growth Rate

Wilkes-Barre, PA (September 30, 2011) – Inc. magazineSundance Vacations, a Pennsylvania based wholesale travel company, ranked 2,917 on the Inc. 500/5000 list. Sundance Vacations has appeared on the list for the past three years. This year’s national ranking is a large jump over the 2009 slot of 4,718 on the list. The company ranked as the “fastest growing travel company in Pennsylvania” for all three of the years in which they submitted revenue information. “This is a bittersweet honor,” says Sundance Vacations’ President John Dowd. “We’re not satisfied with our business performance this past year. We made the list of fastest growing companies with a three year average growth rate of 72%. Unfortunately, our jump in the ranking is like a health check-up for the business climate. Very few companies were able to grow at all so what we would call a very mediocre performance was still able to propel us up the ranking,” concludes Dowd. published its list of the fastest growing private companies in America. 
The Inc. 500/5000 companies are the engines of the economy. According to the Inc.com website “the list” companies created 370,592 jobs in the last three years. “We want to create jobs,” explains Dowd. “We’ve got plans. We’ve got ideas. We’ve got our eyes on some new markets but we need consumers with job security and access to credit to execute on our plans.”
Sundance Vacations employees are optimistic about the future. “A rising tide lifts all boats,” explains Customer Service Manager Ed Coppinger. “We’re perfectly positioned to grow the company.” 
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including the Sundance Vacations company profile and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on Inc.com.
The Inc. 5000 companies are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2007 through 2010. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2007, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent — not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. The top 10 percent of companies on the list comprise the Inc. 500.

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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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