Sundance Vacations Named One of the Top Ten Best Places to Work in Illinois


Wilkes-Barre, Pa (May 20, 2010) – Sundance Vacations, a leading discount travel provider, was named one of the top ten Best Places to Work in Illinois list for another consecutive year. This is the second year that Sundance Vacations has been honored with this recognition, which is run by the national organization Best Companies Group.


“Sundance Vacations is honored to have made the list for Best Places to Work in Illinois again this year,” said John Dowd, President of Sundance Vacations. “Our commitment to providing our employees with a superior work environment and getting directly involved with their development and growth has greatly contributed to Sundance Vacations’ success for almost two decades. We take pride in training our employees and couldn’t be more proud of all their hard work.”


More than 3,000 entries were submitted to this year’s Best Places to Work in Illinois program. Other companies honored at last night’s awards ceremony include: Digitas, Shared Technologies Inc., and Assurance. A complete list of all honorees is available on the 2010 Best Places to Work in Illinois website.


Best Places to Work in Illinois is a statewide program managed by Best Companies Group and recognizes companies who demonstrate superior workplace environments and who are leading the way in defining employee development for the 21st century. Companies are analyzed based on eight core focus areas including Leadership and Planning, Corporate Culture and Communications, Role Satisfaction, Work Environment, Relationship with Supervisor, Training and Development, Pay and Benefits, and Overall Engagement.


Each year Sundance Vacations provides thousands of Americans access to discount vacation packages and has been recognized with numerous awards for its excellence in sales and customer service. Earlier this year, Sundance Vacations was named the winner of the 2010 Annual Stevie Award for Sales Department of the Year in Hospitality and Tourism and finalist in the Sales Director of the Year and Contact Call Center of the Year categories. The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are regarded as one of the world’s premier business awards.


About Best Places to Work:
Best Companies Group is dedicated to establishing “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies” or “Best Employers” programs in an effort to distinguish companies who demonstrate superior workplace environments. The Company conducts research on the dynamics and characteristics of participating companies in order to produce a “Best” distinction that identifies and recognizes companies, in a selected region, that have been successful in implementing workplace excellence. 

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 was named “27th Best Place to Work” in Pennsylvania by Best Companies Group, and 17th Best Place to Work in Best Places to Work in Illinois. In 2009 the company was honored as Sales Department of the Year in the 3rd annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Sundance Vacations was also just named one of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America by Inc. 500/5000.

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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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