Downers Grove, Illinois (May 20, 2009) Sundance Vacations was recently named as one of the 2009 Best Places to Work in Illinois. The company ranked 17 out of 30 companies across the Illinois area. The announcement was made during the Best Places to Work dinner held at the Danada House in Wheaton, IL on May 19th, 2009. Sundance Vacations was a first time participant in the Illinois program.


“We’re honored to place 17th in the Best Places to Work in Illinois program. The anonymous survey results have been shared with division managers. We’re already working to further improve the overall employee experience at Sundance Vacations for next year,” said Sundance Vacations President John Dowd.


To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements: Have at least 15 employees in Illinois; be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity; be a publicly or privately held business; have a facility in the state of Illinois; and must be in business for one year.


The statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. Sundance Vacations-Downers Grove is grateful to be considered for such an award. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of The Business Ledger, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Illinois State Council, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago, the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC) and Best Companies Group.  


About Sundance Vacations:

Sundance Vacations is a national wholesale travel company headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The travel company 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 currently awaiting seven finalists’ results from the American Business Awards that will be announced June 22nd at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

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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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