Sundance Vacations to be Honored at the 2010 8th Annual American Business Awards

 

 

Wilkes-Barre, PA (May 19, 2010) – Sundance Vacations, a leading discount travel provider, was selected as a finalist for three categories at this year’s annual American Business Awards (ABAs). Competing against more than 2,600 companies, the categories Sundance Vacations is considered a finalist for include ‘Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Social Media Focused’, ‘Corporate Communicator of the Year’ and ‘Best Overall Company.’ 

 

The three nominations can be attributed to the development of the company’s internal social media community, “Sunspace”, as well as a successful implementation of social media across the entire company. Tina Dowd, founder of Sundance Vacations, in partnership with Levick Strategic Communications, recognized the growing trend in online social communities and made the decision to bring the entire company on board. The company engaged the online communities of Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Myspace and Flickr.

 

The ABAs are the nation’s premier business awards program.  All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit entries to the ABAs. Winners of the awards program, which are run by the Stevie Awards, will be announced on June 21, 2010 at a banquet in New York.


About The Stevie Awards:
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Details about The American Business Awards are available at
www.stevieawards.com/aba


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

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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