Sundance Vacations Wins Award at 7th Annual Women in Business Awards

 

From left to right – Sara Eisen – Mistress of Ceremonies, Tina Dowd – Sundance Vacations, Michael Gallagher

 

Wilkes-Barre, PA (November 15, 2010) – Sundance Vacations, a leading discount travel provider, was selected as “employer of the year – all other industries” at this year’s 7th annual Women in Business Awards. In winning the Stevie, Sundance Vacations beat out other finalists including PK Walsh, a hair solution company for women, out of Needham, Massachusetts.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run. The awards are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards.

Stevie Awards were handed out in categories including Best Entrepreneur, Best Executive, Lifetime Achievement, and Women Helping Women at the gala event at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel on November 12.  Twelve hundred business women from around the globe participated in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Bloomberg Television’s markets reporter, Sara Eisen, led the event.

Tina Dowd, owner and executive who was nominated for the award, said “Although we didn’t win our first employer award until a few years ago, we’ve always tried to maintain a personal relationship with our staff and make them feel valued.  We’re honored to have our efforts as an employer recognized with the Employer of the Year Award at the 7th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.”

Finalists in the competition were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging in September and October.   Final judging was conducted by members of the awards’ Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors in late October to select Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists.

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of honorees are available at www.stevieawards.com/women

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.


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.  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

Sponsors of the 7th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business include the Business TalkRadio Network and KeyBank.  Localization partner of the 2010 Stevie Awards is Lionbridge.

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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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