I suppose the title of this month’s blog might conjure up images of me sitting on the sand with my computer, drinking Mai Tai’s. Although that would be fun, I’m actually sitting in the lobby of the Westin Diplomat Hotel in a suit taking a break from attending ARDA World 2013 in Miami Beach, FL. Technically, I’m in Hollywood, FL, but it sounds so much more chic to say Miami Beach. This is the American Resort and Development Association’s (ARDA) annual conference and one I truly enjoy. It gives me an opportunity to see old friends and clients, and meet new ones. If the activity in the main lobby area is any indication of how the timeshare industry is doing, then I’m very optimistic.
WPC has been involved in the timeshare and resort industry since 1981, and I’ve been attending ARDA’s conferences since the early 90s If my memory serves me correctly, Tracy and I attended our first ARDA conference just a bit south of here at the Fontainebleau hotel. In the past 30+ years, WPC has constructed over 12,000 timeshare units equating to 624,000 vacation weeks. I think that makes us (unofficially, of course) the largest timeshare builder in the world. We are very fortunate to have worked for so many great clients, many of whom we are building projects for today. In addition, our renovations division has remodeled over 2,100 units. It’s no surprise that the hospitality market is one in which we stay well connected.
In just a few short days I’ll be leaving Miami (I mean, Hollywood) and heading to Austin, TX – one of my favorite cities for food and music. There, I will be attending the Interface Student Housing Conference. WPC has made quite an impact on the student housing market over the past few years and currently have off-campus projects under construction near UCF, in Orlando, FL as well as near FSU, in Tallahassee, FL. It has been our privilege to work with these two new clients and look forward to being a part of their team for many years to come.
As I head back into my next session here at ARDA, I realize how lucky I am to be able to travel the country telling the story of a truly solid construction company. I’m able to do that because of the many dedicated men and women that help keep our reputation strong and who work hard everyday to exceed our client’s expectations.
The tide is coming in and my towel is getting wet, so I better dust the sand off my computer and put some lotion on this sunburn.