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Heading to Sin City

June 29, 2012 by Jeff Forrest

It’s nice to be back in Orlando for a few days. For the past three weeks I have been at OPM, an executive education program at Harvard Business School.  Many people describe it as an executive MBA but it is much more than that.  This was the second year of a three-year program and I enjoyed spending time with my classmates, studying, absorbing and sharing knowledge in order to improve the way we look at our businesses.  I’m looking forward to wrapping things up next year and graduating with my 160 plus classmates from all over the world.  A special shout out to OPM43 Group 15 and Group 51.  Thanks for your friendship and for helping me so much these past 2 years.

In a few short days I head to the 2012 ARDA World Conference to network with new and existing clients, as well as consultants and venders in the resort and timeshare industry; many of which I call friends.  Having been a member of ARDA, (American Resort and Development Association) for many years, I always look forward to this annual meeting and this year should not disappoint. The conference alternates annually between Las Vegas and Orlando and this year it will be in Sin City.

Vegas has become a second home over the past decade due to the amount of work we do there.  Just last week, our construction partner, Penta Building Group, broke ground on the final tower on the north parcel at The Grandview at Las Vegas.  WPC has been the construction manager/owner’s rep for this great client since the project started.  As we build the last 200 units of this 1,100+ unit project, we’re already planning the next 1,000 units for the south parcel.  Construction should begin there in 2014.

In addition to Grandview, for the past 6 months we’ve been doing renovation work in Las Vegas on the Desert Club Resort for another fantastic, long-term client.  The grand re-opening of the sales building occurs during the ARDA conference and I’m looking forward to seeing the great work of our renovations division.

What is interesting about these two projects, and more importantly these two clients, is that the relationship started out with WPC providing general contracting services in Orlando.  Because the WPC team provided an exceptional experience on the Orlando projects, these clients ask us to travel with them. They trust us to look out for their interest, to be fair with our pricing and to provide the same level of customer service and quality in other cities.  They appreciate the value we provide and in turn, we work hard to meet or exceed their expectations.  It is these kinds of relationship that we seek, develop, and maintain on a daily basis. Thank you for letting us be a part of your team.

Time for me to pack my bags and head to Sin City. Even though my son is a professional poker player and lives in Vegas 2 months out of the year playing the WSOP events, I don’t go to Vegas to gamble. In fact in the past 10 years, I’ve spent less than $500 in fun at the casinos. I figure being in the construction business is all the gambling excitement I need.  I wont be writing about my adventures in next month’s blog.

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