President, Executive Committee - APRDO
Managing Director Asia Pacific – Marriott Vacations Worldwide (‘MVW’)
Bill Minnock is Managing Director Asia Pacific for MVW. The company has three resorts in Thailand, one resort in Surfers Paradise Australia and one in Bali, Indonesia. It has Marketing & Sales operations in these countries plus Japan, China and Hong Kong. He joined MVW Asia Pacific in September 2014 and has been focused on expanding the company’s footprint in the region.
Prior to his current role, Bill worked for Marriott International for 31 years in numerous leadership positions. He has extensive experience in real estate development and led MVW’s Resort Development group from 1994 to 2001. He has extensive experience in Asset Management, Architecture and Construction and Finance. He has also worked in a variety of hotel operations positions, including being the SVP Global Operations Services from 2010 to 2014 and was the GM of the Bethesda Marriott hotel.
Bill is actively involved in establishing the regional timeshare organization for the Asia Pacific region and is President of the recently launched Asia Pacific Resort Development Organisation. From January to July, 2014, he served as Executive in Residence for the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and lectured at the Cornell and George Washington University. He currently is the President of the Cornell Hotel Society Executive Board.
He attended Cornell University, received a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration and an MBA. Bill and his wife Debra have five children and currently reside in Singapore.
Vice President, Executive Commitee - APRDO
Managing Director, RCI APAC & DAE Global
Jonathan Mills is the managing director of the Asia Pacific and India regions of RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange with more than 4,300 affiliated resorts in 110 counties and part of the Wyndham Destinations family. Jonathan is a member of RCI’s senior leadership team, leading the execution of strategic priorities across the Asia Pacific and India markets. He plays an instrumental role in driving business growth and delivering on-going value to both RCI members and affiliates in this thriving region. Effective 1 March, 2018, Mills is responsible for the leadership and strategy of DAE’s business globally.
Mills’ previous experience includes a decade-long tenure with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), where he most recently served as head of Operations for Holiday Inn Express and IHG Shared Services based in Bangkok, Thailand. During his 25 year career, he has also worked for renowned companies such as Forte & Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts, Sodexho Prestige and Hilton International.
Mills is the Vice President of the Asia Pacific Resort Development Organization (APRDO) and Director of the Australia Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council Limited (ATHOC). He also sits on the board of the New Zealand Holiday Ownership Council (NZHOC).
Treasurer, Executive Committee - APRDO
Vice President/Executive Director, Interval International Asia Pacific
Joe Hickman has been with Interval International in its Asia Pacific Headquarter offices in Singapore since 2002. He has responsibility for implementing business development activities for Asia-Pacific, including affiliating resorts Interval International's global network, developing and directing all sales and resort marketing strategies, as well as managing developer client relationships.
Hickman has lived and worked in Asia for over thirty years and has spent his professional career in the hospitality and timeshare industries. He led the marketing efforts and pre-opening for Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, Conrad Hong Kong and headed marketing at the Westin Philippine Plaza. In 1992 he entered the shared ownership industry as corporate director for vacation ownership for Hilton Hotels and was part of the team that pioneered Hilton's entry into the timeshare business. Prior to Interval, Hickman was the Executive Director for RCI Asia Pacific and President of RCI Travel Singapore. Hickman was responsible for marketing, public relations, member and business development, as well as call centre operations in Asia and Australia.
Hickman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from California State University in Long Beach, California. He has served on a variety of industry boards including APRDO, PATA, and the Timeshare Associations of Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.
Secretary, Executive Committee - APRDO
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing – Asia,
Hilton Grand Vacations
Jeff Bernier is Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing – Asia for Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV). In this role, Mr. Bernier is responsible for leading sales and marketing strategies and initiatives to drive revenue growth in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Prior to joining HGV in 2015, Mr. Bernier served as Managing Director, Asia-Pacific Region for Delta Air Lines, where he was responsible for increasing sales revenue and growing the company’s visibility. For more than two decades, Mr. Bernier has lived in Japan and worked with Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines holding progressive roles, including Japan Sales Director and Japan Sales and Trade Relations Director, as well as Managing Director of Asia-Pacific Sales and Industry Affairs.
Mr. Bernier’s more than 20 years of experience in the Asia-Pacific Region’s travel industry is an asset as HGV continues to strategically develop new markets in the region.
Mr. Bernier speaks fluent Japanese and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Olaf College. He serves on the Executive Committee as Secretary of APRDO.
Executive Committee Member - APRDO
President and Managing Director, International Operations, Wyndham Vacation Clubs
Barry oversees operations of the company’s timeshare business outside North America. He served as President and Managing Director of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific for 15 years, driving significant property acquisitions and enhanced resort developments, including growing the business to become the world’s largest vacation ownership development operation outside North America. He was also responsible for leading Wyndham Hotel Group’s growth across South East Asia and the Pacific Rim. Under Barry’s leadership a renewed customer focus was instilled across both businesses. The service culture that he continues to emphasise across Wyndham Vacation Clubs is to create personalised and memorable experiences at every touchpoint.
Barry leads the international growth strategy for the company’s seven vacation clubs: CLUB WYNDHAM®, WorldMark® by Wyndham, CLUB WYNDHAM® ASIA, WorldMark South Pacific Club, Shell Vacations Club, Margaritaville Vacation Club® by Wyndham and WYNDHAM CLUB BRASIL(SM).
With more than 30 years’ hospitality experience, Barry served in a number of leading industry roles covering management, operations, development, branding and franchising. He has held several of senior leadership positions in the Asia Pacific region for some of the world’s largest hospitality companies, including Swiss-Belhotel International, Swissôtel Worldwide Partner Hotels and Choice Hotels International.
Barry is currently Deputy President of the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC), having previously served as the industry body’s President. He was inducted into the ATHOC Hall of Fame in 2017. Barry’s contributions to the industry were recognised internationally in 2013 with the Industry Leader Award at the Perspective Awards, the only global recognition platform in the vacation ownership industry judged by both experts and peers.