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ARDA Update

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) announced on 4th April last that Jason Gamel will be the new president and CEO, following an extensive national search lead by executive search firm, Spencer Stuart. In late March, the ARDA executive committee endorsed Gamel as the successful candidate. Gamel brings more than twenty years of experience in the hospitality and timeshare industries, including his current role as senior vice president of legal at Wyndham Destinations.

Gamel will take over the organization in early May and succeed Howard Nusbaum, who announced late 2018 that he was retiring after almost twenty years at the helm. He will work alongside Gamel during the transition.

Howard deserves special praise from APRDO as he has been very generous with his time in providing support to the new regional Trade Association. Likewise, he has for the last decade been an unstinting supporter of AOCAP, the region’s Annual Conference, either as a Presenter or Moderator or in helping AOCAP attract Sponsors and keynote speakers.

In the formal ARDA Press Release Howard was quoted as saying “I am incredibly excited that Jason has been selected as ARDA’s new leader. His rich history in timeshare law, experience running ARDA’s state government affairs, coupled with his last five years with Wyndham in a senior leadership role, makes him uniquely qualified to take on the opportunities and challenges of leading the association. I’ve personally worked with Jason and know he is a strong leader”.

Both APRDO and AOCAP will look forward to welcoming Jason Gamel to the region in the coming year and we shall certainly count on having Howard join us again, hopefully at AOCAP 2020 if his travel schedule permits.

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