Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN) will celebrate its 50th anniversary of providing people opportunities to enjoy dream vacations. From opening its first sales office in a converted gas station in Fairfield Bay, Ark. in 1966, to a Company comprised of more than 200 resorts, nearly 900,000 owners, and more than 17,000 of associates worldwide, WVO maintains its status as the leader in vacation ownership.
“WVO is defined by passion, innovation and fun, and this has driven our company’s success for the last 50 years,”said Franz Hanning, president and chief executive officer of WVO, a timeshare veteran who began his career as a salesperson with the company more than 30 years ago. “The commitment our associates have for serving others has not only enabled us to reach this achievement, but has helped maintain our position as the employer of choice throughout our industry.”
With the largest resort portfolio and owner base in the timeshare industry, WVO associates maintain an unwavering focus to deliver best-in-class service. Inherent to the Wyndham brand is the companywide service initiative, Count On Me!®, which reflects associates’ individual responsibility and accountability for consistently delivering great service to owners, resort guests and colleagues with each and every interaction. “Delivering quality service to the largest owner base in the industry doesn’t happen without exceptional people, and our focus remains on continuously investing in them,” continued Hanning.
Over the years, WVO has consistently ranked as an “employer of choice” in various markets for its commitment to providing associates with a rewarding work environment by offering competitive pay, a comprehensive benefits package, continuing education opportunities, and diversity and inclusion initiatives such as associate business groups.“We’ve developed a culture where people can be who they are, and we continuously strive to create an environment where development is a top priority,” said Hanning. “With nearly 2,000 tenured associates who have been with us for 10 or more years, it’s a true testament to the culture we’ve maintained throughout our history — one where people want to stay and grow with us.”
As one of the core values of Wyndham Worldwide, associates throughout the years have been committed to making a positive impact in their local communities through various philanthropic efforts and a commitment to the environment through the Wyndham Green program. In addition, associates receive a “WISH” Day — a benefit that provides one day of paid time-off annually for community service. “Our associates are truly the heart of this company, and they go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others — it’s a big part of who we are,” continued Hanning.