What is a meeting of shared ownership industry movers and shakers without some moving and shaking? The GNEX 2014 Beach Club Party, co-sponsored by DAE and Oombaga and held at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota’s Beach Club on Lido Key at the annual gathering held this past February 9-12, brought island fun, dancing, and some of the best networking to be found anywhere to the prestigious yearly meeting.
The Beach Club Party kicked off with a spirited round of speed networking that put over 70 decision makers, suppliers and C-level executives face to face. Always one of the favorite and most talked-about activities at the four-day GNEX conference, attendees were able to swap business cards during two-minute meetings, which invariably lead to more in-depth meetings later.
Premium drinks, delicious and plentiful gourmet food, a hip DJ and live Jamaican music kept the mood engaging so that the networking continued long after the official speed networking session ended.
As the sun set on the Gulf of Mexico, partygoers turned to the dance floor for a more informal style of networking and simply to have fun. What’s more, the real Captain Richard Phillips – whose 2009 ordeal of being taken hostage by Somali pirates is the subject of the hit Tom Hanks movie Captain Phillips – was on hand for the festivities after serving as a GNEX 2014 keynote speaker earlier in the day.
“We are thrilled to be co-sponsors of the GNEX 2014 Beach Club Party,” said Francis Taylor, CEO of Dial an Exchange. “It truly conveys the concept that we are in the fun business of creating great vacation experiences for people. Plus, this is the premier event for networking at GNEX, so it offers tremendous value for everyone who is there.”
Representatives from 111 companies attended GNEX 2014, providing an intimate and focused gathering of senior executive level decision makers. Networking at the Beach Club Party as well as other events this time around really over delivered on expectations. Four nights of social events, The Launch Party, Beach Club Party, StarShip Cruise and Wrap Party, plus a spectacular deep sea Sport Fishing Tournament, left no doubt that GNEX Conferences are the event not to be missed each year.
Previous GNEX events have been held in Beverly Hills, California; Cancun, Mexico; and Paradise Island, Bahamas. GNEX 2015, which is sure to have multiple valuable networking opportunities as well, will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California from February 15 to 18. And while particular details have yet to be finalized, it is a given that there will be top-notch networking – and exciting – activities for attendees.
About DAE (Dial An Exchange)
DAE has grown significantly since it first opened its doors in 1997. A strong focus on quality customer service has led to their continued growth as over 50% of their new memberships have been the result of personal referrals. Today, the company services over 1 million timeshare owners (including 500,000 direct members) at resorts and clubs through 12 offices worldwide, and is a truly viable option for all timeshare, points and fractional owners to exchange their weeks and points or credits products. DAE’s robust set of membership benefits makes it easy for owners to truly enjoy their vacation ownership experience. Their simple, flexible and innovative direct to consumer approach has evolved into a range of business development and support tools for their business partners such as resorts, management companies and Home Owners Associations who are looking for a competitive edge to support their rapid growth.
DAE offers a value added Gold Advantage benefits program along with low exchange fees, a 3-year credit for every banked week, 24/7 live access to exchange weeks, personalized customer service, worldwide vacation availability, discounted rental weeks in prime locations and informative monthly e-Newsletters providing travel tips, destination ideas and money saving promotions and offers. At DAE, the timeshare owners’ needs come first and foremost and quality of service is never compromised. For more information, please visit www.daelive.com.
About GNEX Conference
Hosted by Perspective Group, leading global PR & Multimedia Company for the timeshare industry, the Global Networking Expo is an annual event that brings together top executives from leading companies around the world together for a few days of networking and industry enrichment.