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Another Award Winning Moment

From our Coastal Dune Lakes book client, Nic Stolftuz.

"Earlier this year, the crew at Live Oak Production Group finished the book and DVD on the Coastal Dune Lakes. I wrote the screenplay for the documentary and the text for the book. Now, a few months later, we are being recognized by our peers: the documentary won a Telly award (bronze) in the Documentary Category (along with a bronze for People's Choice Award, a bronze for nature/environmental theme, and a silver for cinematography), and the book won the President's Award (silver) in the Coffee Table Book Category from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.

I am so proud to have worked with such a talented team of people, and I cannot wait until our next project to work with y'all again! grin emoticon
 — with Justin DykeLaura Stoltzfus-BrownJoey DickinsonKeri Buist Atchley,Esther StoltzfusEric Schrotenboer and Elam Stoltzfus."

Award Winning RCI ARDA 2014

We love it when our designs contribute to our award winning clients!

Teaming up with Jim Kuni of JB&J ( to provide the exhibit design for RCI at ARDA for the 13th (or is it 14th?!) Year in a ROW!!


RCI has won nine awards at the 2014 ARDA Awards Gala Dinner held in Las Vegas, including three coveted ACE awards.

April 11, 2014 by Steve Adams - article courtesy of RCI Ventures

Among the three key accolades was the prized ACE Customer Service: Industry Partner award, which was presented to RCI for its commitment to delivering the best service to its customers around the world.

“We are ecstatic to once again take home the ACE Customer Service Award,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI.

Service and assistance

“Customer satisfaction is our number one priority at RCI, and we are committed to listening to, engaging and servicing our customers in whatever way is most convenient and accessible for them. Whether helping a customer online or on the phone, RCI vacation guides consistently provide prompt, friendly service and assistance to make it easy to book amazing vacations all over the world.”

The continued evolution of RCI’s customer service department ensures consistent satisfaction through the use of modern tools such as the Click to Chat online service, which gives customers immediate access to a representative when online, and 22 on-site RCI associates in the U.S. RCI also has a team of traveling associates throughout Europe that provides member servicing and problem resolution in a face-to-face setting.

RCI’s Tara Bergeron won the ACE Spirit of Hospitality Award. Bergeron has significant industry experience and now applies this expertise to RCI’s Online Tour Generation program. Working to support affiliates’ growth, Bergeron identifies and connects them with leads for new potential vacation owners. She is known for her energy, professionalism, competence and poise.

Making LEAPS

RCI associate Amy Self was part of a group that took home the ACE Volunteer of the Year Award for her involvement in the ARDA LEAPS Leadership Development Task Force. ARDA LEAPS is a one-year program for individuals at various management levels designed to develop and educate future leaders committed to serving ARDA and the shared vacation ownership industry.

RCI was also recognized with the following awards:

  • Newsletter Electronic Format: RCI Newsletter for Affiliates’ Staff, RCI
  • Magazine Advertisement: RCI’s What’s Next Campaign, RCI
  • Direct Mail: Points Beginning Use Year (BUY) Campaign, RCI
  • Sales Center Materials: RCI Presenter, RCI
  • Mobile Website or App: RCI Affiliates app for the iPad , RCI
  • Video Production, Other: RCI ARDA ’13 Booth Teaser, Lenz-works Productions

“On behalf of everyone at RCI, we’re thrilled to have won nine ARDA Awards today,” continued Gurnik. “This impressive collection of awards stands as a testament to the great work being done throughout the company from graphic design, advertising and marketing campaigns to video production and mobile app development.

“We will continue working on behalf of our subscribing members and affiliates, and we’re excited to help make timeshare the preferred choice of travelers everywhere.”

Mattie Kelly's Makeover

In late 2012, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) announced some major changes for their organization were just around the corner to honor the 18th year of the foundation's existence. 

Design360 was humbly honored when chosen to take on this re-branding project with the assistance of Tracy Louthain, of Tracy Louthain Communications, LLC. Our task soon became a labor of love as we worked to help the foundation develop into a new, more mature and recognizable organization. Not only did this include the MKAF brand logo, but each of it's individual programs also got a makeover. “She’s growing up,” joked Marcia Hull, Executive Director MKAF, in the March 2, 2013 article in the Northwest Florida Daily News, in response to the foundation's new look. The development has been deemed an overall success by the Board of Directors and members alike.

What do you think?