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ARDA’s Distinguished Industry Colleagues

Anna Chongpinitchai, ARP

Each of these individuals has demonstrated a commitment to the timeshare industry, as well as to personal growth and development, through pariticpation in a variety of industry meetings, volunteer activities, and learning experiences.

Earning recognition for your accomplishments and industry involvement has become easier than ever with the creation of the on-line designation application.  Instead of waiting to submit all credits with the application, individuals can now record credits as they are earned and can be alerted when enough points have been accumulated to submit the application.  The ARDA International Foundation (AIF) is excited to launch this new application, which allows industry professionals to spend less time searching for past credit forms. For more information, visit the AIF Learning Center at

If you would like to become part of this dedicated group, now is the time to complete an ARP/RRP application for review prior to the Fall Conference.  Download the form from the ARDA Web site, enter your credits online, or e-mail for more information.  The next deadline for applications is September 15, 2009.

Trond Aakre,  RRP

Trond Aakre has been working in the travel industry around the world for 17 years.  Since  2008, he has held the position of area general manager of the three Shell Hospitality  properties in San Francisco:  Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf, Inn at the Opera, and the Donatello.  Prior to this promotion, Trond had been the general manager for almost a decade of The  Donatello, the property which recieved the Shell Vacations Hospitality Management Team of the Year Award in 2008.  He has served as president of the Inn at the Opera Owner’s Association Board of Directors and as the secretary/treasurer of the Pacific Plaza Condominium Association in San Francisco.  Trond studied a variety of disciplines at the Universities of Bergen and Oslo, Norway, and is currently a member of Skal San Francisco and the Hotel Council of San Francisco.

Joseph Michl,  RRP

Joe Michl became area general manager for Peacock Suites in Anaheim, California, in 2008.  Previously, he was general manager with Harbor Vacations Club in San Diego, which was  awarded the Shell Vacations Hospitality Management Team Appreciation Award in 2004  under his management.  Joe has worked in the hospitality arena since age 17, holding a  variety of positions, including bellman, rooms division, housekeeping, food/beverage,  banquets, engineering, marketing, sales, and administration.  He is a graduate of the CSU Long Beach with a degree in finance.  Joe is currently a member of the San Diego and Orange Counties Hotel-Motel Associations, Inn at the Opera’s Owners’ Association, The Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf Owners’ Association, and the Advisory Council for Harbor Vacations Club.

Jeffrey L. Pank, RRP

Jeff Pank, a regional vice president with Shell Vacations Hospitality, oversees the operations  of seven of Shell’s resorts in California and Canada.  He has served the Anaheim, California,  area hospitality industry for the past 21 years and has worked with Shell Vacations  Hospitality for nine years.  Jeff is a member of the North Orange County ROP Advisory  Committee, the Cypress College Hospitality and Travel Careers Advisory board, the  Anaheim/Orange County Hotel and Lodging Association Board of Directors and the Kona Coast Resort board of directors in Kona, Hawaii.  He serves as the Pacific Plaza Condominium Association president in San Francisco, California, as well as president of the Starr Pass Golf Casitas Homeowner’s Association in Tuscon, Arizona.  Jeff has taught hospitality management operations at Cypress College.  He graduated from Southeastern Academy in Kissimmee, Florida, with a degree in travel and tourism.

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