Carrie Vandever appointed social media director

Carrie Vandever, Resort Trades Social Media Director

Carrie Vandever, Resort Trades Social Media Director

February 2, 2015 – Resort Trades, the news journal mailed to a nationwide subscriber base of almost 7,000 resort professionals, and its online news source – – are pleased to announce the appointment of Carrie Vandever as Social Media Director.

Vandever has been instrumental in building an online presence for that receives almost 5,000 unique visitors per day and indexes over 11,000 pages, or 86+ gigs, of data. She was one of the earliest social media experts in the timeshare industry when she operated the company’s previous site,

“ and our social media sites are updated throughout each day with relevant, timely news,” says Resort Trades Managing Editor Sharon Scott. “Carrie’s work is essential to our commitment to keep our readers informed. In turn, this ‘socialization’ provides our advertisers with the ultimate avenue to educate resort managers and developers about their products and services.”

“ has amassed a unique archive of information that is unparalleled in the industry,” adds Publisher Tim Wilson. “We have stored every press release and print edition that has been posted or printed since 1997. Given this tremendous volume of materials,’s archives are undisputedly the most complete repository of the industry’s history in existence and include biographies of industry pioneers, the famous “Women in the Industry” series, supplier/vendor information and much more.

About Resort Trades
The Trades was established in 1987 and distributes approximately 7,000 print copies monthly to every U.S. vacation ownership resort, to a voluntary subscriber base of resort professionals of all walks and at all the industry’s important conventions and conferences. Along with the publications online social media activities and, the entire enterprise adds value to the industry as a whole with an enormous volume of informative content to assist resort operators in running their properties more efficiently, raising revenues more effectively and making better-informed buying decisions.
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Promoted to Publisher

Sharon Wilson_email sizePerhaps it’s a little sentimental, but here is my very first “Publisher’s Corner” printed in the March 2015 edition of Resort Trades:

This publication has been mailed throughout every timeshare resort in the U.S. and many in Canada every month since 1987. (I know, I know…most of us were practically in diapers then, right?) Being the timeshare resort industry’s very own, dedicated resource for current news and information is a passion for us that has been under development for almost 30 years.

We’ve reported on everything from battling bed bugs to emergency preparedness. Our interests are expansive; we are avid followers of current events and trends in sales and marketing, front and back office, human resources, financing, HOA management and beyond. Suffice it to say, we know our audience and it is you, the timeshare professional…not the vacation ownership, shared ownership or whatever-term-de-jour… but the timeshare professional. We’ve reported on the comings and goings of so many special people. (Yes, we remember you, Jim Lambert, JP Ottino, Nick Kosmas, John Sweeney, our very own Jack Richardson, Bill Armbruster, the recently deceased Alex Marxer and Jay Finley and so many others.)

You might say we’ve formed an emotional attachment to you over the years. I’ll bet you feel the same for us. I hope so.

After serving as Resort Trades’ managing editor, I am proud to announce my recent promotion to Publisher/Managing Editor. The very top item on my list of objectives is to build a tightly knit relationship with every one of our readers. I salute you and want you to know that this ‘goes deep’ with me..with all of us at The Trades. It’s about so much more than money: Publishing Resort Trades is the greatest honor, the finest gift I’ve ever received. It’s also the tallest order and brings with it a responsibility I take very seriously. I pledge to the best of my ability to provide you with a news resource – both in print and online at – that continues to raise its standards for excellence, integrity and loyalty.

Sharon Scott, RRP
Resort Trades & Publisher/Managing Editor
Supporter/Advocate of The Timeshare Industry Profession