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Franchise Interviews meets with the K-9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotel franchise. Jason and Steven Parker, co-founders of Fanwood-based K-9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotel, first got in the dog business when as boys they wanted a dog, but their parents said they weren’t responsible enough. Fueled by that, they began walking neighbors’ dogs for money and it grew and grew until they were making some pretty impressive money. They decided to take this love of dogs and their honed business sense to open up K-9 Resorts and entered the franchising game as the youngest franchisors in the entire franchise industry. They’re entering a big 2014, riding the wave of success and buzz from last year, and will be opening up 5 new locations. 9 is the magic number for K-9 this year as they enter their 9th year in business with a goal of ending the year with 9 locations.
ABOUT K9 RESORTS DAYCARE & LUXURY HOTEL
K-9 RESORTS DAYCARE & LUXURY HOTEL was founded in 2005 by brothers Steven and Jason Parker in Fanwood, N.J. When in their early teens, their parents denied them a dog of their own, so the entrepreneurial pair opened a professional pet-sitting business to prove they were not only willing, but ready to care for a dog. That business not only became a highly profitable enterprise that they sold for a six-figure sum in 2006, that revenue became the expansion fuel for their burgeoning K-9 Resorts business. The business, which is the only facility in New Jersey to have been rated Number 1 by multiple major publications, is now positioned for franchise growth throughout the Northeast U.S. K-9 Resorts was ranked Number 1 in its category by the Courier Times and by New Jersey Monthly.
In part 2, we hear advice from franchisees on why they purchased a franchise.
RIU Hotels & Resorts is a Spanish hotel chain founded by the Riu family as a small holiday firm in 1953, the first hotel being Riu San Francisco in Mallorca.They have expanded into the Caribbean and Mexico. They have become a popular resorts for tourists going to the Caribbean and Mexico looking for a luxury vacation.
Bernard Bohnenberger (known as BB), President of Six Senses Resort and Spa takes us on a transformative journey. Enjoy BB's adventures and learn about his marvelous resorts that are built around a sensory experience. The Transformed Traveler Show is the most popular travel show dedicated to experiencing travel through your five senses. Sponsored by Gracefully Yours cards and journals, Life Lessons books, and Walks of Italy.
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DrTranquility Talks with Nick Filosa of Vacations7 Resorts International. We chat abour one of their 5 star resorts La Vista Azule...excuse me 4 1/2 due to the fact that is is 1 block to the beach rather than on it. As you know we handle a lot of PR for Vacations 7 Turks & Caicos this is just in time for their Valentine's couples weekend. Wether you are starting or rekindling your coupleship..you won't want to miss this interview. Background music by world renowed musician Stan
With 11 five-star all-inclusive ocean front resorts in beautiful and exotic locations throughout Mexico, Palace Resorts offers unparalleled service and signature amenities that set the stage for an exceptional all-inclusive vacation. Spacious accommodations feature luxurious amenities including double Jacuzzis® in every room, 24-hour room service, included unlimited long distance phone calls to the continental US and Canada, wireless Internet and brand name liquor dispensers.
Whatever your taste and interests, Palace Resorts has a destination that’s perfectly suited for you. Escape to a tranquil oasis at one of our world-class spas, hit the links at our championship golf courses, explore all that Mexico have to offer with unforgettable tours, or simply lay back and relax poolside.
We will be joined by my Business Development Manager Jacquelyn Krueger..who is .full of personality and knowledge
Heidi Clarke the Director of Programs for the Sandals Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) which was created in 2009 to continue and expand upon the philanthropic work that Sandals Resorts International.The Sandals Foundation focuses on achieving the promise of the Caribbean in the three key areas of: Education, Environment and Community and is dedicated to playing a meaningful role in the lives of communities where Sandals operates across the Caribbean
Ms Clarke’s primary responsibilities includes managing over 300 Sandals Foundation’s programs,as well as developing and maintaining relationships with nonprofit organizations in the Caribbean community,corporate partners, donors and volunteers.Under her stewardship she has launched a number of key initiatives including the largest volunteerism outreach program in the Caribbean with travel partner Flight Centre and the company’s widely popular Reading Road Trip,volunteer literacy enhancement program which has helped improve the reading skills of local children while providing over 1,600 guests the opportunity to“give back” while on vacation.
Sandals Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International. Our company was borne from the ethics and philosophies of our chairman, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart who is above all a family man. Nothing means more. To us family isn’t just our blood-ties. It’s our colleagues across our four brands.We believe we have contributed much to the Caribbean over the years. We know that as World’s Best it’s our plans, hard work, skills and innovations that put us there – but we have a responsibility to put them to work beyond our resorts.
The differrence in some words, more quality inclusion. What that mean ? We will talk about it.
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Maya Abdo began her career at the Travel Academy in Palm Springs, CA. It was there that she had the distinct privilege to work with the top leaders in the travel business including Anderson Travel Agency and Gadabout Vacations.
Shortly after that, in September 1993, Maya opened her own full-service travel agency in Palm Springs, CA, serving the desert area. She has since moved to the metropolitan Los Angeles area; working as one of their top consecutive salesperson for the Travel Department at Southern California Auto Club. She is the recipient of multiple service awards. The three years at the Auto Club further contributed to her knowledge and expertise.
Join the Gist of freedom and guest Marian Douglas-Ungaro as we discuss the history of African American Resorts! Join us in NYC www.MalcolmXfilmfestival.com The Fox Lake resort community was developed specifically for African Americans in the 1930s. Similar to other ethnic groups, African Americans chose to build their own institutions because they enjoyed the fellowship with their family, friends and colleagues. These enclaves were not established for us by us simply because we were rejected by Jim Crow. Today, in contrary to the myth that blacks rather integrate than celebrate and preserve their heritage, Fox Lake is still a successful black community. Its traditions are still maintained by many second- and third-generation owners, who occupy a large number of the cottages.
Fox Lake was also a recreational destination for young African Americans who lived within driving distance. They came to swim at the beach, dance and socialize. During World War II, black troops stationed at Baer Field in Fort Wayne were invited to the resort during their free weekends. Numerous annual meetings of black fraternal organizations, churches and alumni groups were also held at the resort.