Sean T. Hovenden
Sean T. Hovenden has played an instrumental role in the sales, consulting, marketing and development of some of the most successful Real Estate resort developments around the world, including Playa Chiquta, in the Dominican Republic, The Breakers Resort, in Florida, The Dolphin Resort, Cozumel Mexico; Vacation Break USA, Palm Aire Resort, Florida; Fairfield Resorts (now Wyndham) in Pompano Beach Florida, Sedona Arizona and Destin Florida; Xanadu Resort and Marina Bahamas, Club Intrawest Canada and Diamond Resorts International.
Specialized training in sales and marketing. Broad experience in consulting, research, design, negotiation and distribution of products targeted to the shared ownership resort industry, tourism industry, resort real estate sales and development industry. Experienced in staff management, recruiting, supervision, training and leadership. Proven success in building, training, developing, motivating and supporting sales and marketing management teams. Proficient in computer software, experienced in producing budgetary spreadsheets, the design of sales and marketing power-point presentations. Competent in utilization of internet products and services. Broad domestic and international business experience.
2014 - Present: National Director of Owner Enhancement Sales, Diamond Resorts International® Responsibilities include but not limited to establishing and exceeding yearly revenues and budgets. Direct and manage all aspects of the National Owner Enhancement Sales Division and the administration of same. Directly responsible for successfully increasing the divisions national average sales price by over 15% and exceeding previous years annual revenues by over 80%, succeeded in bringing total national direct and indirect sales cost down and well within budgetary guidelines and delivered a net annual NOI of over 135% of budget in the first year. Company wide revenue exceeded $954 million in 2015. Diamond Resorts International with global headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world with a network of more than 300 vacation destinations located in 28 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Offering simplicity, choice and comfort to more than 500,000 owner-families through our branded hospitality service, Diamond Resorts International® is dedicated to providing it's guests with effortless and relaxing vacation experiences every time, for a lifetime. www.diamondresorts.com
2012 - 2014: Regional Project Director, Diamond Resorts International, Caribbean. Responsibilities include but not limited to opening new sales sites in the Caribbean, establishing and exceeding yearly site revenue budgets, recruiting, training sales and marketing teams. Forming strong longlasting alliances with local government, vendors and suppliers. Oversee all aspects of the sales, marketing and the administration of the Caribbean sites. Diamond Resorts International with global headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world with a network of more than 300 vacation destinations located in 28 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Offering simplicity, choice and comfort to more than 500,000 owner-families through our branded hospitality service, Diamond Resorts International® is dedicated to providing it's guests with effortless and relaxing vacation experiences every time, for a lifetime. www.diamondresorts.com
2007 - 2012: Regional Project Director, Club Intrawest, Sandestin, Florida. Responsibilities included but not limited to exceeding yearly sales revenue budgets, recruiting, training and marketing. Redesigned the in-house and front line sales process across all Intrawest sales locations resulting in an increase in revenues of 79.4% in add-on sales. Designed and implemented the Club Intrawest biennial program. Which has had a very significant impact on overall front-line revenues and going forward, on future in-house sales revenues. Assisted through experience, in the redesign and refined the sales and marketing training program used by and at all sales locations. Club Intrawest, Sandestin is located on 2,400 acres of golf courses, beaches, shopping and fun. Sandestin is unquestionably the premier vacation resort on Florida's Emerald Coast. www.intrawest.com
2005 - 2007: President of Emerald Holdings Inc. / Property Shop International... International Real Estate Investment, Consulting and Sales Corporation, based in Destin Florida. With offices and corporate holdings in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. EPI
2001 - 2005: Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cendant’s Fairfield. Destin, Florida, (now Wyndham) which included sales and marketing at four resorts in the Destin area. Responsibilities included, but were not limited to establishing and exceeding yearly site budgets. Developing and maintaining an efficient, productive sales and marketing team of approximately 130 persons. Oversee all aspects of the sale, marketing and administration of the sites. Implementing strategic marketing alliances with key vendors and area businesses. Established and supervised a referral telemarketing department in Destin, supplying prospective clients to Destin, New Orleans, San Antonio, Nashville, Branson and Orlando. Negotiating and continually expanding key local community marketing locations (OPC / CMA). Established, implementation and supervision of customer retention strategies and overall supervision of marketing and sales at four separate Fairfield locations which together made up the scope of Cendant's/Fairfield’s Timeshare presence in the Florida Panhandle. Tenured honors include eight time consecutive winner of Cendant's Fairfield's Presidents Club. www.wyndhamworldwide.com
1998 - 2001: Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Wyndham Sedona, Arizona, charged with the responsibility of overseeing the resorts development in a new target market for Fairfield. Developed strong longstanding and profitable alliances with local government, vendors and suppliers. Served as liaison between the general building contractor and Cendant/Fairfield. Negotiated and established all the original and still utilized, marketing strategies and locations for Cendant / Fairfield in the Mid Western states. Established the initial and consequent site budgets'. Recruited and trained the startup management, sales and marketing teams. Producing in excess of $20 million in net sales revenue within three years. Tenured honors include four time consecutive winner of Cendant's Fairfield's Presidents Club for exceeding budgeted revenues by more than 20%
1995 - 1998: Sales Manager for Wyndham Palm Aire Resort, Ft. Lauderdale, Supervised and was instrumental in the building and development of this new sites sales team, consistently ranked among the top 1% in the company/country for overall team production and efficiency. Responsible for daily team motivational sales meetings and supervision of goal based team efficiency and productivity. Tenured honors include many achievement awards and Presidents Club honors.
Florida Real Estate License, Arizona Real Estate License, Levitin Group Leadership , Covey Leadership Graduate, Fairfield University Graduate, Member of the European Marketing Institute. (MEMI). St. Peters College, Wexford, Ireland.
Public Relations at Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) Schiphol. Netherlands.
Dual Citizen of the United States of America & The European Union
Sean T. Hovenden