Gregory Crist, Cornerstone Award 2019Gregory Crist, CEO, Association for Vacation Owners (AVO) was honored by Canadian Vacation Ownership Association (CVOA) by being awarded the prestigious Cornerstone Award at the annual Vo-Con 2019 Conference held at Fairmont Chateaux Whistler in British Columbia from 22-25 September 2019.

Now in its seventh year, the Cornerstone Award, sponsored and presented by Fiesta American Vacation Club, is awarded to an industry innovator that makes a positive impact on the vacation ownership industry, the environment, and society.

Through his leadership at AVO, Crist advocates for improvements and better protections within the vacation ownership industry and bridges the gap between vacation owners and vacation industry. In doing so, and as part of his duties as a board member at CVOA, he works tirelessly on government relations and advises industry stakeholders on legislative and regulatory issues.

“Greg’s guidance, leadership and balanced approach in support of our association and the vacation ownership industry made him a worthy recipient of our Cornerstone Award.” Said Ingrid Jarrett, President of CVOA.

Previous winners of the award include; Vacation SafeGuard, RTX, Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Clubs, National Timeshare Owners Association, Dial An Exchange, and Whistler Vacation Club.

“I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great team of industry professionals and to be recognized with this award for balancing consumer and industry advocacy.” Says Crist.

Attracting delegates from Canada, United States, Mexico and beyond, the theme for this year’s Vo-Con event was “To Explore the Business of Vacations” and blended networking with varied educational sessions that encouraged collaboration and sharing of information.

CVOA is Canada’s only association dedicated to representing the needs and interests of the vacation ownership and resort development industries in Canada. For almost 40 years, CVOA has brought together industry leaders to maintain the highest ethical standards possible in the timeshare and resort development industry. The CVOA has continuously been an organization that provides exceptional B2B networking opportunities for members and educates consumers about the many aspects of the industry. CVOA has aligned themselves closely with other organizations such as ARDA, CARE, AMDETUR, HAC, and ACOTUR.

Next year’s event in Toronto will celebrate 40 years of Canadian Vacation Ownership Association.

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About the Canadian Vacation Ownership Association

CVOA is Canada’s only association dedicated to representing the interests of the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Since its founding 1980 (originally as CRDA), the organization has become Canada’s preeminent industry association representing all forms of vacation ownership. CVOA membership is a community of active industry leaders committed to promoting and maintaining a high standard of ethical conduct within the Canadian vacation ownership industry, creating B-2-B and networking opportunities between Members, and educating consumers as to the benefits of vacation ownership. For more information, please visit VO-Con agenda.docx VO-Con information about content, registration and sponsorship opportunities can be found on the event website