Standing Together: ARDA & VRDA Join Forces
By Kathryn Mullan
They say that you’re stronger
together, and there’s power in numbers. This is a core principle
of ARDA—how we have built our advocacy groups and likewise
grown our entire membership base over the last 45 years. This is even truer at
the state level, with various Committees doing awesome work around the country
on behalf of the vacation ownership industry.
The state of Virginia is one of the
best examples of this principle in action. A local group of developers and
vendors came together in the early 1990s, as one of the earliest state group
prototypes—banding together on common interests to help build a healthy
environment for both development and owners. In 1994, they decided
to organize in a more official way and founded the
Virginia Resort Development Association, Inc. (VRDA), a Virginia non- stock
During the 22 years of VRDAs
existence, there have been many accomplishments and key points of work—namely,
the writing and frequent updating of the Virginia Real Estate Time-share Act
and its related regulations.
As with most things, there comes a
point in time where trends in the industry— namely, consolidation—drive change,
and the current VRDA is now considering a dissolution of the association and a
shift to an ARDA-Virginia State Committee. If the VRDA Board approves this
action at its upcoming December meeting, this change will take effect on
January 1, 2017. ARDA State Affairs Director Justin Vermuth will become the
lead contact for the Committee (as staff liaison)—working closely with local
lobbyists, developer/management/ exchange companies, and vendor/owner groups
with interests in this state.
Developments sat down with
both Philip Richardson and Justin Vermuth to discuss these pending changes, as
the VRDA turns the final page of its book and opens to new opportunities. Pick up this month’s installment of Developments
to find out what they had to say
about VRDA’s lasting legacy and where they plan on taking VRDA next.