Jason Gamel has served as president and CEO of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) since 2019. His current role at ARDA includes serving as president of the ARDA Board of Directors, the ARDA International Foundation (AIF) Board of Trustees, and the ARDA-ROC Board. He also serves as publisher for ARDA’s Developments magazine, the “voice of the vacation ownership industry.” Outside of ARDA, Jason serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Travel Association.
Jason brings more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and timeshare industries. Prior to his current role, he served as senior vice president of legal at Wyndham Destinations. Before his time with Wyndham, he served as vice president of government affairs at ARDA where he oversaw the direction and management of local, state, and regional legislative and lobbying activities in the United States and throughout the Caribbean. He also worked as an associate with BakerHostetler, one of the nation's largest law firms, in its hospitality practice.
Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and human resources management from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate from the University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law.