Area Business Honored as One of the Best 100 Places to Work in Pennsylvania for 2007

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Sundance Vacations is named one of the Best 100 Places to Work in Pennsylvania for 2007 in the large sized company category.

Sundance Vacations was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2007. The awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first of its kind offered by a state in the country. The program is a public/private partnership of Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Chamber of Business and Industry and the Central Penn Business Journal.

This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. The Best Places to Work in PA list is made up of 100 companies split into two groups: 50 medium-sized companies (25-250 employees) and 50 large-sized companies (251 or more employees). Sundance Vacations was named one of the Best Places to Work in the large category.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
-Have at least 25 employees in Pennsylvania;
-Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business;
-Be a publicly or privately held business;
-Have a facility in Pennsylvania; and
-Be in good standing with Commonwealth agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 24% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. "We can't wait to dive into those surveys. Everyone appreciates positive feedback but I'll save those for when I'm having a bad day. I want to read the neutral and negative comments because that is where we can drive change and make improvements," explains CEO, Tina Dowd.
Nearly 20,000 Pennsylvania employees filled out the survey. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

Sundance Vacations is a travel company that specializes in wholesale vacation accommodations. The company is headquartered in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and maintains offices in six other locations including; Rockaway, NJ; Princeton, NJ; King of Prussia, PA; Harrisburg, PA; Downers Grove, IL, and Brookfield, WI. John Dowd, Owner and President, made the decision to participate in the 100 Best Places to Work awards program. Communications Director, Kathy O'Mara coordinated the application and surveying process for all 350 Pennsylvania employees.

Sundance Vacations ( will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in PA evening awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. The final rankings will be revealed at the ceremony.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in PA program, visit or contact Beth Feltenberger at the Central Penn Business Journal at 717.236.4300.


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