Gildersleeve Partners, a leading provider of domestic and international business and advisory services to professionals in the timeshare resort industry, announces timeshare industry icon Ed McMullen Sr. has joined its Board of Advisors
McMullen was the co-founder of American Resorts, the company Marriott acquired in the mid-1980’s to facilitate its entry into the resort timeshare industry. In the early 1990’s, he joined forces with The Mariner Group to bring Hilton into the industry with the creation of the Hilton Grand Vacations Company joint venture. After Hilton acquired full ownership of HGVC, he channeled his expertise and energy into www.mcmullendevelopment.com. He is a past board chairman of the American Resort Development Association and actively involved with the Urban Land Institute.
According to Larry Gildersleeve, McMullen will initially be focused on helping to expand the company’s credit card processing subsidiary Customized Solutions, LLC. “Our professional relationship goes back to 1980,” Gildersleeve said, “and has evolved over the years to Ed becoming both a mentor and, I’m proud to say, one of my dearest friends. I am delighted he has joined with Jeff Sites and me in the only entity of which we are aware that is solely focused on improving both the economics and B2B customer service of credit card processing for companies involved in the timeshare industry.”
“I have known and worked in one way or another with Larry and Jeff for over 35 years,” McMullen commented. “I have the highest respect for them for their integrity, industry knowledge , and experience, and am honored to be asked to join their Board of Advisors.”
ABOUT GILDERSLEEVE PARTNERS & CUSTOMIZED SOLUTIONS
Gildersleeve Partners LLC was founded in 1995 initially to provide consulting services in the timeshare resort industry. The company has evolved to become a leading provider of domestic and international business development, financial services, real estate brokerage and advisory services in the resort industry. The company’s credit card processing subsidiary, Customized Solutions, LLC, assists resort companies in establishing low-cost relationships with credit and debit card processing companies.