Sundance Vacations Named As Finalist In 2016 Stevie® Awards For Great Employers

Sundance vacations was named a Finalist today in the Employer of the Year category in the 2016 Stevie® Awards for Great Employers, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner in the program.

The awards are presented by the Stevie Awards, which organizes several of the world’s leading business awards shows including the prestigious International Business Awards and American Business Awards.

The final results will be announced during a gala event on Friday, September 30 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  Finalists from the U.S.A. and several other nations are expected to attend.

More than 250 nominations from organizations around the world were evaluated in this year’s competition.  Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 50 professionals worldwide, acting as judges.  The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize achievement in many facets of the workplace. Categories include:

  •     Employer of the Year
  •     HR Achievements
  •     HR Individual Awards
  •     HR Team Categories
  •     Solution Provider Awards
  •     More than 50 New Product & Service Categories

Stevie Award winners in the 34 Employer of the Year categories were determined by a unique blending of the ratings of professionals and the votes of the general public.  More than 44,000 votes were cast by members of the public for their favorite employer.

Becoming a great place to work requires a focus on company culture and a management philosophy of looking at problems as opportunities. Both of these principles help to build a workforce with a contagious positive outlook across the entire company.  A positive outlook combined with a focus on other core values like providing recognition, opting to have fun and responding to charity are Sundance Vacations’ ingredients for an engaged workplace and a great place to work.

“The Stevie Awards for Great Employers is our newest Stevie Awards program, and we’re very pleased with the results of the first edition,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.  “We congratulate all of this year’s Finalists and look forward to honoring them at our gala ceremony in New York on September 30.”

“Sundance Vacations is celebrating a quarter of a century in business and we are honored to be nominated for the Employer of the Year Award,” said John Dowd, CEO Sundance Vacations. “We have a philosophy of putting employees first and that has been a part of our recipe for success at Sundance Vacations.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

About Sundance Vacations

Sundance Vacations is a national travel company that specializes in wholesale-vacation accommodations. The company is headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and maintains offices in New Jersey, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, and four call centers located in Northeastern Pa.  Formally, in 2015, the company has been named to the Best Places to Work list in New Jersey (#12-2015 and #21- 2016), Illinois (#9) and Pennsylvania (#21).   Sundance Vacations President, John Dowd, was nominated by employees as one of the highest ranking CEO’s (#8) through a Glassdoor review survey with a 95% approval rating.  The small company executive shared the honor with notable CEO giants from Apple and Facebook; Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg.  The company has been honored as one of the Fastest-Growing Travel Companies in Pennsylvania by Inc. 500/5000.
About The Stevie Awards
The Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: The American Business Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at, and follow the Stevie Awards on Twitter @TheStevieAwards.