James T. “Tim” Wilson is the founder and publisher of Resort Trades, the timeshare industry’s news journal. After starting Developmental Trades, the predecessor to the current title, in 1987, Wilson launched a number of other publications to bring news and supplier information to professionals in niche industries. In September 2012, he acquired The Gardens RV Villages, a community of luxury homes with fully attached RV garages, located in Crossville, Tennessee. Wilson undertook both his undergraduate and graduate studies in Civil Engineering at Tennessee Technological University.
Sharon Scott is a registered resort professional with the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), in Washington, DC. She began her career with Resort Trades in 1995, contributing a monthly column on current topics of note in the timeshare/vacation ownership industry. Scott also operates a boutique PR and marketing firm assisting small and mid-sized businesses in the timeshare industry. A graduate of the American University in Washington, DC, Scott entered the timeshare/vacation ownership industry in 1989 as membership director for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA).
Marketing & Sales Associates
Marla Maertins is not only experienced in assisting suppliers and vendors to market to the timeshare industry, but also assists golf course suppliers to reach golf facility owners and superintendents through her experience as marketing associate for Golf Course Trades magazine. Maertins came to The Trades in 2001 and can be reached at 931-484-8819;Marla@TheTrades.com.
Carrie Vandever is a suma cum laude graduate of Roan State Community College with an A.S. in Computer Art & Design and has been with The Trades since 1995. She handles accounts receivable/payable, provides backup artistic production and handles overall office management. In addition to her myriad responsibilities in all operational aspects of the company, she handles SEO, online marketing and social media.