VOASA is the trade body of the Shared Vacation Ownership industry and its Board of Directors are appointed annually at its AGM, from representatives active in the various fields of the industry. The Board appoints a General Manager to administer the secretariat activities.
|2015 / 2016 VOASA BOARD OF DIRECTORS|
|Director: The Beekman Group
Managing Director: Dream Hotels and Resorts
Director: Frontline Leisure Management
Director: Sun International Vacation Club
Vice President: Business Development RCI EMEA and Managing Director: RCI Africa
Director: Univision Group
General Manager: SunSwops, Tsogo Sun
Managing Director: Club Leisure Holdings
Meet our Directors
Director: The Beekman Group
Neville Beekman studied Business Management (National Diploma) where after he started with sales of The Holiday Club product. Neville then moved to Head Office and managed various operational departments within The Holiday Club before being appointed as a Director of The Beekman Group of Companies, one of which is The Holiday Club.
The Beekman Group is made up of three property divisions, namely residential, commercial and resorts. Neville serves as Director and/or Trustee on over 50 entities that make up the Group.
Neville has 17 years direct experience in the holiday ownership industry in South Africa and Australia and is Director of Development and New Business for The Holiday Club (South Africa). He is primarily responsible for the acquisition and development of holiday accommodation and resorts for both The Holiday Club and Beekman Managed Portfolio, as well as the ongoing management of the quality of resort accommodation. He is an executive member of The Timeshare Institute of South Africa.
Managing Director: Dream Hotels and Resorts
Weston Dickson obtained a B.Comm CA (S.A.) from Wits University. He was articled at Peat Marwick Mitchell which later formed part of KPMG.In 1985 Weston was appointed as Financial Advisor at Rand Merchant Bank and in March of 1988 he founded Sandton Sales (Pty) Ltd.
After much success Weston then took on the challenge of developer and in December 1988 Leisure Options (Pty) Ltd was born. After 11 years in the timeshare industry mastering both sales and development Weston turned his attention to clubs and in 1999 he began Dream Vacation Club.
Today Dream Vacation Club has in excess of 22, 000 members and is going from strength to strength.Weston has embraced his role within the Shared Vacation Ownership Industry and served as Chairman of VOASA during 2013.
John A Lee (2015 outgoing VOASA Chairman)
Director: Sun International
John Lee was born in Johannesburg and obtained a B.Com degree from the University of Cape Town. He was articled at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Cape Town and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1980.
He joined Sun International in 1986 as a Regional Financial Manager, being promoted to Chief Financial Officer of the Group’s largest subsidiary, Sun International South Africa Limited, in 1990.
In 1995 John was appointed Director: Business Development, with specific responsibility to guide and manage the Group through the new casino licensing framework in South Africa and to co-ordinate the new casino license applications and partnership formations.
In 2002 John was appointed Chief Information Officer, with the mandate to reinvent the Group’s information technology department and related business & support systems to make them relevant to the strategic objectives of the Group and ensure they were best in class. John was awarded the SA Computer Society’s prestigious “CIO of the Year”in 2003 in recognition for his work in IT transformation.
In 2010 John was appointed Director: Resorts with operational responsibility for the Group’s 10 resort properties in South Africa and the rest of Africa, including the flagship Sun City Resort and the prestigious Palace of the Lost City, Royal Livingstone and Table Bay Hotels. In addition, the central selling organization, contact center, Dreams travel agency as well as the events and entertainment portfolios were also John’s responsibility.
The Group was restructured in 2013 with a number of African properties sold. With SI entering the timeshare market (as Sun Vacation Club), John was requested to spearhead this initiative, which is now well underway. As far as can be ascertained, this new timeshare club is the best-selling timeshare product in South Africa today.
Dimitris Manikis is a timeshare industry veteran, having 24 years’ experience in the business.
He commenced his career with RCI, straight from University, initially spending two and a half years in the Middle East, two years in Turkey and a year in India. In 1997 he was appointed Managing Director for RCI’s South Eastern region, based in Athens. Six years ago Dimitris took on the role of Vice President Business Development, RCI Europe and shortly followed this with the addition of Middle East and Africa to his regional responsibilities. In 2012 he was also appointed as Managing Director for RCI Africa.
A Greek national, Dimitris was born in Athens and holds a Bachelor degree in Tourism and Administration from the University of Patras in Greece, and an MSc Postgraduate degree in Tourism Marketing from the University of Surrey. His passion for people and work ethic comes from his 84-year-old father, whom he cites as his role model and inspiration. His father built up a grocery retail business in Athens where, helping out as a boy, Dimitris says he learned the value of high customer service levels, a positive outlook and hard work as being the foundations of success in both business and life.
Today Dimitris oversees an extensive Business Development team spanning three business regions and spends most of his life in the air and on the road, visiting RCI clients and his team in local markets. When he’s not travelling, he heads home to spend time with his wife and two teenage daughters in Athens and enjoys spending time at his own timeshare on the Greek island of Paros.
John Meyer has a passion for the service industry and has held various corporate positions in pursuance thereof; inter alia Managing Director of It’s a Pleasure, Sales Director Resorts Ownership and Executive Director of The Timeshare Institute of Southern Africa.
Currently he acts as consultant to various clients in the Leisure industry and serves on many of the resort Boards as both an owner and or as representative of his various clients.
His appointments and achievements include:
- Director of VOASA;
- Past Chairman of SOCAP (The Society of Consumer Affair Professionals in Southern Africa);
- One of the founder members of the international alliance of trade organisations GATE (Global alliance for Timeshare Excellence);
- Director of African Space a company appointed as consultant to MATCH for procuring timeshare accommodation for the event; and
- He has been awarded the RCI Hall of Fame membership in recognition of his passion for service, and whilst Executive Director of TISA was a finalist in the DTI Consumer Champions Awards.
Managing Director: Club Leisure Holdings
Tony Ridl qualified asa Chartered Accountant in 1972 from the University of Natal. Left the profession in 1973 and joined a small hotel and leisure group as managing director.
In 1981 one of the resorts on the South Coast was redeveloped into a timeshare resort and he became one of the pioneers in the Vacation Ownership and Timeshare industry in South Africa.
From 1981 to 1988 he developed a number of timeshare resorts in South Africa and founded Ovland Timesharing, which became the largest timeshare organisation after Southern Sun at the time.
He also pioneered the concept of timeshare in Cape Town by developing the first timeshare resort, Bantry Bay International Vacation Resort which ended up as one of the most successful timeshare developments not only in South Africa but worldwide.
In 1989 Champagne Sports Resort was developed with Kevin Curren. He designed a number of the more flexible timeshare calendars for various resorts.In 1990 Flexi Holiday Club was co founded, which was South Africa’s first points based vacation ownership system. Since then, a number of innovative and niche market clubs have been formed to satisfy particular needs.
Leisure Group is South Africa’s largest Vacation Ownership Club Organisation and is also one of the largest in the world. Tony Ridl also serves as an Executive Director on the VOASA Board.