SOURCE: Wyndham Worldwide

Wyndham Worldwide

June 10, 2010 11:28 ET

RCI CEO Appointed to Christel House Board of Directors

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - June 10, 2010) -  Christel House International today announced that Geoff Ballotti, CEO of RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), has been appointed to the Christel House International Board of Directors.

Since March 2008, Ballotti has served as CEO of RCI, overseeing the largest vacation exchange network in the industry with more than 4,000 affiliated resorts in approximately 100 countries and 3.8 million members worldwide. Christel DeHaan, the co-founder of RCI, created Christel House in 1998 with the goal of helping children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams and become self-sufficient, contributing members of their societies. Since then, Christel House has expanded its programs and locations to serve more than 3,000 students, their families and communities, and employ more than 250 dedicated professionals who help the children optimize their potential and achieve productive, self-sufficient lives.

"The ideal attributes of a board member include a passion for the mission, high intellect, strong business acumen and robust leadership skills. Geoff Ballotti is the ideal board candidate, as he not only possesses all of these traits, but also is a strong proponent of corporate social responsibility. I am so pleased that he has accepted our invitation to join the board and very much look forward to working with him," DeHaan said.

"It's a tremendous honor to be appointed to serve for a charity that our company cares so deeply about," added Ballotti. "The history that RCI and Christel House share is remarkable and I'm very excited to have the opportunity to become more involved with this wonderful organization. RCI's associates around the globe are passionate about supporting Christel House and their ongoing commitment to the countless fund-raising initiatives they embark on every year will continue to make a meaningful difference in improving the lives of these children and their families who live in many of the international communities in which we serve."

As a charity of choice for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), Christel House is largely supported by timeshare developers, resorts and vendors. Christel House is also a signature charity of Wishes by Wyndham, the philanthropic program of Wyndham Worldwide. Founded in 1974, RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and is recognized within the industry for its longstanding history of social responsibility.

About RCI
RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the European leader in vacation rentals, with exclusive access for specified periods to more than 65,000 vacation properties in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is comprised of vacation exchange, including RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and provider of travel services to businesses and consumers, and The Registry Collection® program, the world's largest luxury exchange program; vacation rentals, including Endless Vacation Rentals®, Landal GreenParks®, Novasol®, and other renowned vacation rental brands, through which vacationers can rent a variety of property types, from city apartments to villas; and NorthCourse® Leisure Real Estate Solutions, a research and consultancy firm providing advisory services to the global leisure real estate industry. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation is one of the world's largest hospitality companies with leading brands in lodging franchising, vacation ownership, vacation rentals and vacation exchange. For additional information visit our media center.

About Christel House
Christel House International is a 501(c)3 public charity helping children around the world to break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Christel House learning centers -- located in India, Mexico, South Africa, the United States and Venezuela -- provide education, nutrition, health care and character and life-skills development for children. For additional information, please visit

Contact Information