President’s Club 2011 – Costa Rica

It’s no easy feat to find a breathtaking country that can cater to 80 of our employees from all across North America! But, never fail – we found it in Costa Rica. The  country’s beautiful town of Tamarindo welcomed all of us in May for President’s Club 2011! The annual trip is an exclusive opportunity for the top performers of the previous year to connect with each other and the Softchoice Leadership team.

As a corporate events specialist, I’m lucky to be involved in different facets of the Company – including many of the fun and exciting trips abroad! For those lucky 80 that headed south, I wanted to provide them with a memorable experience they’ll be talking about for a lifetime. Executing overseas corporate events can be tough thanks to time differences, language barriers and more. Behind the scenes, it’s not so glamorous but the feedback I received from attendees was fantastic!  Guests told us how much fun they had and how much they loved the resort.

The trip had tons of really radical highlights including an Afternoon Snorkel Sail. When guests weren’t diving into snorkel and check out the tropical sea life, they enjoyed the Costa Rican waters aboard a spacious boat. One guest commented, “Nice boat, great crew and service – made a very nice Guara Sour! Seeing the octopus was a treat.”

From water to land, our  other adventurous guests had the opportunity to take part in the Cartagena Canopy Tour – touring the Guanacaste tropical dry forest in its entire rich green splendor.  The animal and wildlife  kingdom continued to be the dominant theme of the trip  when  our guests went horseback riding at the Hacienda Panilla, while enjoying the warm summer sun, beach,  and white sand. Then it was back to sea during a lovely Sunset Cocktail Cruise where guests enjoyed the views of the Guanacaste coastline while sipping on a drink…or two!

Though there was lots of relaxing and glamorous fun – our guests didn’t leave Costa Rica without a nod to the spirit of Softchoice Cares through ‘The Day of Smiles’. The charitable event gave attendees  the chance to donate school supplies and bicycles to children at a local school – many of whom had to walk over an hour to get to school every day. One guest commented, “Day of Smiles Volunteer was definitely the highlight and touching part of the trip. The little kids were so cute, and the smiles on their faces when they got the bikes were priceless”.

The trip was a great success and attendees had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience something new and make a difference in the lives of the local communities. In the words of an attendee – “I really feel like PClub is something to aspire to. Outside of the fact that it’s fun to win a contest and be a top performer, Costa Rica was a once in a lifetime experience.”

Congratulations once again to all of the top performers and guests! Next year the President’s Club is off to Rome! Who are the top performers of 2011? We’ll just have to wait and see!

About Reena Parekh

Reena is a graduate of McMaster University and George Brown College and works as a corporate event specialist at Softchoice.