Simplicity International Appoints John Schopfer As President/COO
Date: December 9, 2004
Simplicity International Chairman and CEO Jeffery Tallman announced the appointment of John Schopfer as President and COO of Simplicity International
Simplicity International is an exciting new leisure-industry company offering unique and private membership programs for high-end vacation homes, resort properties, lifestyle and destination retreats as well as luxury travel. Its innovative Private Portfolio Club™ provides exclusive portfolios of high-end vacation homes in the most sought after regional and worldwide travel destinations. Members of the club have access to these extraordinary homes, each of which has a dedicated staff providing services you may expect to find in a resort or hotel.
Chairman/CEO Tallman commented, "We have spent the last year and a half fine tuning our product and with this addition are now in a position to fully launch into the marketplace. John Schopfer brings us 20 years of resort real estate and vacation club experience in major North American and International markets and will lead us in an aggressive growth campaign as President and COO of Simplicity."
After many years of various executive positions in the vacation ownership resort arena, John Schopfer began focusing on the emerging high-end private residence club industry in 1998, founding Resort Capital Resources, Inc. and later CLUBworks International, resort development services firms specializing in product development, financing, project start-up and marketing and sales of high-end resort real estate and private clubs.
In the past 6 years, private residence clubs and high-end fractional resort real estate have taken hold at the luxury level with both the Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons having entered the market. And more recently, luxury vacation home membership clubs have exploded into the market with Exclusive Resorts, Abercrombie and Kent’s Private & Distinctive Retreats and others jumping in.
"I am extremely excited to be joining!" Schopfer stated and went on to say, "What I saw in Simplicity International was a unique commitment on the part of Jeffery Tallman to create a product that was not just a selection of exotic vacation houses, but one that provided a truly exclusive and private portfolio of one of kind properties that would become your family’s treasured vacation homes. In addition, he and his team have built in the security of investment, unparalleled personal services and unique travel alternatives not found in the industry."
John Schopfer assumed the role of President and COO of Simplicity International on December 6, 2004. Further strategic announcements will be made in the coming weeks.
About Simplicity International
Simplicity International™, LLC, is an exciting new leisure-industry company offering unique and private membership programs for high-end vacation homes, resort properties, and luxury travel. Its innovative Private Portfolio Club™ provides exclusive portfolios of high-end vacation homes in the most sought after regional and worldwide travel destinations without the typical costs or hassles. Each home is a fine example of local architecture and craftsmanship and features meticulously designed interiors with the highest-quality furniture and fixtures. Members of the club have access to these extraordinary homes, each of which has a dedicated staff providing services that can only be found in a resort or hotel. The company is based in Southport, CT.