Christel House International Board elects RCIA(r) President, Gordon Gurnik, to serve


INDIANAPOLIS, April 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Christel House International is pleased to announce the election of Gordon Gurnik to its Board. As president of RCI, Gurnik will add strong leadership skills and a deep knowledge of RCI's functions, both domestically and internationally. He has been a champion of Christel House for many years and has been instrumental in leading a number of important initiatives that benefit Christel House kids.

"Gordon has a wonderful ability to combine vision and practical implementation," says Christel DeHaan, Founder and CEO of Christel House. "He is a great addition to our board and I look much forward to working with him."

As RCI president, Gurnik oversees all operations. Since 1987 he has served in multiple roles including: revenue management, creating the company's inventory valuation and exchange priority systems, club development, and product development.

Gurnik was instrumental in advancing RCI's products including the development of the RCI Points® program, the largest points-based exchange system; The Registry Collection® program, the industry's first and foremost luxury exchange product, and the enhancements to the RCI Weeks® program that added transparency and flexibility.

"Since its inception, Christel House has been committed to supporting our communities and investing in the future, which is why we are such ardent supporters," said Gordon Gurnik. "Its mission of breaking the cycle of poverty across the world through investing in children is helping to shape a brighter tomorrow. Christel House is important to RCI and to me personally, which is why I am so honored to join its Board."

About Christel House International

Christel House International (CHI) solves the problem of poverty. It doesn't just treat the symptoms. Once that cycle of poverty is broken, all future generations benefit. Much more than a school, CHI was established in 1998 by Founder, Christel DeHaan, and currently provides over 4,000 impoverished children around the world with high quality education, nutritious meals, regular health care, character and life skills development, and career counseling. Students graduate to become productive citizens. They are confident, hardworking, responsible and ethical, with a passion for giving back to their communities and caring for their families. CHI operates six learning centers in India, Mexico, South Africa and the U.S.A., as well as a career development program in Venezuela. For more information, please visit

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry's first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI's luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world's largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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CONTACT: Christel House Media Contact: Heather Richey Phone: (317) 464-8268 Email: RCI Media Contact: Steve Alessandrini Phone: (973) 753-8278 Email: Steven.Alessadrini@rci.comSource:Christel House International