WHAT IT IS TO BE AN OPC
By: Ryan Worthen
Date Assignment Due: Wed. September 23, 2009
Date Assignment Submitted: Wed. September 23, 2009
Mr. Ron B. Roope
In partial fulfillment of the requirements
for English Composition 100 AAAHHH! Seven-thirty a.m. in uptown Sedona. This, like most September mornings is cool and welcoming. I, along with many other vendors, scurry up to the local coffee shop to guzzle down that first cup of joe. I am met by some smiling faces and a few scowls more than likely due to my particular trade, if you will call it that. On my return trip to my booth, I am enveloped with the sights and sounds of an awakening little town eager for today’s visitors. With keys in hand I roll back the wall of sliding glass doors about fifteen minutes before my normal opening, hoping for an early morning tour. By now you are probably wondering what exactly my type of employment is. Well, just keep reading and pretty soon you will be an expert.
I am an OPC for Diamond Resorts. If you aren’t at all familiar with that acronym, it stands for Off Property Contact/Concierge. Think back on your last few vacations. I am the guy in the tourist information and activity booths with all the bright, colorful signage, promising free vacations and awesome rates on activities. For example, two people on a helicopter tour that is normally $217.00, for only $35.00. Well this, like all things, comes with a price. Ninety minutes. We are actually marketing and promoting the sales and solicitation of timeshares. So basically, if you promise us at least ninety minutes of your life, which always ends up being three to four hours, we will give you just about anything for free. From scenic, sunset jeep tours to dinner at the finest locations in Sedona.
Now back to my booth. I’ve finished putting out my a-frame, wooden sign stating “Free Maps,” “Activities,” “Jeep and Helicopter Tours,”...