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Complaint Review: Grand Incentives TRUSTED BUSINESS | Ripoff Report Verified™ …businesses you can trust. Grand Incentives, Inc. a premier travel incentive company that sets itself apart from the rest. Grand Incentives brings innovative promotional travel offers, enabling the corporate world to more effectively activate, acquire, retain, renew and enhance customer and employee relationships. Grand Incentives designed low-cost travel offers and listens to clients' needs to provide what works best for them.
Grand Incentives TRUSTED BUSINESS | Ripoff Report Verified™ …businesses you can trust. Grand Incentives, Inc. a premier travel incentive company that sets itself apart from the rest. Grand Incentives brings innovative promotional travel offers, enabling the corporate world to more effectively activate, acquire, retain, renew and enhance customer and employee relationships. Grand Incentives designed low-cost travel offers and listens to clients' needs to provide what works best for them.9040 Town Center Parkway Suite 213 Lakewood Ranch, Florida United States of America
Grand Incentives TRUSTED BUSINESS REVIEW: Customer Satisfaction Commitment: Grand Incentives will always do whatever we can to accommodate customer requests and ensure that travelers have terrific vacation experiences.
*UPDATE: Recognized by Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Program as a safe business service. Grand Incentives pledges to always resolve any issues: feel safe, confident & secure when doing business with Grand Incentives recognized by Ripoff Report Verified™ as a safe business service.
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EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to Grand Incentives for its full commitment to quality customer service.
Ripoff Report's discussions with Grand Incentives have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. Grand Incentives listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.
Grand Incentives' CEO, Jose Martinez, has informed us that is personal philosophy is "Customers first... Always." Mr. Martinez feels it is critical to listen to his customers and respond promptly and properly. [continued below]....
One of the things Ripoff Report learned in the course of its review is that typical customer feedback reads, "Grand Incentives truly communicate all aspects of the service in a timely and effective manner. We are very pleased with the responsiveness that the employees show us. They are serious about meeting commitments, and deliver on their promises."
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The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Jose Martinez during an onsite inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases towards Grand Incentives
Grand Incentives is a premier travel incentive company that presents companies with innovative promotional travel offers that they can present as incentives to their employees. This privately held corporation has been in the travel industry business for 10 years, and maintains their focus on customer satisfaction. Jose Luis Martinez stated the following about his company, "Grand Incentives is an incentive company that focuses on customer acquisition, retention, and renewal of customers utilizing state of the art promotional products."
Mr. Martinez went on to state the following is regards to how their company acquires leads, "we are a business to business company. So we are focused on hospitality, automotive, and financial membership organizations. Most of our executives [have] 20 plus years of experience so we have a lot of clients over the years." Businesses who are interested in their services can inquire and view promotional products. These promotional products are then distributed to consumers to end users via an acquisition, activation, retention, or renewal play so that particular organization receives that complimentary for taking action or inducing the behavior that the client wants to receive. This includes test drives, new credit cards, new loans, and various membership renewals.
CUSTOMER CARE & COMPLAINT RESOLUTION – GRAND INCENTIVES
During the onsite inspection Mr. Martinez was asked to describe a situation where a client was not satisfied with the level of service or product they received with their company. Mr. Martinez expressed that because they work business to business communication can get muddled, "every product that we produce has certain terms and conditions that the consumer must execute to receive the benefit of the bargain that they have received. Sometimes those are not disclosed up front completely and we are left with the burden to re-explain or reeducate the consumer." In order to remedy this, "we correct the problem by taking the customer through the process and even if the gap is very wide we go above and beyond to satisfy the customer."
When asked to comment on the complaints posted on Ripoff Reports website Mr. Martinez expressed that he believes that complaints to be a result of miscommunication. He stated, "we have always has an open policy as far as customer service...we would welcome that opportunity to make it right." In order to further assure future and present clients Mr. Martinez stated the following about their accreditations, "we have had our Florida seller travel for 10 years. Our California seller travel for probably 8 years." Additionally, they are registered in Virginia, Washington, and are CLEA members.
When asked what type of changes they have made to honor their commitment to make things right with the consumer per the request of Ripoff Report, Mr. Martinez stated, "our policy and procedures have dramatically changed." This includes automated system that ensure the customer agrees with the terms and conditions.
Grand Incentives is proud to be a part of Ripoff Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program.
GRAND INCENTIVES - STATEMENTS FROM THE CEO – JOSE MARTINEZ
" Grand Incentives is a service-oriented company where a commitment to "Customers first... Always" has been our philosophy from day one. We will always do anything within our power to accommodate customer requests and ensure that travelers have terrific vacation experiences. We appreciate any opportunity to work with you and resolve all matters to your satisfaction.
Grand Incentives’ team of professionals has expressed that they feel confident in their ability to provide the highest-quality customer service. Grand Incentives takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this, "Grand Incentives provides a positive, family-oriented work environment where employees are inspired to excel and given the opportunity to put their talents to work for the benefit of both the company and its customers. "
Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that Grand Incentives’ past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.
STATED IMPROVEMENTS FROM GRAND INCENTIVES
Grand Incentives recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, Grand Incentives has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.
In summary, after our review, which included discussions with Jose Martinez, Ripoff Report is convinced that Grand Incentives is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.
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NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED
Grand Incentives, Mini Vacations, Grand Getaways Taking over bad certificates Lakewood Ranch FloridaI happened upon this WEB site by chance after we returned from a cruise. When we docked in St. Maartin we were approached by locals trying to get us to attend a seminar for a travel club. They give you bogus scratch off cards, where the female always has the winning ticket that entitles you to some jewerly or other valuable trinkets. Once they get you in their lair (just down from the cruise dock) they give you the hard sell, etc, etc, hey we have all been thru timeshare presentations so you know the routine. My husband and I have been in St. Maartin before so we said what the heck we would have a little fun with them. We laughed our way thru the presentation and eventually escaped. Funny how some people just don't understand that if it is too good to be true, then it isn't, but suckers are born every minute and they snared a few from our boat.
Don't you think the cruise lines have some responsibility to warn their passengers that these scam artists are out there? Reading the ealier post about expansion to Antigua makes me shake my head.
So, with this in mind and a few minutes to spare at the keyboard, I did a little research last evening (thank you Google) and came up with some additional contacts for those of you that have been taken advantage of.
Seems as if Mini Vacations (a.k.a. Grand Getaways Travel Club) has morphed into Grand Incentives: http://www.clearwater.bbb.org/commonreport.html?bid=90017298 President: Jose Martinez 941 552 7885 X1477
People who may be able to get you a refund ------------------------------------------- Swart Baumruk & Company CPA 717 E Oak St Kissimmee, FL 34744-4580 (407) 847-7466 ------------------------------------------ Jose Luis Martinez
9040 Town Center Parkway Suite 213 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 Tel (941) 552-7885 x1477 Fax (941) 487-3650 email@example.com
Also, seems as if Jackie Callaway from Tampa Bay 8 News has been doing some investigations into Mini Vacations. You just have to see her videos taken at the Mini Vacations HQ building in Sarasota.
Check this out at: http://www.tampabaylive.com/programming/callforaction.shtml
or you may want to tell Jackie your story via email at: TakingAction@ABCactionnews.com
While I was not scammed personally I feel bad for those of you who were. I hope my few minutes of research will help you get your money back. Speak loud and clear, to stop this scam from continuing to impact those who can least afford it. Let your elected representitives know that Florida is a haven for this type of activity, maybe they can apply pressure.
Brenda Kissimmee, Florida
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/02/2006 05:53 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Grand-Incentives-TRUSTED-BUSINESS-Ripoff-Report-Verified-businesses-you-can-trust-Grand-Incentives-Inc-a-premier-travel-incentive-company-that-sets-itself-apart-from-the-rest-Grand-Incentives-brings-innovative-promotional-travel-offers-enabling-the-corporate-world-to-more-effectively-activate-acquire-retain-renew-and-enhance-customer-and-employee-relationships-Grand-Incentives-designed-low-cost-travel-offers-and-listens-to-clients-needs-to-provide-what-works-best-for-them/Lakewood-Ranch-Florida-34202/Grand-Incentives-Mini-Vacations-Grand-Getaways-Taking-over-bad-certificates-Lakewood-Ran-178890. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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