Viva International Group sales associates gathered recently for the company’s annual North American Sales Summit at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas. The four-day meeting included 176 members of Viva’s North American sales force, a support team from Viva corporate and executives from parent company HVHC, Inc. The agenda included professional development training sessions, brand and product presentations, achievement awards and a charity team-building event.

“Our sales consultants are second to none, and they are the key to our record-breaking sales growth,” said Viva’s President Frank Rescigna, who opened the first day’s general assembly. “Our rich culture serves as a foundation that allows them to achieve their goals. With that in mind, we developed our meeting as an open forum focusing on mentorship, synergy, quality and balance of life and super-serving our customers.”

A themed “Glam Night” showcased a host of achievement awards, including the new inductees for Viva’s prestigious “President Club,” which honors the top 10 achieving sales consultants in North America.

Recognition and prizes were also awarded to top achievers within specific divisions, including a new 2012 Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, earned for sales growth in the Harley-Davidson® division and the GANT division awarded $2,500 American Express gift card to their top performers. Additional awards presented were “Rookie of the Year,” “National Consultant of the Year” and “Region of the Year.”

A team-building event to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas organization topped off the week. With the assistance of Best TeamBuilding, a leader in team building facilitation, Viva’s sales associates were divided into teams of 10 to 15 individuals, and each team assembled 36 bikes for limited-income families chosen from the San Antonio area. Teams received a set of challenges to solve in order to move on to the next level of bike building.

“Without the assistance of this special program, all the participating families could not have provided their children with bikes this holiday,” said Jan Cory, Viva’s senior vice president of North America sales. “Most of the children attending the event have never owned a bike before, including one girl who required home delivery. The young girl’s mother has been battling cancer and her family has experienced extensive medical bills. When the bike was delivered to the family, her mother began to cry as she was not expecting such help this year. The young girl was thrilled to receive her new bike and couldn’t wait to learn how to ride. We were so proud to participate in such a worthwhile event and give back to the community.”

“The summit was an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our sales consultants while sharing new ideas for future success,” added Rescigna. “By exploring innovative ways of working together, we were able to contribute our time to also helping others in need. We are looking forward to taking the enthusiasm of this week into 2012.”