(Left to Right — Michael Kizerian, Marcus C. Wood & R.J. Jackson)
R.J. JacksonR.J. Jackson joined Trading Places International® as its President and Partner in July of 1994, bringing with him a portfolio of timeshare experience dating back to 1980 when he launched his career working for the Santa Monica, California-based Watt Industries. While at Watt, R.J. earned his way to the top — starting out as a resort manager and finishing up as a principal of the company.
R.J. is a born-and-raised Los Angeleno. His post-college career in law enforcement took him to San Diego where he served as a police officer, and to Las Vegas, Nevada where he made his living working for the State of Nevada Dept. of Gaming. Eleven years later he made the "unseemly" transition to the world of timeshare. Through his leadership, R.J. has guided Trading Places International to a high level of recognition and respect in the realm of timeshare management.
R.J.'s life is a trinity of passions: family, work and sports. He feels fortunate that his work affords him the ability to enjoy yet another of his favorite hobbies: travel — especially with his wife, Barbara. When not traveling, R.J. shares his home with Barbara in the Orange County, California community of Mission Viejo.
R.J. is an active member of ARDA (American Resort Developer's Association) and of the State of Florida Association Management.
Michael Kizerian Michael hails from the great state of Utah with a background in the real estate profession. In addition to graduating Cum Laude with a B.A. in Business Finance from the University of Utah, Michael earned his real estate broker's license, furthering his pursuit in the field of real estate development.
In 1982 Michael co-developed Kaleheo Pali Kai, a condominium development on the island of Kauai. Three years later he joined Tricom Management where he served as President of the Tricom Platinum Club and Vice-President of Operations for Tricom Management.
Eventually, Michael's career directed him to Trading Places International where, in 1994, he came on board as its Chief Operating Officer and Partner. He assumed the position of Chief Financial Officer in January of 2001. His areas of responsibility include Corporate and HOA Finance and Accounting, the I.T. Department, Sales Administration and Accounting, Activity Desk Operations and Accounting, and the physical corporate facilities.
If asked what his passion in life is, Michael will answer with an unequivocal "family and church." He also finds great pleasure in traveling throughout the U.S., snow skiing, backpacking, participating in water sports and reading. Michael lives in Yorba Linda, California with his wife Julie and their four children.
Marcus C. WoodAfter graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. in Leisure Studies from the University of Utah, Marcus pursued his real dream of working in the travel and hospitality industry. Marcus worked with Sweetwater/Resort Systems in Salt Lake City, Utah; San Diego, California; and Park City, Utah serving in the capacity of Director of Operations and Resort General Manager at two different resorts. Marcus also worked with Tricom Management and then served at the VP of Operations for RCI Management for almost ten years. In 1997, and with over 21 years of experience, Marcus joined Trading Places International as its Executive Vice President and Partner.
Marcus is responsible for industry relations and business development for TPI and has cultivated a significant amount of business for TPI since coming on board. Marc’s credentials include both a PCAM and AMS from CAI. Marcus is also active in ARDA and has served on a number of committee’s over the years.
Marcus was born in Salt lake City, Utah and raised in Portland, Oregon. He made his move to Southern California in 1986. Today Marcus resides in Laguna Hills, California with his wife and nine children (only two left at home). He has a passion for his family, work, motorcycles and takes great pleasure in snow skiing, traveling and collecting old rock n’roll LP’s.