The Escape Plan – August 2011

2011 Precoa Incentive Travel Newsletter, August 2011

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s been another crazy weather summer all across America. There have been hurricanes and flooding in the Northeast, record heat and drought in the South and Southwest, and even an earthquake near Washington D.C. Chances are that you’ve experienced one extreme or another in your neck of the woods.

In light of all the climactic turmoil many of us have faced recently, we thought this would be a good time to be straight forward with you about the weather you’re going to have to endure on the northwest coast of Maui during Escape To Paradise - Maui. We decided it was best not to sugarcoat or exaggerate anything. Based on the statistical averages, the conditions you’re going to have to deal with next April are going to be…absolutely perfect.

Check out the complete report and more updates on this ultimate reward vacation in this month’s Escape Plan newsletter!


This may not exactly qualify as breaking news, but the weather in Northwest Maui is good – really good. In fact, based on all the statistical data, we can pretty much guarantee you’re going to experience perfect weather conditions during your week on Kaanapali Beach next April.

The northwestern tip of Maui is one of the driest and most sunny spots on the island. This region receives only about 12 to 15 inches of rainfall per year, mostly in the winter months, which means you can basically eliminate any “weather permitting” conditions when planning all your excursions.

The prevailing trade winds (5-15 miles per hour) keep temperatures very pleasant and comfortable, even during the warmest months. In late April, you can expect high temperatures to reach the upper 70s/low 80s with overnight lows in the high 60s. Humidity is moderate to high, but due to the natural ventilation of the winds, it’s seldom oppressive.

Oh, and the ocean temperature? It’s in the upper 70s.

Simply put, this is the weather report you dream of when you imagine a week in an island paradise.


When it comes to Hawaiian couture, there was no touching Brian Kennebeck and his fiancée Rhonda. In their winning photo they combined the latest in tropical fashion from the runways of Lahaina with an attitude and looks that only true modeling icons possess. Congratulations to Brian and Rhonda! Your photo was not only magazine cover worthy, but also earned you our top prize of the $100 Visa card!

who’s qualified for escape to paradise - MAUI?

We’re a month into the second half of our 2011 incentive qualifying period and the list of qualifiers for Escape To Paradise - Maui has surged to 23 all-star agents. We almost doubled our qualifying group last month as 10 more agents surpassed the elite 1 million-point mark. We’d like to extend a BIG congratulations – or Ho'omaika'i 'ana as they say in Hawaii – to our August qualifiers: Rob Baas, Roosevelt Curren, Marilyn Dixon, Barbara Herder, Karen Johnson, Mary Machmuller-Gunther, Joane McCall, Mathew Simons, Joyce Stone, and Kelly Zednik.

The qualifying list looks like it’s about to explode in the coming months with a large group of agents poised to punch their tickets to Maui. As of Sept. 1, there were 11 agents knocking on the door with 900,000+ points, another 11 over the 800,000 mark, and 21 others who have passed 700,000 points. Overall, there are an amazing 86 more Precoa agents currently on pace to qualify for Escape to Paradise and we want to see every one of them in Maui!

precoa counselor SPOTLIGHT – Josie Schwab

Name: Josie Schwab

Hometown: Freeburg, Ill.

Family: Josie and her husband, Stan, have three adult children – Annie (23) is a registered nurse in St. Louis, and twins Dave and Dan (21) are seniors at Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo.

Firm: George Renner & Sons Funeral Homes, Inc. home office (Belleville, Ill.)

Industry Background: Grew up in the funeral business, literally living next door to and working for the firm her grandfather, George Renner, founded. Was a bank officer for Bank of America for 20 years before starting preneed work in the spring of 1995. Began working for Precoa in June of 2010.

Josie On The Preneed Industry: “I’ve always felt very comfortable meeting with families and helping them with the planning of their funeral services – probably because I’ve been exposed to the business all my life. It was a very natural thing for me to do and I really felt like I had found my niche in life.”

Josie On Precoa: “I had always set my own appointments for the 15 year prior to joining Precoa and that was probably one of my biggest obstacles. I felt the market was being saturated and started seeing my appointments decline. Precoa’s ability to set appointments for me has been wonderful. My time is freed up to do what I do best – presenting to families. At first it was hard to let go of doing all the appointment-setting myself, but the Funeral Planning Center does a great job. They have reached people that I had tried for over a year to reach and I am continuously amazed by what they do. They’ve set 47 percent of my direct mail leads and 30 percent of my aftercare leads this year. They are incredible!”

Josie On Precoa Incentive Travel: “I was fortunate to have qualified for the 2010 incentive trip to Secrets at Moroma Beach in Mexico. Precoa got me off to a fast start and I qualified in six months time. I think their point system makes it easy for anyone to qualify.”
Josie has enjoyed another great year serving the families in her community and is closing in on her second straight incentive travel trip.

Award Points Needed to Qualify:

Counselors must earn a minimum of 1,000,000 points to qualify for the trip. Additional points can be used for room upgrades, extra nights, excursions, etc. Perk Points carried over from previous years can be used for upgrades and excursions once the counselors or manager has already qualified based on 2011 sales.

(Visit to get all the details on how you can qualify for Escape to Paradise)

sheraton maui resort & spa room rates:

  • Garden View Room – 1,000,000 points
  • Ocean View Room – 1,200,000 points
  • Junior Suite (ocean view) – 2,000,000 points
  • Ocean Suite (ocean view) – 2,600,000 points

Excursion/activity prices:

  • Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy –50,000 points
  • Ka’anapali Golf Course – 125,000 points
  • Spa at Black Rock Massages (Black Rock, Lomi-Lomi, Prenatal) – 85,000 points
  • Spa at Black Rock Facial – 85,000 points
  • Spa at Black Rock Mani/Pedi Combo – 55,000 points
  • Ka’anapali Skyline Adventure – 90,000 points
  • Scuba Dive at Black Rock – 65,000 points
  • Horseback Adventure – 65,000 points
  • Kahoma Ranch Tour, ATV, and Waterslide Experience – 65,000 points
  • Deep Sea Fishing – 115,000 points
  • Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour – 180,000 points