Oxley to Address Campground Conference
Michael Oxley, former chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Banking & Finance, will be the keynote speaker at the RV Park & Campground Investment Conference Oct. 17-19 in McLean, Va.
Oxley will speak on the topic: “The Economic Outlook for Discretionary Income & Vacation Real Estate, Outdoor Recreation and Hospitality.”
Oxley, an Ohio Republican, served in the House from 1981 to 2007. Among the many legislative achievements under Oxley’s chairmanship are the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to respond to the era of corporate corruption, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act to resolve the post-9/11 insurance crisis, the anti-money laundering provisions of the Patriot Act to help track terrorist financing and the FACT Act that brought consumers the free annual credit report. In 2005, he opted to retire rather than seek re-election in 2006.
The event will be held at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner and is sponsored by David Gorin & Associates, a nationally known campground consulting firm, and Ventura, Calif.-based Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), whose holdings include Woodall’s Campground Management and RV Business magazines.
As of July 26, 2007, confirmed speakers include Linda Profaizer, National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds; Ed Mayer, Elite Resorts of America; Wayne Klekamp, Adventure Bound Camping; Jayne Cohen, Adventure Bound Camping; Ron Beard, Ron Beard & Associates; Ken Lahoda, Digital Rez; Gary Pace, Leisure Holdings; Tom Gerken, Evergreen Insurance; Derrick Crandall, American Recreation Coalition; and Gerald D. DiMarco, Security Mortgage Group.
The event is the campground sector’s first national conference for investors and developers. The RV Park & Campground Investment Conference will provide a forum for everyone interested in investing in campgrounds and RV resorts, including investors, developers, professional park owners and lenders. Commercial real estate brokers and management companies as well as insurance and business service companies will also be invited to attend.
Conference sessions will focus on a variety of topics, including the revitalization of existing parks; the conversion of existing parks to condo-style resorts; membership and timeshare resort models; park model dealership operations; brands and branding; and the reduction of park risks and insurance premiums. Roundtable discussions involving lenders, park owners and investors are also being scheduled.
Registration information is available at www.parkinvestmentconference.com or by calling Gorin at (703) 448-6863 or e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations will be accepted beginning Wednesday (Aug. 1).
The Oct. 17-19 investors’ conference is a unique event not to be confused with AGI’s 2008 RV Resort & Campground Conference & Expo, which is slated for Jan. 22-24 in New Orleans.