Colorado Campground Owners Convene
Seventy people, including representatives from 21 campgrounds, attended the Colorado Campground & Lodging Owners’ Association (CCLOA) Convention and Trade Show Feb. 5-8 at The Academy Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. Seventeen vendors took part in the trade show.
The event dovetailed with the Colorado Springs RV, Sport and Outdoor Show, which was Feb. 8-10 at the nearby Phil Long Expo Center.
Outgoing presidents Harold and Joan Skinner, owners of Chalk Creek Campground and RV Park, Nathrop, led the first half of the convention. Seminar topics included a panel discussion on insurance involving representatives from Hix Insurance Associates, Evergreen USA and Leavitt Recreation & Hospitality Insurance; web-based marketing by Roxi Baxley of AGS; a national economic survey by Scott Ellison; and guest surveys and park management by Bob MacKinnon. Representatives from Woodall’s also spoke and explained the rating system used in the Woodall’s North American Campground Directory.
Motivational speaker Susan Carnahan gave the keynote address. She discussed ways that campground owners can remain positive and go forward with their businesses. Michael Marks spoke at the concluding luncheon and helped guide CCLOA members in marketing their association and growing their membership, which now stands at 62.
CCLOA honored several people for their pioneer roles in forming the association in the early 1960s: Chuck and Mary Lou Murphy, former owners of the Garden of the Gods Campground in Colorado Springs; John May, the late owner of the Golden Eagle Campground in Colorado Springs; and Edith Seppi, former owner of Sugar Loafin’ Campground in Leadville.
New officers elected for the next two years were President Gene and Johanna Farrar, Snowy Peaks RV Park, Buena Vista; Vice President Don and Sheila Seppi, Sugar Loafin’ RV Campground, Leadville; and Secretary/Treasurer Stan and Pat Stehwien, Gunnison Lakeside Resort, Gunnison.
A Park Operators on Tour (POOT) of six Colorado Springs area parks preceded the convention.