Mid-Atlantic States Go “Western” for Conference
A decided “Western” theme added a new wrinkle to the 17th annual Mid-Atlantic Campground Conference March 3-4 at the Princess Royale Hotel & Conference Center in Ocean City, Md.
Sixty-five people representing campgrounds in New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware attended the conference, highlighted by a western-themed murder mystery dinner theater. The mystery was acted out by fellow campground owners, along with the acting help of Micki Leak, director of meetings for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), and Evergreen USA representative Guy Gagnon, according to a report for Woodall's Campground Management from Jay Otto, executive director of the New Jersey Campground Owners Association.
The mystery was treated as an educational seminar that delegates could take back to their park and use as an event. Also, 1.5 CPO credits were awarded to registered CPO candidates in attendance.
The conference included seminars on: Estate Conservation, presented by Joe Murray of First Financial Group; Creative Ways to Increase Your Bottom Line, presented by Robert Bouse of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA); and Retirement Asset Planning, presented by Sal Bonetti of Coordinated Asset Management.
Some 27 exhibitors filled the trade show room displaying service and supplies to the campground industry. One feature of the show was the Giddy-Up To Success prize drawing. Delegates received ticket entries for the drawing from purchases at the trade show, from "going western" at the evening meal functions, visiting each exhibitor, plus other ways. Prizes included a weekend in a mountain lodge at Ole Mink Farm Resort in Thurmont, Md., 25 scratch-off lottery tickets, a $500 Olglebay scholarship, $200 in cash and a paid registration to next year's Mid-Atlantic Conference.
The conference concluded with the annual auction at the final evening banquet.