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Investment Conference Set for Feb. 4-6

December 15, 2008 by   - () Leave a Comment

Organizers of the Second Annual RV Park & Campground Investment Conference, scheduled for Feb. 4-6 in McLean, Va., hope to build upon the success of the inaugural conference in 2007.
“We had about 150 people at last year’s conference and felt for a first conference it was excellent,” said Bruce Hoster, vice president of the Global Business Group for Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), co-sponsor along with campground consultant David Gorin of David Gorin & Associates.
“There was a great buzz at the first one, lots of positive comments. We had the right people there and hope to achieve that again,” Hoster said.
The state of the economy has necessitated some changes for the conference, which also is co-sponsored by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
“The focus of the 2009 Investment Conference has been modified to provide those currently invested in the industry with an opportunity to gather information from experts and network with each other to seek strategies and encouragement necessary to ride out the current economic climate and survive in today’s RV park and campground world,” explained Gorin.
“The new direction of the conference is to give those folks information on how to deal with the situation, what the projections tell us about the future, and strategies and ideas on how to maneuver through this time to best protect their investments,” he said.
Several new seminar topics and speakers have been added to beef up the program. Among the additions:

  • A panel discussion on the topic “What’s the Future of the RV Industry and What’s Being Done to Create That Future?” featuring Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC); and Bill Garpow, executive director of the Recreational Vehicle Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA). Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), and Mike Molino, president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), have also been invited to serve on the panel.
  • The new general session topic is “Federal Actions & Programs to Support RVing and Camping” with the presentation by Derrick Crandall, president of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), and John Satagaj, president of the Small Business Legislative Council.
  • New seminar topics such as “Technology & the Environment in the Park Industry,” “Financing A Park in Today’s Economy,” “Business Models for RV Parks for the Next Decade” and “Retooling Park Operations for the New Economy” have been added.
  • The new topic for the closing session is “Thriving Into the Next Decade” and a major corporate executive is expected to address this topic.
    They join a speakers’ list, which already includes Jim Rogers, chairman and CEO of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA); Randall Henderson, president of Signature Resorts, a division of Monaco Coach Corp.; and RVIA forecaster Richard Curtin, director of the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center.
    “In recognition of the current climate and to make the conference more accessible to all, we have reduced the registration fee by $100 and are reducing the ‘glitz and glamour’ that sometimes accompanies meetings of this type,” Gorin added.
    Sponsors are trying to bring in some Washington political figures to address the issues of the economy and what the administration and Congress are doing to deal with the situation, he said.
    “We feel it will be a very exciting time to be in the Washington, D.C., area,” said Hoster. “I think we all think that President Obama will hit the ground running and that by the post-inaugural time period we will have a different feel about the economy.”
    The conference had been scheduled for last fall but sponsors postponed it to early in 2009 after the new president was in office and a clearer picture of the direction of the U.S. economy was available.
    For a complete schedule of speakers and topics, registration details and hotel information, visit www.parkinvestmentconference.com.

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