Record Attendance at 30th Tennessee ARVC Conference
The event drew 62 members representing 20 campgrounds and 26 vendors for the trade show, according to John Westenberger, Tennessee ARVC executive director.
"This was the best in attendance and participation of any of our conference and trade shows since day one and we feel very pleased with it," Westenberger told Woodall's Campground Management. The event was moved from October – when the state's campgrounds tend to be busy – to the August lull, and it proved to be a good choice, he said.
Westenberger also reported that the campground business has been better this summer than last summer, putting the owners in a more upbeat frame of mind.
Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), presented the keynote address.
The association also presented five seminars for Certified Park Operator (CPO) credit. They were given by:
- Jody Lentz, a senior consultant with LMBC Planning Services, who spoke on the topics "Remarkable Customer Service" and "Do Less and Accomplish More."
- Michael LoFrumento, Tennessee account manager for Motorola Enterprise Solutions, who spoke on Wi-Fi.
- Nichole Poisson, sales executive with Evergreen USA, who spoke on "Safety in Your Park."
- A representative from AmeriGas who gave a propane demonstration.
Kim Skinner, owner of Deer Run RV Resort in Crossville, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award. Skinner, secretary of TNARVC, was instrumental in planning the Campground Conference and recruiting exhibitors to the Trade Show. Her RV park, Deer Run RV Resort, hosted the conference and was named Tennessee Campground-of-the-Year last year.
The association handed out Campground of the Year awards in two categories:
- Campground of the Year, large category (76 or more sites) went to Tremont Outdoor Resort, Townsend, Tenn. Owner Wilson Reynolds has invested $760,000 in the resort since buying it in 2005. Improvements include many new cabins and lodges and a new pavilion.
- Campground of the Year (75 or fewer sites) honors went to Fox Inn Campground, Clinton, Tenn. Run for the past nine years by Wayne and Debbie McKinney, the campground is one of the busiest overnight campgrounds in Tennessee and regularly earns high ratings by both Woodall's and Trailer Life directories.
Four new board members were elected. They are:
- Wilson Reynolds, Tremont Outdoor Resort, Townsend.
- Jerry Dale, Manchester KOA.
- Debbie McKinney, Fox Inn Campground, Clinton.
- Donna Williams, Adventure Bound Outdoor Resort, Gatlinburg.
The 2010 conference and trade show will be held the second week of August at Misty River Cabins & RV Resort, Walland, Tenn.