Good Attendance at 46th PCOA Convention
The 46th Annual Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) Convention, held Dec. 7 to 9 at Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony, Pa., was well attended, attracting 140 PCOA members from 76 member campgrounds, three prospective members and 67 exhibiting vendors, reported Bev Gruber, PCOA executive director. The vendor attendance was a 44% increase over last year.
The convention featured 11 seminars and 12 roundtable discussions led by a variety of industry sources. The seminar topics and speakers were:
- How to Improve the Value of Your Park, Part I by Ed Van Der Molen.
- Workcampers: Valuable Assets by Nate Adelman.
- Discount Programs by Rick Yeager.
- Business Killers: The Six Mistakes Small Business Owners Make by Joe Murray.
- Credit Cards: A Primer on Savings and Security by Art Lieberman.
- Setting the Stage for Your Staff to Soar by Marcia Galvin.
- How to Improve the Value of Your Park, Part II by Ed Van Der Molen.
- Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (Wage & Hour Issues) by Michael Rowan.
- Partnering in Marketing by Lori Severson.
- The Dynamics of Working With Your Family by Marcia Galvin.
The roundtables and their coordinators were:
- Unexpected Property Taxes in Your Campground, Janet Keen
- Marketing With YouTube, Denny Quigley
- Great Money Saving Ideas, Becky Wineman
- Wi-Fi Today, Tomorrow and Beyond, Rick Yeager
- Developing a a Package Deal With Other Facilities, Mike Work
- Activities that Draw Customers, Dick Franks
- Point of Sale Programs For Inventory Control, Tracy Czambel
- QuickBooks Ideas That Work, Matt May
- Electricity Deregulation, Mark Paone
- Seasonal Agreements that Work, Bruce Heasley
- Establishing Reciprocal Links to Your Website, Peter Pelland
- Guest Rated Surveys Can Be An Eye Opener, Denny McFarland
Bruce Heasley from Holiday Pines Campground, Loganton, Pa., led the cracker barrel, while Judy Deegans from Anderson’s Brochure Distribution led the “airing and sharing” session.
Gruber noted that the trade show attracted a variety of vendors, including log cabin dealers, equipment dealers, advertising vendors, entertainers, food distributors, software providers and printers.
The auction raised $16,500 to go toward scholarships to attend the National School of RV Park and Campground Management.
Guests included Darrell Hess of Darrell Hess and Associates and Suzanne Mark, the new executive director of the Tennessee Campground Association.