TACO Concludes Successful Spring Meeting

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May 18, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

A Monday night auction sponsored by the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) raised more than $35,000 for the association’s government relations fund, the highest in TACO history.

“We are very pleased with the level of park operator participation and support for our government relations activities,” said Brian Schaeffer, TACO executive director and CEO, adding that park operators say that TACO’s government relations work is the association’s No. 1 benefit.

The auction took place on the second day of TACO’s annual spring meeting and trade show, which started Sunday and concludes today at Guadalupe River RV Resort in Kerrville.

The auction followed TACO’s trade show, which attracted roughly 40 vendors from Texas and across the country, including Coba Systems, a McAllen, Texas-based company that provides professional grade Wi-Fi and cable television systems as well as security camera and website design services, and Peak Energy Technology, an Arlington, Texas, company that markets electricity recycling systems that can help parks reduce their energy consumption.

Several vendors said they were pleased with the level of park operator interest they encountered during the tradeshow.

“The leads we’ve gotten have been very good, very firm,” said David Petry, senior vice president of sales for West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Payment Alliance International, which provides credit and debit card scanners.

“It has exceeded our expectations and is well worth the investment in coming here,” said Mark Lucas, president of CrossRoads RV, a Topeka, Ind.-based company that brought a park model and a travel trailer to show, which it hoped to sell to parks seeking rental accommodations.

Athens Park Homes of Athens, Texas, and Phoenix, Ariz.-based Cavco Industries Inc., which has a plant in Sequin, Texas, also had park models on display at the show.

Gerald Barker, a Tyler, Texas-based insurance agent representing Hibbs-Hallmark & Co., said he, too, was impressed with the trade show. “This is the first time we’ve exhibited at TACO and the response has been excellent,” he said.

Monday’s trade show also included a luncheon briefing by Texas House of Representatives Member Harvey Hilderbran , who has been a longtime advocate for Texas park operators.

Tuesday’s activities included a keynote address by Bob Ash, a former school superintendent and professional baseball player who talked the factors that influence change, perception and growth in business and in people’s personal lives. Ash also led a seminar on providing world class customer service.

Other seminar topics included “Working ‘on’ your business versus ‘in’ your business,” by Robert Bouse of KOA; “Improving your park ratings,” by Cindy Halley of Trailer Life; “Using the Internet to fulfill your marketing needs,” by Michael Moore and Matt Taylor of Texas Advertising; and two sessions by Pamela Wright of Focused Words, one on “Selecting new front office software,” and another on “Attracting group and rally business.”

Tuesday’s luncheon meeting also included an awards luncheon, with winners announced in the following categories:

  • Medium Size Park of the Year: Rayford Crossing RV Resort in Spring.
  • Large Park of the Year: Guadalupe River RV Resort in Kerrville.
  • Website of the Year: Hill Country RV Resort in New Braunfels (
  • Brochure of the Year: Mill Creek RV Resort in Canton.
  • Rack Card of the Year: Coffee Creek RV Resort & Cabins in Santo.
  • Best Accommodations, a new category: Burleson / South Fort Worth Jellystone Park Camp-Resort (formerly Rustic Creek Ranch).
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