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ARVC’s Profaizer Reports to Business Forum

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June 14, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

The executive committee of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) briefed industry members on a host of topics during their report to the ARVC Business Forum on June 8. ARVC President and CEO Linda Profaizer led the industry update, aided by ARVC board members David L. Berg, chairman, and Rob Schutter Jr., of Jellystone’s Leisure Systems Inc.

Linda Profaizer speaking at ARVC Business Forum

The meeting was held in Goshen, Ind., timed with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) annual Committee Week agenda, and Woodall’s Campground Management was invited to sit in on the sessions.

Following are excerpts from their presentation:

  • Campgrounds appear to be doing well so far this season, Profaizer said, though in the absence of any meaningful, industrywide occupancy statistics, she is limited to reports from Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) and Leisure Systems Inc., franchisor of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts and anecdotal information from individual campground owners for hard data. The two chains account for fewer than 600 parks, or less than 8% of the nation’s 8,000 private owned RV parks and campgrounds.
  • Campground operator attendance at state or regional association meetings is on the decline, and sponsors aren’t sure why. Attendance at the ReV up in Reno conference in April, sponsored by the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC), was less than expected, and it will not be held next year, Profaizer said. Likewise, attendance at the Northeast Campground Association’s (NCA) Conference on Camping in March in Springfield, Mass., did not meet expectations. It will be moved back to Sturbridge, Mass., in the future, Berg noted.
  • In a somewhat related note, Profaizer noted that ARVC membership is down slightly and is in the 3,400-3,500-member range. To help spur membership, Jeff Sims, a longtime Missouri campground owner and ARVC supporter, has volunteered to visit non-member parks in the Great Plains and Eastern Rockies and has already visited some 500 parks. Berg said Sims has a passion for the task and Profaizer said Sims is doing “a great service.” And, as Schutter pointed out, “It’s gotten ARVC in front of people who don’t know about us.”
  • The RV, boating, marina and motorcycle industries are contemplating a “North American Rendevouz” at perhaps a state fairground as early as 2013. Profaizer said the event could have major implications for the RV park and campground industry.
  • Profaizer reported briefly on the 2010 InSites & Outdoor Hospitality Expo, scheduled for Dec. 1-4 in Las Vegas. She said ARVC is trying to get the cost reduced for ARVC members to help encourage attendance. For example, attendance at the expo is free this year.
  • On staffing issues, Berg reported that a committee is beginning to look into hiring a successor to Profaizer, who announced earlier that she plans to retire at the end of this year. Profaizer said she has received eight applications to fill the vacant director of education position.
  • Berg said the board’s decision to relocate the ARVC office from Larkspur, Colo., to the three-story Spiral Pointe building in nearby Castle Rock is economically sound and will afford ARVC staff a work-friendly environment. ARVC is purchasing space on the second floor and will lease excess space to an unrelated tenant, generating some $20,000 of rental income annually. He called it “a win-win all the way around.”
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