InSites Convention Right Around the Corner

November 24, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

If you have seen the hit CBS television series “The Mentalist,” you’ll enjoy the opening luncheon keynote address at InSites 2010 because the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is bringing the real “Mentalist” to next week’s convention.

Presenting “Invest in Your Intuition’” on Wednesday (Dec. 1), Jon Stetson, the real life “mentalist” will share a hands-on, interactive session that awakens participants to the possibility of reaching their full potential while experiencing greater personal power and achieving success more easily.

InSites attendees will have their intuition tested; and they will be taught how to tap into their subconscious minds to enhance creativity and decision-making. “Invest in Your Intuition” is just one of the many new and exciting opportunities on tap at InSites 2010 Convention & Outdoor Hospitality Expo, Dec. 1-3 in Las Vegas.

To kick off the convention and welcome the outdoor hospitality industry to Las Vegas, InSites 2010 attendees will receive an official welcome from Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman at the Annual Meeting & Breakfast on Thursday (Dec. 2). Following his address, Jeff Sims, ARVC membership representative will share his findings from his cross-country journey to spread goodwill and educate parks about the benefits of ARVC membership. Attendees will learn about the 38,000-mile trek that Sims and his wife, Susie, traveled and the 1,800 parks that they visited with along their journey.

The opportunity for Certified Park Operator (CPO) credits abound at InSites 2010. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from over 19 seminars including the Industry Trends, a panel discussion on “Accommodations and Technology for the Future” featuring Mike Atkinson of Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and Eric Stumberg of TengoInternet. Other seminars range in topic from working with your family to expanding your food service, to dealing with employee theft and handling negative reviews about your park.

A few sample seminars are listed below:

  • Everyone understands the importance of having a plan for improving their business. But, how many people fail to plan because “other priorities and distractions get in the way?” The Ultimate Business Improvement Plan for Those Too Busy to Plan: Seven Doable Actions You Can Take NOW to Improve Your Business Tomorrow, presented by Clyde Taylor of Taylor Communications.
  • Ever wonder how other campgrounds use signage, decorate for holidays or keep their bathrooms sparkling? No need to travel across the country checking out other campgrounds. Simply sit back and enjoy seeing slides from numerous campgrounds (don’t worry, there aren’t 250 slides!).  Get ideas on low cost, easy to implement ways to improve your park by seeing how other campgrounds operate. What I Learned from Visiting 250 Campgrounds, presented by Silvana Clark of Soles4Souls.

Keeping with tradition, the ARVC Foundation Auction will occur on Foundation Day, Thursday. The 501 (c3) organization raises funds and awareness to ensure the sustainability of the RV park and campground industry while providing education for campground owners and operators. The ARVC Foundation Auction is the largest annual fundraiser for this organization with proceeds from this event going to support education, research, and disaster recovery. This year, attendees are invited to “Hit the Jackpot” at the ARVC Foundation Luncheon on Thursday, where they will have the opportunity to bid on items in both the LIVE and silent auctions. NEW for 2010, the silent auction items will be available for last minute bids at the Opening Night of the Outdoor Hospitality Expo in the RIO Pavilion. The silent auction will close at 7pm.

The Outdoor Hospitality Expo opens Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Newfor 2010, entrance into the expo is FREE to all attendees; this encourages more participation and more traffic for our InSites 2010 exhibiting companies. Of the 115 companies exhibiting, roughly 25 of those are new exhibitors. With a wide variety of exhibiting companies, the Outdoor Hospitality Expo is sure to have the latest products, services and technologies. Attendees will also want to check out the Park Model Pavilion, located just outside of the Miranda Patio to check out the latest park model units.

Plus, attendees visiting CAVCO Park Homes & Cabins and Chariot Eagle West Inc in the Park Model Pavilion will have a chance to win a ‘Trip to InSites 2010 in Savannah, Ga. The drawing will take place on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The expo closes that evening at 5.

To end the week and honor all of those parks and individuals who have given back to the industry, ARVC attendees will participate in the Winner’s Circle Awards Night on Friday. At this prestigious event, awards for CPO’s, Park of the Year, Website of the Year and the Stan Martin award are among a few of the awards given to those chosen recipients. NEW for 2010, Evergreen USA will honor the winning park of the RV Centennial Video Contest with a $5,000 cash prize suggested to be used toward “greening” their park.

In addition to congratulating our ARVC award winners that evening, ARVC will also honor and salute ARVC President and CEO, Linda Profaizer on her retirement. ARVC will recognize her efforts and achievements within the industry and salute her for her 10 years of service as ARVC. All attendees are welcome to attend this evening to help celebrate with the award winners and to honor Profaizer for her dedicated years of service.

InSites 2010 wraps up on Saturday following the conclusion of the Park Operators On Tour (POOT) at 5 p.m. The POOT Tour will visit four parks in the Las Vegas vicinity and is an opportunity for attendees to learn ideas from their fellow park owners. This fun-filled day of visiting parks via bus is hosted by industry veteran, Bob MacKinnon. Attendees are encouraged to sign-up if they have not already done so; registration forms will be available at the InSites Registration Desk for those parks choosing to attend. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. For more information, please contact ARVC Director of Education, Barb Youmans at (303) 681-0401 ext 18 or


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