TACO Raises Record $35K for Government Affairs
The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) raised a record $35,000 during its annual auction and trade show, which took place Monday (May 2) at Guadalupe River RV Resort and Inn of the Hill Conference Center in Kerrville, Texas.
“We beat last year’s auction figures by about $5,000,” Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s executive director and CEO, stated in a news release. He added that auction proceeds will be used to fund the association’s government affairs program.
“This additional revenue gives us a greater capability to protect our members’ business interests, not only during the legislative session, but between sessions," he said.
The auction took place Monday night at Guadalupe River RV Resort following a daylong trade show at Inn of the Hill Conference Center that included 40 vendors.
Schaeffer said several vendors reported very strong sales activity at the show, including Campground Automation, Wilcor, Coba Systems, Jamestown Advanced Products, Philadelphia Insurance and TengoInternet. “The strong trade show activity is important,” Schaeffer said, “because it shows that campgrounds and RV parks are continuing to invest in upgrades and expansions.”
Frank Drew of TengoInternet called the show “the best regional trade show in the country.”
Today’s activities include a keynote address by Lori Severson, executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO), and as well as a presentation by Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
TACO also held its first vendor match award drawing, which rewards and vendors that do business with one another. Hill Country RV Resort in New Braunfels received $500 and an $1,800 marketing credit with TACO for doing business with Texas Advertising, which received a free booth at TACO’s 2012 Spring Convention and Trade Show.
Schaeffer said TACO developed the award after seeing the success that WACO had with a similar program in Wisconsin.