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10 Seek Eight ARVC Board Seats in 2011 Election

September 12, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Eight 2011 National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) board of director nominees have been announced and voting for the upcoming three-year term is scheduled to take place at the 2011 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo in Savannah, Ga., on Nov. 30.

This election cycle offers the opportunity for members in all six voting areas to elect a peer to represent them on a national level. Two seats this election cycle – voting areas 2 and 6 – have two nominees in each region. Voting areas 1, 3, 4, and 5 each have one seat available and one current board member candidate seeking re-election in those regions.

The role of a board member includes developing, approving, and annually reviewing the association’s strategic plan – ensuring that the association has adequate resources to fulfill its mission and goals. Additionally, the board establishes governance and public affairs policy, accepts partial fiduciary responsibility, and provides direction and feedback to the president/CEO on behalf of the association’s members.

The candidates and a brief overview of what they deem to be the most pressing issue(s) in the industry today are as follows:

Marcia Galvin, Voting Area 1

Voting Area 1 – Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut: one open seat and one candidate, Marcia Galvin, CPO, Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort, Foxboro, Mass., running for second 3-year term.

Most pressing issue(s)?

Galvin: “The most pressing issue in our industry today has to be the economy. We must convince the traveling public that camping is an affordable vacation and that, in this busy world we live in, it’s a vacation that promotes quality time for families.”

Voting Area 2 – New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia: one open seat and two candidates, Karl Littman, CPO, Candy Hill Campground, Winchester, Va., running for first 3-year term and Mark Wineman, CPO, Kalyumet Camping & Cabins, Lucinda, Pa., running for first 3-year term.

Karl Littman, Voting Area 2

Most pressing issue(s)?

Littman: “The most pressing issue facing our industry today is proper marketing of our businesses for a reasonable fee, working with many outlets to improve the camping industry and the value of ARVC as an association to its members.”

Mark Wineman, Voting Area 2

Wineman: “Ultimately, the question of “what is the most pressing issue facing the industry” translates into what are the most critical issues facing each member park. Park operators must have information available which will enable them to make the appropriate decisions on what changes or upgrades to make, new regulations from federal, state and local government agencies continue to strain each park’s resources.”

Voting Area 3 – Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin; one open seat and one candidate, Bud Styer, CPO, Smokey Hollow Campground, Lodi, Wis., running for second 3-year term.

Most pressing issue(s)?

Bud Styer, Voting Area 3

Styer: “Dealing with local municipalities, zoning issues. The perception of what we do is inaccurate. Red tape is everywhere.”

Voting Area 4 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee: one open seat and one candidate, Mike Hobby, CPO, Moon Landing RV Park & Marina, Lake Greenwood, S.C., running for second 3-year term.

Mike Hobby, Voting Area 4

Most pressing issue(s)?

Hobby: “ARVC must continue to engage membership. We must demonstrate relevance and value every day. Our state organizations are diverse in size and strength. Our leadership challenges are not a one-size-fits-all approach.”

Terry Munoz, Voting Area 5

Voting Area 5 – Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota and Texas: one seat available and one candidate, Terry Munoz, CPO, Thousand Trails Lake Conroe, Willis, Texas, running for second 3-year term.

Most pressing issue(s)?

Munoz: “As with most, I am concerned about our current economic climate and how it is affecting our usage across the country, but one of my ongoing concerns is the lack of consistency in our local, state and national regulatory agencies when it comes to campgrounds.”

Saundra Bryn, Voting Area 6

Voting Area 6 – Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming; one open seat and two candidates, Saundra Bryn, CPO, Desert’s Edge, Phoenix, Ariz., running for 1st 3-year term and Roger Thompson, CPO, Driftwood RV Park, Brookings, Ore., running for first 3-year term.

Roger Thompson, Voting Area 6

Most pressing issue(s)?

Bryn: “I believe the general public undervalues the skills needed in our profession. Think of the times you’ve heard: “running a campground would be so much fun.” The answer I want to give: “It’s a business, and it requires business skills and knowledge!!” Let’s market a respect for our skills of connecting with our guests and providing outstanding outdoor experiences for them.”

Thompson: “I believe that the current economic times we are experiencing, along with the high cost of fuel, are the two most pressing issues faced by our industry. I also believe we need to make the younger generation more aware of how enjoyable and cost-effective RVing really is and how it can benefit the entire family.”

Any ARVC member unable to vote in person may make their voice heard by voting absentee. An “Official Request for Absentee Ballot” form may be obtained by e-mailing ARVC Membership Manager Derek Dick at ddick@arvc.org. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is November 1, 2011. All completed absentee ballots must be received at ARVC no later than Monday, Nov. 15, 2011.

Using State Net to Stay On Top of Legislation

ARVC and its government relations consultant – the law/lobbying firm McDermott Will & Emery – have begun using the respected national search firm State Net to obtain information about any state legislative or regulatory proposal affecting RV parks and campgrounds.

On their agendas are tax provisions, user fees and licensing and permit fees related to campgrounds or RV parks, funding for tourism promotion, provisions related to electricity provided at campgrounds and zoning issues related to parks.

In recent reports, for example, MW&E confirmed that the New Jersey Division of Taxation has proposed excluding “campsites available for trailers, recreational vehicles or tent camping” from the list of facilities subject to the state tax on rent received from hotel occupancy. The Division of Taxation’s proposal expanded the definition of facilities subject to the tax. In another example, they were able to track changes to a Utah regulation that permits state employees who must travel as part of their job to be reimbursed if they choose to stay at a campground or trailer park.

ARVC Report Welcomes Green Columnist Bertram

Meaghan Bertram, owner/operator of Vineyard RV Park in Vacaville, Calif., has been tapped to contribute a green column to the national association’s monthly publication – the ARVC Report. Each month her column will explore tried and true ways to make environmentally friendly, cost-saving improvements based upon her experience and education. Bertram’s 25-acre, 142-space park about an hour outside of San Francisco was one of the first “Certified Green” businesses in Solano County. She holds a B.S. in environmental science and design, an M.B.A. in sustainability and has been very active in both the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) and ARVC on many issues important to park owners and operators.

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