NJCOA Fall Tour Sees 109 Out to Meet New Executive Director
This year’s annual New Jersey Campground Owners Association (NJCOA) tour had something special – the introduction of Joann DelVescio who will become NJCOA Executive Director with the retirement of Jay and Marji Otto after a 25-year commitment.
DelVescio has tourism experience in New Jersey. Presently, she is the president of the New Jersey Travel Industry Association and served 17 years as the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce executive director. She also worked in marketing for 12 years in Atlantic City’s casino industry.
She brings to NJCOA her enthusiasm in the tourism industry and her experiences working with legislators and government agencies, which with regulations today are the biggest obstacles to campground operations and development, according to a news release from the Ottos.
With the help of outgoing directors, DelVescio is setting up the NJCOA office in her house, which will necessitate a new association address and phone number.
NJCOA’s Fall Tour continues to be one of the association’s best attended events of the year. This year the members toured six campgrounds and Batsto Village, a state historic site. Noon lunch was served at Atlantic City North Family Campground followed by a general membership meeting and election of trustees. Afterward, the members re-elected five incumbent trustees for two-year terms. They are:
- Margie Von Rudenborg – Wading Pines Camping Resort.
- Bruce Menz – Big Timber Lake Camping Resort.
- Tom Crane – Hospitality Creek Campground.
- Joann Guglielmelli – Tip-Tam Camping Resort.
- Jay Sporl – Seashore Campsite.
There was also one seat open for a one-year term due to the resignation of Arnie D’Ambrosa who resigned due to illness. Anita Pfefferkorn of Indian Rock Resort, running unopposed, was elected to fill the unexpired term.
Jay and Marji Otto will work through the end of the year completing the 2012 New Jersey Campground & RV Park Guide and assisting their successor in getting established. They will bring her to the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) convention in Savannah, Ga., to introduce here to her counterparts in the other state associations and to the industry leaders.
Jay and Marji have bought a home in North Carolina for retirement and hope to spend more time with family and traveling the country in their fifth-wheel trailer.