KOA Convention Kicks Off Next Week in Las Vegas
More than 500 Kampgrounds of America franchisees from throughout North America are expected to arrive in Las Vegas, Nev., next week for the start of the 50th Anniversary KOA Convention and Trade Expo at the South Point Hotel and Casino.
"These annual get-togethers always feel more like a family reunion than a convention," said KOA CEO Jim Rogers. "The real benefit of belonging to a system like KOA is the knowledge of all of those fellow owners around the country. It's always magical to see those connections get made, and all of those longtime friendships get renewed."
The year 2012 will also mark the 50th anniversary of Kampgrounds of America Inc., which was founded in 1962 on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Mont., by local entrepreneur Dave Drum.
Guest speakers for the four-day event, which kicks off Sunday (November 6) include author and executive coach Kevin Freiberg, who will speak on "Service from the Inside Out." Also presenting will be Dave Michell, the founder of The Leadership Difference, who will speak on "The Power of Understanding People: Celebrity Style!" The convention will also feature workshops by popular customer service expert Ruby Newell-Legner, and Lucas Hartford, president of Evergreen Insurance MG, as well as workshops by KOA Home Office staff.
A special feature of this year's KOA Convention will be a community service project as part of KOA's "Kamp Green" program. The Kamp Green program encourages sustainable camping practices among campers and campground owners. This year's community project is a desert cleanup day held in conjunction with the "Don't Trash Nevada" organization and "Get Outdoors Nevada." KOA owners and staff will spend the day cleaning trash from the desert near Las Vegas.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, the final day of the event, will feature the popular KOA Trade Expo, featuring more than 100 campground supply vendors from throughout North America.
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For more information on the 480-campground KOA system in North America, visit www.koa.com.