O’Leary: ARVC on Right Course with Bambei at Helm
Veteran RV park owner George O’Leary has never been one to mince words.
Owner of some 1,600 sites in his two Rincon Country RV parks in Tucson, Ariz., O’Leary has been outspoken through the years in his criticism of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). O’Leary concedes he has been “a thorn in their sides” for years.
So, when O’Leary rose to speak in support of ARVC management at a breakfast meeting on Thursday (Dec.1), at the ARVC conference in Savannah, Ga., people sat up and took notice.
And when he finished, he drew some of the loudest applause of the day.
Interviewed today, O’Leary told Woodall’s Campground Management that ARVC is on the right course in hiring Paul Bambei to lead the association.
“I whole heartedly endorse the hiring of Paul Bambei. I think he is a plus for ARVC,” O’Leary said.
He praised Bambei for his decisions to buy office space in Centennial, Colo. (“It was a good business move.”), negotiate special contracts with DIRECTV and other preferred providers. O’Leary said the DIRECTV deal will save him thousands of dollars and provide his parks with better service.
O’Leary, who is marking the start of his 42nd year in the RV park industry and has developed $80 million in parks through the years, says he has always had a place in his heart for “the little guys” and says these deals Bambei has negotiated will help the owners of smaller parks as well.
“The small parks need our support from start to finish,” O’Leary said.
This week’s conference is O’Leary’s 22nd consecutive ARVC convention he has attended, dating back to the 1989 event in San Diego. He opened his first park in November 1979 and has been an ARVC member since 1980.
“If you’re prepared to criticize, you should be prepared to compliment when things are going right,” he said.
The conference concludes on Saturday.