Mid-Atlantic Conference Details Announced

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February 6, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

Jeff Sims

Jeff Sims, director of state relations and program advocacy with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), will be the keynote speaker at the opening luncheon of the 21st Annual Campground Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal (MAC) States March 6-7 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Del.

The association represents campgrounds from New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware.

Joann DelVescio, executive director of the New Jersey Campground Owners Association (NJCOA), is the conference planner.

In a memo promoting the upcoming event, DelVescio noted that over 30 exhibitors already registered to participate in the trade show on Wednesday. Conference packets have been mailed out to all MAC campground owners and operators.

Some of the educational sessions include a succession planning toolkit, the good and bad of Facebook, how to cut your insurance costs without cutting your coverage and what’s the economic forecast for the tourism industry.

The reception and dinner on Tuesday evening will be held at the casino's Fire & Ice Lounge followed by an evening of entertainment. On Wednesday night the annual banquet will be a “Roast and Toast to Jay and Marji Otto” who have retired after 25 years of service to NJCOA.

Jay and Marji Otto

"It will be a grand celebration with friends from over the years attending to wish Jay and Marji a happy retirement," DelVescio stated.

The group will once again hold a sweepstakes to benefit all of the associations.

Members are also urged to bring or send an item for the annual auction. Items should be valued at a $25 minimum.

The hotel requests reservations be made by Feb. 15.

Organizers have kept registration costs to a minimum and are based on meal function costs only. This year’s early registration fee will be only $130 per person. ($155 per person after Feb. 26.) All other expenses are paid through exhibitor fees, donations and sponsorships.  "The more participation from campground operators in your state the greater dividends your state association will receive from the conference income," she noted. Attendance at the conference is a tax-deductible operating expense. It is educational, profitable and fun.

For more information, contact DelVescio at (609) 545-0145.

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