Rogers and Crandall to Speak at RVIA Meeting
Jim Rogers, chairman of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), will provide "A Campground Outlook" during the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association's (RVIA) 2013 Annual Meeting, set for March 4-7 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Fla.
Rogers' presentation will be on March 5, the same day that Derrick Crandall, president of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), will provide an outlook for outdoor recreation on federal lands.
The four-day event will give association members the opportunity to learn more about association activities, attend informative seminars and network with business colleagues.
“We’re looking forward to a great event,” RVIA President Richard Coon stated in a news release. “We’ve compressed the schedule this year to minimize the time away from the office while maintaining a compelling agenda featuring instructive seminars and association reports as well as entertaining social and networking events.”
Monday (March 4) is the major day of arrival with attendees officially kicking off the event at the Newcomers and Welcome Reception that evening. The board of directors will convene for their meeting earlier that afternoon.
The following day will be the focal point of the annual meeting. It begins with an Alumni Breakfast followed by a series of in-depth seminars throughout the remainder of the morning that focus on issues of key interest to industry members.
Besides Rogers, these sessions will include “An Economic Outlook” with Lowell Catlett, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University; and a panel discussion on “Succeeding in Today’s RV Market” with Mark Beecher, Bank of the West; Phil Ingrassia, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA); Bob Martin, Thor Industries; Bill Osborne, Navistar RV; and Martin Street, Stag-Parkway.
RVIA will host the Annual Membership Meeting that afternoon from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. This will include reports on important association and industry topics from RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert, Coon, RVIA Vice President of Administration Mac Bryan, and RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst.
The day concludes with the Chairman’s Reception and Dinner where Past Chairman Gregg Fore will be honored for his service in the association’s top volunteer position.
Staff will assist attendees with the options of playing golf or taking tours of Universal Studios or Disneyworld on Wednesday, March 6, before departing on Thursday, March 7.
RVIA’s Strategic Planning Committee and Executive Committee will hold meetings prior to the official kickoff of the Annual Meeting on Sunday and the morning of Monday.