Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

May 21, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds


Ron Welchel


From a news release:

The Jackson Cos., owners of Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach and other properties, has promoted Ron Welchel to the position of vice president of human resources, safety & risk management. Welchel is responsible for employee relations; compensation and benefit design and administration; staffing; safety; risk management and training.

“Ron brought a depth of knowledge and experience to our organization when he was hired last year and in the relatively short time he has been part of our team, he has made significant contributions and favorably impacted our HR and benefit programs,” comments Dennis Wade, CEO of the Jackson Cos.

Since joining the Jackson Cos., Welchel has focused on integrating technology into the hiring and application process. Managers have heralded the streamlined process allowing them to fill positions more quickly to meet their manpower needs. The new hire training process has also been revamped so that training and administrative requirements are met more efficiently.


From the Mason City Gloe Gazette:

Adam Shirley, Mitchell County Conservation director, said most of the campgrounds in Mitchell County have taken a major hit from the storms that struck near Osage on Sunday (May 19).

“They are in bad shape and will not be available for the Memorial Day weekend,” Shirley said. “We are going to take a big financial hit.”

He added there was a lot of road damage at the wildlife areas.

“We are also seeing a lot of trees down in the parks,” he said.

Before the parks reopen, septic systems will need to be checked for any damage.

State Rep. Josh Byrnes, R-Osage, said he had been in contact with the governor’s office requesting a disaster declaration.

“I will be in Des Moines tomorrow and will be making a personal visit to see what I can get done for the residents of Mitchell County,” he said.

Sheriff Greg Beaver said the county was looking at Cedar River to crest five feet above flood stage sometime today.


From KABC-TV, Los Angeles:

A wildfire burning near Frazier Park in Kern County is almost fully contained.

The Grand Fire, which broke out May 15, has charred 4,346 acres.

No homes or other buildings were threatened, but over the weekend, fire officials said the steep and rugged terrain was making it difficult for ground crews to battle the flames.

Hungry Valley State Park is scheduled to reopen Wednesday.


From the Morris Daily Herald:

A 19-year-old Sandwich man was arrested by Kendall County Sheriff’s police Monday (May 20) and charged with theft, capping a three-month investigation.

On Feb. 12, Richard Stiles allegedly stole money from the Hide-a-way Lakes Campground in unincorporated Kendall County in Yorkville.

Stiles faces nine felony counts of theft over $500.

Stiles is being held on a $50,000/10% bond at the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Center.


From a news release:

Industry veteran Stacy Wallis has joined Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS) management team at Outdoor World PA Dutch Country RV Resort in Manheim, Pa.

“We are delighted to welcome Stacy to our management team,” stated Senior Regional Manager Adella Houck. “Stacy’s experience working in RV park and campground operations and with her broad industry knowledge will be a considerable asset to us. We are confident that Stacy will bring a strategic perspective to the position that will be instrumental in driving our company forward.”

Wallis will be responsible for the overall resort operations, including marketing, maintenance, recreation, retail and membership sales.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work at PA Dutch Country RV Resort,” Wallis said. “Having watched Equity Lifestyle Properties approach to the market and their emphasis on customer service over the years, I know I’ve found a company that shares my vision for what is important to RVers. I’m looking forward to working for the market leader and playing a role in the company’s growth.”


From a news release:

The Dublin-based Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the “2013 U.S. RV Parks & Campgrounds Industry-Industry & Market Report” report to its offering.

The U.S. RV Parks & Campgrounds Industry-Industry & Market Report, published annually , contains timely and accurate industry statistics, forecasts and demographics.

The report features 2013 current and 2014 forecast estimates on the size of the industry (sales, establishments, employment) nationally and for all 50 U.S. States and over 900 metro areas. Other data include financial ratios, number of firms, payroll, industry definition, five-year historical trends on industry sales, establishments and employment, a breakdown of establishments, sales and employment by employee size of establishment (nine categories), and estimates on up to 10 sub-industries, including campsites, trailer parks and recreational vehicle parks.

Research and Markets is the world’s leading source for international market research reports and market data. We provide you with the latest data on international and regional markets, key industries, the top companies, new products and the latest trends.


Bakken oil range map


From Fox News:

The murder of a North Dakota man has authorities investigating whether other recent missing persons cases are connected or the work of separate criminals who’ve descended on the area known as the Bakken Formation, where new discoveries of oil and natural gas have drawn thousands of transient newcomers and strained the resources of police.

Police on May 14 found the body of 58-year-old Jack Sjol in a shallow grave about six miles southeast of his ranch in Williston. Sjol was shot “multiple times,” and authorities arrested and charged 33-year-old Ryan Stensaker with his murder, Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching told Stensaker, who has a history of drug-related convictions, is being held on $1 million bail.

“We have over 90,000 man camp beds permitted in Williams County alone, and countless RV’s, RV parks, sanctioned or not.” said Williams County (N.D.) Sheriff Scott Busching

Sjol’s case is one of several missing persons cases to hit the area since an influx of people moved to the region in pursuit of high-paying jobs in the oil and gas industry.

Investigators are considering whether the men’s disappearances are connected or whether they are separate crimes committed by convicts who find it easy to go undetected in an area that’s experienced a recent population boom because of discoveries in the 200,000-square-mile Bakken Formation, which stretches through swaths of North Dakota and Montana. So many men have moved in recent years to North Dakota, where unemployment is the lowest in the nation, that they must live in camps and RVs because new home construction can’t keep up with demand.

“We have people living in tents and under bridges,” Busching said. “They come and go.”



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