AZARVCCelebratesaProductive2017,Sets SightsonIncreaseinMembershipfor2018 WACO Expecting BigTurnout at Convention Deemed‘Largest’CampgroundConfabinU.S. two of which will be designated by Skyline. Upon closing of the transaction, Champion CEO Keith Anderson will serve as chief ex- ecutive officer of Skyline Champion Corp. Additionally, Laurie Hough, Champion chief financial officer, will serve as CFO of the combined company. Skyline anticipates nominating John Firth, current chairman of Skyline, and Rich Florea, current CEO of Skyline, as directors of the combined company. Art Decio, an original founder of Skyline and member of the board since 1959, is expected to be nominated as a senior advisor to the combined company’s board of directors. Skyline Champion’s principal offices will remain in Elkhart, Ind., with additional executive offices in Troy, Mich. The business combination, expected to be completed in the first half of 2018, will create the nation’s largest publicly traded factory-built hous- ing company and will include 36 manufacturing fa- cilities. Skyline Champion will offer manufactured, modular and park model homes, as well as commercial structures. Additionally, the combined company will have 21 owned factory-direct retail locations and provide transportation services to the manufactured housing industry from 10 locations across the United States. WCM expected to issue approximately 47.8 million shares to Champion, representing 84.5% of the common stock of the combined company on a fully diluted basis. The combined company will be known as Skyline Champion Corp. and trade on the NYSE American Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “SKY.” The board of directors will comprise 11 members, nine of which will be directors designated by Champion and Skyline Corporation and Champion Enterprises Holdings LLC, the parent com- pany of Champion Home Builders Inc., have entered into a definitive agreement for the two companies to combine their operations. Under the terms of the agreement, Cham- pion will contribute 100% of the shares of its operating subsidiaries, Champion Home Builders and CHB International B.V., to Skyline. In exchange, Skyline is currently A Skyline Shore Park 4100 sits at the 2017 Elkhart Open House. WACO is set to host another large trade show at its spring convention. The business combination, expected to be completed in the first half of 2018, will create the nation’s largest publicly traded factory-built housing company and will include 36 manufacturing facilities, with headquarters in Elkhart, Ind. Skyline Corp. and Champion Enterprises Agree to Combine Operations as Skyline Champion Corp. Outdoorsy, Aviva Canada to Tap Canadian Market San Francisco, Calif.-based Outdoorsy, a company that focuses on peer-to-peer RV rentals, announced that it is partnering with Aviva Canada, a Canadian-based insurance firm, as it extends its platform into the Cana- dian market. Customers will now be able to travel across Canada and the U.S. in motorhomes, campervans,traveltrailersandadventureve- hicles rented from vehicle owners that place their vehicles up for rent on the Outdoorsy platform, according to company officials. “I’m a proud Canadian, born and bred,” said Jen Young, Out- doorsy’s chief mar- keting officer. “The companywasstarted in my home in Van- couver, but scaled in the United States. We’re pumped to finally launch it with Aviva, an insurance partner that brings insur- ance solutions to Canadians from coast to coast.” Partnering with an insurance company is an important step for Outdoorsy as it works to cover the units that owners rent to private usersoffitsplatform.AvivaCanadahasunder- written a $2 million third-party liability insur- ance program in partnership with Outdoorsy andbackedthecompany’slaunchinCanada. “We’reexcitedtoteamupwithOutdoorsy because they are the most reputable and sustainablepartnerinthisbusiness,winning theheartsandmindsofRVenthusiasts,”said Daniel Ignoto, Aviva Canada vice president of lifestyle personal insurance. WCM February 2018 - 3 The Arizona Associa- tion of RV Parks and Campgrounds(AZARVC) will remember 2017 as a great year, with park oc- cupationupandrevenue rising.Whilemembership renewalalwayspresentsa challenge for associa- tions, AZ ARVC managed to maintain 100% of its memberparksin2017. According to Jo Anne Mickelson, executive di- rector, several Arizona parkshavesoldandhave new owners who don’t yet know the value of belonging to an association.Thispresentsadifferentsetof challenges in 2018 as the association workstoeducatethesenewownersonthe benefits and value of membership. Even so,AZARVChassetitssightsonincreasing member parks from 123 in 2017 to 135 in 2018. AZ ARVC’s 2017 year-in-review in- cludes attending Arizona’s Quartzite Sports,VacationandRVShow,alongwith 11otherassociationsinthecountry.Inthe fall, AZ ARVC participated in the Califor- nia RV Show in Pomona, Calif., where it distributed1,000Arizonacampingguides. “We also had a special informational meeting for Equity Lifestyle Properties’ managers as to what we as their associa- tioncanandisdoingforthem,”Mickelson said. “The meeting addressed benefits, questions, legislative and other informa- The Wisconsin Association of Camp- ground Owner’s (WACO) 2018 Convention is set to take place from March 13-18 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center in StevensPoint,Wisc.,andincludesatwo-day trade show. Deemedthelargestcampgroundconven- tion in the nation by WACO, the convention is onlyopentoregisteredcampgroundowners. Lori Severson, WACO’s executive director, told Woodall’s Campground Management that the convention will kick off on March 14, with courses that campground operators need to continue operating their businesses, including certificate courses by ServeSafe, CPO Pool School and NFPA 1194 training. “Wealsohavesomesecuritytrainingthat includes what to look for when it comes to drugsinacampground,”saidSeverson.“We are also excited to have an IRS mock audit. Whodoesn’twanttoknowwhattheywillask before you’re in the chair next to them?” Severson also highlighted a plethora of other classes, including social media ses- sions,legalsessionsonhiringandtheproper waytoremoveproblemcampers.There also are new sessions on managing employees, employeestructure,workingwithfamily,and a new program on work and life balance. Throughout the entire convention WACO will be hosting more than 50 sessions. “So, there is something for everyone,” said Severson. A bus trip to Rivers Edge Campground in Stevens Point will give convention attendees a chance to socialize. WACO will host a dinneratBullheads,andacrackerbarreldis- cussionandbestideacontestduringthetrip. Severson said that last year the trade Executive Director of AZ ARVCJoAnnMickelson tion.We are planning on holding another meeting like that soon.” New in 2017 was “Camp Chat,” which replaces the AZ ARVC newsletter, which cameoutquarterly.“CampChatallowsfor up-to-date, real time information instead ofthree-month-oldinformation,”Mickel- sonsaid.“Itgivesourmemberstheability tostaycurrentwithinformationonARVC and AZ ARVC.” The association’s ultimate goals for 2018, said Mickelson, are threefold. “We want to increase membership; to help our parks grow and be known not only to Arizonians, but around the U.S., as well as internationally. Public relations is an important area of AZ ARVC and being available to all our members and prospective members who need infor- mation, help with their problems and want to give feedback.” WCM WACO – continued on page 6 Jen Young Keith Anderson