Cruise Inn Has One Rep On ARVC Board

January 6, 2015 by · Comments Off on Cruise Inn Has One Rep On ARVC Board 

Cruise Inn LogoCruise Inn, a brand of RV Parks, campgrounds and cabins with 14 locations in six states, announced that one of its own — Mari Garland, co-owner of Junction West RV Park in Grand Junction, Colo., — was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) in December.

Representing Voting Area 5, Garland continues to make an impact on the outdoor hospitality industry since she and her husband, Tom, bought their park in 2007. Mari served on the board of the Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association (CCLOA) for six years, including two one-year terms as vice president and a three-year stint as co-president with her husband, and was a member of the ARVC Advisory Council in 2011.

“It is an honor to serve on the national level and represent the many family-owned campgrounds in my district. They have so much experience in the industry and offer such a unique perspective, so I welcome the opportunity to look out for their needs. I also look forward to being a national voice for outdoor hospitality and continuing to raise the professionalism of our industry,” said Garland.

Garland’s election during the 2014 Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo in Las Vegas was immediately followed by Cruise Inn’s first brand conference. Held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the event allowed Cruise Inn park owners to meet each other and members of the corporate team, and included a series of interactive seminars and discussions pertaining to sales and marketing, revenue management, technology, customer relations and third-party operators.

“The conference was a great opportunity to meet fellow Cruise Inn members and I really enjoyed all the educational opportunities designed to increase revenue at our parks,” added Garland. “In particular, I appreciated the confirmation of the trend toward guests booking through online travel agencies, and seeing how being part of Cruise Inn will put my park on the leading edge and in the strongest business position. I also liked learning about the international exposure that Cruise Inn is able to provide, as I previously wasn’t in a position to reach that audience on my own.”

Launched in late 2013 by a group of experienced hospitality professionals, Cruise Inn provides membership opportunities to RV Park and campground owners and developers. Through this innovative offering, Cruise Inn maintains that it helps its members increase their return on investment through higher guest satisfaction, better revenue/yield management, meaningful loyalty programs, multiple booking channels (including its own) and effective sales and marketing.

CCLOA Promoting Come to Life Campaign

March 13, 2013 by · Comments Off on CCLOA Promoting Come to Life Campaign 

Colorado Tourism Office Associate Director John Ricks, who led the state’s highly successful “Come to Life” advertising campaign, spoke on Tuesday (March 12) at the Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association (CCLOA) 2013 annual conference in Grand Junction.

The CCLOA provided a live video stream of Ricks’ presentation – a first-time effort by CCLOA – and now has archived his talk for additional viewing.

To watch Ricks’ presentation, click here.

CCLOA is the 45-year-old statewide trade association for the camping industry. Its consumer website is

Colorado Park Owners Look to ‘Success’ in 2012

March 30, 2012 by · Comments Off on Colorado Park Owners Look to ‘Success’ in 2012 

CCLOA builds on success.

The Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners’ Association (CCLOA) focused on the theme “Success” at its annual convention and trade show held March 20-23 at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland, Colo.

The event attracted owners or operators of 17 campgrounds and RV parks, and the trade show featured 12 vendors.

The mood seemed optimistic overall among the attendees as they approach the start of the 2012 camping season.

“Despite rising gasoline prices, reservations are coming in and most seem positive and upbeat concerning the upcoming 2012 summer season,” reported Dana Foran, CCLOA administrator. “While out-of-state campers may decrease, campgrounds are optimistic that Coloradoans will camp in RV parks and campgrounds close to home. Only time will tell.”

The “success” theme carried through all the presentations. Speakers included former Kansas RV park owner Mary Arlington, who sold her park in December and spoke on the topic “Final Success: Selling Your Park;” Jim Manning, who once owned a private campground in the Canon City area but now is with the Colorado Parks & Wildlife working at the Steamboat Lake State Park; and Dan McNeff, owner of Legally Mine, who spoke on “Protecting Your Success.” His presentation helped attendees understand how, why and where legal entities should be used for both lawsuit prevention and income tax reduction, Foran stated.

Mark Rowland, owner and CEO of Peak Performance and owner of the Sweetwater River Ranch RV Park, addressed the convention twice. Rowland specializes in helping individuals and organizations reach “peak performance” by increasing the effectiveness of their personal and professional interactions, knowing and valuing themselves and their contributions and exceeding self-perceived barriers.

CCLOA members also toured four nearby campgrounds: Boyd Lake State Park, Loveland RV Resort, Johnson’s Corner RV Retreat and Riverview RV Park and Campground.

The CCLOA officers and board of directors for the upcoming year are:

  • Mari Garland, president, Junction West RV Park, Grand Junction.
  • Ian and Sally Steyn, vice president, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Larkspur.
  • Stan and Pat Stehwien, secretary/treasurer, Gunnison Lakeside Resort, Gunnison.

Regional directors are: Rick and Susan Warner, Cedar Creek RV Park, Montrose; Rick Stauter, Cutty’s Hayden Creek Resort, Coaldale; Jim and Dee Ozburn, Falcon Meadow RV Campground, Falcon; and Roy Youree, Riverview RV Park and Campground, Loveland.




CCLOA to Hold 2012 Convention at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

January 10, 2012 by · Comments Off on CCLOA to Hold 2012 Convention at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch 

CCLOA eyes 2012 convention

The 2012 Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners’ Association (CCLOA) convention will be held at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch west of Loveland, Colo., from March 20-23. The theme will be “Success.”

According to the association’s December newsletter, the first event of the convention will be Tuesday afternoon’s SPOT – Successful Park Operators on Tour. Participants will tour several parks in the Loveland area and will learn what features make their operations successful.

Wednesday morning each person will introduce themselves with their idea of success. The next two days will then be filled with speakers sharing ideas to increase the success of their business. There will be time spent with vendors who have products that will add to their success. Cracker barrels provide time to share ideas with others in the industry and to learn how others solve problems and gained success.

The keynote speaker for the CCLOA convention will be Mark Rowland, who is the CEO of Peak Performance and works in teambuilding. He specializes in helping individuals and organizations reach peak performance by increasing the effectiveness of their personal and professional interactions, knowing and valuing themselves and their contributions, and exceeding self-perceived barriers.

Rowland is a member of CCLOA as the owner of Sweetwater River Ranch along the Arkansas River at Texas Creek.  He is also an instructor for Fremont County Search and Rescue and for the National Ski Patrol System.

Colorado Park Owner Offers Alternative Viewpoint

January 9, 2012 by · Comments Off on Colorado Park Owner Offers Alternative Viewpoint 

Editor’s Note: The following “guest commentary” by Jim Ozburn first appeared in the December issue of the CCLOA News, a publication of the Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners’ Association. The accompanying headline was: “They Have to Be Kidding! What Are They Thinking?” Ozburn is owner of Falcon Meadow RV Campground in Falcon, Colo., and is a CCLOA regional director.

ARVC proposed state campground associations give free trial limited time membership to their public state parks and to non-member private parks and campgrounds. When it comes to competition, we all know how unfair the state park systems have it over private parks. Also some association members aren’t so hot on private parks that haven’t been members of their association and helping with the promotion of camping within their state getting a free trial.

For the last few years Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners’ Association has included the listing of our state parks and the many private parks and campgrounds that are not members in their camp guide Camp Colorado Guide. I am not kidding. They get in our guide for free. What was the CCLOA board thinking? I was on the board then and I am still on the board now. So here is what the board was thinking. First, and foremost CCLOA is to promote its members.

To do this well we must also promote Colorado camping. To make our guide a useful and valid guide to Colorado camping and not just an advertisement for member campgrounds, it was decided to include all forms of camping. We also list information for Forest Service camping and national parks in Colorado. This makes it a welcomed give-a-way at RV shows. People who contact CCLOA by phone, email, and mail for our guide will see there are more opportunities to camp in Colorado.

CCLOA is trying to get the Colorado State Parks to join us in promoting Colorado camping. We need them and they need us. As proof, the state is considering closing four of its parks. Colorado has one of the finest park systems in all of good old USA! By working together and not promoting just ourselves, rather promoting Colorado camping we will all be winners.

At this time the state parks are not dues paying members of CCLOA and if this is to happen, we may have to change our mission statement. Just as or maybe more importantly we need more private parks to join and pay dues. We could do so much more promoting Colorado camping if we had the revenue.

There has been mixed reaction to ARVC’s proposal. The most negative is the New York state association with their withdrawal of membership from ARVC. This is a loss to national promotion of camping. It will be a gain for Colorado camping.

In Defense of Discount Camping Programs

October 6, 2011 by · Comments Off on In Defense of Discount Camping Programs 

Pat Stehwien

Editor’s Note: The following column was written by Pat Stehwien of Gunnison Lakeside Resort in Colorado and appears in the current issue of the Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association newsletter.

We have a Passport America membership personally (we go RVing with our fifth-wheel}. It saved us the membership price the first three nights we used it. That doesn’t mean we stay only in PA parks. It is just nice to have. As campground owners, we sell and promote Passport America and Camp Club USA memberships. We also honor all other discount cards.

In this economy, and with the price of gas up, everyone is looking for a way to save money. Many of our senior travelers have taken a beating in the stock market and have seen their retirement funds dwindle. The money they were counting on to travel and to do all the fun and exciting things that they had put off during their working and raising a family years can no longer buy what they had expected. It is no wonder they are trying to save as many ways as they can.

We are trying to do our part to help all campers be able to afford a quality experience. It does not diminish the experience by lowering the price. It also does not diminish the value of the site. How many of your campers ask other campers around them how much they paid? Maybe someone has. We have never asked that question when we have stayed at RV parks. We have also never been asked “why did so-and-so in the next site only pay $x and we had to pay $y?”

We can’t count the number of times people have come in for three nights on their half-price card and ended up staying a week, two weeks or even a month. We currently have a couple that came for their maximum three-night Passport America stay and are here for a month.

With the camping club memberships, you can set your own parameters. You can limit the number of nights they stay at the member rate, stipulate drive up availability only, or any number of other conditions. IT IS UP TO YOU. Which is what running your own independent campground or RV park is all about, isn’t it?

We were very happy to have Passport America members here during our cold, cold May this year. If it hadn’t been for them, almost no one would have been here. Which brings us to our mantra: Half of something is better than all of nothing.

Part 2: Private Sector Relating to Public Parks

August 17, 2011 by · Comments Off on Part 2: Private Sector Relating to Public Parks 

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of three stories about the relationships between the nation’s state parks and private sector parks.

The ever-changing face of the nation’s financially pressed state parks took on a few new wrinkles this summer with the most dramatic changes in Florida, where controversy erupted over the state of Florida’s announced plans to expand camping into some of the state’s favorite parks, and Minnesota, where a startling budget crisis prompted the shutdown of state government and all of the Gopher State’s state-run parks for a time this summer.

And while states like Maine, Pennsylvania, Texas and Colorado made some news as well, opening privately run campgrounds in state parks certainly turned out to be a hot-button issue in Florida. “Not a good idea,” said hundreds of indignant citizens.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Responding to the public outcry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott put the kibosh on plans to consider bringing concessionaire-operated, RV-friendly campgrounds to Honeymoon Island State Park and ordered further analysis of the state proposal overall.

The move encouraged many members of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Florida ARVC), which had lobbied the governor against the plan.

“I think it’s the right move,” said association Executive Director Bobby Cornwell. “Not to say it won’t happen, but it will go through a more stringent review process. We’re pleased with the additional review and the possibility it may not happen at all.”

“The mass of the people won this one,” Cornwell said, conceding that Florida ARVC was just one of many voices united in “unparalleled and unexpected opposition” to the plan. Hearings were held on plans at four state parks. Cornwell submitted verbal or written opposition at each one.

Florida ARVC's Bobby Cornwell

As for the future, Cornwell is uncertain how this summer’s bru-ha-ha will affect relations between his association and the state. “I don’t know how it will affect that relationship. I hope we still have an open relationship and work together when we can. Hopefully, it will be status quo and we can co-exist.”

The message, according to Cornwell, is that state parks “don’t need to expand too quickly where it could hurt the private sector. If they do (build campgrounds), they should make sure it’s more rustic in nature, primitive tent camping. That would be great because it gets more people camping and gradually moving up to RVs.”

Minnesota’s 74 State Parks Experience 20-Day Closure

Meanwhile, as anyone who reads a newspaper well knows, state parks  in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” were caught in the shutdown of Minnesota state government and closed  on July 1, remaining dark over the lucrative July 4 holiday and not reopening until July 22. The  unprecedented closure shuttered 74 state parks and recreation areas, along with 58 state forest  campgrounds and day-use areas.

The shutdown put a big dent on revenue and sent anxious campers to nearby states, especially Wisconsin which, as that state’s campground association executive Lori Severson emphasized in media reports, was “open for business!”

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) expected to lose $1 million during each week of the shutdown from lost camping fees, vehicle permits and firewood and merchandise sales. Campers also spend money in the towns around parks, and the agency projected a $12 million hit to the tourism economy each week.

“We’re delighted state government is back in business,” said Dan McElroy, executive vice president of the 200-member Minnesota Resort and Campground Association.

Minnesota's Dan McElroy

Some private parks prospered during the shutdown from added business, while others fared less well because travelers were afraid to come to the state. The rest area closures and the freeze on issuing fishing licenses had big impacts, noted McElroy, who joined the trade group at the start of this year.

Minnesota’s camping season is only 10 to 13 weeks, depending upon locale, so “ to lose a couple of weeks in a short season is not a good thing.”

McElroy’s trade group entered the fray early on, noting how a government shutdown would harm the state’s $11 billion annual tourism business and offering a temporary fishing license proposal so as to keep prospective fishermen coming to the state. The offer was not accepted at the state level.

But overall, McElroy, 63, who has a long career in Minnesota state government and public service, said his relationship with state park and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff is “excellent.”

“We get along well with the DNR and will continue to do so,” he told Woodall’s Campground Management. “We have exchanged e-mails about what we can do to help in the future (in case of other work stoppages or interruptions of service). We have no agreement, but we do have an agreement to talk about it.”

As for the future, Minnesota’s state parks took a 15% hit in their general fund budget through June 30, 2013. “They weren’t gutted,” noted McElroy, “but they will have a tighter budget.”

Other states have equally major concerns, though they haven’t garnered the amount of national media attention as the aforementioned states. Here’s a look at what we’re hearing.

Maine’s MECOA Keeps Open Line to the State

Maine's Rick Abare

The relationship between the Maine Campground Owners Association (MECOA) and the Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) is very good at this time, says Rick Abare, MECOA executive director and president of the national Campground Association of Management Professionals (CAMP). He said he and state director Will Harris “have a true open line of communication.”

“MECOA added a member category which included public campgrounds a few years ago and the BPL joined the next year,” he noted. “I believe the most valuable part of the relationship is the marketing opportunities that MECOA’s Camping Guide and website bring to the BPL. Add those products to the camping shows MECOA attends on behalf of the industry and you can see that membership in MECOA is the best marketing buy BPL can make on behalf of the state park system.”

MECOA members, however, are still sensitive to pricing issues. “My observations are that there is room for increased pricing at the fee-based camping facilities operated by the state,” said Abare. “I say that because Maine offers ample free camping at a significant number of areas on Maine’s Public Reserve Land, which is also maintained by the BPL. But in general I believe it would be difficult for any private organization to do the work the BPL does in Maine’s day use parks and keep them open, i.e. available, to the public at a reasonable price.”

“Of course MECOA still has members who are not in favor of the direct competition from the state,” Abare said. “They complain that their own tax dollars go to subsidize state parks, which are their competition. But most of the private parks understand that our customer base is the same and, as long as the state parks stay mostly ‘rustic’ in nature and the private parks provide the extra amenities, we will keep working together to make the entire industry better for all.”

Abare met not too long ago with the state park commissioner and offered to form a corporation to lease and run the BPL camping properties for the state, should they decide to privatize. That offer remains on the table.

Pennsylvania’s Budget Hit Not as Severe as it Looks

Pennsylvania state parks and the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) “co-exist” on a cooperative basis, says PCOA executive director Beverly Gruber.

It hasn’t always been that way.

“Everybody thought state parks were our biggest enemy,” said Gruber, looking back in the early years of her 28-year career with PCOA. “Now, we don’t even get complaints like we used to.”

The 234-member PCOA seems to compete on an even keel with the state park’s 70-some campgrounds, Gruber said. “They undercut the privates (parks),” she added, “but they don’t offer hardly anything the privates offer.”

With 2.2 million acres of state forests, and 117 state parks covering 295,000 acres, there is a state park within 25 miles of nearly every Pennsylvanian, the state points out, and they serve as economic generators to the communities that surround them, with visitors spending about $928 million annually.

On June 30, Gov. Tom Corbett signed Pennsylvania’s $27.15 billion “reality-based” budget that puts Pennsylvania on the “road to fiscal recovery.”

At first glance, it appears that parks took a big hit. The amount from the General Fund is about $55.3 million, which is a decrease of about $27 million from the last fiscal year, said Terry Brady, deputy press secretary for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

But overall the 2011-12 budget is about the same level as the 2010-11 fiscal year, totaling about $284 million from all sources of funds including general, federal and augmentations – not to mention the Oil and Gas Lease Fund. “There will be no reduction in staff, no parks will be closed, no new fees will be charged,” Brady stressed. “We’re pretty much functioning as is.”

Colorado’s State Parks Joining CCLOA in a Big Way

Nowhere is the relationship between the private and public sectors more positive than it  is in Colorado. State park officials sat down with leaders of the Colorado  Campground and Lodge Owners Association (CCLOA) in February to talk  about common interests, and before their talks were over, the state proposed its 33 parks become full voting members of CCLOA.

“We really have come to believe at the state association level we represent the industry best to the customer if we are working together rather than fighting over the people who are camping. We see this as a necessity,” said Mari Garland, CCLOA president and co-owner of Junction West RV Park in Junction City.

Negotiations were in the works this summer to bring that to fruition, and the only hang-up in the agreement among the 57 CCLOA members is that “there is some concern not wanting it to become a takeover and the needs of private parks become (remain) uppermost,” Garland noted.

The sense of cooperation should benefit marketing, as Garland envisions the two parties producing some 350,000 copies of their campground guide, up from CCLOA’s current 80,000-level. “That dramatically changes the value to an advertiser,” she stressed.

Colorado state parks are adequately funded, according to Garland, and have enacted several measures that make their camping rates competitive with the private campgrounds. Only in the area of senior discounts, where older campers in state parks can camp for as little as $15 a night, do they undercut the privates, Garland said.

TACO Maintains Good Relations with the State

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (left) with TACO's Brian Schaeffer

Texas state parks took a Texas-sized hit in the 2011 legislative session, with their budget cut from $210 million to $135 million. Curiously, the Hunting and Wildlife Budget slightly increased from $4.9 million to $5.5 million.

“In support of state parks specifically, however, some legislation recognized the need for continued state park financing even through severe budget cuts,” noted Ron Hinkle, lobbyist for the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO). “HB 1300 and HB 1301, respectively, provide new funding methodologies through corporate sponsorship and voluntary fees.”

HB 1300 provides ways to increase private contributions for state parks. Currently, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is limited in its authority to expand development of corporate partnerships and joint promotional campaigns, Hinkle said. Consequently, TPWD is unable to develop a financially beneficial partnership with a private for-profit company.

Both bills were passed by the Texas Legislature and were effective immediately.

“Consistent with the report’s recommendations, HB 1300 amended provisions of the law to expand the scope of TPWD’s fundraising and partnership development activities to include a private entity. HB 1301 provided that when a person registers or renews the registration of a motor vehicle under this chapter, the person may contribute $5 or more to the Parks and Wildlife Department.”

As for the connection with TACO, Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s executive director, says, “We have a wonderful working relationship. They list our contact info in their directory and take an ad in our directory. We support each other legislatively, including them getting additional funding in the 2009 legislative session.”

Still, Schaeffer says some more progress could be made.

“I think we could work closer in terms of promotion – especially on the Internet. There are certain restrictions on how parks and wildlife can spend money, i.e. lots of out-of-state promotion. Unfortunately, that is ineffective since most state park business is local/in-state. That is a legislative fix – I think.”

CCLOA Holds Annual Spring Convention

April 18, 2011 by · Comments Off on CCLOA Holds Annual Spring Convention 

Stan and Pat Stehwien (left) receive the President's Award for many years of dedicated service to the CCLOA from Presidents Mari and Tom Garland.

The Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners’ Association (CCLOA) is optimistic about the upcoming summer season despite rising gas prices and a struggling economy. At the association’s recent convention and trade show April 5-8, attendance was down, but the mood was up, according to Dana Foran, CCLOA administrator.

Twenty-seven campground owners from 13 different parks plus 13 vendors took part in the conference at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose.

“The board of directors was a little disappointed at the lower than usual attendance,” Foran said. “However, by the conclusion we had signed up two new members and three new associate members which was very encouraging. The convention itself was very upbeat with great sessions and speakers, a fun banquet with good entertainment, a great auction result and lots of good discussion. Campers seem to be coming from shorter distances. A lot of Coloradoans are camping in Colorado – staying closer to home and staying longer which is good.”

Foran said from what she is hearing, reservations are down slightly or on par with last season.

In legislative news, the membership voted to the stand with the Tourism Industry Association of Colorado (TIAC) and oppose the proposed SB11-022 legislation sponsored by Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Colo., to move Colorado permanently to year-round daylight savings time (DST). Foran said the CCLOA board and membership agreed with TIAC that if passed, the following “unintended consequences” could have an impact on the tourism industry:

  • Colorado would be out of sync with the rest of the United States for four months of the year.
  • For much of December and January, Aspen’s (and other cities around the state) actual sunrise would arrive as late as 8:27 a.m.
  • If Colorado recognized DST year-round, the Rocky Mountain state would effectively be temporarily moved to the Central Time zone during the winter, the same as western Florida.
  • It seems that potential impacts to the commercial airlines that connect Colorado with other states, which would be substantial, have yet to be considered.
  • One near-certain airline impact locally are imminent conflicts between the schedule adjustments the airlines would be forced to make and the existing airport curfew at ASE.
  • Other potential local impacts could include necessary adjustments to school schedules, ski area operating hours and bus schedules, as well likely adjustments to operating hours for just about every business in the state.

The three 2011 key initiatives for CCLOA involve member development, Colorado camping promotion and tourism industry relations.

Conference seminars included:

  • ARVC Strategy Reset; Supporting Our Members, by Barb Youmans, National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) senior director or administration and education.
  • Where and How Much to Spend on Marketing, Barb Youmans.
  • Smart Phones and Marketing Your Business in the Mobile World, Bryan Jordan, president of VistaWorks.
  • Optimizing Your Convenience Store for Maximum Profitability by Janine Roberts, vice president sales and marketing for Travado.
  • Colorado Tourism Office, How it Benefits Us, by Sen. Al White, Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) director.
  • Rural Development Business Resources, Pattie Snidow, U.S.D.A. Northwest area director of rural development.
  • Where are We and Where are We Going by Jeff Sims, ARVC director of membership and government affairs.
  • Recycling Energy by William Weideman, Peak Energy Technology.
  • Geo Thermal Energy, Delta/Montrose Electric Association.
  • Cutting Edge Solar Energy, Bright Leaf Solar Co.

Al White addresses CCLOA members

“All of the sessions and speakers were exceptional,” Foran said. “However, I would have to say that getting Sen. Al White, R-Colo., new director of the Colorado Tourism Office, to speak on Colorado tourism and how it benefits the camping/RVing industry, was pretty big.”

Foran said the CCLOA has developed a good relationship with both the CTO and the  TIAC, which has basically been the legislative branch of the CTO over the past few years.

“Ian Steyn, owner of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Larkspur, and a CCLOA board member, also sits on the board of directors of the CTO and TIAC as well as another coalition called Colorado Kids Outdoors,” Foran noted. “CCLOA is active at the state level and works hard for her members.”

During the event Stan and Pat Stehwien, CCLOA board members and owners of the Gunnison Lakeside Resort in Gunnison, were honored for their many years of dedicated service to the association. Dana Foran was also honored for eight years of service to CCLOA.

“It was nice to be publicly recognized after these many years of working for the CCLOA,” Foran said.

Board elections included: President Tom and Mari Garland, Junction West RV Park, Grand Junction; Vice President, Ian and Sally Steyn, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Larkspur; and Secretary/Treasurer Stan and Pat Stehwien, Gunnison Lakeside Resort, Gunnison.

Next year’s CCLOA conference will be held sometime in March, exact dates and location to be determined.

Colorado Association Plans Busy Convention

March 22, 2011 by · Comments Off on Colorado Association Plans Busy Convention 

CCLOA eyes 2011 convention

The Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association (CCLOA) will host its annual convention and trade show April 5-7 in Montrose, Colo.

The three-day event, to be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, will include more than a dozen educational seminars and cracker barrel discussions; a trade show; networking events; a dinner banquet with silent and live auctions; and guided tours of several campgrounds, including Jellystone Park of the Black Canyon, Cedar Creek RV Park, Montrose RV Resort, plus visits to Bright Leaf Solar Co. and The Colorado Yurt Co., according to a news release.

The educational sessions include presentations on the future of the RV industry by Jeff Sims, director of membership and government affairs for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), as well as an update on ARVC and a session on campground marketing by Barb Youmans, the association’s senior director of administration and education.

State Sen. Al White will provide an overview of the Colorado Tourism Office and how it benefits the campground and lodging industries, while Janine Roberts, vice president of Denver-based Tradavo, provides a seminar on how to increase your store business.

Bryan Jordan, president of VistaWorks, will provide an update on smart phones and how to market your business in the mobile world.

The convention also includes several sessions on green energy, including a class on recycling energy by William Weideman of Peak Energy Technology; a session on geothermal energy by the Delta/Montrose Electric Association; and a seminar on cutting edge solar energy by Bright Leaf Solar Co.

Breakfast buffets, lunches, cocktail hours and one banquet dinner will also be provided.

The annual CCLOA board of directors meeting will take place April 8.

CCLOA has 53 members. For more information, please contact Dana Foran at (970) 259-1899 or visit