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WCM’s Bob Ashley Receives RVIA Honor

March 15, 2013 by · Comments Off on WCM’s Bob Ashley Receives RVIA Honor 

Bob Ashley

Bob Ashley, a columnist for Woodall’s Campground Management and RVBusiness   magazines, has been honored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) with its “Distinguished Service in RV Journalism” award.

The award was announced at the RVIA annual meeting last week in Orlando, Fla.

Ashley is an Indiana-based freelance writer/editor and a 25-year newspaper veteran who has focused on the RV industry and national recreation issues for 18 years.

Ashley writes a regular column, titled “On Campgrounds,” for WCM, in which he talks about current business trends with campground owners and operators around the country, and “Public Domain” for RVB.

He also writes for other trade publications.

The RVIA’s script on the announcement follows:

“The Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism Award is presented to journalists for exemplary coverage of the RV industry or RV travel. Bob Ashley has covered the RV industry for nearly 20 years as both a trade writer for RVBusiness and a reporter for enthusiast publications such as Motorhome and Trailer Life. He specializes in writing about the research, development and production of RVs and in his career has covered the industry’s evolution in product development from the frontlines. He also examines key legislative issues affecting the RV industry in his “Public Domain” column in RVBusiness.”

The award will be presented during Committee Week in June.

RVBusiness Publisher G & G Media Buys WCM

July 9, 2012 by · Comments Off on RVBusiness Publisher G & G Media Buys WCM 

New owner announced

G & G Media Group LLC has purchased Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), a trade journal billed as the monthly “voice of the North American campground business,” from Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Good Sam Enterprises LLC, according to a news release.

G & G, a 15-month-old firm located in the RV-building hub of Elkhart, Ind., currently publishes RVBusiness (RVB) magazine and RVBUSINESS.com, the recreational vehicle industry’s anchor website. G & G is co-owned by Publisher Sherman Goldenberg and Vice President of National Ad Sales Beverly Gardner.

Gardner also operates Beverly Gardner & Associates, an independent publisher’s rep firm that has represented WCM in advertising sales for more than 34 years.

“We can’t imagine anything we’d rather do than continue our affiliation with the RV park and campground sector through the operation of Woodall’s Campground Management,” said Gardner. “Our firm has built relationships in this business over the years that are, quite frankly, irreplaceable, and we look forward to extending that role as owners of WCM.”

The sale was finalized July 1, and G & G’s first issue is September.

“Given the synergies of these two business sectors, it made a lot of sense for us to pursue this acquisition,” added Goldenberg, who previously served as publisher for both RVB and WCM as a vice president for Affinity Group Inc., predecessor to Good Sam. “We can foresee both publications — and websites — benefitting from the melding of these two titles.”

Plans are in the works for upgrades to WCM’s print and Internet formats, according to G & G, which also plans to retain the services of veteran journalist Steve Bibler as the monthly’s editor.

Woodall Publications Corp., dating back to 1935, added Campground Management to its growing list of publications serving the RV park and campground business in 1976. In 1995, suburban Chicago-based Woodall was sold to Southern California’s Affinity Group Inc., now Good Sam, an affiliate of Camping World Inc. and publisher of Trailer Life, MotorHome, Highways and Coast magazines as well as the Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory.

G & G Media is co-located with Beverly Gardner & Associates at 2901 E. Bristol St., Elkhart, IN 46514. Phone: (574) 266-7980. Website: Woodallscm.com.

 

WCM Takes Time Off for Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2012 by · Comments Off on WCM Takes Time Off for Memorial Day Weekend 

Woodalls Campground Management and www.woodallscm.com will be taking a breather at the  close of business today for the Memorial Day weekend. We will resume website postings on Tuesday, May 29.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

 

 

 

Michael ‘Mike’ Byrnes Was Longtime WCM Editor

February 16, 2012 by · Comments Off on Michael ‘Mike’ Byrnes Was Longtime WCM Editor 

Michael "Mike" Byrnes

Michael “Mike” Byrnes, longtime editor of Woodall’s Campground Management, died Jan. 14 near his home in Chicago after suffering a fatal heart attack. He was 72.

Byrnes was a journalist for 40 years. He was well known in the RV park and campground business as he traveled to numerous shows and conventions on behalf of the publication, which was based in Chicago for decades.

“He was a very committed editor,” said his widow, Marsha Byrnes, who herself was a writer and often wrote for the magazine. “I think he was a brilliant editor. He developed so many stories on his own and had many contacts and free lance writers he worked with. He really worked at his trade, developing stories and contacts.”

Linda Profaizer, who was president of Woodall Publications Corp. and Byrnes’ boss, called him “a great guy.” Though company records are hard to locate now after all these years, Profaizer estimated that he worked for Woodall’s for 15 to 20 years.

“He enjoyed his job and did really in-depth stories,” she remembered. “He was a great person to travel with, a bit eccentric but very caring and knowledgeable.”

Byrnes and his future wife first met more than 20 years ago and were married in 1992. Byrnes left the magazine in 2000 after it was purchased and the Woodall’s corporate offices were moved to Ventura, Calif. The magazine is in its 43rd year of publication.

In recent years, Byrnes worked for the city of Chicago on a part-time basis coordinating the volunteers who helped senior citizens on financial and insurance matters. “It was some of his happiest work,” she said.

Byrnes was a Navy veteran and held a master’s degree.

At his memorial service on Jan. 24, the following information appeared on a memorial card:

“Mike would not want us to grieve for long.  If he were here he’d be telling jokes and making awful puns.  He was a funny guy, also wise, compassionate, above all honest.  He hated injustice and ignorance.  Most recently, he volunteered long hours to help Chicago’s senior citizens.  Professionally, he was an editor and writer for over 40 years.  He was content with his life and at peace when he died.  Michael J. Byrnes — the original good guy.”

WCM/TengoInternet to Sponsor Wi-Fi Webinar Jan. 21

December 21, 2009 by · Comments Off on WCM/TengoInternet to Sponsor Wi-Fi Webinar Jan. 21 

WCM logoWoodall’s Campground Management and TengoInternet Inc. will jointly sponsor an online “webinar” Jan. 21, “Using Wi-Fi to Enhance Guest Satisfaction, Occupancy and Campground Experience,” to help educate owners and operators of both public and privately owned RV parks and campgrounds.TengoInternet logo (larger)

This free, hour-long webinar will help inform campground operators about the key satisfaction drivers of Wi-Fi and the opportunities to use a wireless network to enhance the guest experience and improve business operations, according to a news release. In addition, the webinar will cover other important topics related to Wi-Fi and business such as bandwidth management, liability control and the changing landscape of Internet usage among RVers.

The webinar will be held starting at 1:30 p.m. CST. To register, go to www.tengointernet.com/webinar. Attendees will need a telephone and Internet connection to participate. System requirements: PC-based attendees will need Windows 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista. Macintosh-based attendees will need Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or newer.

Certified Park Operator (CPO) credit is available from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) for those participating in the webinar and completing a 10-question quiz.

Frank Drew, director of business development for Austin, Texas-based TengoInternet, will host the event and be joined by Sherman Goldenberg, WCM publisher.

“This webinar will be valuable to those who have Wi-Fi already as well as those who are considering it,” said Drew. “Wi-Fi in RV parks is an amenity that has really come of age over the last several years. Many campgrounds have had poor experiences and don’t fully understand the opportunities afforded by great Wi-Fi. A number of Wi-Fi operators have performed poorly since the technology first started in this industry about eight years ago. The result has been evident in the industry where a lot of providers have gone out of business and individual campground owners struggle to make their Wi-Fi a successful amenity.

“Also, from our standpoint, we want the RV parks to understand that Wi-Fi can be more than just a guest Internet access amenity,” he added. “It can also help them with different business applications, such as campground surveillance.”

Drew will cover broadband Internet basics, provide a brief overview of Wi-Fi and why it is important and then explain how to make Wi-Fi work in the campground setting. He’ll also discuss the legal environment developing around the commercial operation of wireless networks. “We want to help campgrounds understand there are legal risks associated with Wi-Fi and how they can address those issues,” he said.

TengoInternet has hosted several other webinars for its own clients and most recently sponsored one in October for ARVC and its members. However, this webinar will be the first opened up to the general public and it will provide an opportunity for participants to interact with the presenters via a chat during the webinar. Upon completion of the webinar, Drew will e-mail a complete copy of the class to all participants.

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