Harvey and Jo Ann Mickelson

Jo Anne Mickelson and David Schenck, co-directors of the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Arizona ARVC), plan to retire at end of this year.

“It’s time,” said Mickelson, a co-owner of J & H RV Park in Flagstaff who has served as executive director of Arizona ARVC for 10 of the association’s 46 years. Before assuming the executive director position, Jo Anne served as president of the association.  She also served on the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds’ (ARVC) Board of Directors from Region 6 for two terms from 2006 to 2011.

Jo Anne has received several awards including the ARVC State President of the Year in 2004, the ARVC State Executive Director of the Year in 2014 and the prestigious Arizona ARVC Jack Denton Memorial Award in 2015. Jo Anne and her husband, Harvey, will continue to manage their award-winning RV park in Flagstaff, which they have co-owned and operated since 1982.

Schenck, who is nationally known for his work in the campground insurance business, became co-executive director of Arizona ARVC in 2018 after retiring from the insurance business. Schenck’s insurance career included 10 years with Sturgis, S.D.-based Leavitt Recreation and Hospitality Insurance; 15 years with Denver-based Jim Calfee Insurance; and 25 years as an insurance agency owner/agent based in Omaha, Neb.

While Mickelson has spent the past few years focusing on managing Arizona ARVC’s finances and legislative issues, Schenck has focused on member relations, recruitment and retention, frequently traveling across the state to meet face-to-face with park operators.

David Schenck

David Schenck

Both Mickelson and Schenck have also represented Arizona ARVC at consumer and industry tradeshows and shared responsibility for organizing Arizona ARVC’s annual conference and tradeshow, the next of which is scheduled for April 21 at Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino in Laveen, AZ. They are both members of the Campground Association of Management Professionals.

Arizona ARVC is seeking a new executive director who can commence work in January 2022. Interested applicants should have hospitality industry experience, as well as knowledge of accounting procedures, membership recruitment, convention and tradeshow organization, lobbying and real estate management, and the ability to get along with others and develop productive working relationships with other organizations. S

tatements of interest, resumes and letters of reference should be sent by mail to John Sheedy, chairman, Arizona ARVC, PO Box 75787, Phoenix, Ariz. 85087.

For more information email arizonaarvc@aol.com