ARVC Board of Director Nominations Open

At the 2012 Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo voting will take place for board of director positions in Voting Areas 2, 3, 4 and 6 (see map below). Candidate nominations are being accepted through July 31, 2012. ARVC members that are interested in running for an available board seat may learn more about the candidates and/or nominee requirements at www.arvc.org/downloads/OHCE2012/Foundation/CandidateRequirements.pdf and find nomination submission details in the June 2012 ARVC Voice.

2012 National Operations Survey Underway

ARVC member parks are invited to participate in the 13th Bi-Annual National Operations Survey of the RV Park and Campground Industry and the association is encouraging 100 percent participation. Every member park that participates in the study by completing the survey will receive a free electronic copy of the survey, as well as a condensed version with personalized graphs allowing them to benchmark themselves against the industry.

To participate in the survey, ARVC members will receive a letter giving them the option of either completing the survey online in a user-friendly format or by completing the accompanying paper form and returning it to RRC Associates Inc. (RRC), the firm selected to conduct the 2012 Survey, by postage-paid mail. The primary objective of this study is to provide a high-quality, reliable report that helps identify trends within the industry thus allowing owners/operators to make quality, effective decisions for their business based on sound data. Survey results will be presented by RRC at the 2012 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo.

ARVC and Wanderlust Hospitality Offer Glamping Webinar

ARVC and Wanderlust Hospitality will host a live webinar titled “Glamping: It’s Not What You Think” on Wednesday, June 27, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

In this online session, attendees will learn about glamping – everything guests have always wanted camping to be: authentic, effortless and inspiring. Scott Hale of Wanderlust Hospitality will share his expertise on how you can deliver a unique glamping experience within your campground to help you cast a bigger net and attract a brand new customer base without ignoring your loyal long-timers. A bigger audience could be that spark plug you’ve been looking for to give you that elusive leg up on the competition.

Both ARVC members and nonmembers are invited to attend. The cost is $25/members and $100/nonmembers. For more information please visit www.arvc.org/webinars.

ARVC Announces 2012 Conference Keynote Speaker

Becky Winkler

Becky Winkler, principal of Green Peak Partners, was recently selected as this year’s keynote speaker for the 2012 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo. Becky is recognized as “a leading expert at helping companies pick the right people” and has coached numerous leaders to achieve peak performance.

In 2010 Becky led a rigorous study – in collaboration with Cornell University – that resulted in the article “New Study Shows Nice Guys Finish First” being published for the American Management Association, The Washington Post and several other publications.

2011 ARVC Conference attendees may remember Becky’s seminar on “Building High Performance Teams” which received high reviews. This year her address at the Opening Luncheon will focus on how to add value to your business through the people you hire and the sense of community you build. (Click here to read more about her.)

Call for Outdoor Hospitality Conference Presenters

ARVC education is seeking individuals to present at this year’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo. Individuals interested in being a presenter should complete a Presentation Proposal, which can be found at www.arvc.org/downloads/OHCE2012/Foundation/PresentationProposal.pdf.

Clearly indicate the type of presentation you are interested in presenting (seminar, workshop, facilitate panel, or combination) and the competencies/topics you are interested in presenting when completing the proposal. In addition, all presenters should complete an OHEP Trainer Application, which can be found at www.arvc.org/downloads/OHCE2012/foundation/OHEPTrainerapp.pdf.

Individuals who meet the qualifications for an OHEP Trainer will be designated as such (OHT) in all ARVC communications involving the presenter. Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible for consideration. Selection of presenters will begin immediately and will extend through the end of July or until all presentation slots are filled. For questions or more information please contact Barb Youmans at byoumans@arvc.org or (303) 681-0401 ext. 118 or Marla Criner at mcriner@arvc.org or (303) 681-0401 ext. 121.

ARVC Members Storm Capitol Hill to Lobby Members on ADA and Other Issues

Twenty-one ARVC members and state association executives fanned out across Capitol Hill on May 9 to lobby members of Congress on the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations concerning pools and spas, as well as other issues, including travel and tourism promotion. In all, those who came to Washington for ARVC’s Issues Conference participated in nearly 80 scheduled meetings with Senate and House offices, and some dropped off materials at offices where meetings had not been scheduled. The Issues Conference was widely regarded as a success by participants and ARVC is intending to hold a similar conference in 2013.