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OHCE EducationIn preparation for the virtual 2020 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE), the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is announcing its first slate of speakers and education sessions focused on topics born from the lessons of 2020 that will help prepare attendees for success in 2021, according to a press release.

The association’s annual conference will again be highlighted by its five core educational learning tracks taught in innovative formats by new and familiar expert voices, noted ARVC officials. The five learning tracks are: Brand Management; Business Management and Practices; Human Resources; Professionalism and Leadership; and Site and Facility Management. By organizing sessions into these tracks, ARVC has created the opportunity for attendees to streamline their learning experience to meet their unique needs, noted the release.

ARVC is building off the educational innovations introduced last year and expanding to meet the virtual platform for OHCE2020. Continued conversations with members and attendees of past OHCEs has guided the direction for this year’s education sessions. View this first slate of speakers and sessions here: Sessions and Speakers.

“Last year our members told us they enjoyed the new voices and content, so this year, we are building on that foundation, retaining speakers and sessions that knocked it out of the park while finding brand new voices that will take attendee learning to the next level,” said Paula Horwitz, ARVC’s executive director of education and events.”

More than three quarters (75%) of the session topics this year will again be completely new and will be taught by a cast of new and familiar experts from inside and outside the outdoor hospitality industry. This first group of OHCE2020 education sessions features topics ranging from marketing insights to insurance tips and legal issues to how COVID has and will continue to impact our industry.

Speakers this year include:

  • Christine Taylor, an associate attorney with Towne Law Firm, PC
  • Chris Hipple, managing general partner with Leavitt Recreation and Hospitality Insurance
  • John Erdner, a corporate trainer with Northgate Resorts
  • Michael Elliott, principle with Camp and Park Accounting
  • Paul Bosley, managing member of Business Finance Depot
  • Eric Stumberg, CEO of Tengo Internet
  • Steve Dunn, founder/CEO of PURIFYD SYSTEMS.

The five educational tracks allow attendees to focus on their preferred sessions depending on their career path and interests, but due to the virtual nature of this year’s OHCE, attendees can easily tune in on-demand to sessions they missed during or after OHCE.

“We reimagined this year’s education tracks to allow our attendees to easily customize their learning path during the conference, and after, by attending the sessions that best fit their needs, whether that is sticking with one track or picking a variety of sessions to attend across the board,” explained Horwitz.

There will be more than 20 sessions in total this year and each will be recorded and available through ARVC’s virtual platform during the event and for 30 days after, at which point all ARVC members will be able to access the event content through their ARVC member profiles for the life of their membership. For a more detailed look at the OHCE2020 speakers and schedule, visit www.arvc.org/ohce.

OHCE2020 is Nov. 2-5, 2020 and registration is now open. ARVC members are offered significant discounts on registration, including the chance to attend for free as part of a new Hosted Buyer Program.

ARVC also recently announced it will be continuing its popular Takeaway Tours in the virtual format at OHCE2020. Hosted by longtime ARVC member and four-time ARVC Park of the Year Award winner Gary Quigley of the Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Kozy Rest, attendees will enjoy tours of three parks followed by an interactive Q&A with the park owners. For more information on this year’s Takeaway Tours, visit www.arvc.org/ohce.