The final pieces are falling into place for the 2012 National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo, scheduled at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nov. 26-30.

Billed as the premier event for the RV park and campground industry, the conference and expo will bring together owners and operators as well as suppliers and vendors from across the U.S. for three days packed with 40 educational seminars, cracker barrel discussions, various state and national association meetings and more than 100 vendors demonstrating the latest products and services that can assist in park operations.

Becky Winkler

Winkler Returns as Keynote Speaker

Becky Winkler, principal of Green Peak Partners, is this year’s keynote speaker. Her address at the Opening Luncheon on Nov. 28 will focus on how to add value to your business through the people you hire and the sense of community you build.

Winkler is recognized as “a leading expert at helping companies pick the right people” and has coached numerous leaders to achieve peak performance.

In 2010 Winkler 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 Winkler’s seminar on “Building High Performance Teams” which received high reviews.

ARVC Board Elections

This election cycle, seats are available in Voting Areas 2, 3, 4 and 6 and voting caucuses will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ARVC members are urged to cast their vote in person. However, if unable to attend the conference, an Official Request for Absentee Ballot form will be provided in advance.

There is one contested race, in Voting Area 3, at this year’s conference.

Nominees for all voting areas are as follows:

  • Voting Area 2: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia; Truman Hartshorn, Lebanon Reservoir Campground, Hamilton, N.Y.
  • Voting Area 3: Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin; Gilbert “Chip” Hanawalt, Autumn Lakes Family Campground, Sunbury, Ohio, and Tim Wilcox, Gateway Park Campground, Hillsdale, Mich.
  • Voting Area 4: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; Tim Deputy, Sun-N-Fun RV Resort, Sarasota, Fla.
  • Voting Area 6: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming; Daniel Wright, The Springs at Borrego RV Resort, Borrego Springs, Calif.

Bob MacKinnon

Successful Park Operators Tour (SPOT) Parks Confirmed

Bob MacKinnon, MacKinnon Campground Consulting, in partnership with ARVC’s education department, has confirmed the parks participating in the 2012 Successful Park Operators Tour (SPOT). Parks chosen for the annual program offer SPOT participants a peek inside the inner workings of a variety of successful operations as well as stimulating conversation on the merits of each park and/or resort during the motorcoach transit.

This year, SPOT will visit locations in three states over two days – Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 26 and 27. They are:

  • Arizona Charlie’s RV Park, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Silver View RV Resort, Bullhead City, Ariz.
  • Islander RV Resort, Lake Havasu, Ariz.
  • Havasu Falls RV Resort, Lake Havasu, Ariz.
  • Pirate Cove Resort, Needles, Calif.
  • The Palms River Resort, Needles, Calif.

Visit the Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo website www.arvcOHCE.com for more information and SPOT registration. Interested park owners/operators are encouraged to make reservations early, as space is limited.

Kids’ Camp

ARVC will again sponsor a Kids’ Camp for the children of conference attendees Nov. 28-30. The cost is $75 per child per day or $200 for the week. Space is limited and participation is first-come, first-served. Consult www.arvcohce.com for more information and www.arvc.org/downloads/ohce2012/kidscampregistrationform.pdf to register.

Many Meetings Scheduled

The ARVC conference brings together industry leaders for a bevy of meetings. Among the groups meeting are the ARVC board, ARVC Council of Delegates, state association presidents, Campground Association Management Professionals (CAMP), the Joint 20 Groups, the ARVC Business Forum, the ARVC Foundation and several state associations.

ARVC Awards Roundup

Each year ARVC recognizes a Supplier Council Member with the Supplier of the Year Award. The supplier must exemplify excellence in product, customer service and support. In addition, they should demonstrate their willingness to go the extra mile for their customers and our industry.

For the first time, ARVC offered its members an opportunity to nominate a Supplier Council member for this award.

The Plan-It Green Award is available to member parks that have taken the Plan-It-Green pledge. Parks that participate in the Plan-It-Green program are qualified to nominate themselves for the Plan-It-Green Award. This prestigious accolade is given in two categories: small/medium parks (250 or fewer sites) and large/mega parks (251+ sites).

The nomination deadline for both the Supplier of the Year Award and the Plan-It-Green Award was Sept. 14.

Award winners, as well as the recipients of ARVC’s coveted park of the year and other honors, will be announced at the ARVC Awards of Excellence Gala on Friday evening, Nov. 30.