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ConfPic2016The Colorado Camping and Lodging Owners Association (CCLOA) conference and expo for campground owners and managers, “Sharing the Passion of Outdoor Hospitality,” brought together a mixture of newer professionals and the latest generation of several founding members March 18-20, according to an announcement from the association.

Of those in attendance, personal experience in the industry ranged from about a year to more than five decades.

After nearly 50 years of service to the Colorado campground industry, CCLOA has some long-time familiar names on its leadership roster along with those from a new generation: President David Ozburn of Falcon Meadow RV Campground, Vice President Don Seppi of Sugar Loafin’ RV Campground, and Director Carrie York of Golden Eagle RV Campground & RV Park were raised in the campground industry and have CCLOA in their DNA, according to the announcement.

Seasoned leaders Pat and Stan Stehwien of Gunnison Lakeside RV Park & Cabins and Mari Garland of Junction West RV Park also stepped into leadership roles as secretary/treasurer and director, respectively.

During the event, 16 industry suppliers were represented, with several of them providing lively seminars. Damian Petty of Leavitt Recreation Insurance,was on so much of a roll that the attendees didn’t want his presentation to end, Executive Director Mary Arlington said. “Insurance isn’t a topic that tends to run overtime because of all of the fun. Damian pulled off a highly informative presentation that will be remembered by everyone.”

In the weeks leading up to the conference, the association surveyed members and nonmembers across the state. There is a lot of change brewing for CCLOA and, according to Arlington, it’s an exciting time to be a park operator in Colorado.

“New benefits have been added, and more are coming. A few of the benefits are ‘pay to play’ options, and several of those were used as challenge prizes during the social. 2016 is shaping up to be a year of transition and growth, and those who were at the conference feel that 2017 will bring even more growth,” said Arlington.