CCLOA builds on success.

The Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners’ Association (CCLOA) focused on the theme “Success” at its annual convention and trade show held March 20-23 at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland, Colo.

The event attracted owners or operators of 17 campgrounds and RV parks, and the trade show featured 12 vendors.

The mood seemed optimistic overall among the attendees as they approach the start of the 2012 camping season.

“Despite rising gasoline prices, reservations are coming in and most seem positive and upbeat concerning the upcoming 2012 summer season,” reported Dana Foran, CCLOA administrator. “While out-of-state campers may decrease, campgrounds are optimistic that Coloradoans will camp in RV parks and campgrounds close to home. Only time will tell.”

The “success” theme carried through all the presentations. Speakers included former Kansas RV park owner Mary Arlington, who sold her park in December and spoke on the topic “Final Success: Selling Your Park;” Jim Manning, who once owned a private campground in the Canon City area but now is with the Colorado Parks & Wildlife working at the Steamboat Lake State Park; and Dan McNeff, owner of Legally Mine, who spoke on “Protecting Your Success.” His presentation helped attendees understand how, why and where legal entities should be used for both lawsuit prevention and income tax reduction, Foran stated.

Mark Rowland, owner and CEO of Peak Performance and owner of the Sweetwater River Ranch RV Park, addressed the convention twice. Rowland specializes in helping individuals and organizations reach “peak performance” by increasing the effectiveness of their personal and professional interactions, knowing and valuing themselves and their contributions and exceeding self-perceived barriers.

CCLOA members also toured four nearby campgrounds: Boyd Lake State Park, Loveland RV Resort, Johnson’s Corner RV Retreat and Riverview RV Park and Campground.

The CCLOA officers and board of directors for the upcoming year are:

  • Mari Garland, president, Junction West RV Park, Grand Junction.
  • Ian and Sally Steyn, vice president, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Larkspur.
  • Stan and Pat Stehwien, secretary/treasurer, Gunnison Lakeside Resort, Gunnison.

Regional directors are: Rick and Susan Warner, Cedar Creek RV Park, Montrose; Rick Stauter, Cutty’s Hayden Creek Resort, Coaldale; Jim and Dee Ozburn, Falcon Meadow RV Campground, Falcon; and Roy Youree, Riverview RV Park and Campground, Loveland.