b'2019 CONVENTION PREVIEW BY BEN QUIGGLEARVC Adds More Experiences and EducationalThen about halfway through, were actu-ally going to combine those two cracker bar-Opportunities to 2019 OHCE, Plus 140 Vendors rels, she explained. This is to feed off of thetheme of conversing and working throughchallenges and hearing each other.Moving away from the traditional openinggeneral session on Nov. 5, that typically fea-tures a speech by ARVC CEO and PresidentPaul Bambei, this year Horwitz said that thesession will be member-focused and interac-tive, although she said ARVC wanted to keepthe main details as a surprise for attendees. ARVCs Young Professionals group willalso have a presence at the conference asmembers vote on a new chair during theirmeeting on Nov. 4 and hosts a networkingeventatalocalbowlingalleylaterthatevening. They are also set to host our After Partyto wrap up the conference on Nov. 7, Hor-witz explained. On the expo side, ARVC is expecting tohave roughly 140 vendors in attendance, withmore than 35% of the vendors new to theexpo or vendors that havent attended inmore than a year, according to Horwitz. We will have more park model RVs ondisplay this year and we will also have a lotof interactive pieces on the expo floor, aswell, said ARVCs David Basler.Weve gota couple of things that we want to leave assurprises, just so that people have that ex-This years Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo will fea- cited reaction when they walk onto the floor.ture interactive pieces and Campfire Sessions during the ARVC is also going to be hosting Camp-vendor exposition. fire Sessions on the expo floor that are mod-eled after TED Talks, explained Basler. The National Association of RV Parks and Owners are going to want to bring every- plained Horwitz. They are going to be 20-minute educa-Campgrounds (ARVC) is set to offer some body at their park so that they can have Horwitz said the conference will also be tional sessions that will include some time fornew experiences at this years Outdoor Hos- someone at each of these add-on experi- hosting two different social media sessions.Q&A from the audience, he said. A lot of thepitality Conference & Expo(OHCE), Nov. 4-7 ences, she explained. attheKnoxvilleConventionCenter in Other sessions at the conference wereKnoxville, Tenn.developed through conversations with mem-Paula Horwitz, ARVCs executive director bers, according to Horwitz. She said thatof education and events, said that there will every one of the sessions at the conferencebe two add-on experiences for attendees to will fall into one of five core competencies,choose from on Nov. 4, the first full day of the including human resources, brand manage-conference.ment, professionalism and leadership, busi-The first add-on experience will take at- ness management and practices, and sitetendees on Takeaway Tours of two area and facility management. parksBig Meadow Family Campground Patrick Hardy, CEO of Hytropy, a disasterand Little Arrow Outdoor Resortalong management company that works with busi-with a behind the scenes tour of park model nesses to develop emergency planning pro-RV manufacturer Clayton Homes headquar- cedures, will go through key elements of anters.effective disaster plan and how to train aThe second add-on experience will be a parks staff to act when needed. National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) There will be two sessions on communi-1194 Certificate course that is designed to cation and leadership styles: Resolving Con-tackle key areas such as general park design, flict Through Effective Communication andfire, electrical, water and sanitation and risk Acquiring Emotional Intelligence to Diffuse OHCEs educational sessions are the main draw.management. All attendees will receive a Tension.copy of the NFPA standards book.It really focuses on understanding that These will be focused at different expe- speakers for these sessions will be from out-Horwitz said that the add-on experiences its not just about what is being said but how rience levels, she noted. We will have So- side of the industry and they will be talkingallow attendees to learn valuable information something is being said and the emotions that cial Media Marketing 101, which is really an about a diverse range of topics.through a hands-on approach. come through conversation, as well, ex- introductory course, and then Social Media Members will also get a chance to vote for201 for people that already use social media. Area 1 and Area 5 representatives duringIt focuses on search engine optimization andunderstanding the next level of depth to so-cial media marketing. The conferences keynote speaker is MattHavens, who has a decade of experiencedealing with leadership and generational is-sues for a Fortune 500 company and a back-ground in standup comedy. Horwitz said thathe will be speaking on how owners can con-verse with different generations and will alsobe hosting a breakout session. Hes going to talk a little bit about leader- Attendees will have time to talk and learnship from a generational perspective, she from each other.explained. Not just communicating, but theleadership aspect of that as well. ARVCs annual membership meeting on Nov.Cracker barrels, which Horwitz said al- 7. ARVCs Awards of Excellence dinner andways have a tremendous turnout, will also be the ARVC Foundation Auctionare set to wrapa part of the conference this year, including up the conference later that evening. ARVC CEO Paul Bambei will lead a member-focused and interactive opening general session.oneforparkmanagersandanotherfor To learn more or to register for the confer-owner/operators.ence, go to www.arvc.org. WCM16 -October 2019Woodalls Campground Management'