b'PCOA Attracts More Than 200 to AnnualPassage RV Park & Cabin Rentals Cartmell,TreasurerTim Honesdale/Pocono KOAConvention, Elects New Board MembersRegional Vice President, Regions I and II Jacob Hagofsky, Buttercup Woodlandsing campers with quality experiences that Campgroundkeep them coming back.Regional Vice President, Regions III andThe annual trade show attracted 72 ex- IVTyler Grim, Canyon Country Campgroundhibitors, while PCOAs annual auction raisedRegional Vice President, Regions V and$14,163.95 and is used to support educational VIJames Kesterke, Otter Lake Camp-Re-endeavors, including the National Associa- sorttion of RV Parks and Campgrounds National The following directors will fill spots thatSchool of RV Park and Campground Man- were vacated:agement. Regional Director, Region ILauraPCOA also announced its annual scholar- Holmes, Farma Family Campgroundship winners. They included:Regional Director, Region IIAllison Carolyn Wise, Allegheny River Camp- Lawlor, Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-ground, and Roulette and Andrew Confer, Resort, Mill RunPresqueIslePassageRVPark,wereRegional Director, Region IIIDavidawarded a full scholarship to the National Mull, Shady Brook CampgroundSchool of RV Park and Campground Manage- PCOA recently adopted Kampgrounds ofPCOA officers (L to R): James Kesterke, Tyler Grim, Jacob Hagofsky, Matt May, Tim Cartmell, ment in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Americas (KOA) Care Camps as the associ-Ryan McFarland and Jed Wood.Randy Quinby, Twin Bridge Campground, ations charity. Jennifer Mercer, KOA Careawarded the Young Professionals Scholar- Campsdirectorofdevelopment,madeaThe2019PennsylvaniaCampground were present for the keynote address, as well ship to the national school presentationtointroducetheprogram.Owners Associations (PCOA) Convention as the trade show. Isaac Grinnell, Farma Family Camp- Twenty-eightcampgroundscommittedtowas held Dec. 9-11 at the Penn Stater Con- Cooperation between PCOA and PRVCA ground, awarded up to $1,000 for a college or hold a fundraiser for the charity in 2020. Penn-ference Center Hotel in State College, Pa., strengthens Pennsylvanias presence in the university course sylvania is the first state association in thewith the theme, Planting Seeds for Suc- industry, according to PCOA officials. StephanieSchmidt,Elizabethtown/ nation to endorse Care Camps, according tocess, according to PCOA officials. The keynote speaker was Mark Koep, Hershey Kampgrounds of America (KOA), Mercer.The annual event attracted more than 200, CEO of CampgroundViews.com, who spoke awarded up to $500 for continuing education. Three retiring board members were rec-with informational workshops, inspirational on the topic Watching Our Industry Grow. PCOAs annual meeting was also held and ognized for their many years of dedicatedspeakers and opportunities to network for He shared that the campground industry is the following officers were elected to the service to the association: Bill Sujansky, those in attendance.on an upswing with growth anticipated in the board for a two-year term: Pioneer Park Campground, retiring as viceBack this year, the Pennsylvania Recre- next few years. New trends such as demandPresidentJed Wood, Blue Rocks president of Regions I and II; Ron Thompson,ation Vehicle and Campground Association for glamping sites and RVs that can run off Family Campground Silver Canoe Campground, retiring as Region(PRVCA), located in Camp Hill, Pa., held both the grid for extended periods are challenges VicePresidentRyanMcFarland, II director; and David Mull, Shady Brookits winter board meeting and its show com- campground owners are facing, Koep ex- Buttonwood Campground Campground & Boat Rental, retiring as vicemittee meeting during the convention and plained, but can be opportunities for provid-SecretaryMatt May, Presque Isle president of Regions III and IV. WCMNJCOA Recognizes Park Marketing, Airstream Inc. Makes Capital Investment in AutoCamp FMCA Events to be Held inActivities During Fall 19 Meeting create memorable experiences for a new Arizona & Nebraska in 2020An AutoCamp site at its Russian generation of travelers looking to connectSleepy Hollow won an award River Valley park. with the outdoors. FMCA events typically attract hundreds of RVers.for its Bike Wash event. AutoCamp and Airstream have workedtogethersince2016,whenAutoCampopened its second location in California inSonoma Countys Russian River Valley. Au-toCamps fleet of custom, mid-century mod-erntrailersareproducedbyAirstreamexclusively for the company. As a key Airstream partner, AutoCamphas secured a commitment from Airstream Preparations are in the works for the FMCAAirstream Inc.announced an investment to deliver units for its upcoming properties RV Clubs 101st International Convention andDuring its annual Fall Tour and Gen- into AutoCamp to fuel the growth of its including Cape Cod, which will open mid- RV ExpoSunsets + Saguarosset toeral Membership Meetingthe New Jer- Airstream-focusedexperientiallodging 2020, and several additional properties which take place at the Pima County Fairgrounds insey Campground Owners Association business. According to a press release, the will be announced within the next 12 months. Tucson, Ariz., March 26-29.(NJCOA) granted awards to members in agreement designates AutoCamp the exclu- Building on our successful partnership According to a press release, the Cincinnati,a variety of categories, including best sive lodging partner of Airstream, as Auto- with AutoCamp allows Airstream to get a Ohio-based RV owners association also an-brochure, best website, best event, most Camp continues to develop and operate its foothold in the $218 billion hospitality indus- nounced plans for the 102nd International Con-creativeactivityandbestcustomertrademark design-focused outdoor lodging try, where we can directly compete with vention and RV Expo, slated for the Lancasterservice, according to Joann DelVescio, properties across North America. the likes of hotels, Airbnbs, and VRBOs (va- Event Centerin Lincoln, Neb., Aug. 26-29. ThisNJCOAs executive director. For decades, Airstream has served as cationrentalsbyowners),saidBob will be the first international convention FMCAShe said that NJCOA wanted to rec- a symbol of adventure, iconic design, and Wheeler, Airstream president and CEO. has conducted in the state of Nebraska.ognize campground owners who work Americanculture,saidNeilDipaola, AutoCamps best-in-class approach di- Were excited to be adding a new state tohard to develop a cohesive and up-to- founder and CEO of AutoCamp. We are ex- rectly aligns with our premium brand ex- the list of those that have hosted an FMCA In-date marketing campaign, who think cited to begin this new chapter in our part- pectations. Were excited to build on our ternational Convention and RV Expo, saidoutside of the box to provide fun events nershipwithAirstreamandcontinueto previous success together. WCM FMCA national President Jon Walker. Ne-and/or activities for their campers, and braska will be the 34th state on the list. Theapplaud a campground that has an out- Lancaster Event Center is a first-class facilitystanding front desk staff that goes above CampCalNOWs Kelley to Serve on Glamping Board that should meet our needs well.and beyond.The Lancaster Event Center is a nationallyThe winners include: TheCampCalNOWRVParkand andcoaching, recognized facility that has five interconnected Best BrochureThe Great Divide CampgroundAlliance (CampCal- legalassistance buildings set on 160 acres. That will give usCampground, Skylands Region NOW) has announced that its CEO and and more. plenty of room for RV parking, seminars, indoor Best WebsiteHolly Shores Camp- president, Dyana Kelley, has been se- Kelley will assist and outdoor exhibits, and all of the other activ-ing Resort, Southern Shore Region lectedtoserveontheAmerican AGA members lo- ities associated with an FMCA event, said Best EventBike WashSleepy Glamping Associations(AGA) board of cated in the United DougUhlenbrock,FMCAseventsdirector.Hollow Family Campground, Greater advisors. States by connect- Plus, Lincoln is a vibrant capital city, and RVAtlantic City Region SimilartoCampCalNOW,AGAs ing them with the families and exhibitors will be able to explore all Most Creative ActivityKindness membership is comprised of vendors, resources and tools that it and the surrounding area have to offer.RocksIndian Rock RV Park, Shore park/resort owners and those looking they need to oper- Registration for the Nebraska conventionRegion to get their foot in the glamping indus- atesuccessfully begins on Feb. 26. Various registration optionsBestCustomerServiceMays trys door. AGA offers its members edu- and contribute to are available online for the 101st InternationalLanding Campground, Greater Atlantic cational webinars by industry leaders, theindustryasa Convention and RV Expo at www.FMCA.comCity Region. WCM accreditation certification, mentorship whole. WCM or by calling (513) 474-3622 WCM4 -January 2020Woodalls Campground Management'