b'CONY Wins Passage of Bill That Clar- Jellystone Park Recognized for 3rd Time as a Top Franchiseifies Legal Grounds to Remove Guests Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-Re-sortswas recently named a top franchiseChalk one up for the Campground Bennett said the legislation was nec- for 2020 by Franchise Business Review. Owners of New York (CONY). After a essary to give park owners and law en- This is the third year in a row that Jelly-decade-long legislative battle, the Pitts- forcementtheclearauthoritythey stone Park has been selected for thisford-based group succeeded in passing needed to remove unruly guests when honor. legislationthatmakesiteasierfor a park owner contacts the police. Prior The honor is the most recent in a stringcampground operators to remove un- to the legislation being passed, he said, of accolades for the Jellystone Park fran-ruly or disruptive guests. police often did not want to get involved chise. In 2019, the brand was also namedCONYPresident in disputes between park operators and a top franchisor by Entrepreneur Maga-Don Bennett Jr., said their guests, thinking it was a landlord- zine and Franchise Gator. thelegislation, tenant dispute. Founded in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., as asignedintolawin Bennett said the legislation makes it single campground with family-friendlyDecember,specifi- clear that the relationship between a amenities, such as a swimming pool and surveyed by Franchise Business Reviewcally makes it easier park operator and a guest is not a land- miniature golf course, today the Jelly- regarding their experience and satisfac-to remove seasonal lord-tenant relationship. stone Park system boasts more than 75 lo- tion regarding critical areas of their fran-guestswhoviolate The legislation also makes it easier cationsacrosstheUnitedStatesand chisesystems,includingtrainingandcampgroundrules for park operators to dispose of aban- Canada.support, operations, franchisor/franchiseeonanexpedited doned property, such as trailers. FranchiseBusinessReview,afran- relations, and financial opportunity. Don Bennett Jr. basis. If seasonal camper leaves a trailer chise market research firm that performs Were honored to once again be rec-Underthenewlaw,ifaseasonal behind, the legislation gives the park independent surveys of franchisee satis- ognized by Franchise Business Review,guest violates campground rules, he or owner the ability to get rid of it on an ex- faction, provides the only rankings and saidJimWestover,vicepresidentofshe must be given a warning in writing. pedited basis, Bennett said. awards for franchise companies based product development and sales. We oweIf they break the rules again, the park Thelegislationwassponsoredin solely on actual franchisee satisfaction our success to the amazing work of ouroperator can call the police and have theSenatebySen.BettyLittle,R- and performance, stated the release.hard-workingfranchiseesandwerethe guest removed. Queensbury, and in the Assembly by Franchise Business Review publishes proudthatthisindependentresearchThe exception, Bennett said, is when AssemblymanBillJones,D-Platts- its rankings of the top 200 franchises in its again demonstrates that our franchiseesa guest is involved in illegal activity. If burgh. It was signed into law by Gov. annual Guide to Todays Top Franchises.value the support, partnership, and finan-that happens, the guest can be removed Andrew Cuomo in December.Jeff JellystoneParkfranchiseeswere cial success provided by the Jellystoneimmediately. CriderWCM among more than 25,000 owners that were Park system. WCMKOAs Larry Brownfield Takes on Expanded Conservation RoleLarry Brownfield, Kampgrounds of Americas (KOA) director of 2006, they went to work for the Branson KOA new conversion parks and 14 newly con-franchise development, is taking on additional duties, according to Holiday, in Branson, Mo. After Branson, they structed KOAs to the system.KOA officials.traveled the U.S., working at campgrounds His previous role has now been expanded,He is now responsible for KOAs campground conversion efforts. from Bethel, Maine, to Anaheim, Calif. and Brownfield will oversee the efforts of twoBrownfield has a long history in the camping industry. In 2005, he In 2008, Brownfield joined the KOA team other KOA conversion experts.and his wife, Carla, became full-time RVers and work campers. In as a business development consultant in Brownfield is a familiar face throughoutKOAs Franchise Services Department. He the outdoor industry, presenting at the Na-was responsible for both the Northeast and tional Association of RV Parks & Camp-Southwest regions, and assisted KOA fran- grounds (ARVC)OutdoorHospitalitychisees with general campground opera- Conference & Expo, as well as speaking attions, marketing strategy, rate and revenue numerous state and regional campgroundanalysis and training. ownersassociationmeetingsaroundtheHe later became KOAs director of fran- country. He was also an instructor at the Na-chise development, where he worked di- tional School of RV Park & Campgroundrectly with independent campground owners Management at both the Eastern and West-who chose to join the KOA system and own- ern campuses.ers working to construct new campgrounds. Brownfield will continue to live in CedarHe was directly responsible for adding 64 Park, Texas, with his wife. WCMKessler, Gerard Part of Management Shifts at WCMG&G Media Group LLC, the Elkhart, (WCM), working with WCM Editor BenInd.-based publisher of RVBusiness and Quiggle. Gerard, a native of Plymouth,WoodallsCampgroundManagement Ind, who graduated from Indiana Statemagazines, has announced two key sen- University, has logged nearly 40 years inior management moves, both involving daily newspapers, having worked as a re-veteran newspaper journalists. porter, assistant editor, managing editorA G&G staffer since 2014, Rick Kessler, and, most recently, GM of the Times-anaward-winning Union.Michigan State Uni- We are pleased with the abilities andversityjournalism experience Gary and Rick bring to thegraduate who spent table, knowing that these two gentlemen22 years in the news will assist G&G Media Group in bringingbusiness and previ- the very best products to the RV andouslymanagedan campground markets, stated G&G part-11-newspaper chain ners Sherm Goldenbergand Gregg Fore.Rick Kessler in southeast Michi- Beyond all that, we should add, both aregan,hasbeen personable, business-friendly individu-named executive editor with responsi- als with busy personal livesRick as ability for the overall direction and devel- father of three and MSU sports fanaticopment of both publications and related who enjoys RVing and training for hiswebsites. first 10K, and Gary as a parent of twoAt the same time, grown children who plays guitar in aGary Gerard, former three-piececlassicrockcoverband,general manager of while doubling as a hockey goalie in athe Times-Union in South Bend recreational league.Warsaw,Ind.,joins Kessler, a Michigan resident marriedG&Gs staff as editor for 25 years to wife, Angie, can be con-ofRVBusiness and tacted at [email protected], whileeditorial director of Gerard, who resides with his spouse of 36Gary Gerard WoodallsCamp- years,Mary,inSyracuse,Ind.,canbeground Management reached at [email protected] -February 2020 Woodalls Campground Management'