b'RVillage Rally Attracts Over 2,000 as Group Continues to GrowRVillage closed the books on itsSpirit of the Road Rally on Feb. 16inLiveOak,Fla,as,lessthanamonth later, the online communityannouncedithadsurpassed200,000 members.According to company officials,the RVillage virtual communityARVCsJaquelineGloriaspokeat theconference.frequently referred to as the Face-book for RVershas been addingone new member every two to five LARVC Members Prepareminutes and has grown its user baseby over 50% in the last year. Founder for Busy 2020 Season atCurtis Coleman said he expects to Spring Conferencehit the million active-user mark inthe next few years. For many Louisiana Association of RVWhileuser Park and Campground(LARVC) members,growthisone the associations spring conference wascriticalmetric, a great way to prepare for the upcomingColeman cham- season and celebrate the great year theypions the web- The RVillage rally intertwined entertainment with educational opportunities, while had in 2019.sites technology attracting more than 2,000 attendees. All of the owners I spoke with saidas a tool to cre- that their 2019 seasons went great, Lisaate one-on-one working from the road. heard so much about the rally from Thibodaux, LARVCs executive director,personalcon- Entertainment, vendors, and ed- RVillage members that I just had to told Woodalls Campground Managementnections in the ucational seminars played a big part attend myself. (WCM). There were no hurricanes orCurtis Coleman realworld,the intheeventheldattheSpiritof He added, It was a great experi- floods that impacted our members.kind of relation- Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak. ence, a beautiful setting with the tra- Held at the Kemper Williams Park inships the Spirit MediapersonalitiesincludedThe ditional Suwannee trees and all that. Patterson Feb. 17-18, the conference at-of the Road Rally helps foster. RVGeeks,MortonsontheMove, Weenjoyedmanyconversations tracted more than 40 attendees from 10RVillage Chief Marketing Officer and Anthony Nalli, creator of the with actual RVers in an informal set- campgrounds, including two from Missis-Gayle Teskey described the gather- DiscoverytelevisionseriesThe ting and gained valuable feedback. sippi.ingofover700campedrigsand RVers. In addition, contemporary Overall, it was very fruitful for us. After a last-minute speaker cancella-2,000 attendeesdouble last Febru- folkartistTracyGrammar and Giant Recreation World, an RVil- tion, Brian Searl, founder of Insider Perksarys rally countas one of the most Charlie Smiths Fire Sculpturespro- lageadvertiser,wastheexclusive Inc., served as the conferences keynotediverse groups she has witnessed at videdliveentertainment,while dealership sponsor for the rally. Di- speaker. The conference also included aan RV rally. seminar hosts included Bob Wells rector of Marketing Kristina Shrider number of different educational sessions,Compared to other major rallies (CheapRVLiving),MarianneEd- described the event as a marketing cracker barrels and other opportunitiesI have experienced, this was a differ- wards (co-founder of Boondockers and branding opportunity to meet for attendees to learn about trends in theentcrowd,shetoldWoodalls Welcome), and Mike Sokol(RV elec- RV enthusiasts face-to-face. We are outdoor hospitality industry.Campground Management. I think tricity expert). a family-owned business with three Thirteen exhibitors participated in thethey were younger, and many were Valterra Products Minder divi- locations in Florida, she said. We conferences trade show.relatively new RVers. We even had sion was one of the dozen or so ven- may not be as well-known as the big LARVC also voted in members to itspeople just exploring the possibili- dorsattendingtherally.Mike nationaldealers,butwehavea board of directors, they include:ties and asking lots of questions. The Pescitelli,productandmarketing strongpresenceintheareaandMaurice LeBlanc, Yogi Bears Jelly-RVs they owned were of all typesmanager, commented. We like the wanted to get that across. Through- stone Park Camp-Resorteverythingfrombigrigstotravel idea behind RVillage, and over the outtheevent,everyonewassoLeAnneEyerhardt,Land-O-Pinestrailersandcampervans.Also,a pastseveralyearshaveusedthe friendly and so receptive. Jim Campgroundnumber of rally-goers were people platform to promote our products. I MacWCMGeralyn Myers, Myers Landing Laura Pitre, Lakeview Park & Beach Doug Ainsworth, 7 Oaks RV Park KimAyers,LeavittRecreation& Hospitality Insurance Tom Baehr, Twelve Oaks RV Park ReneeBritt,SilverCreekCamp-ground.Ben QuiggleWCMCamping World Sees RevenueIncrease, Profit Decrease in 2019Camping World Holdings Inc. reported aslight uptick in sales for the full year, while re-porting a net loss during the period, reflectingthe impact of the companys strategic decisionto consolidate operations in 2019, according tocompany officials. We are very excited about the current di-rection of our business, said Marcus Lemonis,chairman and CEO of Camping World HoldingsInc. Our 2019 results include the impact of ourdecision last September to strategically shiftaway from locations where we did not have theability or where it was not feasible to sell and/orservice RVs, and we took aggressive actions toconsolidate our retail operations, reduce prod-uct inventory levels and reduce overhead.Full Year-over-Year Operating Highlights: Revenue increased 2.1% to $4.9 billion. Gross profit decreased 5.5% to $1.3 billion. The number of active customers increased1.3% to approximately 5.12 million and the num-ber of Good Sam Clubmembers increased 1.4%to approximately 2.12 million.WCM6 -April 2020Woodalls Campground Management'