b'2021 CONVENTION PREVIEWARVC OHCEfrom page 18go stale. RMS, a reservation systems provider, and ARVC will also be unveiling a generational camping study during another general session. We will have the results of that survey and we are all very interested to see what it says, explained Bambei. Ricky Kalmon, a mindset expert, motivational speaker and celebrity hypnotist, will serve as the conferences keynote speaker. Mindset is a pretty big topic at the moment, said Motley. I think for the meat and potatoes of this keynote, that is what he is going to be focused on, developing the power of your mindset. On the entertainment side, he uses hypnosis to illustrate the power of mindset. Diving deeper into the educational components of OHCE, ARVC is set to offer three Master Classes for the first time. These classes are being offered at no additional charge and will take a deeper look at topics that are essential to operating a park.ARVC is going to be hosting its first in-person hosted buyer program during the OHCE, some-Here is the schedule for the three classes:thing it says will give owners more time to connect with vendors. Tuesday, Nov. 9Ways its My FaultUnderstanding Mindset in Leadership, 10 a.m. to 11:30 amThere will also be Ted Talk-style Campfire Sessions during the expo, something that ARVCs own Robert Bouse, director of operations at Travel Resorts, will share the lead- was introduced in 2019. ership program he developed specifically for his team. His session will dovetail with theWe are splitting up these sessions on three smaller stages scattered around the expo presentation on Leveraging Your Mindset by keynote speaker Kalmon.floor so that the sound is lower and for a more intimate feel, said Basler. Enhancing the Guest Experience the Disney Way, 2 p.m. to 3:30 pmARVC anticipates having about 135 vendors taking part in the expo, noting that vendor This session will be presented by one of the outdoor hospitality industrys most popularregistrations now are pacing ahead of 2019. speakers, John Formica, also known as Mr. Disney, who was a former executive at TheWe are almost sold out of the 10-foot by 10-foot booths, Basler said. Campsites at Disneys Fort Wilderness Resort.ARVC is also bringing back its Hosted Buyer program, which offers attendees the Wednesday, Nov. 10chance to get a refund of their OHCE registration costs if they meet certain qualifications. Through the Lens: The Art of Seeing the Big Picture, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.The program will bring qualified decision-makers and exhibitors together through Destination marketing guru and acclaimed author Ron Rosenberg is customizing thispre-scheduled appointments before and during the expo. New this year, Hosted Buyers class for attendees on how to get focused and dominate your marketing now and in thewill be in complete control of scheduling their appointments. future.RV park/resort, campground and glamping business owners, operators and general Motley noted that the conference currently has between 40-50 other educational ses- managers who are interested in becoming Hosted Buyers can apply while registering for sions that attendees can take part in.OHCE. We have a wide variety of speakers, some that are ARVC members and others that areOne hosted buyer will be accepted per active member-park, and those who are ac-from the Raleigh community, she explained. We will have sessions on several differentcepted and attend a minimum of six pre-scheduled appointments with exhibitors at the subject matters to help people in operations, marketing, business leadership and more.event will have their registration fees refunded.One of the classes that Motley is excited about will be led by an astronomer and focusHonestly, the program is just one giant networking opportunity, said Basler. Thats on how park owners can use their largest free asset, the night sky.one of the big reasons why people come to conferences is to network with other camp-He is bringing his big outdoor telescope and he will have that set up during the open- ground owners and exhibitors. When theyre in this VIP space as a hosted buyer, and as a ing reception on Tuesday evening, Motley noted. He will be talking during his sessionhosted buyer exhibitor, thats all theyre going to be doing is networking. Theyre going to on how owners can create programming for their guests.ARVC OHCE continued on page 2422 November 2021Woodalls Campground Magazine'