b'INDUSTRY NEWSORR Releases New Report on Career Opportunities in Outdoor Recreation During a virtual webinar in July, theticipant-Facingand Integratorstomillions of professional and technical, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR)help the public understand the types offull-time positions across the sector that released a new report on career oppor- career paths for people with and with- are lesser-known and provide competi-tunitiesinthe$689billionoutdoorout higher academic degrees.tive wages and meaningful careers. recreation sector to help industry lead- country are carving out roles in this ex- High-QualityCareerOpportuni- Outdoor Recreation is a Growth In-ers,policymakersandprospectiveciting industry that supports a conser- ties: The report also seeks to clear updustry:Multiplefactorshavecon-workersunderstandhowthesejobsvation ethos and enables a high qualitymisconceptionsamongthepublicverged to drive the significant growth provide outstanding quality of life, sup- of life, we also know that there is a grow- and policymakers about the types andin the outdoor recreation industry in portconservationgoals,strengthening skills gap in the outdoor workforcediversity of jobs in the outdoor recre- recent years, with the corresponding local economies and connect Ameri- and that there are thousands of openation economy.increaseinthenumberofjobs cans to the great outdoors.jobs (for example, 31,000 in the marineAs a newly organized sector includ- throughout the country, including in The backbone of this thriving sectorindustryalone)availableforpeopleing well over 110,000 small, mediumrural areas which are transitional from is a growing workforce that meets theseeking life-long and meaningful ca- andFortune500businessesacrossextractive and other industries and fo-dynamic needs of todays fast-paced in- reers, added Lee Davis, executive di- America, many professional and tech- cusing more on recreation. dustry, said Jessica Turner, president ofrector (CORE).nical careers in the outdoors are unseenFinally, ORR also debuted a new Ca-ORR. Right now, there are so manyA few highlights from the report:or unknown by the public.reer Path module to help meet real peo-high-quality jobs that exist across theDeep and Diverse Jobs: The report il- Most participants in outdoor recre- ple in the outdoor recreation industry. outdoor recreation industry for profes- lustrates the breadth, depth and diver- ation activities only interact with con- This module is a digital resource that sionals with a variety of skillsets thatsity of the outdoor recreation industrysumer-facing employees, including retailfeatures professionals across the out-provideoutstandinglifelongcareers,workforce, which totals over 4.3 millionand hospitality staff members, guidesdoor recreation industry telling their and we want to highlight those oppor- good jobs that help develop economies,and outfitters, parking and campgroundstories about how they arrived in their tunities in this report.increase rural prosperity, improve pub- attendants and concessionaires who sellcurrent roles, describing what they ap-The report was released in partner- lic health outcomes and quality of life,food, beverages, supplies, and souvenirspreciate about their work/life balance ship with the Oregon State Universityand promote environmental steward- at recreation hot-spots.and sharing advice to prospective work-CenterfortheOutdoorRecreationship and conservation. The report or- While these important jobs certainlyers who want to emulate their journey. Economy (CORE).ganizesoutdoorjobsintothreemake up a segment of jobs in the out- To access the report, visit www.recre-While professionals from across thecategories: Technical Specialists, Par- door recreation economy, there are alsoationroundtable.org WCMNEWS IN BRIEF Northgate Resorts to Transform Kittatinnys Campground into Camp FimfoRVIA Survey Shows Wholesale RV Shipments Hit 44,000; Up 7.7% YTD Northgate Resorts has announced it will transform Kittatinnys Campground in Barryville,Results for the RV Industry Associations (RVIA) June 2022 survey of manufacturers deter-N.Y., into an elevated camping experience when its new brand, Camp Fimfo, opens its doorsmined that total RV shipments ended the month with 44,793 units, a decrease of (-11.7%) com-next summer in the Catskills, according to a press release.pared to the 50,796 units shipped in June 2021. Through June, RV shipments are up 7.8% Camp Fimfo debuted last summer in New Braunfels, Texas, and is opening a second locationcompared to the same point last year with 323,831 wholesale shipments. this August in nearby Waco. The Catskills location will be the award-winning brands first localeTowable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, ended the month down (-12.8%) against last outside of the Lone Star State with plans to continue expanding nationwide.June with 39,842 shipments. Motorhomes finished the month down (-1.3%) compared to the Were excited to introduce our brand to residents and visitors of New York, said Tessa Mc- same month last year with 4,951 units. Cracken, chief marketing officer for Northgate Resorts.Park Model RVs finished May up 27.4% compared to June 2021 with 363 wholesale ship-Camp Fimfo Catskills spans 250 acres and will feature a collection of new riverfront, treetopments. To date, park model RVs are up 2.9% with 2,227 shipments. and A-frame cabins coupled with premium RV sites and Airstream trailers plus glamping tentsWhile early 2022 shipment results have been strong, RVIA does see the market leveling off and pods. Some existing cabins, tents and RV sites will be refurbished resulting in a total of 240against 2021s record numbers. The latest 2022 RV Roadsigns forecast projects RV shipments cabins, 40 tent sites and nearly 60 RV sites. WCM for 2022 to range between 537,800 and 561,900 units with a most likely year-end total of 549,900 units, an -8.4% decline from the 600,240 shipped in 2021. MYSites Reservation System Copyrights its Source CodeAn updated RV Roadsigns forecast will be released in early September. WCMMYSites Reservations System, a division of SEPI Marketing, has officially copy-written its source code, according to a release from the company.K&K Insurance Announces Ron Norton as its new President & CEO This gives MYSites three exclusive rights under the Copyright Act. It has the rights to repro- K&K Insurance has announced that Ron Norton is its new president duce, prepare derivative works and full code distribution rights, states the release. Having fullyand CEO, effective July 1. authored the code base, SEPI marketing can ensure that the way the code is expressed cannotNorton is stepping into the top role as Todd Bixler retires, according be duplicated or recreated.to reports from Insurance Business America. Business Development Director Brian McGuinn states that it was an important first step be- Norton has a 36-year history with K&K, starting as an associate cause the nature of the program is easy to learn yet extremely comprehensive. We have grownunderwriter at the firms E&A division in 1986. Throughout his career leaps and bounds because we offer a system that is very powerful and offers unlimited variationswith the company, Norton has grown and managed several K&K pro-which enable it to better fit within unique business processes that are ubiquitous in the camp- grams including leisure camps, campgrounds, girl scouts and resorts. ground industry, said McGuinn.In 2007, Norton moved into senior management as vice president McGuinn explained that MYSites does not charge any setup fees, per-site fees, usage fees,of the leisure division. Under his leadership, the division grew and splitRon Nortoninvoice fees, monthly fees or even marketing/referral fees. SEPI Marketing companies also includeinto the present leisure and E&A divisions. Norton rose to chief under-the RV Bunch, a closed Facebook group that has a membership of over 94,000 members andwriting officer in 2019 and was also instrumental in K&Ks partnership with three insurance car-MobileRVing.com, an RV travel search engine.riers. We want our partners to get the best deal they can, which is why we connect to 14 differentBixler steps down after 12 years of leading K&K Insurance. During his tenure as CEO, he payment gateways, he said. WCM guided the company through many challenges and led K&Ks gross written premium to more than double. WCM RoverPass to Integrate with Online Marketplace Airbnb RoverPass has announced a new integration with Airbnb, an online marketplace, that willPathfinder Ventures Inc. Hires Jennifer Lee as Chief Financial Officer allow RV parks and campgrounds using RoverPass to automatically list their sites on Airbnb forPathfinder Ventures Inc. has announced that Jennifer Lee has joined the corporation as additional bookings, according to a press release.Chief Financial Officer, subject to the approval of the TSX-V, according to a press release. According to 2020 statistics, Airbnb maintains around 20% of the market share in the vacationThis is a big milestone for Pathfinder, we welcome Jennifer as full-rental industry and is believed to possess up to 38% of all online booking value. With over 150time CFO to oversee all financial aspects of the company and assist million users, Airbnb has a continuously expanding reach to all kinds of travelers looking forwith our growth, said CEO Joe Bleackley. And we also say thank unique vacation spots.you to Darren Prins, who helped us grow from an idea to a publicly-The Airbnb integration will be available to any RV park or campground using RoverPass reser- traded company with multiple cash-flowing assets. vation software and will automatically sync incoming reservations to eliminate the possibility ofLee is a finance leader with progressive roles in accounting, due dili-double bookings, noted the release.gence, financial analysis and financing. Before joining Pathfinder Ventures, As the top online marketplace, Airbnb was the clear choice for RoverPass when creating newLee was the associate vice president of finance, Real Estate, at Fengate integrations for the thousands of RV park and campground sites available on RoverPass.com,Asset Management. She is a chartered professional accountant in Canada. said CEO Ravi Parikh. We are dedicated to providing our customers with more opportunitiesDarren Prins plans to resign as the CFO of the corporation upon theJennifer Leeto reach new campers and extend their inventory through our network so they can further growhiring of Lee,noting, Its been a pleasure working with the entire team their business.since the founding of the company, going through the RTO process and building the foundation RoverPass has plans to continue building new integrations with other online marketplacesof the financial reporting department. With the growth trajectory ahead, its great to see Pathfinder and booking platforms. WCM has reached the stage of needing a full-time CFO, explained Prins. WCM4 September 2022 Woodalls Campground Magazine'