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Lori Tews has been appointed executive director of the Michigan Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MichARVC).

”She’s got quite a bit of membership background,” MichARVC President Tim Wilcox, owner of Gateway Park Campground, Hillsdale, told Woodall’s Campground Management. ”She was the top of five candidates we interviewed from 80-some applicants.”

Tews, formerly with Morely Cos. Inc., and an executive assistant with the American Medical Association Foundation, was chosen during MichARVC’s Fall Convention & Campground Tour Oct. 22-23 at Holiday Inn West Bay in Traverse City. She received a bachelor’s degree in communication from Saginaw Valley State University and has completed eight of 18 classes toward a master’s  degree in nonprofit administration from North Park University in Chicago.

She replaces Traci Fisher, who served as executive director for 18 months while MichARVC went through a transitional period.

”I just filled the gap after the previous executive director to give them time to decide which way they wanted to go,” Fisher said.

Seventy-five people from about 30 campgrounds attended the meeting which features tours of Traverse Bay RV Resort, Acme along with Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort Holiday Park Campground, both in Traverse Bay.

Keynote speaker was Dave Lorenz, public and industry relations manager with Travel Michigan who talked about the state’s tourism opportunities.

Wilcox was re-elected as was Vice President David Cordray of White River RV Park and Campground, Montague and Secretary Deb Nagel of Lincoln Pines Resort, Gowen. Joan Holz of Holiday Camping Resort in New Era was elected the new treasurer.

”Everybody had a great year — some better than others,” Wilcox said. ”For the most part, everybody’s doing well.”