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FRVTA’s Convention to Offer ‘Super Hero’ Theme
It’s not a Comic Con, though. The capes and spandex are part of “Discover Your Inner Hero! RV Con 2015,” which is the theme of the Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) 35th annual state convention, scheduled for Sept. 10-12.
Lance Wilson, FRVTA executive director, said the association has enjoyed a “great response” and the hotel has been sold out – and the playful nature of the annual theme and corresponding costume party has a lot do with it.
“It’s a tradition. We have people calling all year round, ‘What’s the theme going to be?’ They’re all worried about their costumes,” Wilson said, refusing to disclose what costume he and the rest of the FRVTA staff might be wearing. “You know, everybody’s playing it pretty close to the vest. It’s all about ‘Discover our Inner Hero,’ so that could be anybody from your father, to a fireman, to a soldier, to an Avenger, to a Batman – and I know we have those coming. Captain America will be covered, Thor, Batman, Superman – all that kind of stuff and everywhere in between.”
The theme and costume party are designed to inject a little fun into what otherwise might be a typical business conference, Wilson added, and it’s a formula that seems to work.
“We know that these people have a choice. It’s not like it’s a sales conference where everybody has to be there. These guys make a choice to come and we’ve tried to strike a good balance between having fun and an education and so forth,” he said.
That’s not to say the business end of the conference isn’t up to snuff. The convention will feature a full slate of guest speakers along with updates on industry and association news.
Participants will settle in Thursday evening at the “Avengers Assemble Welcoming Reception,” followed by the opening of the convention at Friday morning’s general session. The session features representatives from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) offering updates on the record-setting year the industry is enjoying.
Friday activities will include the “To Infinity and Beyond” golf outing along with a “Stroke of Genius” painting class and the “Up, Up and Away” movie matinee. That evening, FRVTA will host “The Hero in All of Us” costume/dinner party.
Saturday morning the breakout sessions will bring detailed information to attendees in smaller, more intimate classroom settings. Topics include: Allen Monello will cover dealer compliance issues; Tom Walworth from Statistical Surveys Inc. will take a look at the industry numbers; and Florida’s Highway Safety Department and Department of Revenue will hold sessions to answer dealer’s questions. FRVTA’s Training Director Jim Carr will also conduct a seminar on the new LP gas licensing requirement and there will be a session covering website search optimization.
Saturday features “Super Dave” and his “Super Friends” presenting a game show luncheon. Contestants will vie for cash and prizes just like the “Let’s Make a Deal” game. “Name That TV Show/Movie Theme Song” and super hero trivia will also be a part of the lunch.
The convention wraps up that evening with the “Hall of Justice” awards banquet and silent auction. The silent auction benefits the FRVPC PAC Fund and will feature such items as weekend getaways, I-pads, e-readers, I-watches and Disney gift certificates.