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RVIA Preps for Committee Week/Annual Meeting

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March 31, 2010 by   Leave a Comment

RVIA logoThe Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has combined its two biggest member events of the year – Committee Week and its annual meeting – into one four-day event to be held in Elkhart and South Bend June 7-10, allowing many RVIA members to attend all events without incurring significant travel costs, according to a news release.

Committee Week will be highlighted by RVIA’s fun-filled RV Centennial Celebration, taking place on Monday, June 7, at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart.RVIA_Centennial

Committee Week meetings take place Monday through Thursday, June 7 – 10, at the Century Center in South Bend, where RVIA members will plan the association’s agenda for the next fiscal year and beyond. The association’s standing committees, the Go RVing Coalition, the Executive Committee and board of directors will meet to develop strategies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year.

On Tuesday, June 8, Committee Week attendees are invited to spend an evening with the Fighting Irish at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. Scheduled activities include a reception and dinner at the Namoli Club as well as a tour of the historic Notre Dame football stadium and locker room.

RVIA’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held on the morning of Wednesday, June 9 at the Century Center. RVIA’s Chairman of the Board Jim Sheldon, RVIA Treasurer Bob Olson and RVIA President Richard Coon will report to the membership on the state of the association and future plans. RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and RVIA Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Gary LaBella will provide an analysis of the post-recession consumer, examine the new Harris survey findings on the factors that influence RV purchase decisions, and give an overview of the media exposure created for the RV industry through the association’s public relations programs. Go RVing Co-Chair Bob Olson and LaBella will provide a briefing on the award-winning ad campaign. RVIA will also honor industry and association leaders by presenting a host of awards.

Rich Karlgaard

Rich Karlgaard

Rich Karlgaard is this year’s Annual Membership Meeting keynote speaker. A columnist, the publisher of Forbes magazine, and a regular panelist on the popular business show Forbes on Fox, Karlgaard will deliver his assessment of the current issues and trends in today’s business world. Richard Curtin, director of the Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan, will deliver a market forecast for the RV industry.

Richard T. Curtin

Richard T. Curtin

“I hope that RVIA members will take advantage of the opportunity to attend Committee Week and our Annual Meeting in our nation’s – and the RV industry’s – heartland,” said Coon. “RVIA is proud to be holding these important events the Elkhart and South Bend areas, where so many of our members live and work. And we look forward to celebrating 100 years of RVing with the entire industry on June 7.”

Committee Week meetings are open to guest attendance; however anyone planning to attend a meeting for a committee of which they are not a member should contact the RVIA staff liaison or the committee chairman for information on the guest policy.

Tickets to the RV Centennial Celebration will be made available in early April, and full details on Committee Week will be mailed to RVIA members after April 1. For more information about Committee Week, contact Doreen Cashion in the Meetings and Shows Division at (703) 620-6003 (324) or dcashion@rvia.org.

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