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Coulter Headlines Annual RVB Dealer Awards

Posted By Sherman Goldenberg On May 19, 2010 @ 11:25 am In Breaking News,News In Focus | 21 Comments

Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter

On the premise that the pursuit of professionalism and top-notch consumer care may find an even more receptive ear as the recession lifts, RVBusiness magazine is moving ahead with its 3rd Annual RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards — a quality-focused program culminating Oct. 6 at an upbeat reception and dinner at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during the annual RV Dealers International Convention/Expo.

“While we realize that recognizing 50 U.S. and Canadian recreational vehicle dealerships above all the rest is a tough and highly subjective matter,” says RVBusiness Publisher Sherman Goldenberg, “we feel that the process of nominating, selecting, honoring and promoting those who generally do the best they can throughout North America is in itself a worthy exercise that brings to the forefront the quality themes outlined by the Go RVing Coalition’s Committee on Excellence.”

North American RV manufacturers have already completed their nominations for this year’s awards by forwarding the names of their best and most professional dealers with regard to aftermarket parts stores, sales lots, service work, F&I departments and personnel matters in addition to civic and charitable aspects.

“One key change for 2010,” said Goldenberg, “is that RVBusiness is expanding its program to include recreational park model manufacturers, realizing just how significant their contributions have become in a rapidly changing marketplace. Although their businesses haven’t fully recovered from the recession yet, the accommodations sector of the RV park and campground arena has been shifting somewhat to more destination-style cabins and lodges at parks throughout the U.S. and Canada. So, we thought it was time to include them.”

Nominated dealers are invited to submit applications by mid-July to BJ Thompson Associates, a northern Indiana agency that oversees an independent review of those applications by a panel of industry “experts,” none of whom are directly associated with RV Business or its parent company, Affinity Group Inc. (AGI).

Multi-store operations are again limited to one award, regardless of how many outlets they have, and the Top 50 dealers will not be ranked, although ten Blue Ribbon retailers will be named and one individual will be singled out for the Dave Altman Award, the equivalent of RVB’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

In addition to the recognition offered at the October dinner during this year’s RV Dealers International Con/Expo, sponsored by the U.S. Recreation Vehicle Dealer Association (RVDA) and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA Canada), those selections ultimately will be announced in the pages of RVBusiness and on RVBUSINESS.com, both of which are owned by Affinity Group Inc.

Again this year, RVBusiness has invited a special celebrity guest to dinner to provide some thought-provoking table talk: Conservative Republican columnist Ann Coulter. An author of seven New York Times bestsellers, including “Guilty: Liberal Victims and Their Assault on America” (January 2009) and “If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans” (October, 2007), Coulter more than likely will focus in her remarks on the nation’s anticipated, off-year electoral shift to the political right, including the “Tea Party” movement and related conservative themes.

A lawyer and frequent guest on ”Hannity” and ”The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News cable channel, Coulter will field audience questions after her remarks. Meanwhile, her appearance, along with that of former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, keynote speaker at RVDA’s Tuesday (Oct. 5) general session, should lend a crowd-inducing national spotlight to this year’s Con/Expo.

RVBTop50Logo-small“We chose Ann Coulter not because we endorse any one political viewpoint, “ said Mike Schneider, AGI president and CEO, “but because we wanted to bring a thought-provoking speaker to the podium in Las Vegas who might give us all – left, center or right – a chance to think and an opportunity again this year to enjoy a dinner with friends and industry peers along with a high-profile national celebrity.”

After the Con/Expo, RVB will promote the Top 50 award winners within the industry and in dealers’ local and regional newspapers. They’ll get RVBT50 window decals, rights to use the RVBT50 logo in their advertising plus exposure to millions of active RV enthusiasts in the pages – and on the websites – of AGI’s RV-related consumer magazines – Trailer Life, MotorHome, Highways, Coast to Coast and Camping Life.“

Supporting the RV Business Top 50 Dealer Awards this year are the following “Leadership Alliance” sponsors:

ADP Lightspeed : With ADP Lightspeed, dealers can steer their businesses with more precision than ever before. The integrated modules in the Salt Lake City, Utah, company’s LightspeedEVO RV dealer management system include comprehensive sales and F&I tools, real-time accounting functions, service tracking, automated parts inventory management and rental unit management. For more information, visit http://www.adplighspeed.com/rv/index.phpwww.adplighspeed.com/rv/index.php.

Bank of the West: Bank of the West, with more than $60 billion in assets and community bank roots dating back more than 135 years, has more than 700 commercial and retail banking locations throughout 19 Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in San Francisco, Bank of the West originates commercial, small business and consumer loans and leases and provides a range of other individual and commercial deposit, cash management, trust, and investment products. For more information contact a Bank of the West account manager or look on the web at www.bankofthewest.com.

Blue Ox: Blue Ox, a leading manufacturer of towing and hitching products, attributes its success to its dealer partners and the vital interest this Nebraska company takes in their success by providing education, innovative new products and support that’s invested in serving dealers’ needs long after the sale. This approach has been paramount in developing the strong partnerships that have made the company’s dealers “True Blue.” For more information, visit www.blueox.us.

Cummins Onan RV Generators: Cummins Onan RV Generators are built by Cummins Power Generation, Minneapolis, Minn., the global leader in generator design and construction. For nearly 80 years, Onan generators have been providing reliable stationary and portable power for cities, hospitals, shopping centers, military vehicles and fire engines around the world, as well as for the U.S. RV industry. For more information, visit www.cumminsonan.com.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.: Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) manufactures diesel chassis for walk-in vans, motorhomes, school buses, and commercial buses and enjoys market share leadership in all addressable industries. Established in 1995 in Gaffney, S.C., FCCC chassis provide customers with exceptional performance and reliability. More than 400 dealers in the U.S. and Canada provide sales and service, and FCCC offers 24/7 customer support at 800-FTL-HELP.

RV America Insurance: RV America, headquartered in Simi Valley, Calif., has provided some of the lowest rates for specialized recreational vehicle insurance for more than two decades, and each of its companies is rated “A, Excellent” or higher by A.M. Best Company. The company works hard to find clients the best rate and coverage for their travel trailer and motorhome insurance needs. For more information, visit www.RVAinsurance.com.

RV Trader Online: Available at RVTraderOnline.com is an extensive selection of classified ads, with more than 60,000 recreational vehicles to choose from and more than 800 dealership listings. More than 640,000 serious buyers visit RVTraderOnline.com — more than any other source – each month, company officials state. RVTraderOnline.com, Norfolk, Va., also offers video advertising, web services, lead management, mobile search and several new tools and lead-generating opportunities. Whether you are looking to buy, sell or research recreational vehicles, RVTraderOnline.com is the No. 1 resource for all RV enthusiasts, manufacturers and dealers.

Protective: Chesterfield, Mo.-based Protective offers XtraRide RV extended protection programs exclusively endorsed by RVDA and designed to meet recreational vehicle dealership needs. Building customer loyalty, increasing repeat business and generating customer referrals are among the added benefits XtraRide brings to its dealership partners. For more information, visit www.protective.com.

For more information, contact BJ Thompson Associates Account Executive Barb Riley by phone at (574) 674-6300 or by email at briley@bjta.com. Goldenberg can be reached at (574) 457-3370 or at goldenberg@kconline.com.

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21 Comments To "Coulter Headlines Annual RVB Dealer Awards"

#1 Comment By dennis Hoffer On May 19, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

Ann Coulter is the epitome of the problem in our nation.
The do nothing congress is due mostly to the partisan rhetoric that Coulter and her ilk continue to vomit on this nation.
Of all the personas in the country why this ?

#2 Comment By Jeff Regan On May 19, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

I am very disappointed in your choice of Ann Coulter as choice of speaker. She is a negative and divisive force in our domestic political environment–hardly the way forward for the industry or America.

I know many believe any publicity is good publicity, but this will put your organization in a negative light in many people’s(potential customers) eyes.

I am now going to contact every event sponsor to echo my sentiments on your unfortunate decision.

#3 Comment By kurt kline On May 19, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

We chose Ann Coulter not because we endorse any one political viewpoint, “ said Mike Schneider, AGI president and CEO, “but because we wanted to bring a thought-provoking speaker to the podium in Las Vegas who might give us all – left, center or right – a chance to think and an opportunity again this year to enjoy a dinner with friends and industry peers along with a high-profile national celebrity.”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The next original thought will be the first
The problem is right now conservatism pays and we see who gets on the
bandwagon.
Their interest in not in making the country work together
Lets log jam everything so the white house will be in their control
Who is the idiot who made this decision?
Thought provoking?
She does not prvoke thought. She promotes hate.
Hopefully the sponsors of this Award show realize I will not promote their products
And at best the few Rv people I talk to will hear me badmouth them

Thank you to Dennis and Jeff for realizing that the country moves forward by working together as one nation.

Thanks to Mike Schneider for a truly moronic choice

Kurtiss

#4 Comment By Michael Soby On May 19, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

Poor choice. Reflects poorly on your organization. She’s a bomb thrower and nothing more. ‘Nuff said

#5 Comment By Jim Roberts On May 19, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

Hard to believe you would pick Ms Couler as a speaker. She is one of the most devisive commentators I have heard. We need someone to encourage us in times like these.

#6 Comment By Nick On May 19, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

Love Ann Coulter, great choice. She surely will awaken the fools that belittle her. An intelligent woman and excellent speaker that brings the hard truth to the discussion.

#7 Comment By Charles Bell On May 19, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

Why pick such an un-civil person. Didn’t your Mom teach you to avoid mean people?

#8 Comment By Pat On May 20, 2010 @ 9:53 am

This is the best you could come up with???? Out of all the people in this country “Ann Coulter” ………. REALY!

#9 Comment By Amery On May 20, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

a very poor choice indeed. I don’t think I will be returning to this site.

#10 Comment By kurt kline On May 20, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

Nick She is not an intelligent person. An intelligent person is constructive not destructive. As soon as you realize this you will see she is a bore

#11 Comment By Andy On May 21, 2010 @ 10:16 am

Conservative? She’s gotten rich on it. A joke? You bet!!! RVB? Just another AGI goofy decision.

#12 Comment By Bill On May 21, 2010 @ 11:58 am

I thought this was an RV Business site! RV’s- One of the last MADE IN USA products.

Where did all you socialistic “Progressive” libs come from? I thought you hung out on CNN and Move On Org, etc. where you can get the “real” truth about the obamanation.

I will attend the award reception and dinner this year for the first time because of Ann Coulter. She tells it like it is.

#13 Comment By kurt kline On May 22, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

Oh I forgot the Rv industry tanked under George W and his cronies
Give Coulter’s allies who helped sink the Rv industry an award

#14 Comment By Peter On May 25, 2010 @ 2:46 am

Are you out of your minds? I grew up in my father’s business learning that religion and politics are not appropriate for the workplace. If we offend ONE customer with those kinds of discussions or displays, it is bad for business.

You have now turned this entire event into a political fight. Isn’t this supposed to be about uplifting the RV industry at a time of great difficulty? Isn’t there enough division and debate at the kitchen tables across the country without bringing it to the conference table too?

Anyone who thinks this is a good choice knows nothing about running a business. There wasn’t one other celebrity available? I guess the fact that the only one available last year was also a right-wing conservative (Mike Huckabee) is just a coincidence, huh? “We chose Ann Coulter not because we endorse any one political viewpoint.” Sure… we believe ya Mike.

What you’re doing is bad for all of us, even if Coulter’s base loves it. Some would love it if you hired Michael Moore, but he’s just as inappropriate. Keep your politics out of our industry and in the voting booth where it belongs. This choice is an a slap in the face to our industry. At a time when real leadership is essential, you’ve foisted this kind of crap on us for no reason at all. What an outrage.

#15 Comment By Kent On May 28, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

Wow! I knew the RV Industry had a conservative bent – but I had no idea anyone would countenance the vitriol that continues to come from this woman. Is this really the best you could do to encourage “thought provoking” conversation? I find it completely disingenuous that you state “We chose Anne Coulter, not because we endorse any one political viewpoint….” Nobody in their right mind would choose such a polarizing and divisive speaker if that were, in fact, the case. “High profile national celebrity”??! In whose eyes? Quite frankly I’m embarrassed for you and whoever else condoned this decision.

I, for one, had not yet decided to attend this year’s event, but this has certainly made it an easy decision. You apparently are not aware of her blatantly racist statements against Muslims much less nasty and degrading comments regarding homosexuality, democrats, women, etc., etc.

Apparently you think comments like this are thought provoking??

“I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo.” (Dec. 2005)

“Not all Muslims may be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” (Sept. 2008)

“We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” (Sept., 2001)

“The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man’s dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet — it’s yours. That’s our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that’s the Biblical view.” (Oct. 2000)

“The “European Union” happens to be composed of people who hate our guts. It is the continent where Moveon.org-style lunatics are the friendly, pro-American types and the rest are crazy Muslims.” (May 2007)

“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building. (Aug. 2002)

“We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens’ crème brulee. That’s just a joke, for you in the media.” (Jan. 2006)

“I think [women] should be armed but should not vote…women have no capacity to understand how money is earned. They have a lot of ideas on how to spend it…it’s always more money on education, more money on child care, more money on day care.” Feb. 2001)

“It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 – except Goldwater in ‘64 – the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted.” (Aug. 1997).

“I think there should be a literacy test and a poll tax for people to vote.” (Aug 17, 1997)

These are not thought provoking statements. – Just a sampling of some of her hate speech! How sad that you have decided to enrich this woman at our expense.

#16 Comment By Tom On July 23, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

Good golly gee wizz, of the motivational speakers that we have in this country you go out and pick someone like this with her agenda. Intelligent, give me a break. Nothing that comes out of her mouth is the truth. I am neither leaning left or right so I say this a constructively as possible. Please, please as a nation let us be able to get back to level discourse and actually debate the various issues that are dividing our nation. Speakers like the one you have chosen does just the opposite in my view. I want someone to step up and care about America again, not just corporate America. Let’s bring manufacturing jobs back to this country and put honest hard working people back at a job. Let’s even pay them more so that they have a few extra dollars to spend and invest, and perhaps even afford to buy a recreational vehicle and take a trip some where. Let’s start getting after these corporations that offshore their companies to the determent of all of us. We need to start organizing workers again in this country to provide them with a decent wage and benefit package again. No one will care if the hammer you buy that was made in the USA costs a couple of bucks more if they are getting paid enough in their jobs to purchase one. Heck wouldn’t it be wonderful if families that decide to have children could have one of the parents to stay home with them and teach them something at least until they are grown up a little. We are going to Hell in a hand basket and it is not rocket science what must be done to turn this thing around. I am a veteran and I have fought for and love this country and would do it again if called upon. Corporations are sucking the very life blood out of this country and it just has to stop. Guess once I got going it was just hard to stop.

#17 Comment By Eric Brophy On July 29, 2010 @ 11:18 am

A little late in coming to this thread, but I have this funny feeling that all of the negativity verbalized on this thread about Ann Coulter is more-than-likely coming from people who fall into one, if not a combination of the following:
A.) Anti-Coulter types who simply Google search for Ann Coulter, and the post their negative opinion under the guise of being a ‘disappointed member’ or ‘outraged customer,’ etc.
B.) ……….
You know what, no, there is no “B.”
It’s not rocket science; she’s only considered to be controversial by the people that disagree with her. I have a funny feeling that the REAL industry people who will be attending this meeting will receive both Ann, and her message quite well.

Oh, and to the earlier comment in this thread about the Bush Administration basically destroying the RV industry; I don’t know how to break this to you, but from 2001 through 2007 the RV Industry had more growth, than at any other time in its history. The RV industry’s rise and decline coincides with the housing market; if you want to take a look at which policies helped and harmed the housing market, I’d be more than happy to get into that discussion with you.

#18 Comment By C Grif On September 20, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

The hiring of Colter to speak to a group of entrepenuers who are being honored for successes is a fools choice at best. It shows the orientation AGI and only penalizes the RV industry. She’s the most divisive personality on Fox, which is the most divisive GOP network. Why anyone would pay to see this idiot speak is beyond reason.

Intelligent RV industry members should boycott this meeting.

#19 Comment By roy scott On September 20, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

Excellent choice.
Stimulating thought provoking speakrer. Can’t wait.

#20 Comment By j davis On October 12, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

You start the article with the evening will be “a quality-focused program culminating Oct. 6 at an upbeat reception and dinner.” Upbeat, when you book one of the most divisive figures in the “media” today out to sensationalize at the expense of truth. Our industry has had enough of a beating without listening to her tripe.
SHAME ON YOU!!! I hope it’s not our money being used to pay her $25,000 speaking fee.

#21 Comment By Bill On December 8, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

Ann Coulter!? Further proof that the RV industry hasn’t learned a thing in the past few years. Wonder if the CEO of Fun Time RV’s going to be there cheering her on?

This woman is the female version of Jerry Springer, which makes me wonder, is that the kind of audience Mike Schneider hopes to appeal to? Oh yeah, and of course it’s a political statement. Moron.


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