The first meeting of the newly created Best Parks in America RVer Advisory Board was held on March 10. Four active RVers from diverse backgrounds have been named to the board and will be both offering ideas and advice for better serving RVer needs and experiences, and critiques of the parks they visit and the communications from Best Parks to RV consumers, according to a news release.
The board members and brief bios follow:
- Stan Fleming of Maine–“My wife and I purchased our first RV/motorhome (23 foot) in 2006 as we were getting close to retirement. We have become true believers in the value and pleasure of traveling in our RV. While not full-timers, we are close, and the freedom and flexibility our RV has provided has made traveling to visit family and friends a real pleasure. We are now planning extensive travel throughout the U.S. in the comfort of our own ‘home.'”
- Pamela Wright of Florida–Pamela has been a full-time RVer for the past eight years. She has been a Workamper, a park manager and now has her own company and website, www.FocusedWords.com, where she puts her marketing experience to work for the park owner.
- Jerry Batt of Michigan–Jerry is currently vice president and CIO at Pulte Homes, a residential home builder headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. “My wife, Christine, and I have three grown children who are married and live in different Midwest cities. We have two dogs with whom we travel to see our kids and between two homes in Rochester Hills, Mich.. and Mesa, Ariz. We have been RVers for 30 years, starting with a pickup camper and now a 40-foot 2009 Itasca Ellipse. We have camped in 38 states over the years and plan to visit Alaska summer of 2012.”
- Bob Gorden of Arizona–“I have been a tent camper and RVer for more than 50 years. Have owned and driven more than 50 RVs of various types. Owned and operated an RV rental business for several years. Constructed my own RVs in the 1970s. My academic background includes a Ph.D. in aquatic microbial ecology with experience teaching and conducting research at Texas Tech University, University of Southern Colorado and the University of Illinois. I have RVed in every state in the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico plus camping in RV parks in Australia. I have written more than 200 articles online as the Phoenix RV Travel Examiner.
” We are delighted at the response to the Best Parks announcement of the advisory board and the quality of the folks appointed to serve reflects the wide diversity of RVers,” said BPA President David Gorin. “This is a truly quality group of knowledgeable RVers who will help Best Parks continue to grow and develop into the leading national brand of RV parks in the U.S.”
The board will meet quarterly to review Best Parks’ programs and initiatives, suggest ways to improve outreach and top-of-mind awareness among RVers and to help craft the outstanding experiences that Best Parks offers to its guests.
Best Parks in America is the only national network of parks that sponsors an RVer Advisory Board to provide consumer input into the national group of parks that make up Best Parks in America.
Best Parks in America is a group of independently owned and operated RV parks and campgrounds that are highly rated by Woodalls and/or Trailer Life campground directories. There are currently 78 affiliated parks in 32 states and provinces. Each park offers a quality facilities and amenities and unique guest experiences. For a free directory of Best Parks affiliates, visit www.BestParksinAmerica.com.