The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) welcomed Gov. Rick Scott to the 31st Annual State Convention, held Sept. 8-11 at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Ft. Lauderdale. According to a press release, Scott spoke at the luncheon on Saturday afternoon.
“The best thing that government can do to help small businesses like yours thrive and grow is to get out of your way,” said Scott. “As a business owner myself, I can relate to the struggles you have to face, I am committed to creating a favorable environment for business in this state.”
Scott went on to outline the progress that has been made during the first nine months of his term. He said that working with the Florida state legislature, his administration has been able to balance the budget while not increasing taxes or fees.
In addition to Scott’s address, the annual convention offered attendees a review of several key issues in a Friday morning panel discussion featuring Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Richard Coon, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Mike Molino, Rick Compton from BB & T, Mark Schroeder from Bank of America, Bob Olson from Winnebago Industries Inc., Bobby Cornwell from the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (FARVC) and Martin Street from Stag-Parkway Inc. According to FRVTA, the overall feeling was that the industry is still facing many challenges but has always bounced back from the worst of times.
Breakout sessions on Saturday covered a range of topics including Florida’s Dealer/Manufacturer Agreement, industry statistics featuring Tom Walworth from Stat Surveys Inc., dealer compliance issues, RV selling and making parts profitable.
The theme of the FRVTA State Convention was “The Greatest RV Show on Earth” following a circus motif throughout the event. The annual dinner/costume party featured many performers including ring masters, knife throwers, lion tamers, strong men, clowns and three bearded “ladies”.
Following the governor’s address at the luncheon, the FRVTA staff presented a game show that closely resembled the “Minute to Win it” hit TV program. The weekend ended with the “Grande Finale” Awards Banquet on Saturday night. It also marked the end of the silent auction, which benefited the FRVTA PAC Fund.