Cruise Inn Announces Palmeri, Profaizer Hiring
Officials of Cruise Inn, a new concept in RV parks benefiting owners and guests, announced today Kathy Palmeri and Linda Profaizer joined the company as directors of business development. According to a press release, they will be responsible for growing the brand across the United States.
“Kathy and Linda bring strong relationships and impressive track records to our team,” said Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Cruise Inn. “We are confident they are the right individuals to grow our brands’ strategy in the outdoor hospitality arena.”
Profaizer has a 40-year track record in the RV camping industry. She is the immediate past president of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), successfully moving the association from the suburban Washington, D.C., area to Colorado and establishing strong working relationships with national industry partners.
As the former president and CEO of Woodall Publishing Company, Profaizer was responsible for the growth of its national camping directories. During her tenure, she created the “Tenting Directory,” established the first agreement with Microsoft to put parks on a nationally sold DVD travel product, and oversaw the consolidation of six RV/camping newspapers and a national RV tour company.
Profaizer oversaw changes to the Woodall’s Rating System and the management of its representative teams. She also held the title of director of RV business development at Flying J Truck Stops, where she doubled the size of their RV consumer club at the end of one year to over 400,000 members.
“Cruise Inn presents a unique opportunity for owners of independent RV parks and campgrounds to be able to expose their parks to the worldwide travel market without the personal hassle of managing multiple distribution outlets,” stated Profaizer. “Cruise Inn offers the power of a national brand with an already existing infrastructure to provide a robust reservation system along with support and training.”
Palmeri was a hands-on park owner/operator for 17 years and participated on local, state and national boards since becoming involved in the RV Park and campground industry in 1994. Of note were the Colorado Tourism Office Board, the ARVC board, where she served as its chairman in 2003 and 2004, and most recently as chairman of the Visit Estes Park Destination Marketing Organization.
During her term at ARVC, she focused on outreach to the parks and state organizations, attending trade shows and meetings in order to communicate directly with the membership.
“I have always believed the RV park and campground industries should be acknowledged as an integral piece of the leisure travel market,” stated Palmeri. “The Cruise Inn concept, along with its founders, brings that possibility to our sector of the hospitality industry with its incredible exposure to a vast segment of the population we have not been able to reach before.”