TRVA Marking 40th Anniversary at Convention

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August 8, 2014 by   Comments Off on TRVA Marking 40th Anniversary at Convention

image006-300x101The Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA) is preparing for the big “4 – 0.” The trade group will be hosting its 40th annual convention Aug. 15–18 at La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio and organizers say they’re excited to be reflecting back on a long and successful history. 

“We’re looking forward to bringing back some of our past presidents and I’m sure there will be some reminiscing,” said Mary Claire Campos, director of special events for TRVA, which represents RV manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds/parks, suppliers and service firms in the state. “Registration has been very healthy, so we’re preparing for a great convention.”

Keying on TRVA’s founding in 1974, the convention will offer a “Keep On RV’in’” theme harkening back to the time of black light posters, lava lamps, hot pants and bellbottoms.

In addition to three days of educational seminars, a silent auction, golf tournament and casino night, TRVA is expecting upwards of 30 exhibitors at the trade show. Highlights of the Friday and Saturday educational sessions include presentations on how to prepare for an Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner (OCCC) audit by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia, an update on safety and HR compliance and management with Craig Downey of KPA, and roundtable exchanges for park owners and service/suppliers.

TRVA will also present its fifth annual Park of the Year awards to TRVA members in three categories: Small RV Park (200 sites or less), Medium Park (201 to 500 sites) and Large RV Park (501 sites or more).

On Sunday, education opportunities include an extensive dealer roundtable exchange, a presentation on how to increase revenue with rental alternatives by Leisure Systems Inc. President Rob Schutter, and a session on how parks can become more accessible to people of all abilities by Mark Douglass, founder of the RV Accessibility Group.

Other events on the final day include a “state of the industry” address by James Ashurst, vice president of advertising and public relations for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the President’s Gala Banquet with TRVA President J.T. Bowyer and a hospitality suite featuring themes and music from the 1970s, the decade the TRVA was founded.

“The market has been going great guns for us here in Texas,” Campos said. “And there’s a lot of energy around the 40th anniversary so in addition to the education, it’s going to be a really fun time.”  

For additional details about the convention, call (512) 327-4514 or visit

– The article was submitted by freelancer Ty Adams exclusive to

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