ELS: RV Reservations Continue to Grow in 2016

January 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. (ELS) President and CEO Marguerite Nader said in an earnings conference call this morning (Jan. 26) that the company’s solid performance is the result of increasing the strength of the company’s operations. “Our key demographic, the Baby Boomer generation, is turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day and we’re positioned to meet their needs,” she said. “We own great real estate locations with a strong demographic trend.” The Chicago-based real-estate... Read more

KOA CEO Hittmeier Talks About Chain’s Growth

January 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The network of parks in the Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) system of franchisee-operated and company-owned parks had a huge year in 2015. Not only were revenues up for an impressive 92% of KOA parks, the number of parks grew, edging closer to the 500 mark. In fact, at year’s end, KOA reported that there were 490 parks in the system across North America — 29 of them owned by Billings, Mon.-based KOA. “Things are good,” KOA President Pat Hittmeier told a crowd of more than 700 owners and... Read more

KOA Rolls Out New ‘PowerParasol’ at Ariz. Park

December 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tucson/Lazydays KOA Power Parasol (photo courtesy of KOA) Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) rolled out a powerful new shade in Arizona at the Tucson/Lazydays KOA, bringing something new to the North American camping market. After a soft opening in early November, KOA’s officially cutting the ribbon today (Dec. 9) on the PowerParasol, a towering structure that not only provides some shade but also cranks out electricity. “It’s pretty dramatic,” KOA President Pat Hittmeier told Woodall’s... Read more

KOA’s Hittmeier Delivers Good News in Daytona

November 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA President Pat Hittmeier The Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) 2015 Convention kicked into gear this morning (Nov. 17) at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. “Things are good. I’m here this morning to celebrate our accomplishments,” President Pat Hittmeier told the crowd of 700 people. “This is the best year KOA’s ever had in my 34 years of being with KOA.” So far in 2015, short-term occupancy — which accounts for 80% of the business at the 499 KOAs — is... Read more

ARVC Conference is Underway in Daytona Beach

November 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

After two days of preconference meetings for state leaders and members of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) Foundation, the 2015 ARVC Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) kicks into full gear for members starting today (Nov. 3) at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. The OHCE started with leadership training and educational seminars, followed by the opening luncheon, featuring speaker Lee Silber. Silber is a surf-shop owner, bestselling author of 21 books and... Read more

Sun Communities Plans Growth in RV Portfolio

October 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RV properties helped drive revenue growth for Sun Communities Inc. during the third fiscal quarter, and the company plans to keep growing its portfolio of RV parks. “The RV industry has had momentum over the last six years. It’s a great time for the RV industry and we are seeing the benefits,” said Chairman and CEO Gary Shiffman told investors today (Oct. 27) in a conference call after the Southfield, Mich., company announced its quarterly financial results. He added that transient... Read more

KOA’s Daytona Convention Nears Starting Line

October 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Kampgrounds of America (KOA) franchisees have had, by and large, a banner year. And while the fall camping season is here, KOA owners won’t be letting up on the gas until after the race-themed 2015 KOA Convention & Expo in Daytona Beach, Fla. The event’s racing theme — “On the Right Track — will be carried throughout the event, which runs Nov. 16-19. Woodall’s Campground Management reported that KOA will start off big, with an opening reception at the famous Daytona International... Read more

ARVC Focus at OHCE Is Education, Networking

October 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

This year’s expo will be even bigger than last year’s When members of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) gather at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., Nov. 3-6, may encounter their best Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE) yet. According to Woodall’s Campground Management, this year’s conference will feature more in-depth and focused education included with registration, a robust trade show and, of course, a chance to get together, share... Read more

ARVC: Combined Efforts Benefit All RV Sectors

October 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Jennifer Schwartz, Barb Youmans and Paul Bambei pause at ARVC headquarters. Nestled among professional office buildings in the south Denver suburb of Centennial, Colo., sits the main office of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), a trade organization dedicated to the overall wellbeing of some 3,000 private U.S. park operators. Led by Paul Bambei, the organization’s president and CEO, ARVC’s nine staff members have a wide variety of responsibilities but one focus: “Everything... Read more

Patrick, Drew CEOs Offer Similar Industry Views

August 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When Elkhart, Ind.-based competitors Drew Industries Inc. and Patrick Industries Inc., both major suppliers to RV manufacturers, discussed their quarterly results with investors, a lot of similar themes emerged. Jason Lippert, CEO of Drew Industries, voiced optimism for the RV industry during his earnings conference call with investors Aug. 4. “As we look forward to the coming quarters we see many green lights, one of them being solid double-digit growth in retail RV sales for the first five... Read more

WCM: Campground Electrical Needs are Growing

May 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Wade Elliott As campers bring more and more electronics with them — whether in tents or in RVs — and as RV designs allow campers to bring more of the comforts of home to campgrounds, the need for reliable electrical service today has grown into a business imperative. “I’m of the belief that having your park with a solid infrastructure can differentiate you from your competitor,” Wade Elliott, president of Kingston, Wash.-based Utility Supply Group, told Woodall’s Campground Management.... Read more

Industry’s Potential Touted at Power Breakfast

May 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA CEO Jim Rogers When the RV industry gathered this morning (May 14) in Elkhart, Ind. at the RV/MH Hall of Fame for the 3rd Annual Power Breakfast, a trio of speakers representing the manufacturing, finance and campground sectors helped illustrate just how far-reaching the optimism is surrounding the RV market’s future. “We’re having fun and we’re providing fun,” said Doug Gaeddert, general manager at Forest River Inc. Gaeddert marveled at the fact that over the last year, the industry... Read more

Awards, Politics Dominate TACO Spring Meeting

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CEO Brian Schaeffer (left) and TACO Board President Don Temple (right) present Lydia and Ken Butschek of La Hacienda RV Resort with TACO’s “Large RV Park of the Year” award for 2015. The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) 2015 Spring Meeting and Trade Show is under way in Kerrville, Texas, with 150 campground owners and operators joining 40 vendors for the annual event. The event is split between TACO Board President Don Temple’s Guadalupe River RV Resort and The Inn of the Hills... Read more

ELS Enjoys Strong Growth from RV Portfolio

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During an earnings call Tuesday (April 21) to discuss Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc.’s (ELS) first-quarter earnings, Marguerite Nader, president and CEO of the Chicago-based real estate investment trust (REIT) offered details on the company’s growth. Woodall’s Campground Management reported that the biggest reason for the company’s core earnings growth of 6%, she said, is “first and foremost, we own quality real estate locations. Our properties have attractive natural... Read more

ARVC Wraps Up Successful Committee Week

April 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) wrapped its Committee Week and spring board meeting last week, putting the finishing touches on a new strategic plan and deciding to keep the board’s structure as it is. “The board meeting went great,” said Paul Bambei, president and CEO of ARVC, based in Centennial, Colo. “One of the things we all worked on in common was the 2015-17 Strategic Plan,” Bambei told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister... Read more

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