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Opinion: Can LCI’s ‘Charity Program’ Go Viral?

February 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Michilah Grimes, director of philanthropic partnerships for Lippert Components Inc., with CEO Jason Lippert during Thursday’s press conference announcing LCI’s 100,000 hour initiative As reported on RVBUSINESS.com late last week, Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) is launching an unprecedented companywide “social responsibility initiative” through which LCI’s 7,500 employees are being asked to donate 100,000 hours of community service work in the numerous... Read more

NTP-STAG Show: ‘More Good Industry News’

February 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees at the NTP-STAG show pack the turnstiles at the Anaheim Convention Center More good news for the North American RV industry emerged from the 2017 NTP-STAG Expo held this week (Jan. 30-31) at the Anaheim Convention Center where some 200 supplier-exhibitors and 2,500 attendees pursued a busy schedule. A series of educational “RV University” sessions opened the agenda on Monday before the late afternoon kickoff of a day-and-a-half buying show that most participants described as one of... Read more

RVIA: A Front Row Seat at Inaugural Festivities

January 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) RVIA 1st Vice Chair Garry Enyart, director, RV business for Cummins Power Generation; BJ Thompson, president, BJ Thompson Associates; Dave Schutz, senior vice president, RV OEM sales, Dometic Americas RV Division; and Patrick Industries Inc. Executive Vice President of Sales and COO Jeffrey M. Rodino in Washington, D.C., for Inaugural Ball The U.S. recreation vehicle industry was well represented on Capitol Hill during the festivities surrounding the Friday (Jan. 20) inauguration of Donald... Read more

The Buzz: Windish’s Humble Sees a Strong 2017

January 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Windish RV General Manager Jim Humble On a recent visit to the suburban Denver facilities of Windish RV Center, an RVBusiness Top 50 dealer that received special recognition last week (Jan. 18) from RVB and Ally Financial Inc. for its charitable nature, General Manager Jim Humble shut his office door for a quick interview that shed some light on an array of relevant topics that, once again, lent credence to the industry’s prospects for a continued growth market in 2017. Headquartered at the base... Read more

RV Arena Gets Good Marks in Consumer Survey

January 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Bahr At a time when RV sales are on the upswing, a new independent consumer survey conducted by Maine-based Cairn Consulting Group gives the recreational vehicle industry pretty good marks with regard to customer satisfaction, reports Cairn President Scott Bahr. The results of “The RV Owners’ Satisfaction Survey,” based on online surveys this past fall of some 1,600 RV owners and camping enthusiasts, are decidedly positive in an era in which the industry – behind the scenes —... Read more

FUSION Touting High-Tech, Infotainment System

January 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Check out the supplier exhibits at key RV and marine shows this winter and you’ll likely run across a display manned by representatives of FUSION Entertainment, an Auckland, New Zealand-based firm specializing in audio systems, speakers, amplifiers and the like that has been showcasing a new RV-IN801 Infotainment System designed for in-dash installation. “We’ve been around for over 10 years in the marine industry,” Jay Sanders, a manufacturer’s rep whose firm handles FUSION’s marine... Read more

‘Boogey Lights’ is Building RV Aftermarket Brand

January 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Boogey Lights President and CEO Brad Butler Boogey Lights already had an established reputation in motorsports accent lighting for motorcycles as well as boats, golf carts, ATV’s, cars and trucks before expanding the reach of its high intensity LED lighting into the towable and motorized RV marketplace over the past year and a half, reported Brad Butler, president and CEO of the Florence, Ky.-based firm. “Our lights are made specifically for outdoor use in motorsports applications,” said Butler,... Read more

The Buzz: Meet New Lazydays CEO Bill Murnane

December 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill Murnane Bill Murnane has succeeded Tim Sheehan as the chief executive of Lazydays RV, a well-known, 40-year-old, five-site retailer that operates the nation’s largest single-site RV dealership at its 126-acre, suburban Tampa, Fla., headquarters. The Tampa store houses a 1,500-unit inventory, 330 service bays, three restaurants and a 300-site campground. But it’s not like Murnane was altogether new to the operation when he stepped in at the first of December after the resignation of Sheehan,... Read more

Dometic Intros New U.S. Exec, Rebranding Plan

December 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Roger Johannson, Dave Schutz and Scott Nelson A full contingent of Dometic Corp.’s senior management was on hand at RVIA’s National RV Trade Show, Nov. 28-Dec. 1 in Louisville, Ky., for the formal rollout of a new corporate rebranding initiative designed to align all of the publicly held, Stockholm-based firm’s brands, logos and 6,500 employees located in Germany, Belgium, Sweden, China, the U.S. and elsewhere under one aligned brand and one new slogan: “Mobile Living Made Easy.” “Yes,... Read more

The Buzz: LCI Focuses on Customer Experience

December 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced an acquisition during RVIA’s National RV Trade Show in late November that clearly wasn’t consistent with other mid-size firms the $1.4-billion-a-year Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier had purchased in recent years because the seller in this case — Camping Connection – doesn’t manufacture anything. The small Florida-based firm instead specializes in mobile and in-shop repair services for RV consumers in Kissimmee, Fla., and Myrtle Beach,... Read more

Stinnett RV Buyout Fuels Campers Inn Expansion

December 5, 2016 by · Comments Off on Stinnett RV Buyout Fuels Campers Inn Expansion 

Jeff Hirsch (L) and Tom Stinnett in Louisville (Photo by Shawn Spence) Last Wednesday’s (Nov. 30) news that East Coast RV retailer Campers Inn RV is purchasing southern Indiana’s Tom Stinnett Derby City RV — and adding a 16th store in the process – wasn’t lost on thousands of busy attendees at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 54th Annual National RV Trade Show. After all, Campers Inn President and owner Jeff Hirsch and Tom Stinnett, a partner in the Clarksville,... Read more

ARVC President Bambei: ‘Best Conference Ever’

November 17, 2016 by · Comments Off on ARVC President Bambei: ‘Best Conference Ever’ 

Paul Bambei Back in his Denver office after a hectic convention week in Texas, Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), had only good things to say about ARVC’s busy Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE), held Nov. 8-11 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. For a variety of reasons, in fact, Bambei feels it was the best conference in his six-year tenure with ARVC, which represents more than 3,000 RV parks... Read more

John Spader Looks Ahead as Firm Marks 40 Years

November 1, 2016 by · Comments Off on John Spader Looks Ahead as Firm Marks 40 Years 

David and John Spader Ask a room full of RV industry people if they’ve ever heard of Spader Business Management (SBM), and they’ll likely give you a unanimous “yes.” They’ll surely know that Spader, a Sioux Falls, S.D., firm launched 40 years ago by Duane Spader, a respected industry executive now retired in Georgia, organizes 20 Groups and high-profile workshops at major shows under the steady hand of President John Spader, Duane’s eldest son. And they’ll probably be well aware of... Read more

Lazydays’ Sheehan Resigns as President & CEO

October 17, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Tim Sheehan Lazydays RV today (Oct. 17) announced the resignation of President & CEO Tim Sheehan “for family reasons” and has named current board chairman William P. “Bill” Murnane as the new CEO, effective Dec. 1. Murname remains chairman. Sheehan, who joined 40-year-old Lazydays as CEO in April of 2013 after 28 years as an executive with Best Buy, has led an impressive era of growth for Lazydays, one of the nation’s largest RV retailers with 722 employees and stores stocking... Read more

Campers Inn Celebrates 50th in Manchester, N.H.

October 14, 2016 by · Comments Off on Campers Inn Celebrates 50th in Manchester, N.H. 

Jeff Hirsch recounts Campers Inn’ growth during last night’s 50th anniversary celebration With an eye toward last night’s (Oct. 13) 50th anniversary celebration of Camper’s Inn RV, one of the nation’s emerging multi-store RV dealerships with corporate offices in both Kingston, N.H., and Jacksonville, Fla., Campers Inn CEO Jeff Hirsch distributed to friends and partners the following invitation to a birthday party that wound up drawing a crowd of more than 200 partners, friends... Read more

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