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Scott Degnan will Oversee Winnebago Towables

June 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Degnan Winnebago Industries Inc. has announced the appointment of Scott Degnan to the position of vice president and general manager, towables business, effective immediately. Former president of the towables business, Johnny Hernandez, will leave Winnebago Industries to pursue other professional interests. Degnan has nearly 30 years of RV industry experience and most recently served as vice president of motorhome sales and product management for Winnebago. Prior to joining Winnebago, Degnan... Read more

Bill to Allow Development in Pa. Parks Defeated

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The latest effort to force Pennsylvania’s award-winning state parks to consider golf courses, water parks, hotels, conference centers and other private development was defeated Tuesday by Pennsylvania lawmakers. The House defeated the measure  by a vote of 123-77. Among the Lancaster County delegation, representatives John Lawrence, Michael Sturla, Steven Mentzer, Mindy Fee, Bryan Cutler and David Hickernell voted for the parks development bill and representatives Jim Cox, Keith Greiner, Mark... Read more

Trojan Battery Announces Beering as New COO

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John Beering Trojan Battery Co. LLC announced the appointment of John Beering as the company’s chief operating officer, a new role that reflects Trojan Battery’s “rapid growth and global expansion,” according to a statement. As a member of the executive management team, Beering brings more than 20 years of experience and expertise in leading, implementing and improving business operations across a wide variety of businesses. Reporting to Jeff Elder, president and chief executive officer... Read more

NADA Chair: Proposed Bill Aims to ‘Tame’ CFPB

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Jeff Carlson Editor’s Note: The following article by National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) Chairman Jeff Carlson, appearing in Auto Remarketing, examines proposed legislation that would “tame” the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). To view the full story click here. An important number that the nation’s auto dealers should know is 2663. NADA’s battle to tame the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues and Senate bill S. 2663 is the next chapter. This bill,... Read more

Study Show NPS Economic Impact Totals $92B

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Today (June 30), the National Park Foundation (NPF) announced the first-ever study providing a comprehensive economic valuation of America’s national parks and the programming provided by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS). The study, conducted by Professor John Loomis and Research Associate Michelle Haefele of Colorado State University, and Professor Linda Bilmes of the Harvard Kennedy School, determined the total economic value (TEV) of national parks and the National Park Service’s... Read more

RVDA Confab to Feature Dale Carnegie Training

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RV dealers can provide Dale Carnegie training for their sales staff during the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. The convention’s sales track features Cory McGuire of Dale Carnegie Training of Nevada, who will present two workshops developed for sales professionals on Nov. 9. According to a press release, the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Nov. 7 -11 in Las Vegas, is the premier education event for dealers and their staff. The theme is “Gear up for Success.” The sales... Read more

Robert Weed Workers Assisting in Habitat Build

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Workers at Bristol, Ind.-based Robert Weed Plywood are taking a different approach to helping build a home for Habitat for Humanity. WSBT TV reported that volunteers from the RV supplier took part in a panel build. The concept is simple — build the walls for a Habitat Home in their parking lot. Those walls will be taken to a site where a home will eventually be constructed. Like other Habitat projects, the future homeowners were helping out today (June 30), putting in the sweat equity for... Read more

Sobel University to Hold Special Summer Course

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Sobel University, known in the RV industry for its five-day comprehensive sales and management training classes, announced today (June 30) it has opened enrollment for a special three-day course Aug. 3-5. According to a press release, the special edition of the comprehensive sales course is designed for new employees, those needing remedial help, or salespeople wanting to give themselves more tools to help their customers while the season is still hot. The comprehensive sales course is a “boot... Read more

VIDEO 2: Pro Surfer O’Brien Heads to Ore. in RV

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Go RVing follows pro surfer Jamie O’Brien as he travels in an RV to Oregon’s shoreline to ride the waves followed by some snowboarding in the mountains. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

GasBuddy Forecasts Lower Gas Prices For 4th

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At a time of year when motorists expect gas prices to rise, prices have actually been falling, just in time for the Fourth of July when many will be hitting the road. GasBuddy predicts this Independence Day to be the cheapest since 2005. The Exponent Telegram, Clarksburg, W.V., reported that this year the United States experienced the lowest June gasoline prices in over 10 years. GasBuddy predicts the national average will be $2.27 per gallon on the Fourth, down considerably compared to just two... Read more

RVDA Endorses Office Depot; Members Benefit

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Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) members can now save up to 80% on printing services and supplies through the organization’s recent endorsement of Office Depot. According to a release, Office Depot and Office Max consolidated, creating more stores in more states where members can save. RVDA-endorsed products and services help dealers manage their businesses better by providing access to reliable products and services at significant discounts. Office Depot provides printing, cleaning,... Read more

Report: Auto Sales Hot Streak May End in 2016

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For the U.S. auto industry, this year may be as good as it gets for a while. Automotive News reported that a newly released report from AlixPartners forecasts U.S. light-vehicle sales of 17.5 million in 2017 — down slightly from this year’s 17.8 million forecast. The New York City-based consulting firm expects U.S. sales to bottom out at 15.2 million vehicles in 2019, followed by a gradual upturn to 16.8 million in 2022. A downturn in 2017, following 17.8 million sales this year, would cap... Read more

European Campers Snap up Sites at B.C. Parks

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Travel companies have been snapping up primo campsites in British Columbia parks and reselling them to European tourists while unhappy campers in the province face a “sold-out” summer at their favorite parks. Business has been booming at Canadian Camping Adventures, a Salmon Arm company that specializes in reserving campsites and reselling them in tour packages to campers from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the U.S. “It’s been crazy,” said company official Carla de Ronde. Canadian... Read more

Escapees Club Endorses Wholesale Warranties

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Wholesale Warranties and Escapees RV Club announced a strategic partnership to benefit RV owners. According to a press release, Wholesale Warranties has been recognized by Escapees as “the premier RV warranty provider in the market,” making the company the only fully endorsed program recommended by the RV club. “We are thrilled to be endorsed by such a trusted club in the RV industry,” said Jeff Shelton, owner of Wholesale Warranties. “Escapees RV Club does an excellent job of referring... Read more

Clark Wins Ohio Valley EY Entrepreneur Award

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Don Clark Don Clark, president of Grand Design Recreation Vehicles LLC in Middlebury, Ind., has won the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year award for the Hospitality and Leisure category in the Ohio Valley Region. (To view the video scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). Clark and other regional winners move on to a EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala Nov. 19 in Palm Springs, Calif. In his acceptance speech, Clark, who co-owns Grand Design with brothers... Read more

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