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GE Capital Explores Economy at RVDA Expo

July 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Serena Tse and Scott Cohen, industry research analysts at GE Capital, Americas, will discuss economic indicators affecting the RV industry, industry trends, and their outlook on how it all shakes out during a special session titled “Does 1 + 1 Still Equal 2? The RV Industry in 2012 and Beyond” at the 2011 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo.

The convention, sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada, and the RV Learning Center, is set for the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Oct. 3-7. The special session is scheduled for Oct. 5.

“It’s a strange world we live in, and seemingly contradictory economic indicators leave us wondering if old adages still hold true,” says RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman Peter Albano of American RV in Olive Branch, Miss. “We are fortunate to have secured the insights of GE Capital for this dynamic session that will help us make sense of the economic factors that impact RV sales.”

Serena Tse is a senior vice president and senior research analyst for GE Capital, Americas, covering the construction and transportation sectors. With more than 15 years of experience following these industries, she strives to analyze general economic conditions, cyclical and secular industry trends, and regional dynamics affecting construction and transportation. Tse publishes quarterly “Industry Research Monitors”, regional “Trends,” and monthly “Updates.” She also publishes the annual GE Capital Transportation Survey.”

Scott Cohen is a senior research analyst at GE Capital. His work focuses on the consumer, media and communications sectors. His recent work in the consumer sector has included the collaborative development of a robust forecasting tool for a key client within the leisure vehicle sector.

“This session is another way that GE Capital supports the mission of the RVDA and dealer education,” says Peter Lannon, managing director for CDF’s RV business. “We have a strong commitment to the RV industry in the United States and Canada and are looking forward to presenting this session, which will be designed exclusively for the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo.”

GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance, is a leading provider of specialized financing and servicing programs in the U.S. and Canada that facilitate the manufacture, distribution and sale of RVs, watercraft, motorsports, technology products, electronics and appliances, industrial equipment, outdoor power equipment, office products, musical instruments, trailers and other consumer durables. GE Capital is a Gold Sponsor of the convention.

Themed “ReVolution: Take Charge Today,” the convention will feature new, in-depth super sessions covering the top issues RV dealers and their employees are facing. The education program will include information on building sales through innovative marketing strategies that reach new customers and an overview of the short and long-term trends that will affect the RV industry.

To make the convention as affordable as possible, the registration fee for dealership employees is the same as last year. Register by Aug. 6 for special early-bird rates. RVDA is also offering special registration plans, including an “Easy Pay” plan of four payments. To register, visit www.rvda.org. Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor information can contact RVDA at (703) 591-7130, ext 103 or send an e-mail to scharter@rvda.org.

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RVDA Confab to Offer Panel on Fuel Prices

June 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Chief economist John Felmy of the American Petroleum Institute (API) will explore the various factors that affect fuel prices and help dealers navigate the issue of volatility in the oil market during a special panel discussion at the 2011 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The convention is sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada, and the RV Learning Center.

Tom Walworth of Statistical Surveys Inc., the RV industry’s retail sales scorekeeper, will moderate the panel, titled “Future Fuel Prices – What You Need to Know” on Oct. 6. Dealers will get valuable perspectives on how to address the fuel price issue with their employees and customers as well as learn the real impact of oil prices on consumers’ household budgets.

RV dealers John McCluskey of Florida Outdoors RV Center in Stuart, Fla., and Bill Redmond of Bucars RV Centre in Calgary, Alberta, will join the panel to provide the RV retailer’s perspective.

“Top management at dealerships needs to be able to understand the impact of the oil markets on the RV industry and communicate the real story as fuel prices go up and down,” says RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman Peter Albano of American RV in Olive Branch, Miss. “This session will give us the tools to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the fuel price issue.”

As chief economist, Felmy is responsible for overseeing economic, statistical, and policy analysis for API. Felmy is a member of the American Economics Association and the International Association for Energy Economics. API is the national trade association that represents America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its members are producers, refiners, suppliers, pipeline operators and marine transporters, as well as service and supply companies that support the industry.

Themed “ReVolution: Take Charge Today,” the convention will feature new, in-depth super sessions covering the top issues RV dealers and their employees are facing. The education program will include information on building sales through innovative marketing strategies that reach new customers and an overview of the short and long-term trends that will affect the RV industry.

To make the convention as affordable as possible, the registration fee for dealership employees is the same as last year. Register by Aug. 6 for special early-bird rates.  RVDA is also offering special registration plans including an “Easy Pay” plan of four payments. Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor information can contact RVDA at (703) 591-7130, ext 103, or send an e-mail to scharter@rvda.org.

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