The Western RV Group of Companies announced expansion into Kelowna, British Columbia, with the acquisition of Parklane RV to complement its seven dealerships in Alberta, according to a press release.
Operating in its location since 1978, Parklane RV will join The Western RV Group of Companies, which includes the brand names Western RV Country, All Star RV and Field of RV Dreams.
President Bruce Urban said the dealership will benefit from one of the largest inventories of new and pre-owned RVs in Canada.
“The RV lifestyle is something that we believe in, something that everyone in this organization believes in, and we are thrilled to be bringing our passion and dedication of the RV industry to a new province,” said Urban.
Urban said the newest Western RV Country store has a “superb location in Kelowna along with a dedicated staff, excellent products and strong customer base.”
Western RV Kelowna officially opened on the Feb. 1, however the transition will take some time. The new store will focus on Forest River Inc. product brands. “Forest River is a visionary company and knows the value of promoting its world class brand through partnering with expanding and aggressive dealers,” states Urban.
Forest River and Western RV Country have a long-standing relationship, which includes a partnership with the Edmonton Rush Lacrosse Club. Entering their seventh season of professional lacrosse in Edmonton, the Rush are owned and operated by the Western RV Group of Companies. “Forest River believes partnering with a pro sports franchise is a strategic move in RV branding,” explains Urban.
Western RV Country, in operation for 21 years, has built a solid reputation in the Alberta RV market, winning the consumer choice award for nine years in a row.
To learn more about the newest addition to the Western RV Country family along with additional information regarding the company, visit www.westernrvcountry.com.
Jeff Redmond, general manager for Bucars RV Centre, was awarded the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta Dealer of the Year Award. The prize was bestowed to Redmond on July 20 at the RV dealership in front of staff, family and friends.
Through trying times, a full-blown recession and a rainy 2010, it was evident to the RVDA of Alberta that this RV dealer has stood the test of time, according to a press release.
“I’m truly honored by the award and nomination and have the staff to thank for always putting in their best, every single day,” says Redmond about receiving the award. “I’ve also been blessed with some great mentors and partners and will continue to honor our traditions, missions and values as one of Alberta’s, and Canada’s, best RV dealerships.”
Through this award, Redmond has received another nomination – RVDA of Canada Dealer of the Year. Being awarded with this honorable prize would be the icing of the cake for Redmond, who has always maintained that it’s never about the awards and always about “how we can make a difference in the industry and RVing dreams come true for our customers.”
In the award, RVDA of Alberta Executive Director Dan Merkowsky cited Redmond’s career accolades, including:
• Started working at Bucars since it was purchased by the Redmond family in 1989, helping it grow from 10 employees to over 60 today.
• Served on Alberta RVDA board from 1999-2005 and as the association’s president from 2003-2004.
• RVDA of Canada board member from 2003-2005.
• Go RVing Canada board director since 2004 acting as chair from 2008-2010.
• Past chair of RV recruitment committee.
• President and chair of Balzac, Alberta Business Community Association since 2007
• Actively supports the community with Rotary, Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede and Kids Cancer Care Foundation.
The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) recently announced that the first annual Canadian Dealer Summit will be held during the 2011 NATDA Trade Show, set to run Sept. 8-10 at the Dallas Convention Center.
According to a press release, the summit will feature guest speakers, including QAI Laboratories and the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM), with presentations designed specifically for the Canadian dealer audience.
“NATDA has always embraced its Canadian members, but recently we have put in many hours of research and development to offer specific education and services for Canadian trailer dealers,” said Andy Ackerman, NATDA president. “We recognize that Canada is a different market with different needs than the U.S., and we are devoted to serving those needs to the best of our ability. I think the Canadian Dealer Summit at this year’s show represents a significant step in the right direction.”
Topics at the Canadian Dealer Summit will include U.S. versus Canadian compliance, trailer industry trends, new technology and products in the market, efficient import and sale of U.S. trailers in Canada, and comparison of providence regulations.
The Canadian Dealer Summit is free for all dealers that have a connection to the industry, but pre-registration is required to secure a seat. The NATDA Trade Show is also free for all dealers to attend and walk the floor. Special events at this year’s show include world-renowned keynote speaker, Warren Greshes, a dealer breakfast, a kick-off party at Gilley’s Dallas and the Redneck Parts Carnival. For more information on the 2011 event, please visit www.natdatradeshow.com or call 727-360-0304.