Richard “Dick” A. Hartford, founder of campground insurance providers Evergreen USA and Evergreen Indemnity, passed away Oct. 5 in Auburn, Maine, with his family by his side. He was 68.
An e-mail from the Northeast Campground Association (NCA) stated, “Dick and Evergreen Insurance have been the best of friends to NCA, and all of us for over 27 years. His strong commitment to the campground industry, his generosity, along with his fun-loving attitude made him a man that we will never forget.”
Hartford was born on April 25, 1945, to Oscar and Geneva Hartford of Lewiston, Maine. He graduated from Lewiston High School and received his bachelor’s in business from the University of Maine. After completing college Richard and his father Oscar purchased the Cobb-Winslow Insurance Agency and soon thereafter changed the name to The Hartford Agency.
In 1986, Hartford started Evergreen, an insurance company for campgrounds which, under his leadership, became the largest insurer of campgrounds and RV parks in the country. He actively remained at the helm of the companies, working with and teaching his son Lucas many wonderful life and business lessons until his death. He was the proud recipient of the National Association of RV Parks and Campground’s highest award, the Stan Martin Award and the Northeast Campground Associations’ highest award, The Curtis Fuller Award.
Hartford is survived by his life partner of 17 years Deborah Cadwell, his daughter April S. Hartford, his son and daughter-in-law Lucas and Elizabeth Hartford and his brother and sister-in-law Tom and Margaret Hartford. He was predeceased by his brother Robert Hartford and his parents.
In lieu of flowers or a charity the family has requested anyone who wishes who is attending reception after the burial to bring with them one small 2-inch by 3-inch relatively smooth rock to be included in a memorial patio garden in honor of Hartford. Anyone attending the the services are requested to dress casually and comfortable. Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at www.lynchbrothers.com
Attendance was up 21% at the 2nd annual Campground Association Management Professionals (CAMP) College held Monday (April 26) at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md., with 50 people representing 24 states.
Taking place immediately prior to the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) annual National Issues Conference in nearby Washington D.C., CAMP College is a one-day intensive learning program for CAMP members wholly sponsored by Evergreen USA.
CAMP members primarily consist of executive directors and officers of state associations, and these sessions give them an opportunity to meet with peers from across the country and Canada. CAMP officials spend time with the ARVC leadership, participate in joint sessions with the national association’s Council of Delegates, receive updates from industry partners, listen to CPO approved classes and discuss what is working and what is not with state associations.
An entity that largely has stayed under the radar of the press in the past, CAMP largely focuses on three things – marketing for its members, advocating for members, and educating members.
Camp College offers educational sessions taught by nationally recognized association management educators and leaders. This year’s premier speaker was Bob Harris, certified association executive (CAE) and leading authority on associations.
Harris spoke on Best Practices and Risk Management for associations. Other speakers included Cal Clemons, author of the book “The Perfect Board,” who talked about common issues seen by associations, and Gregg Melia who spoke about the CAE designation and the education that entails.
“Bob Harris brought a wealth of technical knowledge on the mechanics and operation of a non-profit that we need to know, that really make us focus on our mission statement, our vision statement, values statement, anti-trust statement and strategic planning,” explained Rick Abare, CAMP president and executive director of the Maine Campground Owners Association. “All of those things that are necessary to keep a board of directors focused on their activity so what they do is driven by their mission.”
“The attendees at CAMP College are very committed to improving the camping industry,” said Lucas Hartford, president of Evergreen USA, a Lewiston, Maine-based firm specializing in RV park and campground insurance. “They spent the entire day listening to the speakers and that evening at dinner they spent their time discussing ways to implement their new ideas.”
CAMP College simply would not be possible without Evergreen’s sponsorship.
“Evergreen means so much to us who are trying every day to help boards of directors help their members,” Abare said. “Without the level of support from Evergreen we couldn’t do this.”
A representative from Alaska Campground Owners Association attended this year’s CAMP event, and there were three guests from the Maryland Tourism Council who helped further raise the awareness of the camping industry, says Abare. The Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association won a $1,000 donation from Evergreen in a drawing.
CAMP College classes included: Association Management – Best Practices and Risk Management, presented by Bob Harris, CAE Non-Profit; ASAE and the Center for Resources for Associations and CAE Designation, presented by Gregg Melia, CAE vice president of member relations; ASAE Board Challenges and Solutions, presented by Cal Clemons, CAE author of “The Perfect Board,” and Setting Realistic Goals and Strategic Planning, presented by Bob Harris, CAE.