Lori Tews has been appointed executive director of the Michigan Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MichARVC).
”She’s got quite a bit of membership background,” MichARVC President Tim Wilcox, owner of Gateway Park Campground, Hillsdale, told Woodall’s Campground Management. ”She was the top of five candidates we interviewed from 80-some applicants.”
Tews, formerly with Morely Cos. Inc., and an executive assistant with the American Medical Association Foundation, was chosen during MichARVC’s Fall Convention & Campground Tour Oct. 22-23 at Holiday Inn West Bay in Traverse City. She received a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’ degree in nonprofit adiminstration from Saginaw Valley State University.
She replaces Traci Fisher, who served as executive director for 18 months while MichARVC went through a transitional period.
”I just filled the gap after the previous executive director to give them time to decide which way they wanted to go,” Fisher said.
Seventy-five people from about 30 campgrounds attended the meeting which features tours of Traverse Bay RV Resort, Acme along with Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort Holiday Park Campground, both in Traverse Bay.
Keynote speaker was Dave Lorenz, public and industry relations manager with Travel Michigan who talked about the state’s tourism opportunities.
Wilcox was re-elected as was Vice President David Cordray of White River RV Park and Campground, Montague and Secretary Deb Nagel of Lincoln Pines Resort, Gowen. Joan Holz of Holiday Camping Resort in New Era was elected the new treasurer.
”Everybody had a great year — some better than others,” Wilcox said. ”For the most part, everybody’s doing well.”
Tracie Fisher, executive director of the Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds in Michigan (ARVC Michigan), has been approved by the ARVC Foundation board to be the newest member of the Board of Regents of the National School of RV Park and Campground Management, according to a news release.
Fisher has been an instructor at the campground school for four years, presenting classes in web technologies and assisting with the organization’s website. She currently sits on the school’s Marketing Committee and hosts classes as needed.
“I was fortunate to have attended the school in 2005 and 2007 as a campground manager,” Fisher stated. “I learned volumes of things which helped me tremendously in learning how to be more effective and to improve the park’s operations. I believe in the mission and sense of purpose shared by all the regents and I am truly honored to have been chosen to join them.”
The National School of RV Park and Campground Management began in 1994 and will be celebrating its 20th year at the upcoming school session in February 2013. More than 1,800 students have attended the program, annually offered at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W. Va. The ARVC Foundation and Board of Regents are committed to providing a unique opportunity of immersion for highly motivated, education oriented park operators who seek to improve themselves and their parks.
For more information about the National School of RV Park and Campground Management, go to www.campgroundschool.org or contact Barb Youmans, senior director of membership and education, (303) 681-0401, ext. 118, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org