The Oklahoma RV Association (ORVA) reported a strong turnout for its 2012 State Convention, held Nov. 11-13 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Resort in Tulsa.
Themed “Strategy 2013 – Mastering Challenges To Achieve Growth,” the convention provided an agenda of business programs “designed to educate and assist its dealer and associate attendees in their upcoming 2013 business endeavors,” according to a press release. The schedule addressed current affairs and changes affecting the RV industry in general and included some of the RV industry’s top speakers.
State of the union addresses were delivered by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Richard Coon and Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia. Other subjects included Statistical Surveys Inc. impacts, state lobbying issues, addressing dealership profit centers, F/I lending issues, marketing, advertising and how to improve show selling.
“The presentation of the convention was very organized, professional and dynamic thanks to the assistance of RH Power & Associates, our executive director organization and especially to Sheril Vergara’s efforts and dedication,” stated Steve Bell, vice president of ORVA. “The speakers lineup was one of the best I’ve ever seen and addressed issues directly impacting our dealerships today.”
Highlights included a cocktail reception on Monday that offered the culmination of a special donor silent auction and 50/50 money match campaign to raise funds for the dealer association, along with a President’s Banquet gala featuring juggling ensemble “Playing By Air. In addition, the ensemble also performed earlier in the day for the young patients at the Children’s Hospital At Saint Francis in Tulsa. “Seeing smiles on the children’s’ faces on Monday morning was a real blessing and the Oklahoma RV Association was honored to sponsor this bonus entertainment to these special kids”, stated Vergara of RH Power & Associates and executive director for the Association.
“This year’s convention was a huge success thanks to our generous sponsors and donors as well as the successful silent auction and 50/50 raffle all of which combined to raise funds to ultimately offset the convention costs,” said Sobkowiak.
The 2013 convention will be held on Nov. 10-12. For more information Vergara at (505) 345-8558.
Organizers are looking to best last year’s strong attendance for the upcoming Oklahoma RV Association’s 2012 State Convention, slated to run Nov. 11-13 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Resort in Tulsa.
According to a press release, the convention schedule will address current affairs and changes affecting the RV industry and will include some of the RV industry’s top speakers. Recreation Vehicle Industry Association President (RVIA) Richard Coon, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassias, Tom Walworth of Statistical Surveys Inc., John Haymond, Roger Vergara, Chuck Marzahn, Tom King and Sheril Vergara are all scheduled to present during the program on Monday.
The convention kicks off Sunday with an 18-hole golf tournament free for all participants this year, followed by a welcome reception in the evening. On Monday, the noted speakers will present their seminars, followed by a President’s Banquet Monday evening. Headliner entertainment during the evening presentation is “Playing By Air,” which also will also be performing for the kids at The Children’s Hospital At Saint Francis in Tulsa.
“It is very rewarding for the Oklahoma RV Association to bring the bonus entertainment to these kids”, stated Sheril Vergara of RH Power & Associates Inc., executive director for the association. “Playing By Air performed recently for military families at the White House and they always bring huge smiles and laughs to every age group with their talents and program. The kids and the RV dealers are in for a real treat.”
The convention caps off with business meetings on Tuesday morning and will also include a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle ticket to help offset convention costs.
For more information visit www.OKRVA.org or contact Vergara at (505) 345-8558.
The members of the Oklahoma RV Association (ORVA) recently elected marketing and public relations firm RH Power & Associates Inc. to perform the executive director duties for the association.
According to a press release, ORVA agreed to a one-year contract with the Albuquerque, N.M. firm. RH Power & Associates succeeds Joe O’Brien of Dave’s Claremore RV who stepped down as executive director for health reasons.
The idea to hire RH Power & Associates to fill the position emerged as a proposal during ORVA’s first statewide convention last November. The membership voted in late March to confirm the appointment.
“We’ve got 23 dealers, and everybody is trying to run their business,” said O’Brien, who served as executive director for ORVA periodically for the past few years. “No dealer wants to fill in as executive director, so it makes sense for us to try an agency.”
RH Power & Associates will organize ORVA’s state convention this year, which is set for Nov. 11-13 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Resort in Tulsa, Okla. The firm will also manage the ORVA website that is currently under construction, maintain the membership, oversee the association’s social media programs and alert members to any Oklahoma legislation that could affect RV dealers or the industry.
“They’re going to keep an eye on the (state) capitol down here and if something pops up that’s detrimental to (RV dealers), they will notify us right away,” O’Brien said.
The main focus for RH Power & Associates will be to grow the ORVA state convention, which had 100% attendance from its 23-dealer membership last year. The association also had 28 associate members last year, which is made up of companies such as suppliers and manufacturers.
“The fact that our state convention was so successful last year, we’d really like it to have it be another great
success this year and continue to grow. In order to do that, we just need the executive director position managed by someone who’s able to be dedicated,” said Stephanie Sobkowiak, who works for Dave’s Claremore RV in Claremore, Okla. and is also the Secretary for ORVA.
O’Brien reported there are a few other growth opportunities that ORVA may seek under its new partnership with RH Power & Associates. “We’ll probably expand to include maybe park operators,” he said. “Years ago we had park operators in our group.”
ORVA’s dealers are separated into two regions that have individual dealer associations: the Green Country RV Dealers Association (RVDA) near Tulsa, Okla., and the Central Oklahoma RVDA. Both regional groups, as well as outlying dealerships, voted in favor of placing RH Power & Associates as ORVA’s management
“By coordinating all their services through a master resource, now we can help ORVA to implement many new and important services plus promote a thriving relationship between the dealers, vendors and manufacturers,” said Sheril Vergara of RH Power and Associates.
The Oklahoma Recreational Vehicle Association (ORVA) held its first annual state convention November 6-8 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Resort in Tulsa with 100% dealer participation, according to a press release.
“We owe it all to our former Executive Director Joe O’Brien, whose efforts made this year’s convention such a huge success,” said 2010-2011 Association President Randy Coy of Dean’s RV. “The convention had over 80 in attendance on Monday.”
Newly elected Association President Tod McClain of McClain’s RVs noted that this year’s convention was so successful that it will be the goal of the executive staff to maintain the same level of quality and success for next year’s convention, which has been opened up to surrounding state dealers in Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas.
“We decided to invite the surrounding state dealers because two dealers in Kansas along with one dealer in Arkansas attended our 2011 convention,” said McClain.
The convention began with a golf tournament on Sunday held at the Cherokee Hills Golf Club located at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Resort location followed by a welcome reception in the evening.
Monday’s agenda opened with featured top speakers covering dealership compliance, digital marketing, social media, QR Codes, MMS technology, Senate Bill No. 902, a day in the life of a successful dealer and three ways to double your service agreement revenue. Speakers included Brett Richardson, Roger Vergara, Sheril Vergara, Michael Rees, Terry McMillan and Bill Koster. The seminars were followed by a presidents banquet that featured entertainment from magician and comedian Mark Robinson.
Various sponsors, vendors and manufacturers were involved in the event, which “truly took the convention to a top notch level of success,” according to ORVA. Sponsors included GE Capital Corp., Bank of America, Protective, Stag-Parkway Inc., ADP Lightspeed, Magic Empire Recreation, Bank of the West, Coast Distribution Systems, RH Power & Associates Inc., Forest River Inc. and NTP Distribution.
During the Presidents Banquet Monday evening, Rex Floyd of Floyd’s RV was presented a plaque in tribute to his many years of service to the RV industry both on the national and state levels including serving as chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). Coy was presented a plaque in recognition of his two years of service as president of ORVA and O’Brien was honored with a special plaque for his hard work and efforts in organizing and producing the association’s first-ever annual convention.
The final day of the convention consisted of a board meeting and elections for the association’s new officers. They include: Tod McClain, president, Steve Bell, vice president, Jan Motley, treasurer and Stephanie Sobkowiak, secretary.