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.
Central Oklahoma’s premier RV Dealers are set to host the Annual Fall RV Show & Closeout Sale at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City on October 13-16.
According to a press release, the event will be held in the Cox Pavilion and Travel & Transportation Buildings at State Fair Park and will be open for general public attendance.
The show will feature the brand name inventories of Central Oklahoma’s largest and most prominent RV dealers while many outdoor-related products and services will be on display. Dealers will welcome trade-ins and provide financing on site.
All product categories will be represented. RV Show hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission to the Annual Fall RV Show & Closeout Sale is $8 per person with 1/2 price admission for everyone on Thursday and Friday only. All persons 12 and under will be admitted to the RV Show free of charge and parking will be free all four days of the show.
New legislation regarding licensing and sale of recreational vehicles in Oklahoma was recently signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallon.
According to a press release, the legislation provides:
• Laws and rules that pertain to licensing and sale of new RV’s are separated from automotive laws.
• Placing new towable RV’s with laws currently in place for motorhomes under the jurisdiction of the Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission.
Previously, motorized RV’s were handled the same as automobiles. After the bill goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2012, RV’s will be more autonomous relative to needed law changes and additions.
Prior to the new legislation, towable RV’s received very little oversight from the state. To the benefit of dealers and the public, a license will be required to sell new towable RVs in the state of Oklahoma.
To get a license, the applicant must go through the same process that is in place to become a motorhome dealer, and will require a physical location, proper facility, service technicians, public restrooms and the ability to perform warranty work.
“This is a great day for RV dealers and RV enthusiasts,” said Randy Coy, Oklahoma Recreational Dealer Association president and owner of Dean’s RV Superstore in Tulsa. “This is a culmination of over three years of work and required extensive cooperation with state dealers and RVIA.
“This will be a benefit to Oklahoma RV dealers by providing a framework for better relations with manufacturers, giving insulation from any laws that otherwise would have been expressly for the auto industry, and for the public by requiring dealers to be responsible for their customers.”