The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Convention/Expo Committee is soliciting proposals for education workshops for the 2014 convention, which will offer more than 50 opportunities for speakers to present before the top RV retailers in North America.
According to a report in RV Executive Today Online, this year’s event, which takes place Nov. 10-14 at Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip, is themed “Passport to Excellence: Education & Training.” RVDA noted, “First-time speakers are especially encouraged to make proposals, because dealers come to this event seeking fresh ideas and new perspectives. In fact, the committee limits workshops from speakers who present year after year, since member surveys show one of the top reasons dealers choose to attend is the number of workshops with new topics and new speakers.”
The committee is especially interested in workshops that address inventory management, finding the profit in cash transactions, advanced topics for the service department, customer loyalty, key results areas and metrics, social media and digital marketing, market trends, leadership, succession planning, employee motivation, and compliance.
The event is open to a wide spectrum of speakers from within and outside the RV industry. RVDA will promote speaking engagements through email, its website, print, telemarketing, social media and other campaigns, providing exposure for both the education program and individual speakers and sessions.
The workshops will be Tuesday afternoon through 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11-14. The deadline for submissions is May 12 and full information about the submission process is provided on the RVDA convention website.
Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will be the keynote speaker for the 2010 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 4-8.
Secretary Kempthorne will deliver his remarks to attendees at the Tuesday (Oct. 5) General Session. The convention is sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Assocation (RVDA), Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA Canada) and the RV Learning Center, according to a news release.
Kempthorne continues to champion outdoor recreation and is an active RV traveler and motorcyclist. As secretary of the interior, he brought fundamental changes to the relationships among national interests in the environmental, conservation, and outdoor recreation. During his service in the U.S. Senate, Kempthorne led successful efforts to create a sustainable funding source for building and maintaining trails and to promote balance between resource protection and outdoor fun.
He received the 20th Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award during Great Outdoors Week from the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) in 2008.
“Secretary Kempthorne has a track record of developing innovative approaches to meet the outdoor recreation needs of RV travelers and other outdoor enthusiasts,” said RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman Peter Albano of American RV in Olive Branch, Miss. “As a long-time motorhome owner, he is enthusiastic about the future prospects for our industry. He will provide an inspiring message for everyone that makes their living in the RV business.”
Themed “Go to Grow – Innovative Ideas, Revolutionary Results,” the RV Dealers International/Convention Expo will be filled with vital information that will prepare RV dealers and their employees to take advantage of new opportunities in today’s RV market. The education program will include workshops on wholesale and retail financing options, new inventory management strategies, and how to reach new customers through innovative marketing communications.
The 2010 convention will also feature an exhibit hall filled with the RV industry’s top companies offering products and services to help dealers improve profitability. RVDA’s Partners in Progress Brand Committees will also meet to work on important dealer-manufacturer issues and the results of RVDA’s Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI).
To make the convention as affordable as possible, RVDA is offering special registration plans including an “Easy-Pay” plan of four payments and the ability to “lock-in” early bird savings for additional employees with one paid convention registration submitted by May 31.
Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor information can contact RVDA at (703) 591-7130, ext. 103 ,or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org